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
2 Take the millstones and jgrind flour,
kput off your veil,
4 lOur Redeemer—the Lord of hosts is his name—
5 mSit in silence, and go into darkness,
O daughter of hthe Chaldeans;
nthe mistress of kingdoms.
6 oI was angry with my people;
pyou showed them no mercy;
7 You said, “I shall be qmistress forever,”
8 Now therefore hear this, qyou lover of pleasures,
rwho sit securely,
s“I am, and there is no one besides me;
tI shall not sit as a widow
9 uThese two things shall come to you
in a moment, vin one day;
win spite of your many sorceries
x“I am, and there is no one besides me.”
yand ruin shall come upon you suddenly,
12 zStand fast in your enchantments
athose who divide the heavens,
14 Behold, bthey are like stubble;
cthe fire consumes them;
12 Then after useventy years are completed, vI will punish the king of Babylon and that nation, vthe land of the Chaldeans, for their iniquity, declares the Lord, vmaking the land an everlasting waste.
e‘Babylon is taken,
fBel is put to shame,
eHer images are put to shame,
4 j“In those days and in that time, declares the Lord, jthe people of Israel and the people of Judah shall come together, kweeping as they come, and they lshall seek the Lord their God. 5 mThey shall ask the way to Zion, with faces turned toward it, nsaying, ‘Come, let us join ourselves to the Lord in an oeverlasting covenant that will never be forgotten.’
6 p“My people have been lost sheep. qTheir shepherds have led them astray, turning them away on the mountains. From mountain to hill they have gone. They have forgotten their fold. 7 All who found them have devoured them, rand their enemies have said, ‘We are not guilty, for sthey have sinned against the Lord, ttheir habitation of righteousness, the Lord, uthe hope of their fathers.’
8 v“Flee from the midst of Babylon, vand go out of the land of the Chaldeans, and be as male goats before the flock. 9 For behold, I am stirring up and bringing against Babylon wa gathering of great nations, from the north country. And they shall array themselves against her. From there she shall be taken. Their arrows are like a skilled warrior who does not return empty-handed. 10 xChaldea shall be plundered; all who plunder her shall be sated, declares the Lord.
11 y“Though you rejoice, though you exult,
za wilderness, a dry land, and a desert.
13 aBecause of the wrath of the Lord she shall not be inhabited
beveryone who passes by Babylon shall be appalled,
band hiss because of all her wounds.
14 cSet yourselves in array against Babylon all around,
dall you who bend the bow;
efor she has sinned against the Lord.
15 fRaise a shout against her all around;
gher walls are thrown down.
For hthis is the vengeance of the Lord:
ido to her as she has done.
jbecause of the sword of the oppressor,
kevery one shall turn to his own people,
17 l“Israel is a hunted sheep mdriven away by lions. nFirst the king of Assyria odevoured him, and now at last pNebuchadnezzar king of Babylon qhas gnawed his bones. 18 Therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, rI am bringing punishment on the king of Babylon and his land, sas I punished the king of Assyria. 19 tI will restore Israel to his pasture, and the shall feed on uCarmel and in uBashan, and his desire shall be satisfied on the hills of Ephraim and in uGilead. 20 In those days and in that time, declares the Lord, viniquity shall be sought in Israel, and there shall be none, and sin in Judah, and none shall be found, for wI will pardon those whom I leave as a remnant.
21 “Go up against the land of Merathaim,1
and against the inhabitants of Pekod.2
22 yThe noise of battle is in the land,
23 zHow the hammer of the whole earth
24 cI set a snare for you and you were taken, O Babylon,
and dyou did not know it;
and brought out ethe weapons of his wrath,
fpile her up like heaps of grain, and devote her to destruction;
27 Kill all gher bulls;
hthe time of their punishment.
29 l“Summon archers against Babylon, all those who bend the bow. lEncamp around her; let no one escape. mRepay her according to her deeds; do to her according to all that she has done. For she has nproudly defied the Lord, the Holy One of Israel. 30 oTherefore her young men shall fall in her squares, and all her soldiers shall be destroyed on that day, declares the Lord.
31 “Behold, I am against you, O nproud one,
pfor your day has come,
32 nThe proud one shall stumble and fall,
qand I will kindle a fire in his cities,
33 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: rThe people of Israel are oppressed, and the people of Judah with them. All who took them captive have held them fast; sthey refuse to let them go. 34 tTheir Redeemer is strong; uthe Lord of hosts is his name. vHe will surely plead their cause, that he may give rest to the earth, but unrest to the inhabitants of Babylon.
A sword against her ywarriors,
and against all zthe foreign troops in her midst,
that athey may become women!
bA sword against all her treasures,
38 cA drought against her waters,
dFor it is a land of images,
39 e“Therefore wild beasts shall dwell with hyenas in Babylon, and ostriches shall dwell in her. She shall never again have people, nor be inhabited for all generations. 40 fAs when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring cities, declares the Lord, gso no man shall dwell there, and no son of man shall sojourn in her.
41 h“Behold, a people comes from the north;
44 i“Behold, like a lion coming up from the thicket of the Jordan against a perennial pasture, I will suddenly make them run away from her, and I will appoint over her whomever I choose. For who is like me? Who will summon me? What shepherd jcan stand before me? 45 Therefore hear kthe plan that the Lord has made against Babylon, kand the purposes that he has formed against the land of the Chaldeans: lSurely the little ones of their flock shall be dragged away; surely their fold shall be appalled at their fate. 46 mAt the sound of the capture of Babylon the earth shall tremble, and her cry shall be heard among the nations.”
“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.’”
2 On a bare hill hraise a signal;
wave the hand for ithem to enter
my proudly exulting ones.1
4 The sound jof a tumult is on the mountains
kThe Lord of hosts is mustering
5 lThey come from a distant land,
to destroy the whole land.2
as destruction from the Almighty3 it will come!
and every human heart owill melt.
ppangs and agony will seize them;
qthey will be in anguish like a woman in labor.
9 Behold, nthe day of the Lord comes,
and rto destroy its sinners from it.
10 sFor the stars of the heavens and their constellations
tthe sun will be dark at its rising,
11 I will punish uthe world for its evil,
I will vput an end to the pomp of the arrogant,
wand lay low the pompous pride of the ruthless.
12 I will make xpeople more rare than fine gold,
and mankind than the ygold of Ophir.
13 Therefore zI will make the heavens tremble,
aeach will turn to his own people,
16 bTheir infants will be dashed in pieces
17 Behold, cI am stirring up the Medes against them,
19 And Babylon, ethe glory of kingdoms,
will be flike Sodom and Gomorrah
20 gIt will never be inhabited
no hArab will pitch his tent there;
no ishepherds will make their flocks lie down there.
21 But jwild animals will lie down there,
22 Hyenas6 will cry in its towers,