Verse 1 – “Come down and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon; sit on the ground without a throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans! For you shall no more be called tender and delicate.
Isaiah is predicting Babylon’s fall 150 years before it happens. At this time of prediction, Babylon had not risen to its mighty power yet.
Verse 2 – Take the millstones and grind meal. Remove your veil, take off the skirt, uncover the thigh, pass through the rivers.
Verse 3 – Your nakedness shall be uncovered, yes, your shame will be seen; I will take vengeance, and I will not arbitrate with a man.”
Verse 4 – As for our Redeemer, the Lord of hosts is His name, the Holy One of Israel.
Verse 5 – “Sit in silence, and go into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans; for you shall no longer be called The Lady of Kingdoms.
Up to this point, only God’s people have been called daughter by the Lord. However, virgin or daughter used here is sarcastic.
Verse 6 – I was angry with My people; I have profaned My inheritance, and given them into your hand. You showed them no mercy; on the elderly you laid your yoke very heavily.
Verse 7 – And you said, ‘I shall be a lady forever; so that you did not take these things to heart, nor remember the latter end of them.
God has used Babylon as the tool of His anger against Judah. Babylon’s yoke is an image of their political domination over Judah. But Babylon over played its hand and sought its own glory, not realizing that its pride would lead to retribution. (Pride comes before destruction.)
Verse 8 – “Therefore hear this now, you who are given to pleasures, who dwell securely, who say in your heart, ‘I am, and there is no one else besides me; I shall not sit as a widow, nor shall I know the loss of children;
Verse 9 – But these two things shall come to you in a moment, in one day: The loss of children, and widowhood. They shall come upon you in their fullness because of the multitude of your sorcerers, for the great abundance of your enchantments.
Babylon was caught up in their own power with pried and claimed to be the only power on earth. Nebuchadnezzar exalted himself as “god.” But God taught him a lesson and took everything away from him and mad him eat grass like an oxen for seven years (Daniel 4:28-37).
Verse 10 – “For you have trusted in your wickedness; you have said, ‘No one sees me; your wisdom and your knowledge have warped you; and you have said in your heart, ‘I am, and there is no one else besides me.’
Verse 11 – Therefore evil shall come upon you; you shall not know from where it arises. And trouble shall fall upon you; you will not be able to put it off. And desolation shall come upon you suddenly, which you shall not know.
Babylon would fall because of wisdom in its own eyes. Nebuchadnezzar was standing on the roof top of his palace one minute saying how great he was, and the next instant he was on all fours acting like a beast. It came upon him suddenly!
Verse 12 – “Stand now with your enchantments and the multitude of your sorcerers, in which you have labored from your youth – perhaps you will be able to profit, perhaps you will prevail.
Verse 13 – You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels; let now the astrologers, the stargazers, and the monthly prognosticators stand up and save you from these things that shall come upon you.
The Babylonians were known for their infatuation with sorcerers and spells. They looked to astrology and stargazers for their future. There is a huge culture today that uses the stars and those who use mediums to tell peoples futures. When people do this, they open the door to demons in their lives. This mess is not from God. He didn’t call it an abomination throughout the Bible, and then approve of it today. If you are involved in any of this mess, get out! This mess is demonic and will ruin your life.
Verse 14 – Behold, they shall be as stubble, the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame; it shall not be a coal to be warmed by, nor a fire to sit before!
Verse 15 – Thus shall they be to you with whom you have labored, your merchants from your youth; they shall wonder each one to his quarter. No one shall save you.