International Standard Version
The Destruction of Babylon
2“Raise a banner on a bare hilltop!
Cry out loud to them!
Give a wave of the hand,
the gates of the nobles.
3I myself have commanded my consecrated ones;
I have also summoned my warriors,
those who rejoice in my triumph,
to carry out my angry judgments.e
4“Listen! There’s a noise on the mountains
like that of a great multitude!
Listen! There’s an uproar among the kingdoms,
like that of nations massing together!
The LORD of the Heavenly Armies is mustering
an army for battle.
5They’re coming from a faraway land,
from the distant horizon—f
the LORD and the weapons of his anger—
to destroy the entire land.”g
The Day of the LORD
6Wail out loud, because the Day of the LORD is near.
It will come like destruction from the Almighty!
and every man’s couragei will melt.
8They will be terrified;
pain and anguish will seize them;
they’ll writhe like a woman in labor.
They’ll look aghast at one another;
9Watch out! The Day of the LORD is coming—
cruel, with wrath and fierce anger—
and to annihilate sinnersn from it.
10For the stars of the heavens and their constellations
won’t shineo their light;
the sun will be dark when it rises,
and the moon won’t shine its light.
11I’ll punish the world for its evil,
and the wicked for their iniquity;
I’ll put an end to the pomposity of the arrogant,
and overthrow the insolence of tyrants.
and mankind rarerq than gold from Ophir.
13Therefore I’ll make the heavens tremble.
The earth will shake from its place
at the wrath of the LORD of the Heavenly Armies,
or like sheep with no one to gather them,u
each will turn to his own people,
and each will flee to his own land.
15Whoever is captured will be thrust through,
and whoever is caught will fall dead, killedv by the sword.
16Their infants will be dashed to pieces
before their eyes,
andw their houses will be looted,
and their wives slept with.x
17Watch out! I’m stirring up the Medes against them,
who care nothing for silver
and take no delight in gold.
18Their bows will dash the young men to pieces;
they’ll show no pity on those not yet born,y
andz their eyes will not spare children.
19Babylon, that jewel of kingdoms,
the splendor and pride of the Chaldeans,
will be like Sodom and Gomorrah,
when God overthrew them—
20It will never be inhabited
or lived in through all generations;
no Bedouinaa will pitch his tent there;
no shepherds will make their flocks lie down there.
21But desert beasts will lie down there,
and their houses will be full of howling creatures;
there owlsbb will dwell,
and goat-demonscc will dance there.
and jackals will make their dens in its citadels.ee
Itsff time is close at hand,
and its days will not be extended any further.gg
a 13:1 Lit. An oracle
b 13:1 Lit. saw
c 13:2 The Heb. lacks signaling
d 13:2 So 1QIsaa; MT reads for them to enter; LXX lacks to enter
e 13:3 Lit. my anger
f 13:5 Lit. end of the heavens
g 13:5 Or earth
h 13:7 So 1QIsaa; MT reads all hands
i 13:7 Lit. heart
j 13:8 So 1QIsaa; cf. LXX; 4QIsaa 4QIsab MT lack and
k 13:8 DSS MT lack with fear
l 13:9 So LXX; 1QIsaa lacks the entire inhabited; the Heb. lacks entire inhabited
m 13:9 LXX lacks earth
n 13:9 So 1QIsaa LXX; 4QIsaa 4QIsab MT read its sinners
o 13:10 So 1QIsaa; MT reads beam
p 13:12 Lit. people more precious
q 13:12 1QIsaa MT lack rarer
r 13:13 Lit. in the day
s 13:13 Lit. nostrils
t 13:14 So 1QIsaa LXX; MT reads it
u 13:14 So 1QIsaa MT LXX; 4QIsaa reads banished
v 13:15 So 1QIsaa; MT lacks dead, killed
w 13:16 So 1QIsaa Syr; cf. LXX; 4QIsaa MT lack and
x 13:16 So 1QIsaa MTqere; 4QIsaa MT read raped; LXX reads they will take; cf. Deut 28:30
y 13:18 Lit. on the fruit of the womb
z 13:18 So 1QIsaa MTmss LXX; the Heb. lacks and
aa 13:20 i.e. Middle Eastern nomadic herders; or Arab
bb 13:21 Or ostriches
cc 13:21 Or satyrs; or wild goats
dd 13:22 Lit. desolate places
ee 13:22 So 1QIsaa LXX; MT reads in the citadels of luxury
ff 13:22 So 1QIsaa LXX; MT reads And its
gg 13:22 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX lack any further