Isaiah 13:1
Prophecies about Babylon

      1The oracle concerning Babylon which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.

2Lift up a standard on the bare hill,
         Raise your voice to them,
         Wave the hand that they may enter the doors of the nobles.

3I have commanded My consecrated ones,
         I have even called My mighty warriors,
         My proudly exulting ones,
         To execute My anger.

4A sound of tumult on the mountains,
         Like that of many people!
         A sound of the uproar of kingdoms,
         Of nations gathered together!
         The LORD of hosts is mustering the army for battle.

5They are coming from a far country,
         From the farthest horizons,
         The LORD and His instruments of indignation,
         To destroy the whole land.

Judgment on the Day of the LORD

6Wail, for the day of the LORD is near!
         It will come as destruction from the Almighty.

7Therefore all hands will fall limp,
         And every man’s heart will melt.

8They will be terrified,
         Pains and anguish will take hold of them;
         They will writhe like a woman in labor,
         They will look at one another in astonishment,
         Their faces aflame.

9Behold, the day of the LORD is coming,
         Cruel, with fury and burning anger,
         To make the land a desolation;
         And He will exterminate its sinners from it.

10For the stars of heaven and their constellations
         Will not flash forth their light;
         The sun will be dark when it rises
         And the moon will not shed its light.

11Thus I will punish the world for its evil
         And the wicked for their iniquity;
         I will also put an end to the arrogance of the proud
         And abase the haughtiness of the ruthless.

12I will make mortal man scarcer than pure gold
         And mankind than the gold of Ophir.

13Therefore I will make the heavens tremble,
         And the earth will be shaken from its place
         At the fury of the LORD of hosts
         In the day of His burning anger.

14And it will be that like a hunted gazelle,
         Or like sheep with none to gather them,
         They will each turn to his own people,
         And each one flee to his own land.

15Anyone who is found will be thrust through,
         And anyone who is captured will fall by the sword.

16Their little ones also will be dashed to pieces
         Before their eyes;
         Their houses will be plundered
         And their wives ravished.

Babylon Will Fall to the Medes

17Behold, I am going to stir up the Medes against them,
         Who will not value silver or take pleasure in gold.

18And their bows will mow down the young men,
         They will not even have compassion on the fruit of the womb,
         Nor will their eye pity children.

19And Babylon, the beauty of kingdoms, the glory of the Chaldeans’ pride,
         Will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.

20It will never be inhabited or lived in from generation to generation;
         Nor will the Arab pitch his tent there,
         Nor will shepherds make their flocks lie down there.

21But desert creatures will lie down there,
         And their houses will be full of owls;
         Ostriches also will live there, and shaggy goats will frolic there.

22Hyenas will howl in their fortified towers
         And jackals in their luxurious palaces.
         Her fateful time also will soon come
         And her days will not be prolonged.

NASB ©1995

Parallel Verses
American Standard Version
The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.

Douay-Rheims Bible
THE burden of Babylon, which Isaias the son of Amos saw.

Darby Bible Translation
The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.

English Revised Version
The burden of which Babylon, Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.

Webster's Bible Translation
The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.

World English Bible
The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw:

Young's Literal Translation
The burden of Babylon that Isaiah son of Amoz hath seen:
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