Proclamation Against Babylon
1The #Jer. 50; 51; Matt. 1:11; Rev. 14:8burden against Babylon which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.
2“Lift#Is. 18:3 up a banner #Jer. 51:25on the high mountain,
Raise your voice to them;
#Is. 10:32Wave your hand, that they may enter the gates of the nobles.
3I have commanded My sanctified ones;
I have also called #Joel 3:11My mighty ones for My anger—
Those who #Ps. 149:2rejoice in My exaltation.”
4The #Is. 17:12; Joel 3:14noise of a multitude in the mountains,
Like that of many people!
A tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together!
The Lord of hosts musters
The army for battle.
5They come from a far country,
From the end of heaven—
The #Is. 42:13Lord and His weapons of indignation,
To destroy the whole #Is. 24:1; 34:2land.
6Wail, #Is. 2:12; Ezek. 30:3; Amos 5:18; Zeph. 1:7; Rev. 6:17for the day of the Lord is at hand!
#Is. 10:25; Job 31:23; Joel 1:15It will come as destruction from the Almighty.
7Therefore all hands will be limp,
Every man’s heart will melt,
8And they will be afraid.
#Ps. 48:6Pangs and sorrows will take hold of them;
They will be in pain as a woman in childbirth;
They will be amazed at one another;
Their faces will be like flames.
9Behold, #Mal. 4:1the day of the Lord comes,
Cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger,
To lay the land desolate;
And He will destroy #Ps. 104:35; Prov. 2:22its sinners from it.
10For the stars of heaven and their constellations
Will not give their light;
The sun will be #Is. 24:21–23; Ezek. 32:7; Joel 2:31; Matt. 24:29; Mark 13:24; Luke 21:25darkened in its going forth,
And the moon will not cause its light to shine.
11“I will #Is. 26:21punish the world for its evil,
And the wicked for their iniquity;
#(Is. 2:17)I will halt the arrogance of the proud,
And will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
12I will make a mortal more rare than fine gold,
A man more than the golden wedge of Ophir.
13#Is. 34:4; 51:6; Hag. 2:6Therefore I will shake the heavens,
And the earth will move out of her place,
In the wrath of the Lord of hosts
And in #Ps. 110:5; Lam. 1:12the day of His fierce anger.
14It shall be as the hunted gazelle,
And as a sheep that no man takes up;
#Jer. 50:16; 51:9Every man will turn to his own people,
And everyone will flee to his own land.
15Everyone who is found will be thrust through,
And everyone who is captured will fall by the sword.
16Their children also will be #Ps. 137:8, 9; Is. 13:18; 14:21; Hos. 10:14; Nah. 3:10dashed to pieces before their eyes;
Their houses will be plundered
And their wives #Zech. 14:2ravished.
17“Behold,#Is. 21:2; Jer. 51:11, 28; Dan. 5:28, 31 I will stir up the Medes against them,
Who will not regard silver;
And as for gold, they will not delight in it.
18Also their bows will dash the young men to pieces,
And they will have no pity on the fruit of the womb;
Their eye will not spare children.
19#Is. 14:4; Dan. 4:30; Rev. 18:11–16, 19, 21And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms,
The beauty of the Chaldeans’ pride,
Will be as when God overthrew #Gen. 19:24; Deut. 29:23; Jer. 50:40; Amos 4:11Sodom and Gomorrah.
20#Jer. 50:3It will never be inhabited,
Nor will it be settled from generation to generation;
Nor will the Arabian pitch tents there,
Nor will the shepherds make their sheepfolds there.
21#Is. 34:11–15; Zeph. 2:14; Rev. 18:2But wild beasts of the desert will lie there,
And their houses will be full of owls;
Ostriches will dwell there,
And wild goats will caper there.
22The hyenas will howl in their citadels,
And jackals in their pleasant palaces.
#Jer. 51:33Her time is near to come,
And her days will not be prolonged.”