1. “Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon; sit on the ground. There is no throne for you, O daughter of the Chaldeans, for you shall no more be called tender and delicate.
2. Take the millstones and grind meal. Push back your veil, draw up your skirt, uncover your leg, pass over the rivers.
3. Your nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, your shame shall be seen; I will take vengeance and I will not meet you as a man.”
4. As for our Redeemer, the LORD of hosts is His name, the Holy One of Israel.
5. “Sit silent, and go into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans; for you shall no more be called the lady of kingdoms.
6. I was angry with My people, I have polluted My inheritance, and given them into your hand. You showed them no mercy; you have very heavily laid your yoke upon the aged.
7. And you said, ‘I shall be a lady forever;’ so you did not lay these things to your heart, nor did you remember the latter end of it.
8. Now then hear this, O lover of pleasures, who sits securely; who says in her heart, ‘I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, nor 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. They shall come upon you in their fullness for the multitude of your sorceries, and for 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 has perverted you; and you have said in your heart, ‘I am, and there is no one else.’
11. But evil shall come upon you; you shall not know how to conjure it away. And calamity shall fall upon you; you shall not be able to put it off. And desolation shall come upon you suddenly, before you know it.
12. Stand now with your enchantments, and with the multitude of your sorceries, in which you have wearied yourself since your youth. Perhaps you will be able to profit; perhaps you may prevail.
13. You are exhausted by the multitude of your counsels; now let the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save you from these things that shall come upon you.
14. Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame; there shall not be a coal to warm them; nor fire, to sit before it.
15. Thus shall they be to you with whom you have labored, even your merchants from your youth. Each one shall wander to his own quarter; none shall save you.”
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