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16 Those who see you will stare at you,
    and ponder over you:
“Is this the man who made the earth tremble,
    who shook kingdoms,

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23 How the hammer of the whole earth
    is cut down and broken!
How Babylon has become
    a horror among the nations!

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10 The righteous will rejoice when they see vengeance done;
    they will bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.
11 People will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous;
    surely there is a God who judges on earth.”

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Israel the Creator’s Instrument

20 You are my war club, my weapon of battle:
with you I smash nations;
    with you I destroy kingdoms;
21 with you I smash the horse and its rider;
    with you I smash the chariot and the charioteer;
22 with you I smash man and woman;
    with you I smash the old man and the boy;
with you I smash the young man and the girl;
23     with you I smash shepherds and their flocks;
with you I smash farmers and their teams;
    with you I smash governors and deputies.

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you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon:

How the oppressor has ceased!
    How his insolence[a] has ceased!
The Lord has broken the staff of the wicked,
    the scepter of rulers,

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 14:4 Q Ms Compare Gk Syr Vg: Meaning of MT uncertain

Then everyone will fear;
    they will tell what God has brought about,
    and ponder what he has done.

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“See the one who would not take
    refuge in God,
but trusted in abundant riches,
    and sought refuge in wealth!”[a]

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 52:7 Syr Tg: Heb in his destruction

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