The prophecy is now addressed to Babylon itself, and in language full of force and beauty describes its judgment. The description is fourfold. First, the degradation of the city is foretold. From a proud position it is to descend to grinding and shame.
Moreover, this is to be a position of disgrace. Babylon is to pass into darkness, and no more to be called "The Lady of Kingdoms."
Yet again the judgment is to issue in desolation. The proud city which had made its boast that it could not be moved, and would never know sorrow, is to be made childless and widowed in a day, and this in spite of all sorcery and enchantment.
Finally, the judgment will be the utter destruction of the city. The fire will not be for comfort, but for burning, and all those who had trafficked with the city from her youth will abandon her, there being none to save.
the Week of Proper 19 / Ordinary 24