virgin daughter Babylon;
sit on the ground without a throne,
daughter of the Chaldeans,
for you will no longer be called tender and delicate.
yes, your shame will be seen;
I will take vengeance,
and will spare no man.”
the Holy One of Israel.
I profaned my inheritance
and gave them into your hand.
You showed no mercy to them;
on the aged you made your yoke very heavy.
who sits securely,
who says in your heart,
‘I am, and there is none else besides me;
I will not sit as a widow,
nor will I know the loss of children.’
in a moment in one day,
the loss of children, and widowhood;
in their full measure will they come on you,
in the multitude of your sorceries
and the great abundance of your magic spells.
You have said, ‘No one sees me.’
Your wisdom and your knowledge
has perverted you,
and you have said in your heart,
‘I am, and there is none else besides me.’
you will not know when it dawns;
and disaster will fall on you;
you will not be able to charm it away;
and desolation that you do not know about
will come on you suddenly.
and with the multitude of your sorceries
in which you have labored from your youth.
Perhaps you will be able to succeed;
perhaps you can cause terror.
Now let the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators,
stand up and save you from the things that will come on you.
the fire will burn them.
They will not deliver themselves
from the power of the flame;
it will not be a coal to warm at,
nor a fire to sit before.
those who have done business with you from your youth.
They will wander about, each in his own direction.
There is none to save you.”