So Babyloniaa will be plundered;1 all who plunder her will have their fill," declares the LORD.
"Because you rejoice and are glad, you who pillage my inheritance,2 because you frolic like a heifer3 threshing grain and neigh like stallions,
your mother will be greatly ashamed; she who gave you birth will be disgraced.4 She will be the least of the nations-- a wilderness, a dry land, a desert.513
Because of the LORD's anger she will not be inhabited but will be completely desolate.6 All who pass Babylon will be horrified7 and scoff8 because of all her wounds.914
"Take up your positions around Babylon, all you who draw the bow.10 Shoot at her! Spare no arrows,11 for she has sinned against the LORD.
Shout12 against her on every side! She surrenders, her towers fall, her walls13 are torn down. Since this is the vengeance14 of the LORD, take vengeance on her; do to her15 as she has done to others.1616
Cut off from Babylon the sower, and the reaper with his sickle at harvest. Because of the sword17 of the oppressor let everyone return to his own people,18 let everyone flee to his own land.1917
"Israel is a scattered flock20 that lions21 have chased away. The first to devour22 him was the king23 of Assyria; the last to crush his bones24 was Nebuchadnezzar25 king26 of Babylon."
Therefore this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "I will punish the king of Babylon and his land as I punished the king27 of Assyria.2819
But I will bring29 Israel back to his own pasture and he will graze on Carmel and Bashan; his appetite will be satisfied30 on the hills31 of Ephraim and Gilead.3220
In those days, at that time," declares the LORD, "search will be made for Israel's guilt, but there will be none,33 and for the sins34 of Judah, but none will be found, for I will forgive35 the remnant36 I spare.