The a1oracle concerning 2Babylonwhich3Isaiah the son of Amozsaw.
24Lift up a standard on the b5barehill, Raise your voice to them, 6Wave the hand that they may 7enter the doors of the nobles.
I have commanded My consecrated ones, I have evencalled My 8mightywarriors, My proudlyexultingones, To execute My anger.
A 9sound of tumult on the mountains, Like that of manypeople! A sound of the uproar of kingdoms, Of nationsgathered together! The LORD of hosts is mustering the army for battle.
They are coming from a farcountry, From the c10farthesthorizons, The LORD and His instruments of 11indignation, To 12destroy the wholeland.
6Wail, for the 13day of the LORD is near! It will come as 14destruction from dthe Almighty.
7Therefore15allhands will falllimp, And everyman's16heart will melt.
They will be 17terrified, Pains and anguish will takehold of them; They will 18writhe like a woman in labor, They will look at oneanother in astonishment, Their facesaflame.
9Behold, 19the day of the LORD is coming, Cruel, with fury and burninganger, To make the land a desolation; And He will exterminate its sinners from it.
For the 20stars of heaven and their constellations Will not flashforth their light; The 21sun will be dark when it rises And the moon will not shed its light.
Thus I will 22punish the world for its evil And the 23wicked for their iniquity; I will also put an end to the 24arrogance of the proud And abase the 25haughtiness of the e26ruthless.
I will makemortalmanf27scarcerthanpuregold And mankindthan the 28gold of Ophir.
13Therefore I will make the 29heavenstremble, And 30the earth will be shaken from its place At the fury of the LORD of hosts In 31the day of His burninganger.
And it will be that like a huntedgazelle, Or like 32sheep with none to gather them, They will eachturn to his own people, And eachoneflee to his own land.
15Anyone who is found will be 33thrustthrough, And anyone who is captured will fall by the sword.
Their 34littleones also will be dashed to pieces Before their eyes; Their houses will be plundered And their wivesravished.
17Behold, I am going to 35stir up the Medesagainst them, Who will not valuesilver or 36takepleasure in gold.
And their bows will gmowdown the 37youngmen, They will not even havecompassion on the fruit of the womb, Nor will their 38eyepityhchildren.
And 39Babylon, the 40beauty of kingdoms, the glory of the Chaldeans'pride, Will be as when God41overthrewSodom and Gomorrah.
It will 42never be inhabited or lived in from generation to generation; Nor will the 43Arabpitch his tentthere, Nor will shepherds make their flocks liedownthere.
But 44desertcreatures will liedownthere, And their houses will be full of iowls; Ostriches also will livethere, and jshaggygoats will frolicthere.
22kHyenas will howl in their fortified towers And jackals in their luxurious45palaces. Her fateful time also lwill sooncome And her days will not be prolonged.