Thus said Jehovah: Lo, I am stirring up against Babylon, And
the inhabitants of Leb -- My withstanders, A destroying wind,
And I have sent to Babylon fanners, And they have fanned it,
and they empty its land, For they have been against it, Round about -- in the
day of evil.
Let not the treader tread his bow, Nor lift himself up in
his coat of mail, Nor have ye pity on her young men, Devote ye to destruction
all her host.
And fallen have the wounded in the land of the Chaldeans,
And the pierced-through in her streets.
For, not forsaken is Israel and Judah, By its God -- by
Jehovah of Hosts, For their land hath been full of guilt, Against the Holy One
Flee ye from the midst of Babylon, And deliver ye each his
soul, Be not cut off in its iniquity, For a time of vengeance it is to
Jehovah, Recompence He is rendering to her.
A golden cup is Babylon in the hand of Jehovah,
Making drunk all the earth, Of its wine drunk have nations, Therefore boast
themselves do nations.
Suddenly hath Babylon fallen, Yea, it is broken, howl ye for
it, Take balm for her pain, if so be it may be healed.
We healed Babylon, and she was not healed, Forsake her, and
we go, each to his land, For come unto the heavens hath its judgment, And it
hath been lifted up unto the clouds.
Jehovah hath brought forth our righteousnesses, Come, and we
recount in Zion the work of Jehovah our God.
Cleanse ye the arrows, fill the shields, Stirred up hath
Jehovah the spirit of the kings of Madia, For against Babylon His device is
to destroy it, For the vengeance of Jehovah it is, The vengeance of His
Unto the walls of Babylon lift up an ensign, Strengthen the
watch, Establish the watchers, prepare the ambush, For Jehovah hath both
devised and done that which He spake, Concerning the inhabitants of Babylon.
O dweller on many waters, abundant in treasures, Come in
hath thine end, the measure of thy dishonest gain.
Sworn hath Jehovah of Hosts by Himself, That, Surely I have
filled thee with men as the cankerworm, And they have cried against thee
The maker of earth by His power, The establisher of the
world by His wisdom, Who by His understanding stretched out the heavens,
At the voice He giveth forth, A multitude of waters are
in the heavens, And He causeth vapours to come up from the end of the earth,
Lightnings for rain He hath made, And He bringeth out wind from His treasures.
Brutish hath been every man by knowledge, Put to shame hath
been every refiner by a graven image, For false is his molten image, And
there is no breath in them.
Vanity are they -- work of errors, In the time of
their inspection they perish.
Not like these is the portion of Jacob, For He is
former of all things, And Israel is the rod of His inheritance, Jehovah
of Hosts is His name.
An axe art thou to me -- weapons of war, And I have
broken in pieces by thee nations, And I have destroyed by thee kingdoms,
And I have broken in pieces by thee horse and its rider, And
I have broken in pieces by thee chariot and its charioteer,
And I have broken in pieces by thee man and woman, And I
have broken in pieces by thee old and young, And I have broken in pieces by
thee young man and virgin,
And I have broken in pieces by thee shepherd and his drove,
And I have broken in pieces by thee husbandman and his team, And I have broken
in pieces by thee governors and prefects.
And I have recompensed to Babylon, And to all inhabitants of
Chaldea, All the evil that they have done in Zion, Before your eyes -- an
affirmation of Jehovah.
Lo, I am against thee, O destroying mount, An
affirmation of Jehovah, That is destroying all the earth, And I have stretched
out My hand against thee, And I have rolled thee from the rocks, And given thee
for a burnt mountain.
And they take not out of thee a stone for a corner, And a
stone for foundations, For desolations age-during art thou, An affirmation of
Lift ye up an ensign in the land, Blow a trumpet among
nations, Sanctify against it nations, Summon against it the kingdoms of Ararat,
Minni, and Ashkenaz, Appoint against it an infant head, Cause the horse to
ascend as the rough cankerworm.
Sanctify against it the nations with the kings of Media, Its
governors and all its prefects, And all the land of its dominion.
And shake doth the land, and it is pained, For stood against
Babylon have the purposes of Jehovah, To make the land of Babylon a desolation
Ceased have the mighty of Babylon to fight, They have
remained in strongholds, Failed hath their might, they have become woman, They
have burnt her tabernacles, Broken have been her bars.
Runner to meet runner doth run, And announcer to meet
announcer, To announce to the king of Babylon, For, captured hath been his city
-- at the extremity.
And the passages have been captured, And the reeds they have
burnt with fire, And the men of war have been troubled.
