Isaiah 13:5
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New International Version
They come from faraway lands, from the ends of the heavens-- the LORD and the weapons of his wrath-- to destroy the whole country.

New Living Translation
They come from distant countries, from beyond the farthest horizons. They are the LORD's weapons to carry out his anger. With them he will destroy the whole land.

English Standard Version
They come from a distant land, from the end of the heavens, the LORD and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.

New American Standard Bible
They are coming from a far country, From the farthest horizons, The LORD and His instruments of indignation, To destroy the whole land.

King James Bible
They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the LORD, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They are coming from a far land, from the distant horizon-- the LORD and the weapons of His wrath-- to destroy the whole country.

International Standard Version
They're coming from a faraway land, from the distant horizon— the LORD and the weapons of his anger— to destroy the entire land."

NET Bible
They come from a distant land, from the horizon. It is the LORD with his instruments of judgment, coming to destroy the whole earth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
His army is coming from a distant land, from the ends of heaven. The LORD is coming with the weapons of his fury to destroy the whole world.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They come from a far land, from the end of the heavens, even the LORD, and the instruments of his indignation, to destroy the whole earth.

King James 2000 Bible
They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the LORD, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.

American King James Version
They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the LORD, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.

American Standard Version
They come from a far country, from the uttermost part of heaven, even Jehovah, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.

Douay-Rheims Bible
To them that come from a country afar off, from the end of heaven: tile Lord and the instruments of his wrath, to destroy the whole land.

Darby Bible Translation
They come from a far country, from the end of the heavens -- Jehovah, and the weapons of his indignation -- to destroy the whole land.

English Revised Version
They come from a far country, from the uttermost part of heaven, even the LORD, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.

Webster's Bible Translation
They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the LORD, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.

World English Bible
They come from a far country, from the uttermost part of heaven, even Yahweh, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.

Young's Literal Translation
They are coming in from a land afar off, From the end of the heavens, Jehovah and the instruments of His indignation, To destroy all the land.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - They come from a far country (comp. Isaiah 46:11). Both Media and Persia were "far countries" to the Hebrews, Persia especially. There is no indication that they knew of any countries more remote towards the East. Hence the expression which follows, "from the end of heaven" - the heaven being supposed to end where the earth ended. Isaiah, like the other sacred writers, conforms his language on cosmical subjects to the opinions of his day. Even the Lord. With a most effective anthropomorphism, Jehovah is made to march with the army that he has mustered (ver. 4) against the land that has provoked his wrath - i.e. Babylonia. The weapons (comp. Isaiah 10:15; Jeremiah 1:25; 51:20). To destroy the whole land. Many critics would render ha-arets by "the earth" here. It may be granted that the language of the prophecy goes beyond the occasion in places (especially vers. 11 and 13), and passes from Babylon to that wicked world of which Babylon is a type; but, where the context permits, it seems better to restrict than to expand the meaning of the words employed.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

They come from a far country, from the end of heaven,.... The east, as Kimchi observes; the Targum is, from the ends of the earth; the furthermost parts of it, as Persia and Media were: the former is bounded on the south side by the main ocean; and the latter, part of it by the Caspian sea; and between Babylon and these kingdoms lay the large kingdom of Assyria; so that this army might be truly said to come from a far country:

even the Lord, and the weapons of his indignation; the Medes and Persians, who were the instruments of his wrath and vengeance against Babylon; just as Assyria is called the rod of his anger, Isaiah 10:5 with these he is said to come, because this army was of his gathering, mustering, ordering, and directing, in his providence; the end and design of which was,

to destroy the whole land; not the whole world, as the Septuagint render it; but the whole land of Chaldea, of which Babylon was the metropolis. The Targum is,

"to destroy all the wicked of the earth.''

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. They—namely, "Jehovah," and the armies which are "the weapons of His indignation."

far country—Media and Persia, stretching to the far north and east.

end of heaven—the far east (Ps 19:6).

destroy—rather, "to seize" [Horsley].

Isaiah 13:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Judgment against Babylon
4A sound of tumult on the mountains, Like that of many people! A sound of the uproar of kingdoms, Of nations gathered together! The LORD of hosts is mustering the army for battle. 5They are coming from a far country, From the farthest horizons, The LORD and His instruments of indignation, To destroy the whole land. 6Wail, for the day of the LORD is near! It will come as destruction from the Almighty.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 1:27
"How the mighty have fallen! The weapons of war have perished!"

Isaiah 5:26
He lifts up a banner for the distant nations, he whistles for those at the ends of the earth. Here they come, swiftly and speedily!

Isaiah 7:18
In that day the LORD will whistle for flies from the Nile delta in Egypt and for bees from the land of Assyria.

Isaiah 10:5
"Woe to the Assyrian, the rod of my anger, in whose hand is the club of my wrath!

Isaiah 24:1
See, the LORD is going to lay waste the earth and devastate it; he will ruin its face and scatter its inhabitants--

Isaiah 26:20
Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by.

Isaiah 30:27
See, the Name of the LORD comes from afar, with burning anger and dense clouds of smoke; his lips are full of wrath, and his tongue is a consuming fire.

Isaiah 34:2
The LORD is angry with all nations; his wrath is on all their armies. He will totally destroy them, he will give them over to slaughter.

Isaiah 48:14
"Come together, all of you, and listen: Which of the idols has foretold these things? The LORD's chosen ally will carry out his purpose against Babylon; his arm will be against the Babylonians.

Isaiah 66:14
When you see this, your heart will rejoice and you will flourish like grass; the hand of the LORD will be made known to his servants, but his fury will be shown to his foes.

Jeremiah 8:19
Listen to the cry of my people from a land far away: "Is the LORD not in Zion? Is her King no longer there?" "Why have they aroused my anger with their images, with their worthless foreign idols?"

Jeremiah 50:25
The LORD has opened his arsenal and brought out the weapons of his wrath, for the Sovereign LORD Almighty has work to do in the land of the Babylonians.

Ezekiel 22:31
So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign LORD."
Treasury of Scripture

They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the LORD, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.

from a far

Isaiah 13:17 Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard …

Jeremiah 50:3,9 For out of the north there comes up a nation against her, which shall …

Jeremiah 51:11,27,28 Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the LORD has raised up …

Matthew 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and …

and the weapons

Jeremiah 51:20 You are my battle ax and weapons of war: for with you will I break …

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