This is what the LORD says: "See, I will stir1 up the spirit of a destroyer against Babylon2 and the people of Leb Kamai.a2
I will send foreigners3 to Babylon to winnow4 her and to devastate her land; they will oppose her on every side in the day5 of her disaster.
Let not the archer string his bow,6 nor let him put on his armor.7 Do not spare her young men; completely destroyb her army.
They will fall8 down slain in Babylon,c fatally wounded in her streets.95
For Israel and Judah have not been forsaken10 by their God, the LORD Almighty, though their landd is full of guilt11 before the Holy One of Israel.
"Flee12 from Babylon! Run for your lives! Do not be destroyed because of her sins.13 It is time14 for the LORD's vengeance;15 he will pay16 her what she deserves.
Babylon was a gold cup17 in the LORD's hand; she made the whole earth drunk. The nations drank her wine; therefore they have now gone mad.
Babylon will suddenly fall18 and be broken. Wail over her! Get balm19 for her pain; perhaps she can be healed.
" 'We would have healed Babylon, but she cannot be healed; let us leave20 her and each go to his own land, for her judgment21 reaches to the skies, it rises as high as the clouds.'
" 'The LORD has vindicated22 us; come, let us tell in Zion what the LORD our God has done.'2311
"Sharpen the arrows,24 take up the shields!25 The LORD has stirred up the kings26 of the Medes,27 because his purpose28 is to destroy Babylon. The LORD will take vengeance,29 vengeance for his temple.30