1 Thus says Jehovah: Behold, I will raise up a destroying wind against Babylon, and
against those dwelling in their midst who rise up against Me.
2 And I will send strangers into Babylon who shall winnow her and shall empty her land.
For in the day of calamity they shall be against her all around.
3 Do not let the archer tread and bend his bow; nor lift himself up in his armor. And do
not spare her young men; utterly destroy all her army.
4 Thus the slain shall fall in the land of the Chaldeans, those thrust through in her
5 For neither Israel nor Judah has been forsaken by his God, Jehovah of Hosts, though
their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel.
6 Flee out of the middle of Babylon, and each man deliver his soul. Do not be cut off in
her iniquity, for this is the time of Jehovah's vengeance; He will make good her
7 Babylon has been a golden cup in Jehovah's hand, which made all the earth drunk.
The nations have drunk her wine; therefore the nations are deranged.
8 Babylon has suddenly fallen and been destroyed. Wail for her; take balm for her pain,
if perhaps she may be healed.
9 We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed. Forsake her and let us go, each
one into his own land; for her judgment reaches to the heavens and is lifted up to the
10 Jehovah has brought forth our righteousness; come and let us declare in Zion the
work of Jehovah our God.
11 Polish the arrows; gather the shields. Jehovah has raised up the spirit of the kings of
the Medes. For His plan is against Babylon, to destroy it; because it is the vengeance of
Jehovah, the vengeance of His temple.
12 Set up the banner on the walls of Babylon; make the guard strong; set up the
watchmen; prepare the ambushes. For Jehovah has both planned and done that which He
spoke against the inhabitants of Babylon.
13 O you who live on many waters, rich in treasures, your end has come, and the
measure of your unjust gain.
14 Jehovah of Hosts has sworn by Himself, saying, Surely I will fill you with men as
with locust caterpillars; and they shall lift up a shout against you.
15 He has made the earth by His power; He has established the world by His wisdom,
and has stretched out the heavens by His understanding.
16 When He utters His voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens; and He
causes the mists to ascend from the ends of the earth. He makes lightnings with rain and
brings forth the wind out of His treasures.
17 Every man is stupid in knowledge; every refiner is put to shame by graven images. For his molten image is deception, and there is no breath in them.
18 They are vanity, the work of errors; in the time of their judgment they shall perish.
19 The Portion of Jacob is not like them; for He is the Former of all things, and Israel is
the offshoot of His inheritance. Jehovah of Hosts is His name.
20 You are My battle-ax and weapons of war; for 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 his rider.
22 Also with you I will shatter man and woman; and with you I will shatter old and
young; and with you I will shatter the young man and the maiden.
23 I will also shatter the shepherd and his flock with you. And with you I will shatter the
farmer and his yoke of oxen; and with you I will shatter governors and rulers.
24 And I will recompense unto Babylon, and unto all the inhabitants of Chaldea, all the evil that they have done in Zion in your eyes, says Jehovah.
25 Behold, I am against you, O destroying mountain, says Jehovah, who destroys all the
earth. And I will stretch out My hand upon you and roll you down from the rocks, and
will make you a burnt mountain.
26 And they shall not take a stone from you for a corner, nor a stone for foundations; but
you shall be a waste forever, says Jehovah.
27 Set up a banner in the land; blow the shofar among the nations; prepare the nations against her. Call the kingdoms of Ararat, Minni, and Ashkenaz together against her; appoint a commander against her. Cause the horses to come up as the bristling caterpillars.
28 Consecrate nations against her, with the kings of the Medes, her governors and all her rulers, and all the land of his realm.
29 And the land shall tremble and writhe. For every purpose of Jehovah shall be fulfilled
against Babylon, to make the land of Babylon a waste without inhabitant.
30 The mighty men of Babylon have stopped fighting; they have remained in
strongholds; their might has failed. They became like women; they have burned her
dwellings; the bars of her gates are broken.
31 A runner shall run to meet a runner, and a herald to a herald, to report to the king of
Babylon that his city is captured from end to end;
32 and that the passages are blocked; and they have burned the reeds with fire, and the
men of war are frightened.
