Isaiah 13 ©

The prophet foretells the destruction of the Babylonian monarchy by the Persians and Medes, v. 1. To whom the Lord here speaks, and exhorts them thereunto, 2. Next He turns Himself unto the people and tells them that He has stirred up the Persians and Medes against Babel, 3. The coming of the Persians and Medes, 4, etc. After that he foretells that very great anguish and distress would befall the Babylonians, 7. Yea, that Babel would be destroyed as such as that no mankind would dwell in it, but all kinds of terrible monsters, 21.


THE 1burden of Babylon, 2which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.


3Lift ye up 4a banner upon the high mountain, 5exalt the voice unto them, 6shake the hand, that 7they may 8go into the gates 9of the nobles.


10I have 11commanded 12my sanctified ones, I have also called 13my mighty ones 14for mine anger, even them 15that rejoice in my highness.


16The noise of a multitude 17in the mountains, 18like as of a great people; 19a tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together: the LORD of hosts 20mustereth the host of the battle.


They come 21from a far country, 22from the end of heaven, even the LORD, and 23the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.


¶Howl 24ye; for 25the day of the LORD is at hand; 26it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.


27Therefore shall 28all hands be faint, and 29every man’s heart 30shall melt:


And 31they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: 32they shall be amazed one at another; their 33faces shall be as flames.


Behold, 34the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and 35fierce anger, 36to lay 37the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners 38thereof out of it.


For 39the stars of heaven and the 40constellations thereof shall not give their light: thea sun shall be darkened 41in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.


And 42I will 43punish the 44world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.


I will make a man more 45precious than 46fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of 47Ophir.


48Therefore I will shake 49the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in 50the day of his fierce anger.


And it shall be as the chased roe, and 51as a sheep that no man taketh up: 52they 53shall every man turn to his own people, and flee every one into his own land.


Every one that is 54found shall be thrust through; and every one 55that is joined unto them shall fall by the sword.


Their children also shall be 56dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished.


Behold, I will stir up 57the Medes against them, 58which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.


Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity 59on the fruit of the womb; their eye shall not 60spare children.


¶And Babylon, 61the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be 62asb when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.


63It 64shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall 65the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there.


But 66wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full 67of doleful creatures; and 68owls shall dwell there, and 69satyrsc shall dance there.


And the 70wild beasts of the islands shall 71cry 72in their 73desolate houses, and dragons in their pleasant palaces: and 74her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged.