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

New Living Translation
You struck the people with endless blows of rage and held the nations in your angry grip with unrelenting tyranny.

English Standard Version
that struck the peoples in wrath with unceasing blows, that ruled the nations in anger with unrelenting persecution.

New American Standard Bible
Which used to strike the peoples in fury with unceasing strokes, Which subdued the nations in anger with unrestrained persecution.

King James Bible
He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It struck the peoples in anger with unceasing blows. It subdued the nations in rage with relentless persecution.

International Standard Version
that struck down peoples in anger with unceasing blows, that oppressed nations in fury with relentless persecution.

NET Bible
It furiously struck down nations with unceasing blows. It angrily ruled over nations, oppressing them without restraint.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They struck the people with fury, with blows that didn't stop. They ruled nations in anger, persecuting them without restraint.

Jubilee Bible 2000
who smote the peoples in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the Gentiles in anger and who did not defend the persecuted.

King James 2000 Bible
He who struck the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hinders.

American King James Version
He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hinders.

American Standard Version
that smote the peoples in wrath with a continual stroke, that ruled the nations in anger, with a persecution that none restrained.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That struck the people in wrath with an incurable wound, that brought nations under in fury, that persecuted in a cruel manner.

Darby Bible Translation
He that smote the peoples in wrath with a relentless stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted unsparingly.

English Revised Version
that smote the peoples in wrath with a continual stroke, that ruled the nations in anger, with a persecution that none restrained.

Webster's Bible Translation
He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth.

World English Bible
who struck the peoples in wrath with a continual stroke, who ruled the nations in anger, with a persecution that none restrained.

Young's Literal Translation
He who is smiting peoples in wrath, A smiting without intermission, He who is ruling in anger nations, Pursuing without restraint!
Parallel Commentaries
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 6. - He who smote the people; rather, which smote the peoples. The participle translated "he who smote" refers to "staff" or "scepter." With a continual stroke; i.e. incessantly, one war following another without pause or stop. He that ruled, etc.; rather, which ruled the nations in anger with a persecution that held not back.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke,.... The king of Babylon, who made war with the people and nations of the earth, and conquered them, smote them with the edge of the sword to gratify his passions, and satiate his bloodthirsty mind; and those that were spared, he ruled with rigour, and oppressed them with tribute and hard bondage; and, when he had conquered one nation, attacked another, and so went on pursuing his victories without intermission, giving no respite neither to his army, nor to the people:

he that ruled the nations in anger; not with justice and clemency, but in a tyrannical and oppressive way, even his own nation, as well as the nations whom he subdued:

is persecuted; is, pursued by the justice of God, overtaken and seized, and brought to condign punishment;

and none hindereth; the execution of the righteous judgment upon him; none of the neighbouring kings and nations, either tributary to him, or in alliance with him, give him the least help or assistance, or attempt to ward off the blow upon him, given him, under the direction and appointment of God, by Cyrus the Persian. So the Romish antichrist, who has made war with the saints, and has smitten them with the sword, and gone on to do so without any intermission for ages together, and has tyrannised over them in a most cruel manner, he shall be persecuted, and taken, and brought to his end, and there shall be none to help him; see Revelation 13:7.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. people—the peoples subjected to Babylon.

is persecuted—the Hebrew is rather, active, "which persecuted them, without any to hinder him" [Vulgate, Jerome, and Horsley].

Isaiah 14:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Triumphant Exultation over Babel
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. 7"The whole earth is at rest and is quiet; They break forth into shouts of joy.…
Cross References
Isaiah 10:14
As one reaches into a nest, so my hand reached for the wealth of the nations; as people gather abandoned eggs, so I gathered all the countries; not one flapped a wing, or opened its mouth to chirp.'"

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

Isaiah 47:6
I was angry with my people and desecrated my inheritance; I gave them into your hand, and you showed them no mercy. Even on the aged you laid a very heavy yoke.

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

He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hinders.

who smote

Isaiah 33:1 Woe to you that spoil, and you were not spoiled; and deal treacherously…

Isaiah 47:6 I was wroth with my people, I have polluted my inheritance, and given …

2 Chronicles 36:17 Therefore he brought on them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their …

Jeremiah 25:9 Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, said …

Daniel 7:19-21 Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse …

James 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has showed no mercy; …

continual stroke. Heb. a stroke without removing
is persecuted

Isaiah 13:14-18 And it shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man takes …

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

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

Jeremiah 25:26 And all the kings of the north, far and near, one with another, and …

Jeremiah 50:31 Behold, I am against you, O you most proud, said the Lord GOD of …

Revelation 17:16,17 And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these shall hate the …

Revelation 18:8-10 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, …

and none

Isaiah 46:10,11 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the …

Job 9:13 If God will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers do stoop under him.

Proverbs 21:30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.

Daniel 4:35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and …

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