1 Verbum, quod locutus est Dominus de Babylone et de terra Chaldaeorum in manu Ieremiae prophetae:
2 "Annuntiate in gentibus et auditum facite, levate signum; praedicate et nolite celare, dicite: "Capta est Babylon, confusus est Bel, victus est Merodach. Confusa sunt sculptilia eius, superata sunt idola eorum".
3 Quoniam ascendit contra eam gens ab aquilone, quae ponet terram eius in solitudinem, et non erit qui habitet in ea ab homine usque ad pecus: et moti sunt et abierunt.
4 In diebus illis et in tempore illo, ait Dominus, venient filii Israel ipsi et filii Iudae simul; ambulantes et flentes properabunt et Dominum Deum suum quaerent.
5 De Sion interrogabunt, ad cuius viam facies eorum: "Venite, et apponamur ad Dominum foedere sempiterno, quod nulla oblivione delebitur".
6 Grex perditus factus est populus meus, pastores eorum seduxerunt eos feceruntque vagari in montibus; de monte in collem transierunt, obliti sunt cubilis sui.
7 Omnes, qui invenerunt, comederunt eos, et hostes eorum dixerunt: "Non delinquimus, pro eo quod peccaverunt Domino, habitaculo iustitiae et exspectationi patrum eorum Domino".
8 Recedite de medio Babylonis et de terra Chaldaeorum egredimini; et estote quasi haedi ante gregem.
9 Quoniam ecce ego suscito et adducam in Babylonem congregationem gentium magnarum de terra aquilonis; et praeparabuntur adversus eam, et inde capietur: sagitta eorum quasi bellatoris electi non revertetur vacua.
10 Et erit Chaldaea in praedam; omnes vastantes eam replebuntur", ait Dominus.
11 Dum exsultatis et magna loquimini diripientes hereditatem meam dum effusi estis sicut vituli super herbam et hinnitis sicut equi fortes,
12 confusa est mater vestra nimis, et in opprobrium facta est, quae genuit vos; ecce novissima erit in gentibus, deserta, invia et arens.
13 Ab ira Domini non habitabitur, sed redigetur tota in solitudinem; omnis, qui transibit per Babylonem, stupebit et sibilabit super universis plagis eius.
14 Praeparamini contra Babylonem per circuitum omnes, qui tenditis arcum; debellate eam, non parcatis iaculis, quia Domino peccavit.
15 Clamate adversus eam; ubique dedit manum, ceciderunt fundamenta eius, destructi sunt muri eius, quoniam ultio Domini est; ultionem accipite de ea: sicut fecit, facite ei.
16 Disperdite satorem de Babylone et tenentem falcem in tempore messis; a facie gladii saevientis unusquisque ad populum suum convertetur, et singuli ad terram suam fugient.
17 Ovis dispersa Israel; leones eiecerunt eum. Primus comedit eum rex Assyriae; iste novissimus exossavit eum Nabuchodonosor rex Babylonis.
18 Propterea haec dicit Dominus exercituum, Deus Israel: "Ecce ego visitabo regem Babylonis et terram eius, sicut visitavi regem Assyriae;
19 et reducam Israel ad pascua sua, et pascetur Carmelum et Basan, et in monte Ephraim et Galaad saturabitur anima eius.
20 In diebus illis et in tempore illo, ait Dominus, quaeretur iniquitas Israel et non erit, et peccatum Iudae et non invenietur, quoniam propitius ero eis, quos reliquero.
21 Super terram Merataim ascende et super habitatores Phacud. Dissipa et interfice persequens eos, ait Dominus, et fac iuxta omnia, quae praecepi tibi".
22 Vox belli in terra et contritio magna.
23 Quomodo confractus est et contritus malleus universae terrae? Quomodo versa est in desolationem Babylon in gentibus?
24 Illaqueavi te, et capta es, Babylon, et nesciebas; inventa es et apprehensa, quoniam Dominum provocasti.
25 Aperuit Dominus thesaurum suum et protulit vasa irae suae, quoniam opus est Domino Deo exercituum in terra Chaldaeorum.
26 Venite ad eam ab extremis finibus, aperite horrea eius; redigite eam in acervos lapidum quasi manipulos et interficite eam, nec sit quidquam reliquum.
27 Dissipate universos tauros eius, descendant in occisionem. Vae eis, quia venit dies eorum, tempus visitationis eorum!
28 Vox fugientium et eorum, qui evaserunt de terra Babylonis, ut annuntient in Sion ultionem Domini Dei nostri, ultionem templi eius.
