Isaiah 14

The Lord’s People Will Come Home

The Lord will have mercy on Israel and will let them be his chosen people once again. He will bring them back to their own land, and foreigners will join them as part of Israel. 2 Other nations will lead them home, and Israel will make slaves of them in the land that belongs to the Lord. Israel will rule over those who once governed and mistreated them.

Death to the King of Babylonia!

   3 The Lord will set you free from your sorrow, suffering, and slavery. 4 Then you will make fun of the King of Babylonia by singing this song:
   That cruel monster is done for!
      He won’t attack us again.
5 The Lord has crushed the power
      of those evil kings,
6 who were furious
   and never stopped abusing
      the people of other nations.

7 Now all the world is at peace;
   its people are celebrating
      with joyful songs.
8 King of Babylonia,
      even the cypress trees
   and the cedars of Lebanon
      celebrate and say,
“Since you were put down,
no one comes along
   to chop us down.”

9 The world of the dead
      eagerly waits for you.
   With great excitement,
   the spirits of ancient rulers
      hear about your coming.
10 Each one of them will say,
   “Now you are just as weak
      as any of us!
11 Your pride and your music
      have ended here
         in the world of the dead.
      Worms are your blanket,
         maggots are your bed.”

12 You, the bright morning star,
         have fallen from the sky!
      You brought down other nations;
         now you are brought down.
13 You said to yourself,
         “I’ll climb to heaven
      and place my throne
         above the highest stars.
      I’ll sit there with the gods
         far away in the north.
14 I’ll be above the clouds,
         just like God Most High.”

15 But now you are deep
         in the world of the dead.
16 Those who see you will stare
         and wonder, “Is this the man
      who made the world tremble
         and shook up kingdoms?
17 Did he capture every city
         and make earth a desert?
      Is he the one who refused
         to let prisoners go home?”

18 When kings die, they are buried
         in glorious tombs.
19 But you will be left unburied,
     just another dead body
         lying underfoot
         like a broken branch.
      You will be one of many
      killed in battle and gone down
         to the deep rocky pit.
20 You won’t be buried with kings;
      you ruined your country
         and murdered your people.

      You evil monster!
      We hope that your family
         will be forgotten forever.
21 We will slaughter your sons
      to make them pay for the crimes
         of their ancestors.
      They won’t take over the world
      or build cities
         anywhere on this earth.
   22 The Lord All-Powerful has promised to attack Babylonia and destroy everyone there, so that none of them will ever be remembered again. 23 The Lord will sweep out the people, and the land will become a swamp for wild animals.

Assyria Will Be Punished

24 The Lord All-Powerful
         has made this promise:
      Everything I have planned
         will happen just as I said.
25 I will wipe out every Assyrian
         in my country,
      and I will crush those
         on my mountains.
      I will free my people
      from slavery
         to the Assyrians.
26 I have planned this
         for the whole world,
      and my mighty arm
         controls every nation.
27 I, the Lord All-Powerful,
      have made these plans.
         No one can stop me now!

The Philistines Will Be Punished

28 This message came from the Lord
         in the year King Ahaz died:
29 Philistines, don’t be happy
         just because the rod
      that punished you
         is broken.
      That rod will become
      a poisonous snake, and then
         a flying fiery dragon.

30 The poor and needy will find
      pastures for their sheep
         and will live in safety.
      But I will starve some of you,
         and others will be killed.
31 Cry and weep in the gates
      of your towns,
         you Philistines!
      Smoke blows in from the north,
         and every soldier is ready.
32 If a messenger comes
      from a distant nation,
         you must say:
     “The Lord built Zion.
      Even the poorest of his people
         will find safety there.”

The Contemporary English Version, c1995 by the American Bible Society.
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