1 Isaiah son of Amoz received this message concerning the destruction of Babylon:
Call up an army against Babylon.
Wave your hand to encourage them
as they march into the palaces of the high and mighty.
Yes, I have called mighty warriors to express my anger,
and they will rejoice when I am exalted.”
Listen, as the vast armies march!
It is the noise and shouting of many nations.
The LORD of Heaven’s Armies has called this army together.
from beyond the farthest horizons.
They are the LORD’s weapons to carry out his anger.
With them he will destroy the whole land.
the time for the Almighty to destroy.
Every heart melts,
Pangs of anguish grip them,
like those of a woman in labor.
They look helplessly at one another,
their faces aflame with fear.
the terrible day of his fury and fierce anger.
The land will be made desolate,
and all the sinners destroyed with it.
the stars will give no light.
The sun will be dark when it rises,
and the moon will provide no light.
and the wicked for their sin.
I will crush the arrogance of the proud
and humble the pride of the mighty.
more rare than the fine gold of Ophir.
The earth will move from its place
when the LORD of Heaven’s Armies displays his wrath
in the day of his fierce anger.”
like sheep without a shepherd.
They will try to find their own people
and flee to their own land.
run through with a sword.
Their homes will be sacked, and their wives will be raped.
They cannot be tempted by silver
or bribed with gold.
They will have no mercy on helpless babies
and will show no compassion for children.”
the flower of Chaldean pride,
will be devastated like Sodom and Gomorrah
when God destroyed them.
It will remain empty for generation after generation.
Nomads will refuse to camp there,
and shepherds will not bed down their sheep.
and the houses will be haunted by howling creatures.
Owls will live among the ruins,
and wild goats will go there to dance.
and jackals will make dens in its luxurious palaces.
Babylon’s days are numbered;
its time of destruction will soon arrive.
Isaiah, 13 chapter. New Living Translation.