1Come down, and sitin the dust, O virgindaughterof Babylon, siton the ground: there is no throne, O daughterof the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no morebe calledtenderand delicate. 2Takethe millstones, and grindmeal: uncoverthy locks, make barethe leg, uncoverthe thigh, pass overthe rivers. 3Thy nakednessshall be uncovered, yea, thy shameshall be seen: I will takevengeance, and I will not meet thee as a man. 4 As for our redeemer, the LORDof hosts is his name, the Holy Oneof Israel. 5Sitthou silent, and getthee into darkness, O daughterof the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no morebe called, The ladyof kingdoms. 6I was wrothwith my people, I have pollutedmine inheritance, and giventhem into thine hand: thou didst shewthem no mercy; upon the ancienthast thou veryheavilylaid thy yoke.
7And thou saidst, I shall be a ladyfor ever: so that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst rememberthe latter end of it.
8Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellestcarelessly, that sayestin thine heart, I am, and none elsebeside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I knowthe loss of children: 9But these two things shall cometo thee in a momentin oneday, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall comeupon thee in their perfectionfor the multitudeof thy sorceries, and for the greatabundanceof thine enchantments. 10For thou hast trustedin thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seethme. Thy wisdomand thy knowledge, it hath pervertedthee; and thou hast saidin thine heart, I am, and none else beside me.
11Therefore shall evilcomeupon thee; thou shalt not knowfrom whence it riseth: and mischiefshall fallupon thee; thou shalt not be ableto put it off: and desolationshall comeupon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know. 12Standnow with thine enchantments, and with the multitudeof thy sorceries, whereinthou hast labouredfrom thy youth; if so be thou shalt be ableto profit, if so be thou mayest prevail. 13Thou art weariedin the multitudeof thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthlyprognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.
14Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fireshall burnthem; they shall not deliverthemselvesfrom the powerof the flame: there shall not be a coalto warm at, nor fireto sit before it. 15Thus shall they be unto thee with whom thou hast laboured, even thy merchants, from thy youth: they shall wanderevery oneto his quarter; none shall save thee.