Isaiah 13:1
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New International Version
A prophecy against Babylon that Isaiah son of Amoz saw:

New Living Translation
Isaiah son of Amoz received this message concerning the destruction of Babylon:

English Standard Version
The oracle concerning Babylon which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.

New American Standard Bible
The oracle concerning Babylon which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.

King James Bible
The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.

Christian Standard Bible
A pronouncement concerning Babylon that Isaiah son of Amoz saw:

Contemporary English Version
This is the message that I was given about Babylon:

Good News Translation
This is a message about Babylon, which Isaiah son of Amoz received from God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
An oracle against Babylon that Isaiah son of Amoz saw:

International Standard Version
A message that Amoz's son Isaiah received about Babylon:

NET Bible
This is a message about Babylon that God revealed to Isaiah son of Amoz:

New Heart English Bible
The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is the divine revelation which Isaiah, son of Amoz, saw about Babylon.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.

New American Standard 1977
The oracle concerning Babylon which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.

King James 2000 Bible
The burden concerning Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.

American King James Version
The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.

American Standard Version
The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.

Douay-Rheims Bible
THE burden of Babylon, which Isaias the son of Amos saw.

Darby Bible Translation
The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.

English Revised Version
The burden of which Babylon, Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.

Webster's Bible Translation
The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.

World English Bible
The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw:

Young's Literal Translation
The burden of Babylon that Isaiah son of Amoz hath seen:
Study Bible
A Judgment against Babylon
1The oracle concerning Babylon which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw. 2Lift up a standard on the bare hill, Raise your voice to them, Wave the hand that they may enter the doors of the nobles.…
Cross References
Matthew 1:11
and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.

Revelation 14:8
Then a second angel followed, saying, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, who has made all the Gentiles to drink the wine of the passion of her immorality."

2 Kings 9:25
Then Jehu said to Bidkar his officer, "Take him up and cast him into the property of the field of Naboth the Jezreelite, for I remember when you and I were riding together after Ahab his father, that the LORD laid this oracle against him:

Isaiah 1:1
The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz concerning Judah and Jerusalem, which he saw during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

Isaiah 13:19
And Babylon, the beauty of kingdoms, the glory of the Chaldeans' pride, Will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.

Isaiah 14:4
that you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon, and say, "How the oppressor has ceased, And how fury has ceased!

Isaiah 14:28
In the year that King Ahaz died this oracle came:

Isaiah 15:1
The oracle concerning Moab. Surely in a night Ar of Moab is devastated and ruined; Surely in a night Kir of Moab is devastated and ruined.

Isaiah 17:1
The oracle concerning Damascus. "Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city And will become a fallen ruin.

Isaiah 19:1
The oracle concerning Egypt. Behold, the LORD is riding on a swift cloud and is about to come to Egypt; The idols of Egypt will tremble at His presence, And the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them.
Treasury of Scripture

The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.


Isaiah 14:28 In the year that king Ahaz died was this burden.

Isaiah 15:1 The burden of Moab. Because in the night Ar of Moab is laid waste, …

Isaiah 17:1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being …

Isaiah 19:1 The burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORD rides on a swift cloud, and …

Isaiah 21:1,11,13 The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds in the south pass …

Isaiah 22:1,25 The burden of the valley of vision. What ails you now, that you are …

Isaiah 23:1 The burden of Tyre. Howl, you ships of Tarshish; for it is laid waste, …

Jeremiah 23:33-38 And when this people, or the prophet, or a priest, shall ask you, …

Ezekiel 12:10 Say you to them, Thus said the Lord GOD; This burden concerns the …

Nahum 1:1 The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.

Habakkuk 1:1 The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see.

Zechariah 9:1 The burden of the word of the LORD in the land of Hadrach, and Damascus …

Zechariah 12:1 The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, said the LORD, which …

Malachi 1:1 The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.

of Babylon

Isaiah 14:4 That you shall take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, …

Isaiah 21:1-10 The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds in the south pass …

Isaiah 43:14 Thus said the LORD, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your …

Isaiah 44:1,2 Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen…

Isaiah 47:1 Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit …

Jeremiah 25:12-26 And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that …

Jeremiah 50:1 The word that the LORD spoke against Babylon and against the land …

Jeremiah 51:1 Thus said the LORD; Behold, I will raise up against Babylon, and …

Daniel 5:28-31 PERES; Your kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians…

Revelation 17:1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, …

Revelation 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, …

which Isaiah

Isaiah 1:1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah …


(1) The burden of Babylon . . .--The title "burden," which is repeated in Isaiah 15:1; Isaiah 17:1; Isaiah 19:1; Isaiah 21:1; Isaiah 22:1; Isaiah 23:1, indicates that we have in this division a collection of prophetic utterances, bearing upon the future of the surrounding nations, among which Babylon was naturally pre-eminent. The authenticity of the first of these oracles has been questioned, partly on the ground of differences of style, partly because it seems to anticipate the future destruction of Babylon with a distinctness which implies a prophecy after the event. The first of these objections rests, as will be seen from the numerous coincidences between these and other portions of Isaiah, on no sufficient evidence. The second implies a view of prophecy which excludes the element of a divinely given foreknowledge; and that view the present writer does not accept.

