O virgin daughter of Babylon;
sit on the ground without a throne,
O daughter of the Chaldeans!
For you shall no more be called tender and delicate.
put off your veil,
strip off your robe, uncover your legs,
pass through the rivers.
and your shame shall be seen.
I will take vengeance,
and I will spare no man.
is the Holy One of Israel.
O daughter of the Chaldeans;
for you shall no more be called the mistress of kingdoms.
I profaned my heritage;
I gave them into your hand,
you showed them no mercy;
on the aged you made your yoke exceedingly heavy.
so that you did not lay these things to heart
or remember their end.
who sit securely,
who say in your heart,
“I am, and there is no one besides me;
I shall not sit as a widow
or know the loss of children”:
in a moment, in one day;
the loss of children and widowhood
shall come upon you in full measure,
in spite of your many sorceries
and the great power of your enchantments.
you said, “No one sees me”;
your wisdom and your knowledge led you astray,
and you said in your heart,
“I am, and there is no one besides me.”
for which you cannot atone;
disaster shall fall upon you,
which you will not be able to expiate;
and ruin shall come on you suddenly,
of which you know nothing.
and your many sorceries,
with which you have labored from your youth;
perhaps you may be able to succeed,
perhaps you may inspire terror.
let them stand forth and save you,
those who divide the heavens,
who gaze at the stars,
who at the new moons predict
whath shall befall you.
the fire consumes them;
they cannot deliver themselves
from the power of the flame.
No coal for warming oneself is this,
no fire to sit before!
who have trafficked with you from your youth;
they wander about each in his own direction;
there is no one to save you.
About The Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition
This edition of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible has been prepared for use by Catholics by a committee of the Catholic Biblical Association of Great Britain. It is an authorized revision of the American Standard Version, published in 1901.
The Catholic Edition of the New Testament, copyright Copyright 1965; The Catholic Edition of the Old Testament, incorporating the Apocrypha, copyright Copyright 1966 Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America.