Isaiah 14:4-16 New Life Version (NLV)
4 you will speak against the king of Babylon, and say, “How the one who made it hard for us has been stopped! How his anger has been stopped! 5 The Lord has broken the walking stick of the sinful, the power of rulers, 6 which used to beat the people in anger without stopping. The nations were ruled in anger. It was very hard for the people and there was no pity shown to them.
7 “Now the whole earth is at rest and quiet. They sing out with joy. 8 Even the cypress trees and the cedars of Lebanon are glad over you, and say, ‘Since you were cut down no one comes to cut us down.’ 9 The world of the dead below wants to meet you when you come. It wakes up the spirits of the dead for you, all the leaders of the earth. It raises all the kings of the nations from their thrones. 10 All of them will speak and say to you, ‘Even you have become as weak as we. You have become like us. 11 Your honor and power along with the music of your harps have been brought down to the place of the dead. Worms are spread out as your bed under you and worms cover you.’
12 “How you have fallen from heaven, O shining one, son of the morning! You have been cut down to the earth, you who have made the nations weak! 13 You said in your heart, ‘I will go up to heaven. I will raise my throne above the stars of God. And I will sit on the mount of meeting in the far north. 14 I will go much higher than the clouds. I will make myself like the Most High.’ 15 But you will be brought down to the place of the dead, to the bottom of the grave. 16 Those who see you will look hard at you and think about you, and say, ‘Is this the man who made the earth shake with fear, who shook nations? 17 Is this the man who made the world like a desert and destroyed its cities, who did not let those whom he had put in prison go home?’
18 “All the kings of the nations lie in greatness, each in his own grave. 19 But you have been thrown out of your grave like a hated part of the family. You are clothed with the dead who were killed with a sword, who go down to the stones of the grave, like a dead body crushed under foot. 20 You will not be joined with them when you are buried, because you have destroyed your country. You have killed your people. May the children of sinners never be spoken about again! 21 Make a place ready for his sons to be killed because of the sin of their fathers. They must not come into power and take the earth, and fill the world with cities.”
God Will Destroy Babylon
22 “I will come against them,” says the Lord of All. “And I will cut off from Babylon its name and people, its children and their children,” says the Lord. 23 “I will turn it into a place for hedgehogs, full of pools of water. And I will go over it and destroy it,” says the Lord of All.
God Will Destroy the Assyrians
24 The Lord of All has promised, “It will happen just as I have planned it. As I have planned, so will it be. 25 I will break Assyria in My land. I will crush him under foot on My mountains. Then his load will be taken from My people. His load will be taken from their shoulder.” 26 This is the plan made against the whole earth and this is the hand that is put out against all the nations. 27 For the Lord of All has planned, and who can keep it from happening? Who can turn His hand back?
God Will Destroy the Philistines
28 In the year that King Ahaz died this special word came: 29 “Do not be glad, O Philistia, all of you, because the special stick that made it hard for you is broken. One snake dies and a worse one comes, a snake that can fly. 30 The poor will eat. Those in need will lie down and be safe. I will destroy all of you with hunger and it will kill those who are left. 31 Cry out, O gate. Cry, O city. All you Philistines are weak in heart. For smoke comes from the north, and everyone keeps his place in his army. 32 What answer will be given to the men sent by the nation? That the Lord is the builder of Zion, and it will be a safe place for His people who are poor and troubled.”
God Will Destroy Moab
15 The special word against Moab: Ar of Moab is destroyed and laid waste in a night. And in a night Kir of Moab is destroyed and laid waste. 2 They have gone up to the house of worship and to Dibon. They have gone to the high places to cry. Moab cries over Nebo and Medeba. The hair has been cut from everyone’s head and face. 3 In their streets they have dressed themselves with cloth made from hair. On the tops of their houses and in their open spaces everyone is crying with many tears. 4 Heshbon and Elealeh cry out also. Their voice is heard as far as Jahaz. So the soldiers of Moab cry out. Moab’s soul shakes within him. 5 My heart cries out for Moab. His men have run away as far as Zoar and Eglath-shelishiyah. For they go up the hill of Luhith crying. On the road to Horonaim they cry in sorrow over their being destroyed. 6 For the waters of Nimrim have been laid waste. The grass is dried up. The new grass died out. There is no green thing. 7 So the many things they have gathered and stored up they carry away over the river of Arabim. 8 The cry of sorrow has gone around the land of Moab. Its noise is heard as far as Eglaim and Beer-elim. 9 The waters of Dimon are full of blood. Yet I will bring more troubles to Dimon. I will bring a lion upon those of Moab who have run away, and upon the people of the land who are still alive.
Moab Is without Hope
16 Send lambs as taxes to the ruler of the land, from Sela by the way of the desert to the mountain of the people of Zion. 2 Then, like birds driven from their nest, the people of Moab will be where the Arnon River can be crossed. 3 “Give us words of wisdom. Do what is right for us. Make your shadow like night at noonday. Hide those who have been sent away. Do not go against those who are running for their lives. 4 Let those of Moab who have been sent away stay with you. Hide them from the one who destroys.” For the one who uses sinful power has come to an end, and trouble has stopped. Those who make it hard for the people have gone from the land.