Prophecy - Babylon
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Isaiah 13:1 The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.
2 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.
3 I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty onesfor mine anger, even them that rejoice in my highness.
4 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 LORDof hosts mustereth the host of the battle.
5 They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the LORD, andthe weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.
6 Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destructionfrom the Almighty.
7 Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt:
8 And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; theyshall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one atanother; their faces shall be as flames.
9 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 ofit.
10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not givetheir light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moonshall not cause her light to shine.
11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for theiriniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and willlay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
12 I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the goldenwedge of Ophir.
13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out ofher place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierceanger.
14 And it shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man takethup: they shall every man turn to his own people, and flee every one intohis own land.
15 Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that isjoined unto them shall fall by the sword.
16 Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; theirhouses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished.
17 Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regardsilver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.
18 Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall haveno pity on the fruit of the womb; their eye shall not spare children.
19 And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency,shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
20 It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generationto generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shallthe shepherds make their fold there.
21 But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shallbe full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shalldance there.
22 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, andher days shall not be prolonged.
Isaiah 14:4 That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon,and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased!
5 The LORD hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the rulers.
6 He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruledthe nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth.
7 The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing.
8 Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying,Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us.
9 Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirrethup the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raisedup from their thrones all the kings of the nations.
10 All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak aswe? art thou become like unto us?
11 Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: theworm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how artthou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I willexalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount ofthe congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the mostHigh.
15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee,saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof;that opened not the house of his prisoners?
18 All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every onein his own house.
19 But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and asthe raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that godown to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.
20 Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyedthy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned.
21 Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers;that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the worldwith cities.
22 For I will rise up against them, saith the LORD of hosts, and cut offfrom Babylon the name, and remnant, and son, and nephew, saith the LORD.
23 I will also make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of water:and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, saith the LORD of hosts.
24 The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shallit come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:
25 That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains treadhim under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burdendepart from off their shoulders.
26 This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this isthe hand that is stretched out upon all the nations.
27 For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and hishand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?
Isaiah 21:9 And, behold, here cometh a chariot of men, with a couple ofhorsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and allthe graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground.
Isaiah 23:13 Behold the land of the Chaldeans; this people was not, tillthe Assyrian founded it for them that dwell in the wilderness: they setup the towers thereof, they raised up the palaces thereof; and he broughtit to ruin.
Isaiah 47:8 Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, thatdwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else besideme; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children:
9 But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the lossof children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfectionfor the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thineenchantments.
Jeremiah 25:11 And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment;and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.
12 And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, thatI will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the LORD, fortheir iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetualdesolations.
Jeremiah 50:1 The word that the LORD spake against Babylon and against theland of the Chaldeans by Jeremiah the prophet.
2 Declare ye among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish,and conceal not: say, Babylon is taken, Bel is confounded, Merodach is brokenin pieces; her idols are confounded, her images are broken in pieces.
3 For out of the north there cometh up a nation against her, which shallmake her land desolate, and none shall dwell therein: they shall remove,they shall depart, both man and beast.
Jeremiah 50:23 How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken!how is Babylon become a desolation among the nations!
24 I have laid a snare for thee, and thou art also taken, O Babylon, andthou wast not aware: thou art found, and also caught, because thou haststriven against the LORD.
25 The LORD hath opened his armoury, and hath brought forth the weaponsof his indignation: for this is the work of the Lord GOD of hosts in theland of the Chaldeans.
26 Come against her from the utmost border, open her storehouses: cast herup as heaps, and destroy her utterly: let nothing of her be left.
Jeremiah 51:1 Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will raise up against Babylon,and against them that dwell in the midst of them that rise up against me,a destroying wind;
2 And will send unto Babylon fanners, that shall fan her, and shall emptyher land: for in the day of trouble they shall be against her round about.
3 Against him that bendeth let the archer bend his bow, and against himthat lifteth himself up in his brigandine: and spare ye not her young men;destroy ye utterly all her host.
