1For Yahweh will have compassion on Jacob and will once again choose Israel, and settle them in their own land. The foreigner will join himself with them, and they will attach themselves to the house of Jacob.
2And the people will take them and bring them to their place. The house of Israel will possess them in Yahweh’s land for male servants and for female servants. They will take as captives those whose captives they were, and they will rule over their oppressors.
3It will happen in the day that Yahweh will give you rest from your sorrow, from your trouble and from the hard service in which you were made to serve,
4that you will take up this parable against the king of Babylon and say,
“How the oppressor has ceased!
The golden city has ceased!”
the scepter of the rulers
with a relentless stroke,
who ruled the nations in anger
with a persecution that none restrained.
They break out song.
with the cedars of Lebanon, saying,
“Since you are humbled,
no lumberjack has come up against us.”
“Have you also become as weak as we are?
Have you become like us?”
with the sound of your stringed instruments.
Maggots are spread out under you,
and worms cover you.
I will make myself like the Most High!”
to the depths of the pit.
They will ponder you, saying,
“Is this the man who made the earth to tremble,
who shook kingdoms,
and overthrew its cities,
who didn’t release his prisoners to their home?”
sleep in glory, everyone in his own house.
like an abominable branch,
clothed with the slain who are thrust through with the sword,
who go down to the stones of the pit;
like a dead body trampled underfoot.
because you have destroyed your land.
You have killed your people.
The seed of evildoers
will not be named forever.
22“I will rise up against them,” says Yahweh of Armies, “and cut off from Babylon name and remnant, and son and son’s son,” says Yahweh.
23“I will also make it a possession for the porcupine, and pools of water. I will sweep it with the broom of destruction,” says Yahweh of Armies.
“Surely, as I have thought, so will it happen,
and as I have purposed, so will it stand:
and tread him under foot on my mountains.
Then his yoke will leave them,
and his burden leave their shoulders.
that is determined for the whole earth.
This is the hand that is stretched out
over all the nations.
and who can stop it?
His hand is stretched out,
and who can turn it back?”
because the rod that struck you is broken;
for out of the serpent’s root an adder will emerge,
and his fruit will be a fiery flying serpent.
That Yahweh has founded Zion,
and in her the afflicted of his people will take refuge.