Bible: Isaiah 13-39

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The Lord Will Judge Babylon

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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.

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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.”

26:7

God’s People Anticipate Vindication

490 

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 

The Lord Will Judge Samaria

28:1 The splendid crown of Ephraim’s drunkards is doomed, 559 

the withering flower, its beautiful splendor, 560 

situated 561  at the head of a rich valley,

the crown of those overcome with wine. 562 

28:2 Look, the sovereign master 563  sends a strong, powerful one. 564 

With the force of a hailstorm or a destructive windstorm, 565 

with the might of a driving, torrential rainstorm, 566 

he will knock that crown 567  to the ground with his hand. 568 

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. 569 

28:5 At that time 570  the Lord who commands armies will become a beautiful crown

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. 571 

28:7 Even these men 572  stagger because of wine,

they stumble around because of beer

priests and prophets stagger because of beer,

they are confused 573  because of wine,

they stumble around because of beer;

they stagger while seeing prophetic visions, 574 

they totter while making legal decisions. 575 

28:8 Indeed, all the tables are covered with vomit;

no place is untouched. 576 

28:9 Who is the Lord 577  trying to teach?

To whom is he explaining a message? 578 

Those just weaned from milk!

Those just taken from their mother’s breast! 579 

28:10 Indeed, they will hear meaningless gibberish,

senseless babbling,

a syllable here, a syllable there. 580 

28:11 For with mocking lips and a foreign tongue

he will speak to these people. 581 

28:12 In the past he said to them, 582 

“This is where security can be found.

Provide security for the one who is exhausted!

This is where rest can be found.” 583 

But they refused to listen.

28:13 So the Lord’s word to them will sound like

meaningless gibberish,

senseless babbling,

a syllable here, a syllable there. 584 

As a result, they will fall on their backsides when they try to walk, 585 

and be injured, ensnared, and captured. 586 

The Lord Will Judge Jerusalem

28:14 Therefore, listen to the Lord’s word,

you who mock,

you rulers of these people

who reside in Jerusalem! 587 

28:15 For you say,

We have made a treaty with death,

with Sheol 588  we have made an agreement. 589 

When the overwhelming judgment sweeps by 590 

it will not reach us.

For we have made a lie our refuge,

we have hidden ourselves in a deceitful word.” 591 

28:16 Therefore, this is what the sovereign master, the Lord, says:

“Look, I am laying 592  a stone in Zion,

an approved 593  stone,

set in place as a precious cornerstone for the foundation. 594 

The one who maintains his faith will not panic. 595 

28:17 I will make justice the measuring line,

fairness the plumb line;

hail will sweep away the unreliable refuge, 596 

the floodwaters will overwhelm the hiding place.

28:18 Your treaty with death will be dissolved; 597 

your agreement 598  with Sheol will not last. 599 

When the overwhelming judgment sweeps by, 600 

you will be overrun by it. 601 

28:19 Whenever it sweeps by, it will overtake you;

indeed, 602  every morning it will sweep by,

it will come through during the day and the night.” 603 

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. 604 

28:21 For the Lord will rise up, as he did at Mount Perazim, 605 

he will rouse himself, as he did in the Valley of Gibeon, 606 

to accomplish his work,

his peculiar work,

to perform his task,

his strange task. 607 

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 Lord who commands armies, against the entire land. 608 

28:23 Pay attention and listen to my message! 609 

Be attentive and listen to what I have to say! 610 

28:24 Does a farmer just keep on plowing at planting time? 611 

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? 612 

28:26 His God instructs him;

he teaches him the principles of agriculture. 613 

28:27 Certainly 614  caraway seed is not threshed with a sledge,

nor is the wheel of a cart rolled over cumin seed. 615 

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 Lord who commands armies,

who gives supernatural guidance and imparts great wisdom. 616 

Ariel is Besieged

29:1 Ariel is as good as dead 617 

Ariel, the town David besieged! 618 

Keep observing your annual rituals,

celebrate your festivals on schedule. 619 

29:2 I will threaten Ariel,

and she will mourn intensely

and become like an altar hearth 620  before me.

