- ¶ COME down and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground;
there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans;
for you shall no more be called tender and delicate.
- Take the millstone and grind flour;
remove your veil, cut off your white hair, uncover your legs, pass through the rivers.
- Your nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, your shame shall be seen;
I will execute vengeance upon you, and I will not meet you as a man.
- As for our Saviour, the LORD of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel.
- Sit silent and go into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans;
for you shall no more be called, The mightiest of kingdoms.
- I was angry with my people, for they have polluted my inheritance, so I delivered them into your hands;
you showed them no mercy;
upon the elders have you very heavily laid your yoke.
- ¶ And you said, I shall be a mighty one for ever;
so that you did not lay these things to your heart, neither did remember the end thereof.
- Now therefore let her hear these things, she who is given to pleasures, who dwells in tranquillity, who says in her 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;
- But these two plagues shall come upon you in a moment, in one day: the loss of children and widowhood;
they shall come upon you suddenly, for the multitude of your sorceries, and for the multitude of your magicians.
- For you have trusted in your wickedness;
you have said, None sees me.
Your wisdom and your knowledge have misled you;
and you have said in your heart, I am, and there is none else besides me.
- Therefore evil shall come upon you in the early morning, and you shall not know from whence it rises;
and mischief shall fall upon you and you shall not be able to put it off;
and desolation shall come upon you suddenly, which you shall not know.
- Stand now with your magicians and with the multitude of your sorceries in which you have labored from your youth;
perhaps you may be able to profit, perhaps you may strengthen yourself.
- You are wearied in the multitude of your thoughts.
Let now the Chaldeans stand up and save you, those who gaze into the heavens and at the stars;
let them foretell by the moon the things that shall come upon you.
- Behold, they have become as stubble which is consumed by the fire;
they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame;
there are no coals to warm them, nor fire to sit before.
- Thus have become to you your merchants with whom you have labored from your youth: they have wandered every one to his quarter, and there is none to save you.