The glorious kingdom became a desert

Isaiah Bible Background

09.28.2017 – Old Testament: Isa 13.19–22

To read the Bible in a year, read Isaiah 13–15 on September 28, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Babylon! One of the greatest kingdoms ever on earth, yet, finding a trace of it today proves difficult. God promised that it would be that way,

“And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms,
The beauty of the Chaldeans’ pride,
Will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
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.”
(Isaiah 13.19–22) 

Babylon thought of itself as equal to or greater than God and He showed them just how low they truly were. Beware of arrogance, for it will destroy even the greatest.


  • Are you arrogant?
  • Are you humble?

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