Bible: Isaiah 13-39
The Lord Will Judge Babylon
This is a message about Babylon that God revealed to Isaiah son of Amoz: 213:2 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. 613:4 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!
forces for battle.
13:5 They come from a distant land,
from the horizon. 10
It is the
coming to destroy the whole earth. 12
13:6 Wail, for the
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
it is a day of cruelty and savage, raging anger, 19
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. 2313:11 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
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;
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 Chaldeans’ source 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 shepherds will rest their flocks 46 there.
13:21 Wild animals will rest there,
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
“Look how the oppressor has met his end!
Hostility 60 has ceased!
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,
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?”’ 8714:18 88
As for all the kings of the nations,
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,
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
14:22 “I will rise up against them,”
“I will blot out all remembrance of Babylon and destroy all her people, 101
including the offspring she produces,” 102
14:23 “I 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
“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
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
14:29 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
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
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
16:3 “Bring 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!”
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
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
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,”
17:4 “At 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,”
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
“I will wait 200 and watch from my place,
like scorching heat produced by the sunlight, 201
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
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 Lord Will Judge Egypt
19:1 Here is a message about Egypt:
and approaches Egypt.
The idols of Egypt tremble before him;
the Egyptians lose their courage. 213
19:2 “I 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
19:5 The water of the sea will be dried up,
and the river will dry up and be empty. 220
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
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
19:13 The officials of Zoan are fools,
the officials of Memphis 233 are misled;
the rulers 234 of her tribes lead Egypt astray.
they lead Egypt astray in all she does,
so that she is like a drunk sliding around in his own vomit. 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
19:18 At that time five cities 243 in the land of Egypt will speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance to the
19:23 At that time there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria. The Assyrians will visit Egypt, and the Egyptians will visit Assyria. The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together. 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
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,
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 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
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
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. 29522:3 296
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
has planned a day of panic, defeat, and confusion. 303
and cry out to the hill. 306
22:6 The Elamites picked up the quiver,
and came with chariots and horsemen; 307
22:7 Your very best valleys were full of chariots; 311
horsemen confidently took their positions 312 at the gate.
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 –
you did not depend on 322 the one who formed it long ago!
22:12 At that time the sovereign master, the
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
22:15 This is what the sovereign master, the
22:16 ‘What right do you have to be here? What relatives do you have buried here? 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.
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.
22:20 “At 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
22:25 “At that time,” 350 says the
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
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?
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
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
23:16 “Take the harp,
go through the city,
Play it well,
play lots of songs,
so you’ll be noticed!” 386
23:17 At the end of seventy years 387 the
The Lord Will Judge the Earth
24:1 Look, the
and leave it in ruins;
he will mar its surface
and scatter its inhabitants.
24:2 Everyone will suffer – the priest as well as the people, 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.
the world shrivels up and withers;
the prominent people of the earth 400 fade away.
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
24:15 So in the east 423 extol the
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.
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
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,
24:23 The full moon will be covered up, 443
on Mount Zion in Jerusalem 447
in the presence of his assembly, in majestic splendor. 448
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
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.
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
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
and remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth.
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
Let’s rejoice and celebrate his deliverance!”
25:10 For the
Moab will be trampled down where it stands, 472
as a heap of straw is trampled down in 473 a manure pile.
just as a swimmer spreads his hands to swim;
he will bring it down, he will throw it down to the dusty ground. 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!
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
even in Yah, the
26:5 Indeed, 488 the
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
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
We desire your fame and reputation to grow. 493
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
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
for even all we have accomplished, you have done for us. 503
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
you wiped out all memory of them.
26:15 You have made the nation larger, 507 O
you have made the nation larger and revealed your splendor, 508
you have extended all the borders of the land.
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
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. 51126:19 512
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
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
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
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.
27:7 Has the
Has Israel been killed like their enemies? 536
27:8 When you summon her for divorce, you prosecute her; 537
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
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
With the force of a hailstorm or a destructive windstorm, 565
with the might of a driving, torrential rainstorm, 566
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
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
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,
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
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
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,
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
“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
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
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
“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
he sits on his throne, ready to have compassion on you. 711
all who wait for him in faith will be blessed. 712
30:19 For people will live in Zion;
When he hears your cry of despair, he will indeed show you mercy;
when he hears it, he will respond to you. 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
and heals their severe wound. 730
30:27 Look, the name 731 of the
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
and intervene in power, 739
with furious anger and flaming, destructive fire, 740
with a driving rainstorm and hailstones.
30:31 Indeed, the
he will beat them with a club.
30:32 Every blow from his punishing cudgel, 742
with which the
will be accompanied by music from the 744 tambourine and harp,
and he will attack them with his weapons. 745
it has been made deep and wide for the king. 748
The firewood is piled high on it. 749
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
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
31:3 The Egyptians are mere humans, not God;
their horses are made of flesh, not spirit.
the one who helps will stumble
and the one being helped will fall.
Together they will perish. 760
The Lord Will Defend Zion
31:4 Indeed, this is what the
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
to do battle on Mount Zion and on its hill. 763
31:5 Just as birds hover over a nest, 764
He will protect and deliver it;
as he passes over 766 he will rescue it.
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.
their officers will be afraid of the
This is what the
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.
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
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!
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
they swarm over it like locusts! 826
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
the forest of Lebanon shrivels up 842 and decays.
33:10 “Now I will rise up,” says the
“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;
They say, 853 ‘Who among us can coexist with destructive fire?
Who among us can coexist with unquenchable 854 fire?’
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!
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
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
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
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
Look, it now descends on Edom, 891
on the people I will annihilate in judgment.”
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.
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
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.
all kinds of wild birds 906 will settle in it.
the measuring line of ruin
34:12 Her nobles will have nothing left to call a kingdom
and all her officials will disappear. 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
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
Not one of these creatures will be missing, 922
none will lack a mate. 923
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
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
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
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
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
37:5 When King Hezekiah’s servants came to Isaiah, 37:6 Isaiah said to them, “Tell your master this: ‘This is what the
37:8 When the chief adviser heard the king of Assyria had departed from Lachish, he left and went to Libnah, where the king was campaigning. 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
37:21 Isaiah son of Amoz sent this message to Hezekiah: “This is what the
“The virgin daughter Zion 1001
despises you – she makes fun of you;
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
37:32 “For a remnant will leave Jerusalem;
survivors will come out of Mount Zion.
The intense devotion of the
37:33 So this is what the
‘He will not enter this city,
nor will he shoot an arrow here. 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
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
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
Hezekiah’s Song of Thanks
38:9 This is the prayer of King Hezekiah of Judah when he was sick and then recovered from his illness:
38:10 “I thought, 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.’
38:11 “I thought,
‘I will no longer see the
I will no longer look on humankind with the inhabitants of the world. 1053
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.’
38:17 “Look, the grief I experienced was for my benefit. 1069
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.
and we will celebrate with music 1076
for the rest of our lives in the
Messengers from Babylon Visit Hezekiah
39:1 At that time Merodach-Baladan son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a gift to Hezekiah, for he heard that Hezekiah had been ill and had recovered. 39:2 Hezekiah welcomed 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