Jeremiah 51:30-40 NIV

30 Babylon's warriors1 have stopped fighting; they remain in their strongholds. Their strength is exhausted; they have become like women.2 Her dwellings are set on fire;3 the bars4 of her gates are broken.

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31 One courier5 follows another and messenger follows messenger to announce to the king of Babylon that his entire city is captured,6

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32 the river crossings seized, the marshes set on fire,7 and the soldiers terrified.8"

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33 This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "The Daughter of Babylon9 is like a threshing floor10 at the time it is trampled; the time to harvest11 her will soon come.12"

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34 "Nebuchadnezzar13 king of Babylon has devoured14 us,15 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 spewed16 us out.

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35 May the violence17 done to our flesha be upon Babylon," say the inhabitants of Zion. "May our blood be on those who live in Babylonia," says Jerusalem.18

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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 cause19 and avenge20 you; I will dry up21 her sea and make her springs dry.

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      37 Babylon will be a heap of ruins, a haunt22 of jackals, an object of horror and scorn,23 a place where no one lives.24

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      38 Her people all roar like young lions,25 they growl like lion cubs.

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      39 But while they are aroused, I will set out a feast for them and make them drunk,26 so that they shout with laughter-- then sleep forever27 and not awake," declares the LORD.28

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          40 "I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter, like rams and goats.29

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