57 I will make her officials and wise men drunk,
    her governors, officers and warriors as well;
they will sleep for ever and not awake,’
    declares the King, whose name is the Lord Almighty.

58 This is what the Lord Almighty says:

‘Babylon’s thick wall will be levelled
    and her high gates set on fire;
the peoples exhaust themselves for nothing,
    the nations’ labour is only fuel for the flames.’

59 This is the message Jeremiah the prophet gave to the staff officer Seraiah son of Neriah, the son of Mahseiah, when he went to Babylon with Zedekiah king of Judah in the fourth year of his reign.

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