Isaiah Chapter One
1. The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
2. Hear, O heavens and listen, O earth: for the LORD has spoken, I have nourished and brought up children and they have rebelled against me.
3 The ox knows his owner and the ass his master's crib: but Israel does not know, my people do not consider.
4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children who are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel to anger, they are gone away backward.
5 Why would you be punished any more? you keep on rebelling: the whole head is sick and the whole heart faint.
6 From the sole of the foot even to the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds and bruises and fresh sores: they have not been closed, nor bound up, nor softened with oil.
7 Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land is devoured by strangers in your presence and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.
8 And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a shed in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.
9 Except the LORD of hosts had left to us a very small remnant, we would have been as Sodom and we would have been like Gomorrah.
10. Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom; give ear to the law of our God, you people of Gomorrah.
11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to me? says the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams and I do not desire the fat of fed beasts, or the blood of bullocks, or of lambs or goats.
12 When you came to see my face, who sought this trampling of my courts from your hand?
13 Bring me no more empty oblations; incense is an abomination to me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot bear them; it is evil, even the solemn meeting.
14 My soul hates your new moons and your appointed feasts: they are a trouble to me; I am weary of bearing them.
15 And when you spread out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you: when you make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
16. Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away your evil habits from before my eyes; cease doing evil;
17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
18 Come now and let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land:
20 But if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD has spoken it.
21. How is the faithful city become a harlot! I had filled it with judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.
22 Your silver is tarnished, your wine mixed with water:
23 Your princes are rebellious and friends of thieves: they are all lovers of gifts and pursuers of bribes: they do not judge the fatherless, nor does the cause of the widow come before them.
24 Therefore says the Lord, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, I will ease myself of my adversaries and avenge myself of my enemies:
25 And I will return my hand on you and as with lye melt away your backsliding and take away all your divisiveness:
26 And I will restore your judges as they were at first and your counsellors as at the beginning: afterward you shall be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city.
27 Zion shall be redeemed with judgment and her captives with righteousness.
28 And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together and those who forsake the LORD shall be consumed.
29 For they shall be ashamed of the oak idols which they have desired and they shall be confounded by the gardens that they have chosen.
30 For you shall be like an oak with falling leaves and as a garden that has no water.
31 And the strong shall be as lint and the maker of the idol as a spark and they shall both burn together and no one shall quench them.
1. The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2 And it shall happen in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow into it.
3 And many people shall go and say, Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth out of Zion and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
4 And he shall judge among the nations and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, nor shall they learn war any more.
5 O house of Jacob, come and let us walk in the light of the LORD.
6. You have cast off your people the house of Jacob, because they have filled themselves with eastern religions and are fortunetellers like the Philistines and they applaud the ways of the children of strangers.
7 Their land also is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures; their land is also full of horses, nor is there any end of their chariots:
8 Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made:
9 And humanity bows down and mankind humbles itself: therefore do not forgive them.
10. Enter into the rock and hide in the dust, for fear of the LORD and for the glory of his majesty.
11 Humanity's lofty looks shall be humbled and the haughtiness of mankind shall be bowed down and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.
12 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be on every one who is proud and haughty and on every one who is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:
13 And on all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up and on all the oaks of Bashan,
14 And on all the high mountains and on all the hills that are lifted up,
15 And on every high tower and on every fenced wall,
16 And on all the ships of Carthage and on all pleasant pictures.
17 And the loftiness of humanity shall be bowed down and the haughtiness of mankind shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.
18 And he shall utterly abolish the idols.
19 And they shall go into the holes of the rocks and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD and for the glory of his majesty, when he arises to terribly shake the earth.
20 In that day a man shall cast, to the moles and to the bats, his idols of silver and his idols of gold, which each one made for himself to worship;
21 To go into the clefts of the rocks and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD and for the glory of his majesty, when he arises to terribly shake the earth.
22 Therefore stop trusting human nature whose life force is in his nostrils: for of what account is he?
1. For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, takes away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread and the whole stay of water,
2 The mighty man and the man of war, the judge and the prophet and the prudent and the ancient,
3 The captain of fifty and the honorable man and the counsellor and the gifted artisan and the eloquent orator.
4 And I will give children to be their princes and babes shall rule over them.
5 And the people shall be oppressed, all by each other and each one by his neighbor: the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient and the base against the honorable.
6 When a man shall take hold of his brother of the house of his father, saying, You have clothing, you be our ruler and let this ruin be under your hand:
7 In that day he shall swear, saying, I can not be a provider; for in my house is neither bread nor clothing: do not make me a ruler of the people.
8 For Jerusalem is ruined and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their habits are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of his glory.
9. The appearance of their countenance witnesses against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they do not hide it. Woe to their soul! for they have rewarded evil to themselves.
10 Say to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their practices.
11 Woe to the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given them.
12 As for my people, children are their oppressors and women rule over them. O my people, those who lead you cause you to err and destroy the way of your paths.
13 the LORD stands up to plead and stands to judge the people.
14 the LORD will enter into judgment with the ancients of his people and their princes: for they have eaten up the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses.
15 What do you mean by beating my people to pieces and grinding the faces of the poor? says the Lord the LORD of hosts.
16. Moreover the LORD says, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go and making a tinkling with their feet:
17 Therefore the Lord will strike the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion with a scab and the LORD will discover their secret parts.
18 In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet and their headbands and their crescent ornaments,
19 The chains and the bracelets and the mufflers,
20 The bonnets and the ornaments of the legs and the sashes and the tablets and the earrings,
21 The rings and nose jewels,
22 The changeable suits of clothes and the cloaks and the coats and the crisping pins,
23 The glasses and the fine linen and the hoods and the veils.
24 And it shall be, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a tear; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a sash a belt of burlap; and burning instead of beauty.
25 Your men shall fall by the sword and your mighty in the war.
26 And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she being desolate shall sit on the ground.
1. And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by your name, to take away our reproach.
2. In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious and the fruit of the earth shall be excellence and majesty for those who are the escaped of Israel.
3 And it shall be, that he who is left in Zion and he who remains in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one who is written among the living in Jerusalem:
4 When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst of it by the spirit of judgment and by the spirit of burning.
5 And the LORD will create over every establishment of Mount Zion and over her assemblies, a daily cloud and smoke and the shining of a flaming fire by night: thus the glory shall be a shelter over all.
6 And there shall be a shelter for shade in the daytime from the heat and for a place of refuge and for a cover from storm and from rain.
1. Ah, let me sing to my dearest, a song of my beloved, about his vineyard. My dearest has a vineyard in a very fruitful hill:
2 And he fenced it and gathered the stones out of it and planted it with the choicest vine and built a tower in the midst of it and also made a winepress in it: and he hoped it would bring forth grapes and it brought forth wild grapes.
3 And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, I ask you, judge between me and my vineyard.
4 What more could have been done to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? why, when I hoped for it to bring forth grapes, did it bring forth wild grapes?
5 And now allow me; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away its hedge and it shall be eaten up; and break down its wall and it shall be trodden down:
6 And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain on it.
7 For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a bitter cry.
8. Woe to those who join house to house, that lay field to field, till there is no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth!
9 In my ears said the LORD of hosts, Truly many houses, even great and fair, shall be desolate, without inhabitant.
10 Yes, ten acres of vineyard shall only yield five gallons, and the seed of a barrel shall only yield a bushel.
11 Woe to those who rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; who continue until night, till wine inflame them!
12 And the harp and the viol, the tabret and pipe and wine, are in their feasts: but they do not regard the work of the LORD, nor consider the operation of his hands.
13 Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they are without knowledge: and their glory is hungry men and dry thirsty multitudes.
14 Therefore Sheol has widened her soul and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory and their multitude and their pomp and he who rejoices, shall descend into it.
15 For humanity is brought down and mankind is humbled and the eyes of the lofty are humbled:
16 But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment and the holy God shall be made holy in righteousness.
17 Then shall the lambs feed after their manner and the waste places of the fat ones shall strangers eat.
18. Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of vanity and draw sin as with a cart rope:
19 Who say, Let him hurry and hasten his work, so we may see it: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near and come, so that we may know it!
20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and prudent in their own sight!
22 Woe to those who are mighty to drink wine and men of strength to mingle strong drink:
23 who justify the wicked for reward and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!
24 Therefore as the fire devours the stubble and the flame consumes the chaff, so their root shall rot and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
25 Therefore the anger of the LORD is kindled against his people and he has stretched out his hand against them and has struck them: and the hills did tremble and their carcasses were torn in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
26 And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss to them from the end of the earth: and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly:
27 no one shall be weary nor stumble among them; no one shall slumber nor sleep; nor shall the girdle of their loins be loosed, nor the latchet of their shoes be broken:
28 Whose arrows are sharp and all their bows bent, their horses' hoofs shall be counted like flint and their wheels like a whirlwind:
29 Their roaring shall be like a lion, they shall roar like young lions: yes, they shall roar and lay hold of the prey and shall carry it away safe and no one shall deliver it.
30 And in that day they shall roar at the prey like the roaring of the sea: and if one looks to the earth for answers he will see darkness and sorrow, even the light will be darkened in its overcast.
1. In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up and his train filled the temple.
2 Above it stood the seraphim: each one had six wings; with two he covered his face and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.
3 And one cried to the others and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him who cried and the house was filled with smoke.
5. Then I said, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:
7 And he laid it on my mouth and said, Lo, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin purged.
8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
9. And he said, Go and tell this people, Indeed you hear, but do not understand; and indeed you see, but do not perceive.
10 Make the heart of this people fat and make their ears heavy and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and convert and be healed.
11 Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant and the houses without man, and the land is utterly desolate,
12 And the LORD has removed men far away and there is a great forsaking in the midst of the land
13 But yet in it shall be a tenth and it shall return and shall be eaten: as a teil tree and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be its substance.Chapters 7 - 12 Assyrian Destruction of Israel Not the End. God Will Bring the Messiah to the Same Territory and the Same People.
1. And it came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up to Jerusalem to war against it, but could not overcome it.
2 And it was told the house of David, saying, Syria is confederate with Ephraim. And his heart was moved and the heart of his people, as the trees of the wood are moved with the wind.
3 Then said the LORD to Isaiah, Go out now to meet Ahaz, you, and Shearjashub your son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fuller's field;
4 And say to him, Watch and be quiet; fear not, neither let your heart fail for these two tails of smoking firebrands, or for the intense anger of Rezin and Syria and the son of Remaliah.
5 Because Syria, Ephraim and the son of Remaliah, have taken evil counsel against you, saying,
6 Let us go up against Judah and vex it and let us make a breach there for us and set a king in the midst of it, even the son of Tabeal:
7 Thus says the Lord the LORD, It shall not stand, nor shall it happen.
8 For the head of Syria is Damascus and the head of Damascus is Rezin; and within sixty five years Ephraim shall be broken and it will not be a people.
9 And the head of Ephraim is Samaria and the head of Samaria is Remaliah's son. If you do not have faith, you shall not be believed.
10. Moreover the LORD spoke again to Ahaz, saying,
11 Ask a sign of the LORD your God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.
12 But Ahaz said, I will not ask, nor will I tempt the LORD.
13 And he said, Hear you now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also?
14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son and shall call his name Immanuel.
15 Butter and honey shall he eat, for he will know how to refuse evil and choose good.
16 But before the child shall know to refuse evil and choose good, the land that you abhor shall be forsaken of both her kings.
17. the LORD shall bring on you and on your people and on your father's house, days that have not come, from the day that Ephraim departed from Judah; even the king of Assyria.
18 And it shall be in that day, that the LORD shall hiss for the fly that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria.
19 And they shall come and shall rest all of them in the desolate valleys and in the holes of the rocks and on all thorns and on all bushes.
20 In the same day shall the Lord shave with a hired razor, namely, by them beyond the river, by the king of Assyria, the head and the hair of the feet: and it shall also consume the beard.
21 And it shall be in that day, that when a man shall nourish only one young cow and two sheep;
22 That from the abundance of milk that they shall give he shall eat butter and butter and honey shall every one be eating that remains in the land.
23 But then it will happen, that every place, where there were a thousand vines priced at a thousand pieces of silver, that place shall become only for briers and thorns.
24 With arrows and with bows shall men come there; so that all the land will become briers and thorns.
25 But the fear of briers and thorns shall not come on any of the hills cultivated with the hoe, but oxen shall be sent there and they shall be for the treading of lambs.
1. Moreover the LORD said to me, Take you a large scroll and write in it with a man's pen concerning Mahershalalhashbaz..
2 And I took to me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.
3 And I went to the prophetess; and she conceived and bore a son. Then said the LORD to me, Call his name Mahershalalhashbaz.
4 For before the child shall have knowledge to call, My father and my mother, the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria shall be taken away by the king of Assyria.
5 the LORD spoke also to me again, saying,
6 Forasmuch as this people refuses the waters of Shiloah that go softly and rejoice in Rezin and Remaliah's son;
7 Now therefore, behold, the Lord brings up on them the waters of the river, strong and many, even the king of Assyria, and all his glory: and he shall come up over all his channels, and go over all his embankments:
8 And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of your land, O Immanuel.
9. Associate yourselves, O you people, but you are broken in pieces; and give ear, all you in far countries: gird yourselves, but you shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, but you shall be broken in pieces.
10 Take counsel together, but it shall come to nothing; speak words, but it shall not stand: because Immanuel has spoken.
11 For thus the LORD spoke to me with a strong hand and caused me to turn from walking in the way of this people, saying,
12 Do not say, A conspiracy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A conspiracy; nor fear their fear, nor be terrified.
13 Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear and let him be your dread.
14 Then he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
15 And many among them shall stumble and fall and be broken and be snared and be taken.
16. Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.
17 And I will wait upon the LORD, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob, but I will look for him.
18 Behold, I and the children whom the LORD has given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, who dwells in mount Zion.
19 And when they shall say to you, Seek to those who have familiar spirits and to wizards who peep and mutter: should not a people seek answers from their God, instead of seeking from the dead on behalf of the living, concerning the law and its witness?The Crisis of the Assyrian Captivity and the Extinction of Israel
20 If they will not speak according to this word, which has no darkness in it,
21 Then they shall pass through this, hard pressed and hungry: and it shall be, that when they are hungry, they shall enrage themselves and curse their king and their God and turn from him above.
22 But they shall look to the earth; and find trouble and darkness and they shall be driven to darkness and dimness of anguish;
This Verse is Pivotal to all of Chapters Seven through Twelve
1. Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her anguish, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.
1. Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her anguish, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.
2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light: those who dwell in the land of the shadow of death, on them has the light shined.
