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10 Indeed the stars in the sky and their constellations
no longer give out their light;[a]
the sun is darkened as soon as it rises,
and the moon does not shine.[b]
11 [c] I will punish the world for its evil,[d]
and wicked people for their sin.
I will put an end to the pride of the insolent,
I will bring down the arrogance of tyrants.[e]
12 I will make human beings more scarce than pure gold,
and people more scarce[f] than gold from Ophir.

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  1. Isaiah 13:10 tn Heb “do not flash forth their light.”
  2. Isaiah 13:10 tn Heb “does not shed forth its light.”
  3. Isaiah 13:11 sn The Lord is definitely speaking (again?) at this point. See the note at v. 4.
  4. Isaiah 13:11 tn Or “I will bring disaster on the world.” Hebrew רָעָה (raʿah) could refer to the judgment (i.e., disaster, calamity) or to the evil that prompts it. The structure of the parallel line favors the latter interpretation.
  5. Isaiah 13:11 tn Or perhaps, “the violent”; cf. NASB, NIV “the ruthless.”
  6. Isaiah 13:12 tn The verb is supplied in the translation from the first line. The verb in the first line (“I will make scarce”) does double duty in the parallel structure of the verse.

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