1. "Go down and sit in the dirt, O
virgin daughter of Babylon,
sit on the ground; there is no throne,*
because they shall no longer call you precious and beautiful.*
2. "Set up the millstone of the flour grinders,
uncover your veil [and] expose your white hair,
expose your legs [and] cross* the rivers.
3. "Your nakedness has been exposed
and your contempt is obvious,
I shall cast out your demon
and no man shall have anything to do with you.*
4. "Your Savior's name is the Almighty Lord,*
He is the holy One of Israel.
5. "Sit in your ruins,
enter into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans,
because they shall not bother calling you the [most] powerful of kingdoms anymore.
6. "I was angry at my people, as they denigrated my inheritance,
and I delivered them into your* hands,
but you [showed] them no mercy
and you made your yoke heavy upon the aged.
7. "And you said to me
you shall be powerful to [the end of] the universe,
and you did not consecrate these [events] into your heart,
and you did not remember me in the end.
8. "Now listen, O precious one,
who calmly sat [on her throne] and said in her heart,
'I am it and there is none other;
I do not rule* as a widow, nor do I know deprivation.'*
9. "There shall come both of these plagues upon you on the same day:
deprivation and widowhood shall come upon you suddenly*
on [account of] your many pleasures and your many astrologers.*
10. "As you wished for your wickedness
and said that there is no one who sees me;
your wisdom and your knowledge are what misled you,
and you said to me in your heart,
'I am it and there is no one else.'*
11. "This evil shall come upon you at dawn
and you shall not know it,
and the shock of it shall fall upon you
and you shall not be able to pass it off,
and there shall come upon you destruction out of the calm
and you will not know it.
12. "Rise up [together] with your astrologers and your many sorcerers
that you were [engaged] with since your childhood,
perhaps you may have an impact,*
perhaps you may be empowering.
13. "You may be helped by your many pretensions
and the Chaldeans* may rise and save you,
those who gaze at the sky and the stars;
they may inform you of the month when these things shall befall you.
14. "Behold, they shall be like the grass that the fire burns up,
they cannot deliver themselves from the hand of the flame;
there will be no end to their burning,
nor will there be any light to sit before.
15. "Thus shall be your merchants [as well,]
those who supplied you since your childhood,
and a man looks to his side
but* there will be no one to save him.
*47:1.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Chair."
*47:1.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Luxurious."
*47:2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Dig up."
*47:3 Lit. Ar. id.: "No man shall meet you."
*47:4 Lit. Ar. id.: "Maryah."
*47:6.1 Lit. Ar. id.: NB! Female gender. Reference to Babylon.
*47:6.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*47:8.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Sit.
*47:8.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Maybe."
*47:9.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Out of the calm."
*47:9.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "[Acts of] astrology," or "magic."
*47:10 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "No one again."
*47:12 Lit. Ar. id.: "Effect."
*47:13 NB! Here "Chaldeans" refers to astrologers.
*47:15 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
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