1“City of Babylon, go down and sit in the dust. Leave your throne and sit on the ground. City of the Babylonians, your life will not be comfortable and easy anymore.2Get millstones and grind some flour like a female slave. Take your veil off. Lift your skirts up. Make your legs bare. Wade through the streams.3Everyone will see your naked body. Everyone will see your shame. I will pay you back for what you did. I will not spare any of your people.”4The one who sets us free is the Holy One of Israel. His name is The Lord Who Rules Over All.5The Lord says, “City of the Babylonians, go into a dark prison and sit there quietly. You will not be called the queen of kingdoms anymore.6I was angry with my people. I treated them as if they did not belong to me. I handed them over to you. And you did not show them any pity. You even placed heavy loads on their old people.7You said, ‘I will continue to be queen forever!’ But you did not think about what you were doing. You did not consider how things might turn out.8“So listen, you who love pleasure. You think you are safe and secure. You say to yourself, ‘I am like a god. No one is greater than I am. I'll never be a widow. And my children will never be taken away from me.’9But both of those things will happen to you in a moment. They will take place on a single day. You will lose your children. And you will become a widow. That is what will happen to you. All of your evil magic and powerful spells will not save you.10You have felt secure in your evil ways. You have said, ‘No one sees what I'm doing.’ Your wisdom and knowledge lead you down the wrong path. You say to yourself, ‘I am like a god. No one is greater than I am.’11So horrible trouble will come on you. You will not know how to use your evil magic to make it go away. Great trouble will fall on you. No amount of money can keep it away. Something terrible will happen to you all at once. You will not see it coming ahead of time.12“So keep on casting your magic spells. Keep on practicing your evil magic. You have been doing those things ever since you were a child. Perhaps they will help you. Maybe they will scare your enemies away.13All of the advice you have received has only worn you out! Let those who study the heavens come forward. They claim to know what is going to happen by watching the stars every month. So let them save you from the trouble that is coming on you.14They are just like straw. Fire will burn them up. They can't even save themselves from the powerful flames. They are not like coals that can warm anyone. They are not like a fire to sit by.15They can't do you any good. You have done business with them ever since you were a child. You have always asked them for advice. All of them are bewildered and continue in their own ways. None of them can save you.”
English Standard Version
The Humiliation of Babylon
1Come down and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon; sit on the ground without a throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans! For you shall no more be called tender and delicate. (Ps 137:8; Isa 3:26; Isa 13:19; Isa 23:13; Isa 43:14; Isa 47:5; Isa 48:14)2Take the millstones and grind flour, put off your veil, strip off your robe, uncover your legs, pass through the rivers. (Jud 16:21; Isa 20:4; Mt 24:41)3Your nakedness shall be uncovered, and your disgrace shall be seen. I will take vengeance, and I will spare no one.4Our Redeemer—the Lord of hosts is his name— is the Holy One of Israel. (Isa 43:14)5Sit in silence, and go into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans; for you shall no more be called the mistress of kingdoms. (Isa 47:1; Jer 8:14)6I was angry with my people; I profaned my heritage; I gave them into your hand; you showed them no mercy; on the aged you made your yoke exceedingly heavy. (Isa 14:17; Isa 51:23; Zec 1:15)7You said, “I shall be mistress forever,” so that you did not lay these things to heart or remember their end. (Isa 47:1)8Now therefore hear this, you lover of pleasures, who sit securely, who say in your heart, “I am, and there is no one besides me; I shall not sit as a widow or know the loss of children”: (Isa 45:6; Isa 45:18; Isa 47:7; Jer 50:29; La 1:1; Zep 2:15; Re 18:7)9These two things shall come to you in a moment, in one day; the loss of children and widowhood shall come upon you in full measure, in spite of your many sorceries and the great power of your enchantments. (Isa 47:12; Isa 51:19; Jer 50:31; Na 3:4)10You felt secure in your wickedness; you said, “No one sees me”; your wisdom and your knowledge led you astray, and you said in your heart, “I am, and there is no one besides me.” (Isa 45:6; Isa 45:18; Jer 50:29)11But evil shall come upon you, which you will not know how to charm away; disaster shall fall upon you, for which you will not be able to atone; and ruin shall come upon you suddenly, of which you know nothing. (Ps 35:8; Jer 51:41)12Stand fast in your enchantments and your many sorceries, with which you have labored from your youth; perhaps you may be able to succeed; perhaps you may inspire terror. (Isa 47:9)13You are wearied with your many counsels; let them stand forth and save you, those who divide the heavens, who gaze at the stars, who at the new moons make known what shall come upon you. (Isa 44:25; Da 2:2; Da 2:10)14Behold, they are like stubble; the fire consumes them; they cannot deliver themselves from the power of the flame. No coal for warming oneself is this, no fire to sit before! (Isa 10:17; Isa 41:2; Na 1:10; Mal 4:1)15Such to you are those with whom you have labored, who have done business with you from your youth; they wander about, each in his own direction; there is no one to save you.