The gravea1 below is all astir to meet you at your coming; it rouses the spirits of the departed2 to greet you-- all those who were leaders3 in the world; it makes them rise from their thrones-- all those who were kings over the nations.410
They will all respond, they will say to you, "You also have become weak, as we are; you have become like us."511
All your pomp has been brought down to the grave,6 along with the noise of your harps;7 maggots are spread out beneath you and worms8 cover you.912
How you have fallen10 from heaven, O morning star,11 son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!1213
You said in your heart, "I will ascend13 to heaven; I will raise my throne14 above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,15 on the utmost heights16 of the sacred mountain.b14
I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;17 I will make myself like the Most High."1815
But you are brought down19 to the grave,20 to the depths21 of the pit.2216
Those who see you stare at you, they ponder your fate:23 "Is this the man who shook24 the earth and made kingdoms tremble,
the man who made the world a desert,25 who overthrew26 its cities and would not let his captives go home?"2718
All the kings of the nations lie in state, each in his own tomb.2819
But you are cast out29 of your tomb like a rejected branch; you are covered with the slain,30 with those pierced by the sword,31 those who descend to the stones of the pit.32 Like a corpse trampled underfoot,
you will not join them in burial,33 for you have destroyed your land and killed your people. The offspring34 of the wicked35 will never be mentioned36 again.
Prepare a place to slaughter his sons37 for the sins of their forefathers;38 they are not to rise to inherit the land and cover the earth with their cities.
"I will rise up39 against them," declares the LORD Almighty. "I will cut off from Babylon her name40 and survivors, her offspring and descendants,41" declares the LORD.
"I will turn her into a place for owls42 and into swampland; I will sweep her with the broom of destruction,43" declares the LORD Almighty.44
The LORD Almighty has sworn,45 "Surely, as I have planned,46 so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will stand.4725
I will crush the Assyrian48 in my land; on my mountains I will trample him down. His yoke49 will be taken from my people, and his burden removed from their shoulders.50"
This is the plan51 determined for the whole world; this is the hand52 stretched out over all nations.
For the LORD Almighty has purposed,53 and who can thwart him? His hand54 is stretched out, and who can turn it back?55
This oracle56 came in the year57 King Ahaz58 died:
Do not rejoice, all you Philistines,59 that the rod that struck you is broken; from the root of that snake will spring up a viper,60 its fruit will be a darting, venomous serpent.6130
The poorest of the poor will find pasture, and the needy62 will lie down in safety.63 But your root I will destroy by famine;64 it will slay65 your survivors.6631
Wail,67 O gate!68 Howl, O city! Melt away, all you Philistines!69 A cloud of smoke comes from the north,70 and there is not a straggler in its ranks.7132
What answer shall be given to the envoys72 of that nation? "The LORD has established Zion,73 and in her his afflicted people will find refuge.74"