Isaiah 13:6
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New International Version
Wail, for the day of the LORD is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty.

New Living Translation
Scream in terror, for the day of the LORD has arrived--the time for the Almighty to destroy.

English Standard Version
Wail, for the day of the LORD is near; as destruction from the Almighty it will come!

New American Standard Bible
Wail, for the day of the LORD is near! It will come as destruction from the Almighty.

King James Bible
Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Wail! For the day of the LORD is near. It will come like destruction from the Almighty.

International Standard Version
Wail out loud, because the Day of the LORD is near. It will come like destruction from the Almighty!

NET Bible
Wail, for the LORD's day of judgment is near; it comes with all the destructive power of the sovereign judge.

New Heart English Bible
Wail; for the day of the LORD is at hand. It will come as destruction from Shaddai.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Cry loudly, for the day of the LORD is near. It will come like destruction from the Almighty.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; As destruction from the Almighty shall it come.

New American Standard 1977
Wail, for the day of the LORD is near!
            It will come as destruction from the Almighty.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Howl; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as destruction from the Almighty.

King James 2000 Bible
Wail you; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.

American King James Version
Howl you; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.

American Standard Version
Wail ye; for the day of Jehovah is at hand; as destruction from the Almighty shall it come.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Howl ye, for the day of the Lord is near: it shall come as a destruction from the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
Howl, for the day of Jehovah is at hand; it cometh as destruction from the Almighty.

English Revised Version
Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; as destruction from the Almighty shall it come.

Webster's Bible Translation
Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.

World English Bible
Wail; for the day of Yahweh is at hand! It will come as destruction from the Almighty.

Young's Literal Translation
Howl ye, for near is the day of Jehovah, As destruction from the Mighty it cometh.
Study Bible
A Judgment against Babylon
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. 7Therefore all hands will fall limp, And every man's heart will melt.…
Cross References
James 5:1
Come now, you who are rich, weep and wail for the misery to come upon you.

Isaiah 2:12
For the LORD of hosts will have a day of reckoning Against everyone who is proud and lofty And against everyone who is lifted up, That he may be abased.

Isaiah 10:3
Now what will you do in the day of punishment, And in the devastation which will come from afar? To whom will you flee for help? And where will you leave your wealth?

Isaiah 10:25
"For in a very little while My indignation against you will be spent and My anger will be directed to their destruction."

Isaiah 13:9
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.

Isaiah 14:23
"I will also make it a possession for the hedgehog and swamps of water, and I will sweep it with the broom of destruction," declares the LORD of hosts.

Isaiah 34:2
For the LORD'S indignation is against all the nations, And His wrath against all their armies; He has utterly destroyed them, He has given them over to slaughter.

Isaiah 34:8
For the LORD has a day of vengeance, A year of recompense for the cause of Zion.

Isaiah 47:11
"But evil will come on you Which you will not know how to charm away; And disaster will fall on you For which you cannot atone; And destruction about which you do not know Will come on you suddenly.

Isaiah 61:2
To proclaim the favorable year of the LORD And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn,
Treasury of Scripture

Howl you; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.

howl ye

Isaiah 14:31 Howl, O gate; cry, O city; you, whole Palestina, are dissolved…

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

Isaiah 52:5 Now therefore, what have I here, said the LORD, that my people is …

Isaiah 65:14 Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but you shall cry …

Jeremiah 25:34 Howl, you shepherds, and cry; and wallow yourselves in the ashes, …

Jeremiah 49:3 Howl, O Heshbon, for Ai is spoiled: cry, you daughters of Rabbah, …

Jeremiah 51:8 Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm …

Ezekiel 21:12 Cry and howl, son of man: for it shall be on my people, it shall …

Ezekiel 30:2 Son of man, prophesy and say, Thus said the Lord GOD; Howl you, Woe …

Joel 1:5,11,13 Awake, you drunkards, and weep; and howl, all you drinkers of wine, …

Zephaniah 1:14 The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hastens greatly, …

James 5:1 Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come on you.

Revelation 18:10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas …

for the day

Isaiah 13:9 Behold, the day of the LORD comes, cruel both with wrath and fierce …

Isaiah 34:8 For it is the day of the LORD's vengeance, and the year of recompenses …

Ezekiel 30:3 For the day is near, even the day of the LORD is near, a cloudy day; …

Joel 2:11,31 And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp …

Amos 5:18 Woe to you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for …

Zephaniah 1:7 Hold your peace at the presence of the Lord GOD: for the day of the …

Zephaniah 2:2,3 Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, …

Malachi 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the …

1 Thessalonians 5:2,3 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as …

as a

Job 31:23 For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his …

Joel 1:15 Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction …

(6) Howl ye; for the day of the Lord is at hand.--The verse is an almost verbal reproduction of Joel 1:15. On the "day of Jehovah," see Note on Isaiah 2:12.

