Isaiah 47
Contemporary English Version

Babylon Will Fall

The Lord said:

1 City of Babylon,

You are delicate

and untouched,

but that will change.

Surrender your royal power

and sit in the dirt.

2Start grinding grain!

Take off your veil.

Strip off your fancy clothes

and wade across rivers.+

3You will suffer the shame

of going naked,

because I will take revenge,

and no one can escape.+

4I am the Lord All-Powerful,

the holy God of Israel.

I am their Savior.

5Babylon, be silent!

Sit in the dark.

No longer will nations

accept you as their queen.

6I was angry with my people.

So I let you take their land

and bring disgrace on them.

You showed them no mercy,

but were especially cruel

to those who were old.

7You thought that you

would be queen forever.

You didn't care what you did;

it never entered your mind

that you might get caught.

8 You think that you alone

are all-powerful,

that you won't be a widow

or lose your children.

All you care about is pleasure,

but listen to what I say.

9Your magic powers and charms

will suddenly fail,

then you will be a widow

and lose your children.

10You hid behind evil

like a shield and said,

“No one can see me!”

You were fooled by your wisdom

and your knowledge;

you felt sure that you alone

were in full control.

11But without warning,

disaster will strike—

and your magic charms

won't help at all.

12Keep using your magic powers

and your charms

as you have always done.

Maybe—just maybe—

you will frighten somebody!

13You have worn yourself out,

asking for advice

from those who study the stars

and tell the future

month after month.

Go ask them how to be saved

from what will happen.

14People who trust the stars

are as helpless as straw

in a flaming fire.

No one can even keep warm,+

sitting by a fire

that feeds only on straw.

15These are the fortunetellers

you have done business with

all of your life.

But they don't know

where they are going,

and they can't save you.


47.2 Strip … rivers: This may be a command to get ready for work that requires wading in the river, or it may be a warning that they are going to be taken away as slaves.
47.3 escape: Or “oppose me.”
47.14 keep warm: Or “cook food.”

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