1 Haec dicit Dominus: "Ecce ego suscitabo super Babylonem et super habitatores Chaldaeae quasi ventum pestilentem;
2 et mittam in Babylonem ventilatores, et ventilabunt eam et demolientur terram eius, quoniam venerunt super eam undique in die afflictionis.
3 Non tendat, qui tendit arcum suum, et non ascendat loricatus; nolite parcere iuvenibus eius, interficite omnem militiam eius".
4 Et cadent interfecti in terra Chaldaeorum et vulnerati in plateis eius,
5 quoniam non est viduatus Israel et Iuda a Deo suo, Domino exercituum; terra autem eorum repleta est delicto in conspectu Sancti Israel.
6 Fugite de medio Babylonis, et salvet unusquisque animam suam; nolite perire in poena eius, quoniam tempus ultionis est Domino: vicissitudinem ipse retribuet ei.
7 Calix aureus Babylon in manu Domini inebrians omnem terram; de vino eius biberunt gentes et ideo insaniunt.
8 Subito cecidit Babylon et contrita est. Ululate super eam; tollite resinam ad dolorem eius, si forte sanetur.
9 "Curavimus Babylonem, et non est sanata. Derelinquite eam, et eamus unusquisque in terram suam, quoniam pervenit usque ad caelos iudicium eius et elevatum est usque ad nubes.
10 Protulit Dominus iustitias nostras; venite, et narremus in Sion opus Domini Dei nostri".
11 Acuite sagittas, implete pharetras; suscitavit Dominus spiritum regum Medorum, et contra Babylonem mens eius est, ut perdat eam, quoniam ultio Domini est ultio templi sui.
12 Super muros Babylonis levate signum, augete custodiam, ponite custodes, praeparate insidias, quia cogitavit Dominus, et facit quaecumque locutus est contra habitatores Babylonis.
13 Quae habitas super aquas multas, locuples in thesauris, venit finis tuus, pedalis praecisionis tuae.
14 Iuravit Dominus exercituum per animam suam: "Quoniam, etsi replevero te hominibus quasi brucho, super te celeuma cantabitur".
15 Qui fecit terram in fortitudine sua, praeparavit orbem in sapientia sua et prudentia sua extendit caelos;
16 dante eo vocem, multiplicantur aquae in caelo; qui levat nubes ab extremo terrae, fulgura in pluviam facit et producit ventum de thesauris suis.
17 Stultus factus est omnis homo, absque scientia; confusus est omnis conflator in sculptili, quia mendax conflatio eius, nec est spiritus in eis.
18 Vana sunt opera et risu digna, in tempore visitationis suae peribunt.
19 Non sicut haec pars Iacob, quia, qui fecit omnia, ipse est, et Israel tribus hereditatis eius: Dominus exercituum nomen eius.
20 "Malleus tu mihi, vas belli: et ego collisi in te gentes et dispersi in te regna
21 et collisi in te equum et equitem eius et collisi in te currum et ascensorem eius
22 et collisi in te virum et mulierem et collisi in te senem et puerum et collisi in te iuvenem et virginem
23 et collisi in te pastorem et gregem eius et collisi in te agricolam et iugales eius et collisi in te duces et magistratus.
24 Et reddam Babyloni et cunctis habitatoribus Chaldaeae omne malum suum, quod fecerunt in Sion in oculis vestris, ait Dominus.
25 Ecce ego ad te, mons pestifer, ait Dominus, qui corrumpis universam terram; et extendam manum meam super te et evolvam te de petris et dabo te in montem combustionis.
26 Et non tollent de te lapidem in angulum et lapidem in fundamenta, sed perditus in aeternum eris", ait Dominus.
27 Levate signum in terra, clangite bucina in gentibus, sanctificate super eam gentes, vocate contra illam regna Ararat, Menni et Aschenez. Constituite super eam scribas, adducite equos quasi bruchum aculeatum.
28 Sanctificate contra eam gentes, reges Mediae, duces eius et universos magistratus eius cunctamque terram potestatis eius.
29 Et commovebitur terra et conturbabitur, quia impletur contra Babylonem cogitatio Domini, ut ponat terram Babylonis desertam et inhabitabilem.
