Why do you rebel more and more?
The whole head is sick,
and the whole heart faint.
Your cities are burned with fire.
Strangers devour your land
right before your eyes,
and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.
had left to us a very small remnant,
we would have been like Sodom;
we would have been like Gomorrah.
“I have had enough of the burnt offerings of rams
and the fat of fed animals.
I do not delight in the blood of bulls
or of lambs or of he-goats.
who has required this at your hand,
this trampling of my courts?
They are a burden to me.
I am weary of bearing them.
Put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes.
Cease to do evil.
Relieve the oppressed.
Judge the fatherless.
Plead for the widow.”
“Though your sins are red as scarlet,
they will be as white as snow.
Though they are red like crimson,
they will be as wool.
you will eat the good of the land,
you will be devoured by the sword;
for the mouth of Yahweh has spoken it.”The Unfaithful City
has become a prostitute!
She was full of justice;
righteousness lodged in her,
but now murderers.
your wine is mixed with water.
the Mighty One of Israel, says:
“Ah, I will get relief from my adversaries,
and I will avenge myself on my enemies.
that you have desired,
and you will be confounded for the gardens
that you have chosen.
whose leaf fades
and as a garden that has no water.
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of Yahweh,
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 will go out from Zion,
and the word of Yahweh from Jerusalem.
come and let us walk in the light of Yahweh.The Day of the Lord
neither is there any end of their treasures.
Their land also is full of horses,
neither is there any end of their chariots.
and each one will be humbled—
do not forgive them.
and hide in the dust,
from before the terror of Yahweh
and from the glory of his majesty.
the haughtiness of men will be bowed down,
and Yahweh alone will be exalted in that day.
that are high and lifted up,
for all the oaks of Bashan,
for all the hills that are lifted up,
for every fortified wall,
and for all pleasant imagery.
and the haughtiness of men will be brought low,
and Yahweh alone will be exalted in that day.
and into the clefts of the ragged rocks,
from before the terror of Yahweh,
and from the glory of his majesty
when he arises to mightily shake the earth.
whose breath is in his nostrils,
for of what account is he?
will take away from Jerusalem and from Judah
supply and support,
the whole supply of bread and the whole supply of water,
the judge, the prophet,
the diviner, the elder,
the counselor, the skilled craftsman, and the clever enchanter.
everyone by another and everyone by his neighbor.
The child will behave himself proudly against the old man,
and the base against the honorable.
in the house of his father, saying,
“You have clothing; you be our ruler,
and these ruins will be under your hand.”
“I cannot be the one to bind your wounds,
for in my house is neither bread nor clothing.
You should not make me the ruler of the people.”
They parade their sin like Sodom.
They do not hide it.
Woe to their soul!
For they have brought disaster upon themselves.
for they will eat the fruit of their deeds.
for the deeds of his hands will be paid back to him.
and women rule over them.
O my people, those who lead you cause you to err,
and destroy the way of your paths.
and stands to judge the peoples.
against the elders of his people and their leaders:
“It is you who have eaten up the vineyard.
The plunder you have taken from the poor is in your houses.
and grinding the faces of the poor?”
says the Lord, Yahweh of Armies.Jerusalem’s Women Judged
of the women of Zion,
and Yahweh will make their scalps bald.”
18In that day the Lord will take away their finery: the ankle bracelets, the headbands, the crescent necklaces,
19the earrings, the bracelets, the veils,
20the headdresses, the ankle chains, the sashes, the perfume bottles, the charms,
21the signet rings, the nose rings,
22the fine robes, the capes, the cloaks, the purses,
23the hand mirrors, the fine linen garments, the tiaras and the shawls.
instead of a belt, a rope;
instead of well set hair, baldness;
instead of a robe, a wearing of sackcloth;
and branding instead of beauty.
and your mighty will fall in the war.
and she will be desolate, and sit on the ground.
in that day, saying,
“We will eat our own bread
and wear our own clothing,
only let us be called by your name.
Take away our reproach.”Zion’s Future Glory
2In that day, the Branch of Yahweh will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be for beauty and for glory for those of Israel who have escaped.
3It will happen that he who is left in Zion and he who remains in Jerusalem will be called holy, even everyone who is written among the living in Jerusalem,
4when the Lord will have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and will have purged the blood of Jerusalem from its midst by the spirit of justice and by the spirit of burning.
