Bible: Isaiah 13-27


The Lord Will Judge Babylon


This is a message about Babylon that God revealed to Isaiah son of Amoz: 2 

13:2 3 

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; 4 

I have summoned the warriors through whom I will vent my anger, 5 

my boasting, arrogant ones. 6 

13:4 7 

There is a loud noise on the mountains

it sounds like a large army! 8 

There is great commotion among the kingdoms 9 

nations are being assembled!

The Lord who commands armies is mustering

forces for battle.

13:5 They come from a distant land,

from the horizon. 10 

It is the Lord with his instruments of judgment, 11 

coming to destroy the whole earth. 12 

13:6 Wail, for the Lord’s day of judgment 13  is near;

it comes with all the destructive power of the sovereign judge. 14 

13:7 For this reason all hands hang limp, 15 

every human heart loses its courage. 16 

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. 17 

13:9 Look, the Lord’s day of judgment 18  is coming;

it is a day of cruelty and savage, raging anger, 19 

destroying 20  the earth 21 

and annihilating its sinners.

13:10 Indeed the stars in the sky and their constellations

no longer give out their light; 22 

the sun is darkened as soon as it rises,

and the moon does not shine. 23 

13:11 24 

I will punish the world for its evil, 25 

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. 26 

13:12 I will make human beings more scarce than pure gold,

and people more scarce 27  than gold from Ophir.

13:13 So I will shake the heavens, 28 

and the earth will shake loose from its foundation, 29 

because of the fury of the Lord who commands armies,

in the day he vents his raging anger. 30 

13:14 Like a frightened gazelle 31 

or a sheep with no shepherd,

each will turn toward home, 32 

each will run to his homeland.

13:15 Everyone who is caught will be stabbed;

everyone who is seized 33  will die 34  by the sword.

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; 35 

they are not concerned about silver,

nor are they interested in gold. 36 

13:18 Their arrows will cut young men to ribbons; 37 

they have no compassion on a person’s offspring, 38 

they will not 39  look with pity on children.

13:19 Babylon, the most admired 40  of kingdoms,

the Chaldeanssource of honor and pride, 41 

will be destroyed by God

just as Sodom and Gomorrah were. 42 

13:20 No one will live there again;

no one will ever reside there again. 43 

No bedouin 44  will camp 45  there,

no shepherds will rest their flocks 46  there.

13:21 Wild animals will rest there,

the ruined 47  houses will be full of hyenas. 48 

Ostriches will live there,

wild goats will skip among the ruins. 49 

13:22 Wild dogs will yip in her ruined fortresses,

jackals will yelp in the once-splendid palaces. 50 

Her time is almost up, 51 

her days will not be prolonged. 52 

14:1 The Lord will certainly have compassion on Jacob; 53  he will again choose Israel as his special people 54  and restore 55  them to their land. Resident foreigners will join them and unite with the family 56  of Jacob. 14:2 Nations will take them and bring them back to their own place. Then the family of Jacob will make foreigners their servants as they settle in the Lord’s land. 57  They will make their captors captives and rule over the ones who oppressed them. 14:3 When the Lord gives you relief from your suffering and anxiety, 58  and from the hard labor which you were made to perform, 14:4 you will taunt the king of Babylon with these words: 59 

“Look how the oppressor has met his end!

Hostility 60  has ceased!

14:5 The Lord has broken the club of the wicked,

the scepter of rulers.

14:6 It 61  furiously struck down nations

with unceasing blows. 62 

It angrily ruled over nations,

oppressing them without restraint. 63 

14:7 The whole earth rests and is quiet;

they break into song.

14:8 The evergreens also rejoice over your demise, 64 

as do the cedars of Lebanon, singing, 65 

‘Since you fell asleep, 66 

no woodsman comes up to chop us down!’ 67 

14:9 Sheol 68  below is stirred up about you,

ready to meet you when you arrive.

