1 Thus says Jehovah, I will stir up against Babylon and against the inhabitants of Leb-kamai A destroying wind.
2 And I will send strangers against Babylon, and they will winnow her, And they will empty her land When they come against her from every side In the evil day.
3 Against him who bends, let the archer bend his bow, And against him who stands up in his armor; And let them not spare her young men, But let them utterly destroy all her army.
4 And they will fall down slain in the land of the Chaldeans And pierced through in her streets.
5 For neither Israel or Judah is forsaken By his God, by Jehovah of hosts; But their land is full of guilt Against the Holy One of Israel.
6 Flee from the midst of Babylon, And let each man save his life; Do not be cut off in her iniquity; For this is a time of vengeance to Jehovah; He will give full recompense to her.
7 Babylon has been a golden cup in Jehovah's hand That has made all the earth drunk. The nations have drunk of her wine; Therefore the nations have become mad.
8 Suddenly Babylon has fallen and become broken; Howl over her; Take balm for her pain, If perhaps she may be healed.
9 We tried to heal Babylon, but she is not healed; Forsake her, and let each one of us go to his own land; For her judgment has reached to heaven And has been lifted up to the clouds.
10 Jehovah has brought forth our righteousnesses; Come and let us relate in Zion The work of Jehovah our God.
11 Polish the arrows, Take up the shields. Jehovah has stirred up the spirit of the kings of the Medes, because His purpose is against Babylon, to destroy her; for this is the vengeance of Jehovah, the vengeance for His temple.
12 Lift up a standard against the walls of Babylon; Make the watch strong. Set the watchmen; Prepare the ambushers; For Jehovah has both purposed and done What He spoke against the inhabitants of Babylon.
13 O you who dwell by many waters, Abundant in treasures, Your end has come, The measure of your unjust gain.
14 Jehovah of hosts has sworn by Himself, I will surely fill you with men like locusts, And they will raise a shout of victory over you.
15 It is He who made the earth by His power, Who established the world by His wisdom, And by His understanding He stretched out the heavens.
16 When He utters His voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens, And He causes the vapors to rise from the ends of the earth; He makes lightning for the rain And brings forth wind from His treasuries.
17 Every man is stupid, without knowledge; Every goldsmith is put to shame by his idol; For his molten image is falsehood, And there is no breath in them.
18 They are vanity, the work of delusion; At the time of their punishment they will perish.
19 The Portion of Jacob is not like these; For He is the One who formed everything, And Israel is the tribe of His inheritance; Jehovah of hosts is His name.
20 He says, You are My hammer, My weapons of war; And with you I will shatter nations, And with you I will destroy kingdoms,
21 And with you I will shatter the horse and his rider, And with you I will shatter the chariot and its rider,
22 And with you I will shatter man and woman, And with you I will shatter old man and young, And with you I will shatter young man and virgin,
23 And with you I will shatter the shepherd and his flock, And with you I will shatter the farmer and his yoke of oxen, And with you I will shatter governors and officials.
24 And I will repay Babylon And all the inhabitants of Chaldea With all their evil which they have done In Zion before your eyes, declares Jehovah.
25 Indeed, I am against you, O mountain of destruction, Declares Jehovah, Which destroys the whole earth; And I will stretch out My hand upon you And roll you down from the rocks And make you a burning mountain.
26 And they will not take from you a stone for the corner Or a stone for the foundations; For you will be an eternal desolation, declares Jehovah.
27 Lift up a standard in the land; Blow a trumpet among the nations; Prepare the nations against her; Summon against her the kingdoms of Ararat, Minni, and Ashkenaz; Appoint an officer against her; Bring up the horses like terrifying locusts.