THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET
Isaiah 47 ©
A further prophecy concerning the destruction of the Babylonian monarchy, v. 1, etc. For their cruelty and unmercifulness toward the people of God, 6. Their pride, 7. And other sins, 9. Their sorceries and enchantments shall not be able to deliver them, 12.
COME1 down, and 2sita in the dust, 3O virgin 4daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground: 5there is no throne, 6O daughter of the Chaldeans: for 7thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate.
8Take the millstones, and grind meal: 9uncover thy locks, make bare 10the leg, 11uncover the thigh, 12pass over the rivers.
Thyb13nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen: 14I will take vengeance, and I will not meet thee 15as a man.
As for 16our redeemer, the LORD of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel.
17Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for 18thou shalt no more be called, The 19lady of kingdoms.
¶I was wroth with my people, 20I have polluted 21mine inheritance, and given them into thine hand: thou didst shew them no mercy; 22upon the ancient 23hast thou very heavily laid thy yoke.
¶And 24thou saidst, I shall be a 25ladyc for ever: so that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, 26neither didst remember the latter end of it.
Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, 27that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, 28I am, and none else beside me; 29I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I 30know the loss of children:
But thesed two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their 31perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, and 32for the great abundance of thine enchantments.
¶For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. 33Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath 34perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me.
¶Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know 35from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; 36thou shalt not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know.
Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, 37wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; 38if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail.
Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the 39astrologers, the stargazers, 40the monthly prognosticators,e stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.
Behold, 41they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver 42themselves 43from the power 44of the flame: 45there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it.
Thus shall they be unto thee 46with whom thou hast laboured, even 47thy merchants, from thy youth: they shall wander every one 48to his quarter; none shall save thee.