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Isaiah: Chapter 14

God's merciful restoration of Israel, 1, 2. Their triumphant exultation over Babel, 3-23. God's purpose against Assyria, 24-28. Palestina is threatened, 29-32.

1 For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob and will yet choose Israel and set them in their own land. And the strangers shall be joined with them and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob. 2 And the people shall take them and bring them to their place. And the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of the LORD for servants and handmaids. And they shall take them captives, whose captives they were, and they shall rule over their oppressors.

3 And it shall come to pass in the day that the LORD gives you rest from your sorrow, from your fear, and from the hard bondage in which you were made to serve,

4 That you shall take up this proverb against the king of Babylon and say, "How the oppressor has ceased! The golden city ceased!

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

6 He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he who ruled the nations in anger is persecuted, and no one hinders.

7 The whole earth is at rest and is quiet. They break forth into singing.

8 Even the fir-trees and the cedars of Lebanon rejoice at you, saying, 'Since you are laid down, no feller has come up against us.'

9 Hell from beneath is moved for you to meet you at your coming. It stirs up the dead for you, even all the chief ones of the earth. It has raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.

10 All of them shall speak and say to you, 'Have you also become weak as we are? Have you become like us?'

11 Your pomp is brought down to the grave, and also the noise of your harps. The worm is spread under you, and the worms cover you.

12 How you have fallen from heaven, O morning-star, son of the dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, who weakened the nations!

13 For you have said in your heart, 'I will ascend into heaven. I will exalt my throne above the stars of God. I will also sit upon the mountain of the congregation in the uttermost parts of the north.

14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds. I will be like the Most High.'

15 Yet you shall be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

16 Those who see you shall narrowly look upon you and consider you, saying, 'Is this the man who made the earth to tremble, who shook kingdoms,

17 Who made the world as a wilderness and destroyed its cities, who did not open the house of his prisoners?'

18 All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, each in his own house.

19 But you are cast out of your grave like an abominable branch and as the clothing of those who are slain, thrust through with a sword, who go down to the stones of the pit, as a carcass trodden under feet.

20 You shall not be joined with them in burial because you have destroyed your land and slain your people. The seed of evil-doers shall never be renowned.

21 Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers, so that they may not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities."

22 "For I will arise against them," says the LORD of hosts, "and cut off from Babylon the name, remnant, son, and nephew," says the LORD. 23 "I will also make it a possession for the bittern and pools of water. And I will sweep it with the broom of destruction," says the LORD of hosts.

24 The LORD of hosts has sworn, saying, "Surely as I have thought, so it shall come to pass, and as I have purposed, so it shall stand. 25 I will break the Assyrian in my land and upon my mountains tread him under foot. Then his yoke shall depart from off them and his burden shall depart from off their shoulders. 26 This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth. And this is the hand that is stretched over all the nations. 27 For the LORD of hosts has purposed, and who shall make it void? And his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?"

28 [In the year that king Ahaz died, this burden came.]

29 Do not rejoice, all Palestina, because the rod of him who smote you is broken. For out of the serpent's root shall come forth an adder, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.

30 And the first-born of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety. And I will kill your root with famine, and he shall slay your remnant.

31 Howl, O gate. Cry, O city. You, all Palestina, are dissolved. For there shall come from the north a smoke, and no one shall be alone in his appointed times.

32 What shall one then answer the messengers of the nation? That the LORD has founded Zion and the poor of his people shall trust in it.