47 The Lord says, “·City of [L Virgin daughter] Babylon, go down and sit in the ·dirt [dust].
·People of Babylon [L Daughter of the Chaldeans], sit on the ground. ·You are no longer the ruler [L …without a throne]. You will no longer be called tender or ·beautiful [delicate; pampered]. 2 Take millstones and grind grain into flour. Remove your veil and ·take [strip] off your nice skirts. Uncover your legs and cross the rivers [C actions of a servant, not a queen]. 3 People will see your nakedness; they will see your shame [C probably a euphemism for sexual organs]. I will ·punish you [take vengeance]; I will ·punish every one of you [spare no one].”
4 Our ·Savior [Redeemer] is named the Lord ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts]; he is the Holy One of Israel [1:4].
5 “·Babylon [L Daughter of the Chaldeans], sit in ·darkness and say nothing [L silence and go into darkness]. You will no longer be called the queen of kingdoms. 6 I was angry with my people, so I ·rejected [defiled; desecrated; profaned] ·those who belonged to me [my inheritance/possession]. I gave them ·to you [L into your hand], but you showed them no mercy. You even ·made the old people work very hard [L laid a very heavy yoke on the aged]. 7 You said, ‘I will ·live [reign; be] forever as the queen.’ But you did not think about these things or consider ·what would happen [the outcome/end].
8 “Now, listen, you lover of pleasure. You ·think you are safe [who dwell in security]. You tell yourself, ‘·I am the only one [L I am], and there is no other [Zeph. 2:15]. I will never be a widow or ·lose [L know the loss of] my children.’ 9 Two things will happen to you suddenly, in a single day. You will lose your children and ·your husband [L become a widow]. These things will ·truly happen to [or overwhelm; L come in abundance upon] you, in spite of all your ·magic [sorceries], in spite of your powerful ·tricks [spells; enchantments]. 10 You ·do evil things, but you feel safe [L trusted/felt secure in your evil/wickedness] and say, ‘No one sees ·what I do [L me].’ Your wisdom and knowledge have ·fooled [mislead] you. You say to yourself, ‘·I am the only one [L I am], and there is no other [v. 8].’ 11 But ·troubles [disaster; evil] will come ·to [upon] you, and you will not know how to ·stop them [conjure/charm it away]. ·Disaster [Calamity; Destruction] will fall on you, and you will not be able to ·keep it away [appease it; make atonement/pay ransom for it]. A catastrophe will strike ·quickly [suddenly]; you will not even ·see it coming [L know].
12 “Keep on using your ·tricks [magic spells; enchantments] and doing all your ·magic [sorceries] that you have ·used [practiced; labored at] since you were young. Maybe ·they will help you [you will succeed/profit]; maybe you will be able to ·scare someone [provoke terror]. 13 You are tired of the ·advice [counsel] you have received. So let ·those who study the sky [the astrologers; L those who divide the heavens]— those who ·tell the future by looking at the stars and the new moons [L gaze at the stars to know the months]— let them save you from what is about to happen to you. 14 But they are like straw; fire will quickly burn them up. They cannot save themselves from the power of the fire. They are not like coals that give warmth nor like a fire that you may sit beside. 15 You have ·worked [labored] with these people, and they have ·been [or done business] with you since you were young, but they will not be able to help you. Everyone will ·go [or wander off] his own way, and there will be no one left to save you.”
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