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Isaiah 47 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Prediction of Babylon’s Fall
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 47:1 - “Come down, virgin daughter of Babylon, and sit in the dust.
For your days of sitting on a throne have ended.
O daughter of Babylonia,[fn] never again will you be
the lovely princess, tender and delicate.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 47:2 - Take heavy millstones and grind flour.
Remove your veil, and strip off your robe.
Expose yourself to public view.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 47:3 - You will be naked and burdened with shame.
I will take vengeance against you without pity.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 47:4 - Our Redeemer, whose name is the LORD of Heaven’s Armies,
is the Holy One of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 47:5 - “O beautiful Babylon, sit now in darkness and silence.
Never again will you be known as the queen of kingdoms.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 47:6 - For I was angry with my chosen people
and punished them by letting them fall into your hands.
But you, Babylon, showed them no mercy.
You oppressed even the elderly.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 47:7 - You said, ‘I will reign forever as queen of the world!’
You did not reflect on your actions
or think about their consequences.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 47:8 - “Listen to this, you pleasure-loving kingdom,
living at ease and feeling secure.
You say, ‘I am the only one, and there is no other.
I will never be a widow or lose my children.’
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 47:9 - Well, both these things will come upon you in a moment:
widowhood and the loss of your children.
Yes, these calamities will come upon you,
despite all your witchcraft and magic.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 47:10 - “You felt secure in your wickedness.
‘No one sees me,’ you said.
But your ‘wisdom’ and ‘knowledge’ have led you astray,
and you said, ‘I am the only one, and there is no other.’
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 47:11 - So disaster will overtake you,
and you won’t be able to charm it away.
Calamity will fall upon you,
and you won’t be able to buy your way out.
A catastrophe will strike you suddenly,
one for which you are not prepared.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 47:12 - “Now use your magical charms!
Use the spells you have worked at all these years!
Maybe they will do you some good.
Maybe they can make someone afraid of you.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 47:13 - All the advice you receive has made you tired.
Where are all your astrologers,
those stargazers who make predictions each month?
Let them stand up and save you from what the future holds.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 47:14 - But they are like straw burning in a fire;
they cannot save themselves from the flame.
You will get no help from them at all;
their hearth is no place to sit for warmth.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 47:15 - And all your friends,
those with whom you’ve done business since childhood,
will go their own ways,
turning a deaf ear to your cries.
NLT Footnotes
Or Chaldea; also in 47:5.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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