Daily Devotion – March 28, 2018

Isaiah 14:3-11

And it shall come to pass in the day that the LORD shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve, That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased! The LORD hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the rulers. He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth. The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing. Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us. Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations. All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us? Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.

 

Free from persecution and bondage, Israel will sing a song of ridicule against the king of Babylon. When the LORD broke his power and ended his tyranny, the earth rejoiced, as peace had come. Even the forests, which will no longer be stripped by his armies, will express their joy. Hell’s inhabitants will greet him, delighted that he has been removed from power. The pomp and pageantry of Babylon’s king has passed away, the palace music is ended, and he sleeps on a sheet of maggots and is covered by a blanket of worms.

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