Isaiah 47

1“Fall down in the dirt and sit there! Virgin daughter of the Chaldeans, sit on the ground! You are not the ruler now! People will not think that you are a tender, delicate young lady anymore. 2˻Now you must work very hard.˼ You must get the mill stones and grind the grain to make flour. Remove your veil and take off your fancy dresses. ˻You must leave your country.˼ Lift your skirts until men can see your legs, and cross the rivers. 3Men will see your private parts and use you for sex. I will make you pay for the bad things you did. And no man will come to help you. 4“˻My people say,˼ 'God saves us. His name is: The Lord All-Powerful, The Holy One of Israel.’” 5“So Babylon, sit there and be quiet. Daughter of the Chaldeans, go into the darkness. Why? Because you will no longer be 'The Queen of the Kingdoms.’ 6“I was angry at my people. Those people belong to me, but I was angry, so I made them not important. I gave them to you, and you punished them. But you showed no mercy to them. You made even the old people work hard. 7You said, 'I will live forever. I will always be The Queen.’ You didn’t even notice the bad things you did to those people. You didn’t think about what would happen. 8So now, 'nice lady’ listen to me! You feel safe and you tell yourself, 'I am the only important person. No one else is important like me. I will never be a widow. I will always have children.’ 9These two things will happen to you: First, you will lose your children. And then you will lose your husband. Yes, these things will really happen to you. And all of your magic and all of your powerful tricks will not save you. 10You do bad things, but still you feel safe. You think to yourself, 'No one sees the wrong things I do.’ You think that your wisdom and knowledge will save you. You think to yourself, 'I am the only one. No one is important like me.’ 11“But troubles will come to you. You don’t know when it will happen, but disaster is coming. You will not be able to do anything to stop those troubles. You will be destroyed so quickly that you won’t know what happened! 12You worked hard all your life learning tricks and magic. So, start using your tricks and magic! Maybe those tricks will help you. Maybe you will be able to scare someone. 13You have many, many advisers. Are you tired of the advice they give? Then send out your men that read the stars. They are able to tell when the month starts. So maybe they can tell you when your troubles will come. 14“But those men will not even be able to save themselves. They will burn like straw. They will burn so fast that there will be no coals left to cook bread with. There will be no fire left to sit by. 15That will happen to everything that you worked so hard for. The people you did business with all your life will leave you. Every person will go his own way. And there will be no one left to save you.”

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