Listen! Fugitives and refugees are coming from the land of Babylon. They are coming to Zion to declare there how the Lord our God is getting revenge, getting revenge for what they have done to his temple. 1
The one true God completely vindicates me; 1 he makes nations submit to me. 2
“Exact vengeance 1 for the Israelites on the Midianites 2 – after that you will be gathered to your people.” 3
Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” Before our very eyes may the shed blood of your servants be avenged among the nations! 1
“Sharpen 1 your arrows! Fill your quivers! 2 The Lord will arouse a spirit of hostility in 3 the kings of Media. 4 For he intends to destroy Babylonia. For that is how the Lord will get his revenge – how he will get his revenge for the Babylonians’ destruction of his temple. 5
I will bring on you an avenging sword, a covenant vengeance. 1 Although 2 you will gather together into your cities, I will send pestilence among you and you will be given into enemy hands. 3
So Moses spoke to the people: “Arm 1 men from among you for the war, to attack the Midianites and to execute 2 the Lord’s vengeance on Midian.
Shout the battle cry from all around the city. She will throw up her hands in surrender. 1 Her towers 2 will fall. Her walls will be torn down. Because I, the Lord, am wreaking revenge, 3 take out your vengeance on her! Do to her as she has done!