1 aThe bburden of cBabylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.
2 Lift ye up a abanner upon the high bmountain, cexalt the voice unto them, shake the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles.
3 I have commanded my asanctified ones, I have also called my bmighty ones for 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 akingdoms of nations gathered together: the Lord of hosts mustereth the host of the bbattle.
5 They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the Lord, and the weapons of his indignation, to adestroy the whole land.
6 ¶ aHowl ye; for the bday of the Lord is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.
7 Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall amelt:
8 And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in apain as a woman that btravaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; 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 adestroy the sinners thereof out of it.
10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be adarkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.
11 And I will apunish the bworld 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 chaughtiness of the dterrible.
12 I will make a man more aprecious than fine gold; even a man than the bgolden wedge of Ophir.
13 Therefore I will ashake the heavens, and the bearth shall cremove out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts, and in the day of his fierce danger.
14 And it shall be as the achased roe, and as a sheep that bno man taketh up: they shall every man turn to his own cpeople, and flee every one into his own dland.
15 Every one that is found shall be athrust through; and every one that is joined unto them shall fall by the sword.
16 Their achildren also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their bhouses shall be cspoiled, and their wives ravished.
17 Behold, I will stir up the aMedes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.
18 Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eye shall not spare children.
19 ¶ And aBabylon, the glory of kingdoms, the bbeauty of the cChaldees’ excellency, shall be as when God doverthrew eSodom and Gomorrah.
20 It shall never be ainhabited, 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.
21 But awild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and bsatyrs shall dance there.
22 And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate ahouses, and bdragons in their pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged.