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 1 “Woe to the rebellious children,”

 says Yahweh,

 “who take counsel, but not from me,

 and who make an alliance,

 but not by my spirit,

 so that sin is added to sin;


 2 who set out to go down into Egypt

 (but have not asked at my mouth),

 to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh

 and to take refuge in the shadow of Egypt!


 3 Therefore the stronghold of Pharaoh will become your shame,

 and the refuge in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.


 4 Although his officials are at Zoan,

 and their ambassadors have come to Hanes,


 5 they will all be put to shame

 because of a people that cannot profit them,

 who are not a help or profit

 but are a shame and also a reproach.”


6The burden of the animals of the Negev.

 Through the land of trouble and anguish,

 from where come the lioness and the lion,

 the viper and fiery flying serpent,

 they carry their riches on the backs of young donkeys

 and their treasures on the humps of camels

 to a people who cannot profit them.


 7 For Egypt’s help is worthless and empty,

 so I have called her

 “Rahab who sits still.”


Now go, write it on a tablet in their presence

 and inscribe it on a scroll,

 that it may be for the time to come

 forever and ever.


 9 For it is a rebellious people,

 lying children,

 children who will not hear the law of Yahweh,


 10 who tell the seers, “Do not see!”

 and to the prophets,

 “Do not prophesy to us right things.

 Tell us pleasant things.

 Prophesy deceits.


 11 Get out of the way.

 Turn aside from the path.

 Cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.”


 12 Therefore this is what the Holy One of Israel says,

 “Because you have rejected this word,

 and trust in oppression and perverseness,

 and rely on it,


 13 therefore this iniquity will be to you

 like a breach ready to fall,

 swelling out in a high wall,

 whose breaking comes suddenly in an instant.


 14 He will break it as a potter’s vessel is broken,

 breaking it in pieces without sparing,

 so that there will not be found among the broken piece

 a piece good enough to take fire from the hearth

 or to dip up water out of the cistern.”


 15 For thus said the Lord Yahweh, the Holy One of Israel,

 “You will be saved in returning and rest.

 Your strength will be in quietness and in confidence.”

 You refused,


 16 but you said, “No,

 for we will flee on horses,”

 therefore you will flee;

 and, “We will ride on the swift,”

 therefore those who pursue you will be swift.


 17 1,000 will flee at the threat of one.

 At the threat of five, you will flee

 until you are left

 like a beacon on the top of a mountain

 and like a banner on a hill.


Therefore Yahweh will wait,

 that he may be gracious to you;

 and therefore he will be exalted,

 that he may have mercy on you,

 for Yahweh is a God of justice.

 Blessed are all those who wait for him.


19For the people will live in Zion at Jerusalem. You will weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. When he hears you, he will answer you.
  20Though the Lord may give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your teachers will not be hidden anymore, but your eyes will see your teachers,
  21and when you turn to the right hand and when you turn to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way. Walk in it.”
  22You will defile your carved images that are overlaid with silver and your cast metal images covered with gold. You will cast them away like menstrual cloths. You will say to them, “Be gone!”

23He will give the rain for your seed with which you will sow the ground, and bread of the increase of the ground will be rich and plentiful. In that day, your livestock will feed in large pastures.
  24The oxen likewise and the young donkeys that till the ground will eat savory provender that has been winnowed with the shovel and with the fork.
  25There will be brooks and streams of water on every lofty mountain and on every high hill in the day of the great slaughter when the towers fall.
  26Moreover, the light of the moon will be like the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven days, in the day that Yahweh binds up the fracture of his people and when the severe wound caused by striking them he heals.

 27 Behold, the name of Yahweh comes from far away,

 burning with his anger and in thick rising smoke.

 His lips are full of indignation

 and his tongue is as a devouring fire.


 28 His breath is as an overflowing stream

 that reaches even to the neck,

 to sift the nations with the sieve of destruction;

 and a bridle that leads to ruin

 will be in the jaws of the peoples.


 29 You will have a song as in the night

 when a holy feast is kept,

 and gladness of heart

 as when one goes with a flute

 to come to Yahweh’s mountain,

 to Israel’s Rock.


 30 Yahweh will cause his glorious voice to be heard

 and will show the descent of his arm,

 with the indignation of his anger

 and the flame of a devouring fire,

 with a blast, storm, and hailstones.


 31 For through the voice of Yahweh the Assyrian will be dismayed.

 He will strike him with his rod.


 32 Every stroke of the rod of punishment

 that Yahweh will lay on him

 will be with the sound of tambourines and harps.

 He will fight with them in battles, brandishing weapons.


 33 For his burning place has long been ready.

 Yes, for the king it is prepared.

 He has made its pyre deep and large

 with fire and much wood.

 Yahweh’s breath, like a stream of sulfur,

 kindles it.


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