16 They will stumble(A) repeatedly;
    they will fall(B) over each other.
They will say, ‘Get up, let us go back
    to our own people(C) and our native lands,
    away from the sword of the oppressor.’(D)

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16 Cut off from Babylon the sower,
    and the reaper with his sickle at harvest.
Because of the sword(A) of the oppressor
    let everyone return to their own people,(B)
    let everyone flee to their own land.(C)

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“‘We would have healed Babylon,
    but she cannot be healed;
let us leave(A) her and each go to our own land,
    for her judgment(B) reaches to the skies,
    it rises as high as the heavens.’

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All who see you will flee(A) from you and say,
    ‘Nineveh(B) is in ruins(C)—who will mourn for her?’(D)
    Where can I find anyone to comfort(E) you?”

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