30 Cessaverunt fortes Babylonis a proelio, habitaverunt in praesidiis; devoratum est robur eorum, et facti sunt quasi mulieres; incensa sunt tabernacula eius, contriti sunt vectes eius.
31 Currens obviam currenti veniet, et nuntius obvius nuntianti, ut annuntiet regi Babylonis quia capta est civitas eius a summo usque ad summum.
32 Et vada praeoccupata sunt, et paludes incensae sunt igni; et viri bellatores conturbati sunt.
33 Quia haec dicit Dominus exercituum, Deus Israel: "Filia Babylonis quasi area tempore triturae eius; adhuc modicum, et veniet tempus messionis eius".
34 "Comedit me, devoravit me Nabuchodonosor; rex Babylonis reddidit me quasi vas inane, absorbuit me quasi draco, replevit ventrem suum deliciis meis et eiecit me".
35 "Iniquitas adversum me et caro mea super Babylonem!", dicit habitatio Sion." Et sanguis meus super habitatores Chaldaeae!", dicit Ierusalem.
36 Propterea haec dicit Dominus: "Ecce ego iudicabo causam tuam et ulciscar ultionem tuam et desertum faciam mare eius et siccabo venam eius;
37 et erit Babylon in tumulos, habitatio thoum, stupor et sibilus, eo quod non sit habitator.
38 Simul ut leones rugient, frement veluti catuli leonum.
39 In calore eorum ponam potus eorum et inebriabo eos, ut sopiantur et dormiant somnum sempiternum et non consurgant, dicit Dominus.
40 Deducam eos quasi agnos ad victimam, quasi arietes cum haedis".
41 Quomodo capta est Babel, et comprehensa est gloria universae terrae? Quomodo facta est in stuporem Babylon inter gentes?
42 Ascendit super Babylonem mare, multitudine fluctuum eius operta est.
43 Factae sunt civitates eius in stuporem, terra inhabitabilis et deserta, terra, in qua nullus habitet, nec transeat per eam filius hominis.
44 "Et visitabo super Bel in Babylone et eiciam, quod absorbuerat, de ore eius; et non confluent ad eum ultra gentes, siquidem et murus Babylonis corruet.
45 Egredimini de medio eius, populus meus, ut salvet unusquisque animam suam ab ira furoris Domini.
46 Et ne forte mollescat cor vestrum, et timeatis auditum, qui audietur in terra; et veniet in anno auditio, et post hunc annum auditio, et iniquitas in terra, et dominator super dominatorem.
47 Propterea ecce dies veniunt, et visitabo super sculptilia Babylonis, et omnis terra eius confundetur, et universi interfecti eius cadent in medio eius.
48 Et laudabunt super Babylonem caeli et terra et omnia, quae in eis sunt, quia ab aquilone venient ei praedones, ait Dominus.
49 Et Babylon cadet, occisi in Israel, sicut pro Babylone ceciderunt occisi universae terrae.
50 Qui fugistis gladium, ite, nolite stare; recordamini procul Domini, et Ierusalem ascendat super cor vestrum.
51 "Confusi sumus, quoniam audivimus opprobrium; operuit ignominia facies nostras, quia venerunt alieni super sanctificationem domus Domini".
52 Propterea ecce dies veniunt, ait Dominus, et visitabo super sculptilia eius, et in omni terra eius gemet vulneratus.
53 Si ascenderit Babylon in caelum et firmaverit in excelso robur suum, a me venient vastatores eius", ait Dominus.
54 Vox clamoris de Babylone et contritio magna de terra Chaldaeorum,
55 quoniam vastavit Dominus Babylonem et perdidit ex ea vocem magnam; et sonabunt fluctus eorum quasi aquae multae, dedit sonitum vox eorum.
56 Quia venit super eam, id est super Babylonem, praedo; et apprehensi sunt fortes eius, et fractus est arcus eorum, quia Deus ultor Dominus reddens retribuet.
57 "Et inebriabo principes eius et sapientes eius et duces eius et magistratus eius et fortes eius; et dormient somnum sempiternum et non expergiscentur", ait rex, Dominus exercituum nomen eius.
