Bible: Isaiah 33
The Lord Will Restore Zion
33:1 The destroyer is as good as dead, 1
you who have not been destroyed!
The deceitful one is as good as dead, 2
the one whom others have not deceived!
When you are through destroying, you will be destroyed;
when you finish 3 deceiving, others will deceive you!
Give us strength each morning! 4
Deliver us when distress comes. 5
33:3 The nations run away when they hear a loud noise; 6
the nations scatter when you spring into action! 7
they swarm over it like locusts! 10
he fills Zion with justice and fairness.
33:6 He is your constant source of stability; 14
he abundantly provides safety and great wisdom; 15
he gives all this to those who fear him. 16
33:7 Look, ambassadors 17 cry out in the streets;
messengers sent to make peace 18 weep bitterly.
33:8 Highways are empty, 19
there are no travelers. 20
Treaties are broken, 21
witnesses are despised, 22
human life is treated with disrespect. 23
the forest of Lebanon shrivels up 26 and decays.
33:10 “Now I will rise up,” says the
“Now I will exalt myself;
now I will magnify myself. 31
33:11 You conceive straw, 32
you give birth to chaff;
your breath is a fire that destroys you. 33
33:12 The nations will be burned to ashes; 34
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, 37 ‘Who among us can coexist with destructive fire?
Who among us can coexist with unquenchable 38 fire?’
and speaks honestly;
the one who refuses to profit from oppressive measures
and rejects a bribe; 41
the one who does not plot violent crimes 42
and does not seek to harm others 43 –
33:16 This is the person who will live in a secure place; 44
he will find safety in the rocky, mountain strongholds; 45
he will have food
and a constant supply of water.
33:17 You will see a king in his splendor; 46
you will see a wide land. 47
33:18 Your mind will recall the terror you experienced, 48
and you will ask yourselves, 49 “Where is the scribe?
Where is the one who weighs the money?
Where is the one who counts the towers?” 50
33:19 You will no longer see a defiant 51 people
whose language you do not comprehend, 52
whose derisive speech you do not understand. 53
33:20 Look at Zion, the city where we hold religious festivals!
a peaceful settlement,
a tent that stays put; 56
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; 58
no war galley will enter; 59
no large ships will sail through. 60
33:22 For the
he will deliver us.
33:23 Though at this time your ropes are slack, 61
the mast is not secured, 62
and the sail 63 is not unfurled,
at that time you will divide up a great quantity of loot; 64
even the lame will drag off plunder. 65
33:24 No resident of Zion 66 will say, “I am ill”;
the people who live there will have their sin forgiven.