Isaiah 14:3-23 ESV

Israel's Remnant Taunts Babylon

3 When the LORD has given you rest from your pain and turmoil and the hard service with which you were made to serve,

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      4 you will take up this 1taunt against the king of Babylon: "How the oppressor has ceased, 2the insolent furya ceased!

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        • ¨ 14:4 - Dead Sea Scroll (compare Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate); the meaning of the word in the Masoretic Text is uncertain
          5 The LORD has broken the 3staff of the wicked, the 4scepter of rulers,

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              6 5that struck the peoples in wrath with unceasing blows, that ruled the nations in anger with unrelenting persecution.

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              7 The whole earth is at rest and quiet; 6they break forth into singing.

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              8 The cypresses rejoice at you, 7the cedars of Lebanon, saying, 'Since you were laid low, no woodcutter comes up against us.'

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              9 Sheol beneath is stirred up to meet you when you come; it rouses the shades to greet you, all who were leaders of the earth; it raises from their thrones all who were kings of the nations.
              10 8All of them will answer and say to you: 'You too have become as weak as we! You have become like us!'

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              11 Your pomp is brought down to Sheol, the sound of your harps; maggots are laid as a bed beneath you, and worms are your covers.
              12 "How 9you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, 10son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low!

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              13 You said in your heart, 11'I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God 12I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north;b

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                • © 14:13 - Or in the remote parts of Zaphon
                  14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.'
                  15 13But you are brought down to Sheol, to the far reaches of the pit.

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                  16 Those who see you will stare at you and ponder over you: 'Is this 14the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms,

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                  17 who made the world like a desert and overthrew its cities, 15who did not let his prisoners go home?'

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                  18 All the kings of the nations lie in glory, each in his own tomb;c

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                    • ª 14:18 - Hebrew house
                      19 but you are cast out, away from your grave, like a loathed branch, 16clothed with the slain, those pierced by the sword, who go down to the stones of the pit, like a dead body trampled underfoot.

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                      20 You will not be joined with them in burial, because you have destroyed your land, you have slain your people."May 17the offspring of evildoers nevermore be named!

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                      21 Prepare slaughter for his sons 18because of the guilt of their fathers, lest they rise and possess the earth, and fill the face of the world with cities."

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                      22 "I will rise up against them," declares the LORD of hosts, "and will cut off from Babylon name and 19remnant, 20descendants and posterity," declares the LORD.

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                      23 "And I will make it a possession of the 21hedgehog,d and pools of water, and I will sweep it with the broom of destruction," declares the LORD of hosts.

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                        • « 14:23 - Possibly porcupine, or owl