Bible: Isaiah 1-39
Obedience, not Sacrifice
1:2 Listen, O heavens,
pay attention, O earth! 3
1:3 An ox recognizes its owner,
a donkey recognizes where its owner puts its food; 8
but Israel does not recognize me, 9
my people do not understand.”1:4 10
The sinful nation is as good as dead, 11
the people weighed down by evil deeds.
They are offspring who do wrong,
children 12 who do wicked things.
They have abandoned the
and rejected the Holy One of Israel. 13
They are alienated from him. 141:5 15
Why do you insist on being battered?
Why do you continue to rebel? 16
Your head has a massive wound, 17
your whole body is weak. 18
1:6 From the soles of your feet to your head,
there is no spot that is unharmed. 19
There are only bruises, cuts,
and open wounds.
They have not been cleansed 20 or bandaged,
1:7 Your land is devastated,
your cities burned with fire.
Right before your eyes your crops
are being destroyed by foreign invaders. 23
They leave behind devastation and destruction. 24
1:8 Daughter Zion 25 is left isolated,
like a hut in a vineyard,
or a shelter in a cucumber field;
she is a besieged city. 26
1:9 If the
we would have quickly become like Sodom, 28
we would have become like Gomorrah.
1:10 Listen to the
you leaders of Sodom! 29
Pay attention to our God’s rebuke, 30
people of Gomorrah!
1:11 “Of what importance to me are your many sacrifices?” 31
“I am stuffed with 32 burnt sacrifices
of rams and the fat from steers.
The blood of bulls, lambs, and goats
I do not want. 33
1:12 When you enter my presence,
do you actually think I want this –
animals trampling on my courtyards? 34
1:13 Do not bring any more meaningless 35 offerings;
I consider your incense detestable! 36
You observe new moon festivals, Sabbaths, and convocations,
but I cannot tolerate sin-stained celebrations! 37
1:14 I hate your new moon festivals and assemblies;
they are a burden
that I am tired of carrying.
1:15 When you spread out your hands in prayer,
I look the other way; 38
when you offer your many prayers,
I do not listen,
because your hands are covered with blood. 391:16 40
Wash! Cleanse yourselves!
Remove your sinful deeds 41
from my sight.
1:17 Learn to do what is right!
Give the oppressed reason to celebrate! 42
Take up the cause of the orphan!
Defend the rights of the widow! 431:18 44
Come, let’s consider your options,” 45 says the
“Though your sins have stained you like the color red,
you can become 46 white like snow;
though they are as easy to see as the color scarlet,
1:19 If you have a willing attitude and obey, 49
then you will again eat the good crops of the land.
1:20 But if you refuse and rebel,
you will be devoured 50 by the sword.”
Know for certain that the
1:21 How tragic that the once-faithful city
has become a prostitute! 52
She was once a center of 53 justice,
fairness resided in her,
but now only murderers. 54
your beer is diluted with water. 57
1:23 Your officials are rebels, 58
they associate with 59 thieves.
All of them love bribery,
They do not take up the cause of the orphan, 62
or defend the rights of the widow. 63
1:24 Therefore, the sovereign
the powerful ruler of Israel, 65 says this:
“Ah, I will seek vengeance 66 against my adversaries,
I will take revenge against my enemies. 67
1:25 I will attack you; 68
I will purify your metal with flux. 69
I will remove all your slag. 70
1:26 I will reestablish honest judges as in former times,
wise advisers as in earlier days. 71
Then you will be called, ‘The Just City,
Faithful Town.’”1:27 72
Zion will be freed by justice, 73
and her returnees by righteousness. 74
1:28 All rebellious sinners will be shattered, 75
those who abandon the
1:29 Indeed, they 76 will be ashamed of the sacred trees
you 77 find so desirable;
you will be embarrassed because of the sacred orchards 78
where you choose to worship.
1:30 For you will be like a tree whose leaves wither,
like an orchard 79 that is unwatered.
1:31 The powerful will be like 80 a thread of yarn,
their deeds like a spark;
both will burn together,
and no one will put out the fire.
The Future Glory of Jerusalem
2:2 In the future 83
the mountain of the
as the most important of mountains,
and will be the most prominent of hills. 85
All the nations will stream to it,
2:3 many peoples will come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the
to the temple of the God of Jacob,
For Zion will be the center for moral instruction; 90
2:4 He will judge disputes between nations;
he will settle cases for many peoples.
They will beat their swords into plowshares, 92
and their spears into pruning hooks. 93
Nations will not take up the sword against other nations,
and they will no longer train for war.
2:5 O descendants 94 of Jacob,
come, let us walk in the
The Lord’s Day of Judgment
2:6 Indeed, O
the descendants of Jacob.
For diviners from the east are everywhere; 97
they consult omen readers like the Philistines do. 98
Plenty of foreigners are around. 99
2:7 Their land is full of gold and silver;
there is no end to their wealth. 100
Their land is full of horses;
there is no end to their chariots. 101
2:8 Their land is full of worthless idols;
they worship 102 the product of their own hands,
what their own fingers have fashioned.
2:9 Men bow down to them in homage,
they lie flat on the ground in worship. 103
Don’t spare them! 104
2:10 Go up into the rocky cliffs,
hide in the ground.
Get away from the dreadful judgment of the
from his royal splendor!
2:11 Proud men will be brought low,
arrogant men will be humiliated; 106
in that day.
2:12 Indeed, the
for 109 all the high and mighty,
for all who are proud – they will be humiliated;
2:13 for all the cedars of Lebanon,
that are so high and mighty,
for all the oaks of Bashan; 110
2:14 for all the tall mountains,
for all the high hills, 111
2:15 for every high tower,
for every fortified wall,
2:16 for all the large ships, 112
2:17 Proud men will be humiliated,
arrogant men will be brought low; 115
in that day.
2:18 The worthless idols will be completely eliminated. 117
2:19 They 118 will go into caves in the rocky cliffs
and into holes in the ground, 119
trying to escape the dreadful judgment of the
and his royal splendor,
when he rises up to terrify the earth. 121
2:20 At that time 122 men will throw
their silver and gold idols,
which they made for themselves to worship, 123
into the caves where rodents and bats live, 124
2:21 so they themselves can go into the crevices of the rocky cliffs
and the openings under the rocky overhangs, 125
trying to escape the dreadful judgment of the
and his royal splendor,
when he rises up to terrify the earth. 127
2:22 Stop trusting in human beings,
whose life’s breath is in their nostrils.
For why should they be given special consideration?
A Coming Leadership Crisis
3:1 Look, the sovereign
is about to remove from Jerusalem 129 and Judah
every source of security, including 130
all the food and water, 131
3:2 the mighty men and warriors,
judges and prophets,
omen readers and leaders, 132
3:3 captains of groups of fifty,
the respected citizens, 133
advisers and those skilled in magical arts, 134
and those who know incantations.
malicious young men 136 will rule over them.
3:5 The people will treat each other harshly;
men will oppose each other;
neighbors will fight. 137
Youths will proudly defy the elderly
and riffraff will challenge those who were once respected. 138
3:6 Indeed, a man will grab his brother
‘You own a coat –
you be our leader!
This heap of ruins will be under your control.’ 141
‘I am no doctor, 144
I have no food or coat in my house;
don’t make me a leader of the people!’”
3:8 Jerusalem certainly stumbles,
for their words and their actions offend the
they rebel against his royal authority. 146
like the people of Sodom they openly boast of their sin. 149
Too bad for them! 150
For they bring disaster on themselves.
for they will be rewarded for what they have done. 153
3:11 Too bad for the wicked sinners!
For they will get exactly what they deserve. 154
3:12 Oppressors treat my 155 people cruelly;
creditors rule over them. 156
My people’s leaders mislead them;
they give you confusing directions. 157
he stands up to pass sentence on his people. 158
on the leaders of his people and their officials.
You have stashed in your houses what you have stolen from the poor. 163
3:15 Why do you crush my people
and grind the faces of the poor?” 164
Washing Away Impurity
“The women 166 of Zion are proud.
They walk with their heads high 167
and flirt with their eyes.
They skip along 168
and the jewelry on their ankles jingles. 169
At that time 176 the sovereign master will remove their beautiful ankle jewelry, 177 neck ornaments, crescent shaped ornaments, 3:19 earrings, bracelets, veils, 3:20 headdresses, ankle ornaments, sashes, sachets, 178 amulets, 3:21 rings, nose rings, 3:22 festive dresses, robes, shawls, purses, 3:23 garments, vests, head coverings, and gowns. 179
3:24 A putrid stench will replace the smell of spices, 180
a rope will replace a belt,
baldness will replace braided locks of hair,
a sackcloth garment will replace a fine robe,
and a prisoner’s brand will replace beauty.
3:25 Your 181 men will fall by the sword,
your strong men will die in battle. 182
3:26 Her gates will mourn and lament;
deprived of her people, she will sit on the ground. 183
4:1 Seven women will grab hold of
one man at that time. 184
They will say, “We will provide 185 our own food,
we will provide 186 our own clothes;
but let us belong to you 187 –
take away our shame!” 188
The Branch of the Lord
4:2 At that time 189
the crops given by the
the produce of the land will be a source of pride and delight
to those who remain in Israel. 191
will be called “holy,” 194
all in Jerusalem who are destined to live. 195
he will rinse the bloodstains from Jerusalem’s midst, 199
as he comes to judge
and to bring devastation. 200
4:5 Then the
over all of Mount Zion 201
and over its convocations
a cloud and smoke by day
and a bright flame of fire by night; 202
indeed a canopy will accompany the
4:6 By day it will be a shelter to provide shade from the heat,
as well as safety and protection from the heavy downpour. 204
A Love Song Gone Sour
5:1 I 205 will sing to my love –
a song to my lover about his vineyard. 206
My love had a vineyard
on a fertile hill. 207
5:2 He built a hedge around it, 208 removed its stones,
and planted a vine.
He built a tower in the middle of it,
and constructed a winepress.
He waited for it to produce edible grapes,
but it produced sour ones instead. 209
5:3 So now, residents of Jerusalem, 210
people 211 of Judah,
you decide between me and my vineyard!
5:4 What more can I do for my vineyard
beyond what I have already done?
When I waited for it to produce edible grapes,
why did it produce sour ones instead?
5:5 Now I will inform you
what I am about to do to my vineyard:
I will remove its hedge and turn it into pasture, 212
I will break its wall and allow animals to graze there. 213
5:6 I will make it a wasteland;
no one will prune its vines or hoe its ground, 214
and thorns and briers will grow there.
I will order the clouds
not to drop any rain on it.
the people 217 of Judah are the cultivated place in which he took delight.
