Shaya 14

For Allah will have compassion on Yaqub, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the foreigner shall join himself with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Yaqub. 2The peoples shall take them, and bring them to their place; and the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of Allah as servants: and they shall take them captive whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors. 3It shall happen in the day that Allah shall give you rest from your sorrow, and from your trouble, and from the hard service in which you were made to serve, 4that you shall take up this parable against the king of Babylon, and say, How has the oppressor ceased! The golden city ceased! 5Allah has broken the staff of the wicked, the scepter of the rulers; 6who struck the peoples in wrath with a continual stroke, who ruled the nations in anger, with a persecution that none restrained. 7The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing. 8Yes, the fir trees rejoice at you, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since you are laid low, no lumberjack is come up against us. 9The grave from beneath is moved for you to meet you at your coming; it stirs up the dead for you, even all the chief ones of the earth; it has raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations. 10They shall all answer and tell you, Are you also become weak as we? Are you become like us? 11Your pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of your viols: the worm is spread under you, and worms cover you. 12How you are fallen from heaven, day-star, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, who laid the nations low! 13You said in your heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; and I will sit on the mountain of congregation, in the recesses of the north; 14I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High. 15Yet you shall be brought down to the grave, to the deepest parts of the pit. 16Those who see you shall gaze at you, they shall consider you, saying, Is this the man who made the earth to tremble, who shook kingdoms; 17who made the world as a wilderness, and overthrew its cities; who didn’t let loose his prisoners to their home?

18All the kings of the nations, all of them, sleep in glory, everyone in his own house. 19But you are cast forth away from your tomb like an abominable branch, clothed with the slain, who are thrust through with the sword, who go down to the stones of the pit; as a dead body trodden under foot. 20You shall not be joined with them in burial, because you have destroyed your land, you have killed your people; the seed of evil-doers shall not be named forever. 21Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers, that they not rise up, and possess the earth, and fill the surface of the world with cities. 22I will rise up against them, says Allah, Lord of the universe, and cut off from Babylon name and remnant, and son and son’s son, says Allah. 23I will also make it a possession for the porcupine, and pools of water: and I will sweep it with the broom of destruction, says Allah, Lord of the universe. 24Allah, Lord of the universe has sworn, saying, Surely, as I have thought, so shall it happen; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand: 25that I will break the Assyrian in my land, and on my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulder. 26This is the purpose that is purposed on the whole earth; and this is the hand that is stretched out on all the nations. 27For Allah, Lord of the universe has purposed, and who shall annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back? 28In the year that king Ahaz died was this burden. 29Do not rejoice, O Philistia, all of you, because the rod that struck you is broken; for out of the serpent’s root shall come forth an adder, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent. 30The firstborn of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety; and I will kill your root with famine, and your remnant shall be killed. 31Howl, gate; cry, city; you are melted away, Philistia, all of you; for there comes a smoke out of the north, and there is no straggler in his ranks. 32What then shall one answer the messengers of the nation? That Allah has founded Al-Quds, and in her shall the afflicted of his people take refuge.


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