Assyrian Assault on Israel Described
3 You have multiplied the nation and not increased the joy: they joy before you like the joy in harvest and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
4 For you have broken the yoke of his burden and the staff of his shoulder, the scepter of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian.
5 For every battle of warfare is with confused noise and garments rolled in blood;
Contrasted With Messiah's Visitation
but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire.
6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government shall be on his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, on the throne of David and on his kingdom, to order it and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
The Rest of the Chapter Reverts to the First or Assyrian Assault.
8. The Lord sent a word to Jacob and it has lighted upon Israel.
9 And all the people shall know, even Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria, who say in the pride and stoutness of heart,
10 The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycamores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.
11 Therefore the LORD shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him and join his enemies together;
12 The Syrians before and the Philistines behind; and they shall devour Israel with open mouth. For all this God's anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
13 For the people do not turn to the One who strikes them, nor do they seek the LORD of hosts.
14 Therefore the LORD will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day.
15 The ancient and honorable is the head; and the prophet who teaches lies, is the tail.
16 For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and those who are led by them are destroyed.
17 Therefore the Lord shall have no joy in their young men, nor shall he have mercy on their fatherless and widows: for every one is a hypocrite and an evildoer and every mouth speaks folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
18 For wickedness burns as the fire: it shall devour the briers and thorns and shall kindle in the thickets of the forest and they shall mount up like the lifting up of smoke.
19 Through the wrath of the LORD of hosts is the land darkened, and the people shall be as the fuel of the fire: no man shall spare his brother.
20 And he shall snatch on the right hand and be hungry; and he shall eat on the left hand and they shall not be satisfied: they shall eat every man the flesh of his own arm:
21 Manasseh against Ephraim; and Ephraim against Manasseh: and they together shall be against Judah. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
Isaiah 10The Last of the Descriptions of the Afflictions Associated with the Assyrian Conquest
1. Woe to those who decree unrighteous decrees and who write grievousness which they have prescribed;
2 To turn aside the needy from judgment and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey and that they may rob the fatherless!
3 And what will you do in the day of visitation and in the desolation which shall come from far? to whom will you flee for help? and where will you leave your glory?
4 Without me they shall bow down under the prisoners and they shall fall under the slain. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.Isaiah says: It is God who Uses the Assyrians as the Instrument of Punishment He is bringing on His People
5. Ah, Assyria is the rod of my anger and the staff in their hand is my indignation.
6 I will send him against a hypocritical nation and against the people of my wrath. I gave him charge to take spoil and to take prey and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.
7 But he does not plan to do this, nor did he think this in his heart; because it is in his heart to destroy and cut off many nations.
8 For he said, Are not my princes altogether kings?
9 Is not Calno as Carchemish? is not Hamath as Arpad? is not Samaria as Damascus?
10 As my hand has found the kingdoms of the idols, whose statues were more than those of Jerusalem or Samaria;
11 Shall I not do to Jerusalem and her idols as I have done to Samaria and her idols?Future Destruction of Assyria and the Return of Israel
12 So, when the Lord has performed his whole work on mount Zion and on Jerusalem then I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria and the glory of his high looks.
13 For he said, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom; for I am prudent: and I have removed the boundaries of peoples and have robbed their treasures and I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man:
14 And my hand has found the riches of the nations as a nest: and just as one who gathers eggs that are left, I have gathered all the earth; and there was no one who moved a wing, or opened their mouth, or peeped.
15 Should the axe boast itself against him who hews with it? or shall the saw magnify itself against him who moves it? as if a rod would shake itself against those who lift it up, or as if a staff would lift itself up, as if it were not wood.
16 Therefore shall the Lord, the Lord of hosts, send among his fat ones leanness; and in place of his glory he shall kindle a burning like the burning of a fire.
17 And the light of Israel shall be the fire and his Holy One shall be the flame: and it shall burn and devour his thorns and his briers in one day;
18 And shall consume the glory of his forest and of his fruitful field, both soul and body: and they shall be as when a standardbearer faints.
19 And the rest of the trees of his forest shall be few, that a child may number them.The Future Return of Israel to Faith in God
20. And it shall happen in that day, that the remnant of Israel and the delivered of the house of Jacob, shall no longer rely on him who injured them; but shall lean on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.
21 The remnant shall return to the mighty God, even the remnant of Jacob,
22 For though your people Israel are as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return: the completion decreed shall overflow with righteousness.
23 For the Lord the LORD of hosts shall make an already determined full end, in the midst of all the land.
24. Therefore thus says the Lord the LORD of hosts, O my people who dwell in Zion, do not be afraid of the Assyrian: he shall strike you with a rod and shall lift up his staff against you, after the manner of Egypt.
25 But yet a very little while and the indignation shall end and my anger shall end in their destruction.
26 And the LORD of hosts shall stir up a scourge for him like the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb: and like his rod was on the sea when he lifted it up in the way from Egypt.
27 And it shall happen in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off your shoulder and his yoke from off your neck and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.But Before Assyria is Thus Judged Israel and the Towns North of Jerusalem Will Fall and Jerusalem Itself Will be Under Siege.
28 He is come to Aiath, he is passed to Migron; at Michmash he has deposited his equipment:
29 They have come over the pass: Geba has become their lodging place; Ramah is afraid; Gibeah of Saul has fled.
30 Lift up your voice, O daughter of Gallim: cause it to be heard to Laish, O poor Anathoth.
31 Madmenah is removed; the inhabitants of Gebim gather themselves to flee.
32 As yet he shall remain at Nob that day: he shall shake his hand against the mount of the daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem.
33 Behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, shall lop the bough with terror: and the high ones of stature shall be hewn down and the haughty shall be humbled.
34 And he shall cut down the thickets of the forest with iron and Lebanon shall fall by a mighty one.
1. But there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;
3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, nor reprove after the hearing of his ears:
4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor and reprove the meek of the earth with equity: and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth and shall slay the wicked with the breath of his lips.
5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8 And the nursing child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.
9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
10. And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, who shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glory.
11 And it shall happen in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, who shall be left, from Assyria and from Egypt and from Pathros and from Cush and from Elam and from Shinar and from Hamath and from the islands of the sea.
12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
13 The envy also of Ephraim shall depart and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.
14 But they shall fly on the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them.
15 And the LORD shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind he shall shake his hand over the river and shall strike it in the seven streams and make men go over dryshod.
16 And there shall be a highway for the remnant of his people, who shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.
1. And in that day you shall say, O LORD, I will praise you: though you were angry with me, your anger is turned away and you comforted me.
2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
3 Therefore with joy shall you draw water out of the wells of salvation.
4. And in that day you shall say, Praise the LORD, call on his name, declare his doings among the people, repeat them so that his name will be exalted.
5 Sing to the LORD; for he has done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.
6 Cry out and shout, you inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of you.
1. The Oracle of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.
2 Lift up a banner on the high mountain, raise the voice to them, wave the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles.
3 I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty ones from my anger, even those who rejoice in my majesty.
4 The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like a great people; a tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together: the LORD of hosts gathers the host of the battle.
5 They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the LORD and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.
6. Howl; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.
7 Therefore shall all hands be faint and every man's heart shall melt:
8 And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them as in birth labor pains: they shall be astonished one at another; their faces appear as flames.
9 Behold, the day of the LORD comes, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners there out of it.
10 For the stars of heaven and its constellations shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.
11 And I will punish the world for their evil and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogance of the proud to cease and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
12 I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.
13 Therefore I will shake the heavens and the earth shall remove out of her place, by the wrath of the LORD of hosts and in the day of his fierce anger.
14 And it shall be as the chased roe and as a sheep that no man takes up: every man shall turn to his own people and flee every one into his own land.
15 Every one who is found shall be thrust through; and every one who is joined to them shall fall by the sword.
16 Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled and their wives ravished.
17 Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, who shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.
18 Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eye shall not spare children.
19. And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
20 It shall never be inhabited, nor shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: nor shall the Arabian pitch his tent there; nor shall the shepherds make their fold there.
21 But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there and satyrs shall dance there.
22 And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses and dragons in their pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come and her days shall not be prolonged.
1. For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob and will yet choose Israel and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob.
2 And the people shall take them and bring them to their place: and the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of the LORD for servants and handmaids: and they shall take captive, those whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors.
3 And it shall be in the day that the LORD shall give you rest from your sorrow and from your fear and from the hard bondage in which you were made to serve,
4. That you shall take up this proverb against the king of Babylon and say, How has the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased!
5 the LORD has broken the staff of the wicked, and the scepter of the rulers.
6 He who struck the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he who ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted and no one hinders.
7 The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing.
8 Yes, the fir trees rejoice at you and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since you laid down, no cutter is come up against us.
9 Sheol from beneath is moved for you to meet you at your coming: it stirs up the dead for you, even all the chief ones of the earth; it has raised up all the kings of the nations from their thrones.
10 All they shall speak and say to you, Are you also become weak as we? are you become like us?
11 Your pomp is brought down to Sheol and the noise of your viols: the worm is spread under you and the worms cover you.
12 How are you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how are you cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations!
13 For you have said in your heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also on the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
15 Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the sides of the pit.
16 those who see you shall narrowly look to you and consider you, saying, Is this the man who made the earth to tremble, who shook kingdoms;
17 Who made the world as a wilderness and destroyed its cities; who did not open the house of his prisoners?
18 All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house.
19 But you are cast out of your grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those who are slain, thrust through with a sword, who go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcass trodden under feet.
20 You shall not be joined with them in burial, because you have destroyed your land and slain your people: the seed of evil doers shall never be renowned.
21 Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities.
22 For I will rise up against them, says the LORD of hosts and cut off from Babylon the name and remnant and son and nephew, says the LORD.
23 I will also make it a possession for the bittern and pools of water: and I will sweep it with the broom of destruction, says the LORD of hosts.
24. the LORD of hosts has sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it happen; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:
25 That I will break the Assyrian in my land and tread him under foot on my mountains: then shall his yoke depart from off them and his burden depart from off their shoulders.
26 This is the purpose that is purposed on the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out on all the nations.
27 For the LORD of hosts has purposed and who shall annul it? and his hand is stretched out and who shall turn it back?
The Philistine Oracle
28 This Oracle came in the year that king Ahaz died.
29 Rejoice not, whole Palestine, because the rod of him who struck you is broken: for out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.
30 And the firstborn of the poor shall feed and the needy shall lie down in safety: and I will kill your root with famine, and he shall slay your remnant.
31 Howl, O gate; cry, O city; you, whole Palestine, are dissolved: for there shall come from the north a smoke and no one shall be alone in his appointed times.
32 What shall one then answer the messengers of the nation? That the LORD has founded Zion and the poor of his people shall trust in it.Current Calamities and Final End of Moab
1. The burden of Moab. Because in the night Ar of Moab is laid waste and brought to silence; because in the night Kir of Moab is laid waste and brought to silence;
2 He is gone up to Bayith and to Dibon, the high places, to weep: Moab shall howl over Nebo and over Medeba: baldness shall be on all their heads and every beard cut off.
3 In their streets they shall gird themselves with sackcloth: on the tops of their houses and in their streets, every one shall howl, weeping abundantly.
4 And Heshbon shall cry and Elealeh: their voice shall be heard even to Jahaz: therefore the armed soldiers of Moab shall cry out; his life shall be grievous to him.
5 My heart shall cry out for Moab; his fugitives shall flee to Zoar, as far as Eglathshelishiah, by the mounting up of Luhith with weeping shall they go up; for in the way of Horonaim they shall raise up a cry of destruction.
6. For the waters of Nimrim shall be desolate: for the hay is withered away, the grass fails, there is no green thing.
7 Therefore the abundance they have gotten and that which they have laid up, shall they carry away to the brook of the willows.
8 For the cry is gone round about the borders of Moab; their howling to Eglaim and the howling of them to Beerelim.
9 For the waters of Dimon shall be full of blood: for I will bring more on Dimon, lions on him who escapes of Moab, and on the remnant of the land.
1. Send the lamb to the ruler of the land from Sela to the wilderness, to the mount of the daughter of Zion.
2 For it shall be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest, so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon.
3 Take counsel, execute judgment; make your shadow as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; betray not him who wanders.
4 Let my outcasts dwell with you, Moab; be you a covert to them from the face of the spoiler: for the extortioner is at an end, the spoiler ceases, the oppressors are consumed out of the land.
5 And the throne shall be established in mercy: and he shall sit on it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment and having righteousness.
6. We have heard of the pride of Moab; he is very proud: even of his haughtiness and his pride and his wrath: but his lies shall not be so.
7 Therefore Moab shall howl for Moab, every one shall howl: for the foundations of Kirhareseth you shall mourn; surely they have been struck.
8 For the fields of Heshbon languish and the vine of Sibmah: the lords of the heathen have broken down their principal plants, they are come even to Jazer, they wandered through the wilderness: her branches are stretched out, they are gone over the sea.
9 Therefore I will bewail with the weeping of Jazer the vine of Sibmah: I will water you with my tears, O Heshbon and Elealeh: for the shouting for your summer fruits and for your harvest is fallen.
10 And gladness is taken away and joy out of the plentiful field; and there shall be no singing in the vineyards, nor shall there be shouting: the treaders shall tread out no wine in their presses; I have made their vintage shouting to cease.
11 Therefore my heart shall sound like a harp for Moab and my inward parts for Kirharesh.
12 And it shall be, when it is seen that Moab is weary on the high place, that he shall come to his sanctuary to pray; but he shall not prevail.
13 This is the word that the LORD has spoken concerning Moab since that time.
14 But now the LORD has spoken, saying, Within three years, as the years of a hireling and the glory of Moab shall be contemptible, with all that great multitude; and the remnant shall be very small and feeble.
1. The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city and it shall be a ruinous heap.
2 The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down and no one shall make them afraid.
3 The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim and the kingdom from Damascus and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, says the LORD of hosts.
4 And in that day it shall be, that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean.
5 And it shall be like after the harvester gathers corn and reaps the ears with his arm; and it shall be like gathering ears in the valley of Rephaim.
6. Yet gleaning grapes shall be left in it, as the shaking of an olive tree, two or three berries in the top of the uppermost branches, four or five in its utmost fruitful branches, says the LORD God of Israel.
7 At that day shall a man regard his Maker and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.
8 And he shall not regard the altars, the work of his hands, nor shall he respect that which his fingers have made, either the groves, or the images.
9. In that day shall his strong cities be like forsaken shrubs and a tree top, which they left because of the children of Israel: and there shall be desolation.
10 Because you have forgotten the God of your salvation and have not been mindful of the rock of your strength, therefore shall you plant pleasant plants and shall set it with strange slips:
11 In the day you shall make your plant to grow and in the morning you shall make your seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.
