The Passion Translation
6 With their unceasing blows they used it cruelly
to strike down nations.
They subdued nations in anger with unrelenting persecution.
7 But now the whole earth rests and is at peace.
It bursts out with singing;[a]
8 even the cypresses and cedars[b] of Lebanon join in,
rejoicing over your demise, saying,
‘Now that you were laid low,
no woodsman comes to cut us down.’”
- Isaiah 14:7 With the oppressive tyranny of the systems of Babylon destroyed, the prophet now sees the people break out with rejoicing and singing. See Isa. 44:23; 49:13; 52:9; 54:1; 55:12.
- Isaiah 14:8 In the Christian tradition, the cypress is a symbol of death, life, and resurrection. The cypress supplied boards and timber for doors (1 Kings 6:15-23) and beams for roofing the temple (2 Chron. 3:5). The towering cedars of Lebanon speak of God’s anointed servants standing tall and upright, bringing favor to the world (Ps. 92:12).