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10 The people of Israel said,
    “Tell everyone in Zion!
The Lord has taken revenge
    for what Babylon did to us.”

The Lord Wants Babylon Destroyed

11 I, the Lord,
    want Babylon destroyed,
because its army
    destroyed my temple.
So, you kings of Media,[a]
sharpen your arrows
    and pick up your shields.
12 Raise the signal flag
    and attack the city walls.
Post more guards.
Have soldiers watch the city
    and set up ambushes.
I have made plans
to destroy Babylon,
    and nothing will stop me.

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Footnotes

  1. 51.11 kings of Media: Probably kings of smaller kingdoms that were part of the Median Empire (see also verse 27 and the note there).

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