you will take up this taunt(A) against the king of Babylon:(B)

How the oppressor(C) has come to an end!
    How his fury[a] has ended!

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 14:4 Dead Sea Scrolls, Septuagint and Syriac; the meaning of the word in the Masoretic Text is uncertain.

Let the Moabite fugitives stay with you;
    be their shelter(A) from the destroyer.”

The oppressor(B) will come to an end,
    and destruction will cease;(C)
    the aggressor will vanish from the land.

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But your many enemies will become like fine dust,(A)
    the ruthless(B) hordes like blown chaff.(C)
Suddenly,(D) in an instant,

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20 The ruthless(A) will vanish,(B)
    the mockers(C) will disappear,
    and all who have an eye for evil(D) will be cut down—

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26 I will make your oppressors(A) eat(B) their own flesh;
    they will be drunk on their own blood,(C) as with wine.
Then all mankind will know(D)
    that I, the Lord, am your Savior,(E)
    your Redeemer,(F) the Mighty One of Jacob.(G)

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13 that you forget(A) the Lord your Maker,(B)
    who stretches out the heavens(C)
    and who lays the foundations of the earth,
that you live in constant terror(D) every day
    because of the wrath of the oppressor,
    who is bent on destruction?
For where is the wrath of the oppressor?(E)

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14 In righteousness(A) you will be established:(B)
Tyranny(C) will be far from you;
    you will have nothing to fear.(D)
Terror(E) will be far removed;
    it will not come near you.

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18 No longer will violence(A) be heard in your land,
    nor ruin or destruction(B) within your borders,
but you will call your walls Salvation(C)
    and your gates Praise.(D)

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