58 Haec dicit Dominus exercituum: "Murus Babylonis ille latissimus funditus suffodietur, et portae eius excelsae igni comburentur; et laboraverunt populi pro nihilo, et gentes pro igni lassatae sunt".
59 Verbum, quod praecepit Ieremias propheta Saraiae filio Neriae filii Maasiae, cum pergeret cum Sedecia rege Iudae in Babylonem in anno quarto regni eius; Saraias autem erat princeps, qui mansionibus praeerat.
60 Et scripsit Ieremias omne malum, quod venturum erat super Babylonem, in libro uno, omnia verba haec, quae scripta sunt contra Babylonem.
61 Et dixit Ieremias ad Saraiam: "Cum veneris in Babylonem et videris et legeris omnia verba haec,
62 dices: "Domine, tu locutus es contra locum istum, ut disperderes eum, ne sit qui in eo habitet ab homine usque ad pecus, et ut sit perpetua solitudo".
63 Cumque compleveris legere librum istum, ligabis ad eum lapidem et proicies illum in medium Euphraten
64 et dices: "Sic submergetur Babylon et non consurget a facie afflictionis, quam ego adduco super eam, et dissolvetur" ". Hucusque verba Ieremiae.
King James Version
1 Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will raise up against Babylon, and against them that dwell in the midst of them that rise up against me, a destroying wind;
2 And will send unto Babylon fanners, that shall fan her, and shall empty her land: for in the day of trouble they shall be against her round about.
3 Against him that bendeth let the archer bend his bow, and against him that lifteth himself up in his brigandine: and spare ye not her young men; destroy ye utterly all her host.
4 Thus the slain shall fall in the land of the Chaldeans, and they that are thrust through in her streets.
5 For Israel hath not been forsaken, nor Judah of his God, of the LORD 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 every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the LORD'S vengeance; he will render unto her a recompence.
7 Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD'S hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad.
8 Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed.
9 We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed: forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country: for her judgment reacheth unto heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies.
10 The LORD hath brought forth our righteousness: come, and let us declare in Zion the work of the LORD our God.
11 Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the LORD hath 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 the LORD, the vengeance of his temple.
12 Set up the standard upon the walls of Babylon, make the watch strong, set up the watchmen, prepare the ambushes: for the LORD hath both devised and done that which he spake against the inhabitants of Babylon.
13 O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, and the measure of thy covetousness.
14 The LORD of hosts hath sworn by himself, saying, Surely I will fill thee with men, as with caterpillers; and they shall lift up a shout against thee.
15 He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding.
16 When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens; and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth: he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.
17 Every man is brutish by his knowledge; every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.
18 They are vanity, the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish.
19 The portion of Jacob is not like them; for he is the former of all things: and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: the LORD of hosts is his name.
20 Thou art my battle axe and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms;
21 And with thee will I break in pieces the horse and his rider; and with thee will I break in pieces the chariot and his rider;
22 With thee also will I break in pieces man and woman; and with thee will I break in pieces old and young; and with thee will I break in pieces the young man and the maid;
23 I will also break in pieces with thee the shepherd and his flock; and with thee will I break in pieces the husbandman and his yoke of oxen; and with thee 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, saith the LORD.
25 Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain, saith the LORD, which destroyest all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and roll thee down from the rocks, and will make thee a burnt mountain.
26 And they shall not take of thee a stone for a corner, nor a stone for foundations; but thou shalt be desolate for ever, saith the LORD.
27 Set ye 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 Ashchenaz; appoint a captain against her; cause the horses to come up as the rough caterpillers.
28 Prepare against her the nations with the kings of the Medes, the captains thereof, and all the rulers thereof, and all the land of his dominion.
29 And the land shall tremble and sorrow: for every purpose of the LORD shall be performed against Babylon, to make the land of Babylon a desolation without an inhabitant.
30 The mighty men of Babylon have forborn to fight, they have remained in their holds: their might hath failed; they became as women: they have burned her dwellingplaces; her bars are broken.