5Yahweh will create over the whole area of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud, even smoke, by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night, for over all the glory will be a canopy.
6There will be a pavilion for a shade in the daytime from the heat and for a refuge and for a shelter from storm and from rain.
a song of my beloved about his vineyard.
My beloved had a vineyard
on a very fertile hill.
and men of Judah,
judge between me
and my vineyard.
that I have not done in it?
When I looked for it to yield grapes,
why did it yield wild grapes?
what I will do to my vineyard.
I will take away its hedge,
and it will be eaten up.
I will break down its wall,
and it will be trampled down.
It will not be pruned nor hoed,
but it will grow briers and thorns.
I will also command the clouds
that they rain no rain on it.”
is the house of Israel,
and the men of Judah
are his delightful plant.
And he looked for justice,
but behold, bloodshed;
but behold, a cry of distress.Woe to the Wicked
“Surely many houses will be desolate,
even great and beautiful ones will be unoccupied.
in pursuit of beer;
who stay up late into the night
until wine inflames them!
with wine, are at their feasts;
but they do not respect what Yahweh is doing,
neither have they considered the work of his hands.
because of lack of knowledge.
Their honorable men are starving,
and their multitudes are parched with thirst.
and the eyes of the arrogant ones are humbled,
and God the Holy One shows himself holy by righteousness.
as in their own pasture,
and strangers will eat
among the ruins of the rich.
with cords made of deceit,
and sin as if with cart ropes,
let him hasten his work,
that we may see it,
and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near and come,
that we may know it!”
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who substitute bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter!
and champions at mixing beer,
and deny justice for the innocent!
and he will whistle for them from the end of the earth.
Behold, they will come speedily and swiftly.
They will roar like young lions.
They will roar and seize their prey
and carry it off,
and there will be no one to rescue.
like the roaring of the sea.
If one looks to the land,
behold, darkness and distress;
and the light is darkened by its clouds.
1In the year that king Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of his robe filled the temple.
2Above him stood the seraphim. Each one had six wings. With two he covered his face. With two he covered his feet. With two he flew.
9 He said,
“Until cities are waste without inhabitant,
and houses without man,
and the land becomes utterly waste,
and the abandoned places are many in the midst of the land.
1It 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, the king of Israel went up to Jerusalem to war against it, but could not prevail against it.
2When it was reported to the house of David, saying, “Syria is allied with Ephraim,” his heart trembled, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the forest tremble with the wind.
3Then Yahweh said to Isaiah, “Go out now to meet Ahaz, you and Shearjashub your son, at the end of the channel from the upper pool on the highway to the Launderer’s Field.
4Tell him, ‘Make sure you stay calm. Do not be afraid, and do not let your heart be faint because of these two stubs of smoldering firewood; because of the fierce anger of Rezin and Syria and of the son of Remaliah.
5Because Syria, along with Ephraim and the son of Remaliah, have plotted evil against you, saying,
6“Let’s go up against Judah and tear it apart, and let’s divide it among ourselves and set up a king in its midst, even the son of Tabeel,”
“It will not stand, nor will it happen.”
10Yahweh spoke again to Ahaz, saying,
11“Ask a sign of Yahweh your God; ask it either in the depth or in the height above.”
13And he said, “Listen now, house of David. Is it not enough for you to try the patience of men, that you will try the patience of my God also?
14Therefore the Lord himself will give you all a sign. Behold, the young woman is pregnant and about to bear a son, and you, young woman, will call his name Immanuel.
15He will eat butter and honey when he knows to refuse the evil, and choose the good.
16For before the child knows to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land whose two kings you abhor will be forsaken.
17Yahweh will bring on you, on your people and on your father’s house, days that have not come from the day that Ephraim separated from Judah—the king of Assyria.
that Yahweh will whistle for the fly
that is in the uttermost part of the streams of Egypt
and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria.
a man will keep alive a young cow and two sheep,
he will eat butter,
for everyone that is left in the midst of the land will eat butter and honey.
that every place where there used to be 1,000 vines,
valued at 1,000 shekels of silver,
will become briars and thorns.
that had been cultivated with the hoe,
you will not go there
for fear of briers and thorns;
but it will be for cattle to roam
and for sheep to tread.”
1Yahweh said to me, “Take a large tablet and write on it with a stylus of a man, ‘For Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz,’
2and I will take for myself faithful witnesses to testify; Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.”
