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The Misphat of Bavel
47:1 Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Bavel, sit on the ground: [there is] no throne, O daughter of the Kasdim (Chaldeans): for you shall no more be called tender and delicate.
47:2 Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover your locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers.
47:3 Your nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, your shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and I will not meet [thee as] a man.
47:4 [As for] our redeemer, ADONAI (יהוה) Tzva'ot [is] his name, the Set Apart One of Yisrael.
47:5 Sit you silent, and get you into darkness, O daughter of the Kasdim (Chaldeans): for you shall no more be called, The lady of kingdoms.
47:6 I was wroth with my people, I have polluted mine inheritance, and given them into your hand: you didst show them no mercy; upon the ancient have you very heavily laid your yoke.
47:7 And you said, I shall be a lady for ever: [so] that you didst not lay these [things] to your heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it.
47:8 Therefore hear now this, [thou that art] given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in your heart, I [am], and none else beside me; I shall not sit [as] a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children:
47:9 But these two [things] shall come to you in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon you in their perfection for the multitude of your sorceries, [and] for the great abundance of your enchantments.
47:10 For you have trusted in your wickedness: you have said, None seeth me. Your wisdom and your knowledge, it has perverted thee; and you have said in your heart, I [am], and none else beside me.
47:11 Therefore shall evil come upon thee; you shall not know from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; you shall not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon you suddenly, [which] you shall not know.
47:12 Stand now with your enchantments, and with the multitude of your sorceries, wherein you have laboured from your youth; if so be you shall be able to profit, if so be you mayest prevail.
47:13 You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save you from [these things] that shall come upon you.
47:14 Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: [there shall] not [be] a coal to warm at, [nor] fire to sit before it.
47:15 Thus shall they be to you with whom you have laboured, [even] your merchants, from your youth: they shall wander every one to his quarter; none shall save you.
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