Isaiah 47

Lament for Babylon

1 a  Come down and sit in the dust,
O b  virgin c  daughter of Babylon;
Sit on the ground without a throne,
O daughter of the Chaldeans!
For you shall no longer be called d  tender and delicate.
2Take the e  millstones and f  grind meal.
Remove your g  veil h  strip off the skirt,
Uncover the leg, cross the rivers.
3“Your i  nakedness will be uncovered,
Your shame also will be exposed;
I will j  take vengeance and will not
Lit meet
spare a man.”
4Our l  Redeemer, the  Lord of hosts is His name,
The Holy One of Israel.
5 m  Sit silently, and go into n  darkness,
O daughter of the Chaldeans,
For you will no longer be called
The o  queen of p  kingdoms.
6I was angry with My people,
I profaned My heritage
And gave them into your hand.
You did not show mercy to them,
On the q  aged you made your yoke very heavy.
7Yet you said, ‘I will be a r  queen forever.’
These things you did not s  consider
Nor remember the t  outcome of
Lit it

8Now, then, hear this, you v  sensual one,
Who w  dwells securely,
Who says in
Lit her
your heart,
y  I am, and there is no one besides me.
I will z  not sit as a widow,
Nor know loss of children.’
9But these aa  two things will come on you ab  suddenly in one day:
Loss of children and widowhood.
They will come on you in full measure
In spite of your many ac  sorceries,
In spite of the great power of your spells.
10You felt ad  secure in your wickedness and said,
ae  No one sees me,’
Your af  wisdom and your knowledge
Lit it has
they have deluded you;
For you have said in your heart,
ah  I am, and there is no one besides me.’
11“But ai  evil will come on you
Which you will not know how to charm away;
And disaster will fall on you
For which you cannot atone;
And aj  destruction about which you do not know
Will come on you ak  suddenly.

12Stand fast now in your al  spells
And in your many sorceries
With which you have labored from your youth;
Perhaps you will be able to profit,
Perhaps you may cause trembling.
13“You are am  wearied with your many counsels;
Let now the an  astrologers,
Those who prophesy by the stars,
Those who predict by the new moons,
Stand up and ao  save you from what will come upon you.
14Behold, they have become ap  like stubble,
aq  Fire burns them;
They cannot deliver themselves from the power of the flame;
There will be ar  no coal to warm by
Nor a fire to sit before!
15So have those become to you with whom you have labored,
Who have as  trafficked with you from your youth;
Each has wandered in his own
Lit side, region
There is au  none to save you.

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