Jeremiah 51:27-37 NIV

27 "Lift up a banner1 in the land! Blow the trumpet among the nations! Prepare the nations for battle against her; summon against her these kingdoms:2 Ararat,3 Minni and Ashkenaz.4 Appoint a commander against her; send up horses like a swarm of locusts.5

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      28 Prepare the nations for battle against her-- the kings of the Medes,6 their governors and all their officials, and all the countries they rule.7

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          29 The land trembles8 and writhes, for the LORD's purposes9 against Babylon stand-- to lay waste10 the land of Babylon so that no one will live there.11

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          30 Babylon's warriors12 have stopped fighting; they remain in their strongholds. Their strength is exhausted; they have become like women.13 Her dwellings are set on fire;14 the bars15 of her gates are broken.

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          31 One courier16 follows another and messenger follows messenger to announce to the king of Babylon that his entire city is captured,17

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          32 the river crossings seized, the marshes set on fire,18 and the soldiers terrified.19"

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          33 This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "The Daughter of Babylon20 is like a threshing floor21 at the time it is trampled; the time to harvest22 her will soon come.23"

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          34 "Nebuchadnezzar24 king of Babylon has devoured25 us,26 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 spewed27 us out.

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          35 May the violence28 done to our flesha be upon Babylon," say the inhabitants of Zion. "May our blood be on those who live in Babylonia," says Jerusalem.29

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            • f 51:35 - Or "done to us and to our children"
              36 Therefore, this is what the LORD says: "See, I will defend your cause30 and avenge31 you; I will dry up32 her sea and make her springs dry.

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              37 Babylon will be a heap of ruins, a haunt33 of jackals, an object of horror and scorn,34 a place where no one lives.35

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