1 “Come down, virgin daughter of Babylon, and sit in the dust.
For your days of sitting on a throne have ended.
O daughter of Babylonia,* never again will you be
the lovely princess, tender and delicate.
Remove your veil, and strip off your robe.
Expose yourself to public view.*
I will take vengeance against you without pity.”
is the Holy One of Israel.
Never again will you be known as the queen of kingdoms.
and punished them by letting them fall into your hands.
But you, Babylon, showed them no mercy.
You oppressed even the elderly.
You did not reflect on your actions
or think about their consequences.
living at ease and feeling secure.
You say, ‘I am the only one, and there is no other.
I will never be a widow or lose my children.’
widowhood and the loss of your children.
Yes, these calamities will come upon you,
despite all your witchcraft and magic.
‘No one sees me,’ you said.
But your ‘wisdom’ and ‘knowledge’ have led you astray,
and you said, ‘I am the only one, and there is no other.’
and you won’t be able to charm it away.
Calamity will fall upon you,
and you won’t be able to buy your way out.
A catastrophe will strike you suddenly,
one for which you are not prepared.
Use the spells you have worked at all these years!
Maybe they will do you some good.
Maybe they can make someone afraid of you.
Where are all your astrologers,
those stargazers who make predictions each month?
Let them stand up and save you from what the future holds.
they cannot save themselves from the flame.
You will get no help from them at all;
their hearth is no place to sit for warmth.
those with whom you’ve done business since childhood,
will go their own ways,
turning a deaf ear to your cries.