5 The Lord replied,
“Look around at the nations;
look and be amazed!*
For I am doing something in your own day,
something you wouldn’t believe
even if someone told you about it.
6 I am raising up the Babylonians,*
a cruel and violent people.
They will march across the world
and conquer other lands.
and do whatever they like.
8 Their horses are swifter than cheetahs*
and fiercer than wolves at dusk.
Their charioteers charge from far away.
Like eagles, they swoop down to devour their prey.
Their hordes advance like a desert wind,
sweeping captives ahead of them like sand.
and scorn all their fortresses.
They simply pile ramps of earth
against their walls and capture them!
and are gone.
But they are deeply guilty,
for their own strength is their god.”
1:6 Or Chaldeans.
1:8 Or leopards.