12. Woe to the multitude of many people, who make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, who make a rushing sound like the rushing of mighty waters!
13 The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them and they shall flee far off and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
14 And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning it is not. This is the portion of those who spoil us and the lot of those who rob us.
1. Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia:
2 That sends ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of bulrushes on the waters, saying, Go, swift messengers, to a nation scattered and peeled, to a people terrible from their previous beginning; a nation meted out and trodden down, whose land the rivers have spoiled!
3 All you inhabitants of the world and dwellers on the earth, see, when he lifts up an ensign on the mountains; and when he blows a trumpet, hear.
4 For so the LORD said to me, I will take my rest and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat on herbs and like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.
5 For before the harvest, when the bud is perfect and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks and take away and cut down the branches.
6 They shall be left together to the fowls of the mountains, and to the beasts of the earth: and the fowls shall summer on them and all the beasts of the earth shall winter on them.
7 In that time the present shall be brought to the LORD of hosts of a people scattered and peeled and from a people terrible from their previous beginning; a nation meted out and trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, the mount Zion.
1. The burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORD rides on a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst.
2 And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they shall fight every one against his brother and every one against his neighbor; city against city and kingdom against kingdom.
3 And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst of it; and I will destroy their counsel: and they shall seek to idols, and to charmers and to those who have familiar spirits and to wizards.
4 And I will give the Egyptians over into the hand of a cruel lord; and a fierce king shall rule over them, says the Lord, the LORD of hosts.
5 And the waters shall fail from the sea and the river shall be wasted and dried up.
6 And they shall turn the rivers far away; and the brooks of defence shall be emptied and dried up: the reeds and flags shall wither.
7 The paper reeds by the brooks, by the mouth of the brooks, and every thing sown by the brooks, shall wither, be driven away, and be no more.
8 The fishers also shall mourn and all those who cast lines into the brooks shall lament and those who spread nets on the waters shall languish.
9 Moreover those who work in fine flax and those who weave networks, shall be confounded.
10 All who make sluices and ponds for fish shall be broken in their purposes
11 Surely the princes of Zoan are fools, the counsel of the wise counsellors of Pharaoh is become brutish: how can you say to Pharaoh, I am the son of the wise, the son of ancient kings?
12 Where are they? where are your wise men? let them tell you now and let them know what the LORD of hosts has purposed on Egypt.
13 The princes of Zoan are become fools, the princes of Noph are deceived; they have also seduced Egypt, even those who are the support of their tribes.
14 The LORD has mingled a perverse spirit in the midst of it: and they have caused Egypt to err in all their work, as a drunken man staggers in his vomit.
15 Neither shall there be any work for Egypt, which the head or tail, branch or rush, may do.
16 In that day Egypt shall be like women who are afraid and they shall fear because of the shaking of the hand of the LORD of hosts, which he shakes over it.
17 And the land of Judah shall be a terror to Egypt, every one who makes mention of it shall be afraid in himself, because of the counsel of the LORD of hosts, which he has determined against it.
18. In that day five cities in the land of Egypt speak shall the language of Canaan and swear to the LORD of hosts; one shall be called, The city of destruction.
19 In that day there shall be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt and a pillar to the LORD at its border.
20 And it shall be for a sign and for a witness to the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry to the LORD because of the oppressors and he shall send them a savior and a great one, who shall deliver them.
21 And the LORD shall be known to Egypt and the Egyptians shall know the LORD in that day and shall do sacrifice and oblation; yea, they shall vow a vow to the LORD and perform it.
22 And the LORD shall strike Egypt: he shall strike and heal it: and they shall return even to the LORD and he shall be entreated of them and shall heal them.
23 In that day there shall be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt and the Egyptian into Assyria and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians.
24 In that day Israel shall be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land:
25 Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people and Assyria the work of my hands and Israel my inheritance.
1. In the year that Tartan came to Ashdod, (when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him,) and fought against Ashdod and took it;
2 At the same time the LORD spoke by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, Go and loose the sackcloth from off your loins and put off your shoe from your foot. And he did so, walking naked and barefoot.
3 And the LORD said, Like as my servant Isaiah has walked naked and barefoot three years for a sign and wonder concerning Egypt and concerning Ethiopia;
4 So shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians prisoners and the Ethiopians captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, even with their buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.
5 And they shall be afraid and ashamed of Ethiopia their expectation and of Egypt their glory.
6 And the inhabitant of this isle shall say in that day, Behold, such is our expectation, where shall we flee for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria: and how shall we escape?
1. The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds in the south pass through; so it comes from the desert, from a terrible land.
2 A grievous vision is declared to me; the treacherous dealer deals treacherously and the spoiler spoils. Go up, O Elam: besiege, O Media; I have made all their sighing to cease.
3 Therefore my loins are filled with pain: pangs have taken hold on me, as the pangs of a woman who travails: I was bowed down at hearing it; I was dismayed at seeing it.
4 My heart panted, fearfulness frightened me: he has turned the night of my pleasure into fear for me.
5 Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise, you princes and anoint the shield.
6 For the Lord has said thus to me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he sees.
7 And he saw a chariot with a couple of horsemen, a chariot of asses and a chariot of camels; and he listened diligently with much attention:
8 And he cried, A lion: My lord, I stand daily on the watchtower in the daytime and I am set in my watch every night:
9 And, behold, here comes a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he has broken to the ground.
10 O my threshing and the corn of my floor: I have declared to you that which I have heard from the LORD of hosts the God of Israel.
11. The burden of Dumah. He calls to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?
12 The watchman said, The morning comes and also the night: if you will enquire, enquire: return, come.
13. The burden upon Arabia. In the forest in Arabia you shall lodge, O you travelers of Dedanim.
14 The inhabitants of the land of Teman met him the thirsty with water, they went with their bread before the wanderers arrived.
15 For they fled from the swords, from the drawn sword and from the bent bow and from the grievousness of war.
16 For thus the Lord has said to me, Within a year, according to the years of a hired man and all the glory of Kedar shall fail:
17 And the residue of the number of archers, the mighty men of the children of Kedar, shall be diminished: for the LORD God of Israel has spoken it.
1. The burden of the valley of vision. How is it that you have all gone up to the housetops?
2 You who are full of stirring, a tumultuous city, a joyous city: your slain men are not slain with the sword, nor dead in battle.
3 All your rulers have fled together, they are captive by the archers: all who are found in you, who have fled from far are captives together.
4 Therefore I said, Look away from me; I will weep bitterly, do not labor to comfort me, because of the spoiling of the daughter of my people.
5 For it is a day of trouble and of treading down and of perplexity by the Lord the LORD of hosts in the valley of vision, breaking down the walls and of crying to the mountains.
6 And Elam bore the quiver with chariots of men and horsemen and Kir uncovered the shield.
7 And it shall be, that your choicest valleys shall be full of chariots and the horsemen shall set themselves in array at the gate.
8. And he shall uncover the covering of Judah and you shall look in that day to the armor of the house of the forest.
9 You also have seen the breaches of the city of David, that they are many: and you gathered together the waters of the lower pool.
10 And you have numbered the houses of Jerusalem and have you broken down the houses to fortify the wall.
11 You also made a ditch between the two walls for the water of the old pool: but you have not looked to its maker, nor had respect to him who fashioned it long ago.
12 And in that day the Lord the LORD of hosts called for weeping and for mourning and for baldness and for girding with sackcloth:
13 And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen and killing sheep, eating flesh and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we shall die.
14 And it was revealed in my ears by the LORD of hosts, Surely this iniquity shall not be purged from you till you die, says the Lord the LORD of hosts.
15. Thus says the Lord the LORD of hosts, Go, get you to this treasurer, even to Shebna, who is over the house and say,
16 What have you here? and whom have you here, that you have hewed out a sepulchre here for yourself, as he who hews out a sepulchre on high and who engraves a habitation for himself in a rock?
17 Behold, the LORD will carry you away with a mighty captivity, and will surely cover you.
18 He will surely violently turn and toss you like a ball into a large country: there you shall die and there the chariots of your glory shall be the shame of your lord's house.
19 And I will drive you from your station and from your estate he shall pull you down.
20 And it shall be in that day, that I will call my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah:
21 And I will clothe him with your robe and strengthen him with your girdle and I will commit your government into his hand: and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah.
22 And I will lay the key of the house of David on his shoulder; so he shall open and no one shall shut; and he shall shut and no one shall open.
23 And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father's house.
24 And they shall hang on him all the glory of his father's house, the offspring and the issue, all vessels of small quantity, from the vessels of cups, even to all the wineskin vessels.
25 In that day, says the LORD of hosts, the nail that is now fastened in a secure place shall be removed and be cut down and fall; and the burden that was on it shall be cut off: for the LORD has spoken it. Isaiah 23
1. The burden of Tyre. Howl, you ships of Carthage; for it is laid waste, so that there is no house, no entering in: it is revealed to them from the land of Chittim.
2 Be still, you inhabitants of the isle; you whom the merchants of Sidon, who pass over the sea, have replenished.
3 And by great waters the seed of Sihor, the harvest of the river, is her revenue; and she is a mart of nations.
4 Be ashamed, O Sidon: for the sea has spoken, even the strength of the sea, saying, I do not toil nor bring forth children, nor do I nourish up young men, nor bring up virgins.
5 Just as at the report concerning Egypt, so they shall be sorely pained at the report of Tyre.
6 Pass over to Carthage; howl, you inhabitants of the isle
7 Is this your joyous city; from her earliest antiquity her own feet carried her afar off to sojourn.
8 And now who has taken this counsel against Tyre, the crowning city, whose merchants are princes, whose traders are the honorable of the earth?
9 the LORD of hosts has purposed it, to profane the pride of all pomp and to show all the glories of the earth as trifling.
10 Pass through your land as a river, O daughter of Carthage: there is no more strength.
11 He stretched out his hand over the sea, he shook the kingdoms: the LORD has given a commandment against Punic Palestine, to destroy her strong holds.
12 And he said, You shall rejoice no more, O you oppressed virgin, daughter of Sidon: arise, pass over to Chittim; you shall also have no rest there.
13 Behold the land of the Chaldeans; this people was not until the Assyrians founded it for those who dwell in the wilderness: they set up its towers, they raised up its palaces; and he brought it to ruin.
14 Howl, you ships of Carthage: for your strength is laid waste.
15. And it shall be in that day, that Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king: after the end of seventy years shall Tyre sing as a harlot.
16 Take a harp, go about the city, you harlot who has been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, so you may be remembered.
17 And it shall be after the end of seventy years, that the LORD will visit Tyre and she shall turn to her hire and shall commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the earth.
18 And her merchandise and her hire shall be holiness to the LORD: it shall not be treasured nor laid up; for her merchandise shall be for those who dwell before the LORD, to eat sufficiently and for durable clothing.
1. Behold, the LORD makes the earth empty, He makes it waste and turns it upside down and scatters abroad its inhabitants.
2 And it shall be, that as it is with the people, so with the priest; as it is with the servant, so with his master; as it is with the maid, so with her mistress; as it is with the buyer, so with the seller; as it is with the lender, so with the borrower; as it is with the taker of usury, so with the payer of usury to him.
3 The land shall be utterly emptied and utterly spoiled: for the LORD has spoken this word.
4 The earth mourns and fades away, the world languishes and fades away, the haughty people of the earth languish.
5 The earth also is defiled through its inhabitants; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.
6 Therefore cursing has devoured the earth and those who dwell in it are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned and few men left.
7 The new wine mourns, the vine languishes, all the merryhearted sigh.
8 The mirth of tabrets ceases, the noise of those who rejoice ends, the joy of the harp ceases.
9 They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to those who drink it.
10 The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, so that no man may come in.
11 There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone.
12 Desolation is left in the city and the gate is struck with destruction.
13. When this happens: in the midst of the land among the people, it shall be as the shaking of an olive tree and like the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done.
14 They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the majesty of the LORD, they shall cry aloud from the sea.
15 Therefore glorify the LORD in the fires, even the name of the LORD God of Israel in the isles of the sea.
16. From the furtherest part of the earth we have heard songs, even glory to the righteous. But I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe to me! the treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously; yes, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously.
17 Fear and the pit and the snare, are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth.
18 And it shall be, that he who flees from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he who comes up out of the midst of the pit shall be caught in the snare: for the windows from on high are open and the foundations of the earth shake.
19 The earth is completely broken down, the earth is fully dissolved, the earth is exceedingly moved.
20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard and shall be removed like a cottage; and its transgression shall be heavy on it; and it shall fall and not rise again.
21 And it shall happen in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the highest of those on high and the kings of the earth upon the earth.
22 And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit and shall be shut up in the prison and after many days they shall be visited.
23 Then the moon shall be confounded and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.
1. O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you, I will praise your name; for you have done wonderful things; your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.
2 For you have made of a city a heap; of a defenced city a ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built.
3 Therefore the strong people shall glorify you, the city of the terrible nations shall fear you.
4 For you have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.
5 You shall bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the song of the terrible ones shall be brought low.
6. And the LORD of hosts shall make a feast of fat things in this mountain to all people, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of well refined wines on the lees.
7 And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people and the vail that is spread over all nations.
8 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord the LORD will wipe away tears from all faces; and he shall take away the rebuke of his people from all the earth: for the LORD has spoken it.
9. And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
10 For in this mountain shall the hand of the LORD rest and Moab shall be trodden down under him, even as straw is trodden down for the dunghill.
11 And he shall spread forth his hands in the midst of them, as he who swims spreads forth his hands to swim: and he shall bring down their pride together with the spoils of their hands.
12 And he shall bring down the fortress of the high fort of your walls, lay it low and bring to the ground, even to the dust.
1. In that day this song shall be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; God will appoint salvation for walls and bulwarks.
2 Open the gates, so that the righteous nation who keeps the truth may enter in.
3 You will preserve the man of steadfast purpose in perfect peace, because he trusts in you.
4 Trust in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD Yah is everlasting strength:
5. For he brings down those who dwell on high; he causes the self exalted city to fall; he causes it to fall, even to the ground; he brings it even to the dust.
6 The foot shall tread it down, even the feet of the poor, and the steps of the needy.
7 The way of the just is uprightness: you, most upright, do weigh the path of the just.
8 Yes, O LORD, we have waited for you in the way of your judgments; the desire of our soul is to your name and to your remembrance.
9 With my soul I have desired you in the night; yes, with my spirit within me I will seek you early: for when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
10 If favor is shown to the wicked, yet he will not learn righteousness, he will deal unjustly in the land of uprightness, and he will not behold the majesty of the LORD.
