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12 Your mother [Babylon] shall be put to great shame; she who bore you shall blush and be disgraced. Behold, she shall be at the rear of the nations [least of the nations]—a wilderness, waste, and desert.

13 Because of the wrath of the Lord she shall not be inhabited but shall be wholly desolate; everyone who goes by Babylon shall be appalled and hiss and mock at all her wounds and plagues.

14 Set yourselves in array against Babylon round about, all you archers. Shoot at her! Spare not the arrows, for she has sinned against the Lord.

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12 your mother will be greatly ashamed;
    she who gave you birth will be disgraced.(A)
She will be the least of the nations—
    a wilderness, a dry land, a desert.(B)
13 Because of the Lord’s anger she will not be inhabited
    but will be completely desolate.(C)
All who pass Babylon will be appalled;(D)
    they will scoff(E) because of all her wounds.(F)

14 “Take up your positions around Babylon,
    all you who draw the bow.(G)
Shoot at her! Spare no arrows,(H)
    for she has sinned against the Lord.

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