31 One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to shew the king of Babylon that his city is taken at one end,
32 And that the passages are stopped, and the reeds they have burned with fire, and the men of war are affrighted.
33 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; The daughter of Babylon is like a threshingfloor, it is time to thresh her: yet a little while, and the time of her harvest shall come.
34 Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon hath devoured me, he hath crushed me, he hath made me an empty vessel, he hath swallowed me up like a dragon, he hath filled his belly with my delicates, he hath cast me out.
35 The violence done to me and to my flesh be upon Babylon, shall the inhabitant of Zion say; and my blood upon the inhabitants of Chaldea, shall Jerusalem say.
36 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will plead thy cause, and take vengeance for thee; and I will dry up her sea, and make her springs dry.
37 And Babylon shall become heaps, a dwellingplace for dragons, an astonishment, and an hissing, without an inhabitant.
38 They shall roar together like lions: they shall yell as lions' whelps.
39 In their heat I will make their feasts, and I will make them drunken, that they may rejoice, and sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake, saith the LORD.
40 I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter, like rams with he goats.
41 How is Sheshach taken! and how is the praise of the whole earth surprised! how is Babylon become an astonishment among the nations!
42 The sea is come up upon Babylon: she is covered with the multitude of the waves thereof.
43 Her cities are a desolation, a dry land, and a wilderness, a land wherein no man dwelleth, neither doth any son of man pass thereby.
44 And I will punish Bel in Babylon, and I will bring forth out of his mouth that which he hath swallowed up: and the nations shall not flow together any more unto him: yea, the wall of Babylon shall fall.
45 My people, go ye out of the midst of her, and deliver ye every man his soul from the fierce anger of the LORD.
46 And lest your heart faint, and ye fear for the rumour that shall be heard in the land; a rumour shall both come one year, and after that in another year shall come a rumour, and violence in the land, ruler against ruler.
47 Therefore, behold, the days come, that I will do judgment upon the graven images of Babylon: and her whole land shall be confounded, and all her slain shall fall in the midst of her.
48 Then the heaven and the earth, and all that is therein, shall sing for Babylon: for the spoilers shall come unto her from the north, saith the LORD.
49 As Babylon hath caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the earth.
50 Ye that have escaped the sword, go away, stand not still: remember the LORD afar off, and let Jerusalem come into your mind.
51 We are confounded, because we have heard reproach: shame hath covered our faces: for strangers are come into the sanctuaries of the LORD'S house.
52 Wherefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will do judgment upon her graven images: and through all her land the wounded shall groan.
53 Though Babylon should mount up to heaven, and though she should fortify the height of her strength, yet from me shall spoilers come unto her, saith the LORD.
54 A sound of a cry cometh from Babylon, and great destruction from the land of the Chaldeans:
55 Because the LORD hath spoiled Babylon, and destroyed out of her the great voice; when her waves do roar like great waters, a noise of their voice is uttered:
56 Because the spoiler is come upon her, even upon Babylon, and her mighty men are taken, every one of their bows is broken: for the LORD God of recompences shall surely requite.
57 And I will make drunk her princes, and her wise men, her captains, and her rulers, and her mighty men: and they shall sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake, saith the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts.
58 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The broad walls of Babylon shall be utterly broken, and her high gates shall be burned with fire; and the people shall labour in vain, and the folk in the fire, and they shall be weary.
59 ¶ The word which Jeremiah the prophet commanded Seraiah the son of Neriah, the son of Maaseiah, when he went with Zedekiah the king of Judah into Babylon in the fourth year of his reign. And this Seraiah was a quiet prince.
60 So Jeremiah wrote in a book all the evil that should come upon Babylon, even all these words that are written against Babylon.
61 And Jeremiah said to Seraiah, When thou comest to Babylon, and shalt see, and shalt read all these words;
62 Then shalt thou say, O LORD, thou hast spoken against this place, to cut it off, that none shall remain in it, neither man nor beast, but that it shall be desolate for ever.
63 And it shall be, when thou hast made an end of reading this book, that thou shalt bind a stone to it, and cast it into the midst of Euphrates:
64 And thou shalt say, Thus shall Babylon sink, and shall not rise from the evil that I will bring upon her: and they shall be weary. Thus far are the words of Jeremiah.