Prophecies about Babylon

13 The [a](A)oracle concerning (B)Babylon which (C)Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.

(D)Lift up a standard on the [b](E)bare hill,
Raise your voice to them,
(F)Wave the hand that they may (G)enter the doors of the nobles.
I have commanded My consecrated ones,
I have even called My (H)mighty warriors,
My proudly exulting ones,
To execute My anger.
A (I)sound of tumult on the mountains,
Like that of many people!
A sound of the uproar of kingdoms,
Of nations gathered together!
The Lord of hosts is mustering the army for battle.
They are coming from a far country,
From the [c](J)farthest horizons,
The Lord and His instruments of (K)indignation,
To (L)destroy the whole land.

Judgment on the Day of the Lord

Wail, for the (M)day of the Lord is near!
It will come as (N)destruction from [d]the Almighty.
Therefore (O)all hands will fall limp,
And every man’s (P)heart will melt.
They will be (Q)terrified,
Pains and anguish will take hold of them;
They will (R)writhe like a woman in labor,
They will look at one another in astonishment,
Their faces aflame.
Behold, (S)the day of the Lord is coming,
Cruel, with fury and burning anger,
To make the land a desolation;
And He will exterminate its sinners from it.
10 For the (T)stars of heaven and their constellations
Will not flash forth their light;
The (U)sun will be dark when it rises
And the moon will not shed its light.
11 Thus I will (V)punish the world for its evil
And the (W)wicked for their iniquity;
I will also put an end to the (X)arrogance of the proud
And abase the (Y)haughtiness of the [e](Z)ruthless.
12 I will make mortal man [f](AA)scarcer than pure gold
And mankind than the (AB)gold of Ophir.
13 Therefore I will make the (AC)heavens tremble,
And (AD)the earth will be shaken from its place
At the fury of the Lord of hosts
In (AE)the day of His burning anger.
14 And it will be that like a hunted gazelle,
Or like (AF)sheep with none to gather them,
They will each turn to his own people,
And each one flee to his own land.
15 Anyone who is found will be (AG)thrust through,
And anyone who is captured will fall by the sword.
16 Their (AH)little ones also will be dashed to pieces
Before their eyes;
Their houses will be plundered
And their wives ravished.

Babylon Will Fall to the Medes

17 Behold, I am going to (AI)stir up the Medes against them,
Who will not value silver or (AJ)take pleasure in gold.
18 And their bows will [g]mow down the (AK)young men,
They will not even have compassion on the fruit of the womb,
Nor will their (AL)eye pity [h]children.
19 And (AM)Babylon, the (AN)beauty of kingdoms, the glory of the Chaldeans’ pride,
Will be as when God (AO)overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
20 It will (AP)never be inhabited or lived in from generation to generation;
Nor will the (AQ)Arab pitch his tent there,
Nor will shepherds make their flocks lie down there.
21 But (AR)desert creatures will lie down there,
And their houses will be full of [i]owls;
Ostriches also will live there, and [j]shaggy goats will frolic there.
22 [k]Hyenas will howl in their fortified towers
And jackals in their luxurious (AS)palaces.
Her fateful time also [l]will soon come
And her days will not be prolonged.

Israel’s Taunt

14 When the Lord will (AT)have compassion on Jacob and again (AU)choose Israel, and settle them in their own land, then (AV)strangers will join them and attach themselves to the house of Jacob. The peoples will take them along and bring them to their place, and the (AW)house of Israel will possess them as an inheritance in the land of the Lord (AX)as male servants and female servants; and [m]they will take their captors captive and will rule over their oppressors.

And it will be in the day when the Lord gives you (AY)rest from your pain and turmoil and harsh service in which you have been enslaved, that you will (AZ)take up this [n]taunt against the king of Babylon, and say,