29:3 I will lay siege to you on all sides; 621 

I will besiege you with troops; 622 

I will raise siege works against you.

29:4 You will fall;

while lying on the ground 623  you will speak;

from the dust where you lie, your words will be heard. 624 

Your voice will sound like a spirit speaking from the underworld; 625 

from the dust you will chirp as if muttering an incantation. 626 

29:5 But the horde of invaders will be like fine dust,

the horde of tyrants 627  like chaff that is blown away.

It will happen suddenly, in a flash.

29:6 Judgment will come from the Lord who commands armies, 628 

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. 629 

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. 630 

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! 631 

You are totally blind! 632 

They are drunk, 633  but not because of wine;

they stagger, 634  but not because of beer.

29:10 For the Lord has poured out on you

a strong urge to sleep deeply. 635 

He has shut your eyes (the prophets),

and covered your heads (the seers).

29:11 To you this entire prophetic revelation 636  is like words in a sealed scroll. When they hand it to one who can read 637  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 638  and say, “Read this,” he says, “I can’t read.” 639 

29:13 The sovereign master 640  says,

These people say they are loyal to me; 641 

they say wonderful things about me, 642 

but they are not really loyal to me. 643 

Their worship consists of

nothing but man-made ritual. 644 

29:14 Therefore I will again do an amazing thing for these people

an absolutely extraordinary deed. 645 

Wise men will have nothing to say,

the sages will have no explanations.” 646 

29:15 Those who try to hide their plans from the Lord are as good as dead, 647 

who do their work in secret and boast, 648 

“Who sees us? Who knows what we’re doing? 649 

29:16 Your thinking is perverse! 650 

Should the potter be regarded as clay? 651 

Should the thing made say 652  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 653 

Lebanon will turn into an orchard,

and the orchard will be considered a forest. 654 

29:18 At that time 655  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. 656 

29:19 The downtrodden will again rejoice in the Lord;

the poor among humankind will take delight 657  in the Holy One of Israel. 658 

29:20 For tyrants will disappear,

those who taunt will vanish,

and all those who love to do wrong will be eliminated 659 

29:21 those who bear false testimony against a person, 660 

who entrap the one who arbitrates at the city gate 661 

and deprive the innocent of justice by making false charges. 662 

29:22 So this is what the Lord, the one who delivered Abraham, says to the family of Jacob: 663 

“Jacob will no longer be ashamed;

their faces will no longer show their embarrassment. 664 

29:23 For when they see their children,

whom I will produce among them, 665 

they will honor 666  my name.

They will honor the Holy One of Jacob; 667 

they will respect 668  the God of Israel.

29:24 Those who stray morally will gain understanding; 669 

those who complain will acquire insight. 670 

Egypt Will Prove Unreliable

30:1The rebellious 671  children are as good as dead,” 672  says the Lord,

“those who make plans without consulting me, 673 

who form alliances without consulting my Spirit, 674 

and thereby compound their sin. 675 

30:2 They travel down to Egypt

without seeking my will, 676 

seeking Pharaoh’s protection,

and looking for safety in Egypt’s protective shade. 677 

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 678  officials are in Zoan

and his messengers arrive at Hanes, 679 

30:5 all will be put to shame 680 

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 681  about the animals in the Negev:

Through a land of distress and danger,

inhabited by lionesses and roaring lions, 682 

by snakes and darting adders, 683 

they transport 684  their wealth on the backs of donkeys,

their riches on the humps of camels,

to a nation that cannot help them. 685 

30:7 Egypt is totally incapable of helping. 686 

For this reason I call her

‘Proud one 687  who is silenced.’ 688 

30:8 Now go, write it 689  down on a tablet in their presence, 690 

inscribe it on a scroll,

so that it might be preserved for a future time

as an enduring witness. 691 

30:9 For these are rebellious people

they are lying children,

children unwilling to obey the Lord’s law. 692 

30:10 They 693  say to the visionaries, “See no more visions!”

