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Prophecies about Babylon

1 The oracle R498 F159 concerning Babylon R499 which Isaiah R500 the son of Amoz saw.

2 Lift R501 up a standard on the bare R502 F160 hill,

Raise your voice to them,

Wave R503 the hand that they may enter R504 the doors of the nobles.

3 I have commanded My consecrated ones,

I have even called My mighty R505 warriors,

My proudly exulting ones,

To execute My anger.

4 A sound R506 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 farthest R507 F161 horizons,

The LORD and His instruments of indignation, R508

To destroy R509 the whole land.

Judgment on the Day of the LORD

6 Wail, for the day R510 of the LORD is near!

It will come as destruction R511 from the F162 Almighty.

7 Therefore all R512 hands will fall limp,

And every man's heart R513 will melt.

8 They will be terrified, R514

Pains and anguish will take hold of them;

They will writhe R515 like a woman in labor,

They will look at one another in astonishment,

Their faces aflame.

9 Behold, the R516 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 stars R517 of heaven and their constellations

Will not flash forth their light;

The sun R518 will be dark when it rises

And the moon will not shed its light.

11 Thus I will punish R519 the world for its evil

And the wicked R520 for their iniquity;

I will also put an end to the arrogance R521 of the proud

And abase the haughtiness R522 of the ruthless. R523 F163

12 I will make mortal man scarcer R524 F164 than pure gold

And mankind than the gold R525 of Ophir.

13 Therefore I will make the heavens R526 tremble,

And the R527 earth will be shaken from its place

At the fury of the LORD of hosts

In the R528 day of His burning anger.

14 And it will be that like a hunted gazelle,

Or like sheep R529 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 thrust R530 through,

And anyone who is captured will fall by the sword.

16 Their little R531 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 stir R532 up the Medes against them,

Who will not value silver or take R533 pleasure in gold.

18 And their bows will mow F165 down the young R534 men,

They will not even have compassion on the fruit of the womb,

Nor will their eye R535 pity children. F166

19 And Babylon, R536 the beauty R537 of kingdoms, the glory of the Chaldeans' pride,

Will be as when God overthrew R538 Sodom and Gomorrah.

20 It will never R539 be inhabited or lived in from generation to generation;

Nor will the Arab R540 pitch his tent there,

Nor will shepherds make their flocks lie down there.

21 But desert R541 creatures will lie down there,

And their houses will be full of owls; F167

Ostriches also will live there, and shaggy F168 goats will frolic there.

22 Hyenas F169 will howl in their fortified towers

And jackals in their luxurious palaces. R542

Her fateful time also will F170 soon come

And her days will not be prolonged.

F159: Or burden of
F160: Or wind-swept mountain
F161: Lit end of heaven
F162: Hebrew Shaddai
F163: Or tyrants, despots
F164: Lit more precious
F165: Lit dash in pieces
F166: Lit sons
F167: Or howling creatures
F168: Or goat demons
F169: Or howling creatures
F170: Lit is near to come

R498: Isaiah 14:28; 15:1
R499: Isaiah 13:19; 14:4; 47:1-15; Jeremiah 24:1; 50:1-51:64; Matthew 1:11; Revelation 14:8
R500: Isaiah 1:1
R501: Isaiah 5:26; Jeremiah 50:2
R502: Jeremiah 51:25
R503: Isaiah 10:32; 19:16
R504: Isaiah 45:1-3; Jeremiah 51:58
R505: Joel 3:11
R506: Isaiah 5:30; 17:12; Joel 3:14
R507: Isaiah 5:26; 7:18
R508: Isaiah 10:5
R509: Isaiah 24:1
R510: Isaiah 2:12; 10:3; 13:9; 34:2,8; 61:2; Ezekiel 30:3; Amos 5:18; Zephaniah 1:7
R511: Isaiah 10:25; 14:23; Joel 1:15
R512: Ezekiel 7:17
R513: Isaiah 19:1; Ezekiel 21:7; Nahum 2:10
R514: 2 Kings 19:26; Isaiah 21:3; Jeremiah 46:5
R515: Isaiah 26:17; Jeremiah 4:31; John 16:21
R516: Isaiah 13:6
R517: Isaiah 5:30; Ezekiel 32:7; Joel 2:10; Matthew 24:29; Mark 13:24; Luke 21:25; Revelation 6:13; 8:12
R518: Isaiah 24:23; 50:3; Ezekiel 32:7; Acts 2:20; Revelation 6:12
R519: Isaiah 26:21
R520: Isaiah 3:11; 11:4; 14:5
R521: Isaiah 2:11; 23:9; Daniel 5:22,23
R522: Jeremiah 48:29
R523: Isaiah 25:3; 29:5,20
R524: Isaiah 4:1; 6:11,12
R525: 1 Kings 9:28; Job 1:28:16; Psalms 45:9
R526: Isaiah 34:4; 51:6
R527: Psalms 18:7; Isaiah 2:19; 24:1,19,20; Haggai 2:6
R528: Lamentations 1:12
R529: 1 Kings 22:17; Matthew 9:36; Mark 6:34; 1 Peter 2:25
R530: Isaiah 14:19; Jeremiah 50:25; 51:3,4
R531: Psalms 137:8,9; Isaiah 13:18; 14:21; Hosea 10:14; Nahum 3:10
R532: Jeremiah 51:11; Daniel 5:28
R533: Proverbs 6:34,35
R534: 2 Kings 8:12; 2 Chronicles 36:17
R535: Ezekiel 9:5,10
R536: Isaiah 21:9; 48:14
R537: Daniel 4:30; Revelation 18:11-16,19,21
R538: Genesis 19:24; Deuteronomy 29:23; Jeremiah 49:18; Amos 4:11
R539: Isaiah 14:23; 34:10-15; Jeremiah 51:37-43
R540: 2 Chronicles 17:11
R541: Isaiah 34:11-15; Zephaniah 2:14; Revelation 18:2
R542: Isaiah 25:2; 32:14; 34:13


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