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Isaiah 13

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13:1 The burden of Babylon, which Isaias the son of Amos saw.

13:2 Upon the dark mountain lift ye up a banner, exalt the voice, lift up the hand, and let the rulers go into the gates.

13:3 I have commanded my sanctified ones, and have called my strong ones in my wrath, them that rejoice in my glory.

13:4 The noise of a multitude in the mountains, as it were of many people, the noise of the sound of kings, of nations gathered together: the Lord of hosts hath given charge to the troops of war.

13:5 To them that come from a country afar off, from the end of heaven: tile Lord and the instruments of his wrath, to destroy the whole land.

13:6 Howl ye, for the day of the Lord is near: it shall come as a destruction from the Lord.

13:7 Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every heart of man shall melt,

13:8 And shall be broken. Gripings and pains shall take hold of them, they shall be in pain as a woman in labour. Every one shall be amazed at his neighbour, their countenances shall be as faces burnt.

13:9 Behold, the day of the Lord shall come, a cruel day, and full of indignation, and of wrath, and fury, to lay the land desolate, and to destroy the sinners thereof out of it.

13:10 For the stars of heaven, and their brightness shall not display their light: the sun shall be darkened in his rising, and the moon shall not shine with her light.

13:11 And I will visit the evils of the world, and against the wicked for their iniquity: and I will make the pride of infidels to cease, and will bring down the arrogancy of the mighty.

13:12 A man shall be more precious than gold, yea a man than the finest of gold.

13:13 For this I will trouble the heaven: and the earth shall be moved out of her place, for the indignation of the Lord of hosts, and for the day of his tierce wrath.

13:14 And they shall be as a doe fleeing away, and as a sheep: and there shall be none to gather them together: every man shall turn to his own people, and every one shall flee to his own land.

13:15 Every one that shall be found, shall be slain: and every one that shall come to their aid, shall fall by the sword.

13:16 Their infants shall be dashed in pieces before their eyes: their houses shall be pillaged, and their wives shall be ravished.

13:17 Behold I will stir up the Medes against them, who shall not seek silver, nor desire gold:

13:18 But with their arrows they shall kill the children, and shall have no pity upon the sucklings of the womb, and their eye shall not spare their sons.

13:19 And that Babylon, glorious among kingdoms, the famous pride of the Chaldeans, shall be even as the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrha.

13:20 It shall no more be inhabited for ever, and it shall not be founded unto generation and generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch his tents there, nor shall shepherds rest there.

13:21 But wild beasts shall rest there, and their houses shall be filled with serpents, and ostriches shall dwell there, and the hairy ones shall dance there:

13:22 And owls shall answer one another there, in the houses thereof, and sirens in the temples of pleasure.