Babylon will suddenly fall(A) and be broken.
    Wail over her!
Get balm(B) for her pain;
    perhaps she can be healed.

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11 “Go up to Gilead and get balm,(A)
    Virgin(B) Daughter Egypt.
But you try many medicines in vain;
    there is no healing(C) for you.

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Look, here comes a man in a chariot(A)
    with a team of horses.
And he gives back the answer:
    ‘Babylon(B) has fallen,(C) has fallen!
All the images of its gods(D)
    lie shattered(E) on the ground!’”

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A second angel followed and said, “‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great,’[a](A) which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries.”(B)

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Footnotes

  1. Revelation 14:8 Isaiah 21:9

With a mighty voice he shouted:

“‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!’[a](A)
    She has become a dwelling for demons
and a haunt for every impure spirit,(B)
    a haunt for every unclean bird,
    a haunt for every unclean and detestable animal.(C)

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  1. Revelation 18:2 Isaiah 21:9

“Announce and proclaim(A) among the nations,
    lift up a banner(B) and proclaim it;
    keep nothing back, but say,
‘Babylon will be captured;(C)
    Bel(D) will be put to shame,(E)
    Marduk(F) filled with terror.
Her images will be put to shame
    and her idols(G) filled with terror.’

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20 Moab is disgraced, for she is shattered.
    Wail(A) and cry out!
Announce by the Arnon(B)
    that Moab is destroyed.

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17 In one hour(A) such great wealth has been brought to ruin!’(B)

“Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and all who earn their living from the sea,(C) will stand far off.(D) 18 When they see the smoke of her burning,(E) they will exclaim, ‘Was there ever a city like this great city(F)?’(G) 19 They will throw dust on their heads,(H) and with weeping and mourning(I) cry out:

“‘Woe! Woe to you, great city,(J)
    where all who had ships on the sea
    became rich through her wealth!
In one hour she has been brought to ruin!’(K)

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Therefore in one day(A) her plagues will overtake her:
    death, mourning and famine.
She will be consumed by fire,(B)
    for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.

Threefold Woe Over Babylon’s Fall

“When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with her(C) and shared her luxury(D) see the smoke of her burning,(E) they will weep and mourn over her.(F) 10 Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off(G) and cry:

“‘Woe! Woe to you, great city,(H)
    you mighty city of Babylon!
In one hour(I) your doom has come!’

11 “The merchants(J) of the earth will weep and mourn(K) over her because no one buys their cargoes anymore(L)

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19 Nothing can heal you;(A)
    your wound is fatal.
All who hear the news about you
    clap their hands(B) at your fall,
for who has not felt
    your endless cruelty?(C)

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31 and Darius(A) the Mede(B) took over the kingdom, at the age of sixty-two.[a]

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Footnotes

  1. Daniel 5:31 In Aramaic texts this verse (5:31) is numbered 6:1.

24 Therefore he sent the hand that wrote the inscription.

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“Son of man, prophesy and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“‘Wail(A) and say,
    “Alas for that day!”

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30 They will raise their voice
    and cry bitterly over you;
they will sprinkle dust(A) on their heads
    and roll(B) in ashes.(C)
31 They will shave their heads(D) because of you
    and will put on sackcloth.
They will weep(E) over you with anguish of soul
    and with bitter mourning.(F)
32 As they wail and mourn over you,
    they will take up a lament(G) concerning you:
“Who was ever silenced like Tyre,
    surrounded by the sea?(H)

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41 “How Sheshak[a](A) will be captured,(B)
    the boast of the whole earth seized!
How desolate(C) Babylon will be
    among the nations!

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 51:41 Sheshak is a cryptogram for Babylon.

31 Therefore I wail(A) over Moab,
    for all Moab I cry out,
    I moan for the people of Kir Hareseth.(B)

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12 “This is what the Lord says:

“‘Your wound(A) is incurable,
    your injury beyond healing.(B)
13 There is no one to plead your cause,(C)
    no remedy for your sore,
    no healing(D) for you.
14 All your allies(E) have forgotten you;
    they care nothing for you.
I have struck you as an enemy(F) would
    and punished you as would the cruel,(G)
because your guilt is so great
    and your sins(H) so many.
15 Why do you cry out over your wound,
    your pain that has no cure?(I)
Because of your great guilt and many sins
    I have done these things to you.(J)

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22 Is there no balm in Gilead?(A)
    Is there no physician(B) there?
Why then is there no healing(C)
    for the wound of my people?

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Both of these will overtake you
    in a moment,(A) on a single day:
    loss of children(B) and widowhood.(C)
They will come upon you in full measure,
    in spite of your many sorceries(D)
    and all your potent spells.(E)

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Wail,(A) for the day(B) of the Lord is near;
    it will come like destruction(C) from the Almighty.[a](D)
Because of this, all hands will go limp,(E)
    every heart will melt with fear.(F)

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 13:6 Hebrew Shaddai

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