Isaiah 13:1-22

13  The pronouncement against Babylon*+ that Isaiah* the son of Aʹmoz+ saw in vision:  “Upon a mountain of bare rocks* raise up a signal,*+ YOU men. Lift up the voice to them, wave the hand,+ that they may come into the entrances of the nobles.+  I myself have issued the command to my sanctified ones.*+ I have also called my mighty ones for [expressing] my anger,+ my eminently exultant ones.  Listen!* A crowd in the mountains, something like a numerous people!+ Listen!* The uproar of kingdoms, of nations gathered together!+ Jehovah of armies is mustering the army of war.+  They are coming from the land far away,+ from the extremity of the heavens, Jehovah and the weapons of his denunciation, to wreck all the earth.+  “Howl, YOU people,+ for the day of Jehovah is near!+ As a despoiling from the Almighty* it will come.+  That is why all hands themselves will drop down, and the whole heart itself of mortal man will melt.+  And people have become disturbed.+ Convulsions and birth pains themselves grab hold; like a woman that is giving birth they have labor pains.+ They look at each other in amazement. Their faces are inflamed faces.+  “Look! The day of Jehovah itself is coming, cruel both with fury and with burning anger, in order to make the land an object of astonishment,+ and that it may annihilate [the land’s]* sinners out of it.+ 10  For the very stars of the heavens and their constellations of Keʹsil*+ will not flash forth their light; the sun will actually grow dark at its going forth, and the moon itself will not cause its light to shine. 11  And I shall certainly bring home [its own] badness upon the productive land,*+ and their own error upon the wicked themselves. And I shall actually cause the pride of the presumptuous ones to cease, and the haughtiness of the tyrants* I shall abase.+ 12  I shall make mortal man rarer than refined gold,*+ and earthling man [rarer] than the gold* of Oʹphir.+ 13  That is why I shall cause heaven itself to become agitated,+ and the earth will rock out of its place at the fury of Jehovah of armies+ and at the day of his burning anger.+ 14  And it must occur that, like a gazelle chased away and like a flock without anyone to collect them together,+ they will turn, each one to his own people; and they will flee, each one to his own land.+ 15  Every one that is found will be pierced through, and every one that is caught in the sweep will fall by the sword;+ 16  and their very children will be dashed to pieces before their eyes.+ Their houses will be pillaged, and their own wives will be raped.+ 17  “Here I am arousing against them the Medes,+ who account silver itself as nothing and who, as respects gold, take no delight in it. 18  And [their] bows will dash even young men to pieces.+ And the fruitage of the belly they will not pity;+ for sons their eye will not feel sorry. 19  And Babylon, the decoration of kingdoms,+ the beauty of the pride of the Chal·deʹans,+ must become as when God* overthrew Sodʹom and Go·morʹrah.+ 20  She will never be inhabited,+ nor will she reside for generation after generation.+ And there the Arab will not pitch his tent, and no shepherds will let [their flocks] lie down there. 21  And there the haunters of waterless regions* will certainly lie down, and their houses must be filled with eagle owls.*+ And there the ostriches* must reside, and goat-shaped demons* themselves will go skipping about there.+ 22  And jackals must howl in her dwelling towers,+ and the big snake will be in the palaces of exquisite delight. And the season for her is near to come, and her days themselves will not be postponed.”+


Heb., Yeshaʽ·yaʹhu.
“Babylon,” LXXVg; 1QIsaMTSy, “Babel.”
Lit., “mountain swept bare.”
“Signal.” Heb., nes.
“To my sanctified ones,” that is, sanctified for Jehovah’s war. Heb., lim·qud·da·shaiʹ; Lat., sanc·ti·fi·caʹtis meʹis. Compare Joe 3:9 (4:9 in M).
Lit., “The sound of.” See Ge 4:10 ftn, “Listen.”
Lit., “The sound of.”
“From the Almighty.” Heb., mish·Shad·daiʹ. Compare 9:6 ftn, “God.”
Or, “its.” Lit., “her.”
Lit., “and their Kesils.” See Job 9:9 ftn, “Kesil constellation.”
“Tyrants.” Heb., ʽa·ri·tsimʹ.
“Productive land.” Heb., te·velʹ; Gr., oi·kou·meʹnei, “inhabited earth”; Lat., orʹbis, “circle,” that is, of the earth. See Mt 24:14 ftn, “Earth.”
“Than refined gold.” Heb., mip·pazʹ.
“Than the gold of.” Heb., mik·keʹthem. See Job 28:16 ftn.
“God.” 1QIsaM(Heb.), ʼElo·himʹ; Gr., ho The·osʹ; TVgc, “Jehovah.”
“The haunters of waterless regions.” Or, “the demons.” T, “apes”; LXXSyVg, “wild beasts.”
“Dragons,” Vg.
Lit., “daughters of an ostrich.”
Or, “hairy creatures.” TLXXSy, “demons”; Vg, “shaggy creatures.” Compare Le 17:7 ftn, “Demons”; 2Ch 11:15 ftn.