Therefore thus says the LORD: "Behold, 1I will plead your cause and take vengeance for you. 2I will dry up her sea and 3make her fountain dry,
and Babylon shall become 4a heap of ruins, 5the haunt of jackals, 6a horror 7and a hissing, without inhabitant.
388"They shall roar together 9like lions; they shall growl like lions' cubs.
3910While they are inflamed 11I will prepare them a feast and 12make them drunk, that they may become merry, 13then sleep a perpetual sleep and not wake, declares the LORD.
I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter, like rams and male goats.
"How 14Babylona is taken, 15the praise of the whole earth 16seized! How Babylon has become a horror among the nations!
4217The sea has come up on Babylon; she is covered with its tumultuous waves.
Her cities have become a horror, 18a land of drought and a desert, 19a land in which no one dwells, and through which no son of man passes.
And I will punish 20Bel in Babylon, and 21take out of his mouth 22what he has swallowed. 23The nations shall no longer flow to him; 24the wall of Babylon has fallen.
"Go out of the midst of her, 25my people! Let every one save his life from 26the fierce anger of the LORD!
Let not your heart faint, and be not fearful 27at the report heard in the land, 28when a report comes in one year and afterward a report in another year, and violence is in the land, 29and ruler is against ruler.