Bible: Isa 13-14

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The Lord Will Judge Babylon

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This is a message about Babylon that God revealed to Isaiah son of Amoz: 2 

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On a bare hill raise a signal flag,

shout to them,

wave your hand,

so they might enter the gates of the princes!

13:3 I have given orders to my chosen soldiers; 4 

I have summoned the warriors through whom I will vent my anger, 5 

my boasting, arrogant ones. 6 

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There is a loud noise on the mountains

it sounds like a large army! 8 

There is great commotion among the kingdoms 9 

nations are being assembled!

The Lord who commands armies is mustering

forces for battle.

13:5 They come from a distant land,

from the horizon. 10 

It is the Lord with his instruments of judgment, 11 

coming to destroy the whole earth. 12 

13:6 Wail, for the Lord’s day of judgment 13  is near;

it comes with all the destructive power of the sovereign judge. 14 

13:7 For this reason all hands hang limp, 15 

every human heart loses its courage. 16 

13:8 They panic

cramps and pain seize hold of them

like those of a woman who is straining to give birth.

They look at one another in astonishment;

their faces are flushed red. 17 

13:9 Look, the Lord’s day of judgment 18  is coming;

it is a day of cruelty and savage, raging anger, 19 

destroying 20  the earth 21 

and annihilating its sinners.

13:10 Indeed the stars in the sky and their constellations

no longer give out their light; 22 

the sun is darkened as soon as it rises,

and the moon does not shine. 23 

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I will punish the world for its evil, 25 

and wicked people for their sin.

I will put an end to the pride of the insolent,

I will bring down the arrogance of tyrants. 26 

13:12 I will make human beings more scarce than pure gold,

and people more scarce 27  than gold from Ophir.

13:13 So I will shake the heavens, 28 

and the earth will shake loose from its foundation, 29 

because of the fury of the Lord who commands armies,

in the day he vents his raging anger. 30 

13:14 Like a frightened gazelle 31 

or a sheep with no shepherd,

each will turn toward home, 32 

each will run to his homeland.

13:15 Everyone who is caught will be stabbed;

everyone who is seized 33  will die 34  by the sword.

13:16 Their children will be smashed to pieces before their very eyes;

their houses will be looted

and their wives raped.

13:17 Look, I am stirring up the Medes to attack them; 35 

they are not concerned about silver,

nor are they interested in gold. 36 

13:18 Their arrows will cut young men to ribbons; 37 

they have no compassion on a person’s offspring, 38 

they will not 39  look with pity on children.

13:19 Babylon, the most admired 40  of kingdoms,

the Chaldeanssource of honor and pride, 41 

will be destroyed by God

just as Sodom and Gomorrah were. 42 

13:20 No one will live there again;

no one will ever reside there again. 43 

No bedouin 44  will camp 45  there,

no shepherds will rest their flocks 46  there.

13:21 Wild animals will rest there,

the ruined 47  houses will be full of hyenas. 48 

Ostriches will live there,

wild goats will skip among the ruins. 49 

13:22 Wild dogs will yip in her ruined fortresses,

jackals will yelp in the once-splendid palaces. 50 

Her time is almost up, 51 

her days will not be prolonged. 52 

14:1 The Lord will certainly have compassion on Jacob; 53  he will again choose Israel as his special people 54  and restore 55  them to their land. Resident foreigners will join them and unite with the family 56  of Jacob. 14:2 Nations will take them and bring them back to their own place. Then the family of Jacob will make foreigners their servants as they settle in the Lord’s land. 57  They will make their captors captives and rule over the ones who oppressed them. 14:3 When the Lord gives you relief from your suffering and anxiety, 58  and from the hard labor which you were made to perform, 14:4 you will taunt the king of Babylon with these words: 59 

“Look how the oppressor has met his end!

Hostility 60  has ceased!

14:5 The Lord has broken the club of the wicked,

the scepter of rulers.

14:6 It 61  furiously struck down nations

with unceasing blows. 62 

It angrily ruled over nations,

oppressing them without restraint. 63 

14:7 The whole earth rests and is quiet;

they break into song.

