Isaiah 14The Voice (VOICE)
14 For the Eternal will extend mercy to Jacob, this family of God’s people. God will choose Israel all over again, and He will settle them in comfort and rest back on their land. Others who are unrelated will want to join them and stick close to the house of Jacob, God’s promise people, 2 who will take them in. These others will work for and among Israel. Whoever used to hold Israel captive—controlling the people’s every moment and every move—will in turn be controlled by Israel; and whoever used to oppress Israel will instead be subject to Israel.
3 Ah, Israel, there will be a time when the Eternal will give you rest from the burden of your labor, the pain of your servitude. 4 And then you will take up this chant against the fallen king of Babylon:
People: How silent and still the oppressor;
9 O Babylon, the land of the dead is excited to greet you at its door.
Departed Souls: Even you, who were so powerful and unstoppable in life,
12 My, how you’ve fallen from the heights of heaven!
People: Wow, is this the man who once terrorized the world?
18 While all the other world leaders are memorialized with honor,
Eternal One: 22-24 I will move against Babylon and put an end to her future generations. I will cut them off—leaving no survivors—so that your oppressors will become nameless and faceless shadows. I’ll sweep that city with My broom of destruction and turn its pools into stagnant marshes and leave its ruins to be ruled by wild animals.
God swears that our oppressors will be punished. The Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies, makes this pledge.
Eternal One: Things will happen as I plan.
27 And who can argue with that or stand in God’s way?
While most of Isaiah’s messages are directed to the people of Judah, he pronounces other oracles against neighboring nations and empires. This is typical of most prophets. Chapters 13–23 contain a number of oracles (or prophetic messages) addressed to the nations and cities such as Assyria, Philistia, Moab, Damascus, Cush, Egypt, Babylon, and others. Each message is distinct, for the sins of their citizens and the threats they face are unique to them. Still each message contains an overriding, dominant claim: God is sovereign over all the earth; and although He has a special relationship with Israel and Judah, all the nations must ultimately bow before God.
28 When our king, Ahaz, died having endured and survived Assyria’s attacks against us, the prophet received this message.
29 Don’t get too excited, Philistia, because your enemy is dead.
32 So, how do we answer the ambassadors of the nations?
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