and to the seers, “Don’t relate messages to us about what is right! 694 

Tell us nice things,

relate deceptive messages. 695 

30:11 Turn aside from the way,

stray off the path. 696 

Remove from our presence the Holy One of Israel.” 697 

30:12 For this reason this is what the Holy One of Israel says:

“You have rejected this message; 698 

you trust instead in your ability to oppress and trick, 699 

and rely on that kind of behavior. 700 

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. 701 

30:14 It shatters in pieces like a clay jar,

so shattered to bits that none of it can be salvaged. 702 

Among its fragments one cannot find a shard large enough 703 

to scoop a hot coal from a fire 704 

or to skim off water from a cistern.” 705 

30:15 For this is what the master, the Lord, the Holy One of Israel says:

“If you repented and patiently waited for me, you would be delivered; 706 

if you calmly trusted in me you would find strength, 707 

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; 708 

at the battle cry of five enemy soldiers you will all run away, 709 

until the remaining few are as isolated 710 

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 Lord is ready to show you mercy;

he sits on his throne, ready to have compassion on you. 711 

Indeed, the Lord is a just God;

all who wait for him in faith will be blessed. 712 

30:19 For people will live in Zion;

in Jerusalem 713  you will weep no more. 714 

When he hears your cry of despair, he will indeed show you mercy;

when he hears it, he will respond to you. 715 

30:20 The sovereign master 716  will give you distress to eat

and suffering to drink; 717 

but your teachers will no longer be hidden;

your eyes will see them. 718 

30:21 You 719  will hear a word spoken behind you, saying,

This is the correct 720  way, walk in it,”

whether you are heading to the right or the left.

30:22 You will desecrate your silver-plated idols 721 

and your gold-plated images. 722 

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. 723 

At that time 724  your cattle will graze in wide pastures.

30:24 The oxen and donkeys used in plowing 725 

will eat seasoned feed winnowed with a shovel and pitchfork. 726 

30:25 On every high mountain

and every high hill

there will be streams flowing with water,

at the time of 727  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, 728 

when the Lord binds up his people’s fractured bones 729 

and heals their severe wound. 730 

30:27 Look, the name 731  of the Lord comes from a distant place

in raging anger and awesome splendor. 732 

He speaks angrily

and his word is like destructive fire. 733 

30:28 His battle cry overwhelms like a flooding river 734 

that reaches one’s neck.

He shakes the nations in a sieve that isolates the chaff; 735 

he puts a bit into the mouth of the nations and leads them to destruction. 736 

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 Lord, the Rock who shelters Israel. 737 

30:30 The Lord will give a mighty shout 738 

and intervene in power, 739 

with furious anger and flaming, destructive fire, 740 

with a driving rainstorm and hailstones.

30:31 Indeed, the Lord’s shout will shatter Assyria; 741 

he will beat them with a club.

30:32 Every blow from his punishing cudgel, 742 

with which the Lord will beat them, 743 

will be accompanied by music from the 744  tambourine and harp,

and he will attack them with his weapons. 745 

30:33 For 746  the burial place is already prepared; 747 

it has been made deep and wide for the king. 748 

The firewood is piled high on it. 749 

The Lord’s breath, like a stream flowing with brimstone,

will ignite it.

Egypt Will Disappoint

31:1 Those who go down to Egypt for help are as good as dead, 750 

those who rely on war horses,

and trust in Egypt’s many chariots 751 

and in their many, many horsemen. 752 

But they do not rely on the Holy One of Israel 753 

and do not seek help from the Lord.

31:2 Yet he too is wise 754  and he will bring disaster;

he does not retract his decree. 755 

He will attack the wicked nation, 756 

and the nation that helps 757  those who commit sin. 758 

31:3 The Egyptians are mere humans, not God;

their horses are made of flesh, not spirit.

The Lord will strike with 759  his hand;

the one who helps will stumble

and the one being helped will fall.