11 LORD, when your hand is lifted up, they will not see: but they shall see and be ashamed for their envy at the people; yes, the fire of your enemies shall devour them.
12. LORD, you will ordain peace for us: for you also have formed all our works in us.
13 O LORD our God, other lords beside you have had dominion over us: but by you only will we make mention of your name.
14 They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise: therefore have you visited and destroyed them and made all their memory to perish.
15 You have increased the nation, O LORD, you have increased the nation: you are glorified: you had removed it far to all the ends of the earth.
16 LORD, hey have visited you in trouble, they poured out a prayer when your chastening was on them.
17 As a woman with child who draws near the time of her delivery is in pain and cries out in her pangs, so we have been in your sight, O LORD.
18 We have been with child, we have been in pain, but we have only brought forth wind; we have not worked any salvation in the earth; nor have those who live in worldliness fallen.
19 Your dead men shall live, together with my dead body they shall arise. Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust: for your dew is as the dew of herbs and the earth shall cast out the dead.
20. Come, my people, enter into your chambers and shut your doors about you: hide yourself only for a little moment, until the indignation is past.
21 For, behold, the LORD comes out of his place to punish for their iniquity those who dwell in the earth: the earth also shall disclose her blood and shall no more cover her slain.
1. In that day the LORD, with his sore and great and strong sword, shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.
2 In that day, a desirable vineyard. sing of it!
3 I the LORD do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day.
4 Fury is not in me: who would set the briers and thorns against me in battle? I would go through them, I would burn them together.
5 Or let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me; and he shall make peace with me.
6 He shall cause those who come of Jacob to take root: Israel shall blossom and bud and fill the face of the world with fruit.
7. Has he struck him, as he struck those who attacked him? or is he slain according to the slaughter of those who are slain by him?
8 In measure, when it shoots forth, you will debate with it: he stays his rough wind in the day of the east wind.
9 By this therefore the iniquity of Jacob shall be purged; and this is all the fruit to take away his sin; when he makes all the stones of the altar as chalkstones that are beaten apart, the groves and images shall not stand up.
10 Yet the defenced city shall be desolate and the habitation forsaken and left like a wilderness: there the calf shall feed and there he shall lie down and consume its branches.
11 When its boughs are withered, they shall be broken off: the women come and set them on fire: for it is a people of no understanding: therefore he who made them will not have mercy on them and he who formed them will show them no favor.
12 And it shall be in that day, that the LORD shall thresh from the channel of the river (Euphrates) to the stream of Egypt, (the wady El Arish) and you shall be gathered one by one, O you children of Israel.
13 And it shall happen in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown and they shall come who were ready to perish in the land of Assyria and the outcasts in the land of Egypt and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.
1. Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is as fading flowers, which are on the surface of the fruitful valleys of those who are overcome with wine!
2 Behold, the Lord has a mighty and strong one, who shall cast down to the earth with his hand, as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty overflowing waters:
3 The crown of pride of the drunkards of Ephraim. shall be trodden under foot:
4 And the glorious beauty, which is on the top of the fruitful valley, shall be as a fading flower and as the early fruit before the summer; which, as though, he who looks at it and sees it eats it up as soon as it is in his hand.
5 In that day the LORD of hosts shall be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, to the residue of his people,
6 And for a spirit of judgment to him who sits in judgment, and for strength to those who turn the battle to the gate.
7 But they also have erred through wine and are out of the way through strong drink; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.
8 For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.
9. To whom shall he teach knowledge? and to whom shall he make understand doctrine? those who are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts? (That should not be.)
10 For precept must be on precept, precept on precept; line on line, line on line; here a little and there a little:
11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.
12 To whom he said, Look. This is the comfort with which you may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.
13 But the word of the LORD was to them precept on precept, precept on precept; line on line, line on line; here a little and there a little; that they might go and fall backward and be broken and snared and taken.
14. Therefore hear the word of the LORD, you scornful men, who rule this people who are in Jerusalem.
15 Because you have said, We have made a covenant with death and we are in agreement with Sheol; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come to us: for we have made lies our refuge and under falsehood have we hidden ourselves:
16 Therefore thus says the Lord the LORD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation, a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he who believes shall not be hasty.
17 I will also lay judgment to the line and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.
18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled and your agreement with Sheol shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then you shall be trodden down by it.
19 From the time that it passes over it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and only terror shall come from understanding the report.
20 For the bed has been cut shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.
21 For the LORD shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he shall be full of wrath as in the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his service, his foreign service.
22 Now therefore do not be mockers, lest your bands are made strong: for I have heard a predetermined completion, from the Lord the LORD of hosts, on the whole earth.
23. Give ear and hear my voice; listen and hear my speech.
24 Does the plowman plow all day to sow? does he open and break the clods of his ground? [yes.]
25 When he has made plain the face of it, does he not cast abroad the fitches and scatter the cummin and cast in the principal wheat and the appointed barley and the rye in their place?
26 For his God instructs him to discretion and teaches him.
27 For as the fitches are not threshed with a threshing instrument, nor is a cart wheel turned about on the cummin; but fitches are beaten out with a staff and cummin with a rod. 28 and bread corn is crushed; so that he will not constantly be threshing it, he breaks it with the wheel of his cart, his horsemen do not crush it.
29 This also comes forth from the LORD of hosts, which is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working.
1. Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city where David dwelled: add year to year; let the festivals roll on.
2 Yet I will distress Ariel and there shall be heaviness and sorrow: and it shall be to me as Ariel.
3 And I will camp against you round about and will lay siege against you with a palisade and I will raise forts against you.
4 And you shall be brought down and shall speak out of the ground and your speech shall be low out of the dust and your voice shall be, as a psychic, out of the ground and your speech shall whisper out of the dust.
5 Moreover the multitude of your foreigners shall be like fine powder and the multitude of terrorists shall be like wind borne chaff: yes, it shall happen suddenly in an instant.
6 You shall be visited by the LORD of hosts with thunder and with earthquake and great noise, with storm and tempest and a devouring flaming fire.
7 And the multitude of all the nations who fight against and distress Ariel shall be like a night vision in a dream, even all who fight against her and her fortresses.
8 It shall even be as when a hungry man dreams and, behold, he eats; but he awakes and his soul is empty: or as when a thirsty man dreams and, behold, he drinks; but he awakes and, behold, he is faint and his soul is yearning: so shall the multitude of all the nations be, who fight against mount Zion.
9. Stay yourselves and wonder; cry out and say: they are drunk, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink.
10 For the LORD has poured out on you the spirit of deep sleep and has closed your eyes, he has covered the prophets and your leaders the seers.
11 And the vision of all is become to you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one who is learned, saying, Read this, I pray you: and he says, I cannot, for it is sealed:
12 And the book is delivered to him who is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray you: and he says, I am not learned.
13 Therefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but have removed their heart far from me and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
14 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, even a marvelous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden.
15 Woe to those who seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD and their works are in the dark and they say, Who sees us? and who knows us?
16 Surely your turning things upside down shall be likened to the potter's clay: for should the work say of him who made it, He made me not? or should the thing framed say of him who framed it, He had no understanding?
17. Is it not yet a very little while and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest?
18 And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness.
19 The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
20 For the terrible one is brought to nought and the scorner is consumed and all who watch for iniquity are cut off:
21 Those who make man an offender for a word and lay a snare for him who rightly reproves in the gate and turn aside the just for a thing of nought.
22 Therefore thus says the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob, Jacob shall not now be ashamed, nor shall his face now wax pale.
23 But when he sees his children, the work of my hands, in the midst of him, they shall sanctify my name and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob and shall fear the God of Israel.
24 They also who erred in spirit shall come to understanding and those who murmured shall learn doctrine.
1. Woe to the rebellious children, says the LORD, who take counsel, but not of me; and who cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:
2 Who walk to go down into Egypt to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh and to trust in the shadow of Egypt and have not asked at my mouth!
3 Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.
4 For his princes were at Zoan and his ambassadors came to Hanes.
5 They were all ashamed of a people who could not profit them nor be a help nor profit, but a shame and also a reproach.
6 The burden of the beasts of the south: into the land of trouble and anguish, from whence come the young and old lion, the viper and fiery flying serpent, they will carry their riches on the shoulders of young asses and their treasures on the bunches of camels, to a people who shall not profit them.
7 For the Egyptians shall help in vain and to no purpose: therefore I have cried concerning this, Their strength is to sit still.
8. Now go, write it before them in a table and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever:
9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children who will not hear the law of the LORD:
10 who say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not to us right things, speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceits:
11 Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.
12 therefore thus says the Holy One of Israel, Because you despise this word and trust in oppression and perverseness and are supported by them:
13 Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking comes suddenly at an instant.
14 And he shall break it as the breaking of the potters' vessel that is broken in pieces; he shall not spare: so that a shard shall not be found when it is broken to take fire from the hearth, or to take water with it out of the pit.
15 For thus says the Lord the LORD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall you be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and you would not.
16 But you said, No; for we will flee on horses; therefore you shall flee: and We will ride on the swift; therefore those who pursue you shall be swift.
17 One thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one; at the rebuke of five you shall flee: till you are left as a beacon on the top of a mountain and as an ensign on a hill.
18. And therefore the LORD will wait, that he may be gracious to you and therefore he will be exalted, so that he may have mercy on you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all those who wait for him.
19 For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: you shall weep no more: he will be very gracious to you at the voice of your cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer you.
20 And though the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your teachers shall not be removed into a corner any more, but your eyes shall see your teachers:
21 And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk in it, when you turn to the right hand and when you turn to the left.
22 You shall defile also the covering of your graven images of silver and the ornament of your molten images of gold: you shall cast them away as a menstruous cloth; you shall say to it, Get out of here.
23 Then shall he give the rain of your seed, that you shall sow the ground with it; and bread of the increase of the earth, and it shall be fat and plenteous: in that day your cattle shall feed in large pastures.
24 The oxen likewise and the young asses that serve the ground shall eat clean provender, which has been winnowed with the shovel and with the fan.
25 And there shall be on every high mountain and on every high hill, rivers and streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.
26 Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD binds up the breach of his people and heals the stroke of their wound.
27. Behold, the name of the LORD comes from far, burning with his anger and its burden is heavy: his lips are full of indignation and his tongue as a devouring fire:
28 And his breath, as an overflowing stream, shall reach to the midst of the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of vanity: and there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people, causing them to err.
29 You shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goes with a pipe to come into the mountain of the LORD, to the mighty One of Israel.
30 And the LORD shall cause his glorious voice to be heard and shall show the coming down of his arm, with the indignation of his anger and with the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering and tempest and hailstones.
31 For through the voice of the LORD the Assyrian shall be beaten down, who struck with a rod.
32 And in every place where the grounded staff shall pass, which the LORD shall lay on him, it shall be with tabrets and harps: and in battles of shaking he will fight with it.
33 For Tophet is ordained of old; yes, it is prepared for the king; he has made it deep and large: its pile is fire and much wood; the breath of the LORD kindles it like a stream of brimstone. .
1. Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help; and hope in horses and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the LORD!
2 Yet he also is wise and will bring evil and will not call back his words: but will arise against the house of the evildoers and against the help of those who work iniquity.
3 Now the Egyptians are men and not God; and their horses flesh and not spirit. When the LORD shall stretch out his hand, both he who helps shall fall and he who is helped shall fall down and they all shall fail together.
4 For thus has the LORD spoken to me, as the lion and the young lion roaring on his prey, when a multitude of shepherds are called forth against him, he will not be afraid of their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them: so shall the LORD of hosts come down to fight for mount Zion and its hill.
5 As birds flying, so will the LORD of hosts defend Jerusalem; in defending he will also deliver it; and in passing over he will preserve it.
6. Turn to him from whom the children of Israel have deeply revolted.
7 For in that day every man shall cast away his idols of silver and his idols of gold, which your own hands have made to you for a sin.
8 Then shall the Assyrian fall with the sword, not of a mighty man; and the sword, not of a mean man, shall devour him: but he shall flee from the sword and his young men shall be enslaved.
9 And he shall pass over to his strong hold for fear and his princes shall be afraid of the ensign, says the LORD, whose fire is in Zion and his furnace in Jerusalem.
1. Behold, a king ought to reign in righteousness and princes ought to rule in justly.
2 Then a man would be as a hiding place from the wind and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a mighty rock within a weary land.
3 And the eyes of those who see would not be dim and the ears of those who hear would listen.
4 The heart also of the rash would understand knowledge and the tongue of the stammerers would be ready to speak plainly.
5 The vile person would be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful.
6 For the vile person will speak villainy and his heart will work iniquity, to practice hypocrisy and to utter error against the LORD, to make empty the soul of the hungry and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
7 The instruments also of the selfish are evil: he proposes wicked plans to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaks right.
8 But the generous man proposes noble things; and by generous things shall he stand.
9. Rise up, you women who are at ease; hear my voice, you careless daughters; give ear to my speech.
10 Within a year and a few days you shall be troubled, you careless women: for the vintage shall fail, the gathering shall not come.
11 Tremble, you women who are at ease; be troubled, you who are without care: strip yourself and make yourself bare and gird sackcloth on your loins.
12 They shall lament for the breasts, for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine.
13 Thorns and briers shall come up upon the land of my people; yes, upon all the houses of joy in the joyous city:
14 Because the palaces shall be abandoned; the crowds of the city shall be forsaken; the forts and towers shall be for dens forever, a joy of wild asses, a pasture of flocks;
15 Until the spirit be poured on us from on high and the wilderness is a fruitful field and the fruitful field is counted for a forest.
16 Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness and righteousness remain in the fruitful field.
17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.
18 And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation and in sure dwellings and in quiet resting places.
19 In the midst of extreme hail, coming down on the forest; and the city shall be low in a low place.
20 Blessed are you who sow beside all waters, who send forth the feet of the ox and the ass there.
1. Woe to you who spoil and you were not spoiled; and dealt treacherously and they did not deal treacherously with you! when you shall cease to spoil, you shall be spoiled; and when you shall make an end of dealing treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with you.
2 O LORD, be gracious to us; we have waited for you: be their arm every morning and also our salvation in the time of trouble.
3 At the noise of the tumult the people fled; at the lifting up of yourself the nations were scattered.
4 And your spoil shall be gathered like the gathering of the caterpillar: he shall run on them as the locusts run to and fro.
5 the LORD is exalted; for he dwells on high: he has filled Zion with judgment and righteousness.
6 The riches of salvation, wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of your times, This treasure is in the fear of the LORD.
7 Behold, their lions shall cry without: the messengers of peace shall weep bitterly.
8 The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceases: he has broken the covenant, he has despised the cities, he regards no man.
