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Isaiah 13 (Lexham English Bible)

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An Oracle against Babylon

1 The oracle of Babylon that Isaiah son of Amoz saw: 2 Raise a signal on a bare hill, lift up [your] voice to them; wave [the] hand and may they enter [the] gateways of [the] noblemen. 3 I myself I have commanded my consecrated ones, I have also summoned my mighty warriors concerning my anger, the {ones who exalt over}a my majesty. 4 A sound, a noise [is] on the mountains, [the] likeness [of] many people! A sound of [the] roar of [the] kingdoms, of nations gathering! Yahweh of hosts [is] mustering an army for battle. 5 [They are] coming from a distant land, from the end of the heavens, Yahweh and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy {the whole earth}.b 6 Wail, for the day of Yahweh [is] near; it will come like destruction from Shaddai!c 7 Therefore all hands will grow slack, and every human heart will melt, 8 and they will be dismayed. Pangs and labor pains will seize [them]; they will tremble like a woman giving birth. {They will stare at one another},d {their faces flushing}.e 9 Look! The day of Yahweh [is] coming, cruel and wrath and [the] burning [of] anger, to make the earth a desolation, and he will destroy its sinners from it. 10 For the stars of the heavens and their constellations will not flash forth their light; the sun will keep back when it comes out, and [the] moon will not cause its light to shine. 11 And I will punish [the] world [for its] evil and [the] wicked [for] their iniquity. And I will put an end to [the] pride of [the] arrogant, and I will bring [the] haughtiness of tyrants low. 12 I will make humanity more rare than gold and humankind more than the gold of Ophir. 13 Therefore I will make [the] heavens tremble, and the earth will quake from its place because of the wrath of Yahweh of hosts, and in the day his anger burns. 14 And this shall happen: like a hunted gazelle or sheep {with none to gather them}, they will each turn to his [own] people, and they will each flee to his [own] land. 15 Everyone who is found will be pierced through, and everyone who is carried away will fall by the sword. 16 And their children will be dashed into pieces before their eyes; their houses will be plundered, and their wives will be raped.f 17 Look! I [am] stirring the Medes up against them, who do not value silver and do not delight in gold. 18 And [their] bows will shatter young men. And they will not show mercy on [the] fruit of [the] womb; their eyes will not look compassionately on children. 19 And Babylon, [the] glory of kingdoms, the splendor of the Chaldeans' pride, will be like {when God overthrew}g Sodom and Gomorrah. 20 It will not be inhabited forever, and it will not be dwelled in {forever};h and no Arab will pitch a tent there, and shepherds will not allow [their flocks] to lie down there. 21 But wild animals will lie down there, and their houses will be full [of] howling creatures, and the daughters of ostrichesi will live there, and goats will dance there. 22 And hyenas will answer in its palaces, and jackals in the pleasure palaces; and its time {is coming soon},j and its days will not be prolonged.
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