Lament for Babylon1 a “Come down and sit in the dust,
O b virgin c daughter of Babylon;
Sit on the ground without a throne,
O daughter of the Chaldeans!
For you shall no longer be called d tender and delicate.
2 “Take the e millstones and f grind meal.
Remove your g veil h strip off the skirt,
Uncover the leg, cross the rivers.
3 “Your i nakedness will be uncovered,
Your shame also will be exposed;
I will j take vengeance and will not ▼
▼ Lit meetspare a man.”
4 Our l Redeemer, the Lord of hosts is His name,
The Holy One of Israel.
5 m “Sit silently, and go into n darkness,
O daughter of the Chaldeans,
For you will no longer be called
The o queen of p kingdoms.
6 “I was angry with My people,
I profaned My heritage
And gave them into your hand.
You did not show mercy to them,
On the q aged you made your yoke very heavy.
7 “Yet you said, ‘I will be a r queen forever.’
These things you did not s consider
Nor remember the t outcome of ▼
▼ Lit itthem.
8 “Now, then, hear this, you v sensual one,
Who w dwells securely,
Who says in ▼
▼ Lit heryour heart,
‘ y I am, and there is no one besides me.
I will z not sit as a widow,
Nor know loss of children.’
9 “But these aa two things will come on you ab suddenly in one day:
Loss of children and widowhood.
They will come on you in full measure
In spite of your many ac sorceries,
In spite of the great power of your spells.
10 “You felt ad secure in your wickedness and said,
‘ ae No one sees me,’
Your af wisdom and your knowledge ▼
▼ Lit it hasthey have deluded you;
For you have said in your heart,
‘ ah I am, and there is no one besides me.’
11 “But ai evil will come on you
Which you will not know how to charm away;
And disaster will fall on you
For which you cannot atone;
And aj destruction about which you do not know
Will come on you ak suddenly.
12 “Stand fast now in your al spells
And in your many sorceries
With which you have labored from your youth;
Perhaps you will be able to profit,
Perhaps you may cause trembling.
13 “You are am wearied with your many counsels;
Let now the an astrologers,
Those who prophesy by the stars,
Those who predict by the new moons,
Stand up and ao save you from what will come upon you.
14 “Behold, they have become ap like stubble,
aq Fire burns them;
They cannot deliver themselves from the power of the flame;
There will be ar no coal to warm by
Nor a fire to sit before!
15 “So have those become to you with whom you have labored,
Who have as trafficked with you from your youth;
Each has wandered in his own ▼
▼ Lit side, regionway;
There is au none to save you.
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