Isaiah 47

Sit in the dust, daughter of Babylon 1
Our redeemer 4
Sit in silence and darkness 5
False security 8
Evil comes from trusting wickedness 10
Stand with your enchantments 12
.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.
   1 - Virgin daughter of Babylon Compare the virgin daughters of Egypt je4611. By contrast Babylon was a prostitute re1701, re1705. "The prostitutes connected with ancient Oriental temples were often spoken of as "sacred virgins," but they were neither virgin nor holy." Babylon's religion likewise appeared desirable.
   Seen at the end time as the woman of Revelation 18. re1808.
.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.
  5 - Silent ... darkness Not a time for rejoicing. je5012, je5029, je5126, je5162.
  6 - No mercy Babylon had been sent to punish the Lord's corrupt people but she was to harsh and would be punished herself. je5010, je5125. Assyria was similarly be punished is1005.
  7 - Lady for ever Compare re1807.
.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.
  8 - I am ... none else As Lucifer, Babylon would claim the place of the only God. de0435, de0439, is4408, is4505. Compare Nineveh zp0215.
.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.
  10 - Thy wisdom Compare da0104.
  10 - Perverted Compare ez2815ff.
  10 - I am Repetition of the thought in v8.
.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.
   13 - Astrologers ... save thee One of the three parts of the false, end-time religion described as Babylon is "abominations of the earth" re1705a. Satan presents himself in the new age movement and the spiritist seances as the solution to human problems. Do not believe it.
   14 - Fire shall burn them The wicked will be completely destroyed at the end of the thousand years. Here the completeness is shown by no warmth or coal left. The Bible does not teach the popular idea that the wicked burn endlessly mal0401.


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