3I went to the prophetess, and she conceived and bore a son. Then Yahweh said to me, “Call his name ‘Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz.’
4For before the child knows how to say, ‘My father,’ and, ‘My mother,’ the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria will be carried away by the king of Assyria.”
Listen, all you from far countries:
dress for battle and be shattered!
Dress for battle and be shattered!
speak the word and it will not stand,
for God is with us.”Yahweh of Armies, the Only Refuge
fall, be broken,
be snared and be captured.”
who hides his face from the house of Jacob,
and I will look for him.
18Behold, I and the children whom Yahweh has given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from Yahweh of Armies who dwells on Mount Zion.
19When they tell you, “Consult the spirits of the dead and the spiritists who chirp and mutter,” should not a people consult with their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living?
20Turn to the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light of dawn in them.
21And they will pass through it, very distressed and hungry, and it will happen that when they are hungry, they will worry, and curse by their king and by their God. They will turn their faces upward
22and look to the earth and see distress, darkness, and the gloom of anguish. They will be driven into thick darkness.
1But there will be no more gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time, he treated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt; but in the latter time he will make glorious the Way of the Sea, on the other side of the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.
and the garments rolled in blood,
will be for burning; will be fuel for the fire.Yahweh’s Anger Against Israel
and it falls on Israel.
including Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria,
who say in pride and in arrogance of heart,
but we will build with cut stone.
The sycamore fig trees have been cut down,
but we will put cedars in their place.”
and will stir up his enemies,
and they will devour Israel with open mouth.
For all this, his anger is not turned away,
but his hand is stretched out still.
nor have they sought Yahweh of Armies.
palm branch and reed, in one day.
and the prophet who teaches lies is the tail.
and those who are led by them are destroyed.
over their young men,
nor will he have compassion
on their fatherless and widows,
for everyone is profane and an evildoer,
and every mouth speaks folly.
For all this his anger is not turned away,
but his hand is stretched out still.
It devours the briers and thorns,
yes, it kindles in the thickets of the forest,
and they roll upward in a column of smoke.
the land is burned up,
and the people are the fuel for the fire.
No one spares his brother.
and be hungry;
and he will eat on the left hand,
and they will not be satisfied.
Everyone will eat the flesh of his own arm:
and Ephraim, Manasseh;
and they together will be against Judah.
For all this his anger is not turned away,
but his hand is stretched out still.
and to the writers who write oppressive decrees,
and to rob the poor among my people of their rights,
so that widows may be their spoil,
and so that they may make the fatherless their prey!
or fall among the slain.
In spite of all this His anger does not turn away,
but his hand is still stretched out.
the staff in whose hand is my indignation!
and against the people who anger me
I will give him a command,
to take the spoil and to take the prey,
and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.
“Are not all of my officials kings?
Is not Hamath like Arpad?
Is not Samaria like Damascus?”Judgment on Assyria
12Therefore it will happen that when the Lord has performed his whole work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, “I will punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the boastfulness of his haughty looks.”
13For he has said,
“By the strength of my hand I have done it,
and by my wisdom, for I have understanding,
and I have removed the boundaries of the peoples,
and have robbed their treasures.
Like a valiant man I have brought down their rulers.
the riches of the peoples like a nest,
and like one gathers eggs
that are abandoned
I have gathered all the earth.
There was no one who moved their wing,
or that opened their mouth, or chirped.”
against him who chops with it?
Should a saw exalt itself
above him who saws with it?
As if a rod should lift those who lift it up,
or as if a staff should lift up someone who is not wood.
will send leanness among his fat ones,
and under his glory a burning will be kindled
like the burning of fire.
and of his fruitful field, both soul and body.
It will be as when a standard bearer faints.
will be few,
so that a child could write their number.The Remnant of Israel Will Return
20It will come to pass in that day that the remnant of Israel and those who have escaped from the house of Jacob will no more again lean on him who struck them, but will lean on Yahweh, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.
to the mighty God.
are like the sand of the sea,
only a remnant of them will return.
A destruction is determined,
overflowing with righteousness.
will make a full end, and that determined,
in the midst of all the earth.
24Therefore the Lord, Yahweh of Armies, says “My people who dwell in Zion, do not be afraid of the Assyrian, though he strike you with the rod and lift up his staff against you as Egypt did.
25For yet a very little while, and the indignation against you will be accomplished and my anger will be directed to his destruction.”
