Jeremiah 51:49-59 (New International Version)

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49 "Babylon must fall because of Israel's slain, just as the slain in all the earth have fallen because of Babylon.1 50 You who have escaped the sword, leave2 and do not linger! Remember3 the LORD in a distant land,4 and think on Jerusalem." 51 "We are disgraced,5 for we have been insulted and shame covers our faces, because foreigners have entered the holy places of the LORD's house."6 52 "But days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will punish her idols,7 and throughout her land the wounded will groan.8 53 Even if Babylon reaches the sky9 and fortifies her lofty stronghold, I will send destroyers10 against her," declares the LORD. 54 "The sound of a cry11 comes from Babylon, the sound of great destruction12 from the land of the Babylonians.a 55 The LORD will destroy Babylon; he will silence13 her noisy din. Waves14 [of enemies] will rage like great waters; the roar of their voices will resound. 56 A destroyer15 will come against Babylon; her warriors will be captured, and their bows will be broken.16 For the LORD is a God of retribution; he will repay17 in full. 57 I will make her officials18 and wise19 men drunk,20 her governors, officers and warriors as well; they will sleep21 forever and not awake," declares the King,22 whose name is the LORD Almighty. 58 This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Babylon's thick wall23 will be leveled and her high gates24 set on fire; the peoples25 exhaust26 themselves for nothing, the nations' labor is only fuel for the flames."27 59 This is the message Jeremiah gave to the staff officer Seraiah son of Neriah,28 the son of Mahseiah, when he went to Babylon with Zedekiah29 king of Judah in the fourth30 year of his reign.
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