The Utter Destruction of Babylon 1
Thus says the LORD: "Behold, I will stir up 1
the spirit of a destroyer against Babylon, against the inhabitants of Leb-kamai,
and I will send to Babylon winnowers, and 2
they shall winnow her, and they shall empty her land, when they come against her from every side 3
on the day of trouble.
Let not the archer bend his bow, and let him not stand up in his armor. Spare not her young men; 5
devote to destruction all her army.
They shall fall down slain in the land of the Chaldeans, 6
and wounded in her streets.
For Israel and Judah have not been forsaken by their God, the LORD of hosts, but the land of the Chaldeans is full of guilt against the Holy One of Israel.
"Flee from the midst of Babylon; let every one save his life! 9
Be not cut off in her punishment, 10
for this is the time of the LORD's vengeance, the repayment he is rendering her.
Babylon was 11
a golden cup in the LORD's hand, 12
making all the earth drunken; 13
the nations drank of her wine; therefore the nations went mad.
Suddenly Babylon has fallen and been broken; 15
wail for her! 16
Take balm for her pain; perhaps she may be healed.
We would have healed Babylon, but she was not healed. 17
Forsake her, and 18
let us go each to his own country, for 19
her judgment has reached up to heaven and has been lifted up even to the skies.
The LORD has brought about our vindication; 21
come, let us declare in Zion the work of the LORD our God.
"Sharpen the arrows! Take up the shields!23
The LORD has stirred up the spirit of the kings of 24
the Medes, because 25
his purpose concerning Babylon is to destroy it, 26
for that is the vengeance of the LORD, the vengeance for 27
"Set up a standard against the walls of Babylon; 29
make the watch strong; set up watchmen; prepare the ambushes; 30
for the LORD has both planned and done what he spoke concerning the inhabitants of Babylon.
O you who dwell by many waters, rich in treasures, your end has come; the thread of your life is cut.
The LORD of hosts has sworn by himself: Surely I will fill you with men, 33
as many as locusts, 34
and they shall raise the shout of victory over you.
"It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.
When he utters his voice there is a tumult of waters in the heavens, and he makes the mist rise from the ends of the earth. He makes lightning for the rain, and he brings forth the wind from his storehouses.
Every man is stupid and without knowledge; every goldsmith is put to shame by his idols, for his images are false, and there is no breath in them.
They are worthless, a work of delusion; at the time of their punishment they shall perish.
Not like these is he who is the portion of Jacob, for he is the one who formed all things, and Israel is the tribe of his inheritance; the LORD of hosts is his name.
"You are my hammer and weapon of war: with you I 36
break nations in pieces; with you I destroy kingdoms;
with you I break in pieces the horse and his rider; with you I break in pieces the chariot and the charioteer;
with you I break in pieces man and woman; with you I break in pieces 37
the old man and the youth; with you I break in pieces 38
the young man and the young woman;
with you I break in pieces the shepherd and his flock; with you I break in pieces the farmer and his team; with you I break in pieces 39
governors and commanders.
"I will repay Babylon and all the inhabitants of Chaldea before your very eyes for all the evil that they have done in Zion, declares the LORD.
"Behold, I am against you, O destroying mountain, declares the LORD, which destroys the whole earth; I will stretch out my hand against you, and roll you down from the crags, 41
and make you a burnt mountain.
stone shall be taken from you for a corner and no stone for a foundation, but you shall be 43
a perpetual waste, declares the LORD.
"Set up a standard on the earth; 45
blow the trumpet among the nations; 46
the nations for war against her; summon against her 48
the kingdoms, 49
Ararat, Minni, and 50
Ashkenaz; appoint a 51
marshal against her; 52
bring up horses like bristling locusts.
the nations for war against her, the kings of 55
the Medes, 56
with their governors 57
and deputies, and every 58
land under their dominion.
The land trembles and writhes in pain, 60
for the LORD's purposes against Babylon stand, to make the land of Babylon a desolation, without inhabitant.
The warriors of Babylon have ceased fighting; they remain in their strongholds; their strength has failed; 61
they have become women; 62
her dwellings are on fire; 63
her bars are broken.
runner runs to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to tell the king of Babylon that his city is taken on every side;
the fords have been 65
seized, the marshes are burned with fire, and the soldiers are in panic.
