Thus says YEHOWAH; “Behold, I will raise up against Babylon, and against those who dwell in the midst of those who rise up against Me, a destroying Spirit;
2 and will send unto Babylon strangers who will winnow her, and will empty her land, for in the day of trouble they will be against her round about.
3 Against those who bend, let the archer bend his bow, and against those who lift themselves up in their coat of mail, who spare not her young, destroy utterly all her host.
4 Thus the slain will fall in the land of the Chaldeans, and they that are thrust through in her streets.
5 For Israel has not been forsaken, nor Yehudah of his Elohim, of YEHOWAH of hosts; though their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel.
6 Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver each one their soul. Be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of YEHOWAH’S vengeance; and He will render unto her a recompense.
7 Babylon has been a golden cup in YEHOWAH’S hand, that made all the earth drunk. The nations have drunk of her wine; therefore the nations are mad.
8 Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed; howl for her; take balm for her pain; perhaps she may be healed.
9 We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed; forsake her, and let us go everyone to their own country, for her judgment reaches unto heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies.
10 YEHOWAH has brought forth our righteousness. Come, and let us declare in Zion the work of YEHOWAH our Elohim.
11 Polish the arrows; gather the shields, YEHOWAH has raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes, for His device is against Babylon, to destroy it; because it is the vengeance of YEHOWAH, the vengeance of His temple.
12 Set up the standard upon the walls of Babylon, make the watch strong, set up the watchmen and prepare the ambushes, for YEHOWAH has both devised and done that which He spoke against the inhabitants of Babylon.
13 O you who dwell upon many waters, abundant in treasures, your end is come; the measure of your covetousness.
14 YEHOWAH of hosts has sworn by Himself, saying, ‘Surely I will fill you with men, as with caterpillars; and they will lift up a shout against you.’
15 He has made the earth by His power, He has established the world by His wisdom, and has stretched out the heaven by His understanding.
16 When He utters His voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens; and He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth. He makes the lightning with the rain, and brings forth the wind out of His treasures.
17 Everyone is senseless in their knowledge; every founder is confounded by the graven image, for their molten images are falsehood, and there is no breath in them.
18 They are vanity, the work of errors, and in the time of their reckoning they will perish.
19 The portion of Jacob is not like them; for He is the Maker of all things, and Israel is the rod of His inheritance: YEHOWAH of hosts is His name.
20 You are My battle axe and weapons of war, for with you will I break in pieces the nations, and with you will I destroy kingdoms;
21 and with you will I break in pieces the horse and their rider; and with you will I break in pieces the chariot and their rider;
22 with you also will I break in pieces man and woman; and with you will I break in pieces old and young; and with you will I break in pieces the young man and the maid;
23 I will also break in pieces with you the shepherds and their flocks; and with you will I break in pieces the farmer and their yoke of oxen; and with you will I break in pieces captains and rulers.
24 And I will render unto Babylon, and to all the inhabitants of Chaldea, all their evil that they have done in Zion in your sight,” says YEHOWAH.
25 “Behold, I am against you, O destroying mountain,” says YEHOWAH, “who destroys all the earth, and I will stretch out My hand upon you, and roll you down from the rocks, and will make you a burnt out mountain.
26 And they will not take from you a stone for a corner, or a stone for foundations; but you will be desolate forever,” says YEHOWAH.
27 “Set you up a standard in the land, blow the trumpet among the nations, prepare the nations against her, call together against her the kingdoms of Ararat, Minni, and Ashkenaz; appoint a captain against her; cause the horses to come up as the rough caterpillars.
28 Prepare against her the nations with the kings of the Medes, their captains, and all their rulers, and all the land of their dominion.
29 And the land will tremble and writhe in pain, for every purpose of YEHOWAH will be performed against Babylon, to make the land of Babylon a desolation without an inhabitant.
30 The mighty warriors of Babylon have ceased fighting. They remain in their strongholds. Their might has failed; they became as women. They have burned her dwelling places and her bars are broken.
31 One guard will run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to tell the king of Babylon that his city is taken at one end,
32 and that the passages are seized, and the marshes have been burned with fire, and the warriors are terrified.”
33 For thus says YEHOWAH of hosts, the Elohim of Israel; “The daughter of Babylon is like a threshing floor, it is time to thresh her; yet a little while, and the time of her harvest will come.