9 The earth mourns and languishes: Lebanon is ashamed and hewn down: Sharon is like a wilderness; and Bashan and Carmel shake off their fruits.
10 Now I will rise, says the LORD; now I will be exalted; now I will lift myself up.
11 You shall conceive chaff, you shall bring forth stubble: your spirit, as fire, shall devour you.
12 And the people shall be as the burnings of lime: they shall be burned in the fire as thorns cut up.
13. Hear what I have done, you who are far off; and you who are near, acknowledge my might.
14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness has surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?
15 He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly; he who despises the gain of oppressions, who shakes his hands from holding bribes, who stops his ears from hearing of blood and shuts his eyes from seeing evil;
16 He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given to him; his waters shall be sure.
17 Your eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.
18 Your heart shall meditate terror. Where is the scribe? where is the receiver? where is he who counted the towers?
19 You shall not see a fierce people, a people of a deeper speech than you can perceive; of a stammering tongue, that you can not understand.
20 Look to Zion, the city of our solemnities: your eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of its stakes shall ever be removed, nor shall any of its cords be broken.
21 But the glorious LORD will be to us a place of broad rivers and streams there; where no galley with oars shall go, nor shall gallant ship pass there.
22 For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us.
23 Your tacklings are loosed; they could not strengthen their mast well, they could not spread the sail: then is the prey of a great spoil divided; the lame take the prey.
24 And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people who dwell there shall be forgiven their iniquity.
1. Come near, you nations, to hear; and listen, you people: let the earth hear, and all that is in it; the world and all things that comes out from it.
2 For the indignation of the LORD is on all nations and his fury on all their armies: he will utterly destroy them, he will deliver them to the slaughter.
3 Their slain also shall be cast out and their stink shall come up out of their carcasses and the mountains shall be melted with their blood.
4 And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falls off from the vine and as a falling fig from the fig tree.
5 For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down on Idumea and on the people of my curse, to judgment.
6 The sword of the LORD is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the LORD has a sacrifice in Bozrah and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea.
7 And the unicorns shall come down with them and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood and their dust made fat with fatness.
8 For it is the day of the LORD'S vengeance and the year of recompenses for the controversy of Zion.
9. And her streams shall be turned into pitch and her dust into brimstone and her land shall become burning pitch.
10 It shall not be quenched night nor day; her smoke shall go up for ever: from generation to generation it shall lie waste; no one shall pass through it for ever and ever.
11 But the cormorant and the bittern shall possess it; the owl also and the raven shall dwell in it: and he shall stretch out on it the line of confusion and the stones of emptiness.
12 They shall call her nobles to the kingdom, but no one shall be there and all her princes shall be nothing.
13 And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in her fortresses: and it shall be a habitation of dragons and a court for owls.
14 The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the island and the satyr shall cry to his fellow; the screech owl also shall rest there and find for herself a place of rest.
15 There shall the great owl make her nest and lay and hatch and gather under her shadow: there shall the vultures also be gathered, every one with her mate.
16 Seek you out of the book of the LORD and read: not one of these shall fail, not one shall lack her mate: for my mouth has commanded it and his spirit has gathered them.
17 And he has cast the lot for them and his hand has divided it to them by line: they shall possess it for ever, from generation to generation shall they dwell there.
1. The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose.
2 It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD and the excellency of our God.
3 Strengthen the weak hands and confirm the feeble knees.
4 Say to those who are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; he will come and save you.
5. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
6 Then shall the lame man leap as a hart and the tongue of the dumb sing: for waters shall break out in the wilderness and streams in the desert.
7 And the parched ground shall become a pool and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.
8 And a highway shall be there and a way and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err in it.
9 No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go on it, they shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:
10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return and come to Zion with singing and everlasting joy shall be on their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
1. Now it came to pass in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah, that Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the defenced cities of Judah and took them.
2 And the king of Assyria sent Rabbi Shakeh from Lachish to Jerusalem to king Hezekiah with a great army. And he stood by the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fuller's field.
3 Then Eliakim, Hilkiah's son, who was over the house and Shebna the scribe and Joah, Asaph's son, the recorder, came out to him .
4 And Rabbi Shakeh said to them, Say now to Hezekiah, Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria, What confidence is this which you trust in?
5 I ask, Do you say these vain words? I have counsel and strength for war: But who is it in whom you trust, that you rebel against me?
6 Lo, you trust in the staff of this broken reed, on Egypt; on which if a man lean, it will go into his hand and pierce it: so is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him.
7 But if you say to me, We trust in the LORD our God: is it not he, whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah has taken away, and said to Judah and to Jerusalem, You shall worship before this altar?
8 Now therefore give promises to my master the king of Assyria and I will give you two thousand horses, if you are able on your part to set riders on them.
9 How then will you turn away the face of one captain of the least of my master's servants and put your trust on Egypt for chariots and for horsemen?
10 And am I now come up without the LORD against this land to destroy it? the LORD said to me, Go up against this land and destroy it.
11. Then Eliakim and Shebna and Joah said to Rabbi Shakeh, Please speak to your servants in the Syrian language; for we understand it: and do not speak to us in the Jewish language, in the ears of the people who are on the wall.
12 But Rabbi Shakeh said, Has my master sent me to your master and to you to speak these words? has he not sent me to the men who sit on the wall, that they may eat their own excrement and drink urine, the water of their own legs, with you?
13 Then Rabbi Shakeh stood and cried with a loud voice in the Jewish language and said, Hear the words of the great king, the king of Assyria.
14 Thus says the king, Let not Hezekiah deceive you: for he shall not be able to deliver you.
15 Nor let Hezekiah make you trust in the LORD, saying, the LORD will surely deliver us and this city shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.
16 Do not listen to Hezekiah: for thus says the king of Assyria, Give me a present and come out to me: and every one eat of his vine, and every one of his fig tree and every one drink the waters of his own cistern;
17 Until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of corn and wine, a land of bread and vineyards.
18 Beware lest Hezekiah persuade you, saying, the LORD will deliver us. Has any god of the nations delivered his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria?
19 Where are the gods of Hamath and Arphad? where are the gods of Sepharvaim? and have they delivered Samaria out of my hand?
20 Who are they among all the gods of these lands, who have delivered their land out of my hand, that the LORD should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand?
21 But they held their peace and answered him not a word: for the king's commandment was, Do not answer him.
22 Then Eliakim, the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, the son of Asaph, the recorder, came to Hezekiah with torn clothes and they told him the words of Rabbi Shakeh.
1. And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he tore his clothes and covered himself with sackcloth and went into the house of the LORD.
2 And he sent Eliakim, who was over the household and Shebna the scribe and the elders of the priests covered with sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz.
3 And they said to him, Thus says Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble and of rebuke and of blasphemy: for the children are come to the birth and there is not strength to bring forth.
4 It may be the LORD your God will hear the words of Rabbi Shakeh, whom his master, the king of Assyria, has sent to reproach the living God and will reprove the words which the LORD your God has heard: therefore lift up your prayer for the remnant that is left.
5 So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.
6 And Isaiah said to them, Thus shall you say to your master, Thus says the LORD, Do not be afraid of the words that you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.
7 Behold, I will send a blast on him and he shall hear a rumor and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.
8. So Rabbi Shakeh returned and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah: for he had heard that he had left Lachish.
9 And he heard it said that Tirhakah king of Ethiopia is come out to make war with you. And when he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying,
10 Thus shall you speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not your God, in whom you trust, deceive you, saying, Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.
11 Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands by utterly destroying them; and shall you be delivered?
12 Have the gods of the nations delivered those who my fathers have destroyed, as Gozan and Haran and Rezeph and the children of Eden who were in Telassar?
13 Where is the king of Hamath and the king of Arphad and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, Hena and Ivah?
14 And when Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it he went up to the house of the LORD and spread it before the LORD.
15 And Hezekiah prayed to the LORD, saying,
16 O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, who dwells between the cherubim, you are God, even you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: you have made heaven and earth.
17 Incline your ear, O LORD and hear; open your eyes, O LORD and see: and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God.
18 Truly LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations and their countries,
19 And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were not gods, but the work of men's hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them.
20 Now therefore, O LORD our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you are the LORD, even you only.
21. Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, Thus says the LORD God of Israel, Where as you have prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria:
22 This is the word which the LORD has spoken concerning him; The virgin, the daughter of Zion, has despised you, and laughed you to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem has shaken her head at you.
23 Whom have you reproached and blasphemed? and against whom have you exalted your voice and lifted up your eyes on high? even against the Holy One of Israel.
24 By your servants you have reproached the Lord and have said, By the multitude of my chariots I am come up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon; and I will cut down the tall cedars there and their choice fir trees and I will enter into the height of his border and the forest of his Carmel.
25 I have digged and drunk water and with the sole of my feet I have dried up all the rivers of the besieged places.
26 Have you not heard long ago, how I did it and of ancient times, that I have formed it? Now I have brought it to pass, that you should lay waste defenced cities into ruinous heaps.
27 Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed and confounded: they were as the grass of the field and as the green herb, as the grass on the housetops and as corn blasted before it is grown up.
28 But I know your abode and your going out and your coming in and your rage against me.
29 Because your rage against me and your tumult, is come up into my ears, therefore will I put my hook in your nose and my bridle in your lips and I will turn you back to the way by which you came.
30 And this shall be a sign to you, you shall eat this year such as grows of itself and the second year that which springs of the same and in the third year you will sow and reap and plant vineyards and eat the its fruit.
31 And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall take root again downward and bear fruit upward:
32 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant and those who escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this.
33 Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shields, nor cast a bank against it.
34 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return and shall not come into this city, says the LORD.
35 For I will defend this city to save it for my own sake, and for my servant David's sake.
36 Then the angel of the LORD went and struck one hundred eighty five thousand men in the camp of the Assyrians and when the rest arose early in the morning, they beheld all the dead corpses.
37 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and went and returned to dwell at Nineveh.
38 And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons struck him with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Armenia: and Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead.
1. In those days Hezekiah was sick to death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him and said to him, Thus says the LORD, Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live.
2 Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall and prayed to the LORD,
3 And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech you, how I have walked before you in truth and with a perfect heart and have done that which is good in your sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.
4 Then came the word of the LORD to Isaiah, saying,
5 Go and say to Hezekiah, Thus says the LORD, the God of David your father, I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears: behold, I will add to your days fifteen years.
6 And I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria: and I will defend this city.
7 And this shall be a sign to you from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that he has spoken;
8 Behold, I will bring again the shadow of the degrees in the sun dial of Ahaz, which is gone down, ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it had gone down.
9. The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick and was recovered of his sickness:
10 I said concerning the cutting off of my days, I shall go to the gates of Sheol: I am deprived of the residue of my years.
11 I said, I shall not see the LORD, even the LORD, in the land of the living: I shall behold man no more with the inhabitants of the world.
12 My age is departed and is removed from me as a shepherd's tent: I have my life cut off like a weaver: he will cut me off with pining sickness: from day even to night will you make an end of me.
13 I reckoned till morning, that, as a lion, so he will break all my bones: from day even to night you will make an end of me.
14 Like a crane or a swallow, so did I chatter: I mourned like a dove: my eyes fail with looking upward: LORD, I am oppressed; deliver me.
15 What shall I say? he has both spoken to me and has done it himself: I shall go softly all my years in the bitterness of my soul.
16 O Lord, by these things men live and in all these things is the life of my spirit: so will you recover me and make me live.
17 Behold, I had great bitterness for peace: but you have in love for my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for you have cast all my sins behind your back.
18 For the grave cannot praise you, death cannot celebrate you: those who go down into Sheol cannot hope for your truth. 19 The living, the living, he shall praise you, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known your truth.
20 the LORD was ready to save me: therefore we will sing my songs to the stringed instruments all the days of our life in the house of the LORD.
21 For Isaiah had said, Let them take a lump of figs and lay it for a plaster on the boil and he shall recover.
22 Hezekiah also had said, What is the sign that I shall go up to the house of the LORD?
1. At that time Merodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah: for he had heard that he had been sick and was recovered.
2 And Hezekiah was glad for them and showed them the house of his precious things, the silver and the gold and the spices, and the precious ointment and all the house of his armor and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah did not show them.
3 Then came Isaiah the prophet to king Hezekiah and said to him, What did these men say? and where did they come from to you? And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country to me, even from Babylon.
4 Then he said, What have they seen in your house? And Hezekiah answered, They have seen all that is in my house. Ihere is nothing among my treasures that I have not shown them.
5. Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, Hear the word of the LORD of hosts:
6 Behold, the days come, that all that is in your house and that which your fathers have laid up in store until this day, shall be carried to Babylon: nothing shall be left, says the LORD.
7 And of your sons who shall issue from you, who you shall beget, they shall take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.
8 Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, Good is the word of the LORD which you have spoken, he explained, Because there shall be peace and truth in my days.
1. Be comforted, be comforted my people, says your God.
2 Speak comfortably to Jerusalem and cry to her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she has received double for all her sins from the LORD'S hand.
3. The voice of him who cries in the wilderness, Prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
4 Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight and the rough places plain:
5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD has spoken it.
6 The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass and all the goodness of them is as the flower of the field:
7 The grass withers, the flower fades: because the spirit of the LORD blows on it: surely the people are grass.
8 The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
9. O Zion, who brings good tidings, get you up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, who brings good tidings, lift up your voice with strength; lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the cities of Judah, Behold your God!
10 Behold, the Lord the LORD will come with strong hand and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him and his work before him.
11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm and carry them in his bosom and shall gently lead those who are with young.
12. Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance?
13 Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor has taught him?
14 With whom did he take counsel, or who instructed him, or taught him in the path of judgment, or taught him knowledge, or showed the way of understanding to him?
15 Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he takes up the isles as a very little thing.
16 And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts of it sufficient for a burnt offering.
17 All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing and vanity.
18. To whom then will you liken God? or what likeness will you compare to him?
19 The workman melts a graven image and the goldsmith spreads it over with gold and casts silver chains.
20 He who is so impoverished that he has no oblation chooses a tree that will not rot; he seeks for himself a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, that shall not be moved.
21 Have you not known? have you not heard? has it not been told you from the beginning? have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
22 It is he who sits on the circle of the earth and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens as a curtain and spreads them out as a tent to dwell in:
23 Who brings the princes to nothing; he makes the judges of the earth as vanity.
24 Yes, they shall not be planted; yes, they shall not be sown: yes, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also blow on them and they shall wither and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble.
25 To whom then will you liken me, or shall I be compared? says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes on high and behold who has created these things, who brings out their host by number: he calls them all by names by the greatness of his might, because he is strong in power; not one fails.
