Jeremiah 51:28-38 NIV

28 Prepare the nations for battle against her-- the kings of the Medes,1 their governors and all their officials, and all the countries they rule.2

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      29 The land trembles3 and writhes, for the LORD's purposes4 against Babylon stand-- to lay waste5 the land of Babylon so that no one will live there.6

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      30 Babylon's warriors7 have stopped fighting; they remain in their strongholds. Their strength is exhausted; they have become like women.8 Her dwellings are set on fire;9 the bars10 of her gates are broken.

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      31 One courier11 follows another and messenger follows messenger to announce to the king of Babylon that his entire city is captured,12

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      32 the river crossings seized, the marshes set on fire,13 and the soldiers terrified.14"

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      33 This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "The Daughter of Babylon15 is like a threshing floor16 at the time it is trampled; the time to harvest17 her will soon come.18"

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      34 "Nebuchadnezzar19 king of Babylon has devoured20 us,21 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 spewed22 us out.

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      35 May the violence23 done to our flesha be upon Babylon," say the inhabitants of Zion. "May our blood be on those who live in Babylonia," says Jerusalem.24

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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 cause25 and avenge26 you; I will dry up27 her sea and make her springs dry.

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          37 Babylon will be a heap of ruins, a haunt28 of jackals, an object of horror and scorn,29 a place where no one lives.30

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          38 Her people all roar like young lions,31 they growl like lion cubs.

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