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TitleIsaiah 47
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsParry, Donald W.
Book TitleThe Book of Isaiah: A New Translation (Preliminary Edition)
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
CitySpringville, UT
KeywordsBible; Isaiah (Book); Isaiah (Prophet); Old Testament

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Babylon Will Be Destroyed (47:1–15)

The Lord

47 1Come down and sit in the dust, O virgin[1] daughter of Babylon;
sit on the ground without a throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans,

for they will no longer call you “tender” and “delicate.”

2Take the millstones
and grind flour.

Take off your veil,
strip off your robe,
uncover your leg, cross the rivers.

3Your nakedness will be uncovered;
also, your shame will be seen.

I will take vengeance,
and I will spare no human.


4Our Redeemer—the LORD of Hosts is His name—
the Holy One of Israel.

The Lord

5Sit in silence
and go in darkness,

O daughter of the Chaldeans;
for you will no more be called

Unnamed individuals

“The Mistress of Kingdoms.”

The Lord

6I was angry with My people;
I profaned My inheritance,
and I gave them into your hand.

You showed them no mercy.
You made your yoke exceedingly heavy on the aged.

7And you said,


“I will be a mistress forever.”

The Lord

You did not lay these things to heart
or remember the end.

8And now listen, you lover of pleasures
who sits securely,
who says in her heart:


“I am,
and there is no one besides me.

I will not dwell as a widow
or know the loss of children.”

The Lord

9These two things will come to you in a moment,
in one day—

the loss of children
and widowhood.

They will come upon you in full measure,

despite your many sorceries
and the power of your great spells.

10You have trusted in your wickedness;
you said,


“No one sees me.”

The Lord

Your wisdom and your knowledge have led you astray,
and in your heart, you said:


“I am,
and there is no one besides me.”

The Lord

11But evil will come upon you;
you will not know its dawn.

And disaster will fall upon you;
you will not be able to make atonement for it,

and catastrophe of which you know nothing
will come upon you suddenly.

12Now stand fast in your enchantments
and your many sorceries with which you have labored since your youth.

Perhaps you may be able to profit;
perhaps you may inspire terror.

13You are worn out because of your many advisors.
Let them stand up and save you,

those who divide the heavens,
who gaze at the stars,
who announce month by month what is about to happen to you.

14Behold, they are like stubble; fire consumes them.
They cannot deliver their souls from the power of the flame.

There is no coal for warming oneself,
no light to sit before.

15That is all they can do for you—these you have labored with
and merchandised with since your youth.

They wander, each in his own direction.
There is no one to save you.


[1] Many terms present Babylon as feminine: “virgin” (47:1; is the Lord mocking Babylon with this term?), “daughter” (47:1, 5), “tender and delicate” (47:1), “veil” (47:2), “mistress” (47:5, 7), and “widow” (47:8–9). Additionally, the Hebrew also uses several feminine verbs that are lost in the English translation.


Scripture Reference

Isaiah 47:1