26Yahweh of Armies will stir up a scourge against him, as in the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb. His rod will be over the sea, and he will lift it up like he did against Egypt.
that his burden will depart from off your shoulder
and his yoke from off your neck,
and the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil.
You poor Anathoth!
The inhabitants of Gebim flee for safety.
will lop the boughs with terror.
The tall will be cut down,
and the lofty will be brought low.
and a branch from his roots will bear fruit.
He will not judge
by what he sees with his eyes,
nor will he decide
by what he hears with his ears;
and faithfulness the belt of his waist.
Their young ones will lie down together.
The lion will eat straw like the ox.
and the weaned child will put his hand on the viper’s den.
in all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be full
of the knowledge of Yahweh
like the waters cover the sea.
that the nations will seek the Shoot from Jesse
who stands as a banner of the peoples,
and his resting place will be glorious.
11It will happen in that day that the Lord will set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant that is left of his people from Assyria, from Egypt, from Pathros, from Cush, from Elam, from Shinar, from Hamath and from the islands of the sea.
and those who persecute Judah will be cut off.
Ephraim will not envy Judah,
and Judah will not persecute Ephraim.
on the shoulders of the Philistines on the west.
Together they will plunder the children of the east.
They will extend their power over Edom and Moab,
and the children of Ammon will obey them.
and with his scorching wind he will wave his hand over the River,
and will split it into seven streams
and cause men to march over in sandals.
of his people from Assyria,
like there was for Israel
in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.
I will trust, and will not be afraid;
for Yah, Yahweh,
is my strength and song,
and he has become my salvation.”
out of the wells of salvation.
“Give thanks to Yahweh! Call on his name.
Declare his doings among the peoples.
Proclaim that his name is exalted!
Let this be known in all the earth!
for the Holy One of Israel
is great in the midst of you!”
Lift up your voice to them!
Wave your hand, that they may go
into the gates of the nobles.
yes, I have called my mighty men
for my anger,
even my proudly exulting ones.
is in the mountains as of a great people,
the noise of an uproar of the kingdoms
of the nations gathered together!
Yahweh of Armies is mustering the army for the battle.
from the uttermost part of heaven,
even Yahweh and the weapons of his indignation,
to destroy the whole land.
It will come as destruction from the Almighty.
and everyone’s heart will melt.
Pangs and sorrows will seize them.
They will be in pain like a woman in labor.
They will look in amazement one at another.
Their faces will be faces of flame.
will not give their light.
The sun will be dark when it rises,
and the moon will not shine forth its light.
even a person than the pure gold of Ophir.
and the earth will be shaken out of its place
in the wrath of Yahweh of Armies,
and in the day of his fierce anger.
and like sheep that no one gathers,
they will each turn to their own people,
and will each flee to their own land.
Everyone who is captured will fall by the sword.
Their houses will be ransacked
and their wives raped.
who will not value silver,
and as for gold, they will not delight in it.
and they will have no pity on the fruit of the womb.
Their eyes will not spare children.
the beauty of the Chaldeans’ pride,
will be like when God overthrew
Sodom and Gomorrah.
neither will it be lived in from generation to generation.
The Arabian will not pitch a tent there,
neither will shepherds make their flocks lie down there.
and their houses will be full of jackals.
Ostriches will dwell there,
and wild goats will frolic there.
and jackals in the pleasant palaces.
Her time is near to come,
and her days will not be prolonged.
1For Yahweh will have compassion on Jacob and will once again choose Israel, and settle them in their own land. The foreigner will join himself with them, and they will attach themselves to the house of Jacob.
2And the people will take them and bring them to their place. The house of Israel will possess them in Yahweh’s land for male servants and for female servants. They will take as captives those whose captives they were, and they will rule over their oppressors.
3It will happen in the day that Yahweh will give you rest from your sorrow, from your trouble and from the hard service in which you were made to serve,
4that you will take up this parable against the king of Babylon and say,
“How the oppressor has ceased!
The golden city has ceased!”
the scepter of the rulers
with a relentless stroke,
who ruled the nations in anger
with a persecution that none restrained.
They break out song.
with the cedars of Lebanon, saying,
“Since you are humbled,
no lumberjack has come up against us.”
“Have you also become as weak as we are?
Have you become like us?”
with the sound of your stringed instruments.
Maggots are spread out under you,
and worms cover you.
