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Isaiah 13

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1the ORACLE CONCERNING BABYLON, WHICH WAS REVEALED UNTO ISAIAH, THE SON OF AMOZ.
2Upon a lofty mountain erect the standard;
Exalt the voice unto them; beckon with the hand;
That they may enter the gates of princes.
3To my appointed ones I have given command;
I have also called my strong ones to execute my wrath;
My proudly exulting ones.
4Hark! a sound of a multitude in the mountains, as of a great people;
A sound of the tumult of kingdoms, of nations gathered together!
Jehovah of hosts mustereth the armies for the battle.
5They come from a far country, from the end of the heavens;
Jehovah, and the instruments of his wrath, to destroy the whole land.
6Howl ye, for the day of Jehovah is at hand:
As a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.
7Therefore shall all hands be slackened,
And every heart of mortal shall melt;
8And they shall be terrified: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them;
As a woman in travail shall they be in pain:
They shall look one upon another with astonishment;
Faces of flames shall be their faces.
9Behold the day of Jehovah cometh, cruel,
And full of fury and burning anger,
To make the earth a desolation:
And her sinners he shall destroy from out of her.
10For the stars of heaven, and the constellations thereof,
Shall not send forth their light:
The sun is darkened in his going forth,
And the moon shall not cause her light to shine.
11And I will punish the world for its evil,
And the wicked for their iniquity:
And I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease;
And I will lay low the haughtiness of tyrants.
12I will moke a mortal more precious than fine gold;
Yea a man, than the golden wedge of Ophir.
13Wherefore I will make the heavens tremble,
And the earth shall be shaken out of her place,
During the indignation of Jehovah of hosts;
And in the day of his burning anger.
14Then shall every one be, as a roe that is chased,
And as a flock of sheep, when there is no one to gather them together,
They shall look, each man towards his own people;
And they shall flee, every one into his own land.
15Every one that is overtaken, shall be thrust through;
And all that are rallied together shall fall by the sword.
16Their children also shall be dashed in pieces before their eyes;
Their houses shall be plundered, and their wives ravished.
17Behold, I stir up the Medes against them,
Who shall hold silver of no account;
And as for gold, they shall not delight in it.
18Their bows shall dash the young men to pieces,
And they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb:
Their eye shall not spare the children.
19And Babylon, the beauty of kingdoms,
The glory of the pride of the Chaldeans,
Shall be as Sodom and Gomorrah, which God overthrew.
20It shall not be inhabited for ever,
Neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation:
Neither shall the Arabian pitch his tent there;
Neither shall the shepherds make their flocks to rest there.
21But there shall the wild beasts of the deserts couch them down;
And yelling creatures shall fill their houses;
And there shall the daughters of the ostrich dwell;
And there shall the satyrs lead their dances.
22And wolves shall howl to one another in their palaces;
And jackals in their temples of pleasure.
And her time is near to come;
And her days shall not be prolonged.

Isaiah 13

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A Pronouncement against Babylon
1A pronouncement#Is 14:28; 15:1; 17:1; 19:1; 21:1,11,13; 22:1; 23:1; 30:6 concerning Babylon#Is 13:19; 14:4; 47:1–15; Jr 24:1; 50:1–51:64; Mt 1:11; Rv 14:8 that Isaiah son of Amoz saw:
2Lift up a banner on a barren mountain.#Is 5:26; Jr 50:2
Call out to them.
Signal with your hand, and they will go
through the gates of the nobles.
3I have commanded my consecrated ones;
yes, I have called my warriors,
who celebrate my triumph,
to execute my wrath.#Ps 78:21,50; Ezk 5:15; 20:8
4Listen, a commotion on the mountains,
like that of a mighty people!
Listen, an uproar among the kingdoms,
like nations being gathered together!
The Lord of Armies is mobilizing an army for war.
5They are coming from a distant land,
from the farthest horizon —
the Lord and the weapons of his wrath —
to destroy the whole country.#13:5 Or earth
6Wail! For the day of the Lord is near.#Is 2:12; 10:3; 13:9; 34:2,8; 61:2; Ezk 30:3; Am 5:18; Zph 1:7
It will come as destruction from the Almighty.#Is 10:25; 14:23; Jl 1:15
7Therefore everyone’s hands will become weak,
and every man will lose heart.
8They will be horrified;
pain and agony will seize them;
they will be in anguish like a woman in labor.#Is 26:17; Jr 4:31; Jn 16:21
They will look at each other,
their faces flushed with fear.
9Look, the day#Mt 25:13 of the Lord is coming —
cruel, with fury and burning anger —
to make the earth a desolation
and to destroy its sinners.#Dt 32:43
10Indeed, the stars of the sky and its constellations#13:10 Or Orions
will not give their light.
The sun will be dark when it rises,
and the moon will not shine.#Is 34:4; Mt 24:29; Mk 13:24–25; Lk 21:26; Rv 8:12
11I will punish the world for its evil,#Jr 23:2; 36:31; 44:29
and wicked people for their iniquities.
I will put an end to the pride of the arrogant#Is 2:11; 23:9; Dn 5:22–23
and humiliate the insolence of tyrants.
12I will make a human more scarce than fine gold,
and mankind more rare than the gold of Ophir.#1Kg 9:28; Jb 28:16; Ps 45:9
13Therefore I will make the heavens tremble,
and the earth will shake from its foundations#Ps 18:7; Is 2:19; 24:1,19–20; Hg 2:6
at the wrath of the Lord of Armies,
on the day of his burning anger.
14Like wandering gazelles
and like sheep without a shepherd,#1Kg 22:17; Mt 9:36; Mk 6:34; 1Pt 2:25
each one will turn to his own people,
each one will flee to his own land.
15Whoever is found will be stabbed,
and whoever is caught will die by the sword.
16Their children will be dashed to pieces before their eyes;#Ps 137:8–9; Is 13:18; 14:21; Hs 10:14; Nah 3:10
their houses will be looted,
and their wives raped.
17Look! I am stirring up the Medes against them,#Jr 51:11; Dn 5:28
who cannot be bought off with#13:17 Lit who have no regard for silver
and who have no desire for gold.
18Their bows will cut young men to pieces.
They will have no compassion on offspring;
they will not look with pity on children.
19And Babylon, the jewel of the kingdoms,
the glory of the pride of the Chaldeans,
will be like Sodom and Gomorrah
when God overthrew them.#Gn 19:24; Jr 14:18; 50:40; Am 4:11
20It will never be inhabited
or lived in from generation to generation;#Is 14:23; 34:10–15; Jr 51:37–43
a nomad will not pitch his tent there,
and shepherds will not let their flocks rest there.
21But desert creatures will lie down there,
and owls will fill the houses.
Ostriches will dwell there,
and wild goats will leap about.#Is 34:11–15; Zph 2:14; Rv 18:2
22Hyenas will howl in the fortresses,
and jackals, in the luxurious palaces.
Babylon’s time is almost up;
her days are almost over.