Isaiah 14:7

ESV The whole earth is at rest and quiet; they break forth into singing.
NIV All the lands are at rest and at peace; they break into singing.
NASB The whole earth is at rest and is quiet; They break forth into shouts of joy.
CSB The whole earth is calm and at rest; people shout with a ringing cry.
NLT But finally the earth is at rest and quiet. Now it can sing again!
KJV The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing.

What does Isaiah 14:7 mean?

This poem, written by Isaiah under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, has been described as one of the best examples of Hebrew poetry in the Bible. It is called a "taunt-song." It is written in the form of a funeral dirge, though it is a celebration of the death of the cruel tyrant king of Babylon (Isaiah 14:4–21).

It takes a truly terrible person whose death makes the world breathe more freely. Only a heinous legacy would cause masses of people to break into song celebrating the end of your life. That is the case with the king of Babylon. Instead of official mourning or genuine sadness, the world breaks into song to celebrate that the evil man has died.

Isaiah regularly shows God's people singing in joy after being delivered from their enemies (Isaiah 26:1; 44:23; 49:13). Music was an integral part of Israelite culture.
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