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!”
24 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies has sworn this oath:
“It will all happen as I have planned.
It will be as I have decided.
I will trample them on my mountains.
My people will no longer be their slaves
nor bow down under their heavy loads.
a hand of judgment upon all the nations.
who can change his plans?
When his hand is raised,
who can stop him?”
28 This message came to me the year King Ahaz died:*
that the rod that struck you is broken—
that the king who attacked you is dead.
For from that snake a more poisonous snake will be born,
a fiery serpent to destroy you!
the needy will lie down in peace.
But as for you, I will wipe you out with famine
and destroy the few who remain.
Melt with fear, you Philistines!
A powerful army comes like smoke from the north.
Each soldier rushes forward eager to fight.
“The Lord has built Jerusalem* ;
its walls will give refuge to his oppressed people.”
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