Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground: there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate. Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers. Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and I will not meet thee as a man. As for our redeemer, the LORD of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel.
The city of Babylon is pictured as a beautiful young virgin queen who is forced to step down from her throne and become a servant, doing menial work, and wading through the rivers into captivity. She will be stripped bare and exposed to public view. God would take vengeance and spare no one, because He was acting as the Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.