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TitleIsaiah 13
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsParry, Donald W.
Book TitleThe Book of Isaiah: A New Translation (Preliminary Edition)
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
CitySpringville, UT

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Judgment on Babylon: The Day of the Lord Will Come (13:6–22)


6Wail, for the day of the LORD is near;
it will come as destruction from the Almighty.

7Therefore all hands will be feeble;
every human heart will melt.

8And they will be dismayed,
pangs and agonies will seize them;
they will writhe like a woman in labor.

They will be astonished, one with another;
their faces will be faces of flames.

9Behold, the day of the LORD comes—
cruel, wrath, and fierce anger—

to make the land desolate;
and He will destroy its sinners from it.

10For the stars of heaven
and its constellations will not shine their light;

the rising sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not cause its light to shine.

The Lord

11And I will punish the world for its evil
and the wicked for their iniquity;

I will cause the arrogance of the proud to cease
and will lay low the haughtiness of the ruthless.

12I will make men scarcer than fine gold,
and a human, than the pure gold of Ophir.

Therefore, I will make the heavens tremble,
and the earth will shake out of its place,


13at the wrath of the LORD of Hosts,
and in the day of His fierce anger.

14Then like a gazelle that is hunted,
or like sheep that no one gathers,

everyone will turn to his own people,
and everyone will flee to his own land.

15Every one who is [proud][1] will be pierced through;
[yea], and everyone who is joined [to the wicked] will fall by the sword.

16Their children will be dashed to pieces before their eyes;
their houses will be plundered
and their wives ravished.


17Behold, I am stirring up against them the Medes,

who do not have regard for silver,
nor delight in gold.

18Their bows will dash the young men to pieces,
and they will have no compassion on the fruit of the womb;
their eyes will not pity children.


19And Babylon, the beauty of kingdoms,
the glory and pride of the Chaldeans,

will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.

20It will never be inhabited
or lived in from generation to generation,

nor will the Arabian pitch a tent there,
nor shepherds will make their flocks lie there.

21But desert animals will lie there,
and their houses will be full of howling creatures,

and ostriches will dwell there,
and wild goats will leap about there.

22And hyenas will cry in their palaces
and jackals in their palaces of pleasure.

Her {Babylon’s} time is about to come,
and its days will not be prolonged.


[For I will destroy her speedily;

yea, for I will be merciful unto My people,
but the wicked will perish.][2]

[1] Bracketed words in verse 15 are from JST and 2 Nephi 23:15.

[2] JST, 2 Nephi 23:22.


Scripture Reference

Isaiah 13:1