Whoever is captured will be thrust through; all who are caught will fall1 by the sword.216
Their infants3 will be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses will be looted and their wives ravished.417
See, I will stir up5 against them the Medes,6 who do not care for silver and have no delight in gold.718
Their bows8 will strike down the young men;9 they will have no mercy10 on infants nor will they look with compassion on children.1119
Babylon,12 the jewel of kingdoms,13 the glory14 of the Babylonians'a pride, will be overthrown15 by God like Sodom and Gomorrah.1620
She will never be inhabited17 or lived in through all generations; no Arab18 will pitch his tent there, no shepherd will rest his flocks there.
But desert creatures19 will lie there, jackals20 will fill her houses; there the owls21 will dwell, and there the wild goats22 will leap about.
Hyenas23 will howl in her strongholds,24 jackals25 in her luxurious palaces. Her time is at hand,26 and her days will not be prolonged.27