burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.
Lift ye up a banner upon the high
mountain, exalt the voice unto them, shake the hand, that they may go into the
gates of the nobles.
have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty ones for mine
anger, even them that rejoice in my highness.
The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like as of a
great people; a tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together:
the LORD of hosts mustereth the host of the battle.
They come from a far country, from the end of
heaven, even the LORD, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole
Howl ye; for the
day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the
shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt:
And they shall be afraid: pangs and
sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that
travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as
Behold, the day
of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land
desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.
For the stars of heaven and the
constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in
his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.
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.
I will make a man more
precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.
Therefore I will shake the
heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD
of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.
And it shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that
no man taketh up: they shall every man turn to his own people, and flee every
one into his own land.
Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is
joined unto them shall fall by the sword.
Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before
their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished.
Behold, I will stir up the
Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall
not delight in it.
Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity
on the fruit of the womb; their eyes shall not spare children.
And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms,
the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom
shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to
generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the
shepherds make their fold there.
But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses
shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs
shall dance there.
And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and
dragons in their pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days
shall not be prolonged.