Isaiah 47
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The Fall of Babylon

1“Go down and sit in the dust,a

Virgin Daughter Babylon.b

Sit on the ground without a throne,

Daughter Chaldea!

For you will no longer be called pampered and spoiled.

2Take millstones and grind flour;a

remove your veil,

strip off your skirt, bare your thigh,

wade through the streams.

3Your nakedness will be uncovered,

and your disgrace will be exposed.a

I will take vengeance;

I will spare no one.”A

4The Holy One of Israel is our Redeemer;a

The Lord of Armies is his name.

5“Daughter Chaldea,

sit in silencea and go into darkness.

For you will no longer be called mistress of kingdoms.

6I was angry with my people;

I profaned my possession,

and I handed them over to you.

You showed them no mercy;

you made your yoke very heavy on the elderly.

7You said, ‘I will be the queen forever.’

You did not take these things to heart

or think about their outcome.

8“So now hear this, lover of luxury,

who sits securely,a

who says to herself,

‘I am, and there is no one else.

I will never be a widow

or know the loss of children.’b

9These two things will happen to you

suddenly, in one day:

loss of children and widowhood.

They will happen to you in their entirety,

in spite of your many sorceriesa

and the potency of your spells.

10You were secure in your wickedness;

you said, ‘No one sees me.’a

Your wisdom and knowledge

led you astray.

You said to yourself,

‘I am, and there is no one else.’

11But disaster will happen to you;

you will not know how to avert it.

And it will fall on you,

but you will be unable to ward it off.A

Devastation will happen to you suddenly

and unexpectedly.a

12So take your stand with your spells

and your many sorceries,

which you have wearied yourself with from your youth.

Perhaps you will be able to succeed;

perhaps you will inspire terror!

13You are worn out with your many consultations.

So let the astrologers stand and save you —

those who observe the stars,a

those who predict monthly

what will happen to you.

14Look, they are like stubble;a

fire burns them.b

They cannot rescue themselves

from the power of the flame.

This is not a coal for warming themselves,

or a fire to sit beside!

15This is what they are to you —

those who have wearied you

and have traded with you from your youth —

each wanders on his own way;

no one can save you.

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