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that you (A)will take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say:

“How the oppressor has ceased,
The (B)golden[a] city ceased!
The Lord has broken (C)the staff of the wicked,
The scepter of the rulers;
He who struck the people in wrath with a continual stroke,
He who ruled the nations in anger,
Is persecuted and no one hinders.
The whole earth is at rest and quiet;
They break forth into singing.
(D)Indeed the cypress trees rejoice over you,
And the cedars of Lebanon,
Saying, ‘Since you [b]were cut down,
No woodsman has come up against us.’

“Hell(E)[c] from beneath is excited about you,
To meet you at your coming;
It stirs up the dead for you,
All the chief ones of the earth;
It has raised up from their thrones
All the kings of the nations.
10 They all shall (F)speak and say to you:
‘Have you also become as weak as we?
Have you become like us?
11 Your pomp is brought down to Sheol,
And the sound of your stringed instruments;
The maggot is spread under you,
And worms cover you.’

The Fall of Lucifer

12 “How(G) you are fallen from heaven,
O [d]Lucifer, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,
You who weakened the nations!
13 For you have said in your heart:
(H)‘I will ascend into heaven,
(I)I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the (J)mount of the congregation
(K)On the farthest sides of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
(L)I will be like the Most High.’
15 Yet you (M)shall be brought down to Sheol,
To the [e]lowest depths of the Pit.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 14:4 Or insolent
  2. Isaiah 14:8 have lain down
  3. Isaiah 14:9 Or Sheol
  4. Isaiah 14:12 Lit. Day Star
  5. Isaiah 14:15 Lit. recesses