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Isaiah 13:15-18

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13:15 Everyone who is caught will be stabbed;

everyone who is seized 1  will die 2  by the sword.

13:16 Their children will be smashed to pieces before their very eyes;

their houses will be looted

and their wives raped.

13:17 Look, I am stirring up the Medes to attack them; 3 

they are not concerned about silver,

nor are they interested in gold. 4 

13:18 Their arrows will cut young men to ribbons; 5 

they have no compassion on a person’s offspring, 6 

they will not 7  look with pity on children.

1 tn Heb “carried off,” i.e., grabbed from the fleeing crowd. See HALOT 764 s.v. ספה.

2 tn Heb “will fall” (so KJV, NIV, NRSV); NLT “will be run through with a sword.”

3 tn Heb “against them”; NLT “against Babylon.”

4 sn They cannot be bought off, for they have a lust for bloodshed.

5 tn Heb “and bows cut to bits young men.” “Bows” stands by metonymy for arrows.

6 tn Heb “the fruit of the womb.”

7 tn Heb “their eye does not.” Here “eye” is a metonymy for the whole person.



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