False pride (Isa 47:5-47:7)

“Sit in silence!

Go into darkness!

Daughter of the Chaldea!

You shall no more be called

The mistress of kingdoms.

I was angry with my people.

I profaned my heritage.

I gave them into your hand.

You showed them no mercy.

You make your yoke

Exceedingly heavy

On the aged.

You said.

‘I shall be mistress forever.’

You did not lay these things to heart.

You did not remember their end.”

Yahweh now tells the Chaldean Babylonians to go and sit in silent darkness. They no longer will be called mistress of kingdoms. Yahweh was mad at his own people, so he gave them over to the Babylonians. However, they have not shown any mercy to the Israelites. In fact, they made the work of the elderly harder and heavier. They thought that they would be the mistress of kingdoms forever. They failed to remember their end or to keep things in their own hearts.

The anger of Yahweh (Isa 1:24-1:25)

“Therefore,

The Sovereign,

Yahweh of hosts,

The Mighty One of Israel

Says.

‘O!

I will pour out my wrath

On my enemies!

I will avenge myself

On my foes!

I will turn my hand

Against you!

I will smelt away your dross

As with lye!

I will remove your entire alloy!’”

Now we have another oracle of Yahweh, the sovereign, Mighty One of Israel, via Isaiah. Yahweh, in the first person singular, was going to pour out his wrath on his enemies and bring revenge on his foes. He also was going to turn his hand against his own people by melting them down with lye so that they would be noting but worthless scum dross. He was going to take away all their alloys. This is an interesting description of God taking the Israelites apart.