Together they will perish. 760 

The Lord Will Defend Zion

31:4 Indeed, this is what the Lord says to me:

“The Lord will be like a growling lion,

like a young lion growling over its prey. 761 

Though a whole group of shepherds gathers against it,

it is not afraid of their shouts

or intimidated by their yelling. 762 

In this same way the Lord who commands armies will descend

to do battle on Mount Zion and on its hill. 763 

31:5 Just as birds hover over a nest, 764 

so the Lord who commands armies will protect Jerusalem. 765 

He will protect and deliver it;

as he passes over 766  he will rescue it.

31:6 You Israelites! Return to the one against whom you have so blatantly rebelled! 767  31:7 For at that time 768  everyone will get rid of 769  the silver and gold idols your hands sinfully made. 770 

31:8 Assyria will fall by a sword, but not one human-made; 771 

a sword not made by humankind will destroy them. 772 

They will run away from this sword 773 

and their young men will be forced to do hard labor.

31:9 They will surrender their stronghold 774  because of fear; 775 

their officers will be afraid of the Lord’s battle flag.” 776 

This is what the Lord says

the one whose fire is in Zion,

whose firepot is in Jerusalem. 777 

Justice and Wisdom Will Prevail

32:1 Look, a king will promote fairness; 778 

officials will promote justice. 779 

32:2 Each of them 780  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.

32:3 Eyes 781  will no longer be blind 782 

and ears 783  will be attentive.

32:4 The mind that acts rashly will possess discernment 784 

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; 785 

his mind plans out sinful deeds. 786 

He commits godless deeds 787 

and says misleading things about the Lord;

he gives the hungry nothing to satisfy their appetite 788 

and gives the thirsty nothing to drink. 789 

32:7 A deceiver’s methods are evil; 790 

he dreams up evil plans 791 

to ruin the poor with lies,

even when the needy are in the right. 792 

32:8 An honorable man makes honorable plans;

his honorable character gives him security. 793 

The Lord Will Give True Security

32:9 You complacent 794  women,

get up and listen to me!

You carefree 795  daughters,

pay attention to what I say!

32:10 In a year’s time 796 

you carefree ones will shake with fear,

for the grape 797  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! 798 

32:12 Mourn over the field, 799 

over the delightful fields

and the fruitful vine!

32:13 Mourn 800  over the land of my people,

which is overgrown with thorns and briers,

and over all the once-happy houses 801 

in the city filled with revelry. 802 

32:14 For the fortress is neglected;

the once-crowded 803  city is abandoned.

Hill 804  and watchtower

are permanently uninhabited. 805 

Wild donkeys love to go there,

and flocks graze there. 806 

32:15 This desolation will continue until new life is poured out on us from heaven. 807 

Then the desert will become an orchard

and the orchard will be considered a forest. 808 

32:16 Justice will settle down in the desert

and fairness will live in the orchard. 809 

32:17 Fairness will produce peace 810 

and result in lasting security. 811 

32:18 My people will live in peaceful settlements,

in secure homes,

and in safe, quiet places. 812 

32:19 Even if the forest is destroyed 813 

and the city is annihilated, 814 

32:20 you will be blessed,

you who plant seed by all the banks of the streams, 815 

you who let your ox and donkey graze. 816 

The Lord Will Restore Zion

33:1 The destroyer is as good as dead, 817 

you who have not been destroyed!

The deceitful one is as good as dead, 818 

the one whom others have not deceived!

When you are through destroying, you will be destroyed;

when you finish 819  deceiving, others will deceive you!

33:2 Lord, be merciful to us! We wait for you.

Give us strength each morning! 820 

Deliver us when distress comes. 821 

33:3 The nations run away when they hear a loud noise; 822 

the nations scatter when you spring into action! 823 

33:4 Your plunder 824  disappears as if locusts were eating it; 825 

they swarm over it like locusts! 826 

33:5 The Lord is exalted, 827 

indeed, 828  he lives in heaven; 829 

he fills Zion with justice and fairness.

33:6 He is your constant source of stability; 830 

he abundantly provides safety and great wisdom; 831 

he gives all this to those who fear him. 832 

33:7 Look, ambassadors 833  cry out in the streets;

messengers sent to make peace 834  weep bitterly.

