God Commands That Babylon Be Taken

1 The 1oracle concerning the 2wilderness of the sea. As 3windstorms in the Negev sweep on, It comes from the wilderness, from a terrifying land.
2 A 4harsh vision has been shown to me; The 5treacherous one still deals treacherously, and the destroyer still destroys. Go up, 6Elam, lay siege, Media; I have made an end of all the groaning she has caused.
3 For this reason * my 7loins are full of anguish; Pains have seized me like the pains of a 8woman in labor. I am so bewildered I cannot hear, so terrified I cannot see.
4 My mind reels, horror overwhelms me; The twilight I longed for has been 9turned for me into trembling.
5 They 10set the table, they spread out the cloth, they eat, they drink; "Rise up, captains, oil the shields,"
6 For thus the Lord says to me, "Go, station the lookout, let him 11report what he sees.
8 Then the lookout called, "13O Lord, I stand continually by day on the watchtower, And I am stationed every night at my guard post.
9 "Now behold, here comes a troop of riders, horsemen in pairs." And one said, "14Fallen, fallen is Babylon; And all the 15images of her gods are shattered on the ground."
10 O my 16threshed people, and my afflicted of the threshing floor! What I have heard from the LORD of hosts, The God of Israel, I make known to you.