(A)“Flee from the midst of Babylon;
    let every one save his life!
(B)Be not cut off in her punishment,
    (C)for this is the time of the Lord's vengeance,
    the repayment he is rendering her.
Babylon was (D)a golden cup in the Lord's hand,
    (E)making all the earth drunken;
(F)the nations drank of her wine;
    therefore the nations went mad.
(G)Suddenly Babylon has fallen and been broken;
    (H)wail for her!
(I)Take balm for her pain;
    perhaps she may be healed.
We would have healed Babylon,
    but she was not healed.
(J)Forsake her, and (K)let us go
    each to his own country,
for (L)her judgment has reached up to heaven
    and has been lifted up even to the skies.
10 (M)The Lord has brought about our vindication;
    (N)come, let us declare in Zion
    the work of the Lord our God.

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45 “Go out of the midst of her, (A)my people!
    Let every one save his life
    from (B)the fierce anger of the Lord!
46 Let not your heart faint, and be not fearful
    (C)at the report heard in the land,
(D)when a report comes in one year
    and afterward a report in another year,
and violence is in the land,
    (E)and ruler is against ruler.

47 “Therefore, behold, the days are coming
    when (F)I will punish the images of Babylon;
(G)her whole land shall be put to shame,
    and all her slain shall fall in the midst of her.
48 (H)Then the heavens and the earth,
    and all that is in them,
shall sing for joy over Babylon,
    (I)for the destroyers shall come against them out of the north,
declares the Lord.
49 Babylon must fall for the slain of Israel,
    (J)just as for Babylon have fallen the slain of all the earth.

50 (K)“You who have escaped from the sword,
    go, do not stand still!
Remember the Lord from far away,
    and let Jerusalem come into your mind:
51 (L)‘We are put to shame, for we have heard reproach;
    (M)dishonor has covered our face,
(N)for foreigners have come
    into the holy places of the Lord's house.’

52 “Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord,
    when (O)I will execute judgment upon her images,
(P)and through all her land
    the wounded shall groan.
53 Though Babylon should (Q)mount up to heaven,
    and though she should (R)fortify her strong height,
yet destroyers would come from me against her,
    declares the Lord.

54 (S)“A voice! A cry from Babylon!
    The noise of great destruction from the land of the Chaldeans!
55 For the Lord is laying Babylon waste
    and stilling her mighty voice.
(T)Their waves roar like many waters;
    the noise of their voice is raised,
56 for a destroyer has come upon her,
    upon Babylon;
her warriors are taken;
    their bows are broken in pieces,
(U)for the Lord is a God of recompense;
    he will surely repay.
57 (V)I will make drunk her officials and her wise men,
    (W)her governors, her commanders, and her warriors;
they shall sleep a perpetual sleep and not wake,
    declares (X)the King, whose name is the Lord of hosts.

58 “Thus says the Lord of hosts:
The broad (Y)wall of Babylon
    shall be leveled to the ground,
(Z)and her high gates
    shall be burned with fire.
(AA)The peoples labor for nothing,
    and (AB)the nations weary themselves only for fire.”

59 The word that Jeremiah the prophet commanded Seraiah (AC)the son of Neriah, son of Mahseiah, when he went with Zedekiah king of Judah to Babylon, (AD)in the fourth year of his reign. Seraiah was the quartermaster. 60 (AE)Jeremiah wrote in a book all the disaster that should come upon Babylon, (AF)all these words that are written concerning Babylon. 61 And Jeremiah said to Seraiah: “When you come to Babylon, see that you read all these words, 62 and say, ‘O Lord, you have said concerning this place that you will cut it off, so (AG)that nothing shall dwell in it, neither man nor beast, and it shall be (AH)desolate forever.’ 63 When you finish reading this book, (AI)(AJ)tie a stone to it (AK)and cast it into the midst of the Euphrates, 64 and say, (AL)‘Thus shall Babylon sink, to rise no more, because of the disaster that I am bringing upon her, (AM)and they shall become exhausted.’”

Thus far are the words of Jeremiah.

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