He waited for justice, but look what he got – disobedience! 218
He waited for fairness, but look what he got – cries for help! 219
Disaster is Coming
5:8 Those who accumulate houses are as good as dead, 220
those who also accumulate landed property 221
until there is no land left, 222
and you are the only landowners remaining within the land. 223
“Many houses will certainly become desolate,
large, impressive houses will have no one living in them. 225
5:11 Those who get up early to drink beer are as good as dead, 230
those who keep drinking long after dark
until they are intoxicated with wine. 231
5:12 They have stringed instruments, 232 tambourines, flutes,
and wine at their parties.
So they do not recognize what the
they do not perceive what he is bringing about. 233
because of their lack of understanding.
5:14 So Death 240 will open up its throat,
and open wide its mouth; 241
Zion’s dignitaries and masses will descend into it,
including those who revel and celebrate within her. 242
5:15 Men will be humiliated,
they will be brought low;
the proud will be brought low. 243
the sovereign God’s authority will be recognized when he judges. 246
5:17 Lambs 247 will graze as if in their pastures,
amid the ruins the rich sojourners will graze. 248
5:18 Those who pull evil along using cords of emptiness are as good as dead, 249
who pull sin as with cart ropes. 250
5:19 They say, “Let him hurry, let him act quickly, 251
so we can see;
then we will know it!”
5:20 Those who call evil good and good evil are as good as dead, 254
who turn darkness into light and light into darkness,
who turn bitter into sweet and sweet into bitter. 255
5:21 Those who think they are wise are as good as dead, 256
those who think they possess understanding. 257
who display great courage when mixing strong drinks.
5:23 They pronounce the guilty innocent for a payoff,
they ignore the just cause of the innocent. 260
5:24 Therefore, as flaming fire 261 devours straw,
and dry grass disintegrates in the flames,
so their root will rot,
and their flower will blow away like dust. 262
For they have rejected the law of the
5:25 So the
he lifts 266 his hand and strikes them.
The mountains shake,
and corpses lie like manure 267 in the middle of the streets.
Despite all this, his anger does not subside,
and his hand is ready to strike again. 268
5:26 He lifts a signal flag for a distant nation, 269
he whistles for it to come from the far regions of the earth.
Look, they 270 come quickly and swiftly.
5:27 None tire or stumble,
they don’t stop to nap or sleep.
They don’t loosen their belts,
or unstrap their sandals to rest. 271
5:28 Their arrows are sharpened,
and all their bows are prepared. 272
The hooves of their horses are hard as flint, 273
and their chariot wheels are like a windstorm. 274
5:29 Their roar is like a lion’s;
they roar like young lions.
They growl and seize their prey;
they drag it away and no one can come to the rescue.
it will sound like sea waves crashing against rocks. 277
One will look out over the land and see the darkness of disaster,
clouds will turn the light into darkness. 278
6:1 In the year of King Uzziah’s death, 279 I saw the sovereign master 280 seated on a high, elevated throne. The hem of his robe filled the temple. 6:2 Seraphs 281 stood over him; each one had six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, 282 and they used the remaining two to fly. 6:3 They called out to one another, “Holy, holy, holy 283 is the Lord who commands armies! 284 His majestic splendor fills the entire earth!” 6:4 The sound of their voices shook the door frames, 285 and the temple was filled with smoke.
6:5 I said, “Too bad for me! I am destroyed, 286 for my lips are contaminated by sin, 287 and I live among people whose lips are contaminated by sin. 288 My eyes have seen the king, the
‘Listen continually, but don’t understand!
Look continually, but don’t perceive!’
6:10 Make the hearts of these people calloused;
make their ears deaf and their eyes blind!
Otherwise they might see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
their hearts might understand and they might repent and be healed.” 292
6:11 I replied, “How long, sovereign master?” He said,
“Until cities are in ruins and unpopulated,
and houses are uninhabited,
and the land is ruined and devastated,
6:12 and the
and the very heart of the land is completely abandoned. 293
6:13 Even if only a tenth of the people remain in the land, it will again be destroyed, 294 like one of the large sacred trees 295 or an Asherah pole, when a sacred pillar on a high place is thrown down. 296 That sacred pillar symbolizes the special chosen family.” 297
Ahaz Receives a Sign
7:1 During 298 the reign of Ahaz son of Jotham, son of Uzziah, king of Judah, King Rezin of Syria and King Pekah son of Remaliah of Israel marched up to Jerusalem 299 to do battle, but they were unable to prevail against it. 300
7:2 It was reported to the family 301 of David, “Syria has allied with 302 Ephraim.” They and their people were emotionally shaken, just as the trees of the forest shake before the wind. 303 7:3 So the
“It will not take place;
it will not happen.
7:8 For Syria’s leader is Damascus,
and the leader of Damascus is Rezin.
Within sixty-five years Ephraim will no longer exist as a nation. 313
7:9 Ephraim’s leader is Samaria,
and Samaria’s leader is the son of Remaliah.
If your faith does not remain firm,
then you will not remain secure.” 314
7:18 At that time 334 the
A Sign-Child is Born
8:9 You will be broken, 365 O nations;
you will be shattered! 366
Pay attention, all you distant lands of the earth!
Get ready for battle, and you will be shattered!
Get ready for battle, and you will be shattered! 367
8:10 Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted!
Issue your orders, but they will not be executed! 368
For God is with us! 369
The Lord Encourages Isaiah
8:11 Indeed this is what the
8:12 “Do not say, ‘Conspiracy,’ every time these people say the word. 371
Don’t be afraid of what scares them; don’t be terrified.
8:13 You must recognize the authority of the
He is the one you must respect;
he is the one you must fear. 373
8:14 He will become a sanctuary, 374
but a stone that makes a person trip,
and a rock that makes one stumble –
to the two houses of Israel. 375
He will become 376 a trap and a snare
to the residents of Jerusalem. 377
8:15 Many will stumble over the stone and the rock, 378
and will fall and be seriously injured,
and will be ensnared and captured.”
8:16 Tie up the scroll as legal evidence, 379
seal the official record of God’s instructions and give it to my followers. 380
8:17 I will wait patiently for the
who has rejected the family of Jacob; 381
I will wait for him.8:19
Darkness Turns to Light as an Ideal King Arrives
They will say to you, “Seek oracles at the pits used to conjure up underworld spirits, from the magicians who chirp and mutter incantations. 385 Should people not seek oracles from their gods, by asking the dead about the destiny of the living?” 386 8:20 Then you must recall the
In earlier times he 397 humiliated
the land of Zebulun,
and the land of Naphtali; 398
but now he brings honor 399
to the way of the sea,
the region beyond the Jordan,
and Galilee of the nations. 400
9:2 The people walking in darkness
see a bright light; 401
on those who live in a land of deep darkness. 402
9:3 You 403 have enlarged the nation;
you give them great joy. 404
They rejoice in your presence
as harvesters rejoice;
as warriors celebrate 405 when they divide up the plunder.
9:4 For their oppressive yoke
and the club that strikes their shoulders,
the cudgel the oppressor uses on them, 406
you have shattered, as in the day of Midian’s defeat. 407
9:5 Indeed every boot that marches and shakes the earth 408
and every garment dragged through blood
is used as fuel for the fire.
9:6 For a child has been 409 born to us,
a son has been given to us.
He shoulders responsibility
and is called: 410
Extraordinary Strategist, 411
Mighty God, 412
Everlasting Father, 413
Prince of Peace. 414
9:7 His dominion will be vast 415
and he will bring immeasurable prosperity. 416
He will rule on David’s throne
and over David’s kingdom, 417
establishing it 418 and strengthening it
by promoting justice and fairness, 419
from this time forward and forevermore.
God’s Judgment Intensifies
and it fell on Israel. 424
9:9 All the people were aware 425 of it,
the people of Ephraim and those living in Samaria. 426
Yet with pride and an arrogant attitude, they said, 427
9:10 “The bricks have fallen,
but we will rebuild with chiseled stone;
the sycamore fig trees have been cut down,
but we will replace them with cedars.” 428
he stirred up 431 their enemies –
9:12 Syria from the east,
and the Philistines from the west,
they gobbled up Israelite territory. 432
Despite all this, his anger does not subside,
and his hand is ready to strike again. 433
9:13 The people did not return to the one who struck them,
they did not seek reconciliation 434 with the
9:14 So the
both the shoots and stalk 435 in one day.
9:15 The leaders and the highly respected people 436 are the head,
the prophets who teach lies are the tail.
9:16 The leaders of this nation were misleading people,
and the people being led were destroyed. 437
9:17 So the sovereign master was not pleased 438 with their young men,
he took no pity 439 on their orphans and widows;
every mouth was speaking disgraceful words. 442
Despite all this, his anger does not subside,
and his hand is ready to strike again. 443
it consumed thorns and briers;
it burned up the thickets of the forest,
and they went up in smoke. 446
9:19 Because of the anger of the
and the people became fuel for the fire. 448
People had no compassion on one another. 449
9:20 They devoured 450 on the right, but were still hungry,
they ate on the left, but were not satisfied.
9:21 Manasseh fought against 453 Ephraim,
and Ephraim against Manasseh;
together they fought against Judah.
Despite all this, his anger does not subside,
and his hand is ready to strike again. 454
10:1 Those who enact unjust policies are as good as dead, 455
those who are always instituting unfair regulations, 456
10:2 to keep the poor from getting fair treatment,
and to deprive 457 the oppressed among my people of justice,
so they can steal what widows own,
and loot what belongs to orphans. 458
10:3 What will you do on judgment day, 459
when destruction arrives from a distant place?
To whom will you run for help?
Where will you leave your wealth?
10:4 You will have no place to go, except to kneel with the prisoners,
or to fall among those who have been killed. 460
Despite all this, his anger does not subside,
and his hand is ready to strike again. 461
The Lord Turns on Arrogant Assyria
10:5 Assyria, the club I use to vent my anger, is as good as dead, 462
a cudgel with which I angrily punish. 463
I ordered him to attack the people with whom I was angry, 466
to take plunder and to carry away loot,
to trample them down 467 like dirt in the streets.
10:7 But he does not agree with this,
his mind does not reason this way, 468
for his goal is to destroy,
and to eliminate many nations. 469
10:8 Indeed, 470 he says:
“Are not my officials all kings?
10:9 Is not Calneh like Carchemish?
Hamath like Arpad?
Samaria like Damascus? 471
10:10 I overpowered kingdoms ruled by idols, 472
whose carved images were more impressive than Jerusalem’s 473 or Samaria’s.
10:11 As I have done to Samaria and its idols,
so I will do to Jerusalem and its idols.” 474
10:12 But when 475 the sovereign master 476 finishes judging 477 Mount Zion and Jerusalem, then I 478 will punish the king of Assyria for what he has proudly planned and for the arrogant attitude he displays. 479 10:13 For he says:
“By my strong hand I have accomplished this,
by my strategy that I devised.
I invaded the territory of nations, 480
and looted their storehouses.
10:14 My hand discovered the wealth of the nations, as if it were in a nest,
as one gathers up abandoned eggs,
I gathered up the whole earth.
