and set up a standard;
proclaim and do not conceal;
say, ‘Babylon is taken,
Bel is disappointed,
Merodach is dismayed;
her images are disappointed,
her idols are dismayed.’
that will make her land desolate,
and none will dwell in it;
they are fled, they are gone, both man and animal.
the children of Israel will come,
they and the children of Judah together;
they will go on their way weeping,
and will seek Yahweh their God.
with their faces turned toward it, saying,
‘Come and join yourselves to Yahweh
in an everlasting covenant that will not be forgotten.’
their shepherds have caused them to go astray.
They have turned them away on the mountains;
they have gone from mountain to hill;
they have forgotten their resting place.
and their adversaries said, ‘We are not guilty,
because they have sinned against Yahweh,
the habitation of righteousness,
even Yahweh, the hope of their fathers.’
and go out of the land of the Chaldeans,
and be as the male goats before the flocks.
a company of great nations from the north country,
and they will set themselves in battle formation against her.
From there she will be taken;
their arrows will be as of an expert mighty man;
none will return in vain.
all who prey on her will be satisfied,
because you rejoice,
O you who plunder my heritage,
because you are wanton as a heifer that treads out the grain,
and neigh as strong horses,
she who bore you will be confounded,
behold, she will be the least of the nations,
a wilderness, a dry land and a desert.
she will not be inhabited,
but she will be wholly desolate;
everyone who goes by Babylon
will be astonished,
and hiss at all her plagues.
all you who bend the bow.
Shoot at her! Spare no arrows,
for she has sinned against Yahweh.
she has submitted herself.
Her bulwarks are fallen,
her walls are thrown down,
for it is the vengeance of Yahweh;
take vengeance on her,
As she has done, do to her.
and him who handles the sickle in the time of harvest.
For fear of the oppressing sword
they will turn everyone to his people,
and they will flee everyone to his own land.
the lions have driven him away:
first, the king of Assyria devoured him;
and now at last Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon
has broken his bones.
and he will feed on Carmel and Bashan,
and his soul will be satisfied
on the hills of Ephraim and in Gilead.
the iniquity of Israel will be sought for,
and there will be none,
and the sins of Judah,
and they will not be found.
For I will pardon them whom I leave as a remnant.
and of great destruction.
cut apart and broken!
How is Babylon become a desolation
among the nations!
and you weren’t aware;
you are found, and also caught,
because you have striven against Yahweh.
and has brought forth the weapons of his indignation,
for the Lord Yahweh of Armies has a work to do
in the land of the Chaldeans.
let them go down to the slaughter.
Woe to them! For their day has come,
the time of their visitation.
out of the land of Babylon
to declare in Zion the vengeance of Yahweh our God,
the vengeance of his temple.
all those who bend the bow.
Encamp against her all around;
let none of it escape.
Repay her according to her work;
according to all that she has done, do to her.
For she has been proud against Yahweh,
against the Holy One of Israel.
and all her men of war
will be brought to silence in that day,
says the Lord Yahweh of Armies,
for your day has come,
the time that I will visit you.
and none will raise him up;
and I will kindle a fire in his cities,
and it will devour all who are around him.
The children of Israel and the children of Judah are oppressed together,
and all who took them captive hold them fast;
they refuse to let them go.
Yahweh of Armies is his name.
He will thoroughly plead their cause,
that he may give rest to the earth
and disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon.
and on the inhabitants of Babylon,
and on her officials and on her wise men.
and they will become fools;
a sword is on her mighty men,
and they will be dismayed.
and on all the mixed people who are in the midst of her,
and they will become as women.
A sword is on her treasures,
and they will be robbed.
and the ostriches will dwell in it,
and it will be no more inhabited forever,
neither will it be lived in from generation to generation.
and the neighbor cities of it,
so will no man dwell there,
neither will any son of man live in it.
and a great nation and many kings will be stirred up
from the uttermost parts of the earth.
they are cruel and have no mercy;
their voice roars like the sea,
and they ride on horses,
each one set in formations like a man for battle against you, daughter of Babylon.
and his hands grow feeble;
anguish has taken hold of him,
pains as of a woman in labor.
44Behold, the enemy will come up like a lion from the pride of the Jordan against the strong habitation, for I will suddenly make them run away from it; and whoever is chosen, him I will appoint over it. For who is like me? And who will appoint me a time? And who is the shepherd who can stand against me?
45Therefore hear the counsel of Yahweh that he has taken against Babylon, and his purposes that he has purposed against the land of the Chaldeans: Surely they will drag them away, even the little ones of the flock; surely he will make their habitation desolate over them.
46At the noise of the taking of Babylon the earth trembles, and the cry is heard among the nations.”