This is what the Lord says: I am about to stir up a destructive winda against Babylon and against the population of Leb-qamai.b2
I will send strangers to Babylon who will scatter her and strip her land bare, for they will come against her from every side in the day of disaster.
Don't let the archer string his bow; don't let him put onc his armor.d Don't spare her young men; completely destroy her entire army!
Those who were slain will fall in the land of the Chaldeans, those who were pierced through, in her streets.e5
For Israel and Judah are not left widowed by their God, the Lord of Hosts, though their land is full of guilt against the Holy One of Israel.f6
Leave Babylon;g save your lives, each of you!h Don't be silenced by her guilt. For this is the time of the Lord's vengeance- He will pay her what she deserves.i