13 Look at the land of the Babylonians,[a](A)
    this people that is now of no account!
The Assyrians(B) have made it
    a place for desert creatures;(C)
they raised up their siege towers,(D)
    they stripped its fortresses bare
    and turned it into a ruin.(E)

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 23:13 Or Chaldeans

I will encamp against you on all sides;
    I will encircle(A) you with towers
    and set up my siege works(B) against you.

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16 “Tell this to the nations,
    proclaim concerning Jerusalem:
‘A besieging army is coming from a distant land,(A)
    raising a war cry(B) against the cities of Judah.(C)
17 They surround(D) her like men guarding a field,
    because she has rebelled(E) against me,’”
declares the Lord.

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The army of the king of Babylon was then besieging(A) Jerusalem, and Jeremiah the prophet was confined(B) in the courtyard of the guard(C) in the royal palace of Judah.

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For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says about the houses in this city and the royal palaces of Judah that have been torn down to be used against the siege(A) ramps(B) and the sword

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22 Into his right hand will come the lot for Jerusalem, where he is to set up battering rams, to give the command to slaughter, to sound the battle cry,(A) to set battering rams against the gates, to build a ramp(B) and to erect siege works.(C)

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“Son of man, record(A) this date, this very date, because the king of Babylon has laid siege to Jerusalem this very day.(B)

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