3 It shall come to pass in the day the Lord gives you rest from your sorrow, and from your fear and the hard bondage in which you were made to serve, 4 that you fwill take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say:
“How the oppressor has ceased,
5 The Lord has broken hthe staff of the wicked,
The scepter of the rulers;
He who ruled the nations in anger,
Is persecuted and no one hinders.
They break forth into singing.
8 iIndeed the cypress trees rejoice over you,
And the cedars of Lebanon,
Saying, ‘Since you 2were cut down,
No woodsman has come up against us.’
To meet you at your coming;
It stirs up the dead for you,
All the chief ones of the earth;
It has raised up from their thrones
All the kings of the nations.
10 They all shall kspeak and say to you:
‘Have you also become as weak as we?
Have you become like us?
And the sound of your stringed instruments;
The maggot is spread under you,
And worms cover you.’
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