As God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah1 along with their neighboring towns," declares the LORD, "so no one will live there; no man will dwell in it.241
"Look! An army is coming from the north;3 a great nation and many kings are being stirred4 up from the ends of the earth.542
They are armed with bows6 and spears; they are cruel7 and without mercy.8 They sound like the roaring sea9 as they ride on their horses; they come like men in battle formation to attack you, O Daughter of Babylon.1043
The king of Babylon has heard reports about them, and his hands hang limp.11 Anguish has gripped him, pain like that of a woman in labor.1244
Like a lion coming up from Jordan's thickets13 to a rich pastureland, I will chase Babylon from its land in an instant. Who is the chosen14 one I will appoint for this? Who is like me and who can challenge me?15 And what shepherd can stand against me?"
Therefore, hear what the LORD has planned against Babylon, what he has purposed16 against the land of the Babylonians:17 The young of the flock will be dragged away; he will completely destroy their pasture because of them.
At the sound of Babylon's capture the earth will tremble;18 its cry19 will resound among the nations.