"1Comedown and sit in the dust, O 2virgin3daughter of Babylon ; Sit on the groundwithout a throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans ! For you shall nolonger be called4tender and delicate.
2"Take the 5millstones and 6grindmeal. Remove your 7veil, 8stripoff the skirt, Uncover the leg, cross the rivers.
"Your 9nakedness will be uncovered, Your shamealso will be exposed ; I will 10takevengeance and will not aspare a man."
Our 11Redeemer, the LORD of hosts is His name, The HolyOne of Israel.
"12Sitsilently, and go into 13darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans, For you will nolonger be called The 14queen of 15kingdoms.
"I was angry with My people, I profaned My heritage And gave them into your hand. You did not showmercy to them, On the 16aged you made your yokeveryheavy.
"Yet you said, 'I will be a 17queenforever .' Thesethings you did not 18considerNorremember the 19outcome of bthem.
8"Now, then, hearthis, you 20sensualone, Who 21dwellssecurely, Who says in cyour heart, '22I am, and there is noonebesides me. I will 23not sit as a widow, Norknowloss of children.'
"But these24twothings will come on you 25suddenly in oneday : Loss of children and widowhood. They will come on you in fullmeasure In spite of your many26sorceries, In spite of the greatpower of your spells.
"You felt27secure in your wickedness and said, '28Noonesees me,' Your 29wisdom and your knowledge, dthey have deluded you; For you have said in your heart, '30I am, and there is noonebesides me.'
"But 31evil will come on you Which you will not know how to charmaway ; And disaster will fall on you For which you cannotatone ; And 32destruction about which you do not know Will come on you 33suddenly.
12"Stand fast now in your 34spells And in your manysorceries With which you have labored from your youth ; Perhaps you will be able to profit, Perhaps you may causetrembling.
"You are 35wearied with your manycounsels ; Let now the 36astrologers , Those who prophesy by the stars, Those who predict by the newmoons, Stand up and 37save you from what will come upon you.
14"Behold, they have become38like stubble, 39Fireburns them; They cannotdeliverthemselves from the power of the flame ; There will be 40nocoal to warm by Nor a fire to sitbefore !
15"So have those become to you with whom you have labored, Who have 41trafficked with you from your youth ; Each has wandered in his own eway ; There is 42none to save you.