It rouses 69  the spirits of the dead for you,

all the former leaders of the earth; 70 

it makes all the former kings of the nations

rise from their thrones. 71 

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 72  has been brought down to Sheol,

as well as the sound of your stringed instruments. 73 

You lie on a bed of maggots,

with a blanket of worms over you. 74 

14:12 Look how you have fallen from the sky,

O shining one, son of the dawn! 75 

You have been cut down to the ground,

O conqueror 76  of the nations! 77 

14:13 You said to yourself, 78 

“I will climb up to the sky.

Above the stars of El 79 

I will set up my throne.

I will rule on the mountain of assembly

on the remote slopes of Zaphon. 80 

14:14 I will climb up to the tops 81  of the clouds;

I will make myself like the Most High! 82 

14:15 But you were brought down 83  to Sheol,

to the remote slopes of the pit. 84 

14:16 Those who see you stare at you,

they look at you carefully, thinking: 85 

“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 86  cities,

and refused to free his prisoners so they could return home?”’ 87 

14:18 88 

As for all the kings of the nations,

all of them 89  lie down in splendor, 90 

each in his own tomb. 91 

14:19 But you have been thrown out of your grave

like a shoot that is thrown away. 92 

You lie among 93  the slain,

among those who have been slashed by the sword,

among those headed for 94  the stones of the pit, 95 

as if you were a mangled corpse. 96 

14:20 You will not be buried with them, 97 

because you destroyed your land

and killed your people.

The offspring of the wicked

will never be mentioned again.

14:21 Prepare to execute 98  his sons

for the sins their ancestors have committed. 99 

They must not rise up and take possession of the earth,

or fill the surface of the world with cities.” 100 

14:22I will rise up against them,”

says the Lord who commands armies.

I will blot out all remembrance of Babylon and destroy all her people, 101 

including the offspring she produces,” 102 

says the Lord.

14:23I will turn her into a place that is overrun with wild animals 103 

and covered with pools of stagnant water.

I will get rid of her, just as one sweeps away dirt with a broom,” 104 

says the Lord who commands armies.

14:24 105 

The Lord who commands armies makes this solemn vow:

“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 106  in my land,

I will trample them 107  underfoot on my hills.

Their yoke will be removed from my people,

the burden will be lifted from their shoulders. 108 

14:26 This is the plan I have devised for the whole earth;

my hand is ready to strike all the nations.” 109 

14:27 Indeed, 110  the Lord who commands armies has a plan,

and who can possibly frustrate it?

His hand is ready to strike,

and who can possibly stop it? 111 

The Lord Will Judge the Philistines

14:28 In the year King Ahaz died, 112  this message was revealed: 113 

14:29 Don’t be so happy, all you Philistines,

just because the club that beat you has been broken! 114 

For a viper will grow out of the serpent’s root,

and its fruit will be a darting adder. 115 

14:30 The poor will graze in my pastures; 116 

the needy will rest securely.

But I will kill your root by famine;

it will put to death all your survivors. 117 

14:31 Wail, O city gate!

Cry out, O city!

Melt with fear, 118  all you Philistines!

For out of the north comes a cloud of smoke,

and there are no stragglers in its ranks. 119 

14:32 How will they respond to the messengers of this nation? 120 

Indeed, the Lord has made Zion secure;

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, 121 

the people of Dibon went up to the high places to lament. 122 

Because of what happened to Nebo and Medeba, 123  Moab wails.

Every head is shaved bare,

every beard is trimmed off. 124 

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 125  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. 126 

15:5 My heart cries out because of Moab’s plight, 127 

and for the fugitives 128  stretched out 129  as far as Zoar and Eglath Shelishiyah.

For they weep as they make their way up the ascent of Luhith;

they loudly lament their demise on the road to Horonaim. 130 

15:6 For the waters of Nimrim are gone; 131 

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. 132 

15:9 Indeed, the waters of Dimon 133  are full of blood!

Indeed, I will heap even more trouble on Dimon. 134 

A lion will attack 135  the Moabite fugitives

and the people left in the land.

16:1 Send rams as tribute to the ruler of the land, 136 

from Sela in the desert 137 

to the hill of Daughter Zion.

