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17 Behold, (A)I am stirring up the Medes against them,
who have no regard for silver
and do not delight in gold.
18 (B)Their bows will slaughter[a] the young men;
they will have no mercy on the fruit of the womb;
their eyes will not pity children.
19 And Babylon, (C)the glory of kingdoms,
the splendor and pomp of the Chaldeans,
will be (D)like Sodom and Gomorrah
when God overthrew them.
20 (E)It will never be inhabited
or lived in for all generations;
no (F)Arab will pitch his tent there;
no (G)shepherds will make their flocks lie down there.
21 But (H)wild animals will lie down there,
and their houses will be full of howling creatures;
there (I)ostriches[b] will dwell,
and there wild goats will dance.
22 Hyenas[c] will cry in its towers,
and (J)jackals in (K)the pleasant palaces;
its time is close at hand
and its days will not be prolonged.