24 I will repay Babylon and all the inhabitants of Chaldea before your very eyes for all the wrong that they have done in Zion, says the Lord.
says the Lord,
that destroys the whole earth;
I will stretch out my hand against you,
and roll you down from the crags,
and make you a burned-out mountain.
and no stone for a foundation,
but you shall be a perpetual waste,
says the Lord.
blow the trumpet among the nations;
prepare the nations for war against her,
summon against her the kingdoms,
Ararat, Minni, and Ashkenaz;
appoint a marshal against her,
bring up horses like bristling locusts.
the kings of the Medes, with their governors and deputies,
and every land under their dominion.
for the Lord’s purposes against Babylon stand,
to make the land of Babylon a desolation,
they remain in their strongholds;
their strength has failed,
they have become women;
her buildings are set on fire,
her bars are broken.
and one messenger to meet another,
to tell the king of Babylon
that his city is taken from end to end:
the marshes have been burned with fire,
and the soldiers are in panic.
Daughter Babylon is like a threshing floor
at the time when it is trodden;
yet a little while
and the time of her harvest will come.
he has crushed me;
he has made me an empty vessel,
he has swallowed me like a monster;
he has filled his belly with my delicacies,
he has spewed me out.
the inhabitants of Zion shall say.
“May my blood be avenged on the inhabitants of Chaldea,”
Jerusalem shall say.
I am going to defend your cause
and take vengeance for you.
I will dry up her sea
and make her fountain dry;
a den of jackals,
an object of horror and of hissing,
they shall growl like lions’ whelps.
and make them drunk, until they become merry
and then sleep a perpetual sleep
and never wake, says the Lord.
like rams and goats.
41 How Sheshachd is taken,
the pride of the whole earth seized!
How Babylon has become
an object of horror among the nations!
she has been covered by its tumultuous waves.
a land of drought and a desert,
a land in which no one lives,
and through which no mortal passes.
and make him disgorge what he has swallowed.
The nations shall no longer stream to him;
the wall of Babylon has fallen.
Save your lives, each of you,
from the fierce anger of the Lord!
at the rumors heard in the land—
one year one rumor comes,
the next year another,
rumors of violence in the land
and of ruler against ruler.
when I will punish the images of Babylon;
her whole land shall be put to shame,
and all her slain shall fall in her midst.
and all that is in them,
shall shout for joy over Babylon;
for the destroyers shall come against them out of the north,
says the Lord.
as the slain of all the earth have fallen because of Babylon.
go, do not linger!
Remember the Lord in a distant land,
and let Jerusalem come into your mind:
dishonor has covered our face,
for aliens have come
into the holy places of the Lord’s house.
when I will punish her idols,
and through all her land
the wounded shall groan.
and though she should fortify her strong height,
from me destroyers would come upon her,
says the Lord.
A great crashing from the land of the Chaldeans!
and stilling her loud clamor.
Their waves roar like mighty waters,
the sound of their clamor resounds;
her warriors are taken,
their bows are broken;
for the Lord is a God of recompense,
he will repay in full.
also her governors, her deputies, and her warriors;
they shall sleep a perpetual sleep and never wake,
says the King, whose name is the Lord of hosts.
The broad wall of Babylon
shall be leveled to the ground,
and her high gates
shall be burned with fire.
The peoples exhaust themselves for nothing,
and the nations weary themselves only for fire.e
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