Finally, God gets around to proclaiming judgment against Babylon. Just when you thought it was safe to be the conqueror…
Babylon and its gods Bel and Merodach will be put to shame.
Another nation will come out of the north to destroy it.
The people of Israel and Judah will be freed and they'll go back to Zion with a new everlasting covenant.
They'll be led back home like lost sheep with God as their shepherd.
God's going to stir up a great (Persian-Median) army against them. Babylon will be plundered.
Although Judah's plunderers are happy now, they'll soon be punished. Babylon will be devastated and uninhabitable.
Everyone should go attack Babylon and turn it into a wasteland.
Israel's been persecuted and exiled by both Assyria and Babylon. God will punish Babylon like he did Assyria, and the Hebrews will all return home and live without sin.
God continues to get riled up about Babylon—he'll bring out his full armory to destroy them. Its bulls will get killed and its grain will be plundered.
Refugees from Babylon will even come to Jerusalem, which is ironic given what they did to that city and its Temple.
God will set Israel free from its captors, saving Israel and crushing Babylon in the process.
What they did to others will now be done to them.
God lists all the people who are going to get it: Babylonians, their officials, their sages, their diviners, their warriors, and their horses and chariots. He also curses the foreigners fighting for them, saying they'll become like women, i.e. ravaged.
He curses Babylon's treasures and water supply, and says the people there have been a bit too infatuated with their idols.
Wild animals and ostriches will take over Babylon, and it'll never be inhabited by humans again.
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God tells everyone to look to the north where the new conquerors (the Persians) are getting ready for battle, riding toward Babylon like a roaring sea.
The King of Babylon feels like a woman in labor hearing the news.
God will appoint whoever he chooses over Babylon's ruined empire. He asks who else is like him or can accomplish all this. Yeah, who?
The little ones of the Babylonian flock will be dragged away, and the sound of Babylon's cries will be heard everywhere.