Add parallel Print Page Options

The Destruction of Babylon

13 A message[a] that Amoz’s son Isaiah received[b] about Babylon:

“Raise a banner on a bare hilltop!
    Cry out loud to them!
Give a wave of the hand,
    signaling[c] for them to enter[d]
        the gates of the nobles.
I myself have commanded my consecrated ones;
    I have also summoned my warriors,
those who rejoice in my triumph,
    to carry out my angry judgments.[e]

“Listen! There’s a noise on the mountains
    like that of a great multitude!
Listen! There’s an uproar among the kingdoms,
    like that of nations massing together!
The Lord of the Heavenly Armies is mustering
    an army for battle.
They’re coming from a faraway land,
    from the distant horizon—[f]
the Lord and the weapons of his anger—
    to destroy the entire land.”[g]

The Day of the Lord

Wail out loud, because the Day of the Lord is near.
    It will come like destruction from the Almighty!
Because of this, every hand[h] will go limp,
    and every man’s courage[i] will melt.
They will be terrified;
    pain and anguish will seize them;
they’ll writhe like a woman in labor.
    They’ll look aghast at one another;
        and[j] their faces will be ablaze with fear.[k]
Watch out! The Day of the Lord is coming—
    cruel, with wrath and fierce anger—
to turn the entire inhabited[l] earth[m] into a desolation
    and to annihilate sinners[n] from it.
10 For the stars of the heavens and their constellations
    won’t shine[o] their light;
the sun will be dark when it rises,
    and the moon won’t shine its light.
11 I’ll punish the world for its evil,
    and the wicked for their iniquity;
I’ll put an end to the pomposity of the arrogant,
    and overthrow the insolence of tyrants.
12 I’ll make people scarcer[p] than pure gold,
    and mankind rarer[q] than gold from Ophir.
13 Therefore I’ll make the heavens tremble.
    The earth will shake from its place
at the wrath of the Lord of the Heavenly Armies,
    at the time[r] of his burning anger.[s]
14 They[t] will be like a hunted gazelle,
    or like sheep with no one to gather them,[u]
each will turn to his own people,
    and each will flee to his own land.
15 Whoever is captured will be thrust through,
    and whoever is caught will fall dead, killed[v] by the sword.
16 Their infants will be dashed to pieces
    before their eyes,
and[w] their houses will be looted,
    and their wives slept with.[x]

Babylon Falls

17 Watch out! I’m stirring up the Medes against them,
    who care nothing for silver
        and take no delight in gold.
18 Their bows will dash the young men to pieces;
    they’ll show no pity on those not yet born,[y]
        and[z] their eyes will not spare children.
19 Babylon, that jewel of kingdoms,
    the splendor and pride of the Chaldeans,
will be like Sodom and Gomorrah,
    when God overthrew them—
20 It will never be inhabited
    or lived in through all generations;
no Bedouin[aa] will pitch his tent there;
    no shepherds will make their flocks lie down there.
21 But desert beasts will lie down there,
    and their houses will be full of howling creatures;
there owls[ab] will dwell,
    and goat-demons[ac] will dance there.
22 Hyenas will howl in its strongholds,[ad]
    and jackals will make their dens in its citadels.[ae]
Its[af] time is close at hand,
    and its days will not be extended any further.[ag]


  1. Isaiah 13:1 Lit. An oracle
  2. Isaiah 13:1 Lit. saw
  3. Isaiah 13:2 The Heb. lacks signaling
  4. Isaiah 13:2 So 1QIsaa; MT reads for them to enter; LXX lacks to enter
  5. Isaiah 13:3 Lit. my anger
  6. Isaiah 13:5 Lit. end of the heavens
  7. Isaiah 13:5 Or earth
  8. Isaiah 13:7 So 1QIsaa; MT reads all hands
  9. Isaiah 13:7 Lit. heart
  10. Isaiah 13:8 So 1QIsaa; cf. LXX; 4QIsaa 4QIsab MT lack and
  11. Isaiah 13:8 DSS MT lack with fear
  12. Isaiah 13:9 So LXX; 1QIsaa lacks the entire inhabited; the Heb. lacks entire inhabited
  13. Isaiah 13:9 LXX lacks earth
  14. Isaiah 13:9 So 1QIsaa LXX; 4QIsaa 4QIsab MT read its sinners
  15. Isaiah 13:10 So 1QIsaa; MT reads beam
  16. Isaiah 13:12 Lit. people more precious
  17. Isaiah 13:12 1QIsaa MT lack rarer
  18. Isaiah 13:13 Lit. in the day
  19. Isaiah 13:13 Lit. nostrils
  20. Isaiah 13:14 So 1QIsaa LXX; MT reads it
  21. Isaiah 13:14 So 1QIsaa MT LXX; 4QIsaa reads banished
  22. Isaiah 13:15 So 1QIsaa; MT lacks dead, killed
  23. Isaiah 13:16 So 1QIsaa Syr; cf. LXX; 4QIsaa MT lack and
  24. Isaiah 13:16 So 1QIsaa MTqere; 4QIsaa MT read raped; LXX reads they will take; cf. Deut 28:30
  25. Isaiah 13:18 Lit. on the fruit of the womb
  26. Isaiah 13:18 So 1QIsaa MTmss LXX; the Heb. lacks and
  27. Isaiah 13:20 I.e. Middle Eastern nomadic herders; or Arab
  28. Isaiah 13:21 Or ostriches
  29. Isaiah 13:21 Or satyrs; or wild goats
  30. Isaiah 13:22 Lit. desolate places
  31. Isaiah 13:22 So 1QIsaa LXX; MT reads in the citadels of luxury
  32. Isaiah 13:22 So 1QIsaa LXX; MT reads And its
  33. Isaiah 13:22 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX lack any further