1 "Come down, and sit in the dust, virgin daughter of Babylon; sit
on the ground without a throne, daughter of the Chaldeans: for
you shall no more be called tender and delicate. 2 Take the
millstones, and grind meal; remove your veil, strip off the
train, uncover the leg, pass through the rivers. 3 Your
nakedness shall be uncovered, yes, your shame shall be seen: I
will take vengeance, and will spare no man."
4 Our Redeemer, Yahweh of Armies is his name, the Holy One of
5 "Sit in silence, and go into darkness, daughter of the Chaldeans; for you shall no more be called the mistress of kingdoms. 6 I was angry with my people, I profaned my inheritance, and gave
them into your hand: you showed them no mercy; on the aged you
have very heavily laid your yoke. 7 You said, I shall be
mistress forever; so that you did not lay these things to your
heart, neither did remember the latter end of it.
8 "Now therefore hear this, you who are given to pleasures, who
sit securely, who say in your heart, I am, and there is none else
besides me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the
loss of children: 9 but these two things shall come to you
in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood; in
their full measure shall they come on you, in the multitude of
your sorceries, and the great abundance of your enchantments.
10 For you have trusted in your wickedness; you have said,
No one sees me; your wisdom and your knowledge, it has perverted
you, and you have said in your heart, I am, and there is none
else besides me. 11 Therefore evil will come on you; you
won't know when it dawns: and mischief will fall on you; you will
not be able to put it away: and desolation shall come on you
suddenly, which you don't know.
12 "Stand now with your enchantments, and with the multitude of
your sorceries, in which you have labored from your youth; if so
be you shall be able to profit, if so be you may prevail. 13
You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels: let now the
astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand
up, and save you from the things that shall come on you. 14
Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they
shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: it
shall not be a coal to warm at, nor a fire to sit before. 15
Thus shall the things be to you in which you have labored: those
who have trafficked with you from your youth shall wander
everyone to his quarter; there shall be none to save you.