The Restoration of Israel
1But Yahweh will have compassion on Jacob,
and he will again choose Israel
and set them on their land,
and the immigrant will join himself to them,
and they will attach themselves to the house of Jacob.
2And the nations will take them
and bring them to their place,
and the house of Israel will take possession of them#That is, the nations in the land of Yahweh
as slaves and female slaves.
And this will happen:
they will take their captors captive
and rule over their oppressors.
The Downfall of the King of Babylon
3And it shall happen on the day Yahweh gives you rest from your pain and turmoil and hard labor which you had to perform,#Literally “was worked by you”
4that you will take this taunt against the king of Babylon,
and you will say:
“How the oppressor has ceased!
his insolence#The meaning of the word is uncertain; others translate it as “fury,” “hostility,” or even “golden city” has ceased.
5Yahweh has broken the staff of the wicked,
the scepter of rulers,
6that struck the peoples in wrath, a blow without ceasing,
that ruled the nations in anger
with unrestrained persecution.#Literally “persecution without withholding”
7All of the earth rests and is quiet;
they break forth into singing.
8Even the cypresses rejoice over you,
the cedars of Lebanon:
‘Since you were laid down,
no wood cutter comes up against us.’
9Sheol below is getting excited over you,
to meet you when you come;#Literally “your entrance”
it arouses the dead spirits for you,
all of the leaders of the earth.
It raises all of the kings of the nations from their thrones.
10All of them will respond and say to you,
‘You yourself also were made weak like us!
You have become the same as us!’
11Your pride is brought down to Sheol,
and the sound of your harps;
maggots#Hebrew “maggot” are spread out beneath you like a bed,
and your covering is worms.#Hebrew “worm”
12How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of dawn!
You are cut down to the ground, conqueror of nations!
13And you yourself said in your heart,
‘I will ascend to heaven;
I will raise up my throne above the stars of God;
and I will sit on the mountain of assembly
on the summit of Zaphon;#Or “of the north”
14I will ascend to the high places of the clouds,#Hebrew “cloud”
I will make myself like the Most High.’
15But you are brought down to Sheol,
to the depths of the pit.
16Those who see you will stare at you,
they will look closely at you:
‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble,
who caused kingdoms to shake,
17who made the world like the desert
and destroyed its cities,
who would not let his prisoners go home?’
18All the kings of the nations, all of them, lie in glory,
each one in his house.
19But as for you, you are thrown away from your grave,
like an abhorrent shoot,
clothed with the slain,
those pierced by the sword,
those who go down to the stones of the pit,
like a corpse that is trodden down.
20You will not be united with them in burial
because you have destroyed your land,
you have killed your people.
The descendants#Hebrew “descendant” of evildoers will not be mentioned for eternity!
21Prepare a place of slaughter for his sons
because of the sin of their ancestors.#Or “fathers”
Let them not rise and take possession of the earth
or fill up the face of the world with cities.”
22“And I will rise up against them,”
declares#Literally “declaration of” Yahweh of hosts,
“and I will cut off name and a remnant from Babylon,
and offspring and posterity,”
declares#Literally “declaration of” Yahweh.
23“And I will make her a possession of the hedgehog,
and pools of water,
and I will sweep her away with the broom of destruction,”
declares#Literally “declaration of” Yahweh of hosts.
Oracle of Judgment on Assyria
24Yahweh of hosts has sworn, saying,
“Surely#The oath formula begins literally “If not” just as I have intended, so it shall be.
And just as I have planned, it shall stand:
25to break Assyria in my land,
and I will trample him down on my mountains;
and he shall remove his yoke from them,
and he shall remove his burden from his#That is, their shoulders.”#Hebrew “shoulder”
26This is the plan that is planned concerning all of the earth;
and this is the hand that is stretched out over all of the nations.
27For Yahweh of hosts has planned, and who will frustrate it?
And his hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back?
Oracle of Judgment on Philistia
28In the year of the death of king Ahaz there was this oracle:
29You must not rejoice, all you Philistines,
that the rod that struck you is broken,
for a viper will come forth from the root of the snake,
and its fruit will be a flying serpent.
30And the firstborn of the poor will graze,
and the needy will lie down in security;
but I will cause your root to die in famine,
and it will kill your remnant.
31Wail, gate! Cry, city!
Melt,#With fear or despair Philistia, all of you!
For smoke is coming from the north,
and there is no straggler in his ranks.
32And what will one answer the messengers of the nation?
That Yahweh has founded Zion,
and the needy of his people will take refuge in it.