Her towns will be desolate, a dry and desert1 land, a land where no one lives, through which no man travels.244
I will punish Bel3 in Babylon and make him spew out4 what he has swallowed. The nations will no longer stream to him. And the wall5 of Babylon will fall.
"Come out6 of her, my people! Run7 for your lives! Run from the fierce anger8 of the LORD.
Do not lose heart9 or be afraid10 when rumors11 are heard in the land; one rumor comes this year, another the next, rumors of violence in the land and of ruler against ruler.
For the time will surely come when I will punish the idols12 of Babylon; her whole land will be disgraced13 and her slain will all lie fallen within her.1448
Then heaven and earth and all that is in them will shout15 for joy over Babylon, for out of the north16 destroyers17 will attack her," declares the LORD.
"Babylon must fall because of Israel's slain, just as the slain in all the earth have fallen because of Babylon.1850
You who have escaped the sword, leave19 and do not linger! Remember20 the LORD in a distant land,21 and think on Jerusalem."
"We are disgraced,22 for we have been insulted and shame covers our faces, because foreigners have entered the holy places of the LORD's house."2352
"But days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will punish her idols,24 and throughout her land the wounded will groan.2553
Even if Babylon reaches the sky26 and fortifies her lofty stronghold, I will send destroyers27 against her," declares the LORD.