For I will stir1 up and bring against Babylon an alliance of great nations2 from the land of the north.3 They will take up their positions against her, and from the north she will be captured.4 Their arrows5 will be like skilled warriors who do not return empty-handed.
So Babyloniaa will be plundered;6 all who plunder her will have their fill," declares the LORD.
"Because you rejoice and are glad, you who pillage my inheritance,7 because you frolic like a heifer8 threshing grain and neigh like stallions,
your mother will be greatly ashamed; she who gave you birth will be disgraced.9 She will be the least of the nations-- a wilderness, a dry land, a desert.1013
Because of the LORD's anger she will not be inhabited but will be completely desolate.11 All who pass Babylon will be horrified12 and scoff13 because of all her wounds.1414
"Take up your positions around Babylon, all you who draw the bow.15 Shoot at her! Spare no arrows,16 for she has sinned against the LORD.
Shout17 against her on every side! She surrenders, her towers fall, her walls18 are torn down. Since this is the vengeance19 of the LORD, take vengeance on her; do to her20 as she has done to others.2116
Cut off from Babylon the sower, and the reaper with his sickle at harvest. Because of the sword22 of the oppressor let everyone return to his own people,23 let everyone flee to his own land.2417
"Israel is a scattered flock25 that lions26 have chased away. The first to devour27 him was the king28 of Assyria; the last to crush his bones29 was Nebuchadnezzar30 king31 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 king32 of Assyria.3319
But I will bring34 Israel back to his own pasture and he will graze on Carmel and Bashan; his appetite will be satisfied35 on the hills36 of Ephraim and Gilead.37