1When the LORD will 1havecompassion on Jacob and again2chooseIsrael, and settle them in their own land, then 3strangers will join them and attach themselves to the house of Jacob.
The peoples will take them along and bring them to their place, and the 4house of Israel will possess them as an inheritance in the land of the LORD5as maleservants and femaleservants ; and athey will take their captorscaptive and will rule over their oppressors.
And it will be in the day when the LORDgives you 6rest from your pain and turmoil and harshservice in which you have been enslaved,
that you will 7take up thisbtauntagainst the king of Babylon, and say, "How8the oppressor has ceased, And how cfury has ceased!
"The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked, The scepter of rulers69Which used to strike the peoples in fury with unceasingstrokes, Which dsubdued the nations in anger with unrestrainedpersecution.
"The wholeearth is at rest and is quiet; They 10breakforth into shouts of joy.
8"Even the 11cypresstreesrejoice over you, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, 'Since you were laidlow, no tree cuttercomes up against us.'
"12Sheol from beneath is excited over you to meet you when you come; It arouses for you the espirits of the dead, all the fleaders of the earth; It raisesall the kings of the nations from their thrones.
"13They will allrespond and say to you, 'Even you have been madeweak as we, You have becomelike us.
'Your 14pomp and the music of your harps Have been broughtdown to Sheol; Maggots are spread out as your bed beneath you And worms are your covering.'
12"How you have 15fallen from heaven, O g16star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cutdown to the earth, You who have weakened the nations!
"But you said in your heart, 'I will 17ascend to heaven; I will 18raise my throneabove the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north.
'I will ascendabove the heights of the clouds; 19I will make myself like the MostHigh.'
15"Nevertheless you 20will be thrustdown to Sheol, To the recesses of the pit.
"Those who see you will gaze at you, They will hponderover you, saying, 'Is this the man who made the earthtremble, Who shookkingdoms,
Who made the world like a 21wilderness And overthrew its cities, Who 22did not iallow his prisoners to go home?'
18"All the kings of the nationslie in glory, Each in his own jtomb.
"But you have been 23cast out of your tomb Like ka rejectedbranch, lClothed with the slain who are pierced with a sword, Who godown to the stones of the 24pit Like a 25trampledcorpse.
"You will not be united with them in burial, Because you have ruined your country, You have slain your people. May the 26offspring of evildoers not be mentionedforever.
21"Prepare for his sons a place of slaughter Because of the 27iniquity of their fathers. They must not arise and takepossession of the earth And fill the face of the world with cities."
"I will rise up against them," declares the LORD of hosts, "and will cutoff from Babylon28name and survivors, 29offspring and posterity," declares the LORD.
"I will also make it a possession for the 30hedgehog and swamps of water, and I will sweep it with the broom of 31destruction," declares the LORD of hosts.
The LORD of hosts has swornsaying, "Surely , 32just as I have intendedso it has happened, and just as I have planned so it will stand,
to 33breakAssyria in My land, and I will trample him on My mountains. Then his 34yoke will be removed from them and his burdenremoved from their shoulder.
26"This is the 35planmdevisedagainst the wholeearth; and this is the 36hand that is stretched out againstall the nations.
"For 37the LORD of hosts has planned, and who can frustrate it? And as for His stretched-outhand, who can turn it back?"
In the 38year that KingAhazdiedthisn39oraclecame:
"Do not rejoice, O 40Philistia, all of you, Because the rod that 41struck you is broken; For from the serpent'sroot a 42viper will come out, And its fruit will be a 43flyingserpent.
"oThose who are most44helpless will eat, And the needy will liedown in security; I will pdestroy your root with 45famine, And it will kill off your survivors.
31"Wail, O 46gate; cry, O city; qMelt away, O 47Philistia, all of you; For smokecomes from the 48north, And 49there is nostraggler in his ranks.
32"How then will one answer the 50messengers of the nation? That 51the LORD has foundedZion, And 52the afflicted of His people will seekrefuge in it."