There was no wing flapping,
or open mouth chirping.” 483
10:15 Does an ax exalt itself over the one who wields it,
or a saw magnify itself over the one who cuts with it? 484
As if a scepter should brandish the one who raises it,
or a staff should lift up what is not made of wood!
10:17 The light of Israel 488 will become a fire,
their Holy One 489 will become a flame;
it will burn and consume the Assyrian king’s 490 briers
and his thorns in one day.
10:18 The splendor of his forest and his orchard
will be completely destroyed, 491
as when a sick man’s life ebbs away. 492
10:19 There will be so few trees left in his forest,
a child will be able to count them. 493
10:20 At that time 494 those left in Israel, those who remain of the family 495 of Jacob, will no longer rely on a foreign leader that abuses them. 496 Instead they will truly 497 rely on the
10:24 So 506 here is what the sovereign master, the
10:27 At that time 512
and their yoke from your neck;
the yoke will be taken off because your neck will be too large. 51410:28 515
moved through Migron,
depositing their supplies at Micmash.
10:29 They went through the pass,
spent the night at Geba.
Gibeah of Saul ran away.
10:30 Shout out, daughter of Gallim!
Pay attention, Laishah!
Answer her, Anathoth! 518
10:31 Madmenah flees,
the residents of Gebim have hidden.
10:32 This very day, standing in Nob,
they shake their fist at Daughter Zion’s mountain 519 –
at the hill of Jerusalem.
10:33 Look, the sovereign master, the
is ready to cut off the branches with terrifying power. 520
The tallest trees 521 will be cut down,
the loftiest ones will be brought low.
10:34 The thickets of the forest will be chopped down with an ax,
and mighty Lebanon will fall. 522
An Ideal King Establishes a Kingdom of Peace
11:1 A shoot will grow out of Jesse’s 523 root stock,
a bud will sprout 524 from his roots.
a spirit that gives extraordinary wisdom, 526
a spirit that provides the ability to execute plans, 527
a spirit that produces absolute loyalty to the
11:3 He will take delight in obeying the
He will not judge by mere appearances, 530
or make decisions on the basis of hearsay. 531
11:4 He will treat the poor fairly, 532
He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, 535
and order the wicked to be executed. 536
11:5 Justice will be like a belt around his waist,
integrity will be like a belt around his hips. 537
11:6 A wolf will reside 538 with a lamb,
and a leopard will lie down with a young goat;
an ox and a young lion will graze together, 539
as a small child leads them along.
11:7 A cow and a bear will graze together,
their young will lie down together. 540
A lion, like an ox, will eat straw.
11:8 A baby 541 will play
over the hole of a snake; 542
over the nest 543 of a serpent
11:9 They will no longer injure or destroy
on my entire royal mountain. 546
For there will be universal submission to the
just as the waters completely cover the sea. 547
Israel is Reclaimed and Reunited
11:10 At that time 548 a root from Jesse 549 will stand like a signal flag for the nations. Nations will look to him for guidance, 550 and his residence will be majestic. 11:11 At that time 551 the sovereign master 552 will again lift his hand 553 to reclaim 554 the remnant of his people 555 from Assyria, Egypt, Pathros, 556 Cush, 557 Elam, Shinar, 558 Hamath, and the seacoasts. 559
11:12 He will lift a signal flag for the nations;
he will gather Israel’s dispersed people 560
and assemble Judah’s scattered people
from the four corners of the earth.
11:13 Ephraim’s jealousy will end, 561
and Judah’s hostility 562 will be eliminated.
Ephraim will no longer be jealous of Judah,
and Judah will no longer be hostile toward Ephraim.
together they will loot the people of the east.
They will take over Edom and Moab, 565
and the Ammonites will be their subjects.
he will turn it into seven dried-up streams, 571
and enable them to walk across in their sandals.
11:16 There will be a highway leading out of Assyria
for the remnant of his people, 572
just as there was for Israel,
when 573 they went up from the land of Egypt.
12:1 At that time 574 you will say:
“I praise you, O
for even though you were angry with me,
your anger subsided, and you consoled me.
12:2 Look, God is my deliverer! 575
I will trust in him 576 and not fear.
he has become my deliverer.” 578
12:3 Joyfully you will draw water
from the springs of deliverance. 579
12:4 At that time 580 you will say:
Ask him for help! 581
Publicize his mighty acts among the nations!
Make it known that he is unique! 582
12:5 Sing to the
let this be known 583 throughout the earth!
12:6 Cry out and shout for joy, O citizens of Zion,13:1
The Lord Will Judge Babylon
This is a message about Babylon that God revealed to Isaiah son of Amoz: 58713:2 588
On a bare hill raise a signal flag,
shout to them,
wave your hand,
so they might enter the gates of the princes!
13:3 I have given orders to my chosen soldiers; 589
I have summoned the warriors through whom I will vent my anger, 590
my boasting, arrogant ones. 59113:4 592
There is a loud noise on the mountains –
it sounds like a large army! 593
There is great commotion among the kingdoms 594 –
nations are being assembled!
forces for battle.
13:5 They come from a distant land,
from the horizon. 595
It is the
coming to destroy the whole earth. 597
13:6 Wail, for the
it comes with all the destructive power of the sovereign judge. 599
13:7 For this reason all hands hang limp, 600
every human heart loses its courage. 601
13:8 They panic –
cramps and pain seize hold of them
like those of a woman who is straining to give birth.
They look at one another in astonishment;
their faces are flushed red. 602
13:9 Look, the
it is a day of cruelty and savage, raging anger, 604
and annihilating its sinners.
13:10 Indeed the stars in the sky and their constellations
no longer give out their light; 607
the sun is darkened as soon as it rises,
and the moon does not shine. 60813:11 609
I will punish the world for its evil, 610
and wicked people for their sin.
I will put an end to the pride of the insolent,
I will bring down the arrogance of tyrants. 611
13:12 I will make human beings more scarce than pure gold,
and people more scarce 612 than gold from Ophir.
13:13 So I will shake the heavens, 613
and the earth will shake loose from its foundation, 614
because of the fury of the
in the day he vents his raging anger. 615
13:14 Like a frightened gazelle 616
or a sheep with no shepherd,
each will turn toward home, 617
each will run to his homeland.
13:15 Everyone who is caught will be stabbed;
13:16 Their children will be smashed to pieces before their very eyes;
their houses will be looted
and their wives raped.
13:17 Look, I am stirring up the Medes to attack them; 620
they are not concerned about silver,
nor are they interested in gold. 621
13:18 Their arrows will cut young men to ribbons; 622
they have no compassion on a person’s offspring, 623
they will not 624 look with pity on children.
13:19 Babylon, the most admired 625 of kingdoms,
the Chaldeans’ source of honor and pride, 626
will be destroyed by God
just as Sodom and Gomorrah were. 627
13:20 No one will live there again;
no one will ever reside there again. 628
no shepherds will rest their flocks 631 there.
13:21 Wild animals will rest there,
Ostriches will live there,
wild goats will skip among the ruins. 634
13:22 Wild dogs will yip in her ruined fortresses,
jackals will yelp in the once-splendid palaces. 635
Her time is almost up, 636
her days will not be prolonged. 637
“Look how the oppressor has met his end!
Hostility 645 has ceased!
the scepter of rulers.
14:6 It 646 furiously struck down nations
with unceasing blows. 647
It angrily ruled over nations,
oppressing them without restraint. 648
14:7 The whole earth rests and is quiet;
they break into song.
14:8 The evergreens also rejoice over your demise, 649
as do the cedars of Lebanon, singing, 650
‘Since you fell asleep, 651
no woodsman comes up to chop us down!’ 652
14:9 Sheol 653 below is stirred up about you,
ready to meet you when you arrive.
It rouses 654 the spirits of the dead for you,
all the former leaders of the earth; 655
it makes all the former kings of the nations
rise from their thrones. 656
14:10 All of them respond to you, saying:
‘You too have become weak like us!
You have become just like us!
14:11 Your splendor 657 has been brought down to Sheol,
as well as the sound of your stringed instruments. 658
You lie on a bed of maggots,
with a blanket of worms over you. 659
14:12 Look how you have fallen from the sky,
O shining one, son of the dawn! 660
You have been cut down to the ground,
14:13 You said to yourself, 663
“I will climb up to the sky.
Above the stars of El 664
I will set up my throne.
I will rule on the mountain of assembly
on the remote slopes of Zaphon. 665
14:14 I will climb up to the tops 666 of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High!” 667
14:15 But you were brought down 668 to Sheol,
to the remote slopes of the pit. 669
14:16 Those who see you stare at you,
they look at you carefully, thinking: 670
“Is this the man who shook the earth,
the one who made kingdoms tremble?
14:17 Is this the one who made the world like a desert,
who ruined its 671 cities,
and refused to free his prisoners so they could return home?”’ 67214:18 673
As for all the kings of the nations,
each in his own tomb. 676
14:19 But you have been thrown out of your grave
like a shoot that is thrown away. 677
You lie among 678 the slain,
among those who have been slashed by the sword,
as if you were a mangled corpse. 681
14:20 You will not be buried with them, 682
because you destroyed your land
and killed your people.
The offspring of the wicked
will never be mentioned again.
14:21 Prepare to execute 683 his sons
for the sins their ancestors have committed. 684
They must not rise up and take possession of the earth,
or fill the surface of the world with cities.” 685
14:22 “I will rise up against them,”
“I will blot out all remembrance of Babylon and destroy all her people, 686
including the offspring she produces,” 687
14:23 “I will turn her into a place that is overrun with wild animals 688
and covered with pools of stagnant water.
I will get rid of her, just as one sweeps away dirt with a broom,” 689
“Be sure of this:
Just as I have intended, so it will be;
just as I have planned, it will happen.
14:25 I will break Assyria 691 in my land,
I will trample them 692 underfoot on my hills.
Their yoke will be removed from my people,
the burden will be lifted from their shoulders. 693
14:26 This is the plan I have devised for the whole earth;
my hand is ready to strike all the nations.” 694
14:27 Indeed, 695 the
and who can possibly frustrate it?
His hand is ready to strike,
and who can possibly stop it? 696
The Lord Will Judge the Philistines
14:29 Don’t be so happy, all you Philistines,
just because the club that beat you has been broken! 699
For a viper will grow out of the serpent’s root,
and its fruit will be a darting adder. 700
14:30 The poor will graze in my pastures; 701
the needy will rest securely.
But I will kill your root by famine;
it will put to death all your survivors. 702
14:31 Wail, O city gate!
Cry out, O city!
Melt with fear, 703 all you Philistines!
For out of the north comes a cloud of smoke,
and there are no stragglers in its ranks. 704
14:32 How will they respond to the messengers of this nation? 705
the oppressed among his people will find safety in her.
The Lord Will Judge Moab
15:1 Here is a message about Moab:
Indeed, in a night it is devastated,
Ar of Moab is destroyed!
