"'You have plotted the ruin of many peoples, shaming your own house and forfeiting your life. The stones of the wall will cry out, and the beams of the woodwork will echo it.'" NIV translation
The Babylonians built a huge empire by attacking other peoples but they did not realize that in the process they were building up God's wrath against them. The very buildings that they built testified against them. The same is true of many in our day in that they build mansions for themselves here on earth and even justify it by calling it a blessing from God. The reality is that the very mansion that they build testifies to their lack of concern (love) for their fellow man.
"'Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed and establishes a town by crime! Has not the Lord Almighty determined that the people's labor is only fuel for the fire, that the nations exhaust themselves for nothing?'" NIV translation
The Babylonians built up a great empire by killing and conquering but, now, God is promising an end to their reign.
It is a reminder to those of today, as well, that the things that we spend so much time on in this world really do not mean anything in the end.
At the time of judgment, fire will be used and the things that have been built here on earth will all be burned up.
"'For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.'" NIV translation
In judging the Babylonians, others were able to see the hand of a holy God in action. The same thing is coming in the last days as Jesus returns in judgment and all the earth will come face to face with the fact that God is holy and in charge (see Revelation 19).
"'Woe to him who gives drink to his neighbors, pouring it from the wineskin till they are drunk, so that he can gaze on their naked bodies. You will be filled with shame instead of glory. Now it is your turn! Drink and be exposed! The cup from the Lord's right hand is coming around to you, and disgrace will cover your glory.'" NIV translation
It seems that this passage is even more relevant today than it was at the time it was written. In the name of business and commerce, many are peddling alcohol, drugs, etc. to their fellow man but this passage speaks to the judgment that is coming for them. For us who are in Christ, we have the freedom to do all things but we have the responsibility of being a good example for Christ (1 Corinthians 10:23-33). We are not to cause our weaker brothers and sisters to stumble and that is just what many of these peddlers are doing today.