28 Prepare the nations against her, The kings of the Medes, Their governors and all their officials, And all the land of their dominion.
29 And the land trembles and writhes, For the purposes of Jehovah against Babylon stand, To make the land of Babylon a waste, Without inhabitant.
30 The mighty men of Babylon have ceased fighting; They remain in strongholds; Their might has failed; they have become like women. Her dwellings are on fire; her bars are broken.
31 Runner runs to meet runner, And messenger to meet messenger, To announce to the king of Babylon That his city has been captured from end to end.
32 And the crossing places have been seized, And they burn the marshes with fire, And the men of war are terrified.
33 For thus says Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel, The daughter of Babylon is like a threshing floor At the time when it is trodden; Yet a little while and the time of harvest will come to her.
34 Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon has devoured me; He has crushed me; He has made me an empty vessel; He has swallowed me up like a dragon; He has filled his stomach with my delicacies; He has washed me out.
35 The violence done to me and my flesh be on Babylon! The inhabitant of Zion will say; And my blood be upon the inhabitants of Chaldea! Jerusalem will say.
36 Therefore thus says Jehovah, I will indeed plead your cause And execute vengeance for you; And I will dry up her sea And make her fountain dry.
37 And Babylon will become a heap of ruins, A habitation of jackals, An astonishment and a hissing, Without inhabitant.
38 They will roar together like young lions; They will growl like lions' whelps.
39 When they are inflamed, I will set out their drink; And I will make them drunk, that they may be merry And sleep an eternal sleep And not wake up, declares Jehovah.
40 And I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter, Like rams with male goats.
41 How Sheshach has been captured, And the praise of all the earth seized! How Babylon has become an astonishment Among the nations!
42 The sea has come up over Babylon; She is covered with the multitude of its waves.
43 Her cities have become a waste, A dry land and a desert, A land in which no one dwells, Through which no person passes.
44 And I will punish Bel in Babylon And bring what he has swallowed out of his mouth; And the nations will not stream unto him any longer; Even the wall of Babylon will fall down.
45 Come out from the midst of her, My people, And let each man save his life From the burning anger of Jehovah.
46 And lest your heart faint And you become afraid at the report that will be heard in the land - For the report will come in one year; And after that a report in another year And violence in the earth, Ruler against ruler -
47 Therefore indeed, days are coming, When I will punish the idols of Babylon; And her whole land will be put to shame, And all her slain will fall in her midst.
48 And the heavens and the earth and all which is in them Will give a ringing shout over Babylon; For out of the north the destroyers will come against her, Declares Jehovah.
49 Babylon is also to fall for the slain of Israel, As all the slain of the earth have fallen for Babylon .
50 You who have escaped the sword, Go and do not stand still; Remember Jehovah from afar, And let Jerusalem come up in your heart.
51 We have been put to shame, for we have heard reproach; Disgrace has covered our faces; For strangers have come Into the holy places of the house of Jehovah.
52 Therefore indeed, days are coming, Declares Jehovah, When I will punish her idols, And throughout her land the wounded will groan.
53 Though Babylon mount up to the heavens, And though she fortify the height of her strength, Destroyers will come from Me to her, Declares Jehovah.
54 The sound of a cry from Babylon, And great destruction from the land of the Chaldeans!
55 For Jehovah is destroying Babylon, And He will cause the loud voice to perish from her. And their waves roar like many waters; The noise of their voice is raised.
56 For a destroyer has come upon her, upon Babylon, And her mighty men are taken captive; Their bows are broken into pieces; For Jehovah is a God of recompense; He will repay in full.
57 And I will make her princes and her wise men drunk, Her governors and her officials and her mighty men; And they will sleep an eternal sleep And not wake up, declares the King, Whose name is Jehovah of hosts.
58 Thus says Jehovah of hosts, The broad walls of Babylon will be utterly laid bare; Her high gates will be burned with fire. So the peoples will have labored in vain; And the nations, only for fire; and they will have wearied themselves.
59 The word which Jeremiah the prophet commanded Seraiah the son of Neriah, the son of Mahseiah, when he went with Zedekiah the king of Judah to Babylon in the fourth year of his reign. (Now Seraiah was quartermaster.)
60 And Jeremiah wrote in a book all the evil that would come on Babylon, even all these words that are written concerning Babylon.
61 And Jeremiah said to Seraiah, When you come to Babylon, see that you read all these words;
62 And say, O Jehovah, You have spoken concerning this place, to cut it off, so that nothing should dwell in it, neither man nor animal, for it will be an eternal desolation.
63 And as soon as you have finished reading this book, you shall bind a stone to it and cast it into the midst of the Euphrates,
64 And say, Thus Babylon will sink and will not rise up because of the evil which I will bring upon it, and they will weary themselves. Thus far are the words of Jeremiah.