"The sound of a cry1 comes from Babylon, the sound of great destruction2 from the land of the Babylonians.a55
The LORD will destroy Babylon; he will silence3 her noisy din. Waves4 [of enemies] will rage like great waters; the roar of their voices will resound.
A destroyer5 will come against Babylon; her warriors will be captured, and their bows will be broken.6 For the LORD is a God of retribution; he will repay7 in full.
I will make her officials8 and wise9 men drunk,10 her governors, officers and warriors as well; they will sleep11 forever and not awake," declares the King,12 whose name is the LORD Almighty.
This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Babylon's thick wall13 will be leveled and her high gates14 set on fire; the peoples15 exhaust16 themselves for nothing, the nations' labor is only fuel for the flames."1759
This is the message Jeremiah gave to the staff officer Seraiah son of Neriah,18 the son of Mahseiah, when he went to Babylon with Zedekiah19 king of Judah in the fourth20 year of his reign.
Jeremiah had written on a scroll21 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 desolate22 forever.'
When you finish reading this scroll, tie a stone to it and throw it into the Euphrates.2364
Then say, 'So will Babylon sink to rise no more24 because of the disaster I will bring upon her. And her people25 will fall.' "26 The words of Jeremiah end27 here.