1Come down and sit in the dust, O virgin 2daughter of Babylon; 3sit on the ground without a throne, O daughter of 4the Chaldeans! 5For you shall no more be called tender and delicate.
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Take the millstones and 6grind flour, 7put off your veil, strip off your robe, uncover your legs, pass through the rivers.
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Your nakedness shall be uncovered, and your disgrace shall be seen. I will take vengeance, and I will spare no one.
8Our Redeemer--the LORD of hosts is his name-- is the Holy One of Israel.
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9Sit in silence, and go into darkness, O daughter of 10the Chaldeans; for you shall no more be called 11the mistress of kingdoms.
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12I was angry with my people; I profaned my heritage; I gave them into your hand; 13you showed them no mercy; on the aged you made your yoke exceedingly heavy.
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You said, "I shall be 14mistress forever," so that you did not lay these things to heart or remember their end.
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Now therefore hear this, 15you lover of pleasures, 16who sit securely, who say in your heart, 17"I am, and there is no one besides me; 18I shall not sit as a widow or know the loss of children":
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19These two things shall come to you in a moment, 20in one day; the loss of children and widowhood shall come upon you in full measure, 21in spite of your many sorceries and the great power of your enchantments.
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You felt secure in your wickedness, you said, "No one sees me"; your wisdom and your knowledge led you astray, and you said in your heart, 22"I am, and there is no one besides me."
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But evil shall come upon you, which you will not know how to charm away; disaster shall fall upon you, for which you will not be able to atone; 23and ruin shall come upon you suddenly, of which you know nothing.
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24Stand fast in your enchantments and your many sorceries, with which you have labored from your youth; perhaps you may be able to succeed; perhaps you may inspire terror.
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You are wearied with your many counsels; let them stand forth and save you, 25those who divide the heavens, who gaze at the stars, who at the new moons make known what shall come upon you.
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Behold, 26they are like stubble; 27the fire consumes them; they cannot deliver themselves from the power of the flame. No coal for warming oneself is this, no fire to sit before!
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Such to you are those with whom you have labored, who have done business with you from your youth; they wander about, each in his own direction; there is no one to save you.