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57 I will make Babylon’s rulers and wise men drunk,
    and her governors, officers, and soldiers, too.
Then they will sleep forever and never wake up,” says the King,
    whose name is the Lord All-Powerful.

58 This is what the Lord All-Powerful says:

“Babylon’s thick wall will be completely pulled down
    and her high gates burned.
The people will work hard, but it won’t help;
    their work will only become fuel for the flames!”

A Message to Babylon

59 This is the message that Jeremiah the prophet gave to the officer Seraiah son of Neriah, who was the son of Mahseiah. Seraiah went to Babylon with Zedekiah king of Judah in the fourth year Zedekiah was king of Judah. His duty was to arrange the king’s food and housing on the trip.

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