Isaiah 13

An Oracle Concerning Babylon

[This is] an oracle concerning Babylon that Isaiah son of Amoz received: Raise a banner on a barren hilltop; call aloud to them. Wave your hand, that they may enter the gates of the nobles. I have commanded My sanctified ones; I have even summoned My warriors to execute My wrath [and] exult in My triumph. Listen, a tumult on the mountains, like that of a great multitude! Listen, an uproar among the kingdoms, like nations gathered together! The LORD of Hosts musters an army for war. They are coming from faraway lands, from the ends of the heavens— the LORD and the weapons of His wrath— to destroy the whole country. Wail, for the Day of the LORD is near; it will come as destruction from the Almighty.
Hebrew Shaddai
Therefore all hands will fall limp, and every man’s heart will melt. Terror, pain, and anguish will seize them; they will writhe like a woman in labor. They will look in astonishment at one another, their faces aflame with fear. Behold, the Day of the LORD is coming— cruel, with fury and burning anger— to make the earth a desolation and to destroy the sinners within it. 10  For the stars of heaven and their constellations will not give their light. The sun will be darkened when it rises, and the moon will not give its light. 11  I will punish the world [for its] evil, and the wicked for their iniquity. I will end the haughtiness of the arrogant and humiliate the pride of tyrants. 12  {I will make} man scarcer than pure gold, and mankind rarer than the gold of Ophir. 13  Therefore I will make the heavens tremble, and the earth will be shaken from its place at the wrath of the LORD of Hosts on the day of His burning anger. 14  Like a hunted gazelle and like a sheep without a shepherd, each will return to his own people, each will flee to his native land. 15  Whoever is caught will be stabbed, and whoever is captured will die by the sword. 16  Their infants will be dashed to pieces before their eyes, their houses will be looted, and their wives will be ravished. 17  Behold, I will stir up against them the Medes, who have no regard for silver and no desire for gold. 18  Their bows {will dash} young men to pieces; they will have no mercy on the fruit of the womb; they will not look with pity on the children. 19  And Babylon, the jewel of the kingdoms, the glory of the pride of the Chaldeans, will be overthrown by God like Sodom and Gomorrah. 20  She will never be inhabited or settled from generation to generation; no nomad will pitch his tent there, no shepherd will rest his flock there. 21  But desert creatures will lie down there, and howling creatures will fill her houses. The owls will dwell there, and wild goats will leap about. 22  Hyenas will howl in her fortresses and jackals in her luxurious palaces. Babylon’s time is at hand, and her days will not be prolonged.
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