4 Thus the slain shall fall in the land of the Chaldeans, and they thatare thrust through in her streets.
5 For Israel hath not been forsaken, nor Judah of his God, of the LORD ofhosts; though their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel.
6 Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be notcut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the LORD'S vengeance; hewill render unto her a recompence.
7 Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD'S hand, that made all the earthdrunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations aremad.
8 Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm forher pain, if so be she may be healed.
9 We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed: forsake her, andlet us go every one into his own country: for her judgment reacheth untoheaven, and is lifted up even to the skies.
10 The LORD hath brought forth our righteousness: come, and let us declarein Zion the work of the LORD our God.
11 Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the LORD hath raised up thespirit of the kings of the Medes: for his device is against Babylon, todestroy it; because it is the vengeance of the LORD, the vengeance of histemple.
12 Set up the standard upon the walls of Babylon, make the watch strong,set up the watchmen, prepare the ambushes: for the LORD hath both devisedand done that which he spake against the inhabitants of Babylon.
13 O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine endis come, and the measure of thy covetousness.
14 The LORD of hosts hath sworn by himself, saying, Surely I will fill theewith men, as with caterpillers; and they shall lift up a shout against thee.
15 He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world byhis wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding.
16 When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens;and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth: he makethlightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.
17 Every man is brutish by his knowledge; every founder is confounded bythe graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breathin them.
18 They are vanity, the work of errors: in the time of their visitationthey shall perish.
19 The portion of Jacob is not like them; for he is the former of all things:and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: the LORD of hosts is his name.
20 Thou art my battle ax and weapons of war: for with thee will I breakin pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms;
21 And with thee will I break in pieces the horse and his rider; and withthee will I break in pieces the chariot and his rider;
22 With thee also will I break in pieces man and woman; and with thee willI break in pieces old and young; and with thee will I break in pieces theyoung man and the maid;
23 I will also break in pieces with thee the shepherd and his flock; andwith thee will I break in pieces the husbandman and his yoke of oxen; andwith thee will I break in pieces captains and rulers.
24 And I will render unto Babylon and to all the inhabitants of Chaldeaall their evil that they have done in Zion in your sight, saith the LORD.
25 Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain, saith the LORD, whichdestroyest all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, androll thee down from the rocks, and will make thee a burnt mountain.
26 And they shall not take of thee a stone for a corner, nor a stone forfoundations; but thou shalt be desolate for ever, saith the LORD.
27 Set ye up a standard in the land, blow the trumpet among the nations,prepare the nations against her, call together against her the kingdomsof Ararat, Minni, and Ashchenaz; appoint a captain against her; cause thehorses to come up as the rough caterpillers.
28 Prepare against her the nations with the kings of the Medes, the captainsthereof, and all the rulers thereof, and all the land of his dominion.
29 And the land shall tremble and sorrow: for every purpose of the LORDshall be performed against Babylon, to make the land of Babylon a desolationwithout an inhabitant.
30 The mighty men of Babylon have forborn to fight, they have remained intheir holds: their might hath failed; they became as women: they have burnedher dwellingplaces; her bars are broken.
31 One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another,to shew the king of Babylon that his city is taken at one end,
32 And that the passages are stopped, and the reeds they have burned withfire, and the men of war are affrighted.
33 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; The daughter ofBabylon is like a threshingfloor, it is time to thresh her: yet a littlewhile, and the time of her harvest shall come.
34 Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon hath devoured me, he hath crushedme, he hath made me an empty vessel, he hath swallowed me up like a dragon,he hath filled his belly with my delicates, he hath cast me out.
35 The violence done to me and to my flesh be upon Babylon, shall the inhabitantof Zion say; and my blood upon the inhabitants of Chaldea, shall Jerusalemsay.
36 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will plead thy cause, and takevengeance for thee; and I will dry up her sea, and make her springs dry.
37 And Babylon shall become heaps, a dwellingplace for dragons, an astonishment,and an hissing, without an inhabitant.
38 They shall roar together like lions: they shall yell as lions' whelps.
39 In their heat I will make their feasts, and I will make them drunken,that they may rejoice, and sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake, saiththe LORD.
