Bible: Isaiah 24-27
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, 1
the master as well as the servant, 2
the elegant lady as well as the female attendant, 3
the seller as well as the buyer, 4
the borrower as well as the lender, 5
the creditor as well as the debtor. 6
24:3 The earth will be completely devastated
and thoroughly ransacked.
the world shrivels up and withers;
the prominent people of the earth 10 fade away.
for they have violated laws,
disregarded the regulation, 13
and broken the permanent treaty. 14
24:6 So a treaty curse 15 devours the earth;
its inhabitants pay for their guilt. 16
This is why the inhabitants of the earth disappear, 17
and are reduced to just a handful of people. 18
24:7 The new wine dries up,
the vines shrivel up,
all those who like to celebrate 19 groan.
24:8 The happy sound 20 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; 21
the beer tastes bitter to those who drink it.
24:10 The ruined town 22 is shattered;
all of the houses are shut up tight. 23
24:11 They howl in the streets because of what happened to the wine; 24
all joy turns to sorrow; 25
celebrations disappear from the earth. 26
24:12 The city is left in ruins; 27
the gate is reduced to rubble. 28
24:13 This is what will happen throughout 29 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. 30
24:14 They 31 lift their voices and shout joyfully;
they praise 32 the majesty of the
24:15 So in the east 33 extol the
24:16 From the ends of the earth we 36 hear songs –
the Just One is majestic. 37
But I 38 say, “I’m wasting away! I’m wasting away! I’m doomed!
Deceivers deceive, deceivers thoroughly deceive!” 39
24:17 Terror, pit, and snare
are ready to overtake you inhabitants of the earth! 40
24:18 The one who runs away from the sound of the terror
will fall into the pit; 41
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. 44
24:20 The earth will stagger around 45 like a drunk;
it will sway back and forth like a hut in a windstorm. 46
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 49
and the earthly kings on the earth.
24:22 They will be imprisoned in a pit, 50
locked up in a prison,
24:23 The full moon will be covered up, 53
on Mount Zion in Jerusalem 57
in the presence of his assembly, in majestic splendor. 58
I will exalt you in praise, I will extol your fame. 60
For you have done extraordinary things,
and executed plans made long ago exactly as you decreed. 61
the fortified town into a heap of ruins;
the fortress of foreigners 64 is no longer a city,
it will never be rebuilt.
25:3 So a strong nation will extol you;
the towns of 65 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 68 in a dry land,
you humble the boasting foreigners. 69
Just as the shadow of a cloud causes the heat to subside, 70
so he causes the song of tyrants to cease. 71
At this banquet there will be plenty of meat and aged wine –
tender meat and choicest wine. 73
25:7 On this mountain he will swallow up
the shroud that is over all the peoples, 74
the woven covering that is over all the nations; 75
25:8 he will swallow up death permanently. 76
and remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth.
25:9 At that time they will say, 78
“Look, here 79 is our God!
We waited for him and he delivered us.
Here 80 is the
Let’s rejoice and celebrate his deliverance!”
25:10 For the
Moab will be trampled down where it stands, 82
as a heap of straw is trampled down in 83 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. 91
Judah Will Celebrate
26:1 At that time 92 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. 95
26:4 Trust in the
even in Yah, the
26:5 Indeed, 98 the
he brings down an elevated town;
he brings it down to the ground, 99
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. 101
26:8 Yes, as your judgments unfold, 102
We desire your fame and reputation to grow. 103
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. 106
26:10 If the wicked are shown mercy,
they do not learn about justice. 107
Even in a land where right is rewarded, they act unjustly; 108
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, 110
yes, fire will consume your enemies. 111
for even all we have accomplished, you have done for us. 113
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. 114
you wiped out all memory of them.
26:15 You have made the nation larger, 117 O
you have made the nation larger and revealed your splendor, 118
you have extended all the borders of the land.
they uttered incantations because of your discipline. 119
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. 120
We cannot produce deliverance on the earth;
people to populate the world are not born. 12126:19 122
Your dead will come back to life;
your corpses will rise up.
Wake up and shout joyfully, you who live in the ground! 123
For you will grow like plants drenched with the morning dew, 124
and the earth will bring forth its dead spirits. 125
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! 126
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. 128
27:1 At that time 129 the
with his destructive, 130 great, and powerful sword
Leviathan the fast-moving 131 serpent,
Leviathan the squirming serpent;
he will kill the sea monster. 132
27:2 When that time comes, 133
sing about a delightful vineyard! 134
27:3 I, the
I water it regularly. 136
I guard it night and day,
so no one can harm it. 137
27:4 I am not angry.
I wish I could confront some thorns and briers!
Then I would march against them 138 for battle;
I would set them 139 all on fire,
27:5 unless they became my subjects 140
and made peace with me;
let them make peace with me. 141
27:6 The time is coming when Jacob will take root; 142
Israel will blossom and grow branches.
27:7 Has the
Has Israel been killed like their enemies? 146
27:8 When you summon her for divorce, you prosecute her; 147
27:9 So in this way Jacob’s sin will be forgiven, 150
and this is how they will show they are finished sinning: 151
They will make all the stones of the altars 152
like crushed limestone,
and the Asherah poles and the incense altars will no longer stand. 153
27:10 For the fortified city 154 is left alone;
it is a deserted settlement
and abandoned like the desert.
Calves 155 graze there;
they lie down there
and eat its branches bare. 156
27:11 When its branches get brittle, 157 they break;
women come and use them for kindling. 158
For these people lack understanding, 159
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 160 the