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An Oracle against Babylon

13 The oracle of Babylon that Isaiah son of Amoz saw:

Raise a signal on a bare hill,

lift up your voice to them;

wave the hand and may they enter the gateways of the noblemen.

I myself I have commanded my consecrated ones,

I have also summoned my mighty warriors concerning my anger,

the ones who exalt overa my majesty.

A sound, a noise is on the mountains,

the likeness of many people!

A sound of the roar of the kingdoms,

of nations gathering!

Yahweh of hosts is mustering an army for battle.

They are coming from a distant land,

from the end of the heavens,

Yahweh and the weapons of his indignation,

to destroy the whole earth.b

Wail, for the day of Yahweh is near;

it will come like destruction from Shaddai!c

Therefore all hands will grow slack,

and every human heart will melt,

and they will be dismayed.

Pangs and labor pains will seize them;

they will tremble like a woman giving birth.

They will stare at one another,d

their faces flushing.e

Look! The day of Yahweh is coming,

cruel and wrath and the burning of anger,

to make the earth a desolation,

and he will destroy its sinners from it.

10 For the stars of the heavens and their constellations will not flash forth their light;

the sun will keep back when it comes out,

and the moon will not cause its light to shine.

11 And I will punish the world for its evil

and the wicked for their iniquity.

And I will put an end to the pride of the arrogant,

and I will bring the haughtiness of tyrants low.

12 I will make humanity more rare than gold

and humankind more than the gold of Ophir.

13 Therefore I will make the heavens tremble,

and the earth will quake from its place

because of the wrath of Yahweh of hosts,

and in the day his anger burns.

14 And this shall happen:

like a hunted gazelle or sheep with none to gather them,f

they will each turn to his own people,

and they will each flee to his own land.

15 Everyone who is found will be pierced through,

and everyone who is carried away will fall by the sword.

16 And their children will be dashed into pieces before their eyes;

their houses will be plundered, and their wives will be raped.g

17 Look! I am stirring the Medes up against them,

who do not value silver

and do not delight in gold.

18 And their bows will shatter young men.

And they will not show mercy on the fruit of the womb;

their eyes will not look compassionately on children.

19 And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the splendor of the Chaldeans’ pride, will be like when God overthrewh Sodom and Gomorrah.

20 It will not be inhabited forever,

and it will not be dwelled in forever;i

and no Arab will pitch a tent there,

and shepherds will not allow their flocks to lie down there.

21 But wild animals will lie down there,

and their houses will be full of howling creatures,

and the daughters of ostrichesj will live there,

and goats will dance there.

22 And hyenas will answer in its palaces,

and jackals in the pleasure palaces;

and its time is coming soon,k

and its days will not be prolonged.


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The Lexham English Bible contains a translation of the original languages into smooth, readable English. It also contains copious footnotes which address translation issues, instances of Old Testament quotations in the New Testament, and various textual-critical issues. This translation also indicates the use of idioms in the Greek and Hebrew text. In cases where a literal rendering of Greek or Hebrew would prevent a smooth English translation, footnotes indicate the literal English translation, accompanied by explanatory notes as necessary.


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