"Sharpen the arrows,1 take up the shields!2 The LORD has stirred up the kings3 of the Medes,4 because his purpose5 is to destroy Babylon. The LORD will take vengeance,6 vengeance for his temple.712
Lift up a banner8 against the walls of Babylon! Reinforce the guard, station the watchmen,9 prepare an ambush!10 The LORD will carry out his purpose,11 his decree against the people of Babylon.
You who live by many waters12 and are rich in treasures,13 your end has come, the time for you to be cut off.1414
The LORD Almighty has sworn by himself:15 I will surely fill you with men, as with a swarm of locusts,16 and they will shout17 in triumph over you.
"He made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom18 and stretched19 out the heavens by his understanding.2016
When he thunders,21 the waters in the heavens roar; he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth. He sends lightning with the rain22 and brings out the wind from his storehouses.2317
"Every man is senseless and without knowledge; every goldsmith is shamed by his idols. His images are a fraud;24 they have no breath in them.
They are worthless,25 the objects of mockery; when their judgment comes, they will perish.
He who is the Portion26 of Jacob is not like these, for he is the Maker of all things, including the tribe of his inheritance27-- the LORD Almighty is his name.
"You are my war club,28 my weapon for battle-- with you I shatter29 nations,30 with you I destroy kingdoms,
with you I shatter horse and rider,31 with you I shatter chariot32 and driver,