1 TheThat is, the great calamity which was prophesied to come on Babel, a grievous burden which they were not able to bear. In these twelve chapters following he speaks of the plagues with which God would smite the strange nations (whom they knew) to declare that God chastised the Israelites as his children and these others as his enemies: and also that if God does not spare these who are ignorant, they must not think strange if he punishes them who have knowledge of his Law, and do not keep it.burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.
2 Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice to them, shake theThat is, the Medes and Persians.hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles.
3 I have commanded myThat is, prepared and appointed to execute my judgments.sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty ones for my anger, [even] them that rejoice in myWho willingly go about to the work to which I appoint them, but how the wicked do this, read (Isa_10:6).highness.
4 The noyse of a multitude is in the mountaines, like a great people: a tumultuous voyce of the kingdomes of the nations gathered together: the Lorde of hostes nombreth the hoste of the battell.
5 They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, [even] the LORD, and theThe army of the Medes and the Persians against Babylon.weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.
6 WailYou Babylonians.ye; for the day of the LORD [is] at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.
7 Therefore shal all hands be weakened, and all mens hearts shall melt,
8 And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces [shall be as]The Babylonians anger and grief will be so much that their faces will burn as fire.flames.
9 Beholde, the day of the Lorde commeth, cruel, with wrath and fierce anger to lay the land wast: and he shall destroy the sinners out of it.
10 For theThey who are overcome will think that all the powers of heaven and earth are against them, (Eze_32:7; Joe_3:15; Mat_24:29).stars of heaven and its constellations shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.
11 And I will punish theHe compares Babylon to the whole world because they so esteemed themselves by reason of their great empire.world for [their] evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogance of theHe notes the principal vice, to which they are most given as are all that abound in wealth.proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
12 I will make aHe notes the great slaughter that will be, seeing the enemy will neither for gold or silver spare a man's life as in (Isa_13:17).man more rare than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.
13 Therefore I will shake the heauen, and the earth shall remooue out of her place in the wrath of the Lord of hostes, and in the day of his fierce anger.
14 AndMeaning the power of Babylon with their hired soldiers.it shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man taketh up: they shall every man turn to his own people, and flee every one to his own land.
15 Euery one that is founde, shall be striken through: and whosoeuer ioyneth himselfe, shal fal by the sworde.
16 TheirThis was not accomplished when Cyrus took Babylon, but after the death of Alexander the great.children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be plundered, and their wives ravished.
17 Beholde, I will stirre vp the Medes against them, which shall not regarde siluer, nor be desirous of golde.
18 With bowes also shall they destroy ye children, and shall haue no compassion vpon the fruit of the wombe, and their eies shall not spare the children.
19 And Babel the glorie of kingdomes, the beautie and pride of the Chaldeans, shall be as the destruction of God in Sodom and Gomorah.
20 It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall theWho used to go from country to country to find pasture for their beasts, but they will find none.Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there.
21 ButWho were either wild beasts or fools, or wicked spirits, by which Satan deluded man, as by the fairies, goblins, and such like fantasies.wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there.
22 And Iim shall crie in their palaces, and dragons in their pleasant palaces: and the time thereof is readie to come, and the daies thereof shall not be prolonged.