For I will rouse into action and bring against Babylon a host of mighty nations 1 from the land of the north. They will set up their battle lines against her. They will come from the north and capture her. 2 Their arrows will be like a skilled soldier 3 who does not return from the battle empty-handed. 4
Foreigners living there will say, 1 ‘We tried to heal her, but she could not be healed. Let’s leave Babylonia 2 and each go back to his own country. For judgment on her will be vast in its proportions. It will be like it is piled up to heaven, stacked up into the clouds.’ 3
The Lord, who is the portion of the descendants of Jacob, is not like them. For he is the one who created everything, including the people of Israel whom he claims as his own. 1 He is known as the Lord who rules over all. 2
“Raise up battle flags throughout the lands. Sound the trumpets calling the nations to do battle. Prepare the nations to do battle against Babylonia. 1 Call for these kingdoms to attack her: Ararat, Minni, and Ashkenaz. 2 Appoint a commander to lead the attack. 3 Send horses 4 against her like a swarm of locusts. 5
נ (Nun) My sins are bound around my neck like a yoke; 1 they are fastened together by his hand. He has placed his yoke 2 on my neck; 3 he has sapped my strength. 4 The Lord 5 has handed me over 6 to those whom I cannot resist.
ש (Sin/Shin) They have heard 1 that I groan, yet there is no one to comfort me. All my enemies have heard of my trouble; they are glad that you 2 have brought it about. 3 Bring about 4 the day of judgment 5 that you promised 6 so that 7 they may end up 8 like me!
ק (Qof) Get up! Cry out in the night 1 when the night watches start! 2 Pour out your heart 3 like water before the face of the Lord! 4 Lift up your hands 5 to him for your children’s lives; 6 they are fainting 7 at every street corner. 8
They will discard their silver in the streets, and their gold will be treated like filth. 1 Their silver and gold will not be able to deliver them on the day of the Lord’s fury. 2 They will not satisfy their hunger or fill their stomachs because their wealth 3 was the obstacle leading to their iniquity. 4
He will cover you with the dust kicked up by his many horses. 1 Your walls will shake from the noise of the horsemen, wheels, and chariots when he enters your gates like those who invade through a city’s broken walls. 2
Which of the trees of Eden was like you in majesty and loftiness? You will be brought down with the trees of Eden to the lower parts of the earth; you will lie among the uncircumcised, with those killed by the sword! This is what will happen to Pharaoh and all his hordes, declares the sovereign Lord.’”
“Son of man, sing a lament for Pharaoh king of Egypt, and say to him: “‘You were like a lion 1 among the nations, but you are a monster in the seas; you thrash about in your streams, stir up the water with your feet, and muddy your 2 streams.
You will advance 1 against my people Israel like a cloud covering the earth. In the latter days I will bring you against my land so that the nations may acknowledge me, when before their eyes I magnify myself 2 through you, O Gog.
Then the iron, clay, bronze, silver, and gold were broken in pieces without distinction 1 and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors that the wind carries away. Not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the statue became a large mountain that filled the entire earth.
You will be driven 1 from human society, 2 and you will live 3 with the wild animals. You will be fed 4 grass like oxen, 5 and you will become damp with the dew of the sky. Seven periods of time will pass by for you, before 6 you understand that the Most High is ruler over human kingdoms and gives them to whomever he wishes.
You will be driven from human society, and you will live with the wild animals. You will be fed grass like oxen, and seven periods of time will pass by for you before 1 you understand that the Most High is ruler over human kingdoms and gives them to whomever he wishes.”
There is a man in your kingdom who has within him a spirit of the holy gods. In the days of your father, he proved to have 1 insight, discernment, and wisdom like that 2 of the gods. 3 King Nebuchadnezzar your father appointed him chief of the magicians, astrologers, wise men, and diviners. 4
He was driven from human society, his mind 1 was changed to that of an animal, he lived 2 with the wild donkeys, he was fed grass like oxen, and his body became damp with the dew of the sky, until he came to understand that the most high God rules over human kingdoms, and he appoints over them whomever he wishes.
To all the supervisors of the kingdom, the prefects, satraps, counselors, and governors it seemed like a good idea for a royal edict to be issued and an interdict to be enforced. For the next thirty days anyone who prays 1 to any god or human other than you, O king, should be thrown into a den of lions.
Now after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one will be cut off and have nothing. 1 As for the city and the sanctuary, the people of the coming prince will destroy 2 them. But his end will come speedily 3 like a flood. 4 Until the end of the war that has been decreed there will be destruction.
“At the time of the end the king of the south will attack 1 him. Then the king of the north will storm against him 2 with chariots, horsemen, and a large armada of ships. 3 He 4 will invade lands, passing through them like an overflowing river. 5