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1 Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground: there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate.

2 Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers.

3 Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and I will not meet thee as a man.

4 As for our redeemer, the LORD of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel.

5 Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of kingdoms.

6 I was wroth with my people, I have polluted mine inheritance, and given them into thine hand: thou didst shew them no mercy; upon the ancient hast thou very heavily laid thy yoke.

7 And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever: so that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it.

8 Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children:

9 But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments.

10 For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me.

11 Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know.

12 Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail.

13 Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.

14 Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it.

15 Thus shall they be unto thee with whom thou hast laboured, even thy merchants, from thy youth: they shall wander every one to his quarter; none shall save thee.

Commentary for Isaiah 47

God's judgments on Babylon. (1-6) Carelessness and confidence shall not prevent the evil. (7-15)1-6 Babylon is represented under the emblem of a female in deep distress. She was to be degraded and endure sufferings; and is represented sitting on the ground, grinding at the handmill, the lowest and most laborious service. God was righteous in his vengeance, and none should interpose. The prophet exults in the Lord of hosts, as the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel. God often permits wicked men to prevail against his people; but those who cruelly oppress them will be punished.

7-15 Let us beware of acting and speaking as Babylon did; of trusting in tyranny and oppression; of boasting as to our abilities, relying on ourselves, and ascribing success to our own prudence and wisdom; lest we partake of her plagues. Those in the height of prosperity, are apt to fancy themselves out of the reach of adversity. It is also common for sinners to think they shall be safe, because they think to be secret in wicked ways. But their security shall be their ruin. Let us draw from such passages as the foregoing, those lessons of humility and trust in God which they convey. If we believe the word of God, we may know how it will be with the righteous and the wicked to all eternity. We may learn how to escape the wrath to come, to glorify God, to have peace through life, hope in death, and everlasting happiness. Let us then stand aloof from all delusions.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Isaiah 47

  • Joycelyn Mack
    I believed even though God was wrath with Israel, he put them in the hands of the Chaldean because he saw good in them in spite of; but they became jealous of Israel and began to treat them unkind in very harsh ways as their wicked increased This treatment displeased the Lord as a result he send a warning to Babylonians of his intentions which result from their behaviors against him. He is God
  • A disciple
    Hi Irene; Do you understand what happened by the first carrying away of Israel by Assyria, and then of Jerusalem and Judah by Nebuchadnezzar? The kingdom of God through the house of David was taken away because they were unworthy; and so until the end of the times of the Gentiles are they, and we, subjected to the Nations. For Jesus' sake we accept and submit to the punishment till Jesus returns.
  • Irene123
    The 70 yrs. Babylonian captivity; God didn't begin to 'feel sorry' for His people and 'changed His mind' after - 70 yrs ?! are you kidding me?! God is not a man to change; I change not, therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed, Mal. 3:6. The 70 yrs. was His plan. The God I serve KNOWS what He is about!!! Thank God I can't change His mind! I want a GOD: not a marshmallow.
  • Lu2677
    Val, Jesus is God. Amen
  • Val
    I will not meet you as a man ] is the comment from god if so than who is jesus?
  • Bobbie Zaremba
    I THINK ISIAH WAS SPEAKING TO THE BABYLONIAN NATION TELLING THEM THAT THEY WERE GOING TO LOSE THEIR POWER IN THE WORLD. ISIAH TOLD THEM THAT GOD HAD ALLOWED HIS PEOPLE, THE JEWS, TO COME INTO CAPTIVITY TO THE BABYLON NATION TO PUNISH THEM BUT THAT HE WAS HAVNG A CHANGE OF HEART SEEING HOW BADLY THE BABYLONIANS TREATED HIS PEOPLE AND THEIR SUFFERING .HE WAS LETTING THE BABYLONIANS KNOW THAT REDEMPTION WAS NEAR FOR THE JEWISH PEOPLE FROM THE BONDS OF SERVITUDE TO THEM AND THAT THE BABYLONIAN GREATNESS AS A NATION WOULD BE GREATLY DIMINISHED .
  • Danyelle
    This Chapter involves great change!
  • Insight 777
    Verse 6 is describing that the prophets of the Bible that foretell of future events are yoked with this heavy burden of warning people of the end of days. Verse 7 tells that even forewarned in the past, the modern nations will believe it will not happen. VERSE 8, IS TALKING ABOUT NATIONS THAT HAVE A STRONG MILITARY AND BELIVE THEIR COUNTRY WILL NEVER BE OVERTAKEN. Verse 9 is saying that WW3 will start in a moment and is the result of acquiring advanced technology which I think is nuclear armament. Verse 12 is talking about nations that rely on their military to save them. Man has labored from the beginning to gain knowledge for protection. Perhaps verse 13 is the understanding of powers beyond this world, beyond what scientific knowledge can understand. This is a call for God to intervene and prevent the destruction of earth. Perhaps verse 14 is saying nuclear fire will consume the earth even if forewarned and all nations will retreat to their homelands with the knowledge that nuclear fallout kills everyone because it is in the air one breathes over the entire earth, Eden!

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