Isaiah 13-23New King James Version (NKJV)
Proclamation Against Babylon
13 The burden against Babylon which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.
2 “Lift up a banner on the high mountain,
4 The noise of a multitude in the mountains,
6 Wail, for the day of the Lord is at hand!
9 Behold, the day of the Lord comes,
11 “I will punish the world for its evil,
17 “Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them,
Mercy on Jacob
14 For the Lord will have mercy on Jacob, and will still choose Israel, and settle them in their own land. The strangers will be joined with them, and they will cling to the house of Jacob. 2 Then people will take them and bring them to their place, and the house of Israel will possess them for servants and maids in the land of the Lord; they will take them captive whose captives they were, and rule over their oppressors.
Fall of the King of Babylon
3 It shall come to pass in the day the Lord gives you rest from your sorrow, and from your fear and the hard bondage in which you were made to serve, 4 that you will take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say:
“How the oppressor has ceased,
9 “Hell from beneath is excited about you,
The Fall of Lucifer
12 “How you are fallen from heaven,
16 “Those who see you will gaze at you,
18 “All the kings of the nations,
22 “For I will rise up against them,” says the Lord of hosts,
24 The Lord of hosts has sworn, saying,
28 This is the burden which came in the year that King Ahaz died.
29 “Do not rejoice, all you of Philistia,
32 What will they answer the messengers of the nation?
Proclamation Against Moab
15 The burden against Moab.
Because in the night Ar of Moab is laid waste
5 “My heart will cry out for Moab;
16 Send the lamb to the ruler of the land,
6 We have heard of the pride of Moab—
10 Gladness is taken away,
12 And it shall come to pass,
13 This is the word which the Lord has spoken concerning Moab since that time. 14 But now the Lord has spoken, saying, “Within three years, as the years of a hired man, the glory of Moab will be despised with all that great multitude, and the remnant will be very small and feeble.”
Proclamation Against Syria and Israel
17 The burden against Damascus.
“Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city,
4 “In that day it shall come to pass
7 In that day a man will look to his Maker,
9 In that day his strong cities will be as a forsaken bough[j]
12 Woe to the multitude of many people
Proclamation Against Ethiopia
18 Woe to the land shadowed with buzzing wings,
3 All inhabitants of the world and dwellers on the earth:
6 They will be left together for the mountain birds of prey
7 In that time a present will be brought to the Lord of hosts
Proclamation Against Egypt
19 The burden against Egypt.
Behold, the Lord rides on a swift cloud,
2 “I will set Egyptians against Egyptians;
5 The waters will fail from the sea,
11 Surely the princes of Zoan are fools;
16 In that day Egypt will be like women, and will be afraid and fear because of the waving of the hand of the Lord of hosts, which He waves over it. 17 And the land of Judah will be a terror to Egypt; everyone who makes mention of it will be afraid in himself, because of the counsel of the Lord of hosts which He has determined against it.
Egypt, Assyria, and Israel Blessed
18 In that day five cities in the land of Egypt will speak the language of Canaan and swear by the Lord of hosts; one will be called the City of Destruction.[p]
19 In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord at its border. 20 And it will be for a sign and for a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the Lord because of the oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Mighty One, and He will deliver them. 21 Then the Lord will be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day, and will make sacrifice and offering; yes, they will make a vow to the Lord and perform it. 22 And the Lord will strike Egypt, He will strike and heal it; they will return to the Lord, and He will be entreated by them and heal them.
23 In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian will come into Egypt and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians will serve with the Assyrians.
24 In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria—a blessing in the midst of the land, 25 whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.”
The Sign Against Egypt and Ethiopia
20 In the year that Tartan[q] came to Ashdod, when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him, and he fought against Ashdod and took it, 2 at the same time the Lord spoke by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, “Go, and remove the sackcloth from your body, and take your sandals off your feet.” And he did so, walking naked and barefoot.
3 Then the Lord said, “Just as My servant Isaiah has walked naked and barefoot three years for a sign and a wonder against Egypt and Ethiopia, 4 so shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians as prisoners and the Ethiopians as captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, with their buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt. 5 Then they shall be afraid and ashamed of Ethiopia their expectation and Egypt their glory. 6 And the inhabitant of this territory will say in that day, ‘Surely such is our expectation, wherever we flee for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria; and how shall we escape?’”
The Fall of Babylon Proclaimed
21 The burden against the Wilderness of the Sea.
As whirlwinds in the South pass through,
3 Therefore my loins are filled with pain;
6 For thus has the Lord said to me:
10 Oh, my threshing and the grain of my floor!
Proclamation Against Edom
11 The burden against Dumah.
He calls to me out of Seir,
Proclamation Against Arabia
13 The burden against Arabia.
In the forest in Arabia you will lodge,
16 For thus the Lord has said to me: “Within a year, according to the year of a hired man, all the glory of Kedar will fail; 17 and the remainder of the number of archers, the mighty men of the people of Kedar, will be diminished; for the Lord God of Israel has spoken it.”
Proclamation Against Jerusalem
22 The burden against the Valley of Vision.
What ails you now, that you have all gone up to the housetops,
5 For it is a day of trouble and treading down and perplexity
8 He removed the protection of Judah.
12 And in that day the Lord God of hosts
14 Then it was revealed in my hearing by the Lord of hosts,
The Judgment on Shebna
15 Thus says the Lord God of hosts:
“Go, proceed to this steward,
20 ‘Then it shall be in that day,
24 ‘They will hang on him all the glory of his father’s house, the offspring and the posterity, all vessels of small quantity, from the cups to all the pitchers. 25 In that day,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘the peg that is fastened in the secure place will be removed and be cut down and fall, and the burden that was on it will be cut off; for the Lord has spoken.’”
Proclamation Against Tyre
23 The burden against Tyre.
Wail, you ships of Tarshish!
2 Be still, you inhabitants of the coastland,
4 Be ashamed, O Sidon;
6 Cross over to Tarshish;
10 Overflow through your land like the River,[w]
13 Behold, the land of the Chaldeans,
14 Wail, you ships of Tarshish!
15 Now it shall come to pass in that day that Tyre will be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king. At the end of seventy years it will happen to Tyre as in the song of the harlot:
16 “Take a harp, go about the city,
17 And it shall be, at the end of seventy years, that the Lord will deal with Tyre. She will return to her hire, and commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the earth. 18 Her gain and her pay will be set apart for the Lord; it will not be treasured nor laid up, for her gain will be for those who dwell before the Lord, to eat sufficiently, and for fine clothing.
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