Isaiah 13

Prophecies about Babylon

1The
Or burden of
,
b  oracle concerning c  Babylon which d  Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.
2 e  Lift up a standard on the
Or wind-swept mountain
,
g  bare hill,
Raise your voice to them,
h  Wave the hand that they may i  enter the doors of the nobles.
3I have commanded My consecrated ones,
I have even called My j  mighty warriors,
My proudly exulting ones,
To execute My anger.
4A k  sound of tumult on the mountains,
Like that of many people!
A sound of the uproar of kingdoms,
Of nations gathered together!
The  Lord of hosts is mustering the army for battle.
5They are coming from a far country,
From the
Lit end of heaven
,
m  farthest horizons,
The  Lord and His instruments of n  indignation,
To o  destroy the whole land.

Judgment on the Day of the  Lord

6 Wail, for the p  day of the  Lord is near!
It will come as q  destruction from
Heb Shaddai
the Almighty.
7Therefore s  all hands will fall limp,
And every man’s t  heart will melt.
8They will be u  terrified,
Pains and anguish will take hold of them;
They will v  writhe like a woman in labor,
They will look at one another in astonishment,
Their faces aflame.
9Behold w  the day of the  Lord is coming,
Cruel, with fury and burning anger,
To make the land a desolation;
And He will exterminate its sinners from it.
10For the x  stars of heaven and their constellations
Will not flash forth their light;
The y  sun will be dark when it rises
And the moon will not shed its light.
11Thus I will z  punish the world for its evil
And the aa  wicked for their iniquity;
I will also put an end to the ab  arrogance of the proud
And abase the ac  haughtiness of the
Or tyrants, despots
,
ae  ruthless.
12I will make mortal man
Lit more precious
,
ag  scarcer than pure gold
And mankind than the ah  gold of Ophir.
13Therefore I will make the ai  heavens tremble,
And aj  the earth will be shaken from its place
At the fury of the  Lord of hosts
In ak  the day of His burning anger.
14And it will be that like a hunted gazelle,
Or like al  sheep with none to gather them,
They will each turn to his own people,
And each one flee to his own land.
15Anyone who is found will be am  thrust through,
And anyone who is captured will fall by the sword.
16Their an  little ones also will be dashed to pieces
Before their eyes;
Their houses will be plundered
And their wives ravished.

Babylon Will Fall to the Medes

17Behold, I am going to ao  stir up the Medes against them,
Who will not value silver or ap  take pleasure in gold.
18And their bows will
Lit dash in pieces
mow down the ar  young men,
They will not even have compassion on the fruit of the womb,
Nor will their as  eye pity
Lit sons
children.
19And au  Babylon, the av  beauty of kingdoms, the glory of the Chaldeans’ pride,
Will be as when God aw  overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
20It will ax  never be inhabited or lived in from generation to generation;
Nor will the ay  Arab pitch his tent there,
Nor will shepherds make their flocks lie down there.
21But az  desert creatures will lie down there,
And their houses will be full of
Or howling creatures
owls;
Ostriches also will live there, and
Or goat demons
shaggy goats will frolic there.
22
Or howling creatures
Hyenas will howl in their fortified towers
And jackals in their luxurious bd  palaces.
Her fateful time also
Lit is near to come
will soon come
And her days will not be prolonged.

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