1. Thus said the Almighty Lord, "Behold, I shall subject* Babylon and its inhabitants to a cruel* heart and a horrifying* spirit.
2. "And I shall send against Babylon the plunderers, and they shall plunder her and trample on her land, and they shall gather around her on that Day of Evil."
3. Do not stop from shooting the arrows,* do not [send back] her warriors [who seek terms of surrender,] and do not [show mercy] for her youth -- destroy all her power.
4. And there fell the killed in the land of the Chaldeans and those that were beaten down in her streets.
5. Because Israel and Judah were not widowed from their God, from their Almighty Lord God, because their land was filled abomination before the holy ones of Israel.*
6. Flee from the midst of Babylon; let each man save his soul;* do not get swallowed by her sins, because this is the season of her recompense from the Lord; He shall repay her according to her works.
7. A chalice of gold, Babylon is in the hand of the Lord, to make all the earth drunk with her wine; all the nations drank and became rowdy.*
8. Out of the calm, Babylon fell and was broken; weep over her, put medicines* on her wounds, maybe she can be healed.
9. Babylon's wounds were treated but she could not be healed. Let us leave her, let each man go to his land, because her guilt has reached to the skies and gone up to the clouds.
10. The Lord has brought out our righteousness; come let us declare in Zion the works of our Lord God.
11. The authorities gathered, [their quivers] full of arrows, for the Lord has sprung the spirit of the Madai's king,* because it is against Babylon that His counsel has been conveyed, so as they may destroy it, for that is how the Lord shall repay her and the prayers of her temple.
12. Take up the flags from the walls of Babylon, set up the watch and drown her in waters, because the Lord shall do to Babylon what He intended;
13. She that sits on great waters, your treasures aplenty; my harvest has arrived and your punishment has deepened.
14. The Almighty Lord swore by his name and filled you with men like locusts and they cry out against you, saying, "Let it be, let it be!"
15. The Lord made the earth by his power and mustered the universe by his wisdom and with his knowledge he expanded the sky.
16. He gave the waters of heaven the voice of tumult; he raised the clouds from the edges* of the earth, and he made the lightning* for the rain; he brought out the spirits* from his bindings.
17. Every human being* is ignorant* [toward] knowledge; the craftsmen are ashamed of the reliefs that they have carved, because it is falsehood that they have sculpted, [representations] without spirit.
18. For they are nothing; they are delinquent servants and in the season that they are commanded they shall disappear.*
19. Not like their is the favor of Jacob, except their favor is from He who created everything, and the dynasty of their inheritance is that of Him whose name is the Almighty Lord.
20. "Grace yourself with the vessels of war, through you I shall scatter the nations and through you I shall destroy the kingdoms.
21. "And I shall scatter through you the horses and their riders.
22. "And through you I shall scatter the chariots and their riders, and I shall scatter through you men and women, and I shall scatter through you old men and the young, and I shall scatter through you the young boys and the virgins.
23. "And I shall scatter through you the shepherds and their flocks,* and through you I shall scatter the farmers and their helpers, and through you I shall scatter the guardians and the rulers.
24. "And I shall repay Babylon and all the Chaldean inhabitants all the evil they committed in Zion to your flocks," said the Lord.
25. "Behold, I am against you like a volcano,"* said the Lord, "that ruins* the whole earth, and I shall raise my hand against you and lift you into a burnt* mountain.
26. "Neither shall they receive from you the cornerstone, nor the foundation-rock, except you are destined for destruction to the end of the universe,"* said the Lord.*
27. Raise the flags on earth, sound the trumpets among the nations, bring forth against her the nations; hearken against her the kingdoms of Ararat, of the Armenians and the Ashkenaz; command against her the oblivionator, let the horsemen rise against her like locusts.
28. Hearken against her the nations, the king of the Medes and his guards and his guards and all his governors.
29. And the earth shall be shaken and it will be broken, because there has risen against Babylon the Lord's intentions, so that they shall destroy Babylon and drive out its inhabitants.*
30. The men of Babylon gave up fighting together with those who sat in the towers, their stature has been broken and they became like women -- her homes have been uprooted and her gates have been broken.
31. The runner, who runs to meet the [other] runner, runs, and the reporter, who meets the [other] reporter, to tell the King of Babylon, [tells him] that the cities around her have been captured.
32. And her bridge has been seized and her ships are burned with fire, and all her men of war have become a joke.
33. Because thus said the Almighty Lord God of Israel: the Daughter of Babylon is like the grain whose season has arrived, in a little while it will be [time to] pluck her.
34. Jerusalem said to me, "Nebuchadnasser, King of Babylon, ate me and plundered me; he treated* me like an empty vessel; he swallowed me like a Titan; he filled his belly with my [offsprings] and banished me.
35. "My booty and cattle were carried off to Babylon; may my blood be upon the inhabitants of Chaldee," said Jerusalem.
36. Because of that thus said the Lord, "Behold, I shall adjudge your debt and uphold your covenants; and I shall destroy the sea of Babylon and dry up her springs."
37. And Babylon shall become a ruin, the habitat of jackals, and the object of wonderment and whistling for those who sit in her.
38. They shall roar like lions and growl like young lions.
39. They shall [mix] their drink with the [ferment of wrath] and make them drunk; they shall repose into an eternal slumber from which* they shall not awaken," said the Lord.
40. "And I shall deliver them like savory mutton* for slaughter and like rams and goats to be slain."
