But the lord will be merciful unto Jacob, and take up Israel again, and set them in their own land. Strangers shall cleave unto them, and get them to the house of Jacob. They shall take the people, and carry them home with them. And the house of Israel shall have them in possession for servants and maidens in the land of the Lord. They shall take those prisoners, whose captives they had been afore: and rule those that had oppressed them. When the Lord shall bring thee to rest, from the travail, fear, and hard bondage that thou wast ladened with all: Then thou shalt use this mocking upon the King of Babylon, and say: How happeneth that the oppressor leaveth off? Is the golden tribute come to an end? Doubtless the Lord hath broken the staff of the ungodly, and the scepter of the lordly. Which when he is wroth smiteth the people with durable strokes, and in his wonders he persecuteth them, and tameth them continually. And therefore the whole world is at rest and quietness, and men sing for joy.
Yee, even the fir trees and the Cedars of Libanus rejoice at your fall, saying: Now that thou art laid down, there come no more up to destroy us. Hell also trembleth at thy coming, all mighty men and Princes of the earth, step forth before thee. All Kings of the earth, stand up from their seats, that they may all ( one after another ) sing and speak unto thee. Art thou wounded also as we? art thou become like unto us? Thy pomp and thy pride is gone down to hell: Moths shall be layed under thee, and worms *shall be thy covering.
*Now art thou fallen from heaven,( O Lucifer ) thou fair morning child? hast thou gotten a fall even to the ground, thou that ( not withstanding ) didest subdue the people? And yet thou thoughtest in thine heart: I will climb up into heaven, and make my seat above the stars of God, I will sit upon the glorious mount toward the North, I will climb up above the clouds, and will be like the highest of all. Yet dare I lay, that thou shalt be brought down to the deep of hell. They that see thee, shall narrowly look upon thee, and think in themselves, saying: Is this the man, that brought all lands in fear, and made the kingdoms afraid: Is this he that made the world in a manner waste, and layed the cities to the ground, which let not his prisoners go home?
Now happeneth it, that the Kings of all people lie, every one at home in his own palace, with worship, and thou art cast out of thy grave like a wild branch: like as dead mens raiment that are shot through with the sword: as they that go down to the stones of the deep: as a dead corpse that is trodden under feet: and are not buried with them? Even because that thou hast wasted thy land, and destroyed thy people. For the generation of the wicked shall be without honor, forever. There shall away be sought to destroy their children, for their fathers wickedness: They shall not rise up again to possess the land, and fill the world with castles and towns.
I will stand up against them, ( saith the Lord of hosts ) and root out the name and generation of Babylon ( saith the Lord ) and will give it to the Otters, and will make water puddles of it. and I will sweep it with the *besom of destruction, saith the Lord of Hosts. The Lord of Hosts hath sworn an oath, saying: It shall come to pass as I have determined: and shall be fulfilled as I have devised. The Assyrians shall be destroyed in my land, and upon my mountains will I tread them under foot. Where through his yoke shall be taken from your shoulders. This devise hath God taken through the whole world, and thus his hand stretched out over all the people. For if the Lord of Hosts determines a thing, who will disannul it? And if he stretch forth his hand, who will hold it in again?
The same year that King Ahaz died, God threatened by Esai on this manner: Rejoice not ( thou whole Palestina ) as though the rod of him that beateth thee were broken: For out of the serpents root, there shall wax a cockatrice, and the fruit shall be a fiery *worm. But the poor shall feed of the best things, and the simple shall dwell in safety. Thy roots shall I destroy with hunger, and it shall slay thy remnant. Mourn yee ports, weep ye cities, and fear thou ( O whole Palestina ) for there shall come from the North a smoke, whos power no man may abide. Who shall then maintain the messages of the Gentiles? But the Lord stablishes Sion, and the poor of my people shall put their trust in him.