14:8 The evergreens also rejoice over your demise, 64 

as do the cedars of Lebanon, singing, 65 

‘Since you fell asleep, 66 

no woodsman comes up to chop us down!’ 67 

14:9 Sheol 68  below is stirred up about you,

ready to meet you when you arrive.

It rouses 69  the spirits of the dead for you,

all the former leaders of the earth; 70 

it makes all the former kings of the nations

rise from their thrones. 71 

14:10 All of them respond to you, saying:

‘You too have become weak like us!

You have become just like us!

14:11 Your splendor 72  has been brought down to Sheol,

as well as the sound of your stringed instruments. 73 

You lie on a bed of maggots,

with a blanket of worms over you. 74 

14:12 Look how you have fallen from the sky,

O shining one, son of the dawn! 75 

You have been cut down to the ground,

O conqueror 76  of the nations! 77 

14:13 You said to yourself, 78 

“I will climb up to the sky.

Above the stars of El 79 

I will set up my throne.

I will rule on the mountain of assembly

on the remote slopes of Zaphon. 80 

14:14 I will climb up to the tops 81  of the clouds;

I will make myself like the Most High! 82 

14:15 But you were brought down 83  to Sheol,

to the remote slopes of the pit. 84 

14:16 Those who see you stare at you,

they look at you carefully, thinking: 85 

“Is this the man who shook the earth,

the one who made kingdoms tremble?

14:17 Is this the one who made the world like a desert,

who ruined its 86  cities,

and refused to free his prisoners so they could return home?”’ 87 

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As for all the kings of the nations,

all of them 89  lie down in splendor, 90 

each in his own tomb. 91 

14:19 But you have been thrown out of your grave

like a shoot that is thrown away. 92 

You lie among 93  the slain,

among those who have been slashed by the sword,

among those headed for 94  the stones of the pit, 95 

as if you were a mangled corpse. 96 

14:20 You will not be buried with them, 97 

because you destroyed your land

and killed your people.

The offspring of the wicked

will never be mentioned again.

14:21 Prepare to execute 98  his sons

for the sins their ancestors have committed. 99 

They must not rise up and take possession of the earth,

or fill the surface of the world with cities.” 100 

14:22I will rise up against them,”

says the Lord who commands armies.

I will blot out all remembrance of Babylon and destroy all her people, 101 

including the offspring she produces,” 102 

says the Lord.

14:23I will turn her into a place that is overrun with wild animals 103 

and covered with pools of stagnant water.

I will get rid of her, just as one sweeps away dirt with a broom,” 104 

says the Lord who commands armies.

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The Lord who commands armies makes this solemn vow:

“Be sure of this:

Just as I have intended, so it will be;

just as I have planned, it will happen.

14:25 I will break Assyria 106  in my land,

I will trample them 107  underfoot on my hills.

Their yoke will be removed from my people,

the burden will be lifted from their shoulders. 108 

14:26 This is the plan I have devised for the whole earth;

my hand is ready to strike all the nations.” 109 

14:27 Indeed, 110  the Lord who commands armies has a plan,

and who can possibly frustrate it?

His hand is ready to strike,

and who can possibly stop it? 111 

The Lord Will Judge the Philistines

14:28 In the year King Ahaz died, 112  this message was revealed: 113 

14:29 Don’t be so happy, all you Philistines,

just because the club that beat you has been broken! 114 

For a viper will grow out of the serpent’s root,

and its fruit will be a darting adder. 115 

14:30 The poor will graze in my pastures; 116 

the needy will rest securely.

But I will kill your root by famine;

it will put to death all your survivors. 117 

14:31 Wail, O city gate!

Cry out, O city!

Melt with fear, 118  all you Philistines!

For out of the north comes a cloud of smoke,

and there are no stragglers in its ranks. 119 

14:32 How will they respond to the messengers of this nation? 120 

Indeed, the Lord has made Zion secure;

the oppressed among his people will find safety in her.

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