57 “I will (A)make her princes and her wise men drunk,
Her governors, her prefects and her mighty men,
That they may sleep a (B)perpetual sleep and not wake up,”
(C)Declares the King, whose name is the Lord of hosts.

58 Thus says the Lord of hosts,

“The broad (D)wall of Babylon will be completely razed
And her high (E)gates will be set on fire;
So the peoples will (F)toil for nothing,
And the nations become (G)exhausted only for fire.”

59 The [a]message which Jeremiah the prophet commanded Seraiah the son of (H)Neriah, the grandson of Mahseiah, when he went with (I)Zedekiah the king of Judah to Babylon in the fourth year of his reign. (Now Seraiah was quartermaster.)

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 51:59 Lit word

57 I will make her officials(A) and wise(B) men drunk,(C)
    her governors, officers and warriors as well;
they will sleep(D) forever and not awake,”
    declares the King,(E) whose name is the Lord Almighty.

58 This is what the Lord Almighty says:

“Babylon’s thick wall(F) will be leveled
    and her high gates(G) set on fire;
the peoples(H) exhaust(I) themselves for nothing,
    the nations’ labor is only fuel for the flames.”(J)

59 This is the message Jeremiah the prophet gave to the staff officer Seraiah son of Neriah,(K) the son of Mahseiah, when he went to Babylon with Zedekiah(L) king of Judah in the fourth(M) year of his reign.

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