" 'The LORD has vindicated1 us; come, let us tell in Zion what the LORD our God has done.'211
"Sharpen the arrows,3 take up the shields!4 The LORD has stirred up the kings5 of the Medes,6 because his purpose7 is to destroy Babylon. The LORD will take vengeance,8 vengeance for his temple.912
Lift up a banner10 against the walls of Babylon! Reinforce the guard, station the watchmen,11 prepare an ambush!12 The LORD will carry out his purpose,13 his decree against the people of Babylon.
You who live by many waters14 and are rich in treasures,15 your end has come, the time for you to be cut off.1614
The LORD Almighty has sworn by himself:17 I will surely fill you with men, as with a swarm of locusts,18 and they will shout19 in triumph over you.
"He made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom20 and stretched21 out the heavens by his understanding.2216
When he thunders,23 the waters in the heavens roar; he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth. He sends lightning with the rain24 and brings out the wind from his storehouses.2517
"Every man is senseless and without knowledge; every goldsmith is shamed by his idols. His images are a fraud;26 they have no breath in them.
They are worthless,27 the objects of mockery; when their judgment comes, they will perish.
He who is the Portion28 of Jacob is not like these, for he is the Maker of all things, including the tribe of his inheritance29-- the LORD Almighty is his name.
"You are my war club,30 my weapon for battle-- with you I shatter31 nations,32 with you I destroy kingdoms,