"Attack the land of Merathaim and those who live in Pekod.1 Pursue, kill and completely destroya them," declares the LORD. "Do everything I have commanded you.
The noise2 of battle is in the land, the noise of great destruction!
How broken and shattered is the hammer3 of the whole earth!4 How desolate5 is Babylon among the nations!
I set a trap6 for you, O Babylon, and you were caught before you knew it; you were found and captured7 because you opposed8 the LORD.
The LORD has opened his arsenal and brought out the weapons9 of his wrath, for the Sovereign LORD Almighty has work to do in the land of the Babylonians.1026
Come against her from afar.11 Break open her granaries; pile her up like heaps of grain.12 Completely destroy13 her and leave her no remnant.
Kill all her young bulls;14 let them go down to the slaughter!15 Woe to them! For their day16 has come, the time17 for them to be punished.
Listen to the fugitives18 and refugees from Babylon declaring in Zion19 how the LORD our God has taken vengeance,20 vengeance for his temple.2129
"Summon archers against Babylon, all those who draw the bow.22 Encamp all around her; let no one escape.23 Repay24 her for her deeds;25 do to her as she has done. For she has defied26 the LORD, the Holy One27 of Israel.
Therefore, her young men28 will fall in the streets; all her soldiers will be silenced in that day," declares the LORD.
"See, I am against29 you, O arrogant one," declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty, "for your day30 has come, the time for you to be punished.
The arrogant31 one will stumble and fall32 and no one will help her up;33 I will kindle a fire34 in her towns that will consume all who are around her."