Accepting the two chapters as Isaiah's, we have to ask how Babylon came at the time within the prophet's historical horizon, and what were at the time its political relations with Assyria. (1) It is obvious that the negotiations which Ahaz had opened with Tiglath-pileser, the passage to and fro of armies and ambassadors, the journeys of prophets like Jonah and Nahum, the commerce of which we have traces even in the days of Joshua (Joshua 7:21), must have made Babylon, as well as Nineveh, familiar to the leading men of Judah. As a matter of fact, it was probably more familiar. Babylon was the older, more famous, more splendid city Nineveh (if we accept the conclusions of one school of historians) had been overpowered and destroyed by the Medes under Arbaces, and the Babylonians under Belesis (B.C. 739), the Pul of Bible history, under whom Assyria was a dependency of Babylon (Lenormant, Anc. Hist., p. 38). In Tiglath-pileser the Assyrians found a ruler who restored their supremacy. The Chaldaeans, however, revolted under Merodach-baladan, and Sargon records with triumph how he had conquered him and spoiled his palace. As the result of that victory, he took the title of king of Babylon. Merodach-baladan, however, renewed his resistance early in the reign of Sennacherib, and though again defeated, we find him courting the alliance of Hezekiah either before or after the destruction of that king's army (Isaiah 39). We can scarcely doubt that the thought of a Babylonian, as of an Egyptian, alliance had presented itself to the minds of the statesmen of Judah as a means of staying the progress of Assyrian conquests. The chapters now before us, however, do not seem written with reference to such an alliance, and in Isaiah 14:25 Babylon seems contemplated chiefly as the representative of the power of Assyria. It seems probable, accordingly, that the king of Babylon in Isaiah 14:4 is to be identified with Sargon, the Assyrian king, who took the title of "Vicar of the Gods in Babylon" (Records of the Past, vol. xi. 17).

The word "burden," prefixed to this and the following prophecies, is a literal translation of the Hebrew. It seems to have acquired a half-technical sense as announcing the doom which a nation or a man was called to bear, and so to have acquired the meaning of an "oracle," or "prophecy." This meaning, which is first prominent in Isaiah (in Proverbs 30:1; Proverbs 31:1 it is used of an ethical or didactic utterance thought of as inspired), was afterwards given to it in the speeches of the false prophets (Lamentations 2:14); and in Jeremiah 23:33-40 we have a striking play upon the primary and derived meaning of the word. (See Note on Jeremiah 23:33.) It continued in use, however, in spite of Jeremiah's protest, and appears in Zechariah 9:1; Zechariah 12:1; Malachi 1:1. Oracle is perhaps the best English equivalent. We note as characteristic (see Isaiah 1:1; Isaiah 2:1), that the "burden" is described as that which Isaiah saw.

The burden of Babylon,.... That is, a prophecy concerning Babylon, as the word is rendered, Proverbs 31:1. The Septuagint and Arabic versions translate it "the vision"; it signifies a taking up (w) a speech against it, and pronouncing a heavy sentence on it, such an one as should sink it into utter destruction; which will be the case of mystical Babylon, when it shall be as a millstone cast into the sea, never to be brought up again, Revelation 18:21. The Targum is,

"the burden of the cup of cursing to give Babylon to drink:''

after some prophecies concerning the Messiah and his kingdom, and the church's song of praise for salvation by him, others are delivered out concerning the enemies of the people of God, and their destruction, and begin with Babylon the chief of these enemies, and into whose hands the people of Israel would be delivered for a while; wherefore this prophecy is given forth, in order to lay a foundation for comfort and relief, when that should be their case; by which it would appear that they should have deliverance from them by the same hand that should overthrow them:

which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see: by a spirit of prophecy; for this he saw not with his bodily eyes, though it was as clear and certain to him as if he had. The Targum is,

"which Isaiah the son of Amoz prophesied.''

(w) a "tollere". CHAPTER 13

Isa 13:1-22. The Thirteenth through Twenty-third Chapters Contain Prophecies as to Foreign Nations.—The Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Twenty-seventh Chapters as to Babylon and Assyria.

The predictions as to foreign nations are for the sake of the covenant people, to preserve them from despair, or reliance on human confederacies, and to strengthen their faith in God: also in order to extirpate narrow-minded nationality: God is Jehovah to Israel, not for Israel's sake alone, but that He may be thereby Elohim to the nations. These prophecies are in their right chronological place, in the beginning of Hezekiah's reign; then the nations of Western Asia, on the Tigris and Euphrates, first assumed a most menacing aspect.

1. burden—weighty or mournful prophecy [Grotius]. Otherwise, simply, the prophetical declaration, from a Hebrew root to put forth with the voice anything, as in Nu 23:7 [Maurer].

of Babylon—concerning Babylon.13:1-5 The threatenings of God's word press heavily upon the wicked, and are a sore burden, too heavy for them to bear. The persons brought together to lay Babylon waste, are called God's sanctified or appointed ones; designed for this service, and made able to do it. They are called God's mighty ones, because they had their might from God, and were now to use it for him. They come from afar. God can make those a scourge and ruin to his enemies, who are farthest off, and therefore least dreaded.
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