16:2 At the fords of the Arnon 138 

the Moabite women are like a bird

that flies about when forced from its nest. 139 

16:3Bring a plan, make a decision! 140 

Provide some shade in the middle of the day! 141 

Hide the fugitives! Do not betray 142  the one who tries to escape!

16:4 Please let the Moabite fugitives live 143  among you.

Hide them 144  from the destroyer!”

Certainly 145  the one who applies pressure will cease, 146 

the destroyer will come to an end,

those who trample will disappear 147  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. 148 

He will be sure to make just decisions

and will be experienced in executing justice. 149 

16:6 We have heard about Moab’s pride,

their great arrogance,

their boasting, pride, and excess. 150 

But their boastful claims are empty! 151 

16:7 So Moab wails over its demise 152 

they all wail!

Completely devastated, they moan

about what has happened to the raisin cakes of Kir Hareseth. 153 

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 154 

over the vines of Sibmah.

I will saturate you 155  with my tears, Heshbon and Elealeh,

for the conquering invaders shout triumphantly

over your fruit and crops. 156 

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 157 

I have brought the joyful shouts to an end. 158 

16:11 So my heart constantly sighs for Moab, like the strumming of a harp, 159 

my inner being sighs 160  for Kir Hareseth. 161 

16:12 When the Moabites plead with all their might at their high places, 162 

and enter their temples to pray, their prayers will be ineffective! 163 

16:13 This is the message the Lord previously announced about Moab. 16:14 Now the Lord makes this announcement: “Within exactly three years 164  Moab’s splendor will disappear, along with all her many people; there will be just a few, insignificant survivors left.” 165 

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. 166 

They will be used for herds,

which will lie down there in peace. 167 

17:3 Fortified cities will disappear from Ephraim,

and Damascus will lose its kingdom. 168 

The survivors in Syria

will end up like the splendor of the Israelites,”

says the Lord who commands armies.

17:4At that time 169 

Jacob’s splendor will be greatly diminished, 170 

and he will become skin and bones. 171 

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,”

says the Lord God of Israel.

17:7 At that time 172  men will trust in their creator; 173 

they will depend on 174  the Holy One of Israel. 175 

17:8 They will no longer trust in 176  the altars their hands made,

or depend on the Asherah poles and incense altars their fingers made. 177 

17:9 At that time 178  their fortified cities will be

like the abandoned summits of the Amorites, 179 

which they abandoned because of the Israelites;

there will be desolation.

17:10 For you ignore 180  the God who rescues you;

you pay no attention to your strong protector. 181 

So this is what happens:

You cultivate beautiful plants

and plant exotic vines. 182 

17:11 The day you begin cultivating, you do what you can to make it grow; 183 

the morning you begin planting, you do what you can to make it sprout.

Yet the harvest will disappear 184  in the day of disease

and incurable pain.

17:12 The many nations massing together are as good as dead, 185 

those who make a commotion as loud as the roaring of the sea’s waves. 186 

The people making such an uproar are as good as dead, 187 

those who make an uproar as loud as the roaring of powerful waves. 188 

17:13 Though these people make an uproar as loud as the roaring of powerful waves, 189 

when he shouts at 190  them, they will flee to a distant land,

driven before the wind like dead weeds on the hills,

or like dead thistles 191  before a strong gale.

17:14 In the evening there is sudden terror; 192 

by morning they vanish. 193 

This is the fate of those who try to plunder us,

the destiny of those who try to loot us! 194 

The Lord Will Judge a Distant Land in the South

18:1 The land of buzzing wings is as good as dead, 195 

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, 196 

to a people that are feared far and wide, 197 

to a nation strong and victorious, 198 

whose land rivers divide. 199 

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 Lord has told me:

“I will wait 200  and watch from my place,

like scorching heat produced by the sunlight, 201 

like a cloud of mist 202  in the heat 203  of harvest.” 204 

18:5 For before the harvest, when the bud has sprouted,

and the ripening fruit appears, 205 

he will cut off the unproductive shoots 206  with pruning knives;

he will prune the tendrils. 207 

18:6 They will all be left 208  for the birds of the hills

and the wild animals; 209 

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 Lord who commands armies,

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. 210 

The tribute 211  will be brought to the place where the Lord who commands armies has chosen to reside, on Mount Zion. 212 

The Lord Will Judge Egypt

19:1 Here is a message about Egypt:

Look, the Lord rides on a swift-moving cloud

and approaches Egypt.

