Isaiah 13
God will punish other nations
Babylon will be punished
1This is the message#13.1 message: See the note at 1.1. that I was given about Babylon:#Is 47.1-15; Jr 50.1—51.64.
2From high on a barren hill
give a signal, shout the orders,
and point the way
to enter the gates
of Babylon's proud rulers.
3The LORD has commanded
his very best warriors
and his proud heroes
to show how angry he is.
4Listen to the noisy crowds
on the mountains!
Kingdoms and nations
are joining forces.
The LORD All-Powerful
is bringing together
an army for battle.
5From a distant land
the LORD is coming
fierce and furious—
he brings his weapons
to destroy the earth.
6Cry and weep!#Jl 1.15.
The day is coming
when the mighty LORD
will bring destruction.
7-8All people will be terrified.
Hands will grow limp;
courage will melt away.
Everyone will tremble with pain
like a woman giving birth;
they will stare at each other
with horror on their faces.
There will be no mercy
9I, the LORD,
will show no mercy or pity
when that time comes.
In my anger I will destroy
the earth and every sinner
who lives on it.
10Light will disappear#Ez 32.7; Mt 24.29; Mk 13.24-25; Lk 21.25; Rev 6.12,13; 8.12.
from the stars in the sky;
the dawning sun will turn dark,
and the moon
will lose its glow.
11I will punish this evil world
and its people
because of their sins.
I will crush the horrible pride
of those who are cruel.
12Survivors will be harder to find
than the purest gold.
13I, the LORD All-Powerful,
am terribly angry—
I will make the sky tremble
and the earth shake loose.
14Everyone will run
to their homelands,
just as hunted deer run,
and sheep scatter
when they have no shepherd.
15Those who are captured
will be killed by a sword.
16They will see their children
beaten against rocks,
their homes robbed,
and their wives abused.
17The Medes#13.17 Medes: People of a nation north-east of Babylonia, which became part of the Persian Empire. can't be bought off
with silver or gold,
and I'm sending them
to attack Babylonia.
18Their arrows will slaughter
the young men;
no pity will be shown
to babies and children.
The LORD will destroy Babylon
19The city of Babylon#Gn 19.24.
is glorious and powerful,
the pride of the nation.
But it will be like the cities
of Sodom and Gomorrah
after I, the Lord,
destroyed them.
20No one will live in Babylon.
Even nomads won't camp nearby,
and shepherds won't let
their sheep rest there.
21Only desert creatures,#Is 34.14; Zep 2.14; Rev 18.2.
owls, and ostriches
will live in its ruins,
and goats#13.21 goats: Or “demons”. will leap about.
22Hyenas and wolves will howl
from Babylon's fortresses
and beautiful palaces.
Its time is almost up!