An oracle1 concerning Babylon2 that Isaiah son of Amoz3 saw:42
Raise a banner5 on a bare hilltop, shout to them; beckon to them to enter the gates6 of the nobles.
I have commanded my holy ones; I have summoned my warriors7 to carry out my wrath8-- those who rejoice9 in my triumph.
Listen, a noise on the mountains, like that of a great multitude!10 Listen, an uproar11 among the kingdoms, like nations massing together! The LORD Almighty12 is mustering13 an army for war.
They come from faraway lands, from the ends of the heavens14-- the LORD and the weapons15 of his wrath16-- to destroy17 the whole country.