19 Both small and great are there,
and the slave is set free from his master.(A)

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Everything is the same for everyone:(A) there is one fate for the righteous and the wicked,(B) for the good and the bad,[a] for the clean and the unclean, for the one who sacrifices and the one who does not sacrifice. As it is for the good, so it is for the sinner; as for the one who takes an oath, so for the one who fears an oath. This is an evil in all that is done under the sun: there is one fate for everyone. In addition, the hearts of people are full of evil, and madness is in their hearts while they live(C)—after that they go to the dead.

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Footnotes

  1. Ecclesiastes 9:2 LXX, Aq, Syr, Vg; MT omits and the bad

Downfall of the King of Babylon

When the Lord gives you rest from your pain,(A) torment, and the hard labor(B) you were forced to do, you will sing this song of contempt about the king of Babylon(C) and say:

How the oppressor has quieted down,
and how the raging[a] has become quiet!
The Lord has broken the staff of the wicked,
the scepter of the rulers.
It struck the peoples in anger
with unceasing blows.
It subdued the nations in rage
with relentless persecution.
All the earth is calm and at rest;
people shout with a ringing cry.
Even the cypresses and the cedars of Lebanon
rejoice over you:(D)
“Since you have been laid low,
no woodcutter has come against us.”

Sheol below is eager to greet your coming.
He stirs up the spirits of the departed for you—
all the rulers[b] of the earth.
He makes all the kings of the nations
rise from their thrones.
10 They all respond to you, saying:
“You too have become as weak as we are;
you have become like us!
11 Your splendor has been brought down to Sheol,
along with the music of your harps.
Maggots are spread out under you,
and worms cover you.”

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 14:4 DSS; Hb uncertain
  2. Isaiah 14:9 Lit rams

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