33 For thus says Jehovah of Hosts, the God of Israel: The daughter of Babylon is like a
threshing floor, and it is time to thresh her. Yet a little while, and the time of her harvest
34 Nebuchadnezzar 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 rinsed me out.
35 The violence done to me and to my flesh be upon Babylon, the inhabitant of Zion
shall say. And, My blood be upon the inhabitants of Chaldea, Jerusalem shall say.
36 Therefore thus says Jehovah: Behold, I will plead your case and take vengeance for
you; and I will dry up her sea and make her springs dry.
37 And Babylon shall become heaps, a dwelling place for dragons, a horror and a
hissing, without inhabitant.
38 They shall roar together like lions; they shall growl like lions' cubs.
39 In their heat I will make their feasts, and I will make them drunk so that they may
rejoice and sleep a never-ending sleep, and not wake up, says Jehovah.
40 I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter, like rams with the male goats.
41 How Sheshach is captured! And how the praise of the whole earth is seized! How
Babylon has become a waste among the nations!
42 The sea has come up over Babylon; she is covered with the multitude of its waves.
43 Her cities are desolate, a dry land and a wilderness, a land in which no man dwells,
nor does any son of man pass by it.
44 And I will punish Bel in Babylon, and I will bring forth out of his mouth that which
he has swallowed up. And the nations shall not flow together to him any more; yea, the
wall of Babylon shall fall.
45 My people, go out of her midst; and let each man deliver his soul from the fierce
anger of Jehovah.
46 And let not your heart faint, nor fear the rumor that shall be heard in the land. The
report shall come in a year. And after that a report shall come in another year; and
violence shall be in the land, ruler against ruler.
47 Therefore, behold, the days are coming that I will punish the graven images of
Babylon. And all her land shall be put to shame, and all her slain shall fall in her midst.
48 And the heavens and the earth, and all that is in them, shall shout for joy over
Babylon; for the plunderers shall come to her from the north, says Jehovah.
49 As Babylon has caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon the slain of all the
earth shall fall.
50 You who have escaped the sword, go away! Do not stand still! Remember Jehovah
from afar, and let Jerusalem come into your mind.
51 We are confounded because we have heard reproach. Shame has covered our faces,
for strangers have come into the sanctuaries of Jehovah's house.
52 Therefore behold, the days are coming, says Jehovah, that I will punish her graven
images, and throughout all her land the wounded shall groan.
53 Though Babylon should mount up to the heavens, and though she should fortify the
height of her strength, yet plunderers shall come unto her from Me, says Jehovah.
54 The sound of a cry comes from Babylon, and great destruction from the land of the
55 because Jehovah is plundering Babylon, and the loud voice has been blotted out of
her. Her waves are turbulent like great waters, they have made a great roaring sound;
56 because the plunderer has come upon her, even upon Babylon, and her mighty men are captured. Every one of their bows is broken, for Jehovah, the Mighty God of recompenses, makes good the recompense.
57 And I will make her rulers drunk, along with her wise ones, her governors, and her
officials, and her mighty men. And they shall sleep a never-ending sleep and not wake
up, says the King whose name is Jehovah of Hosts.
58 Thus says Jehovah of Hosts: The broad walls of Babylon shall be completely broken,
and her high gates shall be burned with fire; and the nation shall labor in vain, and the
people shall be in the fire, and they shall be weary.
59 The word which Jeremiah the prophet commanded Seraiah the son of Neriah, the
son of Maaseiah, when he went with Zedekiah the king of Judah into Babylon in the
fourth year of his reign. And Seraiah was a quiet leader.
60 So Jeremiah wrote in a book all the evil that would come upon Babylon, all these
words that are written against Babylon.
61 And Jeremiah said to Seraiah, When you arrive in Babylon, and have seen, and have
read all these words,
62 then you shall say, O Jehovah, You have spoken against this place to cut it off, so that
no one shall remain in it, neither man nor beast, but that it shall be a waste forever.
63 And it shall be when you have made an end of reading this book, that you shall tie a
stone to it and throw it into the middle of the Euphrates.
64 And you shall say, In this way shall Babylon sink, and shall not rise, from the evil
that I will bring upon her. And they shall be weary. Thus far are the words of Jeremiah.