God used Babylon to hammer the nations

Jeremiah Bible Background

11.08.2017 – Old Testament: Jer 49.28–33

To read the Bible in a year, read Jeremiah 49–50 on November 8, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Babylon had its own sins for which the Lord would punish them, but before doing that, He would use Babylon against sinful nations or places, such as Kedar and Hazor,

Against Kedar and against the kingdoms of Hazor, which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon shall strike. Thus says the LORD:

“Arise, go up to Kedar,

And devastate the men of the East…

For Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon has taken counsel against you,
And has conceived a plan against you…

Hazor shall be a dwelling for jackals, a desolation forever;
No one shall reside there,
Nor son of man dwell in it.”
(Jeremiah 49.28–33) 

The fact that the Lord used Babylon to punish the nations does not mean that He approved of Babylon, nor did it mean that they walked in righteousness. So it is with nations today. The Lord may use one nation to punish another, but if that punisher walks in wickedness also, they shall pay for it.


  • What can you do to promote good works in your nation?
  • Is your nation without sin?

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