1Proclamation about Babylon, seen by Isaiah son of Amoz. 2On a bare hill hoist a signal, shout for them, beckon them to come to the Nobles' Gate. 3I have issued orders to my sacred warriors, I have summoned my heroes to serve my anger, my proudchampions. 4The noise of a great crowd in the mountains, like an immense people, the tumultuous sound ofkingdoms, of nations mustering: it is Yahweh Sabaoth marshal ing the troops for battle. 5They come from a distant country, from the far horizons, Yahweh and the instruments of his fury to laythe whole country waste. 6Howl! For the Day of Yahweh is near, coming like devastation from Shaddai.7This is why al hands fal limp, why al the men are losing heart; 8they are panic-stricken, seized with pains and convulsions; they writhe like a woman in labour, theylook at one another appal ed, with feverish faces. 9Look, the Day of Yahweh is coming, merciless, with wrath and burning anger, to reduce the country toa desert and root out the sinners from it. 10For in the sky the stars and Orion wil shed their light no longer, the sun wil be dark when it rises, andthe moon will no longer give its light. 11I am going to punish the world for its wickedness and the wicked for their guilt, and put an end to thepride of the arrogant and humble the haughtiness of despots. 12I shal make people scarcer than pure gold, human life scarcer than the gold of Ophir. 13This is why I am going to shake the heavens, why the earth wil reel on its foundations, under thewrath of Yahweh Sabaoth, the day when his anger ignites. 14Then like a hunted gazel e, like sheep that nobody gathers in, everyone will head back to his people,everyone wil flee to his native land. 15Al those who are found wil be stabbed, al those captured wil fal by the sword, 16their babies dashed to pieces before their eyes, their houses plundered, their wives raped. 17Look, against them I am stirring up the Medes who care nothing for silver, who set no value by gold. 18Bows wil annihilate the young men, they wil have no pity for the fruit of the womb, or mercy in theireyes for children. 19And Babylon, that pearl of kingdoms, that splendid jewel of the Chaldaeans, wil , like Sodom andGomorrah, be overthrown by God. 20Never again will anyone live there or reside there for al generations to come. Never again wil theArab pitch his tent there, or the shepherds bring their flocks to rest. 21But beasts of the desert wil make their haunt there and owls fill their houses, there ostriches wil settletheir home, there goats will dance. 22Hyenas wil howl in its towers, jackals in its delightful palaces, for its doom is about to come and itsdays wil not last long.
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