From riches to rags

Isaiah Bible Background

09.28.2015 Old Testament: Isa 13.20–22

To read the Bible in a year, read Isaiah 13–15 on September 28, In the year of our Lord 2015

By Don Ruhl

We like to hear stories of people who go from rags to riches, and even if something bad happens to them and they go back to rags, we still like to hear that they went back to riches.

Sometimes cities and nations go through those cycles. Babylon started as nothing and went to great power and wealth, but the city became exceedingly arrogant, and the Lord saw to it that they went from riches to rags, and never returned to riches,

“It will never be inhabited,
Nor will it be settled from generation to generation;
Nor will the Arabian pitch tents there,
Nor will the shepherds make their sheepfolds there.
But wild beasts of the desert will lie there,
And their houses will be full of owls;
Ostriches will dwell there,
And wild goats will caper there.
The hyenas will howl in their citadels,
And jackals in their pleasant palaces.
Her time is near to come,
And her days will not be prolonged.”  (Is 13:20–22) 

The city that once had one of the seven wonders of the ancient world with the spectacular hanging gardens, went from such splendor to no one even wanting to dwell there.

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