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Isaiah 13 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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A Pronouncement against Babylon
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A pronouncement concerning Babylon that Isaiah son of Amoz saw:

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Lift up a banner on a barren mountain.

Call out to them.

Signal with your hand, and they will go

through the gates of the nobles.

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I have commanded my consecrated ones;

yes, I have called my warriors,

who celebrate my triumph,

to execute my wrath.

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Listen, a commotion on the mountains,

like that of a mighty people!

Listen, an uproar among the kingdoms,

like nations being gathered together!

The LORD of Armies is mobilizing an army for war.

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They are coming from a distant land,

from the farthest horizon —

the LORD and the weapons of his wrath —

to destroy the whole country.[fn]

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Wail! For the day of the LORD is near.

It will come as destruction from the Almighty.

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Therefore everyone’s hands will become weak,

and every man will lose heart.

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They will be horrified;

pain and agony will seize them;

they will be in anguish like a woman in labor.

They will look at each other,

their faces flushed with fear.

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Look, the day of the LORD is coming —

cruel, with fury and burning anger —

to make the earth a desolation

and to destroy its sinners.

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Indeed, the stars of the sky and its constellations[fn]

will not give their light.

The sun will be dark when it rises,

and the moon will not shine.

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I will punish the world for its evil,

and wicked people for their iniquities.

I will put an end to the pride of the arrogant

and humiliate the insolence of tyrants.

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I will make a human more scarce than fine gold,

and mankind more rare than the gold of Ophir.

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Therefore I will make the heavens tremble,

and the earth will shake from its foundations

at the wrath of the LORD of Armies,

on the day of his burning anger.

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Like wandering gazelles

and like sheep without a shepherd,

each one will turn to his own people,

each one will flee to his own land.

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Whoever is found will be stabbed,

and whoever is caught will die by the sword.

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Their children will be dashed to pieces before their eyes;

their houses will be looted,

and their wives raped.

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Look! I am stirring up the Medes against them,

who cannot be bought off with[fn] silver

and who have no desire for gold.

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Their bows will cut young men to pieces.

They will have no compassion on offspring;

they will not look with pity on children.

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And Babylon, the jewel of the kingdoms,

the glory of the pride of the Chaldeans,

will be like Sodom and Gomorrah

when God overthrew them.

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It will never be inhabited

or lived in from generation to generation;

a nomad will not pitch his tent there,

and shepherds will not let their flocks rest there.

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But desert creatures will lie down there,

and owls will fill the houses.

Ostriches will dwell there,

and wild goats will leap about.

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Hyenas will howl in the fortresses,

and jackals, in the luxurious palaces.

Babylon’s time is almost up;

her days are almost over.

CSB Footnotes
Or earth
Or Orions
Lit who have no regard for

Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017, 2020 by Holman Bible Publishers.

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For more information on this translation, see the CSB Preface.

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