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Isaiah 13 :: New International Version (NIV)

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A Prophecy Against Babylon

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 13:1 - A prophecy against Babylon that Isaiah son of Amoz saw:
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 13:2 - Raise a banner on a bare hilltop, shout to them; beckon to them to enter the gates of the nobles.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 13:3 - I have commanded those I prepared for battle; I have summoned my warriors to carry out my wrath— those who rejoice in my triumph.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 13:4 - Listen, a noise on the mountains, like that of a great multitude! Listen, an uproar among the kingdoms, like nations massing together! The LORD Almighty is mustering an army for war.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 13:5 - They come from faraway lands, from the ends of the heavens— the LORD and the weapons of his wrath— to destroy the whole country.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 13:6 - Wail, for the day of the LORD is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 13:7 - Because of this, all hands will go limp, every heart will melt with fear.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 13:8 - Terror will seize them, pain and anguish will grip them; they will writhe like a woman in labor. They will look aghast at each other, their faces aflame.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 13:9 - See, the day of the LORD is coming —a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger— to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 13:10 - The stars of heaven and their constellations will not show their light. The rising sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 13:11 - I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 13:12 - I will make people scarcer than pure gold, more rare than the gold of Ophir.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 13:13 - Therefore I will make the heavens tremble; and the earth will shake from its place at the wrath of the LORD Almighty, in the day of his burning anger.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 13:14 - Like a hunted gazelle, like sheep without a shepherd, they will all return to their own people, they will flee to their native land.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 13:15 - Whoever is captured will be thrust through; all who are caught will fall by the sword.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 13:16 - Their infants will be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses will be looted and their wives violated.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 13:17 - See, I will stir up against them the Medes, who do not care for silver and have no delight in gold.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 13:18 - Their bows will strike down the young men; they will have no mercy on infants, nor will they look with compassion on children.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 13:19 - Babylon, the jewel of kingdoms, the pride and glory of the Babylonians,[fn] will be overthrown by God like Sodom and Gomorrah.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 13:20 - She will never be inhabited or lived in through all generations; there no nomads will pitch their tents, there no shepherds will rest their flocks.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 13:21 - But desert creatures will lie there, jackals will fill her houses; there the owls will dwell, and there the wild goats will leap about.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 13:22 - Hyenas will inhabit her strongholds, jackals her luxurious palaces. Her time is at hand, and her days will not be prolonged.
NIV Footnotes
Hebrew Shaddai
Or Chaldeans

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