1 The word which Jehovah spoke concerning Babylon, concerning the land of the Chaldeans, through Jeremiah the prophet:
2 Declare among the nations and proclaim; Lift up a banner, proclaim it. Do not conceal it, but say, Babylon is captured; Bel is put to shame; Merodach is shattered; Her images are put to shame; Her idols are dismayed.
3 For a nation has come up against her from the north; It will make her land a waste, And there will be no inhabitant in it; Both man and beast have fled; they are gone away.
4 In those days and at that time, declares Jehovah, The children of Israel will come, Both they and the children of Judah together; They will go along with weeping as they go, And they will seek Jehovah their God.
5 They will ask for the way to Zion With their faces toward it, saying: Come and let us join ourselves to Jehovah In an eternal covenant that will not be forgotten.
6 My people are lost sheep; Their shepherds have led them astray; They have made them turn aside on the mountains; They have gone from mountain to hill; They have forgotten their resting place.
7 All who found them have devoured them, And their adversaries have said, We are not guilty, Because they have sinned against Jehovah, The habitation of righteousness, Even Jehovah, the hope of their fathers.
8 Flee from the midst of Babylon, And go out from the land of the Chaldeans, And be as male goats Before the flock.
9 For I am about to stir up and bring up against Babylon An assembly of great nations from the land of the north; And they will set themselves in array against her, And she will be taken captive from there. Their arrows will be like those of an expert mighty man; None will return empty-handed.
10 And Chaldea will become spoil; All those who spoil her will be satisfied, declares Jehovah.
11 Because you rejoiced, because you exulted, O you who plunder My inheritance, Because you spring about as a threshing heifer, And you neigh like stallions,
12 Your mother has been greatly ashamed; She who bore you has become a reproach: Indeed, she has become the last of the nations, A wilderness, a dry land and a desert.
13 Because of the wrath of Jehovah she will not be inhabited, But she will become a complete desolation; For every one who passes by Babylon will be astonished And will hiss at all her wounds.
14 Set yourselves in array against Babylon all around, All those who bend the bow; Shoot at her; spare no arrow; Because she has sinned against Jehovah;
15 Raise a shout against her all around. She has surrendered; her buttresses have fallen, Her walls have been torn down; For this is the vengeance of Jehovah: Take vengeance on her; As she has done, so do to her.
16 Cut off the sower from Babylon, And the one who handles a sickle in the time of harvest; Because of the sword of the oppressor Each one will turn to his people, And each one flee to his own land.
17 Israel is a scattered sheep; Lions have driven him away. First the king of Assyria devoured him, and last this Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon has gnawed his bones.
18 Therefore thus says Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel: I will punish the king of Babylon and his land, as I punished the king of Assyria.
19 And I will bring Israel back to his habitation, And he will feed on Carmel and Bashan, And in the hill country of Ephraim and in Gilead He will satisfy his soul.
20 In those days and at that time, declares Jehovah, The iniquity of Israel will be sought, but there will be none; And the sin of Judah, but it will not be found; For I will forgive those whom I will leave as a remnant.
21 Go up against her, against the land of Merathaim And against the inhabitants of Pekod. Desolate and utterly destroy them, declares Jehovah, And do according to all that I commanded you.
22 The sound of war is in the land, And great destruction.
23 How the hammer of the whole earth Is cut down and broken! How Babylon has become an astonishment Among the nations!
24 I have set a snare for you, and you also have been taken captive, O Babylon, and you did not know; You were found, and you also were seized, Because you engaged in war with Jehovah.
25 Jehovah has opened His armory And has brought out the weapons of His wrath, For this is the work of the Lord Jehovah of hosts Against the land of the Chaldeans.
26 Come against her from every side; Open her granaries. Pile her up like heaps; Destroy her utterly; Let nothing of her remain.
27 Slay all her oxen; Let them go down to slaughter. Woe to them, for their day has come, The time of their punishment.