Isaiah 47 NAS

Lament for Babylon

1 "1Come down and sit in the dust, O 2virgin 3daughter of Babylon; Sit on the ground without a throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans! For you shall no longer be called 4tender and delicate.

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2 "Take the 5millstones and 6grind meal. Remove your 7veil, 8strip off the skirt, Uncover the leg, cross the rivers.

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3 "Your 9nakedness will be uncovered, Your shame also will be exposed; I will 10take vengeance and will not spare a man."

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4 Our 11Redeemer, the LORD of hosts is His name, The Holy One of Israel.

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5 "12Sit silently, and go into 13darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans, For you will no longer be called The 14queen of 15kingdoms.

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6 "I was angry with My people, I profaned My heritage And gave them into your hand. You did not show mercy to them, On the 16aged you made your yoke very heavy.

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7 "Yet you said, 'I will be a 17queen forever *.' These things you did not 18consider * * Nor remember the 19outcome of them.

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8 "Now, then, hear this, you 20sensual one, Who 21dwells securely, Who says in your heart, '22I am, and there is no one besides me. I will 23not sit as a widow, Nor know loss of children.'

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9 "But these 24two things will come on you 25suddenly in one day: Loss of children and widowhood. They will come on you in full measure In spite of your many 26sorceries, In spite of the great power of your spells.

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10 "You felt 27secure in your wickedness and said, '28No one sees me,' Your 29wisdom and your knowledge, they have deluded you; For you have said in your heart, '30I am, and there is no one besides me.'

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      11 "But 31evil will come on you Which you will not know how to charm away; And disaster will fall on you For which you cannot * atone; And 32destruction about which you do not know Will come on you 33suddenly.

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      12 "Stand fast now in your 34spells And in your many sorceries With which you have labored from your youth; Perhaps you will be able to profit, Perhaps you may cause trembling.

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      13 "You are 35wearied with your many counsels; Let now the 36astrologers *, Those who prophesy by the stars, Those who predict by the new moons, Stand up and 37save you from what will come upon you.

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      14 "Behold, they have become 38like stubble, 39Fire burns them; They cannot deliver themselves from the power of the flame; There will be 40no coal to warm by Nor a fire to sit before!

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      15 "So have those become to you with whom you have labored, Who have 41trafficked with you from your youth; Each has wandered in his own way; There is 42none to save you.

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        • e 47:15 - Lit "side, region"