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Bible Commentaries

Gaebelein's Annotated Bible

Isaiah 13

Verses 1-22

2. The judgment of the Nations and the Future Day of Jehovah (13-27)


The Burden of Babylon

1. Jehovah’s call to the judgment of Babylon (Isaiah 13:1-5 ) 2. The day of Jehovah: When Babylon falls (Isaiah 13:6-16 ) 3. Babylon overthrown (Isaiah 13:17-22 ) The great judgments announced in this part of Isaiah were only partially fulfilled in the past. The great Babylon which came into existence as the mistress of the world after this prophecy had been given, fell by the Medes (verse 17 and Daniel 5:1-31 . The judgment of this Babylon is meant here first. But the Babylon of the past is the type of a Babylon of the future, another mistress of the ecclesiastical and commercial world. It is yet to appear in its final form Revelation 17:1-18 ; Revelation 18:1-24 ). Its fall comes in the day of the Lord. This great day is described in Isaiah 13:6-16 in this chapter.

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Gaebelein, Arno Clemens. "Commentary on Isaiah 13". "Gaebelein's Annotated Bible". 1913-1922.