33:8 Highways are empty, 835 

there are no travelers. 836 

Treaties are broken, 837 

witnesses are despised, 838 

human life is treated with disrespect. 839 

33:9 The land 840  dries up 841  and withers away;

the forest of Lebanon shrivels up 842  and decays.

Sharon 843  is like the desert; 844 

Bashan and Carmel 845  are parched. 846 

33:10Now I will rise up,” says the Lord.

“Now I will exalt myself;

now I will magnify myself. 847 

33:11 You conceive straw, 848 

you give birth to chaff;

your breath is a fire that destroys you. 849 

33:12 The nations will be burned to ashes; 850 

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;

panic 851  grips the godless. 852 

They say, 853  ‘Who among us can coexist with destructive fire?

Who among us can coexist with unquenchable 854  fire?’

33:15 The one who lives 855  uprightly 856 

and speaks honestly;

the one who refuses to profit from oppressive measures

and rejects a bribe; 857 

the one who does not plot violent crimes 858 

and does not seek to harm others 859 

33:16 This is the person who will live in a secure place; 860 

he will find safety in the rocky, mountain strongholds; 861 

he will have food

and a constant supply of water.

33:17 You will see a king in his splendor; 862 

you will see a wide land. 863 

33:18 Your mind will recall the terror you experienced, 864 

and you will ask yourselves, 865  “Where is the scribe?

Where is the one who weighs the money?

Where is the one who counts the towers? 866 

33:19 You will no longer see a defiant 867  people

whose language you do not comprehend, 868 

whose derisive speech you do not understand. 869 

33:20 Look at Zion, the city where we hold religious festivals!

You 870  will see Jerusalem, 871 

a peaceful settlement,

a tent that stays put; 872 

its stakes will never be pulled up;

none of its ropes will snap in two.

33:21 Instead the Lord will rule there as our mighty king. 873 

Rivers and wide streams will flow through it; 874 

no war galley will enter; 875 

no large ships will sail through. 876 

33:22 For the Lord, our ruler,

the Lord, our commander,

the Lord, our king

he will deliver us.

33:23 Though at this time your ropes are slack, 877 

the mast is not secured, 878 

and the sail 879  is not unfurled,

at that time you will divide up a great quantity of loot; 880 

even the lame will drag off plunder. 881 

33:24 No resident of Zion 882  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. 883 

34:2 For the Lord is angry at all the nations

and furious with all their armies.

He will annihilate them and slaughter them.

34:3 Their slain will be left unburied, 884 

their corpses will stink; 885 

the hills will soak up their blood. 886 

34:4 All the stars in the sky will fade away, 887 

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. 888 

34:5 He says, 889  “Indeed, my sword has slaughtered heavenly powers. 890 

Look, it now descends on Edom, 891 

on the people I will annihilate in judgment.”

34:6 The Lord’s sword is dripping with blood,

it is covered 892  with fat;

it drips 893  with the blood of young rams and goats

and is covered 894  with the fat of rams’ kidneys.

For the Lord is holding a sacrifice 895  in Bozrah, 896 

a bloody 897  slaughter in the land of Edom.

34:7 Wild oxen will be slaughtered 898  along with them,

as well as strong bulls. 899 

Their land is drenched with blood,

their soil is covered with fat.

34:8 For the Lord has planned a day of revenge, 900 

a time when he will repay Edom for her hostility toward Zion. 901 

34:9 Edom’s 902  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; 903 

its smoke will ascend continually.

Generation after generation it will be a wasteland

and no one will ever pass through it again.

34:11 Owls and wild animals 904  will live there, 905 

all kinds of wild birds 906  will settle in it.

The Lord 907  will stretch out over her

the measuring line of ruin

and the plumb line 908  of destruction. 909 

34:12 Her nobles will have nothing left to call a kingdom

and all her officials will disappear. 910 

34:13 Her fortresses will be overgrown with thorns;

thickets and weeds will grow 911  in her fortified cities.

