Isaiah 13

Prophecies about Babylon

1 The 1oracle concerning 2Babylon which 3Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.
2 4Lift up a standard on the 5bare hill, Raise your voice to them, 6Wave the hand that they may 7enter the doors of the nobles.
3 I have commanded My consecrated ones, I have even called My 8mighty warriors, My proudly exulting ones, To execute My anger.
4 A 9sound of tumult on the mountains, Like that of many people! A sound of the uproar of kingdoms, Of nations gathered together! The LORD of hosts is mustering the army for battle.
5 They are coming from a far country, From the 10farthest horizons, The LORD and His instruments of 11indignation, To 12destroy the whole land.

Judgment on the Day of the LORD

6 Wail, for the 13day of the LORD is near! It will come as 14destruction from the Almighty.
8 They will be 17terrified, Pains and anguish will take hold of them; They will 18writhe like a woman in labor, They will look at one another in astonishment, Their faces aflame.
9 Behold, 19the day of the LORD is coming, Cruel, with fury and burning anger, To make the land a desolation; And He will exterminate its sinners from it.
10 For the 20stars of heaven and their constellations Will not flash forth their light; The 21sun will be dark when it rises And the moon will not shed its light.
11 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 26ruthless.
13 Therefore * I will make the 29heavens tremble, And 30the earth will be shaken from its place At the fury of the LORD of hosts In 31the day of His burning anger.
14 And it will be that like a hunted gazelle, Or like 32sheep with none to gather them, They will each turn to his own people, And each one flee to his own land.
15 Anyone who is found will be 33thrust through, And anyone who is captured will fall by the sword.
16 Their 34little ones also will be dashed to pieces Before their eyes; Their houses will be plundered And their wives ravished.

Babylon Will Fall to the Medes

17 Behold, I am going to 35stir up the Medes against them, Who will not value silver or 36take pleasure in gold.
18 And their bows will mow down the 37young men, They will not even have compassion on the fruit of the womb, Nor will their 38eye pity children.
19 And 39Babylon, the 40beauty of kingdoms, the glory of the Chaldeans' pride, Will be as when God 41overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
20 It will 42never * be inhabited or lived in from generation to generation; Nor will the 43Arab pitch his tent there, Nor will shepherds make their flocks lie down there.
21 But 44desert creatures will lie down there, And their houses will be full of owls; Ostriches also will live there, and shaggy goats will frolic there.
22 Hyenas will howl in their fortified towers And jackals in their luxurious 45palaces. Her fateful time also will soon come And her days will not be prolonged.
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