Indeed, in a night it is devastated,
Kir of Moab is destroyed!
15:2 They went up to the temple, 706
the people of Dibon went up to the high places to lament. 707
Because of what happened to Nebo and Medeba, 708 Moab wails.
Every head is shaved bare,
every beard is trimmed off. 709
15:3 In their streets they wear sackcloth;
on their roofs and in their town squares
all of them wail,
they fall down weeping.
15:4 The people of 710 Heshbon and Elealeh cry out,
their voices are heard as far away as Jahaz.
For this reason Moab’s soldiers shout in distress;
their courage wavers. 711
15:5 My heart cries out because of Moab’s plight, 712
For they weep as they make their way up the ascent of Luhith;
they loudly lament their demise on the road to Horonaim. 715
15:6 For the waters of Nimrim are gone; 716
the grass is dried up,
the vegetation has disappeared,
and there are no plants.
15:7 For this reason what they have made and stored up,
they carry over the Stream of the Poplars.
15:8 Indeed, the cries of distress echo throughout Moabite territory;
their wailing can be heard in Eglaim and Beer Elim. 717
15:9 Indeed, the waters of Dimon 718 are full of blood!
Indeed, I will heap even more trouble on Dimon. 719
A lion will attack 720 the Moabite fugitives
and the people left in the land.
16:1 Send rams as tribute to the ruler of the land, 721
from Sela in the desert 722
to the hill of Daughter Zion.
16:2 At the fords of the Arnon 723
the Moabite women are like a bird
that flies about when forced from its nest. 724
16:3 “Bring a plan, make a decision! 725
Provide some shade in the middle of the day! 726
Hide the fugitives! Do not betray 727 the one who tries to escape!
16:4 Please let the Moabite fugitives live 728 among you.
Hide them 729 from the destroyer!”
the destroyer will come to an end,
those who trample will disappear 732 from the earth.
16:5 Then a trustworthy king will be established;
he will rule in a reliable manner,
this one from David’s family. 733
He will be sure to make just decisions
and will be experienced in executing justice. 734
16:6 We have heard about Moab’s pride,
their great arrogance,
their boasting, pride, and excess. 735
But their boastful claims are empty! 736
16:7 So Moab wails over its demise 737 –
they all wail!
Completely devastated, they moan
about what has happened to the raisin cakes of Kir Hareseth. 738
16:8 For the fields of Heshbon are dried up,
as well as the vines of Sibmah.
The rulers of the nations trample all over its vines,
which reach Jazer and spread to the desert;
their shoots spread out and cross the sea.
16:9 So I weep along with Jazer 739
over the vines of Sibmah.
I will saturate you 740 with my tears, Heshbon and Elealeh,
for the conquering invaders shout triumphantly
over your fruit and crops. 741
16:10 Joy and happiness disappear from the orchards,
and in the vineyards no one rejoices or shouts;
no one treads out juice in the wine vats 742 –
I have brought the joyful shouts to an end. 743
16:11 So my heart constantly sighs for Moab, like the strumming of a harp, 744
16:12 When the Moabites plead with all their might at their high places, 747
and enter their temples to pray, their prayers will be ineffective! 748
16:13 This is the message the
The Lord Will Judge Damascus
17:1 Here is a message about Damascus:
“Look, Damascus is no longer a city,
it is a heap of ruins!
17:2 The cities of Aroer are abandoned. 751
They will be used for herds,
which will lie down there in peace. 752
17:3 Fortified cities will disappear from Ephraim,
and Damascus will lose its kingdom. 753
The survivors in Syria
will end up like the splendor of the Israelites,”
17:4 “At that time 754
Jacob’s splendor will be greatly diminished, 755
and he will become skin and bones. 756
17:5 It will be as when one gathers the grain harvest,
and his hand gleans the ear of grain.
It will be like one gathering the ears of grain
in the Valley of Rephaim.
17:6 There will be some left behind,
like when an olive tree is beaten –
two or three ripe olives remain toward the very top,
four or five on its fruitful branches,”
17:8 They will no longer trust in 761 the altars their hands made,
or depend on the Asherah poles and incense altars their fingers made. 762
17:9 At that time 763 their fortified cities will be
like the abandoned summits of the Amorites, 764
which they abandoned because of the Israelites;
there will be desolation.
17:10 For you ignore 765 the God who rescues you;
you pay no attention to your strong protector. 766
So this is what happens:
You cultivate beautiful plants
and plant exotic vines. 767
17:11 The day you begin cultivating, you do what you can to make it grow; 768
the morning you begin planting, you do what you can to make it sprout.
Yet the harvest will disappear 769 in the day of disease
and incurable pain.
17:12 The many nations massing together are as good as dead, 770
those who make a commotion as loud as the roaring of the sea’s waves. 771
The people making such an uproar are as good as dead, 772
those who make an uproar as loud as the roaring of powerful waves. 773
17:13 Though these people make an uproar as loud as the roaring of powerful waves, 774
when he shouts at 775 them, they will flee to a distant land,
driven before the wind like dead weeds on the hills,
or like dead thistles 776 before a strong gale.
17:14 In the evening there is sudden terror; 777
by morning they vanish. 778
This is the fate of those who try to plunder us,
the destiny of those who try to loot us! 779
The Lord Will Judge a Distant Land in the South
18:1 The land of buzzing wings is as good as dead, 780
the one beyond the rivers of Cush,
18:2 that sends messengers by sea,
who glide over the water’s surface in boats made of papyrus.
Go, you swift messengers,
to a nation of tall, smooth-skinned people, 781
to a people that are feared far and wide, 782
to a nation strong and victorious, 783
whose land rivers divide. 784
18:3 All you who live in the world,
who reside on the earth,
you will see a signal flag raised on the mountains;
you will hear a trumpet being blown.
18:4 For this is what the
“I will wait 785 and watch from my place,
like scorching heat produced by the sunlight, 786
18:5 For before the harvest, when the bud has sprouted,
and the ripening fruit appears, 790
he will cut off the unproductive shoots 791 with pruning knives;
he will prune the tendrils. 792
18:6 They will all be left 793 for the birds of the hills
and the wild animals; 794
the birds will eat them during the summer,
and all the wild animals will eat them during the winter.
18:7 At that time
tribute will be brought to the
by a people that are tall and smooth-skinned,
a people that are feared far and wide,
a nation strong and victorious,
whose land rivers divide. 795
The Lord Will Judge Egypt
19:1 Here is a message about Egypt:
and approaches Egypt.
The idols of Egypt tremble before him;
the Egyptians lose their courage. 798
19:2 “I will provoke civil strife in Egypt, 799
brothers will fight with each other,
as will neighbors,
cities, and kingdoms. 800
19:3 The Egyptians will panic, 801
and I will confuse their strategy. 802
They will seek guidance from the idols and from the spirits of the dead,
from the pits used to conjure up underworld spirits, and from the magicians. 803
19:4 I will hand Egypt over to a harsh master;
a powerful king will rule over them,”
says the sovereign master, 804 the
19:5 The water of the sea will be dried up,
and the river will dry up and be empty. 805
the streams of Egypt will trickle and then dry up;
the bulrushes and reeds will decay,
19:7 along with the plants by the mouth of the river. 808
All the cultivated land near the river
will turn to dust and be blown away. 809
19:8 The fishermen will mourn and lament,
all those who cast a fishhook into the river,
and those who spread out a net on the water’s surface will grieve. 810
19:9 Those who make clothes from combed flax will be embarrassed;
those who weave will turn pale. 811
all the hired workers will be depressed. 814
19:11 The officials of Zoan are nothing but fools; 815
Pharaoh’s wise advisers give stupid advice.
How dare you say to Pharaoh,
“I am one of the sages,
one well-versed in the writings of the ancient kings?” 816
19:12 But where, oh where, are your wise men? 817
Let them tell you, let them find out
19:13 The officials of Zoan are fools,
the officials of Memphis 818 are misled;
the rulers 819 of her tribes lead Egypt astray.
they lead Egypt astray in all she does,
so that she is like a drunk sliding around in his own vomit. 821
19:15 Egypt will not be able to do a thing,
head or tail, shoots and stalk. 822
19:16 At that time 823 the Egyptians 824 will be like women. 825 They will tremble and fear because the
19:18 At that time five cities 828 in the land of Egypt will speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance to the
19:23 At that time there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will visit Egypt, and the Egyptians will visit Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together. 838 19:24 At that time Israel will be the third member of the group, along with Egypt and Assyria, and will be a recipient of blessing 839 in the earth. 840 19:25 The
The Lord Will Judge Babylon
21:1 Here is a message about the Desert by the Sea: 850
Like strong winds blowing in the south, 851
one invades from the desert,
from a land that is feared.
21:2 I have received a distressing message: 852
“The deceiver deceives,
the destroyer destroys.
Attack, you Elamites!
Lay siege, you Medes!
I will put an end to all the groaning!” 853
21:3 For this reason my stomach churns; 854
cramps overwhelm me
like the contractions of a woman in labor.
I am disturbed 855 by what I hear,
horrified by what I see.
21:4 My heart palpitates, 856
I shake in fear; 857
the twilight I desired
has brought me terror.
21:5 Arrange the table,
lay out 858 the carpet,
eat and drink! 859
Get up, you officers,
smear oil on the shields! 860
21:6 For this is what the sovereign master 861 has told me:
“Go, post a guard!
He must report what he sees.
21:7 When he sees chariots,
teams of horses, 862
riders on donkeys,
riders on camels,
he must be alert,
21:8 Then the guard 863 cries out:
“On the watchtower, O sovereign master, 864
I stand all day long;
at my post
I am stationed every night.
21:9 Look what’s coming!
a team of horses.” 865
When questioned, he replies, 866
“Babylon has fallen, fallen!
All the idols of her gods lie shattered on the ground!”
21:10 O my downtrodden people, crushed like stalks on the threshing floor, 867
what I have heard
the God of Israel,
I have reported to you.
Bad News for Seir
21:11 Here is a message about Dumah: 868
Someone calls to me from Seir, 869
“Watchman, what is left of the night?
Watchman, what is left of the night?” 870
21:12 The watchman replies,
“Morning is coming, but then night. 871
If you want to ask, ask;
come back again.” 872
The Lord Will Judge Arabia
21:13 Here is a message about Arabia:
In the thicket of Arabia you spend the night,
you Dedanite caravans.
21:14 Bring out some water for the thirsty.
You who live in the land of Tema,
bring some food for the fugitives.
21:15 For they flee from the swords –
from the drawn sword
and from the battle-ready bow
and from the severity of the battle.
21:16 For this is what the sovereign master 873 has told me: “Within exactly one year 874 all the splendor of Kedar will come to an end. 21:17 Just a handful of archers, the warriors of Kedar, will be left.” 875 Indeed, 876 the
The Lord Will Judge Jerusalem
22:1 Here is a message about the Valley of Vision: 877
What is the reason 878
that all of you go up to the rooftops?
