28 There is a sound of those who flee and escape From the land of Babylon, To declare in Zion The vengeance of Jehovah our God, The vengeance for His temple.
29 Summon archers against Babylon, All those who bend the bow. Encamp against her all around; Let there be no escape. Recompense her according to her work; According to all that she has done, so do to her. For she has acted proudly against Jehovah, Against the Holy One of Israel.
30 Therefore her young men will fall in her open squares, And all her men of war will be silenced in that day, Declares Jehovah.
31 Indeed, I am against you, O Pride, Declares the Lord Jehovah of hosts; For your day has come, The time that I visit you.
32 And Pride will stumble and fall, And there will be no one to raise him up. And I will kindle a fire in his cities, And it will devour all that is around him.
33 Thus says Jehovah of hosts, The children of Israel And the children of Judah are oppressed together; And all who took them captive held them fast; They refused to let them go.
34 Their Redeemer is strong; Jehovah of hosts is His name. He will surely plead their cause, That He may give rest to the land But trouble to the inhabitants of Babylon.
35 The sword is against the Chaldeans, declares Jehovah, And against the inhabitants of Babylon And against her princes and against her wise men.
36 The sword is against the liars, and they will become fools; The sword is against her mighty men, and they will be dismayed.
37 The sword is against their horses and against their chariots And against all the mingled people who are in her midst, And they will become like women. The sword is against her treasuries, And they will be plundered.
38 Drought is upon her waters, And they will dry up; For it is a land of graven images, And they are mad over terrifying idols.
39 Therefore desert animals will dwell there with hyenas, And ostriches will dwell in her. It will not be inhabited forever; It will not be dwelt in from generation to generation.
40 As when God overthrew Sodom And Gomorrah with its neighbors, Declares Jehovah, So no one will dwell there; Nor will a son of man sojourn in it.
41 A people is now coming from the north, And a great nation and many kings Are stirring from the uttermost parts of the earth.
42 They grasp bow and spear; They are cruel and have no mercy. Their voice roars like the sea, And they ride upon horses, Set in array as a man for battle Against you, O daughter of Babylon.
43 The king of Babylon has heard the report about them, And his hands are feeble; Distress has seized him, Pain like a woman in childbirth.
44 Indeed, one will come up like a lion From the majesty of the Jordan against a secure habitation; For I will suddenly make them run away from her; And whoever is chosen I will appoint over her. For who is like Me? And who can appoint Me a time? And who is that shepherd who can stand before Me?
45 Therefore hear the counsel of Jehovah, Which He purposed against Babylon, And His thoughts, which He has thought Against the land of the Chaldeans: Surely they will drag them off, the little ones of the flock; Surely He will make their habitation a desolation because of them.
46 At the sound of Babylon being seized The earth trembles, And a cry is heard among the nations.