I will make myself like the Most High!”
to the depths of the pit.
They will ponder you, saying,
“Is this the man who made the earth to tremble,
who shook kingdoms,
and overthrew its cities,
who didn’t release his prisoners to their home?”
sleep in glory, everyone in his own house.
like an abominable branch,
clothed with the slain who are thrust through with the sword,
who go down to the stones of the pit;
like a dead body trampled underfoot.
because you have destroyed your land.
You have killed your people.
The seed of evildoers
will not be named forever.
22“I will rise up against them,” says Yahweh of Armies, “and cut off from Babylon name and remnant, and son and son’s son,” says Yahweh.
23“I will also make it a possession for the porcupine, and pools of water. I will sweep it with the broom of destruction,” says Yahweh of Armies.
“Surely, as I have thought, so will it happen,
and as I have purposed, so will it stand:
and tread him under foot on my mountains.
Then his yoke will leave them,
and his burden leave their shoulders.
that is determined for the whole earth.
This is the hand that is stretched out
over all the nations.
and who can stop it?
His hand is stretched out,
and who can turn it back?”
because the rod that struck you is broken;
for out of the serpent’s root an adder will emerge,
and his fruit will be a fiery flying serpent.
That Yahweh has founded Zion,
and in her the afflicted of his people will take refuge.
In their streets and on their housetops, everyone wails,
Their voice is heard even to Jahaz.
Therefore the armed men of Moab cry out aloud.
Their souls tremble inside them.
Her nobles flee to Zoar,
to Eglath Shelishiyah,
for they go up by the ascent of Luhith with weeping;
for in the way of Horonaim,
they raise up a cry of destruction.
for the grass has withered away, the tender grass fails,
there is no green thing.
over the brook of the willows.
around the borders of Moab,
its wailing to Eglaim
and its wailing to Beer Elim.
for I will bring yet more on Dimon,
a lion on those of Moab who escape,
and on the remnant of the land.
As for Moab, be a hiding place for him from the face of the destroyer.
For the extortioner has come to an end.
Destruction has ceased.
Those who trample down have disappeared out of the land.
that he is very proud;
even heard of his arrogance, his pride, and his wrath.
His boastings are nothing.
Everyone will wail.
You will mourn for the raisin cakes of Kir Hareseth,
with the vine of Sibmah.
The lords of the nations
have broken down its choice branches
that reached even to Jazer,
which wandered into the wilderness.
Its shoots were spread abroad.
They passed over the sea.
for the vine of Sibmah.
I will water you with my tears, Heshbon and Elealeh,
for on your summer fruit
and on your harvest
the battle shout has fallen.
and in the vineyards there will be no singing or joyful noise.
Nobody will tread out wine in the presses.
I have made the joyful shouting stop.
when he wearies himself on the high place
and comes to his sanctuary to pray,
that he will not prevail.
13This is the word that Yahweh spoke concerning Moab in time past.
14But now Yahweh has spoken, saying, “Within three years, as a worker bound by contract would count them, the glory of Moab will be brought into contempt with all his great multitude, and the remnant will be very small and feeble.”
They will be for flocks, which will lie down
and none will make them afraid.
and the kingdom from Damascus.
And the remnant of Syria
will be like the glory of the children of Israel,”
says Yahweh of Armies.
that the glory of Jacob will be made thin,
and the fatness of his flesh will become lean.
and his arm reaps the grain.
Yes, it will be like when one gleans grain
in the valley of Rephaim.
like the shaking of an olive tree,
two or three olives in the top of the uppermost bough,
four or five in the outermost branches of a fruitful tree,”
says Yahweh, the God of Israel.
7In that day, people will look to their Maker and their eyes will have respect for the Holy One of Israel.
8They will not look to the altars, the work of their hands, nor will they respect what their fingers have made, either the Asherah poles or the incense altars.
like the abandoned places in the woods and on the mountain top,
which were abandoned because of the children of Israel;
and there will be desolation.
and have not remembered the rock of your strength.
Therefore you plant pleasant plants
and set out foreign seedlings.
you hedge it in.
In the morning,
you make your seed blossom,
but the harvest flees away
in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.
who roar like the roaring of the seas,
and the rushing of nations
that rush like the rushing of mighty waters!
but he will rebuke them and they will flee far off,
and will be chased like the chaff of the mountains before the wind
and like the whirling dust before the storm.
Before the morning, they are no more.