As a destruction from the Almighty.--The Hebrew shodmish-Shaddai comes with the emphasis of assonance, possibly coupled with that of etymology, the Hebrew Shaddai being derived by many scholars from the verb Shadad =to destroy. On this assumption, "destruction from the destroyer" would be a fair equivalent. The name, occurring frequently in the earlier books of the Old Testament (twenty-three times in Job and eight in the Pentateuch), was characteristic of the pre-Mosaic creed of Israel (Exodus 6:3), and occurs but seldom in the prophets: here, and in Joel 1:15; Ezekiel 1:24; Ezekiel 10:5.

Verse 6. - Howl ye; for the day of the Lord is at hand (comp. Joel 1:15); literally, the expression used in both passages is a day of Jehovah. The idiom would not, however, allow the use of the article, so that the phrase is ambiguous. "The day of Jehovah" is properly "that crisis in the history of the world when Jehovah will interpose to rectify the evils of the present, bringing joy and glory to the humble believer, and misery and shame to the proud and disobedient" (Cheyne). But any great occasion when God passes judgment on a nation is called in Scripture "a day of the Lord." "a coming of Christ." And so here the day of the judgment upon Babylon seems to be intended. It shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. Isaiah is thought to quote from Joel (Joel 1:15) here; but perhaps both prophets quoted from an earlier author. Shaddai (equivalent to "Almighty') is an ancient name of God, most rarely used by the prophetical writers (only here, and in Ezekiel 1:24; Ezekiel 10:5; Joel 1:15), and never elsewhere by either Isaiah or Joel. It has generally been said to mean "the Strong One;" but recently the theory has found favor that it meant originally "the Sender of storms," from the Arabic sh'da - jecit, effudit. However this may be, the word is certainly used in the later times mainly to express God's power to visit and punish, and the present passage might perhaps be best translated, "It shall come as a destruction from the Destroyer (k'shod mish-Shaddai yabo)." Howl ye, for the day of the Lord is at hand,.... These words are an address to the Babylonians, who instead of rejoicing and feasting, as Belshazzar and his nobles were the night that Babylon was taken, had reason to howl and lament; seeing the day that the Lord had fixed for their destruction was very near, and he was just about to come forth as a judge to take vengeance on them; for though it was about two hundred and fifty years from the time of this prophecy, to the taking of Babylon, yet it is represented as at hand, to show the certainty of it, both for the comfort of the Jewish captives, when they should be in it, and for the awakening of the sluggish inhabitants, who were secure, and thought themselves out of danger:

it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty: suddenly, swiftly, and irresistibly: there is a beautiful paronomasia in the Hebrew text, "ceshod mishaddai" (c); as destruction from the destroyer; from God, who is able to save, and to destroy; he is almighty and all sufficient, so some render the word; the hand of God was visible in it.

(c) . 6. day of the Lord—day of His vengeance on Babylon (Isa 2:12). Type of the future "day of wrath" (Re 6:17).

destruction—literally, "a devastating tempest."

from the Almighty—not from mere man; therefore irresistible. "Almighty," Hebrew, Shaddai.13:6-18 We have here the terrible desolation of Babylon by the Medes and Persians. Those who in the day of their peace were proud, and haughty, and terrible, are quite dispirited when trouble comes. Their faces shall be scorched with the flame. All comfort and hope shall fail. The stars of heaven shall not give their light, the sun shall be darkened. Such expressions are often employed by the prophets, to describe the convulsions of governments. God will visit them for their iniquity, particularly the sin of pride, which brings men low. There shall be a general scene of horror. Those who join themselves to Babylon, must expect to share her plagues, Re 18:4. All that men have, they would give for their lives, but no man's riches shall be the ransom of his life. Pause here and wonder that men should be thus cruel and inhuman, and see how corrupt the nature of man is become. And that little infants thus suffer, which shows that there is an original guilt, by which life is forfeited as soon as it is begun. The day of the Lord will, indeed, be terrible with wrath and fierce anger, far beyond all here stated. Nor will there be any place for the sinner to flee to, or attempt an escape. But few act as though they believed these things.
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