1Come down, and sit in the dust, virgin daughter of Babylon; sit on the
ground without a throne, daughter of the Chaldeans: for you shall no more be
called tender and delicate.
2Take the millstones, and grind meal; remove
your veil, strip off the train, uncover the leg, pass through the rivers.
3Your nakedness shall be uncovered, yes, your shame shall be seen: I will
take vengeance, and will spare no man.
4Our Redeemer, Yahweh of Armies is
his name, the Holy One of Israel.
5Sit you silent, and get you into
darkness, daughter of the Chaldeans; for you shall no more be called The
mistress of kingdoms.
6I was angry with my people, I profaned my
inheritance, and gave them into your hand: you did show them no mercy; on the
aged have you very heavily laid your yoke.
7You said, I shall be mistress
forever; so that you did not lay these things to your heart, neither did
remember the latter end of it.
8Now therefore hear this, you who are
given to pleasures, who sit securely, who say in your heart, I am, and there
is none else besides me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the
loss of children:
9but these two things shall come to you in a moment in
one day, the loss of children, and widowhood; in their full measure shall
they come on you, in the multitude of your sorceries, and the great abundance
of your enchantments.
10For you have trusted in your wickedness; you have
said, None sees me; your wisdom and your knowledge, it has perverted you, and
you have said in your heart, I am, and there is none else besides me.
11Therefore shall evil come on you; you shall not know the dawning of it:
and mischief shall fall on you; you shall not be able to put it away: and
desolation shall come on you suddenly, which you don’t know.
with your enchantments, and with the multitude of your sorceries, in which
you have labored from your youth; if so be you shall be able to profit, if so
be you may prevail.
13You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels:
let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand
up, and save you from the things that shall come on you.
shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver
themselves from the power of the flame: it shall not be a coal to warm at,
nor a fire to sit before.
15Thus shall the things be to you in which you
have labored: those who have trafficked with you from your youth shall wander
everyone to his quarter; there shall be none to save you.