The LORD will have compassion1 on Jacob; once again he will choose2 Israel and will settle them in their own land.3 Aliens4 will join them and unite with the house of Jacob.
Nations will take them and bring5 them to their own place. And the house of Israel will possess the nations6 as menservants and maidservants in the LORD's land. They will make captives7 of their captors and rule over their oppressors.83
On the day the LORD gives you relief9 from suffering and turmoil10 and cruel bondage,114
you will take up this taunt12 against the king of Babylon:13 How the oppressor14 has come to an end! How his furya has ended!
The LORD has broken the rod15 of the wicked,16 the scepter17 of the rulers,
which in anger struck down peoples18 with unceasing blows, and in fury subdued19 nations with relentless aggression.207
All the lands are at rest and at peace;21 they break into singing.228
Even the pine trees23 and the cedars of Lebanon exult over you and say, "Now that you have been laid low, no woodsman comes to cut us down."249
The graveb25 below is all astir to meet you at your coming; it rouses the spirits of the departed26 to greet you-- all those who were leaders27 in the world; it makes them rise from their thrones-- all those who were kings over the nations.2810
They will all respond, they will say to you, "You also have become weak, as we are; you have become like us."2911
All your pomp has been brought down to the grave,30 along with the noise of your harps;31 maggots are spread out beneath you and worms32 cover you.3312
How you have fallen34 from heaven, O morning star,35 son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!3613
You said in your heart, "I will ascend37 to heaven; I will raise my throne38 above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,39 on the utmost heights40 of the sacred mountain.c14
I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;41 I will make myself like the Most High."4215
But you are brought down43 to the grave,44 to the depths45 of the pit.4616
Those who see you stare at you, they ponder your fate:47 "Is this the man who shook48 the earth and made kingdoms tremble,
the man who made the world a desert,49 who overthrew50 its cities and would not let his captives go home?"5118
All the kings of the nations lie in state, each in his own tomb.5219
But you are cast out53 of your tomb like a rejected branch; you are covered with the slain,54 with those pierced by the sword,55 those who descend to the stones of the pit.56 Like a corpse trampled underfoot,
you will not join them in burial,57 for you have destroyed your land and killed your people. The offspring58 of the wicked59 will never be mentioned60 again.
Prepare a place to slaughter his sons61 for the sins of their forefathers;62 they are not to rise to inherit the land and cover the earth with their cities.
"I will rise up63 against them," declares the LORD Almighty. "I will cut off from Babylon her name64 and survivors, her offspring and descendants,65" declares the LORD.
"I will turn her into a place for owls66 and into swampland; I will sweep her with the broom of destruction,67" declares the LORD Almighty.68
The LORD Almighty has sworn,69 "Surely, as I have planned,70 so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will stand.7125
I will crush the Assyrian72 in my land; on my mountains I will trample him down. His yoke73 will be taken from my people, and his burden removed from their shoulders.74"
This is the plan75 determined for the whole world; this is the hand76 stretched out over all nations.
For the LORD Almighty has purposed,77 and who can thwart him? His hand78 is stretched out, and who can turn it back?79
This oracle80 came in the year81 King Ahaz82 died:
Do not rejoice, all you Philistines,83 that the rod that struck you is broken; from the root of that snake will spring up a viper,84 its fruit will be a darting, venomous serpent.8530
The poorest of the poor will find pasture, and the needy86 will lie down in safety.87 But your root I will destroy by famine;88 it will slay89 your survivors.9031
Wail,91 O gate!92 Howl, O city! Melt away, all you Philistines!93 A cloud of smoke comes from the north,94 and there is not a straggler in its ranks.9532
What answer shall be given to the envoys96 of that nation? "The LORD has established Zion,97 and in her his afflicted people will find refuge.98"