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57 I’ll make their leaders, their wise men,
    their governors, their deputies,
and their warriors drunk so that they sleep forever
    and don’t wake up,”
declares the King
    whose name is the Lord of the Heavenly Armies.
58 This is what the Lord of the Heavenly Armies says:

“The broad wall of Babylon will be completely leveled,
    and its high gate set on fire.
and so the peoples toil for nothing,
    and the nations weary themselves only for fire.”

Jeremiah’s Symbolic Message against Babylon

59 This is[a] the message that Jeremiah the prophet delivered[b] to Neriah’s son Seraiah, the grandson of Mahseiah, when he went with King Zedekiah of Judah to Babylon in the fourth year of his reign. Seraiah was the quartermaster.

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  1. Jeremiah 51:59 The Heb. lacks This is
  2. Jeremiah 51:59 Lit. commanded