21 “Attack the land of Merathaim
    and those who live in Pekod.(A)
Pursue, kill and completely destroy[a] them,”
declares the Lord.
    “Do everything I have commanded you.
22 The noise(B) of battle is in the land,
    the noise of great destruction!
23 How broken and shattered
    is the hammer(C) of the whole earth!(D)
How desolate(E) is Babylon
    among the nations!
24 I set a trap(F) for you, Babylon,
    and you were caught before you knew it;
you were found and captured(G)
    because you opposed(H) the Lord.
25 The Lord has opened his arsenal
    and brought out the weapons(I) of his wrath,
for the Sovereign Lord Almighty has work to do
    in the land of the Babylonians.(J)
26 Come against her from afar.(K)
    Break open her granaries;
    pile her up like heaps of grain.(L)
Completely destroy(M) her
    and leave her no remnant.
27 Kill all her young bulls;(N)
    let them go down to the slaughter!(O)
Woe to them! For their day(P) has come,
    the time(Q) for them to be punished.
28 Listen to the fugitives(R) and refugees from Babylon
    declaring in Zion(S)
how the Lord our God has taken vengeance,(T)
    vengeance for his temple.(U)

29 “Summon archers against Babylon,
    all those who draw the bow.(V)
Encamp all around her;
    let no one escape.(W)
Repay(X) her for her deeds;(Y)
    do to her as she has done.
For she has defied(Z) the Lord,
    the Holy One(AA) of Israel.
30 Therefore, her young men(AB) will fall in the streets;
    all her soldiers will be silenced in that day,”
declares the Lord.
31 “See, I am against(AC) you, you arrogant one,”
    declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty,
“for your day(AD) has come,
    the time for you to be punished.
32 The arrogant(AE) one will stumble and fall(AF)
    and no one will help her up;(AG)
I will kindle a fire(AH) in her towns
    that will consume all who are around her.”

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  1. Jeremiah 50:21 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them; also in verse 26.

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