1 Thus says the Lord:
“Behold, I am going to arouse against Babylon
And against the inhabitants of 1Leb-kamai
And may devastate her land;
For on every side they will be opposed to her
In the day of her calamity.
So do not spare her young men;
Devote all her army to destruction.
4 “They will fall down 1slain in the land of the Chaldeans,
And apierced through in their streets.”
By his God, the Lord of hosts,
Although their land is bfull of guilt
2Before the Holy One of Israel.
6 aFlee from the midst of Babylon,
And each of you save his life!
For this is the cLord’s time of vengeance;
He is going to drender recompense to her.
7 Babylon has been a golden acup in the hand of the Lord,
Intoxicating all the earth.
The bnations have drunk of her wine;
Therefore the nations are cgoing mad.
8 Suddenly aBabylon has fallen and been broken;
bWail over her!
Perhaps she may be healed.
Forsake her and alet us each go to his own country,
For her judgment has breached to heaven
And 1towers up to the very skies.
Come and let us brecount in Zion
The work of the Lord our God!
11 aSharpen the arrows, fill the quivers!
The Lord has aroused the spirit of the kings of the Medes,
Because His purpose is against Babylon to destroy it;
For it is the bvengeance of the Lord, vengeance for His temple.
Post a strong guard,
Place men in ambush!
For the Lord has both bpurposed and performed
What He spoke concerning the inhabitants of Babylon.
13 O you who adwell by many waters,
Abundant in btreasures,
Your end has come,
14 The aLord of hosts has sworn by Himself:
And they will cry out with 2shouts of victory over you.”
15 It is aHe who made the earth by His power,
Who established the world by His wisdom,
And by His understanding He bstretched out the heavens.
16 When He utters His avoice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens,
And He causes the bclouds to ascend from the end of the earth;
He makes lightning for the rain
And brings forth the cwind from His storehouses.
17 aAll mankind is stupid, devoid of knowledge;
Every goldsmith is put to shame by his 1idols,
For his molten images are bdeceitful,
And there is no breath in them.
18 They are aworthless, a work of mockery;
In the time of their punishment they will perish.
19 The aportion of Jacob is not like these;
For the 1Maker of all is He,
And of the 2tribe of His inheritance;
The bLord of hosts is His name.
And with you I bshatter nations,
And with you I destroy kingdoms.
21 “With you I ashatter the horse and his rider,
And with you I shatter the bchariot and its rider,
22 And with you I shatter aman and woman,
And with you I shatter old man and byouth,
And with you I shatter young man and virgin,
And with you I shatter the farmer and his team,
And with you I shatter governors and prefects.
Who destroys the whole earth,” declares the Lord,
“And I will stretch out My hand against you,
And roll you down from the crags,
And I will make you a cburnt out mountain.
Nor a stone for foundations,
But you will be adesolate forever,” declares the Lord.
Blow a trumpet among the nations!
Consecrate the nations against her,
Appoint a marshal against her,
Bring up the ehorses like bristly locusts.
The kings of the Medes,
And every land of 3their dominion.
29 So the aland quakes and writhes,
For the purposes of the Lord against Babylon stand,
To make the land of Babylon
30 The amighty men of Babylon have ceased fighting,
They stay in the strongholds;
They are becoming blike women;
Their dwelling places are set on fire,
The cbars of her gates are broken.
To tell the king of Babylon
That his city has been captured from end to end;
And they have burned the marshes with fire,
And the men of war are terrified.
“The daughter of Babylon is like a athreshing floor
At the time 1it is stamped firm;
Yet in a little while the time of bharvest will come for her.”
34 “Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon has adevoured me and crushed me,
He has set me down like an bempty vessel;
He has cswallowed me like a monster,
He has filled his stomach with my delicacies;
He has washed me away.
35 “May the aviolence done to me and to my flesh be upon Babylon,”
The 1inhabitant of Zion will say;
And, “May my blood be upon the inhabitants of Chaldea,”
Jerusalem will say.
“Behold, I am going to aplead your case
And bexact full vengeance for you;
And make her fountain dry.
37 “aBabylon will become a heap of ruins, a haunt of jackals,
An bobject of horror and hissing, without inhabitants.
38 “They will roar together like ayoung lions,
They will growl like lions’ cubs.
And amake them drunk, that they may become jubilant
And may bsleep a perpetual sleep
And not wake up,” declares the Lord.
Like rams together with male goats.
And bthe praise of the whole earth been seized!
How Babylon has become an object of horror among the nations!
She has been engulfed with its tumultuous waves.
43 “Her cities have become an aobject of horror,
A parched land and a desert,
A land in which bno man lives
And through which no son of man passes.
44 “aI will punish Bel in Babylon,
And I will make what he has swallowed bcome out of his mouth;
And the nations will no longer cstream to him.
Even the dwall of Babylon has fallen down!
45 “aCome forth from her midst, My people,
And each of you bsave yourselves
From the fierce anger of the Lord.
46 “Now aso that your heart does not grow faint,
And you are not afraid at the breport that will be heard in the land—
For the report will come 1one year,
And violence will be in the land
With cruler against ruler—
When I will punish the aidols of Babylon;
And her whole land will be bput to shame
And all her slain will fall in her midst.
48 “Then aheaven and earth and all that is in them
Will shout for joy over Babylon,
For bthe destroyers will come to her from the north,”
Declares the Lord.
49 aIndeed Babylon is to fall for the slain of Israel,
As also for Babylon bthe slain of all the earth have fallen.
50 You awho have escaped the sword,
Depart! Do not stay!
bRemember the Lord from afar,
And let Jerusalem 1come to your mind.
51 aWe are ashamed because we have heard reproach;
Disgrace has covered our faces,
For baliens have entered
The holy places of the Lord’s house.
“When I will punish her aidols,
And the mortally wounded will groan throughout her land.
53 “Though Babylon should aascend to the heavens,
And though she should fortify 1her lofty stronghold,
From bMe destroyers will come to her,” declares the Lord.
54 The asound of an outcry from Babylon,
And of great destruction from the land of the Chaldeans!
And He will make her loud 1noise vanish from her.
And their awaves will roar like many waters;
The tumult of their voices 2sounds forth.
56 For the adestroyer is coming against her, against Babylon,
And her mighty men will be captured,
Their bbows are shattered;
For the Lord is a God of crecompense,
He will fully repay.
57 “I will amake her princes and her wise men drunk,
Her governors, her prefects and her mighty men,
That they may sleep a bperpetual sleep and not wake up,”
cDeclares the King, whose name is the Lord of hosts.
“The broad awall of Babylon will be completely razed
And her high bgates will be set on fire;
So the peoples will ctoil for nothing,
And the nations become dexhausted only for fire.”
59 The 1message which Jeremiah the prophet commanded Seraiah the son of aNeriah, the grandson of Mahseiah, when he went with bZedekiah the king of Judah to Babylon in the fourth year of his reign. (Now Seraiah was quartermaster.)
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