The Bible in Its Traditions

Isaiah 14:28–32

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28  In the year that king Ahaz died was this burden.

28  The conquest of Philistia. In the year that King Ahaz died, came this burden.

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29  Rejoice not, O Philistia, all of thee, because the rod that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent's root shall come forth a basilisk, and his fruit shall be a flying serpent.

29  Rejoice not, all ye Philistines, because the yoke of him that smote you is broken: for out of the seed of the serpent shall come forth the young asps, and their young shall come forth flying serpents,

29  You should not rejoice, all you of Philistia, that the rod of him who struck you has been crushed. For from the root of the serpent will go forth a king snake, and his offspring will engulf that which flies.

30  And the first-born of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety; and I will kill thy root with famine, and thy remnant shall be slain.

30  And the poor shall be fed by him, and poor men shall rest in peace: but he shall destroy thy seed with hunger, and shall destroy thy remnant.

30  And the firstborn of the poor will be pastured, and the poor will rest in faithfulness. And I will cause your root to pass away by famine, and I will put to death your remnant.

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31  Howl, O gate; cry, O city; melt away, O Philistia, all of thee; for there cometh a smoke out of the north, and there is no straggler in his ranks.

31  Howl, ye gates of cities; let the cities be troubled and cry, even all the Philistines: for smoke is coming from the north, and there is no possibility of living.

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32  What then shall one answer the messengers of the nation? That YHWH hath founded Zion, and in her shall the afflicted of His people take refuge.

32  And what shall the kings of the nations answer? That the Lord has founded Sion, and by him the poor of the people shall be saved.

32  And what will be the response to this news among the nations? It will be that the Lord has established Zion, and that the poor of his people will hope in him.