The Word of God: Isaiah 13:1-13 – December 13, 2020

1The oracle concerning Babylon that Isaiah son of Amoz saw.

2On a bare hill raise a signal, 
     cry aloud to them; 
wave the hand for them to enter 
     the gates of the nobles. 
3I myself have commanded my consecrated ones, 
     have summoned my warriors, my proudly exulting ones, 
     to execute my anger.

4Listen, a tumult on the mountains 
     as of a great multitude! 
Listen, an uproar of kingdoms, 
     of nations gathering together! 
The LORD of hosts is mustering 
     an army for battle. 
5They come from a distant land, 
     from the end of the heavens, 
the LORD and the weapons of his indignation, 
     to destroy the whole earth.

6Wail, for the day of the LORD is near;
it will come like destruction from the Almighty!
7Therefore all hands will be feeble,
and every human heart will melt,
8 and they will be dismayed.
Pangs and agony will seize them;
they will be in anguish like a woman in labor.
They will look aghast at one another;
their faces will be aflame.
9See, the day of the LORD comes,
cruel, with wrath and fierce anger,
to make the earth a desolation,
and to destroy its sinners from it.
10For the stars of the heavens and their constellations
will not give their light;
the sun will be dark at its rising,
and the moon will not shed its light.
11I will punish the world for its evil,
and the wicked for their iniquity;
I will put an end to the pride of the arrogant,
and lay low the insolence of tyrants.
12I will make mortals more rare than fine gold,
and humans than the gold of Ophir.
13Therefore I will make the heavens tremble,
and the earth will be shaken out of its place,
at the wrath of the LORD of hosts
in the day of his fierce anger.

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