Jackals will settle there;

ostriches will live there. 912 

34:14 Wild animals and wild dogs will congregate there; 913 

wild goats will bleat to one another. 914 

Yes, nocturnal animals 915  will rest there

and make for themselves a nest. 916 

34:15 Owls 917  will make nests and lay eggs 918  there;

they will hatch them and protect them. 919 

Yes, hawks 920  will gather there,

each with its mate.

34:16 Carefully read the scroll of the Lord! 921 

Not one of these creatures will be missing, 922 

none will lack a mate. 923 

For the Lord has issued the decree, 924 

and his own spirit gathers them. 925 

34:17 He assigns them their allotment; 926 

he measures out their assigned place. 927 

They will live there 928  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; 929 

let the wilderness 930  rejoice and bloom like a lily!

35:2 Let it richly bloom; 931 

let it rejoice and shout with delight! 932 

It is given the grandeur 933  of Lebanon,

the splendor of Carmel and Sharon.

They will see the grandeur of the Lord,

the splendor of our God.

35:3 Strengthen the hands that have gone limp,

steady the knees that shake! 934 

35:4 Tell those who panic, 935 

“Be strong! Do not fear!

Look, your God comes to avenge!

With divine retribution he comes to deliver you.” 936 

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 937  in the desert,

streams in the wilderness. 938 

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. 939 

The unclean will not travel on it;

it is reserved for those authorized to use it 940 

fools 941  will not stray into it.

35:9 No lions will be there,

no ferocious wild animals will be on it 942 

they will not be found there.

Those delivered from bondage will travel on it,

35:10 those whom the Lord has ransomed will return that way. 943 

They will enter Zion with a happy shout.

Unending joy will crown them, 944 

happiness and joy will overwhelm 945  them;

grief and suffering will disappear. 946 

Sennacherib Invades Judah

36:1 In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah’s reign, 947  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 948  from Lachish to King Hezekiah in Jerusalem, 949  along with a large army. The chief adviser 950  stood at the conduit of the upper pool which is located on the road to the field where they wash and dry cloth. 951  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? 952  36:5 Your claim to have a strategy and military strength is just empty talk. 953  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 Lord our God.’ But Hezekiah is the one who eliminated his high places and altars and then told the people of Judah and Jerusalem, ‘You must worship at this altar.’ 36:8 Now make a deal with my master the king of Assyria, and I will give you two thousand horses, provided you can find enough riders for them. 36:9 Certainly you will not refuse one of my master’s minor officials and trust in Egypt for chariots and horsemen. 954  36:10 Furthermore it was by the command of the Lord that I marched up against this land to destroy it. The Lord told me, ‘March up against this land and destroy it!’”’ 955 

36:11 Eliakim, Shebna, and Joah said to the chief adviser, “Speak to your servants in Aramaic, 956  for we understand it. Don’t speak with us in the Judahite dialect 957  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. 958  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! 959 

36:13 The chief adviser then stood there and called out loudly in the Judahite dialect, 960 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 Lord by saying, “The Lord will certainly rescue us; this city will not be handed over to the king of Assyria.” 36:16 Don’t listen to Hezekiah!’ For this is what the king of Assyria says, ‘Send me a token of your submission and surrender to me. 961  Then each of you may eat from his own vine and fig tree and drink water from his own cistern, 36:17 until I come and take you to a land just like your own – a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards. 36:18 Hezekiah is misleading you when he says, “The Lord will rescue us.” Has any of the gods of the nations rescued his land from the power of the king of Assyria? 962  36:19 Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim? 963  Indeed, did any gods rescue Samaria 964  from my power? 965  36:20 Who among all the gods of these lands have rescued their lands from my power? So how can the Lord rescue Jerusalem from my power?’ 966  36:21 They were silent and did not respond, for the king had ordered, “Don’t respond to him.”

