23 “I will make her a swampland and a region for herons,[a] and I will sweep her away with the broom of destruction.”

This is the declaration of the Lord of Armies.

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Footnotes

  1. 14:23 Or hedgehogs; Hb obscure

10 It will never go out—day or night.
Its smoke will go up forever.(A)
It will be desolate, from generation to generation;
no one will pass through it forever and ever.(B)
11 Eagle owls[a] and herons[b] will possess it,
and long-eared owls and ravens will dwell there.(C)
The Lord will stretch out a measuring line
and a plumb line(D) over her
for her destruction and chaos.(E)
12 No nobles will be left to proclaim a king,
and all her princes will come to nothing.
13 Her palaces will be overgrown with thorns;
her fortified cities, with thistles and briers.(F)
She will become a dwelling for jackals,
an abode[c] for ostriches.(G)
14 The desert creatures will meet hyenas,
and one wild goat will call to another.
Indeed, the night birds will stay there
and will find a resting place.
15 Sand partridges[d] will make their nests there;
they will lay and hatch their eggs
and will gather their broods under their shadows.
Indeed, the birds of prey will gather there,
each with its mate.(H)

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Footnotes

  1. 34:11 Or Pelicans
  2. 34:11 Or hedgehogs
  3. 34:13 DSS, LXX, Syr, Tg; MT reads jackals, grass
  4. 34:15 Or Arrow snakes, or Owls

37 Babylon will become a heap of rubble,
a jackals’ den,
a desolation and an object of scorn,(A)
without inhabitant.(B)
38 They will roar together like young lions;
they will growl like lion cubs.
39 While they are flushed with heat, I will serve them a feast,
and I will make them drunk so that they celebrate.[a](C)
Then they will fall asleep forever
and never wake up.
This is the Lord’s declaration.
40 I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter,
like rams together with male goats.(D)

41 How Sheshak[b](E) has been captured,(F)
the praise(G) of the whole earth seized.
What a horror Babylon has become
among the nations!(H)
42 The sea has risen over Babylon;(I)
she is covered with its tumultuous waves.
43 Her cities have become a desolation,(J)
an arid desert,
a land where no one lives,
where no human being even passes through.

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Footnotes

  1. 51:39 LXX reads pass out
  2. 51:41 = Babylon

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