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14 For the Lord will have compassionl on Jacob and will choose Israel again.m He will settle them on their own land.n The resident alien will join them and be united with the house of Jacob.o 2 The nations will escort Israel and bring it to its homeland. Then the house of Israel will possess them as male and female slaves in the Lord’s land.p They will make captives of their captors and will rule over their oppressors.
How the oppressor has quieted down,
and how the ragingB has become quiet!
the scepter of the rulers.
with unceasing blows.
It subdued the nations in rage
with relentless persecution.
people shout with a ringing cry.
rejoice over you:t
“Since you have been laid low,
no lumberjack has come against us.”
stirring up the spirits of the departed for you—
all the rulersC of the earth—
making all the kings of the nations
rise from their thrones.
“You too have become as weak as we are;
you have become like us!
along with the music of your harps.
Maggots are spread out under you,
and worms cover you.”
how you have fallen from the heavens!b
You destroyer of nations,
you have been cut down to the ground.
“I will ascend to the heavens;c
I will set up my throne
above the stars of God.d
I will sit on the mount of the gods’ assembly,
I will make myself like the Most High.”
into the deepest regions of the Pit.f
they will look closely at you:
“Is this the man who caused the earth to tremble,
who shook the kingdoms,
17 who turned the world into a wilderness,g
who destroyed its cities
and would not release the prisoners to return home?”
lie in splendor, each in his own tomb.
like a worthless branch,
covered by those slain with the sword
and dumped into a rocky pit like a trampled corpse.
because you destroyed your land
and slaughtered your own people.
The offspring of evildoers
will never be mentioned again.h
because of the iniquityi of their ancestors.
They will never rise up to possess a land
or fill the surface of the earth with cities.
22 “I will rise up against them”—this is the declaration of the Lord of Armies—“and I will cut off from Babylon her reputation, remnant, offspring, and posterity”—this is the Lord’s declaration. 23 “I will make her a swampland and a region for herons,C and I will sweep her away with the broom of destruction.”
This is the declaration of the Lord of Armies.
24 The Lord of Armies has sworn:
As I have purposed, so it will be;
as I have planned it, so it will happen.j
25 I will break Assyriak in my land;
I will tread him down on my mountain.
Then his yoke will be taken from them,
and his burden will be removed from their shoulders.
26 This is the planl prepared
for the whole earth,
and this is the hand stretched out
against all the nations.
therefore, who can stand in its way?
It is his hand that is outstretched,
so who can turn it back?
because the rod of the one who struck youo is broken.
For a viper will come from the rootD of a snake,
and from its egg comes a flying serpent.p
30 Then the firstbornq of the poor will be well fed,
and the impoverished will lie down in safety,
but I will kill your root with hunger,
and your remnant will be slain.
31 Wail, you gates!r Cry out, city!
Tremble with fear,a all Philistia!
For a cloud of dust is coming from the north,b
and there is no one missing from the invader’s ranks.
The Lord has founded Zion,c
and his oppressed people find refuge in her.
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