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57 I will make Babylon’s wise men
    and important officials drunk.
I will make the governors, officers,
    and soldiers drunk too.
Then they will sleep forever.
    They will never wake up.”
This is what the King said.
    His name is the Lord All-Powerful.

58 This is what the Lord All-Powerful says:
“Babylon’s thick, strong wall will be pulled down.
    Her high gates will be burned.
The people of Babylon will work hard,
    but it will not help.
They will get very tired trying to save the city.
    But they will only be fuel for the flames.”

Jeremiah Sends a Message to Babylon

59 This is the message that Jeremiah gave to the officer Seraiah[a] son of Neriah. Neriah was the son of Mahseiah. Seraiah went to Babylon with King Zedekiah of Judah. This happened in the fourth year that Zedekiah[b] was king of Judah. At that time Jeremiah gave this message to Seraiah, the officer.

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 51:59 Seraiah Seraiah was a brother of Baruch, Jeremiah’s secretary.
  2. Jeremiah 51:59 the fourth year … Zedekiah That is, 594–593 B.C.

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