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57 I’ll make her leaders and sages drunk,
    her governors, officials, and warriors as well.
They will sleep forever, never to get up,
    declares the king,
        whose name is the Lord of heavenly forces.
58 The Lord of heavenly forces proclaims:
    Babylon’s massive walls will come down,
        down to the ground;
        and its high gates will be burned to the ground.

People labor in vain;
    nations toil for nothing but ashes!

59 This is what the prophet Jeremiah instructed the staff officer[a] Seraiah, Neriah’s son and Mahseiah’s grandson, when Seraiah went to Babylon with Judah’s King Zedekiah in the fourth year of his rule.

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  1. Jeremiah 51:59 Or officer of rest, often translated as quartermaster