27. Why do you say, O Jacob and speak, O Israel, My way is hidden from the LORD and my judgment is passed over from my God?
28 Have you not known? have you not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint, nor is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
29 He gives power to the faint; and to those who have no might he increases strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and are weary and the young men shall utterly fall:
31 But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.
1. Keep silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew their strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together to judgment.
2 Who raised up the righteous man from the east, called him to his foot, gave the nations before him and made him rule over kings? He gave them as the dust to his sword and as driven stubble to his bow.
3 He pursued them and passed safely; even by the way that he had not gone with his feet.
4 Who has wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD, the first and with the last; I am he.
5 The isles saw it and feared; the ends of the earth were afraid, drew near and came.
6 Every one helped his neighbor; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.
7 So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith and he who smoothes with the hammer, him who strikes the anvil, saying, It is ready for the soldering: and he fastened it with nails, so it would not be moved.
8 But you, Israel, are my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.
9 You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth and called you from their chief men and said to you, You are my servant; I have chosen you and have not cast you away.
10. Fear not; for I am with you: do not be dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you; yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.
11 Behold, all those who were incensed against you shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and those who strive with you shall perish.
12 You shall seek them and shall not find them, even them who fight with you: those who war against you shall be as nothing and as a thing of nought.
13 For I the LORD your God will hold your right hand, saying to you, Fear not; I will help you.
14 Fear not, you worm Jacob and you men of Israel; I will help you, says the LORD and your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
15 Behold, I will make you a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: you shall thresh the mountains and beat them small and shall make the hills as chaff.
16 You shall fan them and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them and you shall rejoice in the LORD and shall glory in the Holy One of Israel.
17 When the poor and needy seek water and there is none, and their tongue fails for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them.
18 I will open rivers in high places and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.
19 I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia tree and the myrtle and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree and the pine and the box tree together:
20 That they may see and know and consider and understand together, that the hand of the LORD has done this and the Holy One of Israel has created it.
21. Produce your cause, says the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, says the King of Jacob.
22 Let them bring them forth and show us what shall happen: let them show the former things, as they were, that we may consider them and know the latter end of them; or declare ro us things to come.
23 Tell the symbols of the latter days, that we may know that you are gods: indeed, make either a good thing or an evil thing, that we may be amazed and behold it together.
24 Behold, you are of nothing and your work is worthless: he who chooses you is an abomination.
25 I have raised up one from the north and he shall come: from the rising of the sun he shall call on my name: and he shall come on princes as on mortar and as the potter treads clay.
26 Who has declared from the beginning, that we may know? and beforetime, that we may say, He is righteous? yes, there is no one who shows, yes, there is no one who declares, yes, there is no one who hears your words.
27 The first shall say to Zion, Behold, behold them: and I will give to Jerusalem one who brings good tidings.
28 For I beheld and there was no man; even among them and there was no counsellor, that, when I asked of them, could answer a word.
29 Behold, they are all vanity; their works are nothing: their molten images are wind and confusion.
1. Behold my servant, whom I uphold; my elect, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit on him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
2 He shall not cry, nor shout, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.
3 A bruised reed shall he not break and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment to truth.
4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he has set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.
5. Thus says God the LORD, he who created the heavens and stretched them out; he who spread forth the earth and that which comes out of it; he who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it:
6 I the LORD have called you in righteousness and will hold your hand and will keep you and give you for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;
7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and those who sit in darkness out of the prison house.
8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory I will not give to another, nor my praise to graven images.
9 Behold, I declared the former things and they have come to pass and I declare new things: before they spring up I tell you of them.
10 Sing to the LORD a new song and his praise from the end of the earth, you who go down to the sea and all that is in it; the isles and the inhabitants of them.
11 Let the cities of the wilderness lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar inhabits: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains.
12 Let them give glory to the LORD and declare his praise in the islands.
13. the LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, even, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies.
14 I have held my peace a long time; I have been still and refrained myself: now I will cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once.
15 I will lay waste mountains and hills and dry up all their vegetation; and I will make the rivers islands and I will dry up the pools.
16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they did not knew; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them and crooked things straight. These things will I do to them and not forsake them.
17 Those who trust in graven images shall be turned back, those who say to the molten images, you are our gods, shall be greatly ashamed,, .
18. Hear, you deaf; and look, you blind, that you may see.
19 Who is blind, but my servant? or as deaf as my messenger who I sent? who is as blind as he who is perfect and as blind as the LORD'S servant?
20 Seeing many things, but you observe not; opening the ears, but he hears not.
21 the LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law and make it honorable.
22 But this is a people robbed and spoiled; all of them are snared in holes and they are hidden in prison houses: they are for a prey and no one delivers; for a spoil and no one says, Restore. 23 Who among you will give ear to this? who will listen and hear for the time to come?
24 Who gave Jacob for a spoil and Israel to the robbers? did not the LORD, he against whom we have sinned? for they would not walk in his ways, nor were they obedient to his law.
25 Therefore he has poured on him the fury of his anger, and the strength of battle: and it has set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; and it burned him, yet he laid it not to heart.
1. But now thus says the LORD who created you, O Jacob and he who formed you, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed you, I have called you by your name; you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not flow over you: when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned; nor shall the flame light upon you.
3 For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior: I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Sheba for you.
4 Since you were precious in my sight, you have been made honorable and I have loved you: therefore I will give men for you and people for your life.
5 Fear not: for I am with you: I will bring your seed from the east and gather you from the west;
6 I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Do not keep back: bring my sons from far and my daughters from the ends of the earth;
7 Even every one who is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yes, I have made him.
8. Bring out the blind people who have eyes and the deaf who have ears.
9 Let all the nations be gathered together and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this and show us former things? let them bring on their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear and say, It is truth.
10 You are my witnesses, says the LORD and my servant whom I have chosen: that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, nor shall there be after me.
11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no savior.
12 I have declared and have saved and I have showed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore you are my witnesses, says the LORD, that I am God.
13 Yes, before the day was I am he; and there is no one who can deliver out of my hand: I will work and who shall stop it?
14. Thus says the LORD, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your sake I have sent to Babylon and have brought down all their nobles and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships.
15 I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.
16 Thus says the LORD, who makes a way in the sea and a path in the mighty waters;
17 who brings forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are snuffed out like a wick.
18 Do not bring to mind the former things, nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; should you not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
20 The beast of the field shall honor me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.
21 This people I have formed for myself; they shall show my praise.
22. But you have not called upon me, O Jacob; but you have been weary of me, O Israel.
23 You have not brought me even the small cattle of your burnt offerings; nor have you honored me with your sacrifices. I have not caused you to serve with an offering, nor wearied you with incense.
24 You have bought me no sweet cane with money, nor have you filled me with the fat of your sacrifices: but you have made me to serve with your sins, you have wearied me with your iniquities.
25 I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake and will not remember your sins.
26 Remind me, let us judge together: explain how you are justified.
27 Your first father has sinned and your teachers have transgressed against me.
28 Therefore I have profaned the princes of the sanctuary, and have given Jacob to the curse and Israel to reproaches.
1. Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen:
2 Thus says the LORD who made you, formed you from the womb and who will help you; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and you, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.
3 For I will pour water on him who is thirsty and floods on the dry ground: I will pour my spirit on your seed and my blessing on your offspring:
4 And they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses.
5 One shall say, I am the LORD'S; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand to the LORD and surname himself by the name of Israel.
6 Thus says the LORD the King of Israel and his Redeemer
the LORD of hosts; I am the first and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
7 And who is like me, who can call and explain and arrange before me the things that have happened since I placed the people of antiquity? Let them show to us the things that are in the near and the distant future.
8 Fear not, nor be afraid: have I not made it known to you from that time and have told it? you are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? I do not know any stone god.
9. Those who make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they do not see nor know; that they may be ashamed.
10 Who forms a god, or casts a graven image that gives no profit?
11 Behold, all his companions shall be ashamed for the workmen are mere humans; When they gather themselves together and stand up they shall be terrified and suffer shame together.
12 The iron worker works with tongs in the coals and fashions it with hammers and works it with the strength of his arms: he is hungry and his strength fails: he drinks no water, and is faint.
13 The carpenter stretches out his ruler; he marks it out with a line; he fits it with planes and he marks it out with the compass and makes it in the shape of a man, according to human excellence, so it may abide in the home.
14 He hews down cedars and takes the cypress and the oak, which he strengthens for himself among the trees of the forest: he plants an ash and the rain nourishes it.
15 Then it shall be used for a man to burn: because he will take a piece and warm himself; yes, he kindles it and bakes bread; yes, he makes a god and worships it; he makes it a graven image and falls down before it.
16 He burns part of it in the fire; with part of it he eats flesh; he roasts meat and is satisfied: he warms himself and says, Ah, I am warm, I have seen the fire:
17 And with the residue he makes a god, even his graven image: he falls down before it and worships it and prays to it, and says, Deliver me; for you are my god.
18 They have not known nor understood: for he has shut their eyes, so they cannot see; and their hearts, so they cannot understand.
19 And no one considers in his heart, nor is there knowledge nor understanding to say, I have burned part of it in the fire; also I have baked bread on its coals; I have roasted flesh and eaten it: and shall I make its residue an abomination? shall I fall down to the stock of a tree?
20 He feeds on ashes: a deceived heart has turned him aside, so that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is this not a fraud in my right hand?
21. Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for you are my servant: I have formed you; you are my servant: O Israel, you shall not be forgotten by me.
22 I have blotted out, your transgressions as a thick cloud and your sins as a cloud: return to me; for I have redeemed you.
23 Sing, O you heavens; for the LORD has done it: shout, you lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, you mountains, O forest and every tree there: for the LORD has redeemed Jacob and glorified himself in Israel.
24 Thus says the LORD, your redeemer and he who formed you from the womb, I am the LORD who makes all things; who stretches forth the heavens alone; who spreads abroad the earth by myself;
25 Who frustrates the tokens of the liars and makes diviners mad; who turns wise men backward and makes their knowledge foolish;
26 Who confirms the word of his servant and performs the counsel of his messengers; who says to Jerusalem, You shall be inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, you shall be built and I will raise up your decayed places:
27 Who says to the deep, Be dry and I will dry up your rivers:
28 Who says of Cyrus, he is my shepherd and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, you shall be built; and to the temple, your foundation shall be laid.
1. Thus says the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut;
2 I will go before you and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass and cut apart the bars of iron:
3 And I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the LORD, who calls you by your name, am the God of Israel.
4 For my servant Jacob's sake and Israel my elect, I have even called you by your name: I have surnamed you, though you have not known me.
5. I am the LORD and there is no one else, there is no God beside me: I girded you, though you have not known me:
6 That they may know from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is no one beside me. I am the LORD and there is no one else.
7 I form the light and create darkness: I make peace and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.
8 Drop down, you heavens, from above and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open and let them bring forth salvation and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it.
9 Woe to him who strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him who fashions it, What are you making? or your work, He has no hands?
10 Woe to him who says to his father, What did you beget? or to the woman, What have you brought forth?
11. Thus says the LORD, the Holy One of Israel and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons and concerning the work of my hands command me.
12 I have made the earth and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens and all their host have I commanded.
13 I have raised him up in righteousness and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city and he shall let my captives go, not for price nor reward, says the LORD of hosts.
14 Thus says the LORD, The labor of Egypt and merchandise of Ethiopia and of the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over to you and they shall be yours: they shall come after you; in chains they shall come over and they shall fall down to you, they shall make supplication to you, saying, Surely God is in you; and there is no one else, there is no God.
15 Truly you are a God who hides yourself, O God of Israel, the Savior.
16 The makers of idols shall be ashamed and also confounded, all of them: they shall go to confusion together.
17 But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: you shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.
18 For thus says the LORD creator of the heavens; God himself who formed the earth and made it; he has established it, he did not create it in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is no one else.
19 I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I did not say in vain to the seed of Jacob, Seek me; I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.
20. Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, you who are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge who set up the wood of their graven image and pray to a god who cannot save.
21 Proclaim and bring them near; let them take counsel together: who has declared this from ancient time? who has told it from that time? Have not I the LORD? and there is no other God beside me; a just God and a Savior; there is no one beside me.
22 Look to me all the ends of the earth and be saved,: for I am God and there is no one else.
23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness and shall not return empty, That to me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
24 Surely, one shall say, In the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all who are incensed against him shall be ashamed.
25 In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified and shall glory.
1. Bel bows down, Nebo stoops, their idols were on the beasts and on the cattle: your carriages were heavy laden; they are a burden to the weary beast.
2 They stoop, they bow down together; they could not deliver the burden, but themselves are gone into captivity.
3 Listen to me, O house of Jacob and all the remnant of the house of Israel, who are borne by me from the belly, who are carried from the womb:
4 And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoary hairs will I carry you: I have made and I will bear; even I will carry and will deliver you.
5. To whom will you liken me and make me equal and compare me, that we may be likened?
6 They lavish gold out of the bag and weigh silver in the balance and hire a goldsmith; and he makes it a god: they fall down, yes, they worship.
7 They bear it on their shoulder, they carry it and set it in its place and it stands; it shall not move from its place: yes, one shall cry to it, yet it cannot answer, nor save him out of his trouble.
8 Remember this and show yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O you transgressors.
9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God and there is no one else; I am God and there is no one like me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand and I will do all my pleasure:
11 Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man who executes my counsel from a far country: yes, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.
12 Listen to me, you stubbornhearted, that are far from righteousness:
13 I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.
1. Come down and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground: there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for you shall no more be called tender and delicate.
2 Take the millstones and grind meal: uncover your locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers.
3 Your nakedness shall be uncovered, your shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance and I will not meet you as a man.
4 As for our redeemer, the LORD of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel.
5 Sit silent and get into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for you shall no more be called, The Mistress of Kingdoms.
6 I was angry with my people, I have polluted my inheritance and given them into your hand: you showed them no mercy; you very heavily laid your yoke even on the elderly.
7. And you said, I shall be a heroine for ever: so that you did not consider these things, nor did you ponder its latter end.
8 Therefore hear this now, you who are given to pleasures, who dwells without care, who says in your heart, I am and there is no one else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children:
9 But these two things shall come to you in a moment in one day, the loss of children and widowhood: they shall come upon you in their perfection for the multitude of your sorceries and for the great abundance of your enchantments.
10 For you have trusted in your wickedness: you have said, No one sees me. Your wisdom and your knowledge has perverted you; and you have said in your heart, I am and no one else beside me.
11 Therefore shall evil come upon you; you shall not know from where it rises: and mischief shall fall on you; you shall not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come on you suddenly, which you shall not know.
