4 Then you will make fun of the King of Babylonia by singing this song:
That cruel monster is done for! He won’t attack us again.[a] 5 The Lord has crushed the power of those evil kings, 6 who were furious and never stopped abusing the people of other nations.
7 Now all the world is at peace; its people are celebrating with joyful songs. 8 King of Babylonia, even the cypress trees and the cedars of Lebanon celebrate and say, “Since you were put down, no one comes along to chop us down.”
9 The world of the dead eagerly waits for you. With great excitement, the spirits of ancient rulers hear about your coming. 10 Each one of them will say, “Now you are just as weak as any of us! 11 Your pride and your music have ended here in the world of the dead. Worms are your blanket, maggots are your bed.”
12 You, the bright morning star, have fallen from the sky! You brought down other nations; now you are brought down. 13 You said to yourself, “I’ll climb to heaven and place my throne above the highest stars. I’ll sit there with the gods far away in the north. 14 I’ll be above the clouds, just like God Most High.”
15 But now you are deep in the world of the dead. 16 Those who see you will stare and wonder, “Is this the man who made the world tremble and shook up kingdoms? 17 Did he capture every city and make earth a desert? Is he the one who refused to let prisoners go home?”
18 When kings die, they are buried in glorious tombs. 19 But you will be left unburied, just another dead body lying underfoot like a broken branch. You will be one of many killed in battle and gone down to the deep rocky pit.[b] 20 You won’t be buried with kings; you ruined your country and murdered your people.
You evil monster! We hope that your family will be forgotten forever. 21 We will slaughter your sons to make them pay for the crimes of their ancestors. They won’t take over the world or build cities anywhere on this earth.
22 The Lord All-Powerful has promised to attack Babylonia and destroy everyone there, so that none of them will ever be remembered again. 23 The Lord will sweep out the people, and the land will become a swamp for wild animals.
Assyria Will Be Punished
24 The Lord All-Powerful has made this promise: Everything I have planned will happen just as I said. 25 I will wipe out every Assyrian in my country, and I will crush those on my mountains. I will free my people from slavery to the Assyrians. 26 I have planned this for the whole world, and my mighty arm controls every nation. 27 I, the Lord All-Powerful, have made these plans. No one can stop me now!
The Philistines Will Be Punished
28 This message came from the Lord in the year King Ahaz died:[c] 29 Philistines, don’t be happy just because the rod that punished you is broken. That rod will become a poisonous snake, and then a flying fiery dragon.
30 The poor and needy will find pastures for their sheep and will live in safety. But I will starve some of you, and others will be killed.
31 Cry and weep in the gates of your towns, you Philistines! Smoke blows in from the north,[d] and every soldier is ready. 32 If a messenger comes from a distant nation, you must say: “The Lord built Zion. Even the poorest of his people will find safety there.”
Moab Will Be Punished
15 This is a message about Moab:
The towns of Ar and Kir were destroyed in a night. Moab is left in ruins! 2 Everyone in Dibon has gone up to the temple[e] and the shrines to cry and weep. All of Moab is crying. Heads and beards are shaved[f] because of what happened at Nebo and Medeba. 3 In the towns and at home, everyone wears sackcloth and cries loud and long. 4 From Heshbon and Elealeh, weeping is heard in Jahaz; Moab’s warriors scream while trembling with fear.
5 I pity Moab! Its people are running to Zoar and to Eglath-Shelishiyah. They cry on their way up to the town of Luhith; on the road to Horonaim they tell of disasters. 6 The streams of Nimrim and the grasslands have dried up. Every plant is parched.
7 The people of Moab are leaving, crossing over Willow Creek, taking everything they own and have worked for. 8 In the towns of Eglaim and of Beerelim and everywhere else in Moab mournful cries are heard. 9 The streams near Dimon are flowing with blood. But the Lord will bring even worse trouble to Dimon,[g] because all in Moab who escape will be attacked by lions.
More Troubles for Moab
16 Send lambs[h] as gifts to the ruler of the land. Send them across the desert from Sela[i] to Mount Zion. 2 The women of Moab crossing the Arnon River are like a flock of birds scattered from their nests. 3 Moab’s messengers say to the people of Judah, “Be kind and help us! Shade us from the heat of the noonday sun. Hide our refugees! Don’t turn them away. 4 Let our people live in your country and find safety here.”
Moab, your cruel enemies will disappear; they will no longer attack and destroy your land.
14.4He. . . again: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
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