Jeremiah 51:31-41 NIV

31 One courier1 follows another and messenger follows messenger to announce to the king of Babylon that his entire city is captured,2

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32 the river crossings seized, the marshes set on fire,3 and the soldiers terrified.4"

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33 This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "The Daughter of Babylon5 is like a threshing floor6 at the time it is trampled; the time to harvest7 her will soon come.8"

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34 "Nebuchadnezzar9 king of Babylon has devoured10 us,11 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 spewed12 us out.

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35 May the violence13 done to our flesha be upon Babylon," say the inhabitants of Zion. "May our blood be on those who live in Babylonia," says Jerusalem.14

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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 cause15 and avenge16 you; I will dry up17 her sea and make her springs dry.

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      37 Babylon will be a heap of ruins, a haunt18 of jackals, an object of horror and scorn,19 a place where no one lives.20

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      38 Her people all roar like young lions,21 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,22 so that they shout with laughter-- then sleep forever23 and not awake," declares the LORD.24

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          40 "I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter, like rams and goats.25

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          41 "How Sheshachb26 will be captured,27 the boast of the whole earth seized! What a horror28 Babylon will be among the nations!

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            • g 51:41 - "Sheshach" is a cryptogram for Babylon.