The idols of Egypt tremble before him;

the Egyptians lose their courage. 213 

19:2I will provoke civil strife in Egypt, 214 

brothers will fight with each other,

as will neighbors,

cities, and kingdoms. 215 

19:3 The Egyptians will panic, 216 

and I will confuse their strategy. 217 

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. 218 

19:4 I will hand Egypt over to a harsh master;

a powerful king will rule over them,”

says the sovereign master, 219  the Lord who commands armies.

19:5 The water of the sea will be dried up,

and the river will dry up and be empty. 220 

19:6 The canals 221  will stink; 222 

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. 223 

All the cultivated land near the river

will turn to dust and be blown away. 224 

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. 225 

19:9 Those who make clothes from combed flax will be embarrassed;

those who weave will turn pale. 226 

19:10 Those who make cloth 227  will be demoralized; 228 

all the hired workers will be depressed. 229 

19:11 The officials of Zoan are nothing but fools; 230 

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? 231 

19:12 But where, oh where, are your wise men? 232 

Let them tell you, let them find out

what the Lord who commands armies has planned for Egypt.

19:13 The officials of Zoan are fools,

the officials of Memphis 233  are misled;

the rulers 234  of her tribes lead Egypt astray.

19:14 The Lord has made them undiscerning; 235 

they lead Egypt astray in all she does,

so that she is like a drunk sliding around in his own vomit. 236 

19:15 Egypt will not be able to do a thing,

head or tail, shoots and stalk. 237 

19:16 At that time 238  the Egyptians 239  will be like women. 240  They will tremble and fear because the Lord who commands armies brandishes his fist against them. 241  19:17 The land of Judah will humiliate Egypt. Everyone who hears about Judah will be afraid because of what the Lord who commands armies is planning to do to them. 242 

19:18 At that time five cities 243  in the land of Egypt will speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance to the Lord who commands armies. One will be called the City of the Sun. 244  19:19 At that time there will be an altar for the Lord in the middle of the land of Egypt, as well as a sacred pillar 245  dedicated to the Lord at its border. 19:20 It 246  will become a visual reminder in the land of Egypt of 247  the Lord who commands armies. When they cry out to the Lord because of oppressors, he will send them a deliverer and defender 248  who will rescue them. 19:21 The Lord will reveal himself to the Egyptians, and they 249  will acknowledge the Lord’s authority 250  at that time. 251  They will present sacrifices and offerings; they will make vows to the Lord and fulfill them. 19:22 The Lord will strike Egypt, striking and then healing them. They will turn to the Lord and he will listen to their prayers 252  and heal them.

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. 253  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 254  in the earth. 255  19:25 The Lord who commands armies will pronounce a blessing over the earth, saying, 256 Blessed be my people, Egypt, and the work of my hands, Assyria, and my special possession, 257  Israel!

20:1 The Lord revealed the following message during the year in which King Sargon of Assyria sent his commanding general to Ashdod, and he fought against it and captured it. 258  20:2 At that time the Lord announced through 259  Isaiah son of Amoz: “Go, remove the sackcloth from your waist and take your sandals off your feet.” He did as instructed and walked around in undergarments 260  and barefoot. 20:3 Later the Lord explained, “In the same way that my servant Isaiah has walked around in undergarments and barefoot for the past three years, as an object lesson and omen pertaining to Egypt and Cush, 20:4 so the king of Assyria will lead away the captives of Egypt and the exiles of Cush, both young and old. They will be in undergarments and barefoot, with the buttocks exposed; the Egyptians will be publicly humiliated. 261  20:5 Those who put their hope in Cush and took pride in Egypt will be afraid and embarrassed. 262  20:6 At that time 263  those who live on this coast 264  will say, ‘Look what has happened to our source of hope to whom we fled for help, expecting to be rescued from the king of Assyria! How can we escape now?’

