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Isaiah 14 (Today's New International Version)

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1 The LORD will have compassion1 on Jacob; once again he will choose2 Israel and will settle them in their own land.3 Foreigners4 will join them and unite with the house of Jacob. 2 Nations will take them and bring5 them to their own place. And the house of Israel will take possession of the nations6 and make them male and female servants in the LORD's land. They will make captives7 of their captors and rule over their oppressors.8 3 On the day the LORD gives you relief9 from your suffering and turmoil10 and from the harsh labor forced on you,11 4 you will take up this taunt12 against the king of Babylon:13 How the oppressor14 has come to an end! How his furya has ended! 5 The LORD has broken the rod15 of the wicked,16 the scepter17 of the rulers, 6 which in anger struck down peoples18 with unceasing blows, and in fury subdued19 nations with relentless aggression.20 7 All the lands are at rest and at peace;21 they break into singing.22 8 Even the junipers23 and the cedars of Lebanon exult over you and say, "Now that you have been laid low, no one comes to cut us down."24 9 The realm of the dead25 below is all astir to meet you at your coming; it rouses the spirits of the departed26 to greet you-- all those who were leaders27 in the world; it makes them rise from their thrones-- all those who were kings over the nations.28 10 They will all respond, they will say to you, "You also have become weak, as we are; you have become like us."29 11 All your pomp has been brought down to the grave,30 along with the noise of your harps;31 maggots are spread out beneath you and worms32 cover you.33 12 How you have fallen34 from heaven, morning star,35 son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!36 13 You said in your heart, "I will ascend37 to heaven; I will raise my throne38 above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,39 on the utmost heights40 of Mount Zaphon.b 14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;41 I will make myself like the Most High."42 15 But you are brought down43 to the realm of the dead,44 to the depths45 of the pit.46 16 Those who see you stare at you, they ponder your fate:47 "Is this the man who shook48 the earth and made kingdoms tremble, 17 the man who made the world a wilderness,49 who overthrew50 its cities and would not let his captives go home?"51 18 All the kings of the nations lie in state, each in his own tomb.52 19 But you are cast out53 of your tomb like a rejected branch; you are covered with the slain,54 with those pierced by the sword,55 those who descend to the stones of the pit.56 Like a corpse trampled underfoot, 20 you will not join them in burial,57 for you have destroyed your land and killed your people. Let the offspring58 of the wicked59 never be mentioned60 again. 21 Prepare a place to slaughter his children61 for the sins of their ancestors;62 they are not to rise to inherit the land and cover the earth with their cities. 22 "I will rise up63 against them," declares the LORD Almighty. "I will wipe out Babylon's name64 and survivors, her offspring and descendants,65" declares the LORD. 23 "I will turn her into a place for owls66 and into swampland; I will sweep her with the broom of destruction,67" declares the LORD Almighty.68 24 The LORD Almighty has sworn,69 "Surely, as I have planned,70 so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will happen.71 25 I will crush the Assyrian72 in my land; on my mountains I will trample him down. His yoke73 will be taken from my people, and his burden removed from their shoulders.74" 26 This is the plan75 determined for the whole world; this is the hand76 stretched out over all nations. 27 For the LORD Almighty has purposed,77 and who can thwart him? His hand78 is stretched out, and who can turn it back?79

A Prophecy Against the Philistines

28 This prophecy80 came in the year81 King Ahaz82 died: 29 Do not rejoice, all you Philistines,83 that the rod that struck you is broken; from the root of that snake will spring up a viper,84 its fruit will be a darting, venomous serpent.85 30 The poorest of the poor will find pasture, and the needy86 will lie down in safety.87 But your root I will destroy by famine;88 it will slay89 your survivors.90 31 Wail,91 you gate!92 Howl, you city! Melt away, all you Philistines!93 A cloud of smoke comes from the north,94 and there is not a straggler in its ranks.95 32 What answer shall be given to the envoys96 of that nation? "The LORD has established Zion,97 and in her his afflicted people will find refuge.98"
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