22:2 The noisy city is full of raucous sounds;
the town is filled with revelry. 879
Your slain were not cut down by the sword;
they did not die in battle. 88022:3 881
All your leaders ran away together –
they fled to a distant place;
all your refugees 882 were captured together –
they were captured without a single arrow being shot. 883
22:4 So I say:
“Don’t look at me! 884
I am weeping bitterly.
Don’t try 885 to console me
concerning the destruction of my defenseless people.” 886
22:5 For the sovereign master, 887 the
has planned a day of panic, defeat, and confusion. 888
and cry out to the hill. 891
22:6 The Elamites picked up the quiver,
and came with chariots and horsemen; 892
22:7 Your very best valleys were full of chariots; 896
horsemen confidently took their positions 897 at the gate.
At that time 900 you looked
for the weapons in the House of the Forest. 901
22:9 You saw the many breaks
in the walls of the city of David; 902
you stored up water in the lower pool.
22:10 You counted the houses in Jerusalem, 903
and demolished houses so you could have material to reinforce the wall. 904
22:11 You made a reservoir between the two walls
for the water of the old pool –
you did not depend on 907 the one who formed it long ago!
22:12 At that time the sovereign master, the
for shaved heads and sackcloth. 908
22:13 But look, there is outright celebration! 909
You say, “Kill the ox and slaughter the sheep,
eat meat and drink wine.
Eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!” 910
22:15 This is what the sovereign master, the
22:16 ‘What right do you have to be here? What relatives do you have buried here? 915
Why 916 do you chisel out a tomb for yourself here?
He chisels out his burial site in an elevated place,
he carves out his tomb on a cliff.
He will wrap you up tightly. 919
22:18 He will wind you up tightly into a ball
and throw you into a wide, open land. 920
There you will die,
and there with you will be your impressive chariots, 921
which bring disgrace to the house of your master. 922
22:19 I will remove you from 923 your office;
you will be thrown down 924 from your position.
22:20 “At that time 925 I will summon my servant Eliakim, son of Hilkiah. 22:21 I will put your robe on him, tie your belt around him, and transfer your authority to him. 926 He will become a protector of 927 the residents of Jerusalem and of the people 928 of Judah. 22:22 I will place the key 929 to the house of David on his shoulder. When he opens the door, no one can close it; when he closes the door, no one can open it. 22:23 I will fasten him like a peg into a solid place; 930 he will bring honor and respect to his father’s family. 931 22:24 His father’s family will gain increasing prominence because of him, 932 including the offspring and the offshoots. 933 All the small containers, including the bowls and all the jars will hang from this peg.’ 934
22:25 “At that time,” 935 says the
The Lord Will Judge Tyre
23:1 Here is a message about Tyre:
Wail, you large ships, 938
for the port is too devastated to enter! 939
From the land of Cyprus 940 this news is announced to them.
23:2 Lament, 941 you residents of the coast,
you merchants of Sidon 942 who travel over the sea,
whose agents sail over 23:3 the deep waters! 943
Grain from the Shihor region, 944
she is the trade center 947 of the nations.
23:4 Be ashamed, O Sidon,
for the sea 948 says this, O fortress of the sea:
“I have not gone into labor
or given birth;
I have not raised young men
or brought up young women.” 949
23:5 When the news reaches Egypt,
they will be shaken by what has happened to Tyre. 950
23:6 Travel to Tarshish!
Wail, you residents of the coast!
23:7 Is this really your boisterous city 951
whose origins are in the distant past, 952
and whose feet led her to a distant land to reside?
23:8 Who planned this for royal Tyre, 953
whose merchants are princes,
whose traders are the dignitaries 954 of the earth?
to dishonor the pride that comes from all her beauty, 955
to humiliate all the dignitaries of the earth.
23:10 Daughter Tarshish, travel back to your land, as one crosses the Nile;
there is no longer any marketplace in Tyre. 956
he shook kingdoms;
he 958 gave the order
to destroy Canaan’s fortresses. 959
23:12 He said,
“You will no longer celebrate,
oppressed 960 virgin daughter Sidon!
Get up, travel to Cyprus,
but you will find no relief there.” 961
23:13 Look at the land of the Chaldeans,
these people who have lost their identity! 962
The Assyrians have made it a home for wild animals.
They erected their siege towers, 963
demolished 964 its fortresses,
and turned it into a heap of ruins. 965
23:14 Wail, you large ships, 966
for your fortress is destroyed!
23:15 At that time 967 Tyre will be forgotten for seventy years, 968 the typical life span of a king. 969 At the end of seventy years Tyre will try to attract attention again, like the prostitute in the popular song: 970
23:16 “Take the harp,
go through the city,
Play it well,
play lots of songs,
so you’ll be noticed!” 971
23:17 At the end of seventy years 972 the
The Lord Will Judge the Earth
24:1 Look, the
and leave it in ruins;
he will mar its surface
and scatter its inhabitants.
24:2 Everyone will suffer – the priest as well as the people, 976
the master as well as the servant, 977
the elegant lady as well as the female attendant, 978
the seller as well as the buyer, 979
the borrower as well as the lender, 980
the creditor as well as the debtor. 981
24:3 The earth will be completely devastated
and thoroughly ransacked.
the world shrivels up and withers;
the prominent people of the earth 985 fade away.
for they have violated laws,
disregarded the regulation, 988
and broken the permanent treaty. 989
24:6 So a treaty curse 990 devours the earth;
its inhabitants pay for their guilt. 991
This is why the inhabitants of the earth disappear, 992
and are reduced to just a handful of people. 993
24:7 The new wine dries up,
the vines shrivel up,
all those who like to celebrate 994 groan.
24:8 The happy sound 995 of the tambourines stops,
the revelry of those who celebrate comes to a halt,
the happy sound of the harp ceases.
24:9 They no longer sing and drink wine; 996
the beer tastes bitter to those who drink it.
24:10 The ruined town 997 is shattered;
all of the houses are shut up tight. 998
24:11 They howl in the streets because of what happened to the wine; 999
all joy turns to sorrow; 1000
celebrations disappear from the earth. 1001
24:12 The city is left in ruins; 1002
the gate is reduced to rubble. 1003
24:13 This is what will happen throughout 1004 the earth,
among the nations.
It will be like when they beat an olive tree,
and just a few olives are left at the end of the harvest. 1005
24:14 They 1006 lift their voices and shout joyfully;
they praise 1007 the majesty of the
24:15 So in the east 1008 extol the
24:16 From the ends of the earth we 1011 hear songs –
the Just One is majestic. 1012
But I 1013 say, “I’m wasting away! I’m wasting away! I’m doomed!
Deceivers deceive, deceivers thoroughly deceive!” 1014
24:17 Terror, pit, and snare
are ready to overtake you inhabitants of the earth! 1015
24:18 The one who runs away from the sound of the terror
will fall into the pit; 1016
the one who climbs out of the pit,
will be trapped by the snare.
and the foundations of the earth shake.
24:19 The earth is broken in pieces,
the earth is ripped to shreds,
the earth shakes violently. 1019
24:20 The earth will stagger around 1020 like a drunk;
it will sway back and forth like a hut in a windstorm. 1021
Its sin will weigh it down,
and it will fall and never get up again.
The Lord Will Become King
the heavenly forces in the heavens 1024
and the earthly kings on the earth.
24:22 They will be imprisoned in a pit, 1025
locked up in a prison,
24:23 The full moon will be covered up, 1028
on Mount Zion in Jerusalem 1032
in the presence of his assembly, in majestic splendor. 1033
I will exalt you in praise, I will extol your fame. 1035
For you have done extraordinary things,
and executed plans made long ago exactly as you decreed. 1036
the fortified town into a heap of ruins;
the fortress of foreigners 1039 is no longer a city,
it will never be rebuilt.
25:3 So a strong nation will extol you;
the towns of 1040 powerful nations will fear you.
25:4 For you are a protector for the poor,
a protector for the needy in their distress,
a shelter from the rainstorm,
a shade from the heat.
25:5 like heat 1043 in a dry land,
you humble the boasting foreigners. 1044
Just as the shadow of a cloud causes the heat to subside, 1045
so he causes the song of tyrants to cease. 1046
At this banquet there will be plenty of meat and aged wine –
tender meat and choicest wine. 1048
25:7 On this mountain he will swallow up
the shroud that is over all the peoples, 1049
the woven covering that is over all the nations; 1050
25:8 he will swallow up death permanently. 1051
and remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth.
25:9 At that time they will say, 1053
“Look, here 1054 is our God!
We waited for him and he delivered us.
Here 1055 is the
Let’s rejoice and celebrate his deliverance!”
25:10 For the
Moab will be trampled down where it stands, 1057
as a heap of straw is trampled down in 1058 a manure pile.
just as a swimmer spreads his hands to swim;
he will bring it down, he will throw it down to the dusty ground. 1066
Judah Will Celebrate
26:1 At that time 1067 this song will be sung in the land of Judah:
“We have a strong city!
26:2 Open the gates so a righteous nation can enter –
one that remains trustworthy.
26:3 You keep completely safe the people who maintain their faith,
for they trust in you. 1070
26:4 Trust in the
even in Yah, the
26:5 Indeed, 1073 the
he brings down an elevated town;
he brings it down to the ground, 1074
he throws it down to the dust.
26:6 It is trampled underfoot
by the feet of the oppressed,
by the soles of the poor.”26:7
God’s People Anticipate Vindication
The way of the righteous is level,
the path of the righteous that you make is straight. 1076
26:8 Yes, as your judgments unfold, 1077
We desire your fame and reputation to grow. 1078
my spirit within me seeks you at dawn,
for when your judgments come upon the earth,
those who live in the world learn about justice. 1081
26:10 If the wicked are shown mercy,
they do not learn about justice. 1082
Even in a land where right is rewarded, they act unjustly; 1083
they do not see the
but they don’t even notice.
They will see and be put to shame by your angry judgment against humankind, 1085
yes, fire will consume your enemies. 1086
for even all we have accomplished, you have done for us. 1088
masters other than you have ruled us,
but we praise your name alone.
26:14 The dead do not come back to life,
the spirits of the dead do not rise. 1089
you wiped out all memory of them.
26:15 You have made the nation larger, 1092 O
you have made the nation larger and revealed your splendor, 1093
you have extended all the borders of the land.
they uttered incantations because of your discipline. 1094
26:17 As when a pregnant woman gets ready to deliver
and strains and cries out because of her labor pains,
so were we because of you, O
26:18 We were pregnant, we strained,
we gave birth, as it were, to wind. 1095
We cannot produce deliverance on the earth;
people to populate the world are not born. 109626:19 1097
Your dead will come back to life;
your corpses will rise up.
Wake up and shout joyfully, you who live in the ground! 1098
For you will grow like plants drenched with the morning dew, 1099
and the earth will bring forth its dead spirits. 1100
26:20 Go, my people! Enter your inner rooms!