“How (BA)the oppressor has ceased,
And how [o]fury has ceased!
“The Lord has broken the staff of the wicked,
The scepter of rulers
(BB)Which used to strike the peoples in fury with unceasing strokes,
Which [p]subdued the nations in anger with unrestrained persecution.
“The whole earth is at rest and is quiet;
They (BC)break forth into shouts of joy.
“Even the (BD)cypress trees rejoice over you, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying,
‘Since you were laid low, no tree cutter comes up against us.’
(BE)Sheol from beneath is excited over you to meet you when you come;
It arouses for you the [q]spirits of the dead, all the [r]leaders of the earth;
It raises all the kings of the nations from their thrones.
10 (BF)They will all respond and say to you,
‘Even you have been made weak as we,
You have become like us.
11 ‘Your (BG)pomp and the music of your harps
Have been brought down to Sheol;
Maggots are spread out as your bed beneath you
And worms are your covering.’
12 “How you have (BH)fallen from heaven,
O [s](BI)star of the morning, son of the dawn!
You have been cut down to the earth,
You who have weakened the nations!
13 “But you said in your heart,
‘I will (BJ)ascend to heaven;
I will (BK)raise my throne above the stars of God,
And I will sit on the mount of assembly
In the recesses of the north.
14 ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
(BL)I will make myself like the Most High.’
15 “Nevertheless you (BM)will be thrust down to Sheol,
To the recesses of the pit.
16 “Those who see you will gaze at you,
They will [t]ponder over you, saying,
‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble,
Who shook kingdoms,
17 Who made the world like a (BN)wilderness
And overthrew its cities,
Who (BO)did not [u]allow his prisoners to go home?’
18 “All the kings of the nations lie in glory,
Each in his own [v]tomb.
19 “But you have been (BP)cast out of your tomb
Like [w]a rejected branch,
[x]Clothed with the slain who are pierced with a sword,
Who go down to the stones of the (BQ)pit
Like a (BR)trampled corpse.
20 “You will not be united with them in burial,
Because you have ruined your country,
You have slain your people.
May the (BS)offspring of evildoers not be mentioned forever.
21 “Prepare for his sons a place of slaughter
Because of the (BT)iniquity of their fathers.
They must not arise and take possession of the earth
And fill the face of the world with cities.”

22 “I will rise up against them,” declares the Lord of hosts, “and will cut off from Babylon (BU)name and survivors, (BV)offspring and posterity,” declares the Lord. 23 “I will also make it a possession for the (BW)hedgehog and swamps of water, and I will sweep it with the broom of (BX)destruction,” declares the Lord of hosts.

Judgment on Assyria

24 The Lord of hosts has sworn saying, “Surely, (BY)just as I have intended so it has happened, and just as I have planned so it will stand, 25 to (BZ)break Assyria in My land, and I will trample him on My mountains. Then his (CA)yoke will be removed from them and his burden removed from their shoulder. 26 This is the (CB)plan [y]devised against the whole earth; and this is the (CC)hand that is stretched out against all the nations. 27 For (CD)the Lord of hosts has planned, and who can frustrate it? And as for His stretched-out hand, who can turn it back?”

28 In the (CE)year that King Ahaz died this [z](CF)oracle came:

Judgment on Philistia

29 “Do not rejoice, O (CG)Philistia, all of you,
Because the rod that (CH)struck you is broken;
For from the serpent’s root a (CI)viper will come out,
And its fruit will be a (CJ)flying serpent.
30 [aa]Those who are most (CK)helpless will eat,
And the needy will lie down in security;
I will [ab]destroy your root with (CL)famine,
And it will kill off your survivors.
31 “Wail, O (CM)gate; cry, O city;
[ac]Melt away, O (CN)Philistia, all of you;
For smoke comes from the (CO)north,
And (CP)there is no straggler in his ranks.
32 “How then will one answer the (CQ)messengers of the nation?
That (CR)the Lord has founded Zion,
And (CS)the afflicted of His people will seek refuge in it.”

Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 13:1 Or burden of
  2. Isaiah 13:2 Or wind-swept mountain
  3. Isaiah 13:5 Lit end of heaven
  4. Isaiah 13:6 Heb Shaddai
  5. Isaiah 13:11 Or tyrants, despots
  6. Isaiah 13:12 Lit more precious
  7. Isaiah 13:18 Lit dash in pieces
  8. Isaiah 13:18 Lit sons
  9. Isaiah 13:21 Or howling creatures
  10. Isaiah 13:21 Or goat demons
  11. Isaiah 13:22 Or howling creatures
  12. Isaiah 13:22 Lit is near to come
  13. Isaiah 14:2 Lit the captors will become their captives
  14. Isaiah 14:4 Or proverb
  15. Isaiah 14:4 Amended from the meaningless medhebah to marhebah
  16. Isaiah 14:6 Or ruled
  17. Isaiah 14:9 Or shades (Heb Repha’im)
  18. Isaiah 14:9 Lit male goats
  19. Isaiah 14:12 Heb Helel; i.e. shining one
  20. Isaiah 14:16 Lit show themselves attentive to
  21. Isaiah 14:17 Lit open
  22. Isaiah 14:18 Lit house
  23. Isaiah 14:19 Lit an abhorred branch
  24. Isaiah 14:19 Or As the clothing of those who are slain
  25. Isaiah 14:26 Lit planned
  26. Isaiah 14:28 Or burden
  27. Isaiah 14:30 Lit The firstborn of the helpless
  28. Isaiah 14:30 Lit put to death
  29. Isaiah 14:31 Or Become demoralized

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