29 Convocate in Babylonem sagittarios, omnes, qui tendunt arcum; consistite adversus eam per gyrum, et nullus evadat: reddite ei secundum opus suum, iuxta omnia, quae fecit, facite illi, quia contra Dominum erecta est, adversum Sanctum Israel.
30 "Idcirco cadent iuvenes eius in plateis eius, et omnes viri bellatores eius conticescent in die illa, ait Dominus.
31 Ecce ego ad te, Superbia, dicit Dominus, Deus exercituum, quia venit dies tuus, tempus visitationis tuae.
32 Et cadet Superbia et corruet, et non erit qui suscitet eam; et succendam ignem in urbibus eius, et devorabit omnia in circuitu eius".
33 Haec dicit Dominus exercituum: "Calumniam sustinent filii Israel et filii Iudae simul; omnes, qui ceperunt eos, tenent, nolunt dimittere eos.
34 Redemptor eorum fortis, Dominus exercituum nomen eius, iudicio defendet causam eorum, ut quietem det terrae et conturbet habitatores Babylonis.
35 Gladius ad Chaldaeos, ait Dominus, et ad habitatores Babylonis et ad principes et ad sapientes eius!
36 Gladius ad divinos eius, qui stulti erunt! Gladius ad fortes illius, qui timebunt!
37 Gladius ad equos eius et ad currus eius et ad omne vulgus, quod est in medio eius; et erunt quasi mulieres! Gladius ad thesauros eius, qui diripientur!
38 Siccitas super aquas eius erit, et arescent, quia terra sculptilium est, et in portentis insaniunt.
39 Propterea habitabunt dracones cum thoibus, et habitabunt in ea struthiones; et non inhabitabitur ultra usque in sempiternum nec exstruetur usque ad generationem et generationem.
40 Sicut subvertit Deus Sodomam et Gomorram et vicinas eius, ait Dominus, non habitabit ibi vir, et non peregrinabitur in ea filius hominis.
41 Ecce populus venit ab aquilone, et gens magna et reges multi consurgent a finibus terrae.
42 Arcum et acinacem apprehendent, crudeles sunt et immisericordes; vox eorum quasi mare sonabit, et super equos ascendent sicut vir paratus ad proelium contra te, filia Babylon.
43 Audivit rex Babylonis famam eorum, et dissolutae sunt manus eius; angustia apprehendit eum, dolor quasi parturientem.
44 Ecce quasi leo ascendet de silva condensa Iordanis ad prata semper virentia, quia subito currere faciam eos ex illa et, qui erit electus, illum praeponam ei. Quis enim similis mei? Et quis vocabit me in iudicium? Et quis est iste pastor, qui resistat vultui meo?".
45 Propterea audite consilium Domini, quod mente concepit adversum Babylonem, et cogitationes eius, quas cogitavit super terram Chaldaeorum: certe abstrahent parvulos gregis, certe desolabuntur super eos pascua eorum.
46 A voce captivitatis Babylonis commota est terra, et clamor inter gentes auditus est.
King James Version
1 The word that the LORD spake against Babylon and against the land of the Chaldeans by Jeremiah the prophet.
2 Declare ye among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, and conceal not: say, Babylon is taken, Bel is confounded, Merodach is broken in pieces; her idols are confounded, her images are broken in pieces.
3 For out of the north there cometh up a nation against her, which shall make her land desolate, and none shall dwell therein: they shall remove, they shall depart, both man and beast.
4 ¶ In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the LORD their God.
5 They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherward, saying, Come, and let us join ourselves to the LORD in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten.
6 My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their restingplace.
7 All that found them have devoured them: and their adversaries said, We offend not, because they have sinned against the LORD, the habitation of justice, even the LORD, the hope of their fathers.
8 Remove out of the midst of Babylon, and go forth out of the land of the Chaldeans, and be as the he goats before the flocks.
9 ¶ For, lo, I will raise and cause to come up against Babylon an assembly of great nations from the north country: and they shall set themselves in array against her; from thence she shall be taken: their arrows shall be as of a mighty expert man; none shall return in vain.
10 And Chaldea shall be a spoil: all that spoil her shall be satisfied, saith the LORD.
11 Because ye were glad, because ye rejoiced, O ye destroyers of mine heritage, because ye are grown fat as the heifer at grass, and bellow as bulls;
12 Your mother shall be sore confounded; she that bare you shall be ashamed: behold, the hindermost of the nations shall be a wilderness, a dry land, and a desert.