40 I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter, like rams with hegoats.
41 How is Sheshach taken! and how is the praise of the whole earth surprised!how is Babylon become an astonishment among the nations!
42 The sea is come up upon Babylon: she is covered with the multitude ofthe waves thereof.
43 Her cities are a desolation, a dry land, and a wilderness, a land whereinno man dwelleth, neither doth any son of man pass thereby.
44 And I will punish Bel in Babylon, and I will bring forth out of his mouththat which he hath swallowed up: and the nations shall not flow togetherany more unto him: yea, the wall of Babylon shall fall.
45 My people, go ye out of the midst of her, and deliver ye every man hissoul from the fierce anger of the LORD.
46 And lest your heart faint, and ye fear for the rumour that shall be heardin the land; a rumour shall both come one year, and after that in anotheryear shall come a rumour, and violence in the land, ruler against ruler.
47 Therefore, behold, the days come, that I will do judgment upon the gravenimages of Babylon: and her whole land shall be confounded, and all her slainshall fall in the midst of her.
48 Then the heaven and the earth, and all that is therein, shall sing forBabylon: for the spoilers shall come unto her from the north, saith theLORD.
49 As Babylon hath caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon shallfall the slain of all the earth.
50 Ye that have escaped the sword, go away, stand not still: remember theLORD afar off, and let Jerusalem come into your mind.
51 We are confounded, because we have heard reproach: shame hath coveredour faces: for strangers are come into the sanctuaries of the LORD'S house.
52 Wherefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will do judgmentupon her graven images: and through all her land the wounded shall groan.
53 Though Babylon should mount up to heaven, and though she should fortifythe height of her strength, yet from me shall spoilers come unto her, saiththe LORD.
54 A sound of a cry cometh from Babylon, and great destruction from theland of the Chaldeans:
55 Because the LORD hath spoiled Babylon, and destroyed out of her the greatvoice; when her waves do roar like great waters, a noise of their voiceis uttered:
56 Because the spoiler is come upon her, even upon Babylon, and her mightymen are taken, every one of their bows is broken: for the LORD God of recompencesshall surely requite.
57 And I will make drunk her princes, and her wise men, her captains, andher rulers, and her mighty men: and they shall sleep a perpetual sleep,and not wake, saith the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts.
58 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The broad walls of Babylon shall be utterlybroken, and her high gates shall be burned with fire; and the people shalllabour in vain, and the folk in the fire, and they shall be weary.
59 The word which Jeremiah the prophet commanded Seraiah the son of Neriah,the son of Maaseiah, when he went with Zedekiah the king of Judah into Babylonin the fourth year of his reign. And this Seraiah was a quiet prince.
60 So Jeremiah wrote in a book all the evil that should come upon Babylon,even all these words that are written against Babylon.
61 And Jeremiah said to Seraiah, When thou comest to Babylon, and shaltsee, and shalt read all these words;
62 Then shalt thou say, O LORD, thou hast spoken against this place, tocut it off, that none shall remain in it, neither man nor beast, but thatit shall be desolate for ever.
63 And it shall be, when thou hast made an end of reading this book, thatthou shalt bind a stone to it, and cast it into the midst of Euphrates:
64 And thou shalt say, Thus shall Babylon sink, and shall not rise fromthe evil that I will bring upon her: and they shall be weary. Thus far arethe words of Jeremiah.
Daniel 2:36 This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereofbefore the king.
37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given theea kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.
38 And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field andthe fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made theeruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.
39 And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and anotherthird kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.
40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breakethin pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these,shall it break in pieces and bruise.
41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, andpart of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it ofthe strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miryclay.
42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so thekingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.
43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall minglethemselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another,even as iron is not mixed with clay.
44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom,which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to otherpeople, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, andit shall stand for ever.
45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain withouthands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver,and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall cometo pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereofsure.