One courier1 follows another and messenger follows messenger to announce to the king of Babylon that his entire city is captured,232
the river crossings seized, the marshes set on fire,3 and the soldiers terrified.4"
This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "The Daughter of Babylon5 is like a threshing floor6 at the time it is trampled; the time to harvest7 her will soon come.8"
"Nebuchadnezzar9 king of Babylon has devoured10 us,11 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 spewed12 us out.
May the violence13 done to our flesha be upon Babylon," say the inhabitants of Zion. "May our blood be on those who live in Babylonia," says Jerusalem.1436
Therefore, this is what the LORD says: "See, I will defend your cause15 and avenge16 you; I will dry up17 her sea and make her springs dry.
Babylon will be a heap of ruins, a haunt18 of jackals, an object of horror and scorn,19 a place where no one lives.2038
Her people all roar like young lions,21 they growl like lion cubs.
But while they are aroused, I will set out a feast for them and make them drunk,22 so that they shout with laughter-- then sleep forever23 and not awake," declares the LORD.2440
"I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter, like rams and goats.2541
"How Sheshachb26 will be captured,27 the boast of the whole earth seized! What a horror28 Babylon will be among the nations!