Do not lose heart1 or be afraid2 when rumors3 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 idols4 of Babylon; her whole land will be disgraced5 and her slain will all lie fallen within her.648
Then heaven and earth and all that is in them will shout7 for joy over Babylon, for out of the north8 destroyers9 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.1050
You who have escaped the sword, leave11 and do not linger! Remember12 the LORD in a distant land,13 and think on Jerusalem."
"We are disgraced,14 for we have been insulted and shame covers our faces, because foreigners have entered the holy places of the LORD's house."1552
"But days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will punish her idols,16 and throughout her land the wounded will groan.1753
Even if Babylon reaches the sky18 and fortifies her lofty stronghold, I will send destroyers19 against her," declares the LORD.
"The sound of a cry20 comes from Babylon, the sound of great destruction21 from the land of the Babylonians.a55
The LORD will destroy Babylon; he will silence22 her noisy din. Waves23 [of enemies] will rage like great waters; the roar of their voices will resound.
A destroyer24 will come against Babylon; her warriors will be captured, and their bows will be broken.25 For the LORD is a God of retribution; he will repay26 in full.