I will make her officials1 and wise2 men drunk,3 her governors, officers and warriors as well; they will sleep4 forever and not awake," declares the King,5 whose name is the LORD Almighty.
This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Babylon's thick wall6 will be leveled and her high gates7 set on fire; the peoples8 exhaust9 themselves for nothing, the nations' labor is only fuel for the flames."1059
This is the message Jeremiah gave to the staff officer Seraiah son of Neriah,11 the son of Mahseiah, when he went to Babylon with Zedekiah12 king of Judah in the fourth13 year of his reign.
Jeremiah had written on a scroll14 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 desolate15 forever.'
When you finish reading this scroll, tie a stone to it and throw it into the Euphrates.1664
Then say, 'So will Babylon sink to rise no more17 because of the disaster I will bring upon her. And her people18 will fall.' "19 The words of Jeremiah end20 here.