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Isaiah 14 (Lexham English Bible)

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The Restoration of Israel

1 But Yahweh will have compassion on Jacob, and he will again choose Israel and set them on their land, and the immigrant will join himself to them, and they will attach themselves to the house of Jacob. 2 And [the] nations will take them and bring them to their place, and the house of Israel will take possession of thema in the land of Yahweh as slaves and female slaves. And this will happen: they will take their captors captive and rule over their oppressors.

The Downfall of the King of Babylon

3 And it shall happen on the day Yahweh gives you rest from your pain and turmoil and hard labor which {you had to perform},b 4 that you will take this taunt against the king of Babylon, and you will say: "How [the] oppressor has ceased! [his] insolencec has ceased. 5 Yahweh has broken [the] staff of [the] wicked, [the] scepter of rulers, 6 that struck [the] peoples in wrath, a blow without ceasing, that ruled [the] nations in anger {with unrestrained persecution}.d 7 All of the earth rests [and] is quiet; they break forth [into] singing. 8 Even [the] cypresses rejoice over you, the cedars of Lebanon: 'Since you were laid down, no [wood] cutter comes up against us.' 9 Sheol below is getting excited over you, to meet {you when you come};e it arouses [the] dead spirits for you, all of [the] leaders of [the] earth. It raises all of [the] kings of [the] nations from their thrones. 10 All of them will respond and say to you, 'You yourself also were made weak like us! You have become the same as us!' 11 Your pride is brought down [to] Sheol, [and] the sound of your harps; maggotsf are spread out beneath you like a bed, and your covering is worms.g 12 How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of dawn! You are cut down to the ground, conqueror of nations! 13 And you yourself said in your heart, 'I will ascend [to] heaven; I will raise up my throne above the stars of God; and I will sit on [the] mountain of assembly on the summit of Zaphon; 14 I will ascend to [the] high places of [the] clouds,h I will make myself like the Most High.' 15 But you are brought down to Sheol, to [the] depths of [the] pit. 16 Those who see you will stare at you, they will look closely at you: '[Is] this the man who made the earth tremble, who caused kingdoms to shake, 17 who made [the] world like the desert and destroyed its cities, [who] would not let his prisoners go home?' 18 All [the] kings of [the] nations, all of them, lie in glory, each one in his house. 19 But [as for] you, you are thrown away from your grave, like an abhorrent shoot, clothed with [the] slain, those pierced [by the] sword, those who go down to [the] stones of [the] pit, like a corpse that is trodden down. 20 You will not be united with them in burial because you have destroyed your land, you have killed your people. [The] descendants of evildoers will not be mentioned for eternity! 21 Prepare a place of slaughter for his sons because of the sin of their ancestors.i Let them not rise and take possession of [the] earth or fill up [the] face of [the] world [with] cities." 22 "And I will rise up against them," {declares} Yahweh of hosts, "and I will cut off name and a remnant from Babylon, and offspring and posterity," {declares} Yahweh. 23 "And I will make her a possession of [the] hedgehog, and pools of water, and I will sweep her away with [the] broom of destruction," {declares} Yahweh of hosts.

Oracle of Judgment on Assyria

24 Yahweh of hosts has sworn, saying, "{Surely} just as I have intended, so it shall be. And just as I have planned, it shall stand: 25 to break Assyria in my land, and I will trample him down on my mountains; and he shall remove his yoke from them, and he shall remove his burden from hisj shoulders."k 26 This [is] the plan that is planned concerning all of the earth; and this [is] the hand that is stretched out over all of the nations. 27 For Yahweh of hosts has planned, and who will frustrate [it]? And his hand [is] stretched out, and who will turn it back?

Oracle of Judgment on Philistia

28 In the year of the death of king Ahaz there was this oracle: 29 You must not rejoice, all you Philistines, that the rod that struck you is broken, for a viper will come forth from [the] root of [the] snake, and its fruit [will be] a flying serpent. 30 And [the] firstborn of [the] poor will graze, and [the] needy will lie down in security; but I will cause your root to die in famine, and it will kill your remnant. 31 Wail, gate! Cry, city! Melt,l Philistia, all of you! For smoke [is] coming from [the] north, and there is no straggler in his ranks. 32 And what will one answer [the] messengers of [the] nation? That Yahweh has founded Zion, and the needy of his people will take refuge in it.
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