Isaiah 14:5
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New International Version
The LORD has broken the rod of the wicked, the scepter of the rulers,

New Living Translation
For the LORD has crushed your wicked power and broken your evil rule.

English Standard Version
The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked, the scepter of rulers,

New American Standard Bible
"The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked, The scepter of rulers

King James Bible
The LORD hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the rulers.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked, the scepter of the rulers.

International Standard Version
The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked, the scepter of rulers,

NET Bible
The LORD has broken the club of the wicked, the scepter of rulers.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked, the scepter of rulers.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked and the sceptre of the rulers

King James 2000 Bible
The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked, and the scepter of the rulers.

American King James Version
The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked, and the scepter of the rulers.

American Standard Version
Jehovah hath broken the staff of the wicked, the sceptre of the rulers;

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord hath broken the staff of the wicked, the rod of the rulers,

Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah hath broken the staff of the wicked, the sceptre of the rulers.

English Revised Version
The LORD hath broken the staff of the wicked, the sceptre of the rulers;

Webster's Bible Translation
The LORD hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the scepter of the rulers.

World English Bible
Yahweh has broken the staff of the wicked, the scepter of the rulers,

Young's Literal Translation
Ceased hath the golden one. Broken hath Jehovah the staff of the wicked, The sceptre of rulers.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

14:1-23 The whole plan of Divine Providence is arranged with a view to the good of the people of God. A settlement in the land of promise is of God's mercy. Let the church receive those whom God receives. God's people, wherever their lot is cast, should endeavour to recommend religion by a right and winning conversation. Those that would not be reconciled to them, should be humbled by them. This may be applied to the success of the gospel, when those were brought to obey it who had opposed it. God himself undertakes to work a blessed change. They shall have rest from their sorrow and fear, the sense of their present burdens, and the dread of worse. Babylon abounded in riches. The king of Babylon having the absolute command of so much wealth, by the help of it ruled the nations. This refers especially to the people of the Jews; and it filled up the measure of the king of Babylon's sins. Tyrants sacrifice their true interest to their lusts and passions. It is gracious ambition to covet to be like the Most Holy, for he has said, Be ye holy, for I am holy; but it is sinful ambition to aim to be like the Most High, for he has said, He who exalts himself shall be abased. The devil thus drew our first parents to sin. Utter ruin should be brought upon him. Those that will not cease to sin, God will make to cease. He should be slain, and go down to the grave; this is the common fate of tyrants. True glory, that is, true grace, will go up with the soul to heaven, but vain pomp will go down with the body to the grave; there is an end of it. To be denied burial, if for righteousness' sake, may be rejoiced in, Mt 5:12. But if the just punishment of sin, it denotes that impenitent sinners shall rise to everlasting shame and contempt. Many triumphs should be in his fall. God will reckon with those that disturb the peace of mankind. The receiving the king of Babylon into the regions of the dead, shows there is a world of spirits, to which the souls of men remove at death. And that souls have converse with each other, though we have none with them; and that death and hell will be death and hell indeed, to all who fall unholy, from the height of this world's pomps, and the fulness of its pleasures. Learn from all this, that the seed of evil-doers shall never be renowned. The royal city is to be ruined and forsaken. Thus the utter destruction of the New Testament Babylon is illustrated, Re 18:2. When a people will not be made clean with the besom of reformation, what can they expect but to be swept off the face of the earth with the besom of destruction?

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - The staff... the scepter. Symbols of Babylonian power (scrap. Isaiah 10:5).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The Lord hath broken the staff of the wicked,.... This is an answer to the above question, how the exactor and his tribute came to cease; this was not by man, but by the Lord himself; for though he made use of Cyrus, the work was his own, he broke the power of the wicked kings of Babylon:

and the sceptre of the rulers; that were under the king of Babylon; or of the several kings themselves, Nebuchadnezzar, Evilmerodach, and Belshazzar; so Kimchi interprets it. This may be applied to the kingdom of antichrist, and the antichristian states, which shall be broken to shivers as a potter's vessel by Christ, the King of kings, and Lord of lords, Revelation 2:27. The "staff" and "sceptre" are emblems of power and government; and "breaking" them signifies the utter destruction and cessation of authority and dominion.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. staff—not the scepter (Ps 2:9), but the staff with which one strikes others, as he is speaking of more tyrants than one (Isa 9:4; 10:24; 14:29) [Maurer].

rulers—tyrants, as the parallelism "the wicked" proves (compare see on [707]Isa 13:2).

Isaiah 14:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Triumphant Exultation over Babel
4that you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon, and say, "How the oppressor has ceased, And how fury has ceased! 5"The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked, The scepter of rulers 6Which used to strike the peoples in fury with unceasing strokes, Which subdued the nations in anger with unrestrained persecution.…
Cross References
Psalm 125:3
The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous, for then the righteous might use their hands to do evil.

Isaiah 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.

Isaiah 14:4
you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon: How the oppressor has come to an end! How his fury has ended!

Isaiah 14:6
which in anger struck down peoples with unceasing blows, and in fury subdued nations with relentless aggression.

Jeremiah 48:17
Mourn for her, all who live around her, all who know her fame; say, 'How broken is the mighty scepter, how broken the glorious staff!'

Lamentations 1:21
"People have heard my groaning, but there is no one to comfort me. All my enemies have heard of my distress; they rejoice at what you have done. May you bring the day you have announced so they may become like me.

Habakkuk 1:17
Is he to keep on emptying his net, destroying nations without mercy?
Treasury of Scripture

The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked, and the scepter of the rulers.

Isaiah 14:29 Rejoice not you, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote …

Isaiah 9:4 For you have broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his …

Isaiah 10:5 O Assyrian, the rod of my anger, and the staff in their hand is my indignation.

Psalm 125:3 For the rod of the wicked shall not rest on the lot of the righteous; …

Jeremiah 48:15-17 Moab is spoiled, and gone up out of her cities, and his chosen young …

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