12 How you have fallen(A) from heaven,
    morning star,(B) son of the dawn!
You have been cast down to the earth,
    you who once laid low the nations!(C)
13 You said in your heart,
    “I will ascend(D) to the heavens;
I will raise my throne(E)
    above the stars of God;
I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,(F)
    on the utmost heights(G) of Mount Zaphon.[a]
14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;(H)
    I will make myself like the Most High.”(I)
15 But you are brought down(J) to the realm of the dead,(K)
    to the depths(L) of the pit.(M)

16 Those who see you stare at you,
    they ponder your fate:(N)
“Is this the man who shook(O) the earth
    and made kingdoms tremble,
17 the man who made the world a wilderness,(P)
    who overthrew(Q) its cities
    and would not let his captives go home?”(R)

18 All the kings of the nations lie in state,
    each in his own tomb.(S)
19 But you are cast out(T) of your tomb
    like a rejected branch;
you are covered with the slain,(U)
    with those pierced by the sword,(V)
    those who descend to the stones of the pit.(W)
Like a corpse trampled underfoot,
20     you will not join them in burial,(X)
for you have destroyed your land
    and killed your people.

Let the offspring(Y) of the wicked(Z)
    never be mentioned(AA) again.
21 Prepare a place to slaughter his children(AB)
    for the sins of their ancestors;(AC)
they are not to rise to inherit the land
    and cover the earth with their cities.

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  1. Isaiah 14:13 Or of the north; Zaphon was the most sacred mountain of the Canaanites.

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