Amplified Bible

Isaiah 14

Israel’s Taunt

1For the Lord will have compassion on Jacob (the captives in Babylon) and will again choose Israel, and will settle them in their own land. Foreigners (Gentiles) will join them [as proselytes] and will attach themselves to the house of Jacob (Israel). The peoples will take them along and bring them to their own place (Judea), and the house of Israel will possess them as an inheritance in the land of the Lord as male and female servants; and they will take captive those whose captives they have been, and they will rule over their [former] oppressors.

And it will be in the day when the Lord gives you rest from your pain and turmoil and from the harsh service in which you have been enslaved, that you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon, and say,

“How the oppressor has ceased [his insolence],
And how the fury has ceased!

“The Lord has broken the staff of the wicked,
The scepter of the [tyrant] rulers

Which used to strike the peoples in anger with incessant blows,
Which subdued and ruled the nations in wrath with unrelenting persecution.

“The whole earth is at rest and is quiet;
They break into shouts of joy.

“Even the cypress trees rejoice over you [kings of Babylon], even the cedars of Lebanon, saying,
‘Since you were laid low, no woodcutter comes up against us.’

[a]Sheol below is excited about you to meet you when you come [you tyrant of Babylon];
It stirs up the spirits of the dead [to greet you], all the leaders of the earth;
It raises all the kings of the nations from their thrones [in astonishment at your fall].
10 
“All of them will respond [tauntingly] and say to you,
‘You have become as weak as we are.
You have become like us.
11 
‘Your pomp and magnificence have been brought down to Sheol,
Along with the music of your harps;
The maggots [which prey on the dead] are spread out under you [as a bed]
And worms are your covering [Babylonian rulers].’
12 
“How you have fallen from heaven,
O [b]star of the morning [light-bringer], son of the dawn!
You have been cut down to the ground,
You who have weakened the nations [king of Babylon]!
13 
“But you said in your heart,
‘I will ascend to heaven;
I will raise my throne above the stars of God;
I will sit on the mount of assembly
In the remote parts of the north.
14 
‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.’
15 
“But [in fact] you will be brought down to Sheol,
To the remote recesses of the pit (the region of the dead).
16 
“Those who see you will gaze at you,
They will consider you, saying,
‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble,
Who shook kingdoms,
17 
Who made the world like a wilderness
And overthrew its cities,
Who did not permit his prisoners to return home?’
18 
“All the kings of the nations, all of them lie [dead] in glorious array,
Each one in his own sepulcher.
19 
“But you [king of Babylon] have been cast out of your tomb (denied burial)
Like a rejected branch,
Clothed with the slain who are pierced by the sword,
Who go down to the stones of the pit [into which carcasses are thrown],
Like a dead body trampled [underfoot].
20 
“You will not be united with them in burial,
Because you have destroyed your land,
You have slain your people.
May the descendants of evildoers never be named!
21 
“Prepare a slaughtering place for his sons
Because of the wickedness [the sin, the injustice, the wrongdoing] of their fathers.
They must not rise and take possession of the earth,
And fill the face of the world with cities.”

22 “I will rise up against them,” says the Lord of hosts, “and will cut off from Babylon name and survivors, and son and grandson,” declares the Lord. 23 “I will also make Babylon a possession of the hedgehog and of [c]swamps of water, and I will sweep it away with the broom of destruction,” declares the Lord of hosts.

Judgment on Assyria

24 The Lord of hosts has sworn [an oath], saying, “Just as I have intended, so it has certainly happened, and just as I have planned, so it will stand— 25 to break the Assyrian in My land, and on My mountains I will trample him underfoot. Then the Assyrian’s [d]yoke will be removed from them (the people of Judah) and his burden removed from their shoulder. 26 This is the plan [of God] decided for the whole earth [regarded as conquered and put under tribute by Assyria]; and this is the hand [of God] that is stretched out over all the nations. 27 For the Lord of hosts has decided and planned, and who can annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?”

Judgment on Philistia

28 In the year that King Ahaz [of Judah] died this [mournful, inspired] oracle ([e]a burden to be carried) came:

29 
“Do not rejoice, O Philistia, any of you,
Because the rod [of Judah] that struck you is broken;
For out of the serpent’s root will come a viper [King Hezekiah of Judah],
And its offspring will be a flying serpent.
30 
“The firstborn of the helpless [of Judah] will feed [on My meadows],
And the needy will lie down in safety;
But I will kill your root with famine,
And your survivors will be put to death.
31 
“Howl, O gate; cry, O city!
Melt away, O Philistia, all of you;
For smoke comes out of the north,
And there is no straggler in his ranks and no one stands detached [in Hezekiah’s battalions].
32 
“Then what answer will one give the messengers of the [Philistine] nation?
That the Lord has founded Zion,
And the afflicted of His people will seek and find refuge in it.”

