vs. 13 Because of the LORD’s anger she will not be inhabited but will be completely desolate. All who pass Babylon will be horrified and scoff because of all her wounds. vs. 20 In those days, at that time,”, declares the LORD, “search will be made for Israel’s guilt, but there will be none, and for the sins of Judah, but none will be found for I will forgive the remnant I spare.
Babylon will cease to exist as a world power. There will be no more beauty, joy, or gladness. They will be destroyed not only because they oppressed Israel, but also because they shook their fists in the face of the One, True God. It looks bad for Israel. She is scattered, broken and captive but look at vs. 33 and 34 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “The people of Israel are oppressed, and the people of Judah as well. All their captors hold them fast, refusing to let them go. Yet their Redeemer is strong; the LORD Almighty is his name. He will vigorously defend their cause so that he may bring rest to their land, but unrest to those who live in Babylon.
This is a great lesson for us. No matter the battle, the oppression, or the struggle in our lives, our Redeemer is strong. The Lord Almighty is His Name,