"But days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will punish her idols,1 and throughout her land the wounded will groan.253
Even if Babylon reaches the sky3 and fortifies her lofty stronghold, I will send destroyers4 against her," declares the LORD.
"The sound of a cry5 comes from Babylon, the sound of great destruction6 from the land of the Babylonians.a55
The LORD will destroy Babylon; he will silence7 her noisy din. Waves8 [of enemies] will rage like great waters; the roar of their voices will resound.
A destroyer9 will come against Babylon; her warriors will be captured, and their bows will be broken.10 For the LORD is a God of retribution; he will repay11 in full.
I will make her officials12 and wise13 men drunk,14 her governors, officers and warriors as well; they will sleep15 forever and not awake," declares the King,16 whose name is the LORD Almighty.
This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Babylon's thick wall17 will be leveled and her high gates18 set on fire; the peoples19 exhaust20 themselves for nothing, the nations' labor is only fuel for the flames."2159
This is the message Jeremiah gave to the staff officer Seraiah son of Neriah,22 the son of Mahseiah, when he went to Babylon with Zedekiah23 king of Judah in the fourth24 year of his reign.
Jeremiah had written on a scroll25 about all the disasters that would come upon Babylon--all that had been recorded concerning Babylon.
He said to Seraiah, "When you get to Babylon, see that you read all these words aloud.
Then say, 'O LORD, you have said you will destroy this place, so that neither man nor animal will live in it; it will be desolate26 forever.'