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Isaiah 47 Good News Translation (GNT)

Judgment on Babylon

47 The Lord says,

“Babylon, come down from your throne,
    and sit in the dust on the ground.
You were once like a virgin, a city unconquered,
    but you are soft and delicate no longer!
You are now a slave!
Turn the millstone! Grind the flour!
Off with your veil! Strip off your fine clothes!
Lift up your skirts to cross the streams![a]
People will see you naked;
    they will see you humbled and shamed.
I will take vengeance, and no one will stop me.”

The holy God of Israel sets us free—
    his name is the Lord Almighty.

The Lord says to Babylon,

“Sit in silence and darkness;
    no more will they call you the queen of nations!
I was angry with my people;
    I treated them as no longer mine:
I put them in your power,
    and you showed them no mercy;
    even the aged you treated harshly.
You thought you would always be a queen,
    and did not take these things to heart
    or think how it all would end.

“Listen to this, you lover of pleasure,
    you that think you are safe and secure.
You claim you are as great as God—
    that there is no one else like you.
You thought that you would never be a widow
    or suffer the loss of your children.
But in a moment, in a single day,
    both of these things will happen.
In spite of all the magic you use,
    you will lose your husband and children.

10 “You felt sure of yourself in your evil;
    you thought that no one could see you.
Your wisdom and knowledge led you astray,
    and you said to yourself, ‘I am God—
    there is no one else like me.’
11 Disaster will come upon you,
    and none of your magic can stop it.
Ruin will come on you suddenly—
    ruin you never dreamed of!
12 Keep all your magic spells and charms;
    you have used them since you were young.
Perhaps they will be of some help to you;
    perhaps you can frighten your enemies.
13 You are powerless in spite of the advice you get.
Let your astrologers come forward and save you—
    those people who study the stars,
    who map out the zones of the heavens
    and tell you from month to month
    what[b] is going to happen to you.

14 “They will be like bits of straw,
    and a fire will burn them up!
They will not even be able to save themselves—
    the flames will be too hot for them,
    not a cozy fire to warm themselves by.
15 That is all the good they will do you—
    those astrologers you've consulted all your life.
They all will leave you and go their own way,
    and none will be left to save you.”


  1. Isaiah 47:2 This probably refers to going into exile.
  2. Isaiah 47:13 Some ancient translations what; Hebrew from what.
Good News Translation (GNT)

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Isaiah 47 New International Version (NIV)

The Fall of Babylon

47 “Go down, sit in the dust,
    Virgin Daughter Babylon;
sit on the ground without a throne,
    queen city of the Babylonians.[a]
No more will you be called
    tender or delicate.
Take millstones and grind flour;
    take off your veil.
Lift up your skirts, bare your legs,
    and wade through the streams.
Your nakedness will be exposed
    and your shame uncovered.
I will take vengeance;
    I will spare no one.

Our Redeemer—the Lord Almighty is his name
    is the Holy One of Israel.

“Sit in silence, go into darkness,
    queen city of the Babylonians;
no more will you be called
    queen of kingdoms.
I was angry with my people
    and desecrated my inheritance;
I gave them into your hand,
    and you showed them no mercy.
Even on the aged
    you laid a very heavy yoke.
You said, ‘I am forever
    the eternal queen!’
But you did not consider these things
    or reflect on what might happen.

“Now then, listen, you lover of pleasure,
    lounging in your security
and saying to yourself,
    ‘I am, and there is none besides me.
I will never be a widow
    or suffer the loss of children.’
Both of these will overtake you
    in a moment, on a single day:
    loss of children and widowhood.
They will come upon you in full measure,
    in spite of your many sorceries
    and all your potent spells.
10 You have trusted in your wickedness
    and have said, ‘No one sees me.’
Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you
    when you say to yourself,
    ‘I am, and there is none besides me.’
11 Disaster will come upon you,
    and you will not know how to conjure it away.
A calamity will fall upon you
    that you cannot ward off with a ransom;
a catastrophe you cannot foresee
    will suddenly come upon you.

12 “Keep on, then, with your magic spells
    and with your many sorceries,
    which you have labored at since childhood.
Perhaps you will succeed,
    perhaps you will cause terror.
13 All the counsel you have received has only worn you out!
    Let your astrologers come forward,
those stargazers who make predictions month by month,
    let them save you from what is coming upon you.
14 Surely they are like stubble;
    the fire will burn them up.
They cannot even save themselves
    from the power of the flame.
These are not coals for warmth;
    this is not a fire to sit by.
15 That is all they are to you—
    these you have dealt with
    and labored with since childhood.
All of them go on in their error;
    there is not one that can save you.


  1. Isaiah 47:1 Or Chaldeans; also in verse 5
New International Version (NIV)

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