Isaiah 14:4-23 NIV

4 you will take up this taunt1 against the king of Babylon:2 How the oppressor3 has come to an end! How his furya has ended!

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    • a 14:4 - Dead Sea Scrolls, Septuagint and Syriac; the meaning of the word in the Masoretic Text is uncertain.
      5 The LORD has broken the rod4 of the wicked,5 the scepter6 of the rulers,

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      6 which in anger struck down peoples7 with unceasing blows, and in fury subdued8 nations with relentless aggression.9

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      7 All the lands are at rest and at peace;10 they break into singing.11

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      8 Even the pine trees12 and the cedars of Lebanon exult over you and say, "Now that you have been laid low, no woodsman comes to cut us down."13

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      9 The graveb14 below is all astir to meet you at your coming; it rouses the spirits of the departed15 to greet you-- all those who were leaders16 in the world; it makes them rise from their thrones-- all those who were kings over the nations.17

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        • b 14:9 - Hebrew "Sheol "; also in verses 11 and 15
          10 They will all respond, they will say to you, "You also have become weak, as we are; you have become like us."18

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          11 All your pomp has been brought down to the grave,19 along with the noise of your harps;20 maggots are spread out beneath you and worms21 cover you.22

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          12 How you have fallen23 from heaven, O morning star,24 son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!25

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          13 You said in your heart, "I will ascend26 to heaven; I will raise my throne27 above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,28 on the utmost heights29 of the sacred mountain.c

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            • c 14:13 - Or "the north"; Hebrew "Zaphon"
              14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;30 I will make myself like the Most High."31

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              15 But you are brought down32 to the grave,33 to the depths34 of the pit.35

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              16 Those who see you stare at you, they ponder your fate:36 "Is this the man who shook37 the earth and made kingdoms tremble,

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              17 the man who made the world a desert,38 who overthrew39 its cities and would not let his captives go home?"40

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              18 All the kings of the nations lie in state, each in his own tomb.41

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              19 But you are cast out42 of your tomb like a rejected branch; you are covered with the slain,43 with those pierced by the sword,44 those who descend to the stones of the pit.45 Like a corpse trampled underfoot,

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              20 you will not join them in burial,46 for you have destroyed your land and killed your people. The offspring47 of the wicked48 will never be mentioned49 again.

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              21 Prepare a place to slaughter his sons50 for the sins of their forefathers;51 they are not to rise to inherit the land and cover the earth with their cities.

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              22 "I will rise up52 against them," declares the LORD Almighty. "I will cut off from Babylon her name53 and survivors, her offspring and descendants,54" declares the LORD.

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              23 "I will turn her into a place for owls55 and into swampland; I will sweep her with the broom of destruction,56" declares the LORD Almighty.57

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