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Isaiah 47:1-7 (Good News Translation)

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1 The Lord says, 1 "Babylon, come down from your throne, and sit in the dust on the ground. You were once like a virgin, a city unconquered, but you are soft and delicate no longer! You are now a slave! 2 Turn the millstone! Grind the flour! Off with your veil! Strip off your fine clothes! Lift up your skirts to cross the streams! a 3 People will see you naked; they will see you humbled and shamed. I will take vengeance, and no one will stop me." 4 The holy God of Israel sets us free - his name is the Lord Almighty. 5 The Lord says to Babylon, "Sit in silence and darkness; no more will they call you the queen of nations! 6 I was angry with my people; I treated them as no longer mine: I put them in your power, and you showed them no mercy; even the aged you treated harshly. 7 You thought you would always be a queen, and did not take these things to heart or think how it all would end.
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