The LORD proclaims: I'm stirring up a violent wind against Babylon and those who live in Leb-qamai.a2
I will send mercenariesb to Babylon who will sift her and clear out her land. They will surround her on the day of disaster.
Let the archers draw their bows; let them prepare their armor. Show no mercy to her young men; wipe out her entire company!
They will fall wounded in the land of Babylon, struck down in her streets.
God, the LORD of heavenly forces, hasn't abandoned Israel and Judah, even though they live in a land filled with guilt before the holy one of Israel.
Escape from Babylon; each of you run for your lives! Don't perish because of her guilt, because this is the time for the LORD's retribution, a day of reckoning for all that Babylonc has done.