Close your doors behind you!
Hide for a little while,
until his angry judgment is over! 1101
26:21 For look, the
to punish the sin of those who live on the earth.
The earth will display the blood shed on it;
it will no longer cover up its slain. 1103
27:1 At that time 1104 the
with his destructive, 1105 great, and powerful sword
Leviathan the fast-moving 1106 serpent,
Leviathan the squirming serpent;
he will kill the sea monster. 1107
27:2 When that time comes, 1108
sing about a delightful vineyard! 1109
27:3 I, the
I water it regularly. 1111
I guard it night and day,
so no one can harm it. 1112
27:4 I am not angry.
I wish I could confront some thorns and briers!
Then I would march against them 1113 for battle;
I would set them 1114 all on fire,
27:5 unless they became my subjects 1115
and made peace with me;
let them make peace with me. 1116
27:6 The time is coming when Jacob will take root; 1117
Israel will blossom and grow branches.
27:7 Has the
Has Israel been killed like their enemies? 1121
27:8 When you summon her for divorce, you prosecute her; 1122
27:9 So in this way Jacob’s sin will be forgiven, 1125
and this is how they will show they are finished sinning: 1126
They will make all the stones of the altars 1127
like crushed limestone,
and the Asherah poles and the incense altars will no longer stand. 1128
27:10 For the fortified city 1129 is left alone;
it is a deserted settlement
and abandoned like the desert.
Calves 1130 graze there;
they lie down there
and eat its branches bare. 1131
27:11 When its branches get brittle, 1132 they break;
women come and use them for kindling. 1133
For these people lack understanding, 1134
therefore the one who made them has no compassion on them;
the one who formed them has no mercy on them.
27:12 At that time 1135 the
The Lord Will Judge Samaria
28:1 The splendid crown of Ephraim’s drunkards is doomed, 1144
the withering flower, its beautiful splendor, 1145
situated 1146 at the head of a rich valley,
the crown of those overcome with wine. 1147
With the force of a hailstorm or a destructive windstorm, 1150
with the might of a driving, torrential rainstorm, 1151
28:3 The splendid crown of Ephraim’s drunkards
will be trampled underfoot.
28:4 The withering flower, its beautiful splendor,
situated at the head of a rich valley,
will be like an early fig before harvest –
as soon as someone notices it,
he grabs it and swallows it. 1154
28:5 At that time 1155 the
and a splendid diadem for the remnant of his people.
28:6 He will give discernment to the one who makes judicial decisions,
and strength to those who defend the city from attackers. 1156
28:7 Even these men 1157 stagger because of wine,
they stumble around because of beer –
priests and prophets stagger because of beer,
they are confused 1158 because of wine,
they stumble around because of beer;
they stagger while seeing prophetic visions, 1159
they totter while making legal decisions. 1160
28:8 Indeed, all the tables are covered with vomit;
no place is untouched. 1161
28:9 Who is the
To whom is he explaining a message? 1163
Those just weaned from milk!
Those just taken from their mother’s breast! 1164
28:10 Indeed, they will hear meaningless gibberish,
a syllable here, a syllable there. 1165
28:11 For with mocking lips and a foreign tongue
he will speak to these people. 1166
28:12 In the past he said to them, 1167
“This is where security can be found.
Provide security for the one who is exhausted!
This is where rest can be found.” 1168
But they refused to listen.
28:13 So the
a syllable here, a syllable there. 1169
As a result, they will fall on their backsides when they try to walk, 1170
and be injured, ensnared, and captured. 1171
The Lord Will Judge Jerusalem
28:14 Therefore, listen to the
you who mock,
you rulers of these people
who reside in Jerusalem! 1172
28:15 For you say,
“We have made a treaty with death,
When the overwhelming judgment sweeps by 1175
it will not reach us.
For we have made a lie our refuge,
we have hidden ourselves in a deceitful word.” 1176
28:16 Therefore, this is what the sovereign master, the
“Look, I am laying 1177 a stone in Zion,
an approved 1178 stone,
set in place as a precious cornerstone for the foundation. 1179
The one who maintains his faith will not panic. 1180
28:17 I will make justice the measuring line,
fairness the plumb line;
hail will sweep away the unreliable refuge, 1181
the floodwaters will overwhelm the hiding place.
28:18 Your treaty with death will be dissolved; 1182
When the overwhelming judgment sweeps by, 1185
you will be overrun by it. 1186
28:19 Whenever it sweeps by, it will overtake you;
indeed, 1187 every morning it will sweep by,
it will come through during the day and the night.” 1188
When this announcement is understood,
it will cause nothing but terror.
28:20 For the bed is too short to stretch out on,
and the blanket is too narrow to wrap around oneself. 1189
28:21 For the
he will rouse himself, as he did in the Valley of Gibeon, 1191
to accomplish his work,
his peculiar work,
to perform his task,
his strange task. 1192
28:22 So now, do not mock,
or your chains will become heavier!
For I have heard a message about decreed destruction,
from the sovereign master, the
28:23 Pay attention and listen to my message! 1194
Be attentive and listen to what I have to say! 1195
28:24 Does a farmer just keep on plowing at planting time? 1196
Does he keep breaking up and harrowing his ground?
28:25 Once he has leveled its surface,
does he not scatter the seed of the caraway plant,
sow the seed of the cumin plant,
and plant the wheat, barley, and grain in their designated places? 1197
28:26 His God instructs him;
he teaches him the principles of agriculture. 1198
28:27 Certainly 1199 caraway seed is not threshed with a sledge,
nor is the wheel of a cart rolled over cumin seed. 1200
Certainly caraway seed is beaten with a stick,
and cumin seed with a flail.
28:28 Grain is crushed,
though one certainly does not thresh it forever.
The wheel of one’s wagon rolls over it,
but his horses do not crush it.
28:29 This also comes from the
who gives supernatural guidance and imparts great wisdom. 1201
Ariel is Besieged
29:1 Ariel is as good as dead 1202 –
Ariel, the town David besieged! 1203
Keep observing your annual rituals,
celebrate your festivals on schedule. 1204
29:2 I will threaten Ariel,
and she will mourn intensely
and become like an altar hearth 1205 before me.
29:3 I will lay siege to you on all sides; 1206
I will besiege you with troops; 1207
I will raise siege works against you.
29:4 You will fall;
while lying on the ground 1208 you will speak;
from the dust where you lie, your words will be heard. 1209
Your voice will sound like a spirit speaking from the underworld; 1210
from the dust you will chirp as if muttering an incantation. 1211
29:5 But the horde of invaders will be like fine dust,
the horde of tyrants 1212 like chaff that is blown away.
It will happen suddenly, in a flash.
29:6 Judgment will come from the
accompanied by thunder, earthquake, and a loud noise,
by a strong gale, a windstorm, and a consuming flame of fire.
29:7 It will be like a dream, a night vision.
There will be a horde from all the nations that fight against Ariel,
those who attack her and her stronghold and besiege her.
29:8 It will be like a hungry man dreaming that he is eating,
only to awaken and find that his stomach is empty. 1214
It will be like a thirsty man dreaming that he is drinking,
only to awaken and find that he is still weak and his thirst unquenched. 1215
So it will be for the horde from all the nations
that fight against Mount Zion.
God’s People are Spiritually Insensitive
29:9 You will be shocked and amazed! 1216
You are totally blind! 1217
They are drunk, 1218 but not because of wine;
they stagger, 1219 but not because of beer.
29:10 For the
a strong urge to sleep deeply. 1220
He has shut your eyes (the prophets),
and covered your heads (the seers).
29:11 To you this entire prophetic revelation 1221 is like words in a sealed scroll. When they hand it to one who can read 1222 and say, “Read this,” he responds, “I can’t, because it is sealed.” 29:12 Or when they hand the scroll to one who can’t read 1223 and say, “Read this,” he says, “I can’t read.” 1224
29:13 The sovereign master 1225 says,
“These people say they are loyal to me; 1226
they say wonderful things about me, 1227
but they are not really loyal to me. 1228
Their worship consists of
nothing but man-made ritual. 1229
29:14 Therefore I will again do an amazing thing for these people –
an absolutely extraordinary deed. 1230
Wise men will have nothing to say,
the sages will have no explanations.” 1231
29:15 Those who try to hide their plans from the
who do their work in secret and boast, 1233
“Who sees us? Who knows what we’re doing?” 1234
29:16 Your thinking is perverse! 1235
Should the potter be regarded as clay? 1236
Should the thing made say 1237 about its maker, “He didn’t make me”?
Or should the pottery say about the potter, “He doesn’t understand”?
Changes are Coming
29:17 In just a very short time 1238
Lebanon will turn into an orchard,
and the orchard will be considered a forest. 1239
29:18 At that time 1240 the deaf will be able to hear words read from a scroll,
and the eyes of the blind will be able to see through deep darkness. 1241
29:19 The downtrodden will again rejoice in the
29:20 For tyrants will disappear,
those who taunt will vanish,
and all those who love to do wrong will be eliminated 1244 –
29:21 those who bear false testimony against a person, 1245
who entrap the one who arbitrates at the city gate 1246
and deprive the innocent of justice by making false charges. 1247
29:22 So this is what the
“Jacob will no longer be ashamed;
their faces will no longer show their embarrassment. 1249
29:23 For when they see their children,
whom I will produce among them, 1250
they will honor 1251 my name.
They will honor the Holy One of Jacob; 1252
they will respect 1253 the God of Israel.
29:24 Those who stray morally will gain understanding; 1254
those who complain will acquire insight. 1255
Egypt Will Prove Unreliable
“those who make plans without consulting me, 1258
who form alliances without consulting my Spirit, 1259
and thereby compound their sin. 1260
30:2 They travel down to Egypt
without seeking my will, 1261
seeking Pharaoh’s protection,
and looking for safety in Egypt’s protective shade. 1262
30:3 But Pharaoh’s protection will bring you nothing but shame,
and the safety of Egypt’s protective shade nothing but humiliation.
30:4 Though his 1263 officials are in Zoan
and his messengers arrive at Hanes, 1264
30:5 all will be put to shame 1265
because of a nation that cannot help them,
who cannot give them aid or help,
but only shame and disgrace.”
30:6 This is a message 1266 about the animals in the Negev:
Through a land of distress and danger,
inhabited by lionesses and roaring lions, 1267
by snakes and darting adders, 1268
they transport 1269 their wealth on the backs of donkeys,
their riches on the humps of camels,
to a nation that cannot help them. 1270
30:7 Egypt is totally incapable of helping. 1271
For this reason I call her
inscribe it on a scroll,
so that it might be preserved for a future time
as an enduring witness. 1276
30:9 For these are rebellious people –
they are lying children,
children unwilling to obey the
30:10 They 1278 say to the visionaries, “See no more visions!”
and to the seers, “Don’t relate messages to us about what is right! 1279
Tell us nice things,
relate deceptive messages. 1280
30:11 Turn aside from the way,
stray off the path. 1281
Remove from our presence the Holy One of Israel.” 1282
30:12 For this reason this is what the Holy One of Israel says:
“You have rejected this message; 1283
you trust instead in your ability to oppress and trick, 1284
and rely on that kind of behavior. 1285
30:13 So this sin will become your downfall.
