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23How is the hammer of the whole earth
Cut asunder and broken!
How is Babylon become
A desolation among the nations!
24I have laid a snare for thee, and thou art also taken, O Babylon,
And thou wast not aware;
Thou art found, and also caught,
Because thou hast striven against the Lord.
25The Lord hath opened His armoury,
And hath brought forth the weapons of His indignation;
For it is a work that the Lord God of hosts
Hath to do in the land of the Chaldeans.
26Come against her from every quarter, open her granaries,
Cast her up as heaps, and destroy her utterly;
Let nothing of her be left.
27Slay all her bullocks, let them go down to the slaughter;
Woe unto them! for their day is come,
The time of their visitation.
28Hark! they flee and escape out of the land of Babylon,
To declare in Zion the vengeance of the Lord our God,
The vengeance of His temple.
29Call together the archers against Babylon,
All them that bend the bow;
Encamp against her round about,
Let none thereof escape;
Recompense her according to her work,
According to all that she hath done, do unto her:
For she hath been arrogant against the Lord,
Against the Holy One of Israel.
30Therefore shall her young men fall in her broad places,
And all her men of war shall be brought to silence in that day,
Saith the Lord.
31Behold, I am against thee, O thou most arrogant,
Saith the Lord God of hosts;
For thy day is come,
The time that I will punish thee.
32And the most arrogant shall stumble and fall,
And none shall raise him up;
And I will kindle a fire in his cities,
And it shall devour all that are round about him.
33Thus saith the Lord of hosts:
The children of Israel and the children of Judah are oppressed together;
And all that took them captives hold them fast;
They refuse to let them go.
34Their Redeemer is strong,
The Lord of hosts is His name;
He will thoroughly plead their cause,
That He may give rest to the earth,
And disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon.
35A sword is upon the Chaldeans, saith the Lord,
And upon the inhabitants of Babylon, and upon her princes, and upon her wise men.
36A sword is upon the boasters, and they shall become fools;
A sword is upon her mighty men, and they shall be dismayed.
37A sword is upon their horses, and upon their chariots,
And upon all the mingled people that are in the midst of her,
And they shall become as women;
A sword is upon her treasures, and they shall be robbed.
38A drought is upon her waters, and they shall be dried up;