D W Y¹ 13:1-22. Burden of Babylon. (People, Land). Z¹ 14:1-3. Israel. Yahaveh's mercy. Y² 14:4-23. Burden of Babylon. (King). Z² 14:24-32. Israel. Yahaveh's deliverance. X A¹ 15:1 - 16:14. Burden. Moab. A² 17:1-14. Burden. Damascus. A³ 18:1-7. Burden. Ethiopia. A4 19:1 - 20:6. Burden of Egypt. A5 21:1-10. Burden. Desert of Sea. A6 21:11,12. Burden. Dumah. A7 21:13-7. Burden. Arabia. W Y³ 22:1-14. Burden of Valley of Vision. Z³ 22:15-25. Israel. Judgment and Mercy. Y4 23:1-18. Burden of Tyre. Z4 24:1 - 27:13. Israel. Judgment and Mercy.
W B¹ 13:1-5. Prophecy. Babylon's destruction. C p 13:6. The Day of Yahaveh. The people. q 13:7,8. Consequences. " p 13:9-12. The Day of Yahaveh. " q 13:13-18. Consequences. " D 13:19,20. Depopulation. E 13:21,22. Devastation. B² 14:1-3. Prophecy. Israel's Restoration. C² r 14:4-8. Oppressor ceased. The King. s 14:9-11. Taunt of dead. Fig. " r 14:12-16. Oppressor fallen. " s 14:16-20. Taunt of living. " D 14:21,22. Depopulation. E 14:23. Devastation. B³ 14:24-32. Prophecy. Yahaveh's purpose concerning both: Assyria, Philistia, and Israel.
649 - 588 B.C.
1 The prophetic oracle (or warning. This begins the 4th great division of the Book. See the Structure at intro. See also Num. 24:3) of Babylon (this takes precedence, and stands for Chaldæa generally. It reached its height about 100 years later, under Nabopolassar and his son Nebuchadnezzar. A generation later it was captured by Cyrus and Darius the Mede. Babylon was of little importance at this time), which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.
2 Lift you all up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice to them, shake the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles.
3 I have commanded My separated ones(here = the armies of the Medes and Persians), I have also called My heroes for My anger, even My proudly exulting ones.
4 The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like as of a great people; a tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together: the Lord of hosts musters the host of the battle.
5 They come from a far country, from the end of heaven (i.e. from afar), even the Lord, and the weapons of His indignation, to destroy all the land [of Chaldea].
6 Howl you all; for the Day of the Lord is at hand (fig. put for the events or judgments which shall take place in it = The Millennium [i.e. the 1,000 year reign of Christ here on earth]. See 2:12. occurs 15 other places in O.T. 4 x 4 = 16 = Love [#4 = Creative works of God [earth]. See v.9. Ezek. 13:5. Joel 1:15; 2:1,11,31; 3:14. Amos 5:18,20. Obad. 15. Zeph. 1:7,14,14. Mal. 2:5); it shall come as a destruction from the All-bountiful One. (Heb. Shaddai. This verse frightens many people. They don't understand that that these verse are the burden of Babylon. The Lord will destroy Babylon, which is to say confusion, with truth. You have nothing to fear.)
7 Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every mortal's heart 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 travails: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as [faces of] flames. (The labor pains are even closer together. The birth of a new age is near. Some of you have a fantastic role to play for God at the end of this dispensation and in the next.)
9 Behold, the Day of the Lord comes, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and He shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. (Habitual sinners that refuse to hear God's truth will be destroyed with Satan at the end of the millennium.)
10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in His going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine (because Yehovah is the Light of the world. He will outshine all!!!).
11 And I will punish the habitable world for their evil, and the lawless for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. (You should feel sorry for those who treat you wickedly. It is just as if they had stuck their finger in God's eye. They will pay.)
12 I will make a mortal more precious than fine gold; even a human more than the golden wedge of Ophir. (Ophir is the purest gold. That is what God thinks of His children that love and serve Him. Don't sell yourself out to antichrist. You are precious to the Living God.)
13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts, and in the day of His fierce anger.
14 And it shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man takes up: they shall every man turn to his own people, and flee every one into his own land.
15 Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined unto them shall fall by the sword.
16 Their babes also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished.
17 Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them (here only "Medes". In 21:2, "Persians ad Medes". In 45:1 Cyrus named. The order is chronological), which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.
18 Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; and their eyes shall not spare sons.
19 And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah (see 1:9).
20 It shall never be inhabited (see 25:8.. Cp. 14:4-23; 15:6,7; 21:9; 34:11; 46:1; 47:1-11. Jer. 25:12-14; 50:1-46; 51:1-64), neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there.
21 But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures (probably hyenas); and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there (goat-shaped demons worshiped by the Seirites [Edom]. Cp. Lev. 17:7. 2 Chron. 11:15; 25:14).
22 And the jackals of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons (or wild dogs) in their pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged.