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53 The people of Babylon might go up to heaven.
They might fortify their strongholds.
But destroyers will still come from me against them,”
declares the Lord.

54 Cries of agony are heard from Babylon.
Sounds of terrible destruction are heard
from the land of the Babylonians.
55 The Lord will destroy Babylon.
He will silence the loud noise coming from it.
Waves of enemies will come roaring in like raging water.
The noise will be heard everywhere.

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53 Even if Babylon ascends to the heavens(A)
    and fortifies her lofty stronghold,
    I will send destroyers(B) against her,”
declares the Lord.

54 “The sound of a cry(C) comes from Babylon,
    the sound of great destruction(D)
    from the land of the Babylonians.[a]
55 The Lord will destroy Babylon;
    he will silence(E) her noisy din.
Waves(F) of enemies will rage like great waters;
    the roar of their voices will resound.

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  1. Jeremiah 51:54 Or Chaldeans