The Lord Will Judge Babylon

21:1 Here is a message about the Desert by the Sea: 265 

Like strong winds blowing in the south, 266 

one invades from the desert,

from a land that is feared.

21:2 I have received a distressing message: 267 

“The deceiver deceives,

the destroyer destroys.

Attack, you Elamites!

Lay siege, you Medes!

I will put an end to all the groaning! 268 

21:3 For this reason my stomach churns; 269 

cramps overwhelm me

like the contractions of a woman in labor.

I am disturbed 270  by what I hear,

horrified by what I see.

21:4 My heart palpitates, 271 

I shake in fear; 272 

the twilight I desired

has brought me terror.

21:5 Arrange the table,

lay out 273  the carpet,

eat and drink! 274 

Get up, you officers,

smear oil on the shields! 275 

21:6 For this is what the sovereign master 276  has told me:

“Go, post a guard!

He must report what he sees.

21:7 When he sees chariots,

teams of horses, 277 

riders on donkeys,

riders on camels,

he must be alert,

very alert.”

21:8 Then the guard 278  cries out:

“On the watchtower, O sovereign master, 279 

I stand all day long;

at my post

I am stationed every night.

21:9 Look what’s coming!

A charioteer,

a team of horses.” 280 

When questioned, he replies, 281 

“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, 282 

what I have heard

from the Lord who commands armies,

the God of Israel,

I have reported to you.

Bad News for Seir

21:11 Here is a message about Dumah: 283 

Someone calls to me from Seir, 284 

“Watchman, what is left of the night?

Watchman, what is left of the night? 285 

21:12 The watchman replies,

Morning is coming, but then night. 286 

If you want to ask, ask;

come back again.” 287 

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 288  has told me: “Within exactly one year 289  all the splendor of Kedar will come to an end. 21:17 Just a handful of archers, the warriors of Kedar, will be left.” 290  Indeed, 291  the Lord God of Israel has spoken.

The Lord Will Judge Jerusalem

22:1 Here is a message about the Valley of Vision: 292 

What is the reason 293 

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. 294 

Your slain were not cut down by the sword;

they did not die in battle. 295 

22:3 296 

All your leaders ran away together

they fled to a distant place;

all your refugees 297  were captured together

they were captured without a single arrow being shot. 298 

22:4 So I say:

“Don’t look at me! 299 

I am weeping bitterly.

Don’t try 300  to console me

concerning the destruction of my defenseless people.” 301 

22:5 For the sovereign master, 302  the Lord who commands armies,

has planned a day of panic, defeat, and confusion. 303 

In the Valley of Vision 304  people shout 305 

and cry out to the hill. 306 

22:6 The Elamites picked up the quiver,

and came with chariots and horsemen; 307 

the men of Kir 308  prepared 309  the shield. 310 

22:7 Your very best valleys were full of chariots; 311 

horsemen confidently took their positions 312  at the gate.

22:8 They 313  removed the defenses 314  of Judah.

At that time 315  you looked

for the weapons in the House of the Forest. 316 

22:9 You saw the many breaks

in the walls of the city of David; 317 

you stored up water in the lower pool.

22:10 You counted the houses in Jerusalem, 318 

and demolished houses so you could have material to reinforce the wall. 319 

22:11 You made a reservoir between the two walls

for the water of the old pool

but you did not trust in 320  the one who made it; 321 

you did not depend on 322  the one who formed it long ago!

22:12 At that time the sovereign master, the Lord who commands armies, called for weeping and mourning,

for shaved heads and sackcloth. 323 

22:13 But look, there is outright celebration! 324 

You say, “Kill the ox and slaughter the sheep,

eat meat and drink wine.

Eat and drink, for tomorrow we die! 325 

22:14 The Lord who commands armies told me this: 326  “Certainly this sin will not be forgiven as long as you live,” 327  says the sovereign master, the Lord who commands armies.

22:15 This is what the sovereign master, the Lord who commands armies, says:

“Go visit this administrator, Shebna, who supervises the palace, 328  and tell him: 329 

22:16What right do you have to be here? What relatives do you have buried here? 330 

Why 331  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.

