Look! An army is on the move from the northern regions. A powerful nation and many kings are coming from the ends of the earth.
Equipped with bow and spear, they are cruel and show no mercy. Their horsemen sound like the roaring sea, arrayed in battle formation against you, Daughter Babylon.
The king of Babylon has heard reports of them and is panic-stricken; distress overwhelms him, pain like that of a woman in labor.
Like a lion coming up from the jungle of the Jordan to a well-watered meadow,a so I will suddenly chase down Babylon and single out its choicest of rams. Who is like me? Who can direct me? What shepherd can withstand me?
Therefore, listen to the counsel that the LORD has for Babylon and the plans he's devised against the land of Babylon: The little ones of the flock will be dragged off, as their pasture watches in utter disbelief.b46
The earth quakes at the sound of Babylon's capture; its screams echo throughout the world.