1 ˻In the future,˼ the Lord will again show his love to Jacob. The Lord will again choose the people of Israel. ˻At that time,˼ the Lord will give those people their land. Then non-Jewish people will join themselves to the Jewish people. Both people will join and become one family—Jacob’s family. 2 Those nations will take the people of Israel back to Israel’s land. Those men and women from the other nations will become slaves to Israel. ˻In the past,˼ those people forced the people of Israel to become their slaves. But ˻at this time,˼ the people of Israel will defeat those nations and Israel will then rule over them. 3 The Lord will take away your hard work, and he will comfort you. ˻In the past,˼ you were slaves. Men forced you to do very hard work. But the Lord will end this hard work for you. 4 At that time, you will begin to sing this song about the king of Babylon: The king was mean when he ruled us. But now his rule is finished. 5 The Lord breaks the scepter of evil rulers. The Lord takes away their power. 6 In anger, the king of Babylon beat people. He never stopped beating people. That evil ruler ruled the people in anger. He never stopped hurting people. 7 But now, the whole country rests. The country is quiet. Now the people begin to celebrate. 8 You were an evil king, and now you are finished. Even the pine trees are happy. The cedar trees of Lebanon are happy. The trees say, ”The king chopped us down. But now the king has fallen, and he will never stand again.” 9 Sheol, ˻the place of death˼ is excited because you are coming. Sheol is waking the spirits of all the leaders of the earth for you. Sheol is making the kings stand from their thrones. They will be ready for your coming. 10 All these leaders will make fun of you. They will say, ”Now you are a dead body like us. Now you are just like us.” 11 Your pride has been sent down to Sheol. The music from your harps announces the coming of your proud spirit. Maggots ˻(flies)˼ will eat your body. You will lie on them like a bed. Worms will cover your body like a blanket. 12 You were like the morning star, but you have fallen from the sky. In the past, all the nations on earth bowed down before you. But now you have been cut down. 13 You always told yourself, ”˻I will be like God Most High˼. I will go to the skies above. I will put my throne above God’s stars. I will sit on holy mountain, Zaphon. I will meet ˻with the gods˼ on that mountain. 14 I will go up to the altar in the clouds. I will be like God Most High.” 15 But that did not happen. You did not go to the sky with God. You were brought down to the deep pit— Sheol, the place of death. 16 The people look at you and think about you. ˻They see that you are only a dead body,˼ and the people say, “Is this the same man that caused great fear in all the kingdoms on earth? 17 Is this the same man that destroyed cities and changed the land into a desert? Is this the same man that captured people in war and would not let them go home?” 18 Every king on earth has died with glory. Every king has his own grave. 19 But you, evil king, have been thrown from your grave. You are like a branch cut from a tree. That branch is cut and thrown away. You are like a dead man that fell in battle, and other soldiers walked on him. Now, you look like any other dead person. You are wrapped in burial clothes. 20 Many other kings have died. And they all have their own graves. But you will not join them. Why? Because you ruined your own country. You killed your own people. Your children will not continue to destroy like you did. Your children will be stopped. 21 Prepare to kill his children. Kill them because their father is guilty. His children will never again take control of the land. They will never again fill the world with their cities. 22 The Lord All-Powerful said, “I will stand and fight against those people. I will destroy the famous city, Babylon. I will destroy all the people of Babylon. I will destroy their children, their grandchildren, and their great-grandchildren.” The Lord himself said those things. 23 The Lord said, “I will change Babylon. That place will be for animals, ˻not people˼. That place will be a swamp. I will use the 'broom of destruction’ to sweep Babylon away.” The Lord All-Powerful said those things. 24 The Lord All-Powerful has made a promise. The Lord said, “I promise, these things will happen exactly like I thought. These things will happen exactly the way I planned. 25 I will destroy the king of Assyria in my country. I will trample ˻(walk on)˼ that king on my mountains. That king made my people be his slaves; he put a yoke on their necks. That pole will be taken off Judah’s neck. That burden will be removed. 26 That is the thing I plan to do for my people. And I will use my arm ˻(power)˼ to punish all nations.” 27 When the Lord makes a plan, no person can stop that plan. When the Lord raises his arm to punish people, no person can stop him. 28 This sad message was given the year King Ahaz died. 29 Country of Philistia, you are very happy because the king that beat you is now dead. But you should not be really happy. It is true that his rule has ended. But the king’s son will come and rule. And it will be like one snake giving birth to a more dangerous snake. This new king will be like a very quick and dangerous snake to you. 30 But my poor people will be able to eat safely. Their children will be safe. My poor people will be able to lie down and feel safe. But I will kill your family with hunger. And all your people that are left will die. 31 You people near the city gates, cry! You people in the city, cry out! All of you people in Philistia will be frightened. Your courage will melt like hot wax. Look to the north! There is a cloud of dust! ˻An army from Assyria is coming!˼ All the men in that army are strong! 32 ˻That army will send messengers to their country.˼ What will those messengers tell their people? They will announce: ˻Philistia was defeated,˼ but the Lord made Zion strong. And his poor people went there for safety.