The Rise and Fall of Babylon


“Go forth out of Babylon, flee from Chaldea! Make this announcement with resounding voice; broadcast it to the end of the earth. Say, Jehovah has redeemed his servant Jacob. They thirsted not when he led them through arid places: he caused water to flow for them from the rock; he cleaved the rock and water gushed out.” (Isaiah 48:20–21)

“Turn away, depart; touch nothing defiled as you leave [Babylon]. Come out of her and be pure, you who bear Jehovah’s vessels. But you shall not leave in haste or go in flight: Jehovah will go before you, the God of Israel behind you.” (Isaiah 52:11–12)

“All who manufacture idols are deranged; the things they cherish profit nothing. Those who promote them are themselves sightless and mindless, to their own dismay. Who would fashion a god or cast an idol that cannot benefit them? Their whole society is confused; their fabricators are mere mortals. Were they all to assemble and take their stand [before me], they would at once cringe in fear.” (Isaiah 44:9–11)

“A grim vision has been revealed to me: the traitor in the act of treachery, the destroyer laying waste. Attack, O Elamites! Lay siege, you Medes! All the sighing that [Babylon] has caused I will bring to an end. . . . Now they come: cavalry and teams of horses! And he gave the reply, she has fallen; Babylon has fallen. All her idol gods he has razed to the ground.” (Isaiah 21:2, 9)

“Thus says Jehovah, the Holy One of Israel, your Redeemer: For your sake I launch [an attack] on Babylon and bring down as fugitives all the Chaldeans, they who sing the praises of shipping.” (Isaiah 43:14)

“I will cut off Babylon’s name and remnant, its offspring and descendants, says Jehovah. I will turn it into swamplands, a haunt for ravens; I will sweep it with the broom of destruction, says Jehovah of Hosts.” (Isaiah 14:22–23)

“Secure in your wickedness, you thought, No one discerns me. By your skill and science you were led astray, thinking to yourself, I exist, and there is none besides me! Catastrophe shall overtake you, which you shall not know how to avert by bribes; disaster shall befall you from which you cannot ransom yourself: there shall come upon you sudden ruin such as you have not imagined.” (Isaiah 47:10–11)

“Get down and sit in the dust, O Virgin Daughter of Babylon; squat on the ground, dethroned, O Daughter of the Chaldeans. You shall no more be spoken of as delicate and refined. Take two grindstones and grind flour; unveil, disrobe, bare your legs, wade through streams: your nakedness shall be exposed and your shame uncovered. I will take vengeance and not be entreated of men.” (Isaiah 47:1–3)

“And Babylon, the most splendid of kingdoms, the glory and pride of Chaldeans, shall be [thrown down] as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. Never shall it be reinhabited; it shall not be resettled through all generations. Nomads will not pitch their tents there, nor will shepherds rest their flocks in it. But wild animals will infest it, and its buildings overflow with weasels; birds of prey will find lodging there and demonic creatures prance about in it. Jackals will cry out from its palaces, howling creatures from its amusement halls. Her time draws near; [Babylon’s] days shall not be prolonged.” (Isaiah 13:19–22)

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