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 967  and reported to him what the chief adviser had said. 37:1 When King Hezekiah heard this, 968  he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth, and went to the Lord’s temple. 37:2 Eliakim the palace supervisor, Shebna the scribe, and the leading priests, 969  clothed in sackcloth, sent this message to the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz: 37:3 This is what Hezekiah says: 970  ‘This is a day of distress, insults, 971  and humiliation, 972  as when a baby is ready to leave the birth canal, but the mother lacks the strength to push it through. 973  37:4 Perhaps the Lord your God will hear all these things the chief adviser has spoken on behalf of his master, the king of Assyria, who sent him to taunt the living God. 974  When the Lord your God hears, perhaps he will punish him for the things he has said. 975  So pray for this remnant that remains.’ 976 

37:5 When King Hezekiah’s servants came to Isaiah, 37:6 Isaiah said to them, “Tell your master this: ‘This is what the Lord says: “Don’t be afraid because of the things you have heard – these insults the king of Assyria’s servants have hurled against me. 977  37:7 Look, I will take control of his mind; 978  he will receive a report and return to his own land. I will cut him down 979  with a sword in his own land.”’

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. 980  37:9 The king 981  heard that King Tirhakah of Ethiopia 982  was marching out to fight him. 983  He again sent 984  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. 985  Do you really think you will be rescued? 986  37:12 Were the nations whom my predecessors 987  destroyed – the nations of Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the people of Eden in Telassar – rescued by their gods? 988  37:13 Where are the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, and the kings of Lair, 989  Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivvah?’

37:14 Hezekiah took the letter 990  from the messengers and read it. 991  Then Hezekiah went up to the Lord’s temple and spread it out before the Lord. 37:15 Hezekiah prayed before the Lord: 37:16 O Lord who commands armies, O God of Israel, who is enthroned on the cherubim! 992  You alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You made the sky 993  and the earth. 37:17 Pay attention, Lord, and hear! Open your eyes, Lord, and observe! Listen to this entire message Sennacherib sent and how he taunts the living God! 994  37:18 It is true, Lord, that the kings of Assyria have destroyed all the nations 995  and their lands. 37:19 They have burned the gods of the nations, 996  for they are not really gods, but only the product of human hands manufactured from wood and stone. That is why the Assyrians could destroy them. 997  37:20 Now, O Lord our God, rescue us from his power, so all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone are the Lord.” 998 

37:21 Isaiah son of Amoz sent this message to Hezekiah: “This is what the Lord God of Israel says: ‘Because you prayed to me concerning King Sennacherib of Assyria, 999  37:22 this is what the Lord says about him: 1000 

“The virgin daughter Zion 1001 

despises you – she makes fun of you;

daughter Jerusalem

shakes her head after you. 1002 

37:23 Whom have you taunted and hurled insults at?

At whom have you shouted

and looked so arrogantly? 1003 

At the Holy One of Israel! 1004 

37:24 Through your messengers you taunted the sovereign master, 1005 

‘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, 1006 

its thickest woods.

37:25 I dug wells

and drank water. 1007 

With the soles of my feet I dried up

all the rivers of Egypt.’

37:26 1008 

Certainly you must have heard! 1009 

Long ago I worked it out,

in ancient times I planned 1010  it,

and now I am bringing it to pass.

The plan is this:

Fortified cities will crash

into heaps of ruins. 1011 

37:27 Their residents are powerless; 1012 

they are terrified and ashamed.

They are as short-lived as plants in the field

or green vegetation. 1013 

They are as short-lived as grass on the rooftops 1014 

when it is scorched by the east wind. 1015 

37:28 I know where you live

and everything you do

and how you rage against me. 1016 

37:29 Because you rage against me

and the uproar you create has reached my ears, 1017 

I will put my hook in your nose, 1018 

and my bridle between your lips,

and I will lead you back

the way you came.”

37:30 1019 

This will be your reminder that I have spoken the truth: 1020  This year you will eat what grows wild, 1021  and next year 1022  what grows on its own. But the year after that 1023  you will plant seed and harvest crops; you will plant vines and consume their produce. 1024  37:31 Those who remain in Judah will take root in the ground and bear fruit. 1025 

37:32For a remnant will leave Jerusalem;

survivors will come out of Mount Zion.

