23 (A)How the hammer of the whole earth
    is cut down and broken!
(B)How Babylon (C)has become
    a horror among the nations!

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20 “You are my hammer and weapon of war:
with you I (A)break nations in pieces;
    with you I destroy kingdoms;
21 with you I break in pieces the horse and his rider;
    with you I break in pieces the chariot and the charioteer;
22 with you I break in pieces man and woman;
    with you I break in pieces (B)the old man and the youth;
with you I break in pieces (C)the young man and the young woman;
23     with you I break in pieces the shepherd and his flock;
with you I break in pieces the farmer and his team;
    with you I break in pieces (D)governors and commanders.

24 (E)“I will repay Babylon and all the inhabitants of Chaldea before your very eyes for all the evil that they have done in Zion, declares the Lord.

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16 “Alas, alas, for the great city
    (A)that was clothed in fine linen,
        in purple and scarlet,
    adorned with gold,
        with jewels, and with pearls!

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12 “How (A)you are fallen from heaven,
    O Day Star, (B)son of Dawn!
How you are cut down to the ground,
    you who laid the nations low!
13 You said in your heart,
    (C)‘I will ascend to heaven;
above the stars of God
    (D)I will set my throne on high;
I will sit on the mount of assembly
    in the far reaches of the north;[a]
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
    I will make myself like the Most High.’
15 (E)But you are brought down to Sheol,
    to the far reaches of the pit.
16 Those who see you will stare at you
    and ponder over you:
‘Is this (F)the man who made the earth tremble,
    who shook kingdoms,
17 who made the world like a desert
    and overthrew its cities,
    (G)who did not let his prisoners go home?’

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 14:13 Or in the remote parts of Zaphon

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

“How the oppressor has ceased,
    (B)the insolent fury[a] ceased!
The Lord has broken the (C)staff of the wicked,
    the (D)scepter of rulers,
(E)that struck the peoples in wrath
    with unceasing blows,
that ruled the nations in anger
    with unrelenting persecution.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 14:4 Dead Sea Scroll (compare Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate); the meaning of the word in the Masoretic Text is uncertain

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