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16 Don’t let the people from Babylon plant their crops
    or gather the harvest.
The soldiers treated their captives cruelly.
    Now, let everyone go back home.
    Let everyone run to his own country.

17 “The people of Israel are like a flock of sheep that are scattered
    from being chased by lions.
The first lion to eat them up
    was the king of Assyria.
The last lion to crush their bones
    was Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.”

18 So this is what the Lord All-Powerful, the God of Israel, says:

“I will punish the king of Babylon and his country
    as I punished the king of Assyria.

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