13 The oracle concerning Babylon that Isaiah son of Amoz saw.
cry aloud to them;
wave the hand for them to enter
the gates of the nobles.
have summoned my warriors, my proudly exulting ones,
to execute my anger.
as of a great multitude!
Listen, an uproar of kingdoms,
of nations gathering together!
The Lord of hosts is mustering
an army for battle.
from the end of the heavens,
the Lord and the weapons of his indignation,
to destroy the whole earth.
it will come like destruction from the Almighty!a
and every human heart will melt,
Pangs and agony will seize them;
they will be in anguish like a woman in labor.
They will look aghast at one another;
their faces will be aflame.
cruel, with wrath and fierce anger,
to make the earth a desolation,
and to destroy its sinners from it.
will not give their light;
the sun will be dark at its rising,
and the moon will not shed its light.
and the wicked for their iniquity;
I will put an end to the pride of the arrogant,
and lay low the insolence of tyrants.
and humans than the gold of Ophir.
and the earth will be shaken out of its place,
at the wrath of the Lord of hosts
in the day of his fierce anger.
or like sheep with no one to gather them,
all will turn to their own people,
and all will flee to their own lands.
and whoever is caught will fall by the sword.
before their eyes;
their houses will be plundered,
and their wives ravished.
who have no regard for silver
and do not delight in gold.
they will have no mercy on the fruit of the womb;
their eyes will not pity children.
the splendor and pride of the Chaldeans,
will be like Sodom and Gomorrah
when God overthrew them.
or lived in for all generations;
Arabs will not pitch their tents there,
shepherds will not make their flocks lie down there.
and its houses will be full of howling creatures;
there ostriches will live,
and there goat-demons will dance.
and jackals in the pleasant palaces;
its time is close at hand,
and its days will not be prolonged.
14 But the Lord will have compassion on Jacob and will again choose Israel, and will set them in their own land; and aliens will join them and attach themselves to the house of Jacob. 2 And the nations will take them and bring them to their place, and the house of Israel will possess the nationsa as male and female slaves in the Lord’s land; they will take captive those who were their captors, and rule over those who oppressed them.
How the oppressor has ceased!
How his insolenceb has ceased!
the scepter of rulers,
with unceasing blows,
that ruled the nations in anger
with unrelenting persecution.
they break forth into singing.
the cedars of Lebanon, saying,
“Since you were laid low,
no one comes to cut us down.”
to meet you when you come;
it rouses the shades to greet you,
all who were leaders of the earth;
it raises from their thrones
all who were kings of the nations.
and say to you:
“You too have become as weak as we!
You have become like us!”
and the sound of your harps;
maggots are the bed beneath you,
and worms are your covering.
O Day Star, son of Dawn!
How you are cut down to the ground,
you who laid the nations low!
“I will ascend to heaven;
I will raise my throne
above the stars of God;
I will sit on the mount of assembly
on the heights of Zaphon;c
I will make myself like the Most High.”
to the depths of the Pit.
and ponder over you:
“Is this the man who made the earth tremble,
who shook kingdoms,
and overthrew its cities,
who would not let his prisoners go home?”
each in his own tomb;
like loathsome carrion,d
clothed with the dead, those pierced by the sword,
who go down to the stones of the Pit,
like a corpse trampled underfoot.
because you have destroyed your land,
you have killed your people.
May the descendants of evildoers
nevermore be named!
because of the guilt of their father.e
Let them never rise to possess the earth
or cover the face of the world with cities.
22 I will rise up against them, says the Lord of hosts, and will cut off from Babylon name and remnant, offspring and posterity, says the Lord. 23 And I will make it a possession of the hedgehog, and pools of water, and I will sweep it with the broom of destruction, says the Lord of hosts.
24 The Lord of hosts has sworn:
As I have designed,
so shall it be;
and as I have planned,
so shall it come to pass:
and on my mountains trample him under foot;
his yoke shall be removed from them,
and his burden from their shoulders.
concerning the whole earth;
and this is the hand that is stretched out
over all the nations.
and who will annul it?
His hand is stretched out,
and who will turn it back?
28 In the year that King Ahaz died this oracle came:
that the rod that struck you is broken,
for from the root of the snake will come forth an adder,
and its fruit will be a flying fiery serpent.
and the needy lie down in safety;
but I will make your root die of famine,
and your remnant If will kill.
melt in fear, O Philistia, all of you!
For smoke comes out of the north,
and there is no straggler in its ranks.
“The Lord has founded Zion,
and the needy among his people
will find refuge in her.”
Traditional rendering of Heb Shaddai
Q Ms Compare Gk Syr Vg: Meaning of MT uncertain
Or assembly in the far north
Cn Compare Gk: Heb like a loathed branch
Syr Compare Gk: Heb fathers
Q Ms Vg: MT he