"Sharpen the arrows,22 take up the shields!23 The LORD has stirred up the kings24 of the Medes,25 because his purpose26 is to destroy Babylon. The LORD will take vengeance,27 vengeance for his temple.28
"I am against58 you, O destroying mountain, you who destroy the whole earth,"59 declares the LORD. "I will stretch out my hand60 against you, roll you off the cliffs, and make you a burned-out mountain.61
"Lift up a banner63 in the land! Blow the trumpet among the nations! Prepare the nations for battle against her; summon against her these kingdoms:64 Ararat,65 Minni and Ashkenaz.66 Appoint a commander against her; send up horses like a swarm of locusts.67
Babylon's warriors74 have stopped fighting; they remain in their strongholds. Their strength is exhausted; they have become like women.75 Her dwellings are set on fire;76 the bars77 of her gates are broken.
"Nebuchadnezzar86 king of Babylon has devoured87 us,88 he has thrown us into confusion, he has made us an empty jar. Like a serpent he has swallowed us and filled his stomach with our delicacies, and then has spewed89 us out.