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22 And I will rise up against them, says the Lord of hosts, and cut off from Babylon name and remnant, and son and son’s son, says the Lord.

23 I will also make it a possession of the hedgehog and porcupine, and of [a]marshes and pools of water, and I will sweep it with the broom of destruction, says the Lord of hosts.

24 The Lord of hosts has sworn, saying, Surely, as I have thought and planned, so shall it come to pass, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand—

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  1. Isaiah 14:23 The city of Babylon was in the midst of a very fertile area, and it would have seemed reasonable to suppose that, regardless of what happened to the population, the region would always furnish pasturage for flocks. But Isaiah said it would become the possession of wild animals and would be covered with “marshes and pools of water.” This is how that prophecy was literally fulfilled: after Babylon was taken, the whole area around the city was put under water from neglect of the canals and dikes of the Euphrates River. It became stagnant “marshes and pools of water” among ruins haunted by wild animals, proclaiming to any who might see it that “surely, as [the Lord has] thought and planned, so shall it come to pass” (Isa. 14:24).

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