Isaiah 14
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Restoration for Israel

1For the LORD will have compassion on Jacob and choose Israel once again. He will settle them on their own land. The foreigner will join them and be united with the house of Jacob. 2The nations will escort Israel and bring it to its homeland.

Then the house of Israel will possess the nations as menservants and maidservants in the LORD’s land. They will make captives of their captors and rule over their oppressors.

Downfall of the King of Babylon

3On the day that the LORD gives you rest from your pain and torment, and from the hard labor into which you were forced, 4you will sing this song of contempt against the king of Babylon:

How the oppressor has ceased,

and how his furya has ended!

5The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked,

the scepter of the rulers.

6It struck the peoples in anger

with unceasing blows;

it subdued the nations in rage

with relentless persecution.

7All the earth is at peace and at rest;

they break out in song.

8Even the cypresses and cedars of Lebanon

exult over you:

“Since you have been laid low,

no woodcutter comes against us.”

9Sheol beneath is eager

to meet you upon your arrival.

It stirs the spirits of the dead to greet you—

all the rulers of the earth.

It makes all the kings of the nations

rise from their thrones.

10They will all respond and say to you,

“You too have become weak as we are;

you have become like us!”

11Your pomp has been brought down to Sheol,

with the music of your harps.

Maggots spread out beneath you,

and worms cover you.

12How you have fallen from heaven,

O morning star, son of the dawn!

You have been cut down to the ground,

O destroyer of nations.

13You said in your heart:

“I will ascend to the heavens;

I will raise my throne

above the stars of God.

I will sit on the mount of assembly,

in the far reaches of the north.b

14I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;

I will make myself like the Most High.”

15But you will be brought down to Sheol

to the far reaches of the Pit.

16Those who see you will stare;

they will ponder your fate:

“Is this the man who shook the earth

and made the kingdoms tremble,

17who turned the world into a desert

and destroyed its cities,

who refused to let the captives

return to their homes?”

18All the kings of the nations lie in state,

each in his own tomb.c

19But you are cast out of your grave like a rejected branch,

covered by those slain with the sword,

and dumped into a rocky pit,

like a carcass trampled underfoot.

20You will not join them in burial,

since you have destroyed your land and slaughtered your own people.

The offspring of the wicked

will never again be mentioned.

21Prepare a place to slaughter his sons

for the iniquity of their fathers.

They will never rise up to possess a land

or cover the earth with their cities.

22“I will rise up against them,”

declares the LORD of Hosts.

“I will cut off from Babylon

her name and her remnant,

her offspring and her posterity,”

declares the LORD.

23“I will make her a place

for owls and swamplands;

I will sweep her away

with the broom of destruction,”

declares the LORD of Hosts.

God's Purpose Against Assyria

24The LORD of Hosts has sworn:

“As I have planned, so will it be;

as I have purposed, so will it stand.

25I will break Assyria in My land;

I will trample him on My mountain.

His yoke will be taken off My people,

and his burden removed from their shoulders.”

26This is the plan

devised for the whole earth,

and this is the hand

stretched out over all the nations.

27The LORD of Hosts has purposed,

and who can thwart Him?

His hand is outstretched,

so who can turn it back?

Philistia will be Destroyed

28In the year that King Ahaz died, this oracle was received:

29Do not rejoice, all you Philistines,

that the rod that struck you is broken.

For a viper will spring from the serpent’s root,

and a flying serpent from its egg.

30Then the firstborn of the poor will find pasture,

and the needy will lie down in safety,

but I will kill your root by famine,

and your remnant will be slain.

31Wail, O gate! Cry out, O city!

Melt away, all you Philistines!

For a cloud of smoke comes from the north,

and there are no stragglers in its ranks.

32What answer will be given

to the envoys of that nation?

“The LORD has founded Zion,

where His afflicted people will find refuge.”

Footnotes:

4 a As in DSS, LXX and Syriac
13 b Or in the remote parts of Zaphon
18 c Hebrew house

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