51 Thus says the Lord:
I am going to stir up a destructive winda
and against the inhabitants of Leb-qamai;b
and they shall winnow her.
They shall empty her land
when they come against her from every side
on the day of trouble.
and let him not array himself in his coat of mail.
Do not spare her young men;
utterly destroy her entire army.
and wounded in her streets.
by their God, the Lord of hosts,
though their land is full of guilt
before the Holy One of Israel.
save your lives, each of you!
Do not perish because of her guilt,
for this is the time of the Lord’s vengeance;
he is repaying her what is due.
making all the earth drunken;
the nations drank of her wine,
and so the nations went mad.
wail for her!
Bring balm for her wound;
perhaps she may be healed.
but she could not be healed.
Forsake her, and let each of us go
to our own country;
for her judgment has reached up to heaven
and has been lifted up even to the skies.
come, let us declare in Zion
the work of the Lord our God.
Fill the quivers!
The Lord has stirred up the spirit of the kings of the Medes, because his purpose concerning Babylon is to destroy it, for that is the vengeance of the Lord, vengeance for his temple.
make the watch strong;
prepare the ambushes;
for the Lord has both planned and done
what he spoke concerning the inhabitants of Babylon.
rich in treasures,
your end has come,
the thread of your life is cut.
Surely I will fill you with troops like a swarm of locusts,
and they shall raise a shout of victory over you.
who established the world by his wisdom,
and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.
and he makes the mist rise from the ends of the earth.
He makes lightnings for the rain,
and he brings out the wind from his storehouses.
goldsmiths are all put to shame by their idols;
for their images are false,
and there is no breath in them.
at the time of their punishment they shall perish.
19 Not like these is the Lord,c the portion of Jacob,
for he is the one who formed all things,
and Israel is the tribe of his inheritance;
the Lord of hosts is his name.
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