34 ‘Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon has devoured me, he has crushed me, he has made me an empty vessel, he has swallowed me up like a jackal, he has filled his belly with my delicacies, he has cast me out.
35 May the violence done to me and to my flesh be upon Babylon,’ will the inhabitant of Zion say; ‘and my blood upon the inhabitants of Chaldea,’ will Jerusalem say.”
36 Therefore thus says YEHOWAH; “Behold, I will plead your case, and take vengeance for you; and I will dry up her sea, and make her springs dry.
37 And Babylon will become heaps, a dwelling place for jackals, a desolation, and a hissing, without an inhabitant.
38 They will roar together like lions; they will growl as lions’ whelps.
39 In their heat I will make their feasts, and I will make them drunk, that they may rejoice, and sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake,” says YEHOWAH.
40 “I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter; and like rams with male goats.
41 How is Sheshach taken! And how is the praise of the whole earth surprised! How has Babylon become an astonishment among the nations!
42 The sea has come up upon Babylon; she is covered with the multitude of its waves.
43 Her cities are a desolation, a dry land, and a wilderness; a land in which no human dwells, not does any son of man pass by there.
44 And I will punish Bel in Babylon, and I will bring forth out of his mouth that which he has swallowed, and the nations will not flow together any more unto him. Yes, the wall of Babylon will fall.
45 Go out from her midst My people, and deliver you each one your soul from the fierce anger of YEHOWAH.
46 And lest your heart faint, and you fear for the rumor that will be heard in the land; a rumor will both come one year, and after that in another year will come a rumor, and violence in the land, with ruler against ruler.
47 Therefore, behold, the days are coming, that I will do judgment upon the graven images of Babylon, and her whole land will be ashamed, and all her slain will fall in the midst of her.
48 Then the heaven and the earth, and all that is in them, will sing for Babylon; for the spoilers will come unto her from the north,” says YEHOWAH.
49 “As Babylon has caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon will fall the slain of all the earth.
50 You who have escaped the sword; depart! Do not remain! Remember YEHOWAH afar off and let Jerusalem come into your mind.
51 We are ashamed, because we have heard rebuke. Shame has covered our faces, for strangers have come into the sanctuaries of YEHOWAH’S house.
52 Therefore behold, the days are coming,” says YEHOWAH, “that I will do judgment upon her graven images, and through all her land the wounded will groan.
53 Though Babylon should ascend to heaven, and though she should fortify the height of her strength, yet from Me will spoilers come unto her,” says YEHOWAH.
54 “A sound of a cry comes from Babylon, and great destruction from the land of the Chaldeans,
55 because YEHOWAH has spoiled Babylon, and destroyed out of her the great voice; when her waves do roar like many waters, a noise of their voice sounds forth.
56 Because the spoiler is come upon her, upon Babylon, and her mighty men are taken, every one of their bows is broken, for YEHOWAH is an El of recompense, and He will surely repay.
57 And I will make drunk her princes, and her wise men, her captains, and her rulers, and her mighty men, and they will sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake,” says the King, whose name is YEHOWAH of hosts.
58 Thus says YEHOWAH of hosts; “The broad walls of Babylon will be completely razed, and her high gates will be burned with fire; and the people will labor in vain, and the nations will be exhausted for the fire.”
59 The word which Jeremiyah the prophet commanded Seraiyah the son of Neriyah, the son of Maaseiyah, when he went with Zedekiyah the king of Yehudah into Babylon in the fourth year of his reign. And Seraiyah was a peaceful prince.
60 So Jeremiyah wrote in a book all the evil that should come upon Babylon, even all these words that are written against Babylon.
61 And Jeremiyah said to Seraiyah, “When you come to Babylon, then see that you proclaim all these words;
62 and say, ‘O YEHOWAH, You have spoken against this place, to cut it off, that none will remain in it, neither human nor beast, but that it will be desolate forever.’
63 And it will be, when You have made an end of reading this book, that you will bind a stone to it, and cast it into the midst of Euphrates;
64 and you will say, ‘Thus will Babylon sink, and will not rise from the evil that I will bring upon her, and they will be weary.’” Thus far are the words of Jeremiyah.
Zedekiyah was twenty-one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiyah of Libnah.
