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Isaiah 13 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Prophecies about Babylon

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The pronouncement concerning Babylon which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw:

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Lift up a flag on the [fn]bare hill,

Raise your voice to them,

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

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I have commanded My consecrated ones,

I have also called for My warriors

Who boast in My eminence,

To execute My anger.

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A sound of a roar on the mountains,

Like that of many people!

A sound of an uproar of kingdoms,

Of nations gathered together!

The LORD of armies is mustering the army for battle.

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They are coming from a distant country,

From the [fn]farthest horizons,

The LORD and the weapons of His indignation,

To destroy the whole land.

Judgment on the Day of the LORD

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Wail, for the day of the LORD is near!

It will come as destruction from [fn]the Almighty.

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Therefore all hands will fall limp,

And every human heart will melt.

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They will be terrified,

Pains and anguish will take hold of them;

They will writhe like a woman in labor,

They will look at one another in astonishment,

Their faces aflame.

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Behold, the 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.

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For the stars of heaven and their constellations

Will not flash their light;

The sun will be dark when it rises

And the moon will not shed its light.

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So I will punish the world for its evil

And the wicked for their wrongdoing;

I will also put an end to the audacity of the proud

And humiliate the arrogance of the [fn]tyrants.

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I will make mortal man scarcer than pure gold

And mankind than the gold of Ophir.

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Therefore I will make the heavens tremble,

And the earth will be shaken from its place

At the fury of the LORD of armies

In the day of His burning anger.

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And it will be that, like a hunted gazelle,

Or like sheep with no one to gather them,

Each of them will turn to his own people,

And each of them will flee to his own land.

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Anyone who is found will be thrust through,

And anyone who is captured will fall by the sword.

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Their little ones also will be dashed to pieces

Before their eyes;

Their houses will be plundered

And their wives raped.

Babylon Will Fall to the Medes

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Behold, I am going to stir up the Medes against them,

Who will not value silver or take pleasure in gold.

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And their bows will [fn]mow down the young men,

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

Nor will their eye pity [fn]children.

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And Babylon, the beauty of kingdoms, the glory of the Chaldeans’ pride,

Will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.

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

Nor will the Arab pitch his tent there,

Nor will shepherds allow their flocks to lie down there.

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But desert creatures will lie down there,

And their houses will be full of [fn]owls;

Ostriches also will live there, and [fn]shaggy goats will frolic there.

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[fn]Hyenas will howl in their fortified towers

And jackals in their luxurious palaces.

Her fateful time also [fn]will soon come,

And her days will not be prolonged.

NASB20 Footnotes
Or wind-swept mountain
Lit end of heaven
Heb Shaddai
Or violent
Lit dash in pieces
Lit sons
Or howling creatures
Or goat demons
Or howling creatures
Lit is near to come

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