22:17 Look, the Lord will throw you far away, 332  you mere man! 333 

He will wrap you up tightly. 334 

22:18 He will wind you up tightly into a ball

and throw you into a wide, open land. 335 

There you will die,

and there with you will be your impressive chariots, 336 

which bring disgrace to the house of your master. 337 

22:19 I will remove you from 338  your office;

you will be thrown down 339  from your position.

22:20At that time 340  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. 341  He will become a protector of 342  the residents of Jerusalem and of the people 343  of Judah. 22:22 I will place the key 344  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; 345  he will bring honor and respect to his father’s family. 346  22:24 His father’s family will gain increasing prominence because of him, 347  including the offspring and the offshoots. 348  All the small containers, including the bowls and all the jars will hang from this peg.’ 349 

22:25At that time,” 350  says the Lord who commands armies, “the peg fastened into a solid place will come loose. It will be cut off and fall, and the load hanging on it will be cut off.” 351  Indeed, 352  the Lord has spoken.

The Lord Will Judge Tyre

23:1 Here is a message about Tyre:

Wail, you large ships, 353 

for the port is too devastated to enter! 354 

From the land of Cyprus 355  this news is announced to them.

23:2 Lament, 356  you residents of the coast,

you merchants of Sidon 357  who travel over the sea,

whose agents sail over 23:3 the deep waters! 358 

Grain from the Shihor region, 359 

crops grown near the Nile 360  she receives; 361 

she is the trade center 362  of the nations.

23:4 Be ashamed, O Sidon,

for the sea 363  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.” 364 

23:5 When the news reaches Egypt,

they will be shaken by what has happened to Tyre. 365 

23:6 Travel to Tarshish!

Wail, you residents of the coast!

23:7 Is this really your boisterous city 366 

whose origins are in the distant past, 367 

and whose feet led her to a distant land to reside?

23:8 Who planned this for royal Tyre, 368 

whose merchants are princes,

whose traders are the dignitaries 369  of the earth?

23:9 The Lord who commands armies planned it

to dishonor the pride that comes from all her beauty, 370 

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. 371 

23:11 The Lord stretched out his hand over the sea, 372 

he shook kingdoms;

he 373  gave the order

to destroy Canaan’s fortresses. 374 

23:12 He said,

You will no longer celebrate,

oppressed 375  virgin daughter Sidon!

Get up, travel to Cyprus,

but you will find no relief there.” 376 

23:13 Look at the land of the Chaldeans,

these people who have lost their identity! 377 

The Assyrians have made it a home for wild animals.

They erected their siege towers, 378 

demolished 379  its fortresses,

and turned it into a heap of ruins. 380 

23:14 Wail, you large ships, 381 

for your fortress is destroyed!

23:15 At that time 382  Tyre will be forgotten for seventy years, 383  the typical life span of a king. 384  At the end of seventy years Tyre will try to attract attention again, like the prostitute in the popular song: 385 

23:16Take the harp,

go through the city,

forgotten prostitute!

Play it well,

play lots of songs,

so you’ll be noticed! 386 

23:17 At the end of seventy years 387  the Lord will revive 388  Tyre. She will start making money again by selling her services to all the earth’s kingdoms. 389  23:18 Her profits and earnings will be set apart for the Lord. They will not be stored up or accumulated, for her profits will be given to those who live in the Lord’s presence and will be used to purchase large quantities of food and beautiful clothes. 390 

The Lord Will Judge the Earth

24:1 Look, the Lord is ready to devastate the earth

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, 391 

the master as well as the servant, 392 

the elegant lady as well as the female attendant, 393 

the seller as well as the buyer, 394 

the borrower as well as the lender, 395 

the creditor as well as the debtor. 396 

24:3 The earth will be completely devastated

and thoroughly ransacked.

For the Lord has decreed this judgment. 397 

24:4 The earth 398  dries up 399  and withers,

the world shrivels up and withers;

the prominent people of the earth 400  fade away.

