Isaiah 14:3

ESV When the LORD has given you rest from your pain and turmoil and the hard service with which you were made to serve,
NIV On the day the LORD gives you relief from your suffering and turmoil and from the harsh labor forced on you,
NASB And it will be on the day when the Lord gives you rest from your hardship, your turmoil, and from the harsh service in which you have been enslaved,
CSB When the Lord gives you rest from your pain, torment, and the hard labor you were forced to do,
NLT In that wonderful day when the Lord gives his people rest from sorrow and fear, from slavery and chains,
KJV And it shall come to pass in the day that the LORD shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve,

What does Isaiah 14:3 mean?

Isaiah's prophecy about Babylon included essential information. The people of Israel will one day be returned to their land. After their exile in Babylon, they will begin a new era as a free people in their own land under the Lord. This will begin with the defeat of the city-state and nation of Babylon (Isaiah 14:1–2).

The prophet Isaiah is about to give that future remnant of Israel a specific task (Isaiah 14:4). They should only take it up after the Lord has given them rest from their slavery to Babylon. This verse reveals that Israel's years in Babylon were full of pain, turmoil, and hard service. In that way, the captivity in Babylon was like their years as slaves in Egypt. Once again, the Lord will free His people and bring them to the Promised Land.
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