The LORD will destroy Babylon; he will silence1 her noisy din. Waves2 [of enemies] will rage like great waters; the roar of their voices will resound.
A destroyer3 will come against Babylon; her warriors will be captured, and their bows will be broken.4 For the LORD is a God of retribution; he will repay5 in full.
I will make her officials6 and wise7 men drunk,8 her governors, officers and warriors as well; they will sleep9 forever and not awake," declares the King,10 whose name is the LORD Almighty.
This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Babylon's thick wall11 will be leveled and her high gates12 set on fire; the peoples13 exhaust14 themselves for nothing, the nations' labor is only fuel for the flames."1559
This is the message Jeremiah gave to the staff officer Seraiah son of Neriah,16 the son of Mahseiah, when he went to Babylon with Zedekiah17 king of Judah in the fourth18 year of his reign.
Jeremiah had written on a scroll19 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 desolate20 forever.'
When you finish reading this scroll, tie a stone to it and throw it into the Euphrates.2164
Then say, 'So will Babylon sink to rise no more22 because of the disaster I will bring upon her. And her people23 will fall.' "24 The words of Jeremiah end25 here.