Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will raise up against Babylon, and against them that dwell in the midsta of them that rise up against me, a destroyingwind;2
And will send unto Babylonfanners , that shall fan her, and shall empty her land: for in the day of trouble they shall be against her round about.3
Against him that bendeth let the archerbend his bow, and against him that lifteth himself up in his brigandine: and spare ye not her young men; destroy ye utterly all her host.4
Thus the slain shall fall in the land of the Chaldeans, and they that are thrust through in her streets.5
For Israel hath not been forsaken, nor Judah of his God, of the LORD of hosts; though their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel.6
Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the LORD'Svengeance; he will render unto her a recompence.7Babylon hath been a goldencup in the LORD'Shand, that made all the earthdrunken : the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad .
8Babylon is suddenlyfallen and destroyed : howl for her; takebalm for her pain, if so be she may be healed .
We would have healedBabylon, but she is not healed : forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country: for her judgmentreacheth unto heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies.10
The LORD hath brought forth our righteousness:come , and let us declare in Zion the work of the LORD our God.11
Make brightb the arrows;gather the shields: the LORD hath raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes: for his device is against Babylon, to destroy it; because it is the vengeance of the LORD, the vengeance of his temple.12
Set up the standard upon the walls of Babylon, make the watchstrong , set up the watchmen , prepare the ambushes :c for the LORD hath both devised and done that which he spake against the inhabitants of Babylon.13
O thou that dwellest upon manywaters,abundant in treasures, thine end is come , and the measure of thy covetousness.14
The LORD of hosts hath sworn by himself,d saying, Surely I will fill thee with men, as with caterpillers; and they shall lift up a shout against thee.
He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding.16
When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitudee of waters in the heavens; and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth: he makethlightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.17
Every man is brutishf by his knowledge; every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.
They are vanity, the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish .
The portion of Jacob is not like them; for he is the former of all things: and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: the LORD of hosts is his name.20
Thou art my battle axe and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroykingdoms;21
And with thee will I break in pieces the horse and his rider ; and with thee will I break in pieces the chariot and his rider ;
With thee also will I break in piecesman and woman; and with thee will I break in piecesold and young; and with thee will I break in pieces the young man and the maid;23
I will also break in pieces with thee the shepherd and his flock; and with thee will I break in pieces the husbandman and his yoke of oxen; and with thee will I break in piecescaptains and rulers.24
And I will render unto Babylon and to all the inhabitants of Chaldea all their evil that they have done in Zion in your sight,saith the LORD.25
Behold, I am against thee, O destroyingmountain,saith the LORD, which destroyest all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and roll thee down from the rocks, and will make thee a burntmountain.26
And they shall not take of thee a stone for a corner, nor a stone for foundations; but thou shalt be desolateg for ever,saith the LORD.27
Set ye up a standard in the land,blow the trumpet among the nations,prepare the nations against her, call together against her the kingdoms of Ararat,Minni, and Ashchenaz;appoint a captain against her; cause the horses to come up as the roughcaterpillers.28Prepare against her the nations with the kings of the Medes, the captains thereof, and all the rulers thereof, and all the land of his dominion.29
And the land shall tremble and sorrow : for every purpose of the LORD shall be performed against Babylon, to make the land of Babylon a desolation without an inhabitant .
The mighty men of Babylon have forborn to fight , they have remained in their holds: their might hath failed ; they became as women: they have burned her dwellingplaces; her bars are broken .
One post shall run to meetanother , and one messenger to meetanother , to shew the king of Babylon that his city is taken at one end,32
And that the passages are stopped , and the reeds they have burned with fire, and the men of war are affrighted .
For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; The daughter of Babylon is like a threshingfloor, it is time to thresh her: yet a little while, and the time of her harvest shall come .
34Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon hath devoured me, he hath crushed me, he hath made me an emptyvessel, he hath swallowed me up like a dragon, he hath filled his belly with my delicates, he hath cast me out .
The violenceh done to me and to my flesh be upon Babylon, shall the inhabitant of Zionsay ; and my blood upon the inhabitants of Chaldea, shall Jerusalemsay .
Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will plead thy cause, and take vengeance for thee; and I will dry up her sea, and make her springsdry .
And Babylon shall become heaps, a dwellingplace for dragons, an astonishment, and an hissing, without an inhabitant .
They shall roartogether like lions: they shall yelli as lions'whelps.39
In their heat I will make their feasts, and I will make them drunken , that they may rejoice , and sleep a perpetualsleep, and not wake , saith the LORD.40
I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter , like rams with he goats.41
How is Sheshachtaken ! and how is the praise of the whole earthsurprised ! how is Babylon become an astonishment among the nations!42
The sea is come up upon Babylon: she is covered with the multitude of the waves thereof.
Her cities are a desolation, a dryland, and a wilderness, a land wherein no mandwelleth , neither doth any son of manpassthereby.44
And I will punishBel in Babylon, and I will bring forth out of his mouth that which he hath swallowed up: and the nations shall not flow together any more unto him: yea, the wall of Babylon shall fall .
My people, go ye out of the midst of her, and deliver ye every man his soul from the fierceanger of the LORD.46
And lest your heartfaint , and ye fear for the rumour that shall be heard in the land; a rumour shall both come one year, and after that in another year shall come a rumour, and violence in the land,ruler against ruler .
Therefore, behold, the dayscome , that I will do judgment upon the graven images of Babylon: and her whole land shall be confounded , and all her slain shall fall in the midst of her.
Then the heaven and the earth, and all that is therein, shall sing for Babylon: for the spoilers shall come unto her from the north,saith the LORD.49AsjBabylon hath caused the slain of Israel to fall , so at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the earth.50
Ye that have escaped the sword, go away , stand not still : remember the LORD afar off, and let Jerusalemcome into your mind.51
We are confounded , because we have heardreproach:shame hath covered our faces: for strangers are come into the sanctuaries of the LORD'Shouse.52
Wherefore, behold, the dayscome , saith the LORD, that I will do judgment upon her graven images: and through all her land the wounded shall groan .
Though Babylon should mount up to heaven, and though she should fortify the height of her strength,yet from me shall spoilerscome unto her, saith the LORD.54
A sound of a cry cometh from Babylon, and greatdestruction from the land of the Chaldeans:55
Because the LORD hath spoiledBabylon, and destroyed out of her the greatvoice; when her waves do roar like greatwaters, a noise of their voice is uttered :
Because the spoiler is come upon her, even upon Babylon, and her mighty men are taken , every one of their bows is broken : for the LORDGod of recompences shall surelyrequite .
And I will make drunk her princes, and her wise men, her captains, and her rulers, and her mighty men: and they shall sleep a perpetualsleep, and not wake , saith the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts.58
Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The broadkwalls of Babylon shall be utterlybroken , and her highgates shall be burned with fire; and the people shall labour in vain, and the folkin the fire, and they shall be weary .