Babylon's warriors1 have stopped fighting; they remain in their strongholds. Their strength is exhausted; they have become like women.2 Her dwellings are set on fire;3 the bars4 of her gates are broken.
One courier5 follows another and messenger follows messenger to announce to the king of Babylon that his entire city is captured,632
the river crossings seized, the marshes set on fire,7 and the soldiers terrified.8"
This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "The Daughter of Babylon9 is like a threshing floor10 at the time it is trampled; the time to harvest11 her will soon come.12"
"Nebuchadnezzar13 king of Babylon has devoured14 us,15 he has thrown us into confusion, he has made us an empty jar. Like a serpent he has swallowed us and filled his stomach with our delicacies, and then has spewed16 us out.
May the violence17 done to our flesha be upon Babylon," say the inhabitants of Zion. "May our blood be on those who live in Babylonia," says Jerusalem.1836
Therefore, this is what the LORD says: "See, I will defend your cause19 and avenge20 you; I will dry up21 her sea and make her springs dry.
Babylon will be a heap of ruins, a haunt22 of jackals, an object of horror and scorn,23 a place where no one lives.2438
Her people all roar like young lions,25 they growl like lion cubs.
But while they are aroused, I will set out a feast for them and make them drunk,26 so that they shout with laughter-- then sleep forever27 and not awake," declares the LORD.2840
"I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter, like rams and goats.29