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,
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and Babylon shall become 4a heap of ruins, 5the haunt of jackals, 6a horror 7and a hissing, without inhabitant.
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8"They shall roar together 9like lions; they shall growl like lions' cubs.
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10While 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.
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I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter, like rams and male goats.
"How 14Babylon is taken, 15the praise of the whole earth 16seized! How Babylon has become a horror among the nations!
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17The sea has come up on Babylon; she is covered with its tumultuous waves.
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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.
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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.
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"Go out of the midst of her, 25my people! Let every one save his life from 26the fierce anger of the LORD!
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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.
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