1 "Go down, sit in the dust, ¶ Virgin Daughter Babylon; ¶ sit on the ground without a throne, ¶ queen city of the Babylonians. [^1] No more will you be called ¶ tender or delicate.
2 Take millstones and grind flour; take off your veil. ¶ Lift up your skirts, bare your legs, ¶ and wade through the streams.
3 Your nakedness will be exposed and your shame uncovered. ¶ I will take vengeance; ¶ I will spare no one."
4 Our Redeemer —the LORD Almighty is his name — ¶ is the Holy One of Israel.
5 "Sit in silence, go into darkness, ¶ queen city of the Babylonians; ¶ no more will you be called ¶ queen of kingdoms.
6 I was angry with my people and desecrated my inheritance; ¶ I gave them into your hand, ¶ and you showed them no mercy. ¶ Even on the aged ¶ you laid a very heavy yoke.
7 You said, 'I am forever — the eternal queen!' ¶ But you did not consider these things ¶ or reflect on what might happen.
8 "Now then, listen, you lover of pleasure, ¶ lounging in your security ¶ and saying to yourself, ¶ 'I am, and there is none besides me. ¶ I will never be a widow ¶ or suffer the loss of children.'
9 Both of these will overtake you in a moment, on a single day: ¶ loss of children and widowhood. ¶ They will come upon you in full measure, ¶ in spite of your many sorceries ¶ and all your potent spells.
10 You have trusted in your wickedness and have said, 'No one sees me.' ¶ Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you ¶ when you say to yourself, ¶ 'I am, and there is none besides me.'
11 Disaster will come upon you, and you will not know how to conjure it away. ¶ A calamity will fall upon you ¶ that you cannot ward off with a ransom; ¶ a catastrophe you cannot foresee ¶ will suddenly come upon you.
12 "Keep on, then, with your magic spells ¶ and with your many sorceries, ¶ which you have labored at since childhood. ¶ Perhaps you will succeed, ¶ perhaps you will cause terror.
13 All the counsel you have received has only worn you out! Let your astrologers come forward, ¶ those stargazers who make predictions month by month, ¶ let them save you from what is coming upon you.
14 Surely they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up. ¶ They cannot even save themselves ¶ from the power of the flame. ¶ These are not coals for warmth; ¶ this is not a fire to sit by.
15 That is all they are to you — these you have dealt with ¶ and labored with since childhood. ¶ All of them go on in their error; ¶ there is not one that can save you.