Therefore wild animals shall live with hyenas in Babylon, and ostriches shall inhabit her; she shall never again be peopled, or inhabited for all generations.
As when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighbors, says the Lord, so no one shall live there, nor shall anyone settle in her.
Look, a people is coming from the north; a mighty nation and many kings are stirring from the farthest parts of the earth.
They wield bow and spear, they are cruel and have no mercy. The sound of them is like the roaring sea; they ride upon horses, set in array as a warrior for battle, against you, O daughter Babylon!
The king of Babylon heard news of them, and his hands fell helpless; anguish seized him, pain like that of a woman in labor.
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