Isaiah 14

Israel's Taunt

1 When the LORD will 1have compassion on Jacob and again 2choose Israel, and settle them in their own land, then 3strangers will join them and attach themselves to the house of Jacob.
2 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 LORD 5as male servants and female servants *; and they will take their captors captive and will rule over their oppressors.
3 And it will be in the day when the LORD gives you 6rest from your pain and turmoil and harsh service in which you have been enslaved,
4 that you will 7take up this taunt against the king of Babylon, and say, "How 8the oppressor has ceased, And how fury has ceased!
5 "The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked, The scepter of rulers
6 9Which used to strike the peoples in fury with unceasing * strokes, Which subdued the nations in anger with unrestrained * persecution.
7 "The whole earth is at rest and is quiet; They 10break forth into shouts of joy.
8 "Even the 11cypress trees rejoice over you, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, 'Since you were laid low, no tree cutter comes up against us.'
9 "12Sheol from beneath * is excited over you to meet you when you come; It arouses for you the spirits of the dead, all the leaders of the earth; It raises all the kings of the nations from their thrones.
10 "13They will all respond and say to you, 'Even you have been made weak as we, You have become like us.
11 'Your 14pomp and the music of your harps Have been brought down to Sheol; Maggots are spread out as your bed beneath you And worms are your covering.'
12 "How you have 15fallen from heaven, O 16star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations!
13 "But you said in your heart, 'I will 17ascend to heaven; I will 18raise my throne above the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north.
14 'I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; 19I will make myself like the Most High.'
15 "Nevertheless you 20will be thrust down to Sheol, To the recesses of the pit.
16 "Those who see you will gaze at you, They will ponder over you, saying, 'Is this the man who made the earth tremble, Who shook kingdoms,
17 Who made the world like a 21wilderness And overthrew its cities, Who 22did not allow his prisoners to go home?'
18 "All the kings of the nations lie in glory, Each in his own tomb.
19 "But you have been 23cast out of your tomb Like a rejected branch, Clothed with the slain who are pierced with a sword, Who go down to the stones of the 24pit Like a 25trampled corpse.
20 "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 mentioned forever.
21 "Prepare for his sons a place of slaughter Because of the 27iniquity of their fathers. They must not arise and take possession of the earth And fill the face of the world with cities."
22 "I will rise up against them," declares the LORD of hosts, "and will cut off from Babylon 28name and survivors, 29offspring and posterity," declares the LORD.
23 "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.

Judgment on Assyria

24 The LORD of hosts has sworn saying, "Surely *, 32just as I have intended so it has happened, and just as I have planned so it will stand,
25 to 33break Assyria in My land, and I will trample him on My mountains. Then his 34yoke will be removed from them and his burden removed from their shoulder.
26 "This is the 35plan devised against the whole earth; and this is the 36hand that is stretched out against all the nations.
27 "For 37the LORD of hosts has planned, and who can frustrate it? And as for His stretched-out hand, who can turn it back?"
28 In the 38year that King Ahaz died this 39oracle came:

Judgment on Philistia

29 "Do not rejoice, O 40Philistia, all of you, Because the rod that 41struck you is broken; For from the serpent's root a 42viper will come out, And its fruit will be a 43flying serpent.
30 "Those who are most 44helpless will eat, And the needy will lie down in security; I will destroy your root with 45famine, And it will kill off your survivors.
31 "Wail, O 46gate; cry, O city; Melt away, O 47Philistia, all of you; For smoke comes from the 48north, And 49there is no straggler in his ranks.
32 "How then will one answer the 50messengers of the nation? That 51the LORD has founded Zion, And 52the afflicted of His people will seek refuge in it."
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