“You shall take up
As your king.
You shall take up
As your star-god.
These are your images,
That you made
Sakkuth and Kaiwan were Assyrian or Babylonian gods. The Israelites had made these images for themselves. They were made by humans, not like Yahweh, their true God.
Let the earth hear
With all that fills it!
Let the world hear
With all that comes from it!
Yahweh is enraged
Against all the nations.
He is furious
Against all their hoards.
He has doomed them.
He has given them over for slaughter.
Their slain shall be cast out.
The stench of their corpses shall rise.
The mountains shall flow with their blood.
All the host of heaven shall rot away.
The skies shall roll up like a scroll.
All their host shall wither
Like a leaf withering on a vine,
Like fruit withering on a fig tree.”
Once again Isaiah has this important call to listen. This time it is not merely to the people of Israel who should listen, but this is a more universal call to all the nations, all the people, the whole world, and the earth itself. Yahweh is mad at the whole world, everybody, all the countries. He has destined and doomed them for slaughter. There will be so many killed that the stench of their dead bodies will rise up, while the mountains will flow with blood. This is quite a gruesome scene. On top of that, all the hosts of heaven or the false gods will dry up and wither away like a leaf on a vine or a fruit on a tree.