For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: 66
The daughter of Babylon is like 67
a threshing floor at the time when it is trodden; yet a little while and 68
the time of her harvest will come."
"Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon 69
has devoured me; he has crushed me; he has made me an empty vessel; 70
he has swallowed me like 71
a monster; he has filled his stomach with my delicacies; he has rinsed me out.
The violence done to me and to my kinsmen be upon Babylon," let the inhabitant of Zion say. "My blood be upon the inhabitants of Chaldea," let Jerusalem say.
Therefore thus says the LORD: "Behold, 72
I will plead your cause and take vengeance for you. 73
I will dry up her sea and 74
make her fountain dry,
and Babylon shall become 75
a heap of ruins, 76
the haunt of jackals, 77
a horror 78
and a hissing, without inhabitant.
"They shall roar together 80
like lions; they shall growl like lions' cubs.
While they are inflamed 82
I will prepare them a feast and 83
make them drunk, that they may become merry, 84
then sleep a perpetual sleep and not wake, declares the LORD.
I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter, like rams and male goats.
Babylon is taken, 86
the praise of the whole earth 87
seized! How Babylon has become a horror among the nations!
The sea has come up on Babylon; she is covered with its tumultuous waves.
Her cities have become a horror, 89
a land of drought and a desert, 90
a land in which no one dwells, and through which no son of man passes.
And I will punish 91
Bel in Babylon, and 92
take out of his mouth 93
what he has swallowed. 94
The nations shall no longer flow to him; 95
the wall of Babylon has fallen.
"Go out of the midst of her, 96
my people! Let every one save his life from 97
the fierce anger of the LORD!
Let not your heart faint, and be not fearful 98
at the report heard in the land, 99
when a report comes in one year and afterward a report in another year, and violence is in the land, 100
and ruler is against ruler.
"Therefore, behold, the days are coming when 101
I will punish the images of Babylon; 102
her whole land shall be put to shame, and all her slain shall fall in the midst of her.
Then the heavens and the earth, and all that is in them, shall sing for joy over Babylon, 104
for the destroyers shall come against them out of the north, declares the LORD.
Babylon must fall for the slain of Israel, 105
just as for Babylon have fallen the slain of all the earth.
"You who have escaped from the sword, go, do not stand still! Remember the LORD from far away, and let Jerusalem come into your mind:
'We are put to shame, for we have heard reproach; 108
dishonor has covered our face, 109
for foreigners have come into the holy places of the LORD's house.'
"Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when 110
I will execute judgment upon her images, 111
and through all her land the wounded shall groan.
Though Babylon should 112
mount up to heaven, and though she should 113
fortify her strong height, yet destroyers would come from me against her, declares the LORD.
"A voice! A cry from Babylon! The noise of great destruction from the land of the Chaldeans!
For the LORD is laying Babylon waste and stilling her mighty voice. 115
Their waves roar like many waters; the noise of their voice is raised,
for a destroyer has come upon her, upon Babylon; her warriors are taken; their bows are broken in pieces, 116
for the LORD is a God of recompense; he will surely repay.
I will make drunk her officials and her wise men, 118
her governors, her commanders, and her warriors; they shall sleep a perpetual sleep and not wake, declares 119
the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts.
"Thus says the LORD of hosts: The broad 120
wall of Babylon shall be leveled to the ground, 121
and her high gates shall be burned with fire. 122
The peoples labor for nothing, and 123
the nations weary themselves only for fire."
The word that Jeremiah the prophet commanded Seraiah 124
the son of Neriah, son of Mahseiah, when he went with Zedekiah king of Judah to Babylon, 125
in the fourth year of his reign. Seraiah was the quartermaster.
Jeremiah wrote in a book all the disaster that should come upon Babylon, 127
all these words that are written concerning Babylon.
And Jeremiah said to Seraiah: "When you come to Babylon, see that you read all these words,
and say, 'O LORD, you have said concerning this place that you will cut it off, so 128
that nothing shall dwell in it, neither man nor beast, and it shall be 129
When you finish reading this book, tie a stone to it 130
and cast it into the midst of the Euphrates,
and say, 131
'Thus shall Babylon sink, to rise no more, because of the disaster that I am bringing upon her, 132
and they shall become exhausted.'"Thus far are the words of Jeremiah.