24:5 The earth is defiled by 401  its inhabitants, 402 

for they have violated laws,

disregarded the regulation, 403 

and broken the permanent treaty. 404 

24:6 So a treaty curse 405  devours the earth;

its inhabitants pay for their guilt. 406 

This is why the inhabitants of the earth disappear, 407 

and are reduced to just a handful of people. 408 

24:7 The new wine dries up,

the vines shrivel up,

all those who like to celebrate 409  groan.

24:8 The happy sound 410  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; 411 

the beer tastes bitter to those who drink it.

24:10 The ruined town 412  is shattered;

all of the houses are shut up tight. 413 

24:11 They howl in the streets because of what happened to the wine; 414 

all joy turns to sorrow; 415 

celebrations disappear from the earth. 416 

24:12 The city is left in ruins; 417 

the gate is reduced to rubble. 418 

24:13 This is what will happen throughout 419  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. 420 

24:14 They 421  lift their voices and shout joyfully;

they praise 422  the majesty of the Lord in the west.

24:15 So in the east 423  extol the Lord,

along the seacoasts extol 424  the fame 425  of the Lord God of Israel.

24:16 From the ends of the earth we 426  hear songs

the Just One is majestic. 427 

But I 428  say, “I’m wasting away! I’m wasting away! I’m doomed!

Deceivers deceive, deceivers thoroughly deceive!” 429 

24:17 Terror, pit, and snare

are ready to overtake you inhabitants of the earth! 430 

24:18 The one who runs away from the sound of the terror

will fall into the pit; 431 

the one who climbs out of the pit,

will be trapped by the snare.

For the floodgates of the heavens 432  are opened up 433 

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. 434 

24:20 The earth will stagger around 435  like a drunk;

it will sway back and forth like a hut in a windstorm. 436 

Its sin will weigh it down,

and it will fall and never get up again.

The Lord Will Become King

24:21 At that time 437  the Lord will punish 438 

the heavenly forces in the heavens 439 

and the earthly kings on the earth.

24:22 They will be imprisoned in a pit, 440 

locked up in a prison,

and after staying there for a long time, 441  they will be punished. 442 

24:23 The full moon will be covered up, 443 

the bright sun 444  will be darkened; 445 

for the Lord who commands armies will rule 446 

on Mount Zion in Jerusalem 447 

in the presence of his assembly, in majestic splendor. 448 

25:1 O Lord, you are my God! 449 

I will exalt you in praise, I will extol your fame. 450 

For you have done extraordinary things,

and executed plans made long ago exactly as you decreed. 451 

25:2 Indeed, 452  you have made the city 453  into a heap of rubble,

the fortified town into a heap of ruins;

the fortress of foreigners 454  is no longer a city,

it will never be rebuilt.

25:3 So a strong nation will extol you;

the towns of 455  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.

Though the breath of tyrants 456  is like a winter rainstorm, 457 

25:5 like heat 458  in a dry land,

you humble the boasting foreigners. 459 

Just as the shadow of a cloud causes the heat to subside, 460 

so he causes the song of tyrants to cease. 461 

25:6 The Lord who commands armies will hold a banquet for all the nations on this mountain. 462 

At this banquet there will be plenty of meat and aged wine

tender meat and choicest wine. 463 

25:7 On this mountain he will swallow up

the shroud that is over all the peoples, 464 

the woven covering that is over all the nations; 465 

25:8 he will swallow up death permanently. 466 

The sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from every face,

and remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth.

Indeed, the Lord has announced it! 467 

25:9 At that time they will say, 468 

“Look, here 469  is our God!

We waited for him and he delivered us.

Here 470  is the Lord! We waited for him.

Let’s rejoice and celebrate his deliverance!

25:10 For the Lord’s power will make this mountain secure. 471 

Moab will be trampled down where it stands, 472 

as a heap of straw is trampled down in 473  a manure pile.

25:11 Moab 474  will spread out its hands in the middle of it, 475 

just as a swimmer spreads his hands to swim;

the Lord 476  will bring down Moab’s 477  pride as it spreads its hands. 478 

25:12 The fortified city (along with the very tops of your 479  walls) 480  he will knock down,

he will bring it down, he will throw it down to the dusty ground. 481 

Judah Will Celebrate

26:1 At that time 482  this song will be sung in the land of Judah:

“We have a strong city!

