"Sharpen the arrows,24 take up the shields!25 The LORD has stirred up the kings26 of the Medes,27 because his purpose28 is to destroy Babylon. The LORD will take vengeance,29 vengeance for his temple.30
"I am against60 you, O destroying mountain, you who destroy the whole earth,"61 declares the LORD. "I will stretch out my hand62 against you, roll you off the cliffs, and make you a burned-out mountain.63
"Lift up a banner65 in the land! Blow the trumpet among the nations! Prepare the nations for battle against her; summon against her these kingdoms:66 Ararat,67 Minni and Ashkenaz.68 Appoint a commander against her; send up horses like a swarm of locusts.69
Babylon's warriors76 have stopped fighting; they remain in their strongholds. Their strength is exhausted; they have become like women.77 Her dwellings are set on fire;78 the bars79 of her gates are broken.
"Nebuchadnezzar88 king of Babylon has devoured89 us,90 he has thrown us into confusion, he has made us an empty jar. Like a serpent he has swallowed us and filled his stomach with our delicacies, and then has spewed91 us out.
I will make her officials143 and wise144 men drunk,145 her governors, officers and warriors as well; they will sleep146 forever and not awake," declares the King,147 whose name is the LORD Almighty.
This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Babylon's thick wall148 will be leveled and her high gates149 set on fire; the peoples150 exhaust151 themselves for nothing, the nations' labor is only fuel for the flames."152