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11 Sharpen the arrows,
    fill the quivers;
The Lord has stirred up the spirit of the kings of the Medes,[a]
    for his resolve is Babylon’s destruction.
Yes, it is retribution from the Lord,
    retribution for his temple.(A)

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Footnotes

  1. 51:11 Kings of the Medes: the Medes and the Persians lived in the area known today as Iran.

A harsh vision has been announced to me:
    “The traitor betrays,
    the despoiler spoils.(A)
Go up, O Elam; besiege, O Media;[a]
    put an end to all its groaning!”(B)

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Footnotes

  1. 21:2 Elam…Media: nations which, under the leadership of Cyrus, captured Babylon in 539 B.C. End to all its groaning: those who were captive of Babylon will be freed.

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