The Lord’s 483  deliverance, like walls and a rampart, makes it secure. 484 

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. 485 

26:4 Trust in the Lord from this time forward, 486 

even in Yah, the Lord, an enduring protector! 487 

26:5 Indeed, 488  the Lord knocks down those who live in a high place,

he brings down an elevated town;

he brings it down to the ground, 489 

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.”


God’s People Anticipate Vindication


The way of the righteous is level,

the path of the righteous that you make is straight. 491 

26:8 Yes, as your judgments unfold, 492 

O Lord, we wait for you.

We desire your fame and reputation to grow. 493 

26:9 I 494  look for 495  you during the night,

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. 496 

26:10 If the wicked are shown mercy,

they do not learn about justice. 497 

Even in a land where right is rewarded, they act unjustly; 498 

they do not see the Lord’s majesty revealed.

26:11 O Lord, you are ready to act, 499 

but they don’t even notice.

They will see and be put to shame by your angry judgment against humankind, 500 

yes, fire will consume your enemies. 501 

26:12 O Lord, you make us secure, 502 

for even all we have accomplished, you have done for us. 503 

26:13 O Lord, our God,

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. 504 

That is because 505  you came in judgment 506  and destroyed them,

you wiped out all memory of them.

26:15 You have made the nation larger, 507  O Lord,

you have made the nation larger and revealed your splendor, 508 

you have extended all the borders of the land.

26:16 O Lord, in distress they looked for you;

they uttered incantations because of your discipline. 509 

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 Lord.

26:18 We were pregnant, we strained,

we gave birth, as it were, to wind. 510 

We cannot produce deliverance on the earth;

people to populate the world are not born. 511 

26:19 512 

Your dead will come back to life;

your corpses will rise up.

Wake up and shout joyfully, you who live in the ground! 513 

For you will grow like plants drenched with the morning dew, 514 

and the earth will bring forth its dead spirits. 515 

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! 516 

26:21 For look, the Lord is coming out of the place where he lives, 517 

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. 518 

27:1 At that time 519  the Lord will punish

with his destructive, 520  great, and powerful sword

Leviathan the fast-moving 521  serpent,

Leviathan the squirming serpent;

he will kill the sea monster. 522 

27:2 When that time comes, 523 

sing about a delightful vineyard! 524 

27:3 I, the Lord, protect it; 525 

I water it regularly. 526 

I guard it night and day,

so no one can harm it. 527 

27:4 I am not angry.

I wish I could confront some thorns and briers!

Then I would march against them 528  for battle;

I would set them 529  all on fire,

27:5 unless they became my subjects 530 

and made peace with me;

let them make peace with me. 531 

27:6 The time is coming when Jacob will take root; 532 

Israel will blossom and grow branches.

The produce 533  will fill the surface of the world. 534 

27:7 Has the Lord struck down Israel like he did their oppressors? 535 

Has Israel been killed like their enemies? 536 

27:8 When you summon her for divorce, you prosecute her; 537 

he drives her away 538  with his strong wind in the day of the east wind. 539 

27:9 So in this way Jacob’s sin will be forgiven, 540 

and this is how they will show they are finished sinning: 541 

They will make all the stones of the altars 542 

like crushed limestone,

and the Asherah poles and the incense altars will no longer stand. 543 

27:10 For the fortified city 544  is left alone;

it is a deserted settlement

and abandoned like the desert.

Calves 545  graze there;

they lie down there

and eat its branches bare. 546 

27:11 When its branches get brittle, 547  they break;

women come and use them for kindling. 548 

For these people lack understanding, 549 

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 550  the Lord will shake the tree, 551  from the Euphrates River 552  to the Stream of Egypt. Then you will be gathered up one by one, O Israelites. 553  27:13 At that time 554  a large 555  trumpet will be blown, and the ones lost 556  in the land of Assyria will come, as well as the refugees in 557  the land of Egypt. They will worship the Lord on the holy mountain in Jerusalem. 558 

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