The Shame of Babylon1 Go down, sit upon the ground, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground! There is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans. For no longer shall you be added to be called tender and delicate. 2 Take a millstone! Grind flour! Uncover your face covering! Expose the gray hairs! Uncover the legs! Be passed over the rivers! 3 [2shall be uncovered 1Your shame]; [2shall be shone forth 1your scornings]; [2the 3just one 4from 5you 1I will take]; no longer shall I deliver up to men. 4 The one rescuing you -- the lord of Hosts is his name, the holy one of Israel. 5 Sit being vexed! Enter into the darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans! No longer should you be called, the strength of a kingdom. 6 I was provoked by my people. You defiled my inheritance. I gave them into your hand, but you did not grant [2to them 1mercy]. [2the 3old man 1You oppressed] by the yoke exceedingly. 7 And you said, [3into 4the 5eon 1I will be 2ruling]. You comprehended not these things in your heart, nor remembered the latter end. 8 But now hear these things! O delicate one, O one sitting down, O one yielding. O one saying in her heart, I am, and there is not another; I shall not sit as a widow, nor shall I know bereavement.
Destruction of Babylon9 But now [2shall come 3upon 4you 1these two things] suddenly in [2day 1one]; childlessness and widowhood shall come suddenly upon you in your sorcery, in the strength of your enchantments -- exceedingly. 10 In the hope of your wickedness, for you said, I am, and there is not another. Know that the understanding of these things and your harlotry [3to you 1will be 2shame]! For you said in your heart, I am, and there is not another. 11 And [2shall come 3upon 4you 1destruction]. And in no way shall you know a cesspool is there, and you shall fall into it. And [2shall come 3upon 4you 1misery], and in no way shall you be able [2clean 1to be]. And [2shall come 3upon 4you 5suddenly 1destruction], and in no way shall you know. 12 Stand now! with your enchantments, and in the abundance of your sorcery! which you learned from your youth -- if you shall be able to derive benefit. 13 You are tired in your counsels. Let [5stand 6indeed 7and 8deliver 9you 1the 2astrologers 3of the 4heaven]! [2the ones 3seeing 4the 5stars 1let] announce to you what is about to come upon you! 14 Behold, all are as sticks upon a fire, they shall be incinerated, and in no way shall they rescue their soul from out of the flame. For you shall have coals of fire to sit by them; 15 these shall be your help. You tired in the revolt from your youth. A man [2by 3himself 1wanders], but to you there will be no deliverance.
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