Israel's Remnant Taunts Babylon

Isaiah 14

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

4 that you f will take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say:
"How the oppressor has ceased,
The g golden 1 city ceased!
5 The LORD has broken h the staff of the wicked,
The scepter of the rulers;
6 He who struck 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 quiet;
They break forth into singing.
8 i Indeed the cypress trees rejoice over you,
And the cedars of Lebanon,
Saying, 'Since you 2 were cut down,
No woodsman has come up against us.'
9 "Hell j 3 from beneath is excited about you,
To meet you at your coming;
It stirs up the dead for you,
All the chief ones of the earth;
It has raised up from their thrones
All the kings of the nations.
10 They all shall k speak and say to you:
'Have you also become as weak as we?
Have you become like us?
11 Your pomp is brought down to Sheol,
And the sound of your stringed instruments;
The maggot is spread under you,
And worms cover you.'

12 "How l you are fallen from heaven,
O 4 Lucifer, 5 son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,
You who weakened the nations!
13 For you have said in your heart:
m 'I will ascend into heaven,
n I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the o mount of the congregation
p On the farthest sides of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
q I will be like the Most High.'
15 Yet you r shall be brought down to Sheol,
To the 6 lowest depths of the Pit.
16 "Those who see you will gaze at you,
And consider you, saying:
' Is this the man who made the earth tremble,
Who shook kingdoms,
17 Who made the world as a wilderness
And destroyed its cities,
Who 7 did not open the house of his prisoners?'
18 "All the kings of the nations,
All of them, sleep in glory,
Everyone in his own house;
19 But you are cast out of your grave
Like an 8 abominable branch,
Like the garment of those who are slain,
9 Thrust through with a sword,
Who go down to the stones of the pit,
Like a corpse trodden underfoot.

20 You will not be joined with them in burial,
Because you have destroyed your land
And slain your people.
s The brood of evildoers shall never be named.
21 Prepare slaughter for his children
t Because of the iniquity of their fathers,
Lest they rise up and possess the land,
And fill the face of the world with cities."

22 "For I will rise up against them," says the LORD of hosts,
"And cut off from Babylon u the name and v remnant,
w And offspring and posterity," says the LORD.
23 "I will also make it a possession for the x porcupine,
And marshes of muddy water;
I will sweep it with the broom of destruction," says the LORD of hosts.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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