The noise1 of battle is in the land, the noise of great destruction!
How broken and shattered is the hammer2 of the whole earth!3 How desolate4 is Babylon among the nations!
I set a trap5 for you, O Babylon, and you were caught before you knew it; you were found and captured6 because you opposed7 the LORD.
The LORD has opened his arsenal and brought out the weapons8 of his wrath, for the Sovereign LORD Almighty has work to do in the land of the Babylonians.926
Come against her from afar.10 Break open her granaries; pile her up like heaps of grain.11 Completely destroy12 her and leave her no remnant.
Kill all her young bulls;13 let them go down to the slaughter!14 Woe to them! For their day15 has come, the time16 for them to be punished.
Listen to the fugitives17 and refugees from Babylon declaring in Zion18 how the LORD our God has taken vengeance,19 vengeance for his temple.2029
"Summon archers against Babylon, all those who draw the bow.21 Encamp all around her; let no one escape.22 Repay23 her for her deeds;24 do to her as she has done. For she has defied25 the LORD, the Holy One26 of Israel.
Therefore, her young men27 will fall in the streets; all her soldiers will be silenced in that day," declares the LORD.
"See, I am against28 you, O arrogant one," declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty, "for your day29 has come, the time for you to be punished.
The arrogant30 one will stumble and fall31 and no one will help her up;32 I will kindle a fire33 in her towns that will consume all who are around her."