The Humiliation of Babylon
1“Come #Jer. 48:18down and #Is. 3:26sit in the dust,
O virgin daughter of #Is. 14:18–23; Jer. 25:12; 50:1—51:64Babylon;
Sit on the ground without a throne,
O daughter of the Chaldeans!
For you shall no more be called
Tender and delicate.
2#Ex. 11:5; Jer. 25:10Take the millstones and grind meal.
Remove your veil,
Take off the skirt,
Uncover the thigh,
Pass through the rivers.
3#Is. 3:17; 20:4Your nakedness shall be uncovered,
Yes, your shame will be seen;
#(Rom. 12:19)I will take vengeance,
And I will not arbitrate with a man.”
4As for #Jer. 50:34our Redeemer, the Lord of hosts is His name,
The Holy One of Israel.
5“Sit in #1 Sam. 2:9silence, and go into darkness,
O daughter of the Chaldeans;
#Is. 13:19; (Dan. 2:37); Rev. 17:18For you shall no longer be called
The Lady of Kingdoms.
6#2 Sam. 24:14I was angry with My people;
#Is. 43:28I have profaned My inheritance,
And given them into your hand.
You showed them no mercy;
#Deut. 28:49, 50On the elderly you laid your yoke very heavily.
7And you said, ‘I shall be #Rev. 18:7a lady forever,’
So that you did not #Is. 42:25; 46:8take these things to heart,
#Deut. 32:29; Jer. 5:31; Ezek. 7:2, 3Nor remember the latter end of them.
8“Therefore hear this now, you who are given to pleasures,
Who dwell securely,
Who say in your 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’;
9But these two things shall come to you
#Ps. 73:19; 1 Thess. 5:3; Rev. 18:8In a moment, in one day:
The loss of children, and widowhood.
They shall come upon you in their fullness
Because of the multitude of your sorceries,
For the great abundance of your enchantments.
10“For you have trusted in your wickedness;
You have said, ‘No one #Is. 29:15; Ezek. 8:12; 9:9sees me’;
Your wisdom and your knowledge have warped you;
And you have said in your heart,
‘I am, and there is no one else besides me.’
11Therefore evil shall come upon you;
You shall not know from where it arises.
And trouble shall fall upon you;
You will not be able to put it off.
And #Is. 13:6; Jer. 51:8, 43; Luke 17:27; 1 Thess. 5:3desolation shall come upon you #Is. 29:5suddenly,
Which you shall not know.
12“Stand now with your enchantments
And the multitude of your sorceries,
In which you have labored from your youth—
Perhaps you will be able to profit,
Perhaps you will prevail.
13#Is. 57:10You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels;
Let now #Is. 8:19; 44:25; 47:9; Dan. 2:2, 10the astrologers, the stargazers,
And the monthly prognosticators
Stand up and save you
From what shall come upon you.
14Behold, they shall be #Is. 5:24; Nah. 1:10; Mal. 4:1as stubble,
The fire shall #(Is. 10:17); Jer. 51:58burn them;
They shall not deliver themselves
From the power of the flame;
It shall not be a coal to be warmed by,
Nor a fire to sit before!
15Thus shall they be to you
With whom you have labored,
#Rev. 18:11Your merchants from your youth;
They shall wander each one to his quarter.
No one shall save you.