1 Come down and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon; sit on the ground.
There is no throne for you, O daughter of the Chaldeans. For you shall no more be called
tender and delicate.
2 Take the millstones and grind meal. Uncover your veil, strip off the skirt, bare the
thigh, pass through the rivers.
3 Your nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, your shame shall be seen; I will take
vengeance and I will not meet you as a man.
4 Our Redeemer, Jehovah of Hosts is His name, the Holy One of Israel.
5 Sit in silence, and go into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans; for you shall no
more be called the Queen of Kingdoms.
6 I was angry with My people, I have polluted My inheritance, and given them into your
hand. You have shown them no mercy; upon the aged you have laid your yoke very
7 And you said, I shall be a queen forever; so you did not lay these things to heart, nor
remember the latter end of it.
8 Now therefore hear this, O voluptuous one, who lives securely; who says in her heart, I
am, and there is no one else besides me; I shall not sit as a widow, nor shall I know the
loss of children.
9 But these two things shall come to you in a moment in one day: The loss of children,
and widowhood. They shall come upon you in their fullness for the multitude of your
sorceries, and for the great power of your enchantments.
10 For you have trusted in your wickedness; you have said, No one sees me. Your
wisdom and your knowledge have perverted you; and you have said in your heart, I am,
and there is no one else besides me.
11 Therefore evil shall come upon you, and you shall not know its origin. And disaster
shall fall upon you, and you shall not be able to cover it over. And desolation shall come
upon you suddenly, which you shall not be informed of.
12 Stand now with your charms, and with the multitude of your sorceries, in which you
have labored since your youth. Perhaps you will be able to profit; perhaps you may
13 You are wearied by your many counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers and
the fortunetellers step forth and save you from what shall come upon you.
14 Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them. They shall not deliver
themselves from the power of the flame; it shall not be a coal to be warmed with; nor a
fire in front of which to sit.
15 Thus shall they be to you with whom you have labored, your merchants from your
youth. They shall wander, each one, to his own region; no one shall save you.