This is the portion of those who plunder us
and the lot of those who rob us.
even in vessels of papyrus on the waters, saying,
“Go, you swift messengers,
to a nation tall and smooth,
to a people awesome from their beginning onward,
a nation that measures out and treads down,
whose land the rivers divide!”
“I will be still, and I will see in my dwelling place
like clear heat in sunshine,
like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.”
and the flower becomes a ripening grape,
he will cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks,
and he will cut down and take away the spreading branches.
and for the animals of the earth.
The ravenous birds will summer on them,
and all the animals of the earth will winter on them.
7In that time, a present will be brought to Yahweh of Armies from a people tall and smooth, even from a people awesome from their beginning onward, a nation that measures out and treads down, whose land the rivers divide, to the place of the name of Yahweh of Armies, Mount Zion.
and they will fight everyone against his brother
and everyone against his neighbor,
city against city, and kingdom against kingdom.
A fierce king will rule over them,”
says the Lord, Yahweh of Armies.
and the river will be wasted and become dry.
The streams of Egypt will be diminished and dried up.
The reeds and flags will wither away.
and all the sown fields of the Nile
will become dry, be driven away and be no more.
and all those who fish in the Nile will mourn,
and those who spread nets on the waters will languish.
and those who weave white cloth will be confounded.
All those who work for hire will be grieved in soul.
The counsel of the wisest counselors of Pharaoh has become stupid.
How do you say to Pharaoh,
“I am the son of the wise,
the son of ancient kings?”
Let them tell you now, and let them know
what Yahweh of Armies has purposed concerning Egypt.
The officials of Memphis are deceived.
They have caused Egypt to go astray who are the cornerstone of her tribes.
and they have caused Egypt to go astray in all of its works
like a drunken man staggers in his vomit.
palm branch or rush, may do.
16In that day the Egyptians will be like women. They will tremble and fear because of the shaking of the hand of Yahweh of Armies that he shakes over them.
17The land of Judah will become a terror to Egypt. Everyone to whom mention is made of it will be afraid, because of the plans of Yahweh of Armies that he determines against it.
19In that day, there will be an altar to Yahweh in the middle of the land of Egypt and a standing-stone to Yahweh at its border.
20It will be for a sign and for a witness to Yahweh of Armies in the land of Egypt, for they will cry out to Yahweh because of oppressors and he will send them a savior and a defender, and he will deliver them.
21Yahweh will be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know Yahweh in that day. Yes, they will worship with sacrifice and offering, and will vow a vow to Yahweh and will perform it.
22Yahweh will strike Egypt, striking and healing. They will return to Yahweh, and he will be entreated by them and will heal them.
24In that day, Israel will be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth,
25because Yahweh of Armies has blessed them, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.”
1In the year that Tartan came to Ashdod, when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him and he fought against Ashdod and took it,
2at that time Yahweh spoke by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, “Go and loosen the sackcloth from off your waist and take your sandals from off your feet.” He did so, walking naked and barefoot.
3Yahweh said, “As my servant Isaiah has walked naked and barefoot three years for a sign and a wonder concerning Egypt and concerning Ethiopia,
4so the king of Assyria will lead away the captives of Egypt and the exiles of Ethiopia, young and old, naked and barefoot and with buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.
5They will be dismayed and confounded, because of Ethiopia their expectation and of Egypt their glory.
6The inhabitants of this coast land will say in that day, ‘Behold, this is our expectation, where we fled for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria. And we, how will we escape?’”
The treacherous man deals treacherously,
and the destroyer destroys.
Go up, Elam; attack!
I have stopped all of Media’s sighing.
Pains have taken hold on me like the pains of a woman in labor.
I am in so much pain that I cannot hear.
I so am dismayed that I cannot see.
Horror has frightened me.
The twilight that I desired
has been turned into trembling for me.
They eat. They drink.
Rise up, you officials, oil the shield!
“Go, set a watchman.
Let him declare what he sees.
horsemen in pairs,
a troop of donkeys,
a troop of camels,
he will listen diligently with great attentiveness.”
“Lord, I stand continually on the watchtower in the daytime,
and every night I stay at my post.
horsemen in pairs.”
“Fallen, fallen is Babylon,
and all the carved images of her gods
are broken to the ground.
and the grain of my floor!”
What I have heard from Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel,
I have declared to you.
“The morning comes, and also the night.
