GOD’S WORD Translation
43 The king of Babylon has heard reports about them, and he loses courage.
Anguish will grip him as pain grips a woman in labor.
44 I will suddenly chase them from their places
like a lion coming out of the jungle
along the Jordan River into pastureland.
I will appoint over Babylon whomever I choose.
Who is like me? Who can challenge me?
Is there any leader who can stand up to me?
45 Listen to the plans that the Lord is making against Babylon
and the things he intends to do to the land of the Babylonians.
He will surely drag away the little ones of the flock.
He will surely destroy the pasture because of the Babylonians.
New International Version
43 The king of Babylon has heard reports about them,
and his hands hang limp.(A)
Anguish has gripped him,
pain like that of a woman in labor.(B)
44 Like a lion coming up from Jordan’s thickets(C)
to a rich pastureland,
I will chase Babylon from its land in an instant.
Who is the chosen(D) one I will appoint for this?
Who is like me and who can challenge me?(E)
And what shepherd can stand against me?”
45 Therefore, hear what the Lord has planned against Babylon,
what he has purposed(F) against the land of the Babylonians:(G)
The young of the flock will be dragged away;
their pasture will be appalled at their fate.