Thus saith Jehovah: Behold, I will raise up against Babylon, and against them that dwell in the heart of those that rise against me, a a destroying wind;
and I will send unto Babylon strangers, b who shall fan her, and shall empty her land: for in the day of trouble they shall be against her round about.
Against him that bendeth let the archer bend his bow, and against him that lifteth himself up in his coat of mail; and spare not her young men: destroy utterly all her host.
And the slain shall fall in the land of the Chaldeans, and they that are thrust through in her streets.
For Israel is not forsaken, c nor Judah of his God, of Jehovah of hosts; for their land d is full of guilt against the Holy One of Israel.
Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and save every man his life; be ye not cut off in her iniquity: for this is the time of Jehovah's vengeance: he shall render unto her a recompence.
Babylon hath been a golden cup in Jehovah's hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunk of her wine; therefore have the nations become mad.