13 Because of the wrath of the LORD it shall not be inhabited, but it shall be wholly desolate: every one that goeth by Babylon shall be astonished, and hiss at all her plagues.
14 Put yourselves in array against Babylon round about: all ye that bend the bow, shoot at her, spare no arrows: for she hath sinned against the LORD.
15 Shout against her round about: she hath given her hand: her foundations are fallen, her walls are thrown down: for it is the vengeance of the LORD: take vengeance upon her; as she hath done, do unto her.
16 Cut off the sower from Babylon, and him that handleth the sickle in the time of harvest: for fear of the oppressing sword they shall turn every one to his people, and they shall flee every one to his own land.
17 ¶ Israel is a scattered sheep; the lions have driven him away: first the king of Assyria hath devoured him; and last this Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon hath broken his bones.
18 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will punish the king of Babylon and his land, as I have punished the king of Assyria.
19 And I will bring Israel again to his habitation, and he shall feed on Carmel and Bashan, and his soul shall be satisfied upon mount Ephraim and Gilead.
20 In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I reserve.
21 ¶ Go up against the land of Merathaim, even against it, and against the inhabitants of Pekod: waste and utterly destroy after them, saith the LORD, and do according to all that I have commanded thee.
22 A sound of battle is in the land, and of great destruction.
23 How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken! how is Babylon become a desolation among the nations!
24 I have laid a snare for thee, and thou art also taken, O Babylon, and thou wast not aware: thou art found, and also caught, because thou hast striven against the LORD.
25 The LORD hath opened his armoury, and hath brought forth the weapons of his indignation: for this is the work of the Lord GOD of hosts in the land of the Chaldeans.
26 Come against her from the utmost border, open her storehouses: cast her up as heaps, and destroy her utterly: let nothing of her be left.
27 Slay all her bullocks; let them go down to the slaughter: woe unto them! for their day is come, the time of their visitation.
28 The voice of them that flee and escape out of the land of Babylon, to declare in Zion the vengeance of the LORD our God, the vengeance of his temple.
29 Call together the archers against Babylon: all ye that bend the bow, camp against it round about; let none thereof escape: recompense her according to her work; according to all that she hath done, do unto her: for she hath been proud against the LORD, against the Holy One of Israel.
30 Therefore shall her young men fall in the streets, and all her men of war shall be cut off in that day, saith the LORD.
31 Behold, I am against thee, O thou most proud, saith the Lord GOD of hosts: for thy day is come, the time that I will visit thee.
32 And the most proud shall stumble and fall, and none shall raise him up: and I will kindle a fire in his cities, and it shall devour all round about him.
33 ¶ Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The children of Israel and the children of Judah were oppressed together: and all that took them captives held them fast; they refused to let them go.
34 Their Redeemer is strong; the LORD of hosts is his name: he shall throughly plead their cause, that he may give rest to the land, and disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon.
35 ¶ A sword is upon the Chaldeans, saith the LORD, and upon the inhabitants of Babylon, and upon her princes, and upon her wise men.
36 A sword is upon the liars; and they shall dote: a sword is upon her mighty men; and they shall be dismayed.
37 A sword is upon their horses, and upon their chariots, and upon all the mingled people that are in the midst of her; and they shall become as women: a sword is upon her treasures; and they shall be robbed.
38 A drought is upon her waters; and they shall be dried up: for it is the land of graven images, and they are mad upon their idols.
39 Therefore the wild beasts of the desert with the wild beasts of the islands shall dwell there, and the owls shall dwell therein: and it shall be no more inhabited for ever; neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation.
40 As God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighbour cities thereof, saith the LORD; so shall no man abide there, neither shall any son of man dwell therein.
41 Behold, a people shall come from the north, and a great nation, and many kings shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth.
42 They shall hold the bow and the lance: they are cruel, and will not shew mercy: their voice shall roar like the sea, and they shall ride upon horses, every one put in array, like a man to the battle, against thee, O daughter of Babylon.
43 The king of Babylon hath heard the report of them, and his hands waxed feeble: anguish took hold of him, and pangs as of a woman in travail.
44 Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of Jordan unto the habitation of the strong: but I will make them suddenly run away from her: and who is a chosen man, that I may appoint over her? for who is like me? and who will appoint me the time? and who is that shepherd that will stand before me?
45 Therefore hear ye the counsel of the LORD, that he hath taken against Babylon; and his purposes, that he hath purposed against the land of the Chaldeans: Surely the least of the flock shall draw them out: surely he shall make their habitation desolate with them.
46 At the noise of the taking of Babylon the earth is moved, and the cry is heard among the nations.