The intense devotion of the Lord who commands armies 1026  will accomplish this.

37:33 So this is what the Lord says about the king of Assyria:

‘He will not enter this city,

nor will he shoot an arrow here. 1027 

He will not attack it with his shielded warriors, 1028 

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 Lord.

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.”’ 1029 

37:36 The Lord’s messenger 1030  went out and killed 185,000 troops 1031  in the Assyrian camp. When they 1032  got up early the next morning, there were all the corpses! 1033  37:37 So King Sennacherib of Assyria broke camp and went on his way. He went home and stayed in Nineveh. 1034  37:38 One day, 1035  as he was worshiping 1036  in the temple of his god Nisroch, 1037  his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him down with the sword. 1038  They ran away to the land of Ararat; his son Esarhaddon replaced him as king.

The Lord Hears Hezekiah’s Prayer

38:1 In those days Hezekiah was stricken with a terminal illness. 1039  The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz visited him and told him, “This is what the Lord says, ‘Give instructions to your household, for you are about to die; you will not get well.’ 38:2 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, 38:3 Please, Lord. Remember how I have served you 1040  faithfully and with wholehearted devotion, 1041  and how I have carried out your will.” 1042  Then Hezekiah wept bitterly. 1043 

38:4 The Lord told Isaiah, 1044  38:5 Go and tell Hezekiah: ‘This is what the Lord God of your ancestor 1045  David says: “I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Look, I will add fifteen years to your life, 38:6 and rescue you and this city from the king of Assyria. I will shield this city.”’ 38:7 Isaiah replied, 1046  “This is your sign from the Lord confirming that the Lord will do what he has said: 38:8 Look, I will make the shadow go back ten steps on the stairs of Ahaz.” 1047  And then the shadow went back ten steps. 1048 

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:

38:10I thought, 1049 

‘In the middle of my life 1050  I must walk through the gates of Sheol,

I am deprived 1051  of the rest of my years.’

38:11I thought,

I will no longer see the Lord 1052  in the land of the living,

I will no longer look on humankind with the inhabitants of the world. 1053 

38:12 My dwelling place 1054  is removed and taken away 1055  from me

like a shepherd’s tent.

I rolled up my life like a weaver rolls cloth; 1056 

from the loom he cuts me off. 1057 

You turn day into night and end my life. 1058 

38:13 I cry out 1059  until morning;

like a lion he shatters all my bones;

you turn day into night and end my life. 1060 

38:14 Like a swallow or a thrush I chirp,

I coo 1061  like a dove;

my eyes grow tired from looking up to the sky. 1062 

O sovereign master, 1063  I am oppressed;

help me! 1064 

38:15 What can I say?

He has decreed and acted. 1065 

I will walk slowly all my years because I am overcome with grief. 1066 

38:16 O sovereign master, your decrees can give men life;

may years of life be restored to me. 1067 

Restore my health 1068  and preserve my life.’

38:17Look, the grief I experienced was for my benefit. 1069 

You delivered me 1070  from the pit of oblivion. 1071 

For you removed all my sins from your sight. 1072 

38:18 Indeed 1073  Sheol does not give you thanks;

death does not 1074  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.

38:20 The Lord is about to deliver me, 1075 

and we will celebrate with music 1076 

for the rest of our lives in the Lord’s temple.” 1077 

38:21 1078  Isaiah ordered, “Let them take a fig cake and apply it to the ulcerated sore and he will get well.” 38:22 Hezekiah said, “What is the confirming sign that I will go up to the Lord’s temple?

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 1079  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. 1080  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 1081  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 Lord who commands armies: 39:6 Look, a time is coming when everything in your palace and the things your ancestors 1082  have accumulated to this day will be carried away to Babylon; nothing will be left,’ says the Lord. 39:7 Some of your very own descendants whom you father 1083  will be taken away and will be made eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.’ 39:8 Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The Lord’s word which you have announced is appropriate.” 1084  Then he thought, 1085 For 1086  there will be peace and stability during my lifetime.”

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