Isaiah 47:5
5“Sit silently, and go into darkness,
         O daughter of the Chaldeans,
         For you will no longer be called
         The queen of kingdoms.

6“I was angry with My people,
         I profaned My heritage
         And gave them into your hand.
         You did not show mercy to them,
         On the aged you made your yoke very heavy.

7“Yet you said, ‘I will be a queen forever.’
         These things you did not consider
         Nor remember the outcome of them.

8“Now, then, hear this, you sensual one,
         Who dwells securely,
         Who says in your heart,
         ‘I am, and there is no one besides me.
         I will not sit as a widow,
         Nor know loss of children.’

9“But these two things will come on you suddenly in one day:
         Loss of children and widowhood.
         They will come on you in full measure
         In spite of your many sorceries,
         In spite of the great power of your spells.

10“You felt secure in your wickedness and said,
         ‘No one sees me,’
         Your wisdom and your knowledge, they have deluded you;
         For you have said in your heart,
         ‘I am, and there is no one besides me.’

11“But evil will come on you
         Which you will not know how to charm away;
         And disaster will fall on you
         For which you cannot atone;
         And destruction about which you do not know
         Will come on you suddenly.

12“Stand fast now in your spells
         And in your many sorceries
         With which you have labored from your youth;
         Perhaps you will be able to profit,
         Perhaps you may cause trembling.

13“You are wearied with your many counsels;
         Let now the astrologers,
         Those who prophesy by the stars,
         Those who predict by the new moons,
         Stand up and save you from what will come upon you.

14“Behold, they have become like stubble,
         Fire burns them;
         They cannot deliver themselves from the power of the flame;
         There will be no coal to warm by
         Nor a fire to sit before!

15“So have those become to you with whom you have labored,
         Who have trafficked with you from your youth;
         Each has wandered in his own way;
         There is none to save you.

NASB ©1995

Parallel Verses
American Standard Version
Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans; for thou shalt no more be called The mistress of kingdoms.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called the lady of kingdoms.

Darby Bible Translation
Sit silent, and get thee into darkness, daughter of the Chaldeans; for thou shalt no more be called, Mistress of kingdoms.

English Revised Version
Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called The lady of kingdoms.

Webster's Bible Translation
Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of kingdoms.

World English Bible
"Sit in silence, and go into darkness, daughter of the Chaldeans; for you shall no more be called the mistress of kingdoms.

Young's Literal Translation
Sit silent, and go into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans, For no more do they cry to thee, 'Mistress of kingdoms.'
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Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

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Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

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G. Maspero—History Of Egypt, Chaldaea, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, V 9

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John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

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