19 And Babylon, ethe glory of kingdoms,
will be flike Sodom and Gomorrah
4 you will take up this utaunt against the king of Babylon:
fAnd he answered,
g“Fallen, fallen is Babylon;
hand all the carved images of her gods
47 eCome down and sit in the dust,
O virgin fdaughter of Babylon;
gsit on the ground without a throne,
O daughter of hthe Chaldeans!
iFor you shall no more be called
“Behold, I will stir up nthe spirit of a destroyer
against the inhabitants of Leb-kamai,1
and othey shall winnow her,
pon the day of trouble.
3 qLet not the archer bend his bow,
sand wounded in her streets.
5 tFor Israel and Judah have not been forsaken
but the land of the Chaldeans3 is full of guilt
6 u“Flee from the midst of Babylon;
vBe not cut off in her punishment,
wfor this is the time of the Lord's vengeance,
7 Babylon was xa golden cup in the Lord's hand,
ymaking all the earth drunken;
zthe nations drank of her wine;
8 aSuddenly Babylon has fallen and been broken;
bwail for her!
cTake balm for her pain;
for fher judgment has reached up to heaven
10 gThe Lord has brought about our vindication;
hcome, let us declare in Zion
11 i“Sharpen the arrows!
12 n“Set up a standard against the walls of Babylon;
omake the watch strong;
lfor the Lord has both planned and done
13 pO you who dwell by many waters,
14 qThe Lord of hosts has sworn by himself:
Surely I will fill you with men, ras many as locusts,
sand they shall raise the shout of victory over you.
15 t“It is he who made the earth by his power,
with you I ubreak nations in pieces;
with you I break in pieces vthe old man and the youth;
with you I break in pieces vthe young man and the young woman;
with you I break in pieces wgovernors and commanders.
24 x“I will repay Babylon and all the inhabitants of Chaldea before your very eyes for all the evil that they have done in Zion, declares the Lord.
yand make you a burnt mountain.
26 No zstone shall be taken from you for a corner
but you shall be aa perpetual waste,
27 b“Set up a standard on the earth;
cblow the trumpet among the nations;
summon against her fthe kingdoms,
appoint a imarshal against her;
jbring up horses like bristling locusts.
and every mland under their dominion.
29 nThe land trembles and writhes in pain,
ofor the Lord's purposes against Babylon stand,
pthey have become women;
qher dwellings are on fire;
rher bars are broken.
31 One srunner runs to meet another,
32 the fords have been tseized,
and vthe time of her harvest will come.”
34 “Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon whas devoured me;
he has rinsed me out.4
“Behold, zI will plead your cause
aI will dry up her sea
and bmake her fountain dry,
37 and Babylon shall become ca heap of ruins,
dthe haunt of jackals,
and imake them drunk, that they may become merry,
ithen sleep a perpetual sleep
42 mThe sea has come up on Babylon;
na land of drought and a desert,
oa land in which no one dwells,
44 And I will punish pBel in Babylon,
sThe nations shall no longer flow to him;
tthe wall of Babylon has fallen.
45 “Go out of the midst of her, umy people!
from vthe fierce anger of the Lord!
wat the report heard in the land,
xwhen a report comes in one year
xand ruler is against ruler.
when yI will punish the images of Babylon;
zher whole land shall be put to shame,
48 aThen the heavens and the earth,
bfor the destroyers shall come against them out of the north,
cjust as for Babylon have fallen the slain of all the earth.
50 d“You who have escaped from the sword,
51 e‘We are put to shame, for we have heard reproach;
edishonor has covered our face,
ffor foreigners have come
when yI will execute judgment upon her images,
gand through all her land
53 Though Babylon should hmount up to heaven,
and though she should ifortify her strong height,
54 j“A voice! A cry from Babylon!
kTheir waves roar like many waters;
lfor the Lord is a God of recompense;
57 mI will make drunk her officials and her wise men,
nher governors, her commanders, and her warriors;
declares othe King, whose name is the Lord of hosts.
The broad pwall of Babylon
qand her high gates
rThe peoples labor for nothing,
and sthe nations weary themselves only for fire.”
59 The word that Jeremiah the prophet commanded Seraiah tthe son of Neriah, son of Mahseiah, when he went with Zedekiah king of Judah to Babylon, uin the fourth year of his reign. Seraiah was the quartermaster. 60 vJeremiah wrote in a book all the disaster that should come upon Babylon, wall these words that are written concerning Babylon. 61 And Jeremiah said to Seraiah: “When you come to Babylon, see that you read all these words, 62 and say, ‘O Lord, you have said concerning this place that you will cut it off, so xthat nothing shall dwell in it, neither man nor beast, and it shall be ydesolate forever.’ 63 When you finish reading this book, zatie a stone to it zand cast it into the midst of the Euphrates, 64 and say, z‘Thus shall Babylon sink, to rise no more, because of the disaster that I am bringing upon her, band they shall become exhausted.’”
52 cZedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.