Or "Chaldeans"; also in verses 8, 25, 35 and 45
"Announce and proclaim2 among the nations, lift up a banner3 and proclaim it; keep nothing back, but say, 'Babylon will be captured;4 Bel5 will be put to shame,6 Marduk7 filled with terror. Her images will be put to shame and her idols8 filled with terror.'
For I will stir28 up and bring against Babylon an alliance of great nations29 from the land of the north.30 They will take up their positions against her, and from the north she will be captured.31 Their arrows32 will be like skilled warriors who do not return empty-handed.
Shout44 against her on every side! She surrenders, her towers fall, her walls45 are torn down. Since this is the vengeance46 of the LORD, take vengeance on her; do to her47 as she has done to others.48
Cut off from Babylon the sowers, and the reapers with their sickles at harvest. Because of the sword49 of the oppressor let everyone return to their own people,50 let everyone flee to their own land.51
In those days, at that time," declares the LORD, "search will be made for Israel's guilt, but there will be none,65 and for the sins66 of Judah, but none will be found, for I will forgive67 the remnant68 I spare.
"Summon archers against Babylon, all those who draw the bow.90 Encamp all around her; let no one escape.91 Repay92 her for her deeds;93 do to her as she has done. For she has defied94 the LORD, the Holy One95 of Israel.
They are armed with bows127 and spears; they are cruel128 and without mercy.129 They sound like the roaring sea130 as they ride on their horses; they come like men in battle formation to attack you, Daughter Babylon.131
Like a lion coming up from Jordan's thickets134 to a rich pastureland, I will chase Babylon from its land in an instant. Who is the chosen135 one I will appoint for this? Who is like me and who can challenge me?136 And what shepherd can stand against me?"
Therefore, hear what the LORD has planned against Babylon, what he has purposed137 against the land of the Babylonians:138 The young of the flock will be dragged away; their pasture will be appalled at their fate.