For thus said Jehovah of Hosts, God of Israel, The daughter
of Babylon is as a threshing-floor, The time of her threshing -- yet a
little, And come hath the time of her harvest.
Devoured us, crushed us, hath Nebuchadrezzar king of
Babylon, He hath set us as an empty vessel, He hath swallowed us as a
dragon, He hath filled his belly with my dainties, He hath driven us away.
My wrong, and that of my flesh is on Babylon,
Say doth the inhabitant of Zion, And my blood is on the inhabitants of
Chaldea, Say doth Jerusalem.
Therefore, thus said Jehovah: Lo, I am pleading thy cause,
And I have avenged thy vengeance, And dried up its sea, and made its fountains
And Babylon hath been for heaps, A habitation of dragons, An
astonishment, and a hissing, without inhabitant.
Together as young lions they roar, They have shaken
themselves as lions' whelps.
In their heat I make their banquets, And I have caused them
to drink, so that they exult, And have slept a sleep age-during, And awake not
-- an affirmation of Jehovah.
I cause them to go down as lambs to slaughter, As rams with
How hath Sheshach been captured, Yea, caught is the praise
of the whole earth, How hath Babylon been for an astonishment among nations.
Come up against Babylon hath the sea, With a multitude of
its billows it hath been covered.
Its cities have been for a desolation, A dry land, and a
wilderness, A land -- none doth dwell in them, Nor pass over into them doth a
son of man.
And I have seen after Bel in Babylon, And I have brought
forth that which he swallowed -- from his mouth, And flow no more unto him do
nations, Also the wall of Babylon hath fallen.
Go forth from its midst, O My people, And deliver ye, each
his soul, Because of the fierceness of the anger of Jehovah,
And lest your heart be tender, And ye be afraid of the
report that is heard in the land, And come in a year hath the report, And after
it in a year the report, And violence is in the land, ruler against
Therefore, lo, days are coming, And I have seen after the
graven images of Babylon. And all its land is ashamed, And all its pierced ones
do fall in its midst.
And cried aloud against Babylon Have heavens and earth, and
all that is in them, For, from the north come to it do the spoilers, An
affirmation of Jehovah.
Even Babylon is to fall, ye pierced of Israel, Even
they of Babylon have fallen, Ye pierced of all the earth.
Ye escaped of the sword, go on, stand not, Remember ye from
afar Jehovah, And let Jerusalem come up on your heart.
We have been ashamed, for we heard reproach, Covered hath
shame our faces, For come in have strangers, against the sanctuaries of the
house of Jehovah.
Therefore, lo, days are coming, An affirmation of Jehovah,
And I have seen after its graven images, And in all its land groan doth the
Because Babylon goeth up to the heavens, And because it
fenceth the high place of its strength, From Me come into it do spoilers, An
affirmation of Jehovah.
A voice of a cry is from Babylon, And of great
destruction from the land of the Chaldean.
For Jehovah is spoiling Babylon, And hath destroyed out of
it a great voice, And sounded have its billows as many waters, Given forth a
noise hath their voice.
For come in against it -- against Babylon -- hath a spoiler,
And captured have been its mighty ones, Broken have been their bows, For the
God of recompences -- Jehovah -- doth certainly repay.
And I have caused its princes to drink, And its wise men,
its governors, And its prefects, and its mighty ones, And they have slept a
sleep age-during, And they awake not -- an affirmation of the king, Jehovah of
Hosts is His name.
Thus said Jehovah of Hosts, the wall of Babylon -- The broad
one -- is utterly made bare, And her high gates with fire are burnt, And
peoples labour in vain, And nations in fire, and have been weary!
The word that Jeremiah the prophet hath commanded Seraiah
son of Neriah, son of Maaseiah, in his going with Zedekiah king of Judah to
Babylon, in the fourth year of his reign -- and Seraiah is a quiet
and Jeremiah writeth all the evil that cometh unto Babylon
on one book -- all these words that are written concerning Babylon.
And Jeremiah saith unto Seraiah, 'When thou dost enter
Babylon, then thou hast seen, and hast read all these words,
and hast said: Jehovah, Thou, Thou hast spoken concerning
this place, to cut it off, that there is none dwelling in it, from man even
unto cattle, for it is a desolation age-during.
And it hath come to pass, when thou dost finish reading this
book, thou dost bind to it a stone, and hast cast it into the midst of Phrat,
and said, Thus sink doth Babylon, and it doth not arise,
because of the evil that I am bringing in against it, and they have been
weary.' Hitherto are words of Jeremiah.