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God’s Message to Babylon

47 “Fall down and sit in the dirt, Virgin Daughter Babylon.
    You have no throne, so sit on the ground, daughter of the Chaldeans.[a]
You are not the ruler now.
    You are no longer the beautiful young princess that people said you were.
Get the millstones ready
    and grind the grain into flour.
Take off your veil and fancy clothes.
    Lift your skirt and get ready to cross the rivers.[b]
Men will see your naked body
    and use you for sex.
I will make you pay for the bad things you did,
    and I will not let anyone help you.

“My people say, ‘God saves us.
    His name is the Lord All-Powerful, the Holy One of Israel.’”

“So Babylon, sit down and shut up.
    Daughter of the Chaldeans, go into the dark prison.
    You will no longer be ‘The Queen of the Kingdoms.’

“I was angry with my people.
    They were mine, but I turned against them.
I let you punish them,
    but you showed them no mercy.
Even for those who were old
    you made the work hard.
You said, ‘I will live forever.
    I will always be the queen.’
You didn’t care what you did to my people.
    You didn’t think about what might happen later.
So now listen, you who love only pleasure!
    Feeling so safe, you tell yourself,
‘I alone am important, and no one else matters.
    I will never be a widow or lose my children.’
These two things will happen to you:
    First, you will lose your children and then your husband.
    And none of your magic spells will help you.
10 You do bad things but still feel safe.[c]
    You say to yourself, ‘No one sees the wrong I do.’
You thought that your wisdom and knowledge would save you.
    You tell yourself, ‘I alone am important,
    and no one else matters.’

11 “But disaster is coming your way.
    You don’t know when it will happen, but disaster is coming.
    And there is nothing you can do to stop it.
12 You worked hard all your life
    learning magic and spells.
So start using that magic.
    Maybe those spells will help you.
    Maybe you will be able to frighten someone.
13 You have many advisors.
    Are you tired of the advice they give?
Then send out your men who read the stars.
    They can tell when the month starts,
    so maybe they can tell you when your troubles will come.
14 But they cannot even save themselves.
    They will burn like straw.
They will burn so fast that there will be no coals left to cook bread.
    There will be no fire left to sit by.
15 That’s what will happen to those you have worked with,
    the people you did business with all your life.
They will all go their own way.
    There will be no one left to save you.”

Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 47:1 Virgin Daughter Babylon, daughter of the Chaldeans Names for the city of Babylon.
  2. Isaiah 47:2 rivers The Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Babylon was between these two rivers.
  3. Isaiah 47:10 You … safe Or “You put your trust in your evil.”

The Fall of Babylon

47 “Go down, sit in the dust,(A)
    Virgin Daughter(B) Babylon;
sit on the ground without a throne,
    queen city of the Babylonians.[a](C)
No more will you be called
    tender or delicate.(D)
Take millstones(E) and grind(F) flour;
    take off your veil.(G)
Lift up your skirts,(H) bare your legs,
    and wade through the streams.
Your nakedness(I) will be exposed
    and your shame(J) uncovered.
I will take vengeance;(K)
    I will spare no one.(L)

Our Redeemer(M)—the Lord Almighty(N) is his name(O)
    is the Holy One(P) of Israel.

“Sit in silence,(Q) go into darkness,(R)
    queen city of the Babylonians;(S)
no more will you be called
    queen(T) of kingdoms.(U)
I was angry(V) with my people
    and desecrated my inheritance;(W)
I gave them into your hand,(X)
    and you showed them no mercy.(Y)
Even on the aged
    you laid a very heavy yoke.
You said, ‘I am forever(Z)
    the eternal queen!’(AA)
But you did not consider these things
    or reflect(AB) on what might happen.(AC)

“Now then, listen, you lover of pleasure,
    lounging in your security(AD)
and saying to yourself,
    ‘I am, and there is none besides me.(AE)
I will never be a widow(AF)
    or suffer the loss of children.’
Both of these will overtake you
    in a moment,(AG) on a single day:
    loss of children(AH) and widowhood.(AI)
They will come upon you in full measure,
    in spite of your many sorceries(AJ)
    and all your potent spells.(AK)
10 You have trusted(AL) in your wickedness
    and have said, ‘No one sees me.’(AM)
Your wisdom(AN) and knowledge mislead(AO) you
    when you say to yourself,
    ‘I am, and there is none besides me.’
11 Disaster(AP) will come upon you,
    and you will not know how to conjure it away.
A calamity will fall upon you
    that you cannot ward off with a ransom;
a catastrophe you cannot foresee
    will suddenly(AQ) come upon you.

12 “Keep on, then, with your magic spells
    and with your many sorceries,(AR)
    which you have labored at since childhood.
Perhaps you will succeed,
    perhaps you will cause terror.
13 All the counsel you have received has only worn you out!(AS)
    Let your astrologers(AT) come forward,
those stargazers who make predictions month by month,
    let them save(AU) you from what is coming upon you.
14 Surely they are like stubble;(AV)
    the fire(AW) will burn them up.
They cannot even save themselves
    from the power of the flame.(AX)
These are not coals for warmth;
    this is not a fire to sit by.
15 That is all they are to you—
    these you have dealt with
    and labored(AY) with since childhood.
All of them go on in their error;
    there is not one that can save(AZ) you.

Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 47:1 Or Chaldeans; also in verse 5

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