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Isaiah 47 New Century Version (NCV)

God Will Destroy Babylon

47 The Lord says, “City of Babylon, go down and sit in the dirt.
People of Babylon, sit on the ground.
    You are no longer the ruler.
You will no longer be called
    tender or beautiful.
You must use large stones to grind grain into flour.
Remove your veil and your nice skirts.
    Uncover your legs and cross the rivers.
People will see your nakedness;
    they will see your shame.
I will punish you;
    I will punish every one of you.”

Our Savior is named the Lord All-Powerful;
    he is the Holy One of Israel.

“Babylon, sit in darkness and say nothing.
    You will no longer be called the queen of kingdoms.
I was angry with my people,
    so I rejected those who belonged to me.
I gave them to you,
    but you showed them no mercy.
You even made the old people
    work very hard.
You said, ‘I will live forever
    as the queen.’
But you did not think about these things
    or consider what would happen.

“Now, listen, you lover of pleasure.
    You think you are safe.
You tell yourself,
    ‘I am the only important person.
I will never be a widow
    or lose my children.’
Two things will happen to you suddenly, in a single day.
    You will lose your children and your husband.
These things will truly happen to you,
    in spite of all your magic,
    in spite of your powerful tricks.
10 You do evil things, but you feel safe
    and say, ‘No one sees what I do.’
Your wisdom and knowledge
    have fooled you.
You say to yourself,
    ‘I am God, and no one is equal to me.’
11 But troubles will come to you,
    and you will not know how to stop them.
Disaster will fall on you,
    and you will not be able to keep it away.
You will be destroyed quickly;
    you will not even see it coming.

12 “Keep on using your tricks
    and doing all your magic
    that you have used since you were young.
Maybe they will help you;
    maybe you will be able to scare someone.
13 You are tired of the advice you have received.
    So let those who study the sky—
those who tell the future by looking at the stars and the new moons—
    let them save you from what is about to happen to you.
14 But they are like straw;
    fire will quickly burn them up.
They cannot save themselves
    from the power of the fire.
They are not like coals that give warmth
    nor like a fire that you may sit beside.
15 You have worked with these people,
    and they have been with you since you were young,
    but they will not be able to help you.
Everyone will go his own way,
    and there will be no one left to save you.”

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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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