You will be like a high wall
that bulges and cracks and is ready to collapse;
it crumbles suddenly, in a flash. 1286
30:14 It shatters in pieces like a clay jar,
so shattered to bits that none of it can be salvaged. 1287
Among its fragments one cannot find a shard large enough 1288
to scoop a hot coal from a fire 1289
or to skim off water from a cistern.” 1290
30:15 For this is what the master, the
“If you repented and patiently waited for me, you would be delivered; 1291
if you calmly trusted in me you would find strength, 1292
but you are unwilling.
30:16 You say, ‘No, we will flee on horses,’
so you will indeed flee.
You say, ‘We will ride on fast horses,’
so your pursuers will be fast.
30:17 One thousand will scurry at the battle cry of one enemy soldier; 1293
at the battle cry of five enemy soldiers you will all run away, 1294
until the remaining few are as isolated 1295
as a flagpole on a mountaintop
or a signal flag on a hill.”
The Lord Will Not Abandon His People
30:18 For this reason the
he sits on his throne, ready to have compassion on you. 1296
all who wait for him in faith will be blessed. 1297
30:19 For people will live in Zion;
When he hears your cry of despair, he will indeed show you mercy;
when he hears it, he will respond to you. 1300
30:20 The sovereign master 1301 will give you distress to eat
and suffering to drink; 1302
but your teachers will no longer be hidden;
your eyes will see them. 1303
30:21 You 1304 will hear a word spoken behind you, saying,
“This is the correct 1305 way, walk in it,”
whether you are heading to the right or the left.
30:22 You will desecrate your silver-plated idols 1306
and your gold-plated images. 1307
You will throw them away as if they were a menstrual rag,
saying to them, “Get out!”
30:23 He will water the seed you plant in the ground,
and the ground will produce crops in abundance. 1308
At that time 1309 your cattle will graze in wide pastures.
30:24 The oxen and donkeys used in plowing 1310
will eat seasoned feed winnowed with a shovel and pitchfork. 1311
30:25 On every high mountain
and every high hill
there will be streams flowing with water,
at the time of 1312 great slaughter when the fortified towers collapse.
30:26 The light of the full moon will be like the sun’s glare
and the sun’s glare will be seven times brighter,
like the light of seven days, 1313
and heals their severe wound. 1315
30:27 Look, the name 1316 of the
in raging anger and awesome splendor. 1317
He speaks angrily
and his word is like destructive fire. 1318
30:28 His battle cry overwhelms like a flooding river 1319
that reaches one’s neck.
He shakes the nations in a sieve that isolates the chaff; 1320
he puts a bit into the mouth of the nations and leads them to destruction. 1321
30:29 You will sing
as you do in the evening when you are celebrating a festival.
You will be happy like one who plays a flute
as he goes to the mountain of the
and intervene in power, 1324
with furious anger and flaming, destructive fire, 1325
with a driving rainstorm and hailstones.
30:31 Indeed, the
he will beat them with a club.
30:32 Every blow from his punishing cudgel, 1327
with which the
will be accompanied by music from the 1329 tambourine and harp,
and he will attack them with his weapons. 1330
it has been made deep and wide for the king. 1333
The firewood is piled high on it. 1334
will ignite it.
Egypt Will Disappoint
31:1 Those who go down to Egypt for help are as good as dead, 1335
those who rely on war horses,
and trust in Egypt’s many chariots 1336
and in their many, many horsemen. 1337
But they do not rely on the Holy One of Israel 1338
and do not seek help from the
31:2 Yet he too is wise 1339 and he will bring disaster;
he does not retract his decree. 1340
He will attack the wicked nation, 1341
31:3 The Egyptians are mere humans, not God;
their horses are made of flesh, not spirit.
the one who helps will stumble
and the one being helped will fall.
Together they will perish. 1345
The Lord Will Defend Zion
31:4 Indeed, this is what the
like a young lion growling over its prey. 1346
Though a whole group of shepherds gathers against it,
it is not afraid of their shouts
or intimidated by their yelling. 1347
In this same way the
to do battle on Mount Zion and on its hill. 1348
31:5 Just as birds hover over a nest, 1349
He will protect and deliver it;
as he passes over 1351 he will rescue it.
31:6 You Israelites! Return to the one against whom you have so blatantly rebelled! 1352 31:7 For at that time 1353 everyone will get rid of 1354 the silver and gold idols your hands sinfully made. 1355
31:8 Assyria will fall by a sword, but not one human-made; 1356
a sword not made by humankind will destroy them. 1357
They will run away from this sword 1358
and their young men will be forced to do hard labor.
their officers will be afraid of the
This is what the
the one whose fire is in Zion,
whose firepot is in Jerusalem. 1362
Justice and Wisdom Will Prevail
32:1 Look, a king will promote fairness; 1363
officials will promote justice. 1364
32:2 Each of them 1365 will be like a shelter from the wind
and a refuge from a rainstorm;
like streams of water in a dry region
and like the shade of a large cliff in a parched land.
and ears 1368 will be attentive.
32:4 The mind that acts rashly will possess discernment 1369
and the tongue that stutters will speak with ease and clarity.
32:5 A fool will no longer be called honorable;
a deceiver will no longer be called principled.
32:6 For a fool speaks disgraceful things; 1370
his mind plans out sinful deeds. 1371
He commits godless deeds 1372
and says misleading things about the
he gives the hungry nothing to satisfy their appetite 1373
and gives the thirsty nothing to drink. 1374
32:7 A deceiver’s methods are evil; 1375
he dreams up evil plans 1376
to ruin the poor with lies,
even when the needy are in the right. 1377
32:8 An honorable man makes honorable plans;
his honorable character gives him security. 1378
The Lord Will Give True Security
32:9 You complacent 1379 women,
get up and listen to me!
You carefree 1380 daughters,
pay attention to what I say!
32:10 In a year’s time 1381
you carefree ones will shake with fear,
for the grape 1382 harvest will fail,
and the fruit harvest will not arrive.
32:11 Tremble, you complacent ones!
Shake with fear, you carefree ones!
Strip off your clothes and expose yourselves –
put sackcloth on your waist! 1383
32:12 Mourn over the field, 1384
over the delightful fields
and the fruitful vine!
32:13 Mourn 1385 over the land of my people,
which is overgrown with thorns and briers,
and over all the once-happy houses 1386
in the city filled with revelry. 1387
32:14 For the fortress is neglected;
the once-crowded 1388 city is abandoned.
Hill 1389 and watchtower
are permanently uninhabited. 1390
Wild donkeys love to go there,
and flocks graze there. 1391
32:15 This desolation will continue until new life is poured out on us from heaven. 1392
Then the desert will become an orchard
and the orchard will be considered a forest. 1393
32:16 Justice will settle down in the desert
and fairness will live in the orchard. 1394
32:17 Fairness will produce peace 1395
and result in lasting security. 1396
32:18 My people will live in peaceful settlements,
in secure homes,
and in safe, quiet places. 1397
32:19 Even if the forest is destroyed 1398
and the city is annihilated, 1399
32:20 you will be blessed,
you who plant seed by all the banks of the streams, 1400
you who let your ox and donkey graze. 1401
The Lord Will Restore Zion
33:1 The destroyer is as good as dead, 1402
you who have not been destroyed!
The deceitful one is as good as dead, 1403
the one whom others have not deceived!
When you are through destroying, you will be destroyed;
when you finish 1404 deceiving, others will deceive you!
Give us strength each morning! 1405
Deliver us when distress comes. 1406
33:3 The nations run away when they hear a loud noise; 1407
the nations scatter when you spring into action! 1408
they swarm over it like locusts! 1411
he fills Zion with justice and fairness.
33:6 He is your constant source of stability; 1415
he abundantly provides safety and great wisdom; 1416
he gives all this to those who fear him. 1417
33:7 Look, ambassadors 1418 cry out in the streets;
messengers sent to make peace 1419 weep bitterly.
33:8 Highways are empty, 1420
there are no travelers. 1421
Treaties are broken, 1422
witnesses are despised, 1423
human life is treated with disrespect. 1424
the forest of Lebanon shrivels up 1427 and decays.
33:10 “Now I will rise up,” says the
“Now I will exalt myself;
now I will magnify myself. 1432
33:11 You conceive straw, 1433
you give birth to chaff;
your breath is a fire that destroys you. 1434
33:12 The nations will be burned to ashes; 1435
like thorn bushes that have been cut down, they will be set on fire.
33:13 You who are far away, listen to what I have done!
You who are close by, recognize my strength!”
33:14 Sinners are afraid in Zion;
They say, 1438 ‘Who among us can coexist with destructive fire?
Who among us can coexist with unquenchable 1439 fire?’
and speaks honestly;
the one who refuses to profit from oppressive measures
and rejects a bribe; 1442
the one who does not plot violent crimes 1443
and does not seek to harm others 1444 –
33:16 This is the person who will live in a secure place; 1445
he will find safety in the rocky, mountain strongholds; 1446
he will have food
and a constant supply of water.
33:17 You will see a king in his splendor; 1447
you will see a wide land. 1448
33:18 Your mind will recall the terror you experienced, 1449
and you will ask yourselves, 1450 “Where is the scribe?
Where is the one who weighs the money?
Where is the one who counts the towers?” 1451
33:19 You will no longer see a defiant 1452 people
whose language you do not comprehend, 1453
whose derisive speech you do not understand. 1454
33:20 Look at Zion, the city where we hold religious festivals!
a peaceful settlement,
a tent that stays put; 1457
its stakes will never be pulled up;
none of its ropes will snap in two.
33:21 Instead the
Rivers and wide streams will flow through it; 1459
no war galley will enter; 1460
no large ships will sail through. 1461
33:22 For the
he will deliver us.
33:23 Though at this time your ropes are slack, 1462
the mast is not secured, 1463
and the sail 1464 is not unfurled,
at that time you will divide up a great quantity of loot; 1465
even the lame will drag off plunder. 1466
33:24 No resident of Zion 1467 will say, “I am ill”;
the people who live there will have their sin forgiven.
The Lord Will Judge Edom
34:1 Come near, you nations, and listen!
Pay attention, you people!
The earth and everything it contains must listen,
the world and everything that lives in it. 1468
34:2 For the
and furious with all their armies.
He will annihilate them and slaughter them.
