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Isaiah 47

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 1 "Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon; sit on the ground without a throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans. For you shall no more be called tender and delicate.

 2 Take the millstones, and grind meal. Uncover your hair [take off your veil], make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, cross over the rivers.

 3 Your nakedness shall be uncovered, yes, your shame shall be seen; I will take vengeance, and I will not spare a man.

 4 As for our redeemer, the LORD of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel.

 5 Sit in silence, and go into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans for you shall no more be called the queen of kingdoms.

 6 I was angry with my people; I have profaned my inheritance, and given them into your hand. You showed them no mercy; on the elderly you have laid your very heavy yoke.

 7 And you said, 'I shall be a queen forever,' so that you did not lay these things to heart, nor remember the outcome of them.

 8 Therefore now, hear this, you who are given to pleasures, who dwell carelessly, who say in your heart, 'I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children;'

 9 But these two things shall come to you in a moment in one day: the loss of children, and widowhood. They shall come upon you in their fullness for the multitude of your sorceries [the assistance of evil spirits], and the great abundance of your enchantments.

 10 For you have trusted in your wickedness; you have said, 'No one sees me;' your wisdom and your knowledge have perverted you; and you have said in your heart,' I am, and there is none else beside me.'

 11 Therefore evil shall come upon you; you shall not know from where it rises. And trouble shall fall upon you; you will not be able to put it off. And desolation shall come upon you suddenly, which you shall not know.

 12 Stand fast now with your enchantments, and with the multitude of your sorceries, in which you have labored from your youth. Perhaps you shall be able to profit, perhaps you may prevail.

 13 You are wearied with the multitude of your counsels. Let the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators [predictors], stand up and save you from these things that shall come upon you.

 14 Behold, they shall be as stubble, the fire shall burn them; they shall not even deliver themselves from the power of the flame; here is no coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before.

 15 Thus they shall become with whom you have labored, even your merchants from your youth; they shall wander everyone to his own quarter. None shall save you."


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