Notas al pie

  1. Isaiah 14:9 I.e. the nether world, the place of the dead, Hades.
  2. Isaiah 14:12 Many students of the Bible have felt that the passage which follows applies to Satan (cf Luke 10:18). It is clear from the larger context that the passage addresses the king of Babylon, but that does not rule out a secondary reference to Satan. Many commentators are of the opinion that the arrogance expressed here is satanic, and that the passage correctly represents Satan’s attitude because he was working through the Babylonian ruler. The Hebrew for this expression is translated “Lucifer” (“light-bringer”) in The Latin Vulgate, and is translated this way in the King James Version. But because of the association of that name with Satan, it is not used in this and other translations. Some students feel that the application of the name Lucifer to Satan, in spite of the long and confident teaching to that effect, is erroneous. The application of the name to Satan has existed since the third century a.d., and is based on the supposition that Luke 10:18 is an explanation of Is 14:12, which many authorities believe is not true. “Lucifer,” the light-bringer, is the Latin equivalent of the Greek word “Phosphoros,” which is used as a title of Christ in 2 Pet 1:19 and corresponds to the name “radiant and brilliant Morning Star” in Rev 22:16, a name Jesus called Himself. This passage here in Is 14:12ff clearly applies to the king of Babylon.
  3. Isaiah 14:23 The city of Babylon was in the middle of a very fertile area, and it would have seemed reasonable to suppose that, regardless of what happened to the population, the region would always furnish pasturage for flocks. But Isaiah said it would become the possession of wild animals and would be covered with “swamps of water.” This is how that prophecy was literally fulfilled: after Babylon was taken, the whole area around the city was put under water from neglect of the canals and dikes of the Euphrates River. It became stagnant “swamps of water” among ruins haunted by wild animals, proclaiming to any who might see it that it had happened just as the Lord intended (Is 14:24).
  4. Isaiah 14:25 The prophecy against Assyria had actually by this time already been fulfilled, but Isaiah attached it to the as yet unfulfilled prophecy against Babylon as a pledge or guarantee of the fulfillment of the latter.
  5. Isaiah 14:28 I.e. an urgent message the prophet is under compulsion to proclaim.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

以賽亞書 14

以色列人必重歸故土

1耶和華必憐憫雅各,再次選擇以色列人做祂的子民,把他們安置在他們自己的土地上。外族人必與他們聯合,歸入以色列。 各國必幫助他們重返故鄉。在耶和華賜給他們的土地上,外族人必做他們的僕婢。他們必擄掠以前擄掠他們的人,統治以前壓制他們的人。

對巴比倫的諷刺

耶和華使他們脫離痛苦、悲傷和殘酷奴役的時候, 他們必這樣譏笑巴比倫王:

「暴君滅亡了!
暴政結束了!
耶和華折斷了邪惡君主的權杖。
他曾狂怒地攻伐列邦,
無休無止,
怒氣沖沖地征服列國,
大肆迫害。
如今天下太平,
人人歡呼歌唱,
連松樹和黎巴嫩的香柏樹都歡喜快樂地說,
『自從他滅亡後,
再沒有人上來砍伐我們。』
巴比倫王啊,你下到陰間,
陰間興奮地迎接你,
那些在世上做過君王和首領的陰魂都從座位上站起來迎接你,
10 對你說,
『你如今也跟我們一樣軟弱無能。』
11 你的榮耀和琴聲一同落入陰間,
蟲成了你的床鋪,
蛆成了你的被子。

12 「明亮的晨星、黎明之子啊,
你怎麼從天上墜落下來?
你這打敗列國的怎麼被砍倒在地上?
13 你曾想,『我要升到天上,
把自己的寶座設在上帝的眾星之上;
我要坐在遙遠的北方眾神明聚會的山上;
14 我要升到雲天之上,
使自己與至高者一樣。』
15 可是,你必墜入陰間,
掉進死亡的深坑。
16 看見你的都瞪大眼睛盯著你,
都在想,『這就是那曾使大地震動、列國顫抖的人嗎?
17 這就是那曾使天下荒涼、城邑傾覆、不肯釋放俘虜回家的人嗎?』
18 萬國的君王都躺在自己華麗的陵墓中,
19 只有你像一根毫無用處的樹枝,
被拋棄在自己的墳墓外。
你就像一具遭人踐踏的屍體,
與喪身刀下的人一同被扔進亂石坑裡。
20 你必得不到君王的葬禮,
因為你禍國殃民,
殺害自己的百姓。

「惡人的子孫必永遠被遺忘。
21 預備殺戮他的子孫吧,
因為他們的祖先罪惡深重,
免得他們興起統治世界、到處建造城邑。」
22 萬軍之耶和華說:
「我必攻擊巴比倫,
剷除巴比倫的名號、餘民和後裔。
這是耶和華說的。
23 我必用毀滅的掃帚清掃它,
使它成為沼澤之地和刺蝟的住所。
這是萬軍之耶和華說的。」

關於亞述的預言

24 萬軍之耶和華起誓說:
「我的計劃必實現,
我的旨意必成就。
25 我必在我的土地上擊垮亞述人,
在我的山上踐踏他們,
除去他們加在我子民身上的軛和重擔。
26 這是我對全世界所定的計劃,
是向列國伸出的懲罰之手。」
27 萬軍之耶和華定了計劃,
誰能阻撓呢?
祂的手已經伸出,
誰能叫祂收回呢?

關於非利士的預言

28 亞哈斯王駕崩那年,我得到以下預言:
29 非利士人啊,
不要因擊打你們的杖已經折斷[a]便高興。
因為那杖就像一條蛇,
必生出一條更危險的蛇,
一條會飛的毒蛇。
30 貧窮人必衣食無憂,
困苦人必安然度日,
但我必用饑荒除掉你們的子孫,
消滅你們殘存的人。
31 城門啊,哀號吧!
城邑啊,哭喊吧!
非利士人啊,戰抖吧!
因為有陣容整齊的軍隊從北方如塵煙滾滾而來。
32 該怎樣回覆外國的使者呢?
要告訴他們:「耶和華建立了錫安,
祂困苦的子民必得到保護。」

Notas al pie

  1. 14·29 擊打你們的杖已經折斷」指攻擊非利士的王已死。