Isaiah 47 (Lexham English Bible)

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Babylon’s Fall

1 Come down and sit on [the] dust, virgin daughter of Babylon! Sit on the ground without a throne, daughter of Chaldea! For {they shall no longer call}a you tender and delicate. 2 Take [the] pair of mill stones and grind flour! Uncover your veil, strip off [your] skirt, uncover [your] thigh, pass through [the] rivers! 3 Your nakedness shall be exposed; indeed, your shame shall become visible. I will take vengeance and I will not {spare}b a person. 4 Our redeemer, Yahweh of hosts [is] his name, the holy one of Israel. 5 Sit silently and go into the darkness, daughter of Chaldea, for {they shall no longer call}c you mistress of kingdoms. 6 I was angry with my people; I profaned my inheritance, and I gave them into your hand. You did not {give}d them mercy; on [the] aged you made your yoke very heavy. 7 And you said, "I shall be an eternal mistress forever!" You did not set these [things] upon your heart; you did not remember its end. 8 Therefore now hear this, luxuriant [one] who sitse in security, who saysf in her heart, "I [am], and besides me [there is] no one. I shall not sit [as] a widow, and I shall not know [the] loss of children." 9 And these two shall come to you [in] a moment, in one day: [the] loss of children and widowhood shall come on you {completely},g in spite of your many sorceries, in spite of the power of your great enchantments. 10 And you felt secure in your wickedness; you said, "{No one}h seesi me." Your wisdom and your knowledge led you astray, and you said in your heart, "I [am], and besides me [there is] no one." 11 And evil shall come upon you, you will not know; it will be on the lookout for her. And disaster shall fall upon you; you will not be able to {avert}j it. And ruin shall come on you suddenly; you do not know. 12 Stand, now, in your enchantments, and in your many sorceries with which you have labored from your youth. Perhaps you may be able to benefit; perhaps you may {scare away}.k 13 You struggle with your many consultations;l let them stand, now, and save you-- those who see the stars, divide [the] {celestial sphere},m who inform by new moons-- from [those things] that are coming upon you. 14 Look! They are like stubble; [the] fire burns them completely. They cannot deliver {themselves}n from [the] {power}o of [the] flame; there is no coal {for warming oneself},p [no] fire before which to sit. 15 So are to you [those with] whom you have labored, your traders from your youth. They wander, each to his side; there is no one who can save you.
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