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The Lord has broken the club of the wicked,
the scepter of rulers.
It[a] furiously struck down nations
with unceasing blows.[b]
It angrily ruled over nations,
oppressing them without restraint.[c]
The whole earth rests and is quiet;
they break into song.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 14:6 tn Or perhaps, “he” (cf. KJV; NCV “the king of Babylon”). The present translation understands the referent of the pronoun (“it”) to be the “club/scepter” of the preceding line.
  2. Isaiah 14:6 tn Heb “it was striking down nations in fury [with] a blow without ceasing.” The participle (“striking down”) suggests repeated or continuous action in past time.
  3. Isaiah 14:6 tn Heb “it was ruling in anger nations [with] oppression without restraint.” The participle (“ruling”) suggests repeated or continuous action in past time.
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