Publish, and conceal not:
fHer idols are confounded, her images are broken in pieces.
3 For gout of the north there cometh up a nation against her,
hWhich shall make her land desolate,
And inone shall dwell therein:
They shall remove, they shall depart, kboth man and beast.
The children of Israel shall come,
lThey and the children of Judah together,
mGoing and weeping: they shall go,
And nseek the Lord their God.
Come, and let us join ourselves to the Lord
In qa perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten.
uThey have gone from mountain to hill,
7 All that found them whave devoured them:
Because they have sinned against the Lord, zthe habitation of justice,
Even the Lord, athe hope of their fathers.
And cgo forth out of the land of the Chaldeans,
And be as dthe he goats before the flocks.
9 For, lo, eI will raise and cause to come up against Babylon
And hthey shall set themselves in array against her;
From thence she shall be taken:
mNone shall return in vain.
All that spoil her shall be satisfied, saith the Lord.
11 nBecause ye were glad, because ye rejoiced,
O ye destroyers of omine heritage,
She that bare you shall be ashamed:
Behold, the hindermost of the nations
13 Because of the wrath of the Lord vit shall not be inhabited,
xAnd hiss at all her plagues.
aAll ye that bend the bow, shoot at her, spare no arrows:
For bshe hath sinned against the Lord.
dShe hath given her hand:
fFor it is the vengeance of the Lord: take vengeance upon her;
gAs she hath done, do unto her.
iFor fear of the oppressing sword
kThey shall turn every one to his people,
And kthey shall flee every one to his own land.
17 Israel is la scattered sheep;
mThe lions have driven him away:
Behold, I will ppunish the king of Babylon and his land,
19 And rI will bring Israel again to his habitation,
And the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found:
Waste and dutterly destroy after them, saith the Lord,
And do eaccording to all that I have commanded thee.
22 fA sound of battle is in the land,
And of great destruction.
23 How is gthe hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken!
24 kI have laid a snare for thee, and thou art also taken, O Babylon,
And lthou wast not aware:
Thou art found, and also caught,
Because thou hast mstriven against the Lord.
And hath brought forth nthe weapons of his indignation:
For this is the work of the Lord God of hosts
In the land of the Chaldeans.
26 Come against her †from the utmost border,
Open her storehouses:
ppLet nothing of her be left.
Woe unto them! for rtheir day is come,
sThe time of their visitation.
28 The voice of tthem that flee and escape out of the land of Babylon,
29 Call together xthe archers against Babylon:
ppLet none thereof escape:
zRecompense her according to her work;
According to all that she hath done, do unto her:
aFor she hath been proud against the Lord, against the Holy One of Israel.
30 bTherefore shall her young men fall in the streets,
31 Behold, I am against thee, O thou †most proud,
Saith the Lord God of hosts:
32 And †the most proud shall stumble and fall,
And none shall raise him up:
fAnd it shall devour all round about him.
hThe children of Israel and the children of Judah were oppressed together:
And all that took them captives held them fast;
iThey refused to let them go.
lThe Lord of hosts is his name:
mHe shall throughly plead their cause,
That he may give rest to the land,
And disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon.
And upon the inhabitants of Babylon,
A sword is upon oher mighty men; and they shall be dismayed.
And upon all tthe mingled people that are in the midst of her;
And uthey shall become as women:
A sword is upon vher treasures; and they shall be robbed.
38 A wdrought is upon her waters; and they shall be dried up:
For it is the land of xgraven images,
And ythey are mad upon their idols.
39 Therefore zthe wild beasts of the desert
With zthe wild beasts of the islands shall dwell there,
And zthe owls shall dwell therein:
And it ashall be no more inhabited for ever;
aNeither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation.
40 bAs God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah
bAnd the neighbour cities thereof, saith the Lord;
bSo shall no man abide there,
Neither shall any son of man dwell therein.
And ea great nation, and many kings
Shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth.
They are cruel, and will not shew mercy:
Their voice shall roar like the sea,
And they shall ride upon horses,
Every one put in array, like a man to the battle,
Against thee, O daughter of Babylon.
And his hands waxed feeble:
fAnguish took hold of him,
And pangs as of a woman in travail.
44 gBehold, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of Jordan
Unto the habitation of the strong:
But I will make them suddenly run away from her:
And who is a chosen man, that I may appoint over her?
For who is like me? and who will ||appoint me the time?
And who is hthat shepherd that will stand before me?
45 Therefore hear ye ithe counsel of the Lord,
That he hath taken against Babylon;
And ihis purposes, that he hath purposed against the land of the Chaldeans:
Surely the least of the flock shall draw them out:
Surely he shall make their habitation desolate with them.
And mthe cry is heard among the nations.
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