Isaiah 47
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Mourning for Babylon

1“Come down and sit in the dust,

Virgin daughter of Babylon;

Sit on the ground without a throne,

Daughter of the Chaldeans!

For you will no longer be called tender and delicate.

2“Take the millstones and grind flour.

Remove your veil, strip off the skirt,

Uncover the leg, cross the rivers.

3“Your nakedness will be uncovered,

Your shame will also be exposed;

I will take vengeance and will not spare anyone.”

4Our Redeemer, the LORD of armies is His name,

The Holy One of Israel.

5“Sit silently, and go into darkness,

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 handed them over to you.

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 [a]them.

8“Now, then, hear this, you luxuriant one,

Who lives securely,

Who says in her heart,

‘I am, and there is no one besides me.

I will not sit as a widow,

Nor know the 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, [b]they have led you astray;

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“Persist now in your spells

And in your many sorceries

With which you have labored from your youth;

Perhaps you will be able to benefit,

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 save 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,

Those who have done business with you from your youth;

Each has wandered in his own [c]way;

There is no one to save you.

[a] 7 Lit it
[b] 10 Lit it has
[c] 15 Lit side, region

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