The taunt (Isa 14:12-14:15)

“How you are fallen from heaven!

O Day Star!

Son of Dawn!

How you are cut down to the ground!

You who laid the nations low!

You said in your heart.

‘I will ascend to heaven.

I will raise my throne

Above the stars of God.

I will sit

On the mount of assembly,

On the heights of Zaphon.

I will ascend to the tops of the clouds,

I will make myself like the Most High.’

But you are brought down to Sheol,

To the depths of the Pit.”

There are hints at Canaanite mythology is this taunt of the king, with the Canaanite idol terms like Day Star, son of Dawn, and Mount of Assembly. This might suggest Baal worship that could be found at Jebel, near the Turkish Syrian border or in the archeology of Ugarit, a Syrian costal town. Zaphon was on the east side of the Jordan River. Although the king aspired to go to the high heavens, he has ended up in Sheol, at the depths of the Pit. Thus this king who wanted to go to the high heavens ends up in the lower pits of Sheol, tough luck.

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