12 Stand now with your enchantments and with the multitude of your sorceries, in which you have labored from your youth; if it is that you shall be able to profit, if it is that you may prevail.
13 You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up and save you from these things that shall come on you.
14 Behold, they shall be like chaff; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver even themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor a light to sit before.
15 Thus shall they be to you with whom you have labored from your youth: even your merchants, they shall wander every one to his quarter; no one shall save you.
1. Hear this, O house of Jacob, who are called by the name of Israel and are come forth out of the waters of Judah, who swear by the name of the LORD and make mention of the God of Israel, but not in truth, nor in righteousness.
2 For they say they are from the holy city and rely on the God of Israel; the LORD of hosts is his name.
3 I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth and I showed them; I did them suddenly and they came to pass.
4 Because I knew that you are obstinate and your neck is an iron sinew and your brow brass;
5 I have told you, even from the beginning, before it came to pass I showed it to you: lest you should say, My idol has done them and my graven image and my molten image, has commanded them.
6 You heard and all this you have seen in a vision and will you yourself not announce it? I have caused you to hear new things from this time, even hidden things, which you did not know.
7 They are created now and not from the beginning; even before the day when you did not hear them; lest you should say, Behold, I knew them.
8 Yet, you did not hear; still, you did not know; neither was your ear opened from that time: for I knew that you would deal very treacherously and were called a transgressor from the womb.
9. For the sake of my name I will put off my anger and I will desist my praise for you, so as not to cut you off.
10 Behold, I have refined you, but not with silver; I have chosen you in the furnace of affliction.
11 For my own sake, even for my own sake, I will do it: for how can my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory to another.
12 Listen to me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.
13 My hand also has laid the foundation of the earth and my right hand has spanned the heavens: when I call to them, they stand up together.
14 All of you, assemble yourselves and hear; who among them has declared these things? the LORD has loved him: he will do his pleasure on Babylon and his arm shall be on the Chaldeans.
15 I, even I, have spoken; yes, I have called him: I have brought him and he shall make his way prosperous.
16. Come near to me, hear this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, I was there: and now the Lord the LORD and his Spirit, has sent me.
17 Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD your God who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way that you would go.
18 O that you had listened to my commandments! then would your peace be as a river and your righteousness as the waves of the sea:
19 Your seed also would have been as the sand and the offspring of your loins like its gravel; their name should not have been cut off nor destroyed from before me.
20 Go out of Babylon, flee from the Chaldeans, with a voice of singing declare it, tell this, utter it even to the end of the earth; say, the LORD has redeemed his servant Jacob.
21 And they did not thirst when he led them through the deserts: he caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them: he split the rock also and the waters gushed out.
22 There is no peace, says the LORD, to the wicked.
1. Listen to me, O isles,; and listen you people from afar; the LORD called me from the womb; from my mother's belly he named me.
2 And he has made my mouth like a sharp sword; he has hidden me in the shadow of his hand and made me a polished shaft; he has hidden me in his quiver;
3 And said to me, You are my servant Israel, in whom I will be glorified.
4 Then I said, I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the LORD and my work with my God.
5 And now, says the LORD who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to return Jacob to him and to gather Israel to him, that I shall be glorious in the eyes of the LORD and my God shall be my strength.
6 And he said, Is it a light thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give you for a light to the Gentiles, that you may be my salvation to the end of the earth.
7. Thus says the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One, to him whom man despises, to him whom the nation abhors, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, shall choose you.
8 Thus says the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you: and I will preserve you and I will give you for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause them to inherit the desolate heritages;
9 That you may say to the prisoners, Go forth; to those who are in darkness, Show yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places.
10 They shall not hunger nor thirst; nor shall the heat nor sun strike them: for he who has mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water he shall guide them.
11 And I will make all my mountains a way and my highways shall be exalted.
12 Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.
13. Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the LORD has comforted his people and will have mercy on his afflicted.
14 But Zion said, the LORD has forsaken me and my Lord has forgotten me.
15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she would not have compassion on the son of her womb? yes, even they may forget, but I will not forget you.
16 Behold, I have graven you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me.
17 Your children shall make haste; your destroyers and those who made you waste shall go away from you.
18. Lift up your eyes round about and behold: all these gather themselves together and come to you. As I live, says the LORD, you shall surely clothe you with them all, as with an ornament and bind them on you, as a bride.
19 For your waste and your desolate places and the land of your destruction, even now shall be too small by reason of the inhabitants and those who swallowed you up shall be far away.
20 The children who you shall have, after you have lost the other, shall say again in your ears, The place is too narrow for me: give me room that I may dwell.
21 Then shall you say in your heart, Who has begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children and I am a desolate captive moving to and fro? and who has brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where were they?
22 Thus says the Lord the LORD, Behold, I will lift up my hand to the Gentiles and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring your sons in their arms and your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders.
23 And kings shall be your nursing fathers and their queens your nursing mothers: they shall bow down to you with their face toward the earth and lick up the dust of your feet; and you shall know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed who wait for me.
24. Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?
25 But thus says the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him who contends with you and I will save your children.
26 And I will feed those who oppress you with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am your Savior and your Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.
1. Thus says the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother's divorce, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold you have sold yourselves for your iniquities and your mother is put away for your transgressions.
2 Why, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there no one to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stink and die for thirst, because there is no water.
3 I clothe the heavens with blackness and I make sackcloth their covering.
4. The Lord the LORD has given me the tongue of the learned, so that I would know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary: he wakens morning by morning, he wakens my ear to hear as the learned.
5 The Lord the LORD has opened my ear and I was not rebellious, nor turned away.
6 I gave my back to the strikers and my cheeks to those who plucked off the hair: I did not hide my face from insult and spitting.
7 For the Lord the LORD will help me; therefore I shall not be confounded: therefore I have set my face like a flint and I know that I shall not be ashamed.
8 He is near who justifies me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who is my adversary? let him come near to me.
9 Behold, the Lord the LORD will help me; who is he who shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up.
10. Who is among you who fears the LORD, who obeys the voice of his servant, who walks in darkness and has no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD and stay upon his God.
11 Behold, all you who kindle a fire, who surround yourselves with sparks: walk in the light of your fire and in the sparks that you have kindled. You shall have this from my hand; you shall lie down in sorrow.
1. Listen to me, you who follow after righteousness, you who seek the LORD: look to the rock from which you are hewn and to the hole of the pit from which you were dug.
2 Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you: for I called him alone and blessed him and increased him.
3 For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving and the voice of melody.
4. Listen to me, my people; and give ear to me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.
5 My righteousness is near; my salvation is gone forth and my arms shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon me, and on my arm they shall trust.
6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke and the earth shall wax old like a garment and her inhabitants shall die in the same way: but my salvation shall be for ever and my righteousness shall not be abolished.
7 Listen to me, you who know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear not the reproach of men, nor be afraid of their revilings.
8 For the moth shall eat them up like a garment and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be for ever and my salvation from generation to generation.
9. Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old; are you not she who has cut Rahab and wounded the dragon?
10 Are you not she who has dried the sea, the waters of the great deep; who has made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over?
11 Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return and come with singing to Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.
12 I, even I, am he who comforts you: who are you, that you should be afraid of a man who will shall die and of the son of man who shall be made as grass;
13 And you forget the LORD your maker, who has stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth; and you have feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy; and where is the fury of the oppressor?
14 The captive is anxious to be loosed, that he should not die in the pit, nor that his bread should fail.
15 But I am the LORD your God, who divided the sea, whose waves roared: the LORD of hosts is his name.
16 And I have put my words in your mouth and I have covered you in the shadow of my hand, that I may plant the heavens and lay the foundations of the earth and say to Zion, You are my people.
17. Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, who have drunk the cup of his fury at the hand of the LORD; you have drunk the dregs of the cup of trembling and wrung them out.
18 There is no one to guide her among all the sons whom she has brought forth; nor is there any who takes her by the hand of all the sons who she has brought up.
19 These two things are come to you and who shall comfort you? desolation and destruction and famine and sword: by whom shall I comfort you?
20 Your sons have fainted, they lie at the head of all the streets, as a wild bull in a net: they are full of the fury of the LORD, the rebuke of your God.
21 Therefore now hear this, you are afflicted and drunk, but not with wine:
22 Thus says your Lord the LORD and your God who pleads the cause of his people, Behold, I have taken the cup of trembling out of your hand, even the dregs of the cup of my fury; you shall not drink it anymore again:
23 But I will put it into the hand of those who afflict you; who had said to your soul, Bow down, that we may walk over you: and you laid your body as the ground and as the street to them to walk over you.
1. Awake, awake; put on your strength, O Zion; put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for from now on there shall no more come into you the uncircumcised and the unclean.
2 Shake yourself from the dust; arise and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose yourself from the bands of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion.
3 For thus says the LORD, you have sold yourselves for nothing; and you shall be redeemed without money.
4 For thus says the Lord the LORD, My people went down in old time into Egypt to sojourn there; and the Assyrian oppressed them without cause.
5 Now therefore, what have I here, says the LORD, that my people are taken away for nothing? those who rule over them make them to howl, says the LORD; and my name is blasphemed continually every day.
6 Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he who speaks: behold, it is I.
7. How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good tidings, who publishes peace; who brings good tidings of good, who publishes salvation; who says to Zion, Your God reigns!
8 Your watchmen shall lift up their voice; with their voice together they shall sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall restore Zion.
9 Break forth into joy, sing together, you waste places of Jerusalem: for the LORD has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem.
10 The LORD has made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
11 Depart, depart, go out from there, touch no unclean thing; go out of the midst of her; be clean, you who bear the vessels of the LORD.
12 For you shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the LORD will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rearguard.
13. Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled and be very high.
14 Just as many were astonished at him; because his visage was marred more than any man and his form more than the sons of men:
15 So shall he startle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for they shall see that which they were not told; and they shall consider that which they had not heard.
1. Who has believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant and as a root out of dry ground: he has no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we would desire him.
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief: and we hid our faces from him; he was despised and we did not esteem him.
4. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him beaten and buffeted and afflicted by God.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opens not his mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he beaten.
9 And he was given his grave with the wicked and with the rich in his death; Even though he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth,
10. The LORD was pleased to bruise him. he has put him to grief: if you shall put his soul as a sin offering, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
11 He shall see of the travail of his soul and shall be satisfied: By his knowledge my righteous servant shall justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the great and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he exposed his soul to death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bore the sins of many and made intercession for the transgressors.
1. Sing, O barren, you who did not bear; break forth into singing and cry aloud, you who did not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, says the LORD.
2 Enlarge the place of your tent and let them stretch forth the curtains of your habitations: spare not, lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes;
3 For you shall break forth on the right hand and on the left; and your seed shall inherit the Gentiles and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.
4 Fear not; for you shall not be ashamed: nor be confounded; for you shall not be put to shame: for you shall forget the shame of your youth and shall not remember the reproach of your widowhood any more.
5 For your Maker is your husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and your Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; He shall be called The God of the whole earth.
6 For the LORD has called you as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit and a wife of youth, when you were refused, says your God.
7 For a small moment I have forsaken you; but with great mercies I will gather you.
8 In a little wrath I hid my face from you for a moment; but with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you, says the LORD your Redeemer.
9 For this is as the waters of Noah to me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah would no more go over the earth; so I have sworn that I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you.
10 For the mountains shall depart and the hills shall be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall the covenant of my peace be removed, says the LORD who has mercy on you.
11. O you afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay your stones with fair colors and lay your foundations with sapphires.
12 And I will make your windows of agates and your gates of carbuncles and all your borders of pleasant stones.
13 And all your children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of your children.
14 In righteousness you shall be established: you shall be far from oppression; for you shall not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near you.
15 Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against you shall fall for your sake.
16 Behold, I have created the smith who blows the coals in the fire and who brings forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.
17 No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and you shall condemn every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD and their righteousness is of me, says the LORD.
1. Ho, every one who thirsts, come to the waters and he who has no money; come, buy and eat; yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
2 Why do you spend money for that which is not bread and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat that which is good and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
3 Incline your ear and come to me: hear and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.
5 Behold, you shall call to a nation that you did not know and nations that you did not know shall run to you because of the LORD your God and for the Holy One of Israel; for he has glorified you.
6. Seek the LORD while he may be found, call on him while he is near:
7 Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return to the LORD and he will have mercy on him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 For as the rain comes down and the snow from heaven and does not return there, but waters the earth and makes it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater:
11 So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please and it shall prosper in the thing where I sent it.
12 For you shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thorn the fir tree shall come up and instead of the brier the myrtle tree shall come up: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
1. Thus says the LORD, Keep judgment and do justice: for my salvation is near to come and my righteousness to be revealed.
2 Blessed is the man who does this and the son of man who lays hold on it; who keeps from polluting the sabbath and keeps his hand from doing any evil.
3. Neither let the son of the stranger, who has joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, the LORD has utterly separated me from his people: nor let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.
4 For thus says the LORD to the eunuchs who keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me and take hold of my covenant;
5 Even to them I will give in my house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.
6 Also the sons of the stranger, who join themselves to the LORD, to serve him and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one who keeps the sabbath from polluting it and takes hold of my covenant;
7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all people.
8 The Lord the LORD who gathers the outcasts of Israel says, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those who are gathered to him.
9. All you beasts of the field, come to devour, yes, all you beasts in the forest.
10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.
11 Yes, they are greedy dogs who can never have enough, and they are shepherds who cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.
12 Come, they say, I will fetch wine and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and tomorrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.
1. The righteous perishes and no man lays it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, no one considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.
2 He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.
3. But draw near here, you sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore.
4 Against whom do you sport yourselves? against whom do you make a wide mouth and draw out the tongue? are you not children of transgression, a seed of falsehood,
5 Inflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree, slaying the children in the valleys, is your portion under the cliffs of the rocks?
6 Among the smooth stones of the stream; they, they are your lot: even to them have you poured a drink offering, you have offered a meat offering. Should I receive comfort in these?
7 Upon a lofty and high mountain you have set your bed: even there you went up to offer sacrifice.
8 Behind the doors also and the posts you have set up your remembrance: for you have uncovered yourself to another than me, and are gone up; you have enlarged your bed and you made a covenant with them; you loved their bed where you saw it.
9 And you went to the king with ointment and increased your perfumes and you sent your messengers far off and debased yourself even to Sheol.
10 You are wearied in the greatness of your way; yet you did not say, There is no hope: you have found life by your own hand; therefore you were not grieved.
11 And of whom have you been afraid or feared, that you have lied and have not remembered me, nor laid it to your heart? have not I held my peace even of old and you fear me not?
