The wordwhich the LORDspokeconcerning1Babylon, the land of the Chaldeans, throughJeremiah the prophet :
"2Declare and proclaim among the nations. Proclaim it and 3lift up a standard. Do not conceal it but say, '4Babylon has been captured, 5Bel has beenput to shame, aMarduk has beenbshattered ; Her 6images have beenput to shame, her idols have beenshattered.'
"For a nation has come up against her out of the 7north ; it will make her land8an object of horror, and there will be 9noinhabitant in it. Bothman and beast have wandered off, they have gone away!
"In thosedays and at that time," declares the LORD, "the sons of Israel will come, both they and the sons of Judah10as well ; they will go along 11weeping as they go, and it will be 12the LORD their God they will seek.
"They will 13ask for the way to Zion, turning their facescin its direction ; dthey ewill come that they may join themselves to the LORD in an 14everlastingcovenant that will not be forgotten.
"My people have become15lostsheep ; 16Their shepherds have led them astray. They have made them turnaside on the 17mountains ; They have gone along from mountain to hill And have forgotten their 18restingplace.
7"All who came upon them have devoured them; And their adversaries have said, '19We are not guilty, Inasmuch as they have sinned against the LORD who is the 20habitation of righteousness, Even the LORD, the 21hope of their fathers.'
8"Wander away from the 22midst of Babylon And fgoforth from the land of the Chaldeans ; Be also like malegoatsgat the head of the flock.
"For behold, I am going to 23arouse and bring up againstBabylon A horde of greatnations from the land of the north, And they will draw up their battlelines against her; From there she will be takencaptive. Their arrows will be like han expertwarrior Who does not returnempty-handed.
"i24Chaldea will becomeplunder ; All who plunder her will haveenough," declares the LORD.
11"Because you are glad, because you are jubilant, O you who 25pillage My heritage, Because you skipaboutjlike a threshing26heifer And neigh like kstallions,
Your 27motherlwill be greatlyashamed, She who gave you birthmwill be humiliated. Behold, she will be the least of the nations, A 28wilderness, a parchedland and a desert.
13"Because of the indignation of the LORD she will 29not be inhabited, But she will be 30completelydesolate ; Everyone who passes by Babylon31will be horrified And will hissbecause of all her wounds.
14"Draw up your battlelinesagainstBabylon on everyside, All you who nbend the bow ; Shoot at her, do not be sparing with your arrows, For she has 32sinned against the LORD.
15"Raise your battlecryagainst her on everyside ! She has 33givenoherself up, her pillars have fallen, Her 34walls have been torndown. For this is the 35vengeance of the LORD : Takevengeance on her; 36As she has done to others, so do to her.
16"Cutoff the 37sower from Babylon And the one who wields the sickle at the time of harvest ; From beforepthe 38sword of the oppressor39They will eachturnback to his own people And they will eachflee to his own land.
17"Israel is a 40scatteredqflock, the 41lions have driven them away. The firstone who devoured him was the 42king of Assyria, and thislastone who has broken his bones is 43Nebuchadnezzarking of Babylon.
18"Thereforethussays the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel : 'Behold, I am going to punish the king of Babylon and his land, just as I 44punished the king of Assyria.
'And I will 45bringIsraelback to his pasture and he will graze on Carmel and Bashan, and his rdesire will be satisfied in the 46hillcountry of Ephraim and Gilead.
'In thosedays and at that time,' declares the LORD, 'search will be made for the iniquity of Israel, but 47there will be none ; and for the sins of Judah, but they will not be found ; for I will pardon those 48whom I leave as a remnant.'
21"Against the land of sMerathaim, go up against it, And against the inhabitants of t49Pekod. Slay and uutterlydestroy them," declares the LORD, "And do according to all that I have commanded you.
"The 50noise of battle is in the land, And greatdestruction.
23"How the 51hammer of the wholeearth Has been cutoff and broken ! HowBabylon has become An object of horror among the nations !
"I 52set a snare for you and you were also53caught, O Babylon, While you yourself were not aware ; You have been found and alsoseizedBecause you have engaged in 54conflict with the LORD."
The LORD has opened His armory And has broughtforth the 55weapons of His indignation, For it is a 56work of the LordvGOD of hosts In the land of the Chaldeans.
26Come to her from the wfarthestborder ; 57Open up her barns, Pile her up likeheaps And x58utterlydestroy her, Let nothing be left to her.
2759Putall her youngbulls to the sword ; Let them 60godown to the slaughter ! Woe be upon them, for their 61day has come, The time of their punishment.
There is a 62sound of fugitives and refugees from the land of Babylon, To declare in Zion the 63vengeance of the LORD our God, Vengeance for His 64temple.
29"SummonymanyagainstBabylon, All those who zbend the bow : Encampagainst her on everyside, Let there be noescapeaa. Repay her according to her work ; 65According to all that she has done, so do to her; For she has become66arrogantagainst the LORD, Against the HolyOne of Israel.
30"Therefore her 67youngmen will fall in her streets, And all her men of war will be bb68silenced in that day," declares the LORD.
31"Behold, 69I am against you, O ccarrogant one," Declares the LordddGOD of hosts, "For your day has come, The timeeewhen I will punish you.
"The ff70arrogant one will stumble and fall With noone to raise him up; And I will 71setfire to his cities And it will devourall his environs."
33Thussays the LORD of hosts, "The sons of Israel are oppressed, And the sons of Judah as well ; And 72all who took them captive have held them fast, They have refused to let them go.
"Their 73Redeemer is strong, 74the LORD of hosts is His name ; He will vigorously75plead their caseSo that He may 76bringrest to ggthe earth, But turmoil to the inhabitants of Babylon.
"A 77swordagainst the Chaldeans," declares the LORD, "And against the inhabitants of Babylon And against her 78officials and her 79wisemen !
"A swordagainst the 80oraclepriests, and they will becomefools ! A swordagainst her 81mightymen, and they will be hh82shattered !
"A swordagainstiitheir 83horses and againstjjtheir chariots And againstall the kk84foreignerswho are in the midst of her, And they will become85women ! A swordagainst her treasures, and they will be plundered !
"A ll86drought on her waters, and they will be dried up! For it is a land of 87idols, And they are mad over fearsome idols.
39"Therefore the 88desertcreatures will live there along with the jackals ; The ostriches also will live in it, And it will 89neveragain be inhabited Or dwelt in from generation to generation.
"As when Godoverthrew90Sodom And Gomorrah with its neighbors," declares the LORD, "Noman will livethere, Nor will any son of manreside in it.
41"Behold, a people is coming91from the north, And a greatnation and manykings Will be aroused from the remoteparts of the earth.
"They 92seize their bow and javelin ; They are 93cruel and havenomercy. Their 94voiceroars like the sea ; And they ride on 95horses, 96Marshalled like a man for the battleAgainst you, O daughter of Babylon.
"The 97king of Babylon has heard the report about them, And his handshanglimp ; 98Distress has gripped him, Agony like a woman in childbirth.
"99Behold, one will come up like a lion from the mmthicket of the Jordan to nna perennially watered pasture ; for in an instant I will make them runaway from it, and whoever is 100chosen I will appointover it. For who is 101like Me, and who will summon Me into court? And whothen is the shepherdwho can 102standbefore Me?"
45Thereforehear the 103plan of the LORDwhich He has plannedagainstBabylon, and His purposeswhich He has purposedagainst the land of the Chaldeans : 104surely they will drag them off, even the littleones of the flock ; surely He will make their oopasturedesolatebecause of them.
At the ppshout, "Babylon has been seized !" the 105earth is shaken, and an 106outcry is heard among the nations.