“For you [Babylon] have trusted and felt confident in your wickedness; you have said,
‘No one sees me.’
Your wisdom and your knowledge have led you astray,
And you have said in your heart (mind),
‘I am, and there is no one besides me.’
“Therefore disaster will come on you;
You will not know how to make it disappear [with your magic].
And disaster will fall on you
For which you cannot atone [with all your offerings to your gods];
And destruction about which you do not know
Will come on you suddenly.
“Persist, then, [Babylon] in your enchantments
And your many sorceries
With which you have labored from your youth;
Perhaps you will be able to profit [from them],
Perhaps you may prevail and cause trembling.
New International Version
10 You have trusted(A) in your wickedness
and have said, ‘No one sees me.’(B)
Your wisdom(C) and knowledge mislead(D) you
when you say to yourself,
‘I am, and there is none besides me.’
11 Disaster(E) will come upon you,
and you will not know how to conjure it away.
A calamity will fall upon you
that you cannot ward off with a ransom;
a catastrophe you cannot foresee
will suddenly(F) come upon you.
12 “Keep on, then, with your magic spells
and with your many sorceries,(G)
which you have labored at since childhood.
Perhaps you will succeed,
perhaps you will cause terror.