But I will bring1 Israel back to his own pasture and he will graze on Carmel and Bashan; his appetite will be satisfied2 on the hills3 of Ephraim and Gilead.420
In those days, at that time," declares the LORD, "search will be made for Israel's guilt, but there will be none,5 and for the sins6 of Judah, but none will be found, for I will forgive7 the remnant8 I spare.
"Attack the land of Merathaim and those who live in Pekod.9 Pursue, kill and completely destroya them," declares the LORD. "Do everything I have commanded you.
The noise10 of battle is in the land, the noise of great destruction!
How broken and shattered is the hammer11 of the whole earth!12 How desolate13 is Babylon among the nations!
I set a trap14 for you, O Babylon, and you were caught before you knew it; you were found and captured15 because you opposed16 the LORD.
The LORD has opened his arsenal and brought out the weapons17 of his wrath, for the Sovereign LORD Almighty has work to do in the land of the Babylonians.1826
Come against her from afar.19 Break open her granaries; pile her up like heaps of grain.20 Completely destroy21 her and leave her no remnant.
Kill all her young bulls;22 let them go down to the slaughter!23 Woe to them! For their day24 has come, the time25 for them to be punished.
Listen to the fugitives26 and refugees from Babylon declaring in Zion27 how the LORD our God has taken vengeance,28 vengeance for his temple.2929
"Summon archers against Babylon, all those who draw the bow.30 Encamp all around her; let no one escape.31 Repay32 her for her deeds;33 do to her as she has done. For she has defied34 the LORD, the Holy One35 of Israel.