God mustereth the armies of his wrath.
Isaiah 13:1 Thys is the heauy burthen of Babilon, whiche Esai the sonne of Amos dyd se. Isaiah 13:2 Make some tokens to the hye hilles, call vnto them, hold vp youre hande, that the Princes maye go in at the dore. Isaiah 13:3 For I will send for my debites & my gyauntes (sayth the Lorde) and in my wrath I wil call for suche, as triumphe in my glory. Isaiah 13:4 With that, me thought I heard in the mountaynes a noyse, like as is hath bene of a great people: & a russhynge, as though the kyngedomes of al nacions had come together. (And the Lorde of Hostes was the captayne of the whole armye) Isaiah 13:5 As they had not come only out of farre countreyes, but also from the endes of the heauens: Euen the Lorde him selfe with the ministres of his wrath, to destroye the whole lande.
He threateneth to destroy Babylon by the Medes.
Isaiah 13:6 Mourne therfore, for the daye of the Lorde is at hande, & commeth as a destroyer from the Almyghtye. Isaiah 13:7 Then shall all handes be letten doune, and all mens hertes shall melt awaie, Isaiah 13:8 they shall stande in feare, carefulnesse and sorowe shal come vpon them, and they shal haue payne, as a woman that trauaileth with childe. One shal euer be abasshed of another, and their faces shall burne lyke the flamme. Isaiah 13:9 For lo, the daye of the Lorde shall come, terrible, full of indignacion and wrathe, to make the lande waste, and to rote oute the synne therof. Isaiah 13:10 For the sterres and planetes of heauen shal not geue their lyght, the sunne shalbe quenched in the risinge, and the mone shall not shyne with his light. Isaiah 13:11 And I will punysh the wickednesse of the worlde, and the synnes of the vngodly, sayeth the Lorde. The hye stomackes of the proude wyl I take awaye, and will laye doune the boastynge of tyrauntes. Isaiah 13:12 I wyll make a man dearer then fyne goulde, and a man to be more worthe, then a goulden wedge of Ophir. Isaiah 13:13 Moreouer, I wil so shake the heauen, that the earth shall remoue oute of her place. Thus shall it go with Babilon in the wrath of the Lorde of Hostes in the daye of his fearfull indignacyon. Isaiah 13:14 And Babilon shalbe as an hunted or chased do, and as a flocke wythout a sheperde. Euery man shal turne to his own people, and flee eche one into his owne land. Isaiah 13:15 Whoso is founde alone, shalbe shot thorow. And whoso gather together, shalbe destroied with the swerd. Isaiah 13:16 Their chyldren shalbe slaine before their eyes, their houses spoyled, and their wyues rauyshed. Isaiah 13:17 For lo, I shall brynge vp the Medes agaynst them, whiche shall not regarde siluer, nor be desyrous of gould. Isaiah 13:18 Then shall young mens bowes be knapped a sunder. The Medes shall haue no pytye vpon wemen with chylde, and their faces shal not spare the chyldren.
The desolation of Babylon.
Isaiah 13:19 And Babylon (that glory of kingedomes and bewtye of the Caldees honoure) shalbe destroied, euen as God destroyed Sodome and Gomorra. Isaiah 13:20 It shall neuer be more inhabyted, neyther shal there be any more dwellynge there from generacion to generacyon. The Arabians shall make no more tentes there, neyther shall the shepardes make their foldes ther any more: Isaiah 13:21 but wild beastes shal lye there, & the houses shalbe full of greate Oules. Estriches shall dwel there, and Apes shall daunse there: Isaiah 13:22 the lytle Oules shal crye in the palaces, one after another, and Dragons shalbe in the plesaunt parlours. And as for Babilons tyme it is at hande, & her dayes maye not be longe absent.