41. How had the harlot* seized the glory of all the earth? How has Babylon become the wonderment of all the nations?
42. The sea has risen up against Babylon and its many waves have covered it.
43. Her towns shall become the object of wonder, like a ruined land and a desert; no man can sit in them, nor shall a human being live in them.
44. And there shall be an order regarding Bel in Babylon and his food shall be taken out of his mouth and the nations shall not fear him again, and even the wide walls of Babylon shall fall down.
45. Get out of her, my people; let every man save his soul,* from the wrath of the Lord's anger.
46. Lest your heart is broken and succumbs to the word that is heard in the land, and there shall come in that year that word and in the following year there will come another word, and there shall be plunder in the land, and one authority shall rise against another authority.
47. "Because of that, behold, there shall come days," said the Lord, "and I shall bring judgment* against the idols* of Babylon, and all the land shall disappear and all her killed shall fall with her."
48. "Heaven and earth and all that are in them shall be glad, because from the North there shall come against her the plunderers," said the Lord.
49. And also in Babylon there shall fall the killed of Israel; also from Babylon there shall fall the killed of all the earth.
50. Those that escaped the sword,* they went -- do not stand [still] -- they remembered the Lord from afar, and Jerusalem shall rise in your heart.
51. And they shall say that the House of Israel was well put to shame, because we heard of the persecution and shame covered our faces, for foreigners entered into the hallowed of the Lord.
52. "Because of that, behold, there shall come days," said the Lord, "and I shall bring judgment* against Babylon and her reliefs, and in all the earth there shall fall her killed."
53. "If Babylon rises to the skies and if she consecrates her power in the highest, there shall come from before me the plunderers upon her," said the Lord.
54. The sound of wailing [was heard] from Babylon and great destruction* from the land of the Chaldeans.
55. Because the Lord [allowed] Babylon to be plundered and [made] her bereft of the children of men and animals, a great sound like a raging flood [were] their voices.*
56. Because there shall come plunderers against Babylon, and they shall capture her giants and break their bows, because it is God who is the Repayer [and] Lord; he shall utterly* repay them.
57. "And the leaders* and the wise men shall become drunk, [together with] their overseers, authorities, and their giants, and they shall fall asleep to the end of the universe and not awaken," said the King whose name is the Almighty Lord.
58. Thus said the Almighty Lord, "The broad walls of Babylon shall be uprooted utterly,* and her high gates shall burn with fire, and the nations shall come to rescue [Babylon] in vain, and their motherlands shall be whipped by fire.*
59. [This is] the oracle that Jeremiah the Prophet declared to Sheriyah son of Nereiyah son of Ma'assiah, as he went with Zedekiah,* King of Judea, to Babylon in the eleventh year of his reign -- and Sheriyah was in charge of the settlement [in Babylon.]
60. Thus* Jeremiah wrote of all the evil that was to befall Babylon in one scripture,* all these words that are written herein regarding Babylon.
61. And Jeremiah said to Sheriyah, "When you enter Babylon, see to it that you read* all those oracles.
62. "And the Lord has said that you shall declare it to this country regarding its demise, that neither shall any human being nor animal live in it,* because it shall be a desolation to the end of the universe."
63. And when you finished reading this scripture, tie a rock to it and cast it into the Euphrates.
64. And say, "Thus shall Babylon fall and not rise up again, on account of all the evil that I shall bring upon them, and thus they shall be beaten."
(Up to here were the oracles of Jeremiah [regarding Babylon.])
*51:1.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Reveal to."
*51:1.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Hard."
*51:1.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Mad."
*51:5 Lit. Ar. id.: Or: "Holy One of Israel."
*51:6 Lit. Ar. id.: "And deliver man his breath."
*51:7 Lit. Ar. id.: "Whipped."
*51:8 Lit. Ar. id.: "Snake poisons."
*51:11 Lit. Aramaic name retained: "King of the Medes."
*51:16.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Lips."
*51:16.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Lightnings."
*51:16.3 Lit. Ar. id.: Or: "Winds."
*51:17.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Son of man."
*51:17.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Delinquent."
*51:18 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: "Get lost."
*51:23 Lit. Ar. id.: "Circumcised."
*51:25.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Crazying mountain."
*51:25.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Crazyfies."
*51:25.3 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: "Spent."
*51:26.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And they will take from you the corner stone [and] the foundation stone, except to destruction to the universe."
*51:26.2 NB! Prophecy that it is not from Babylon that the Messiah will come, nor it is Simon Keepa (Peter) who will come from Babylon.
*51:29 Lit. Ar. id.: "From between the inhabitants."
*51:34 Lit. Ar. id.: "Stood."
*51:38 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*51:40 Lit. Ar. id.: "Fatted sheep."
*51:41 Lit. Ar. id.: "Promiscuous fornicator."
*51:45 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Exit the man from his soul."
*51:47.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Command."
*51:47.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Reliefs."
*51:50 Lit. Ar. id.: Or: "Exited from war."
*51:52 Lit. Ar. id.: "Order."
*51:55 Lit. Ar. id.: "Like many going water their voice."
*51:56 Lit. Ar. id.: "Payingly he shall repay them."
*51:57 Lit. Ar. id.: "Great ones."
*51:58.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Uprootingly uprooted."
*51:58.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "And Motherlands shall be aflame in revolutions."
*51:59 Lit. Aramaic name: "Çidqaiah."
*51:60 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*51:61 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Read and see."
*51:63 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "That there shall not be in it that will sit from children of man until animal."
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