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It[a] furiously struck down nations
with unceasing blows.[b]
It angrily ruled over nations,
oppressing them without restraint.[c]
The whole earth rests and is quiet;
they break into song.
The evergreens also rejoice over your demise,[d]
as do the cedars of Lebanon, singing,[e]
‘Since you fell asleep,[f]
no woodsman comes up to chop us down!’[g]

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  1. Isaiah 14:6 tn Or perhaps, “he” (cf. KJV; NCV “the king of Babylon”). The present translation understands the referent of the pronoun (“it”) to be the “club/scepter” of the preceding line.
  2. Isaiah 14:6 tn Heb “it was striking down nations in fury [with] a blow without ceasing.” The participle (“striking down”) suggests repeated or continuous action in past time.
  3. Isaiah 14:6 tn Heb “it was ruling in anger nations [with] oppression without restraint.” The participle (“ruling”) suggests repeated or continuous action in past time.
  4. Isaiah 14:8 tn Heb “concerning you.”
  5. Isaiah 14:8 tn The word “singing” is supplied in the translation for stylistic reasons. Note that the personified trees speak in the second half of the verse.
  6. Isaiah 14:8 tn Heb “lay down” (in death); cf. NAB “laid to rest.”
  7. Isaiah 14:8 tn Heb “the [wood]cutter does not come up against us.”