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.33