Isaiah 13 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 God showed Isaiah son of Amoz this message about Babylon: 1 An oracle concerning Babylon that Isaiah son of Amoz saw:
2 Raise a flag on the bare mountain. Call out to the men. Raise your hand to signal them to enter through the gates for important people. 2 Raise a banner on a bare hilltop, shout to them; beckon to them to enter the gates of the nobles.
3 I myself have commanded those people whom I have separated as mine. I have called those warriors to carry out my anger. They rejoice and are glad to do my will. 3 I have commanded my holy ones; I have summoned my warriors to carry out my wrath-- those who rejoice in my triumph.
4 Listen to the loud noise in the mountains, the sound of many people. Listen to the noise among the kingdoms, the sound of nations gathering together. his army together for battle. 4 Listen, a noise on the mountains, like that of a great multitude! Listen, an uproar among the kingdoms, like nations massing together! The LORD Almighty is mustering an army for war.
5 This army is coming from a faraway land, from the edge of the horizon. to destroy the whole country. 5 They come from faraway lands, from the ends of the heavens-- the LORD and the weapons of his wrath-- to destroy the whole country.
6 Cry, because the Lord's day of judging is near; the Almighty is sending destruction. 6 Wail, for the day of the LORD is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty.
7 People will be weak with fear, and their courage will melt away. 7 Because of this, all hands will go limp, every man's heart will melt.
8 Everyone will be afraid. Pain and hurt will grab them; they will hurt like a woman giving birth to a baby. They will look at each other in fear, with their faces red like fire. 8 Terror will seize them, pain and anguish will grip them; they will writhe like a woman in labor. They will look aghast at each other, their faces aflame.
9 Look, the Lord's day of judging is coming -- a terrible day, a day of God's anger. He will destroy the land and the sinners who live in it. 9 See, the day of the LORD is coming --a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger-- to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it.
10 The stars will not show their light; the skies will be dark. The sun will grow dark as it rises, and the moon will not give its light. 10 The stars of heaven and their constellations will not show their light. The rising sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light.
11 The Lord says, "I will punish the world for its evil and wicked people for their sins. I will cause proud people to lose their pride, and I will destroy the pride of those who are cruel to others. 11 I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless.
12 People will be harder to find than pure gold; there will be fewer people than there is fine gold in Ophir. 12 I will make man scarcer than pure gold, more rare than the gold of Ophir.
13 I will make the sky shake, and the earth will be moved from its place by the anger of the Lord All-Powerful at the time of his burning anger. 13 Therefore I will make the heavens tremble; and the earth will shake from its place at the wrath of the LORD Almighty, in the day of his burning anger.
14 "Then the people from Babylon will run away like hunted deer or like sheep who have no shepherd. Everyone will turn back to his own people; each will run back to his own land. 14 Like a hunted gazelle, like sheep without a shepherd, each will return to his own people, each will flee to his native land.
15 Everyone who is captured will be killed; everyone who is caught will be killed with a sword. 15 Whoever is captured will be thrust through; all who are caught will fall by the sword.
16 Their little children will be beaten to death in front of them. Their houses will be robbed and their wives raped. 16 Their infants will be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses will be looted and their wives ravished.
17 "Look, I will cause the armies of Media to attack Babylon. They do not care about silver or delight in gold. 17 See, I will stir up against them the Medes, who do not care for silver and have no delight in gold.
18 Their soldiers will shoot the young men with arrows; they will show no mercy on children, nor will they feel sorry for little ones. 18 Their bows will strike down the young men; they will have no mercy on infants nor will they look with compassion on children.
19 Babylon is the most beautiful of all kingdoms, and the Babylonians are very proud of it. like Sodom and Gomorrah. 19 Babylon, the jewel of kingdoms, the glory of the Babylonians' pride, will be overthrown by God like Sodom and Gomorrah.
20 No one will ever live there or settle there again. No Arab will put a tent there; no shepherd will bring sheep there. 20 She will never be inhabited or lived in through all generations; no Arab will pitch his tent there, no shepherd will rest his flocks there.
21 Only desert animals will live there, and their houses will be full of wild dogs. Owls will live there, and wild goats will leap about in the houses. 21 But desert creatures will lie there, jackals will fill her houses; there the owls will dwell, and there the wild goats will leap about.
22 Wolves will howl within the strong walls, and wild dogs will bark in the beautiful buildings. The end of Babylon is near; its time is almost over." 22 Hyenas will howl in her strongholds, jackals in her luxurious palaces. Her time is at hand, and her days will not be prolonged.