12 I will declare your righteousness and your works; for they shall not profit you.
13. When you cry, let your companies deliver you; but the wind shall carry them all away; vanity shall take them: but he who puts his trust in me shall possess the land and shall inherit my holy mountain;
14 And shall say, Cast up, cast up, prepare the way, take up the stumblingblock out of the way of my people.
15 For thus says the high and lofty, The One Who Inhabits (Shekinah) eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also who is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
16 For I will not contend for ever, nor will I always be angry: for the spirit would fail before me and the souls who I have made.
17. I was angry because of the iniquity of his covetousness and struck him: I hid myself and was angry and he went on stubbornly in the way of his heart.
18 I have seen his ways, but will heal him: I will also lead him and restore comforts to him and to his mourners.
19 I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near, says the LORD; and I will heal him.
20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
21 There is no peace, says my God, to the wicked.
1. Cry aloud, spare not, lift up your voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgression and the house of Jacob their sins.
2 Yet they seek me daily and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, as though not forsaking the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.
3. Why have we fasted they say and you do not see? why have we afflicted our soul and you take no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast you find pleasure and perform all your labors.
4 Behold, you fast for strife and debate and to strike with the fist of wickedness: you shall not fast as you do this day to make your voice to be heard on high.
5 Is this the fast that I have chosen as a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? will you call this a fast and an acceptable day to the LORD?
6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens and to let the oppressed go free and that you break every yoke?
7 Is it not to deal your bread to the hungry and that you bring the poor who are cast out into your house? when you see the naked, that you cover him; and that you do not hide yourself from your own flesh?
8. Then shall your light break forth as the morning and your health shall spring forth speedily and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your reward.
9 Then you shall call and the LORD shall answer; you shall cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If you take away from the midst of you the yoke, pointing the finger and speaking vanity;
10 And if you draw out your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul; then your light shall rise in obscurity and your darkness shall be as the noonday:
11 And the LORD shall guide you continually and satisfy your soul in drought and make fat your bones: and you shall be like a watered garden and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
12 And those who shall be of you shall build the old waste places: you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.
13. If you turn away your foot from the sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honorable; and shall honor him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words:
14 Then shall you delight yourself in the LORD; and I will cause you to ride upon the high places of the earth and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father: for the mouth of the LORD has spoken it.
1. Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God and your sins have hidden his face from you, that he will not hear.
3 For your hands are defiled with blood and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue has muttered perverseness.
4 No one calls for justice, nor does any plead for truth: they trust in vanity and speak lies; they conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity.
5 They hatch cockatrice' eggs and weave the spider's web: he who eats of their eggs dies and that which is crushed breaks out into a viper.
6 Their webs shall not become garments, nor shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity and the act of violence is in their hands.
7 Their feet run to evil and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.
8 They do not know the way of peace; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made themselves crooked paths: whoever travels in them shall not know peace.
9. Therefore judgment is far from us, neither does justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.
10 We grope for the wall like the blind and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.
11 We all roar like bears and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us.
12 For our transgressions are multiplied before you and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;
13 In transgressing and lying against the LORD and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
14 And judgment is turned away backward and justice stands afar off: for truth is fallen in the street and equity cannot enter.
15 Yes, truth fails; and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey: and the LORD saw it and it displeased him that there was no judgment.
16. And he saw that there was no man and was stunned that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation to him; and his righteousness sustained him.
17 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate and a helmet of salvation on his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing and was clad with zeal as a cloak.
18 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompense to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompense.
19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.
20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob, says the LORD.
21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, says the LORD; My spirit that is upon you and my words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, nor out of the mouth of your seed, nor out of the mouth of your seed's seed, says the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.
1. Arise, shine; for your light is come and the glory of the LORD is risen on you.
2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise on you and his glory shall be seen on you.
3 And the Gentiles shall come to your light and kings to the brightness of your rising.
4 Lift up your eyes round about and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to you: your sons shall come from far and your daughters shall be nursed at your side.
5 Then you shall see and flow together and your heart shall fear and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted to you, the forces of the Gentiles shall come to you.
6 The multitude of camels shall cover you, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall show forth the praises of the LORD.
7 All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together to you, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister to you: they shall come up willingly to my altar and I will glorify the house of my glory.
8 Who are these who fly as a cloud and as the doves to their windows?
9. Surely the isles shall wait for me and the ships of Carthage first, to bring your sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, to the name of the LORD your God and to the Holy One of Israel, because he has glorified you.
10 And the sons of strangers shall build up your walls and their kings shall minister to you: for in my wrath I struck you, but in my favor have I had mercy on you.
11 Therefore your gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; and the armies of the Gentiles will be brought and their kings will be led to you.
12 For the nation and kingdom that will not serve you shall perish; yes, those nations shall be utterly wasted.
13 The glory of Lebanon shall come to you, the fir tree, the pine tree and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious.
14 The sons of those who afflicted you shall also come kneeling to you; and all those who despised you shall bow themselves down at the soles of your feet; and they shall call you, The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
15. In the same way that you have been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through you, I will make you an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.
16 You shall also suck the milk of the Gentiles and shall suck the breast of kings: and you shall know that I the LORD am your Savior and your Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.
17 For brass I will bring gold and for iron I will bring silver and for wood brass and for stones iron: I will also make your officers peace and your oppressors righteousness.
18 Violence shall no more be heard in your land, wasting nor destruction within your borders; but you shall call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise.
19 The sun shall not be your light by day any more; neither shall the brightness of the moon give light to you: but the LORD shall be an everlasting light to you and your God your glory.
20 Your sun shall not go down anymore; nor shall your moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be your everlasting light and the days of your mourning shall be ended.
21 Your people also shall all be righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified
22 A little one shall become a thousand and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hurry it in its time.
1. The Spirit of the Lord the LORD is on me; because the LORD has anointed me to preach good tidings to the meek; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn;
3 To appoint to those who mourn in Zion, to give to them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
4. And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.
5 And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
6 But you shall be named the Priests of the LORD: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: you shall eat the riches of the Gentiles and in their glory shall you boast yourselves.
7 In place of shame you shall have a double portion; and in place of confusion they shall rejoice in their possession: therefore they shall possess the double portion in their land: everlasting joy shall be to them.
8 For I the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
9 And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles and their offspring among the people: all who see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the LORD has blessed.
10. I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the earth brings forth her bud and as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord the LORD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.
1. For Zion's sake I will not hold my peace and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness and her salvation as a lamp that burns.
2 And the Gentiles shall see your righteousness and all kings your glory: and you shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name.
3 You shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
4 You shall no more be termed Forsaken; nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate: but you shall be called Hephzibah and your land Beulah: for the LORD delights in you and your land shall be married.
5 For as a young man marries a virgin, so shall your sons marry you: and as the bride groom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.
6. I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem, who shall never hold their peace day nor night: you who make mention of the LORD, do not keep silence,
7 And give him no rest, until he establish and until he makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
8 The LORD has sworn by his right hand and by the arm of his strength, Surely I will no more give your corn to be meat for your enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink your new wine, for which you have labored:
9 But those who have gathered it shall eat it and praise the LORD; and those who have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of my holiness.
10. Go through, go through the gates; prepare the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people.
11 Behold, the LORD has proclaimed to the end of the earth, Say to the daughter of Zion, Behold, your salvation comes; behold, his reward is with him and his work before him.
12 And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and you shall be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.
1. Who is this who comes from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this one who is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength, It is I, who speaks in righteousness, mighty to save.
2 Why are your clothes red and your clothing like him who treads in the winevat?
3 I trod the winepress alone; and there was no one with me of the peoples: for I will tread on them in my anger and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled on my garments and I will stain all my clothing.
4 For the day of vengeance is in my heart and the year of my redeemed is come.
5 And I looked and there was no one to help; and I was astonished that there was no one to uphold: therefore my own arm brought salvation to me; and my fury supported me.
6 And I will tread down the people in my anger and make them drunk in my fury and I will bring down their strength to the earth.
7. I will mention the loving kindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD has bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he has bestowed on them according to his mercies and according to the multitude of his loving kindnesses
8 For he said, Surely they are my people, children who will not lie: so he was their Savior.
9 In all their affliction he was afflicted and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them and carried them all the days of old.
10 But they rebelled and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was changed to be their enemy and he fought against them.
11 Then he remembered the days of old; Moses; his people; saying, Where is he who brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of his flock? where is he who put the spirit of his holiness within him?
12 Who led them by the right hand of Moses with his glorious arm, dividing the water before them, to make himself an everlasting name?
13 Who led them through the deep, as a horse in the wilderness, that they would not stumble?
14 As farm animals go down into the pasture, the Spirit of the LORD caused him to rest: so did you lead your people, to make yourself a glorious name.
15. Look down from heaven and behold from the habitation of your holiness and glory: where is your zeal and your strength, the tumult of your heart and of your mercies toward me? are they restrained?
16 Doubtless you are our father, though Abraham is ignorant of us and Israel does not acknowledge us: you, O LORD, are our father, our redeemer; your name is from eternity.
17 O LORD, why have you made us to wander from your ways, and hardened our heart from your fear? Restore for your servants' sake, the tribes of your inheritance.
18 The people of your holiness have possessed it but a little while: our adversaries have trodden down your sanctuary.
19 We are yours: you never bore rule over them; they were not called by your name.
1. Oh that you would rend the heavens, that you would come down, that the mountains might flow down at your presence,
2. (As when a brush fire blazes and the fire causes the waters to boil,) to make your name known to your adversaries, that the nations might tremble at your presence!
3 When you did terrible things which we did not look for. You came down; the mountains flowed down at your presence.
4 For from eternity men have not heard, nor envisioned, nor has any eye seen, except yours O God, what you have prepared for him who waits for you.
5 You meet with him who rejoices and works righteousness, those who remember you in your ways which have continuance and in them we are saved: behold, you were angry; for we have sinned:
6. And we are all as an unclean thing and all our righteousness is as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
7 And there is no one who calls on your name, or who reminds himself to take hold of you: for you have hidden your face from us and you are depleting us because of our iniquities.
8 But now, O LORD, you are our father; we are the clay and you our potter; and we all are the work of your hand.
9 Do not be full of extreme anger, O LORD, nor remember iniquity for ever: Behold, Look, we beseech you, we are all your people.
10 Your holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.
11 Our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised you, is burned up with fire: and all our pleasant things are laid waste.
12 Will you hold yourself back for these things, O LORD? will you excessively keep silence and humble us?
1. I am sought by those who did not ask for me; I am found by those who did not seek me: I said, Behold me, behold me, to a nation that was not called by my name.
2 I have spread out my hands all the day to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts;
3 A people who provoke me to anger continually to my face; who sacrifice in gardens and burns incense on altars of brick;
4 Who remain among the graves and lodge in the monuments, who eat swine's flesh and broth of abominable things is in their vessels;
5 Who say, Stand by yourself, come not near to me; for I am holier than you. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burns all the day.
6 Behold, it is written before me: I will not keep silence, but will recompense, even recompense your iniquities together with the iniquities of your fathers into your bosom,
7 The LORD says, They have burned incense on the mountains, and blasphemed me on the hills: therefore will I measure their former work into their bosom.
8. Thus says the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one says, Do not destroy it; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants' sakes, that I may not destroy them all.
9 And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains: and my elect shall inherit it and my servants shall dwell there.
10 And Sharon shall be a fold of flocks and the valley of Achor a place for the herds to lie down in, for my people who have sought me.
11. But you are those who forsake the LORD, who forget my holy mountain, who prepare a table for that troop and who furnish the drink offering to that number.
12 Therefore I will number you to the sword and you shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, you did not answer; when I spoke, you did not hear; but did evil before my eyes and chose that in which I did not delight.
13 Therefore thus says the Lord the LORD, Behold, my servants shall eat, but you shall be hungry: behold, my servants shall drink, but you shall be thirsty: behold, my servants shall rejoice, but you shall be ashamed:
14 Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but you shall cry for sorrow of heart and shall howl for grief of spirit.
15 And you shall leave your name for a curse to my chosen: for the Lord the LORD shall slay you and call his servants by another name:
16 That he who blesses himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he who swears in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten and because they are hidden from my eyes.
17. For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
18 But you will be glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing and her people a joy.
19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall not be more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.
20 There shall be no infant of days there, nor an old man who has not filled his days: for the child shall die a hundred years old; but the sinner being only a hundred years old shall have been cursed.
21 And they shall build houses and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards and eat the fruit of them.
22 They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat: for as the days of a tree so will be the days of my people and my chosen will grow old enjoying the work of their hands.
23 They shall not labor in vain, nor produce for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD and their offspring with them.
24 And it shall be, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, says the LORD.
1. Thus says the LORD, The heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that you build to me? and where is the place of my rest?
2 For all those things has my hand made and all those things have been, says the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him who is poor and of a contrite spirit and trembles at my word.
3 He who kills an ox is as if he slew a man; he who sacrifices a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck; he who offers an oblation, as if he offered swine's blood; he who burns incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yes, they have chosen their own ways and their soul delights in their abominations.
4 I also will choose their delusions for them and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, no one answered; when I spoke, they did not hear: but they did evil before my eyes and chose that in which I did not delight.
5. Hear the word of the LORD, you who tremble at his word; Your brothers who hated you, who cast you out for my name's sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.
6 A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD who renders recompense to his enemies.
7 Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.
8 Who has heard such a thing? who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.
9 Shall I bring to the birth and not cause one to bear? says the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth and shut the womb? says your God.
10 Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad with her, all you who love her: rejoice for joy with her, all you who mourn for her:
11 That you may suck and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that you may milk out and be delighted with the abundance of her glory.
12 For thus says the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall you nurse, you shall be borne on her sides, and be dandled on her knees.
13 As one whom his mother comforts, so will I comfort you; and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.
14 And when you see this, your heart shall rejoice and your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand of the LORD shall be known toward his servants and his indignation toward his enemies.
15. For, behold, the LORD will come with fire and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury and his rebuke with flames of fire.
16 For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.
17 Those who sanctify themselves and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination and the mouse, shall be consumed together, says the LORD.
18 For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come and see my glory.
19 And I will set a sign among them and I will send them who escape of them to the nations, to Carthage, Pul and Lud, who draw the bow, to Siberian Tubal and Javan, to the isles afar off, who have not heard my fame, nor have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles.
20 And they shall bring all your brothers for an offering to the LORD out of all nations on horses and in chariots and in litters and on mules and on swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, says the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD.
21 And I will also take of them for priests and for Levies, says the LORD.
22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, says the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.
23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, says the LORD.
24 And they shall go forth and look on the carcasses of the men who have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, nor shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring to all flesh.
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