Therefore thus says the Lord: I am going to defend your cause and take vengeance for you. I will dry up her sea and make her fountain dry;
and Babylon shall become a heap of ruins, a den of jackals, an object of horror and of hissing, without inhabitant.
Like lions they shall roar together; they shall growl like lions' whelps.
When they are inflamed, I will set out their drink and make them drunk, until they become merry and then sleep a perpetual sleep and never wake, says the Lord.
I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter, like rams and goats.
How Sheshach a is taken, the pride of the whole earth seized! How Babylon has become an object of horror among the nations!
The sea has risen over Babylon; she has been covered by its tumultuous waves.
Her cities have become an object of horror, a land of drought and a desert, a land in which no one lives, and through which no mortal passes.
I will punish Bel in Babylon, and make him disgorge what he has swallowed. The nations shall no longer stream to him; the wall of Babylon has fallen.
Come out of her, my people! Save your lives, each of you, from the fierce anger of the Lord!
Do not be fainthearted or fearful at the rumors heard in the land— one year one rumor comes, the next year another, rumors of violence in the land and of ruler against ruler.
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