American Standard Version

Isaiah 13

God mustereth the armies of his wrath.

Isaiah 13:1 The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see. Isaiah 13:2 Set ye up an ensign upon the bare mountain, lift up the voice unto them, wave the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles. Isaiah 13:3 I have commanded my consecrated ones, yea, I have called my mighty men for mine anger, even my proudly exulting ones. Isaiah 13:4 The noise of a multitude in the mountains, as of a great people! the noise of a tumult of the kingdoms of the nations gathered together! Jehovah of hosts is mustering the host for the battle. Isaiah 13:5 They come from a far country, from the uttermost part of heaven, even Jehovah, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.

He threateneth to destroy Babylon by the Medes.

Isaiah 13:6 Wail ye; for the day of Jehovah is at hand; as destruction from the Almighty shall it come. Isaiah 13:7 Therefore shall all hands be feeble, and every heart of man shall melt: Isaiah 13:8 and they shall be dismayed; pangs and sorrows shall take hold [of them]; they shall be in pain as a woman in travail: they shall look in amazement one at another; their faces [shall be] faces of flame. Isaiah 13:9 Behold, the day of Jehovah cometh, cruel, with wrath and fierce anger; to make the land a desolation, and to destroy the sinners thereof out of it. Isaiah 13:10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light; the sun shall be darkened in its going forth, and the moon shall not cause its light to shine. Isaiah 13:11 And I will punish the world for [their] evil, and the wicked for their iniquity: and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. Isaiah 13:12 I will make a man more rare than fine gold, even a man than the pure gold of Ophir. Isaiah 13:13 Therefore I will make the heavens to tremble, and the earth shall be shaken out of its place, in the wrath of Jehovah of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger. Isaiah 13:14 And it shall come to pass, that as the chased roe, and as sheep that no man gathereth, they shall turn every man to his own people, and shall flee every man to his own land. Isaiah 13:15 Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is taken shall fall by the sword. Isaiah 13:16 Their infants also shall be dashed in pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be rifled, and their wives ravished. Isaiah 13:17 Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, who shall not regard silver, and as for gold, they shall not delight in it. Isaiah 13:18 And [their] bows shall dash the young men in pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eye shall not spare children.

The desolation of Babylon.

Isaiah 13:19 And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldeans' pride, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. Isaiah 13:20 It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall shepherds make their flocks to lie down there. Isaiah 13:21 But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and ostriches shall dwell there, and wild goats shall dance there. Isaiah 13:22 And wolves shall cry in their castles, and jackals in the pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged.

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