2 “Declare it among the nations and proclaim it.
Raise a signal* and proclaim it.
Do not hide anything!
Say, ‘Babylon has been captured.+
Bel has been put to shame.+
Merʹo·dach has become terrified.
Her images have been put to shame.
Her disgusting idols* have become terrified.’
It makes her land an object of horror;
No one is dwelling in her.
Both man and beast have taken flight;
They have gone away.”
4 “In those days and at that time,” declares Jehovah, “the people of Israel and the people of Judah will come together.+ They will weep as they walk,+ and together they will seek Jehovah their God.+ 5 They will ask the way to Zion, with their faces turned in that direction,+ saying, ‘Come and let us join ourselves to Jehovah in an everlasting covenant that will not be forgotten.’+ 6 My people have become a flock of lost sheep.+ Their own shepherds caused them to stray.+ They led them away onto the mountains, roaming from mountain to hill. They have forgotten their resting-place. 7 All those finding them have devoured them,+ and their enemies have said, ‘We are not guilty, because they sinned against Jehovah, against the dwelling place of righteousness and the hope of their forefathers, Jehovah.’”
8 “Flee out of the midst of Babylon,
Go out of the land of the Chal·deʹans,+
And be like the leading animals before the flock.
9 For here I am raising up and bringing against Babylon
An assembly of great nations from the land of the north.+
They will come against her in battle formation;
From there she will be captured.
Their arrows are like those of a warrior
Causing bereavement of children;+
They do not come back without results.
All those taking spoil from her will be fully satisfied,”+ declares Jehovah.
For you kept pawing like a heifer in the grass,
And you kept neighing like stallions.
She who gave birth to you has been disappointed.
Look! She is the least of the nations,
A waterless wilderness and a desert.+
She will become utterly desolate.+
Anyone passing by Babylon will stare in horror
And whistle because of all her plagues.+
15 Shout a war cry against her on every side.
She has surrendered.*
Take your vengeance on her.
Do to her just as she has done.+
Because of the cruel sword, each will return to his own people,
Each one will flee to his own land.+
17 “The people of Israel are scattered sheep.+ Lions have dispersed them.+ First the king of As·syrʹi·a devoured them;+ then King Neb·u·chad·nezʹzar* of Babylon gnawed on their bones.+ 18 Therefore this is what Jehovah of armies, the God of Israel, says: ‘Here I will deal with the king of Babylon and with his land in the same way that I dealt with the king of As·syrʹi·a.+ 19 And I will bring Israel back to his pasture,+ and he will graze on Carʹmel and on Baʹshan,+ and on the mountains of Eʹphra·im+ and of Gilʹe·ad+ he* will be satisfied.’”
20 “In those days and at that time,” declares Jehovah,
“Israel’s guilt will be searched for,
But there will be none,
And the sins of Judah will not be found,
For I will forgive those whom I let remain.”+
Let them be massacred and completely destroyed,”* declares Jehovah.
“Do all that I have commanded you.
22 There is the sound of war in the land,
A great catastrophe.
How Babylon has become an object of horror among the nations!+
24 I have laid a snare for you, and you have been caught, O Babylon,
And you did not know it.
You were found and captured,+
For it was Jehovah whom you opposed.
For the Sovereign Lord, Jehovah of armies, has a work
In the land of the Chal·deʹans.
Open up her granaries.+
Pile her up like heaps of grain.
May she have no one left.
Woe to them, for their day has come,
Their time of reckoning!
28 There is the sound of those fleeing,
Those escaping from the land of Babylon,
To declare in Zion the vengeance of Jehovah our God,
The vengeance for his temple.+
Camp all around her; let no one escape.
Repay her according to her activity.+
Do to her just as she has done.+
For she has acted arrogantly against Jehovah,
Against the Holy One of Israel.+
And all her soldiers will perish* in that day,” declares Jehovah.
“For your day must come, the time that I will call you to account.
And I will set your cities on fire,
And it will consume everything around you.”
33 This is what Jehovah of armies says:
“The people of Israel and Judah are oppressed,
And all those taking them captive have held onto them.+
They have refused to let them go.+
Jehovah of armies is his name.+
He will surely plead their legal case,+
In order to give rest to the land+
And to bring agitation to the inhabitants of Babylon.”+
35 “There is a sword against the Chal·deʹans,” declares Jehovah,
“Against the inhabitants of Babylon and against her princes and against her wise ones.+
There is a sword against her warriors, and they will become terrified.+
37 There is a sword against their horses and their war chariots,
And against all the mixed populations in her midst,
And they will become like women.+
There is a sword against her treasures, and they will be plundered.+
For it is a land of graven images,+
And because of their frightful visions they keep acting with madness.
39 Therefore, the desert creatures will dwell with the howling animals,
And in her the ostriches will dwell.+
She will never again be inhabited,
Nor will she be a place of residence throughout all generations.”+
41 Look! A people is coming in from the north;
A great nation and grand kings+ will be raised up
From the remotest parts of the earth.+
They are cruel and will show no mercy.+
Their sound is like the roaring sea,+
As they ride on their horses.
Like one man, they line up in battle formation against you, O daughter of Babylon.+
Anguish seizes him,
Pain like that of a woman giving birth.
44 “Look! Someone will come up against the secure pastures like a lion from the dense thickets along the Jordan, but in a moment I will make them run away from her. And I will appoint over her the chosen one.+ For who is like me, and who will challenge me? What shepherd can stand before me?+ 45 Therefore hear, O men, the decision* that Jehovah has made against Babylon+ and what he has thought out against the land of the Chal·deʹans.
Surely the little ones of the flock will be dragged away.
He will make their dwelling place desolate because of them.+