I will punish Bel1 in Babylon and make him spew out2 what he has swallowed. The nations will no longer stream to him. And the wall3 of Babylon will fall.
"Come out4 of her, my people! Run5 for your lives! Run from the fierce anger6 of the LORD.
Do not lose heart7 or be afraid8 when rumors9 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 idols10 of Babylon; her whole land will be disgraced11 and her slain will all lie fallen within her.1248
Then heaven and earth and all that is in them will shout13 for joy over Babylon, for out of the north14 destroyers15 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.1650
You who have escaped the sword, leave17 and do not linger! Remember18 the LORD in a distant land,19 and think on Jerusalem."
"We are disgraced,20 for we have been insulted and shame covers our faces, because foreigners have entered the holy places of the LORD's house."2152
"But days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will punish her idols,22 and throughout her land the wounded will groan.2353
Even if Babylon reaches the sky24 and fortifies her lofty stronghold, I will send destroyers25 against her," declares the LORD.
"The sound of a cry26 comes from Babylon, the sound of great destruction27 from the land of the Babylonians.a