34:3 Their slain will be left unburied, 1469
their corpses will stink; 1470
the hills will soak up their blood. 1471
34:4 All the stars in the sky will fade away, 1472
the sky will roll up like a scroll;
all its stars will wither,
like a leaf withers and falls from a vine
or a fig withers and falls from a tree. 1473
Look, it now descends on Edom, 1476
on the people I will annihilate in judgment.”
it is covered 1477 with fat;
it drips 1478 with the blood of young rams and goats
and is covered 1479 with the fat of rams’ kidneys.
a bloody 1482 slaughter in the land of Edom.
34:7 Wild oxen will be slaughtered 1483 along with them,
as well as strong bulls. 1484
Their land is drenched with blood,
their soil is covered with fat.
34:8 For the
a time when he will repay Edom for her hostility toward Zion. 1486
34:9 Edom’s 1487 streams will be turned into pitch
and her soil into brimstone;
her land will become burning pitch.
34:10 Night and day it will burn; 1488
its smoke will ascend continually.
Generation after generation it will be a wasteland
and no one will ever pass through it again.
all kinds of wild birds 1491 will settle in it.
the measuring line of ruin
34:12 Her nobles will have nothing left to call a kingdom
and all her officials will disappear. 1495
34:13 Her fortresses will be overgrown with thorns;
thickets and weeds will grow 1496 in her fortified cities.
Jackals will settle there;
ostriches will live there. 1497
34:14 Wild animals and wild dogs will congregate there; 1498
wild goats will bleat to one another. 1499
Yes, nocturnal animals 1500 will rest there
and make for themselves a nest. 1501
they will hatch them and protect them. 1504
Yes, hawks 1505 will gather there,
each with its mate.
34:16 Carefully read the scroll of the
Not one of these creatures will be missing, 1507
none will lack a mate. 1508
and his own spirit gathers them. 1510
34:17 He assigns them their allotment; 1511
he measures out their assigned place. 1512
They will live there 1513 permanently;
they will settle in it through successive generations.
The Land and Its People Are Transformed
35:1 Let the desert and dry region be happy; 1514
let the wilderness 1515 rejoice and bloom like a lily!
35:2 Let it richly bloom; 1516
let it rejoice and shout with delight! 1517
It is given the grandeur 1518 of Lebanon,
the splendor of Carmel and Sharon.
They will see the grandeur of the
the splendor of our God.
35:3 Strengthen the hands that have gone limp,
steady the knees that shake! 1519
35:4 Tell those who panic, 1520
“Be strong! Do not fear!
Look, your God comes to avenge!
With divine retribution he comes to deliver you.” 1521
35:5 Then blind eyes will open,
deaf ears will hear.
35:6 Then the lame will leap like a deer,
the mute tongue will shout for joy;
for water will flow 1522 in the desert,
streams in the wilderness. 1523
35:7 The dry soil will become a pool of water,
the parched ground springs of water.
Where jackals once lived and sprawled out,
grass, reeds, and papyrus will grow.
35:8 A thoroughfare will be there –
it will be called the Way of Holiness. 1524
The unclean will not travel on it;
it is reserved for those authorized to use it 1525 –
fools 1526 will not stray into it.
35:9 No lions will be there,
no ferocious wild animals will be on it 1527 –
they will not be found there.
Those delivered from bondage will travel on it,
35:10 those whom the
They will enter Zion with a happy shout.
Unending joy will crown them, 1529
happiness and joy will overwhelm 1530 them;
grief and suffering will disappear. 1531
Sennacherib Invades Judah
36:1 In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah’s reign, 1532 King Sennacherib of Assyria marched up against all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them. 36:2 The king of Assyria sent his chief adviser 1533 from Lachish to King Hezekiah in Jerusalem, 1534 along with a large army. The chief adviser 1535 stood at the conduit of the upper pool which is located on the road to the field where they wash and dry cloth. 1536 36:3 Eliakim son of Hilkiah, the palace supervisor, accompanied by Shebna the scribe and Joah son of Asaph, the secretary, went out to meet him.
36:4 The chief adviser said to them, “Tell Hezekiah: ‘This is what the great king, the king of Assyria, says: “What is your source of confidence? 1537 36:5 Your claim to have a strategy and military strength is just empty talk. 1538 In whom are you trusting, that you would dare to rebel against me? 36:6 Look, you must be trusting in Egypt, that splintered reed staff. If someone leans on it for support, it punctures his hand and wounds him. That is what Pharaoh king of Egypt does to all who trust in him! 36:7 Perhaps you will tell me, ‘We are trusting in the
36:11 Eliakim, Shebna, and Joah said to the chief adviser, “Speak to your servants in Aramaic, 1541 for we understand it. Don’t speak with us in the Judahite dialect 1542 in the hearing of the people who are on the wall.” 36:12 But the chief adviser said, “My master did not send me to speak these words only to your master and to you. 1543 His message is also for the men who sit on the wall, for they will eat their own excrement and drink their own urine along with you!” 1544
36:13 The chief adviser then stood there and called out loudly in the Judahite dialect, 1545 “Listen to the message of the great king, the king of Assyria. 36:14 This is what the king says: ‘Don’t let Hezekiah mislead you, for he is not able to rescue you! 36:15 Don’t let Hezekiah talk you into trusting in the
36:22 Eliakim son of Hilkiah, the palace supervisor, accompanied by Shebna the scribe and Joah son of Asaph, the secretary, went to Hezekiah with their clothes torn in grief 1552 and reported to him what the chief adviser had said. 37:1 When King Hezekiah heard this, 1553 he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth, and went to the
37:5 When King Hezekiah’s servants came to Isaiah, 37:6 Isaiah said to them, “Tell your master this: ‘This is what the
37:8 When the chief adviser heard the king of Assyria had departed from Lachish, he left and went to Libnah, where the king was campaigning. 1565 37:9 The king 1566 heard that King Tirhakah of Ethiopia 1567 was marching out to fight him. 1568 He again sent 1569 messengers to Hezekiah, ordering them: 37:10 “Tell King Hezekiah of Judah this: ‘Don’t let your God in whom you trust mislead you when he says, “Jerusalem will not be handed over to the king of Assyria.” 37:11 Certainly you have heard how the kings of Assyria have annihilated all lands. 1570 Do you really think you will be rescued? 1571 37:12 Were the nations whom my predecessors 1572 destroyed – the nations of Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the people of Eden in Telassar – rescued by their gods? 1573 37:13 Where are the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, and the kings of Lair, 1574 Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivvah?’”
37:14 Hezekiah took the letter 1575 from the messengers and read it. 1576 Then Hezekiah went up to the
37:21 Isaiah son of Amoz sent this message to Hezekiah: “This is what the
“The virgin daughter Zion 1586
despises you – she makes fun of you;
shakes her head after you. 1587
37:23 Whom have you taunted and hurled insults at?
At whom have you shouted
and looked so arrogantly? 1588
At the Holy One of Israel! 1589
37:24 Through your messengers you taunted the sovereign master, 1590
‘With my many chariots I climbed up
the high mountains,
the slopes of Lebanon.
I cut down its tall cedars
and its best evergreens.
I invaded its most remote regions, 1591
its thickest woods.
37:25 I dug wells
and drank water. 1592
With the soles of my feet I dried up
all the rivers of Egypt.’37:26 1593
Certainly you must have heard! 1594
Long ago I worked it out,
in ancient times I planned 1595 it,
and now I am bringing it to pass.
The plan is this:
Fortified cities will crash
into heaps of ruins. 1596
37:27 Their residents are powerless; 1597
they are terrified and ashamed.
They are as short-lived as plants in the field
or green vegetation. 1598
They are as short-lived as grass on the rooftops 1599
when it is scorched by the east wind. 1600
37:28 I know where you live
and everything you do
and how you rage against me. 1601
37:29 Because you rage against me
and the uproar you create has reached my ears, 1602
I will put my hook in your nose, 1603
and my bridle between your lips,
and I will lead you back
the way you came.”37:30 1604
“This will be your reminder that I have spoken the truth: 1605 This year you will eat what grows wild, 1606 and next year 1607 what grows on its own. But the year after that 1608 you will plant seed and harvest crops; you will plant vines and consume their produce. 1609 37:31 Those who remain in Judah will take root in the ground and bear fruit. 1610
37:32 “For a remnant will leave Jerusalem;
survivors will come out of Mount Zion.
The intense devotion of the
37:33 So this is what the
‘He will not enter this city,
nor will he shoot an arrow here. 1612
He will not attack it with his shielded warriors, 1613
nor will he build siege works against it.
37:34 He will go back the way he came –
he will not enter this city,’ says the
37:35 I will shield this city and rescue it for the sake of my reputation and because of my promise to David my servant.”’” 1614
The Lord Hears Hezekiah’s Prayer
38:1 In those days Hezekiah was stricken with a terminal illness. 1624 The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz visited him and told him, “This is what the
Hezekiah’s Song of Thanks
38:9 This is the prayer of King Hezekiah of Judah when he was sick and then recovered from his illness:
38:10 “I thought, 1634
‘In the middle of my life 1635 I must walk through the gates of Sheol,
I am deprived 1636 of the rest of my years.’
38:11 “I thought,
‘I will no longer see the
I will no longer look on humankind with the inhabitants of the world. 1638
like a shepherd’s tent.
I rolled up my life like a weaver rolls cloth; 1641
from the loom he cuts me off. 1642
You turn day into night and end my life. 1643
38:13 I cry out 1644 until morning;
like a lion he shatters all my bones;
you turn day into night and end my life. 1645
38:14 Like a swallow or a thrush I chirp,
I coo 1646 like a dove;
my eyes grow tired from looking up to the sky. 1647
O sovereign master, 1648 I am oppressed;
help me! 1649
38:15 What can I say?
He has decreed and acted. 1650
I will walk slowly all my years because I am overcome with grief. 1651
38:16 O sovereign master, your decrees can give men life;
may years of life be restored to me. 1652
Restore my health 1653 and preserve my life.’
38:17 “Look, the grief I experienced was for my benefit. 1654
For you removed all my sins from your sight. 1657
38:18 Indeed 1658 Sheol does not give you thanks;
death does not 1659 praise you.
Those who descend into the pit do not anticipate your faithfulness.
38:19 The living person, the living person, he gives you thanks,
as I do today.
A father tells his sons about your faithfulness.
and we will celebrate with music 1661
for the rest of our lives in the
Messengers from Babylon Visit Hezekiah
39:1 At that time Merodach-Baladan son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a gift to Hezekiah, for he heard that Hezekiah had been ill and had recovered. 39:2 Hezekiah welcomed 1664 them and showed them his storehouse with its silver, gold, spices, and high-quality olive oil, as well as his whole armory and everything in his treasuries. Hezekiah showed them everything in his palace and in his whole kingdom. 1665 39:3 Isaiah the prophet visited King Hezekiah and asked him, “What did these men say? Where do they come from?” Hezekiah replied, “They come from the distant land of Babylon.” 39:4 Isaiah 1666 asked, “What have they seen in your palace?” Hezekiah replied, “They have seen everything in my palace. I showed them everything in my treasuries.” 39:5 Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Listen to the word of the