Come against her from afar.1 Break open her granaries; pile her up like heaps of grain.2 Completely destroy3 her and leave her no remnant.
Kill all her young bulls;4 let them go down to the slaughter!5 Woe to them! For their day6 has come, the time7 for them to be punished.
Listen to the fugitives8 and refugees from Babylon declaring in Zion9 how the LORD our God has taken vengeance,10 vengeance for his temple.1129
"Summon archers against Babylon, all those who draw the bow.12 Encamp all around her; let no one escape.13 Repay14 her for her deeds;15 do to her as she has done. For she has defied16 the LORD, the Holy One17 of Israel.
Therefore, her young men18 will fall in the streets; all her soldiers will be silenced in that day," declares the LORD.
"See, I am against19 you, O arrogant one," declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty, "for your day20 has come, the time for you to be punished.
The arrogant21 one will stumble and fall22 and no one will help her up;23 I will kindle a fire24 in her towns that will consume all who are around her."
This is what the LORD Almighty says: "The people of Israel are oppressed,25 and the people of Judah as well. All their captors hold them fast, refusing to let them go.2634
Yet their Redeemer27 is strong; the LORD Almighty28 is his name. He will vigorously defend their cause29 so that he may bring rest30 to their land, but unrest to those who live in Babylon.
"A sword31 against the Babylonians!"32 declares the LORD-- "against those who live in Babylon and against her officials and wise33 men!
A sword against her false prophets! They will become fools. A sword against her warriors!34 They will be filled with terror.35