21 “Attack the land of Merathaim
    and those who live in Pekod.(A)
Pursue, kill and completely destroy[a] them,”
declares the Lord.
    “Do everything I have commanded you.
22 The noise(B) of battle is in the land,
    the noise of great destruction!
23 How broken and shattered
    is the hammer(C) of the whole earth!(D)
How desolate(E) is Babylon
    among the nations!
24 I set a trap(F) for you, Babylon,
    and you were caught before you knew it;
you were found and captured(G)
    because you opposed(H) the Lord.
25 The Lord has opened his arsenal
    and brought out the weapons(I) of his wrath,
for the Sovereign Lord Almighty has work to do
    in the land of the Babylonians.(J)
26 Come against her from afar.(K)
    Break open her granaries;
    pile her up like heaps of grain.(L)
Completely destroy(M) her
    and leave her no remnant.

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 50:21 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them; also in verse 26.