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Isaiah 47

47
XLVII
1Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon I
Sit on the ground, without a throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans:
For thou shalt no longer be called the tender, and the delicate.
2Take the mill, and grind meal:
Take off thy veil, take up the train of thy garment;
Make bare thy leg; wade through the rivers.
3Thy nakedness shall be disclosed; yea, thy shame shall be seen:
I will take vengeance, and will not spare a man.
4 Thus saith our Redeemer, Jehovah of hosts is his name,
The Holy One of Israel:
5Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans;
For thou shalt no longer be called. The lady of Kingdoms.
6I was angry with my people, I polluted mine inheritance,
And gave them up into thine hand:
Thou didst shew them no mercy;
Upon the aged didst thou very heavily lay thy yoke.
7And thou saidst: I shall be a lady for ever:
So that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart,
Neither didst thou think upon the latter end thereof.
8Now, therefore, hear this, O thou voluptuous, that sittest in security:
Thou that sayest in thine heart: I am, and there is none besides;
I shall not sit a widow; neither shall I know the loss of children.
9Yet these two things shall come to thee in a moment,
In one day, loss of children and widowhood:
They shall come upon thee in their perfection,
Notwithstanding the multitude of thy sorceries;
Notwithstanding the great strength of thine enchantments.
10But thou didst trust in thy wickedness, and saidst: None seeth me.
Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, they perverted thee;
So that thou saidst in thine heart: I am, and there is none besides.
11Therefore shall evil come upon thee,
The dawn whereof thou shalt not perceive;
And mischief shall fall upon thee,
Which thou shalt not be able to expiate;
And destruction shall come upon thee suddenly, of which thou shalt have no apprehension.
12Persist now in thine enchantments,
And in the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth;
Perhaps thou mayest be able to profit,
Perhaps thou mayest prevail.
13Thou art wearied in the multiplicity of thy counsels:
Let them stand up now, and save thee,
The astrologers, the gazers on the stars;
They that prognosticate at every new moon
What are the events that shall happen unto thee.
14Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them up;
They shall not deliver their own souls from the power of the flame:
There shall not be a coal to warm at,
Nor a fire to sit before it.
15Thus will they prove to be unto thee, amongst whom thou hast laboured,
Those with whom thou hast had dealing from thy youth:
They shall become bewildered, every one in his quarter;
Not one will there be to save thee.

Isaiah 47

47
Babylon’s Fall
1Come down and sit on the dust, virgin daughter of Babylon!
Sit on the ground without a throne, daughter of Chaldea!
For they shall no longer call#Literally “you shall not add they shall call to” you tender and delicate.
2Take the pair of mill stones and grind flour!
Uncover your veil,
strip off your skirt,
uncover your thigh,
pass through the rivers!
3Your nakedness shall be exposed;
indeed, your shame shall become visible.
I will take vengeance
and I will not spare#Literally “plead with” a person.
4Our redeemer, Yahweh of hosts is his name, the holy one of Israel.
5Sit silently and go into the darkness, daughter of Chaldea,
for they shall no longer call#Literally “you shall not add they shall call to” you mistress of kingdoms.
6I was angry with my people;
I profaned my inheritance,
and I gave them into your hand.
You did not give#Literally “set up” them mercy;
on the aged you made your yoke very heavy.
7And you said, “I shall be an eternal mistress forever!”
You did not set these things upon your heart;
you did not remember its end.
8Therefore now hear this, luxuriant one who sits#Or “sitting” in security,
who says#Or “saying” in her heart, “I am, and besides me there is no one.
I shall not sit as a widow,
and I shall not know the loss of children.”
9And these two shall come to you in a moment, in one day:
the loss of children and widowhood shall come on you completely,#Literally “as their fullness”
in spite of your many sorceries,
in spite of the power of your great enchantments.
10And you felt secure in your wickedness;
you said, “No one#Literally “none” sees#Or “is seeing” me.”
Your wisdom and your knowledge led you astray,
and you said in your heart, “I am, and besides me there is no one.”
11And evil shall come upon you, you will not know;
it will be on the lookout for her.
And disaster shall fall upon you; you will not be able to avert#Literally “make amends” it.
And ruin shall come on you suddenly; you do not know.
12Stand, now, in your enchantments,
and in your many sorceries with which you have labored from your youth.
Perhaps you may be able to benefit;
perhaps you may scare away.#Literally “terrify”
13You struggle with your many consultations;#Or “advice”
let them stand, now, and save you—
those who see the stars, divide the celestial sphere,#Literally “heavens,” that is, for astrology
who inform by new moons—
from those things that are coming upon you.
14Look! They are like stubble;
the fire burns them completely.
They cannot deliver themselves#Literally “their lives” from the power#Literally “hand” of the flame;
there is no coal for warming oneself,#Literally “to grow warm”
no fire before which to sit.
15So are to you those with whom you have labored,
your traders from your youth.
They wander, each to his side;
there is no one who can save you.