But the Lord will have mercy on the descendants of Jacob. He will choose Israel as his special people once again. He will bring them back to settle once again in their own land. And people from many different nations will come and join them there and unite with the people of Israel.* 2 The nations of the world will help the people of Israel to return, and those who come to live in the Lord’s land will serve them. Those who captured Israel will themselves be captured, and Israel will rule over its enemies.
“The mighty man has been destroyed.
Yes, your insolence* is ended.
and broken your evil rule.
and held the nations in your angry grip
with unrelenting tyranny.
Now it can sing again!
the cypress trees and the cedars of Lebanon—
sing out this joyous song:
‘Since you have been cut down,
no one will come now to cut us down!’
9 “In the place of the dead* there is excitement
over your arrival.
The spirits of world leaders and mighty kings long dead
stand up to see you.
‘Now you are as weak as we are!
11 Your might and power were buried with you.*
The sound of the harp in your palace has ceased.
Now maggots are your sheet,
and worms your blanket.’
O shining star, son of the morning!
You have been thrown down to the earth,
you who destroyed the nations of the world.
‘I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God’s stars.
I will preside on the mountain of the gods
far away in the north.*
and be like the Most High.’
down to its lowest depths.
‘Can this be the one who shook the earth
and made the kingdoms of the world tremble?
and made it into a wasteland?
Is this the king who demolished the world’s greatest cities
and had no mercy on his prisoners?’
each in his own tomb,
like a worthless branch.
Like a corpse trampled underfoot,
you will be dumped into a mass grave
with those killed in battle.
You will descend to the pit.
for you have destroyed your nation
and slaughtered your people.
The descendants of such an evil person
will never again receive honor.
Let them die because of their father’s sins!
They must not rise and conquer the earth,
filling the world with their cities.”
“I, myself, have risen against Babylon!
I will destroy its children and its children’s children,”
says the Lord.
filled with swamps and marshes.
I will sweep the land with the broom of destruction.
I, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, have spoken!”
14:1 Hebrew the house of Jacob. The names “Jacob” and “Israel” are often interchanged throughout the Old Testament, referring sometimes to the individual patriarch and sometimes to the nation.
14:4 As in Dead Sea Scrolls; the meaning of the Masoretic Text is uncertain.
14:11 Hebrew were brought down to Sheol.
14:13 Or on the heights of Zaphon.