2 And he did that which was evil in the eyes of YEHOWAH, according to all that Yehoiakim had done.
3 For through the anger of YEHOWAH it came to pass in Jerusalem and Yehudah, until He had cast them out from His presence, that Zedekiyah rebelled against the king of Babylon.
4 And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it, and built forts against it round about.
5 So the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiyah.
6 And in the fourth month, in the ninth day of the month, the famine was severe in the city, so that there was no bread for the people of the land.
7 Then the city was broken up, and all the men of war fled, and went forth out of the city by night by the way of the gate between the two walls, which was by the king’s garden. Now the Chaldeans were by the city round about, so they went by the way of the desert.
8 But the army of the Chaldeans pursued after the king, and overtook Zedekiyah in the plains of Jericho; and all his army was scattered from him.
9 Then they took the king, and carried him up unto the king of Babylon, to Riblah in the land of Hamath; where he gave judgment upon him.
10 And the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiyah before his eyes; he slew also all the princes of Yehudah in Riblah.
11 Then he put out the eyes of Zedekiyah; and the king of Babylon bound him in chains, and carried him to Babylon, and put him in prison till the day of his death.
12 Now in the fifth month, on the tenth day of the month, which was the nineteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard who served the king of Babylon, came into Jerusalem,
13 and burned the house of YEHOWAH, and the king’s house. And he burned with fire all the houses of Jerusalem, and all the houses of the great men.
14 And all the army of the Chaldeans, that were with the captain of the guard, broke down all the walls of Jerusalem round about.
15 Then Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, carried away captive certain of the poor of the people, and the rest of the people that remained in the city, and those that fell away to the king of Babylon, and the rest of the multitude.
16 But Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, left certain of the poor of the land for vinedressers and for farmers.
17 Also the pillars of brass that were in the house of YEHOWAH, and the bases, and the copper sea that was in the house of YEHOWAH, the Chaldeans broke, and carried all the brass of them to Babylon.
18 The caldrons also, and the shovels, and the snuffers, and the bowls, and the spoons, and all the vessels of brass with which they ministered, they took away.
19 And the basins, and the fire pans, and the bowls, and the caldrons, and the candlesticks, and the spoons, and the cups; that which was of gold in gold, and that which was of silver in silver, took the captain of the guard away.
20 The two pillars, one sea, and twelve copper bulls that were under the bases, which King Solomon had made in the house of YEHOWAH, and the brass of all these vessels was without weight.
21 And concerning the pillars, the height of one pillar was eighteen cubits; and a fillet of twelve cubits did compass it; and the thickness of it was four fingers, and it was hollow.
22 And a column of brass was upon it; and the height of one column was five cubits, with the network and pomegranates upon the column round about, all of brass. The second pillar also and the pomegranates were like unto these.
23 And there were ninety six pomegranates on a side; and all the pomegranates upon the network were one hundred round about.
24 And the captain of the guard took Seraiyah the chief priest, and Zephaniyah the second priest, and the three keepers of the door.
25 He took also out of the city a eunuch, who had the charge of the men of war; and seven men of them that were near the king’s person, which were found in the city; and the principal scribe of the host, who mustered the people of the land; and sixty men of the people of the land, that were found in the midst of the city.
26 So Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, took them, and brought them to the king of Babylon to Riblah.
27 And the king of Babylon struck them, and put them to death in Riblah in the land of Hamath. Thus Yehudah was carried away captive out of his own land.
28 This is the people whom Nebuchadnezzar carried away captive: in the seventh year three thousand and twenty three Yehudi.
29 In the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar he carried away captive from Jerusalem eight hundred and thirty two persons.
30 In the twenty third year of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, carried away captive of the Yehudi seven hundred forty five persons: so all the people were four thousand six hundred.
31 And it came to pass in the thirty seventh year of the captivity of Yehoiachin king of Yehudah, in the twelfth month, on the twenty fifth day of the month, that Evil-merodach king of Babylon, in the first year of his reign, lifted up the head of Yehoiachin king of Yehudah, and brought him forth out of prison,
32 and spoke kindly unto him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon,
33 and changed his prison garments. And he ate bread continually before him all the days of his life.
34 And for his diet, there was a continual diet given him of the king of Babylon, every day a portion until the day of his death, all the days of his life.”