For the time will surely come when I will punish the idols1 of Babylon; her whole land will be disgraced2 and her slain will all lie fallen within her.348
Then heaven and earth and all that is in them will shout4 for joy over Babylon, for out of the north5 destroyers6 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.750
You who have escaped the sword, leave8 and do not linger! Remember9 the LORD in a distant land,10 and think on Jerusalem."
"We are disgraced,11 for we have been insulted and shame covers our faces, because foreigners have entered the holy places of the LORD's house."1252
"But days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will punish her idols,13 and throughout her land the wounded will groan.1453
Even if Babylon reaches the sky15 and fortifies her lofty stronghold, I will send destroyers16 against her," declares the LORD.
"The sound of a cry17 comes from Babylon, the sound of great destruction18 from the land of the Babylonians.a55
The LORD will destroy Babylon; he will silence19 her noisy din. Waves20 [of enemies] will rage like great waters; the roar of their voices will resound.
A destroyer21 will come against Babylon; her warriors will be captured, and their bows will be broken.22 For the LORD is a God of retribution; he will repay23 in full.
I will make her officials24 and wise25 men drunk,26 her governors, officers and warriors as well; they will sleep27 forever and not awake," declares the King,28 whose name is the LORD Almighty.