If you will inquire, inquire.
Come back again.”
The inhabitants of the land of Tema
met the fugitives with their bread.
from the drawn sword,
from the bent bow
and from the heat of battle.
16For the Lord said to me, “Within a year, as a worker bound by contract would count it, all the glory of Kedar will fail,
17and the residue of the number of the archers, the mighty men of the children of Kedar, will be few; for Yahweh, the God of Israel, has spoken it.”
a tumultuous city, a joyous town,
your slain are not slain with the sword,
nor are they dead in battle.
They were bound by the archers.
All who were found by you were bound together.
They fled far away.
“Look away from me. I will weep bitterly.
Do not labor to comfort me
for the destruction of the daughter of my people.
and of perplexity from the Lord, Yahweh of Armies,
in the valley of vision;
a breaking down of the walls and a crying to the mountains.”
with chariots of men and horsemen,
and Kir uncovered the shield.
and the horsemen set themselves in battle formation at the gate.
and you looked in that day to the armor in the house of the forest. 9You saw the breaches of the city of David, that they were many, and you gathered together the waters of the lower pool.
10You counted the houses of Jerusalem, and you broke down the houses to fortify the wall.
11You also made a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the old pool. But you didn’t look to him who had done this, neither did you have respect for him who purposed it long ago.
slaying cattle and killing sheep,
eating of meat and drinking of wine:
“Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we will die.”
“Surely this iniquity will not be forgiven you until you die,”
says the Lord, Yahweh of Armies.
15This is what the Lord, Yahweh of Armies, says: “Go, get yourself to this treasurer, even to Shebna who is over the house, and say,
16‘What are you doing here? Who have you here, that you have dug out a tomb here?’ Cutting himself out a tomb on high, chiseling a habitation for himself in the rock!”
17Behold, Yahweh will overcome you and hurl you away violently. Yes, he will grasp you firmly.
18He will surely wind you around and around, and throw you like a ball into a large country. There you will die and there the chariots of your glory will be, you shame of your lord’s house.
19I will thrust you from your office. You will be pulled down from your station.
20It will happen in that day that I will call my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah,
21and I will clothe him with your robe and strengthen him with your belt. I will commit your government into his hand, and he will be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah.
22I will lay the key of the house of David on his shoulder. He will open, and no one will shut. He will shut, and no one will open.
23I will fasten him like a peg in a sure place. He will be for a throne of glory to his father’s house.
24They will hang on him all the glory of his father’s house, the offspring and the issue, every small vessel from the cups even to all the pitchers.
25“In that day,” says Yahweh of Armies, “the nail that was fastened in a sure place will give way. It will be cut down, and fall. The burden that was on it will be cut off, for Yahweh has spoken it.”
you whom the merchants of Sidon
that pass over the sea have replenished.
the seed of the Shihor,
the harvest of the Nile,
was her revenue.
She was the market of nations.
for the sea has spoken,
the stronghold of the sea, saying,
“I have not travailed, nor brought forth,
neither have I nourished young men
nor brought up virgins.”
they will be in anguish at the report of Tyre.
Wail, you inhabitants of the coast!
whose antiquity is of ancient days,
whose feet carried her
far away to travel?
the giver of crowns,
whose merchants are rulers,
whose traders are the honorable of the earth?
to stain the pride of all glory,
to bring into contempt all the honorable of the earth.
There is no restraint any more.
He has shaken the kingdoms.
Yahweh has ordered
the destruction of Canaan’s strongholds.
“You will rejoice no more,
you oppressed virgin daughter of Sidon.
Arise, pass over to Kittim.
Even there you will have no rest.”
This people was not.
The Assyrians founded it for those who dwell in the wilderness.
They set up their towers.
They overthrew its palaces.
They made it a ruin.
for your stronghold is laid waste!
go about the city,
you prostitute that has been forgotten.
Make sweet melody.
Sing many songs,
that you may be remembered.
17It will happen after the end of seventy years that Yahweh will visit Tyre, and she will return to her wages and will prostitute herself with all the kingdoms of the world on the surface of the earth.
18Her merchandise and her wages will be holiness to Yahweh. It will not be treasured nor laid up; for her merchandise will be for those who dwell before Yahweh, to eat sufficiently, and for durable clothing.
as with the servant, so with his master;
as with the maid, so with her mistress;
as with the buyer, so with the seller;
as with the creditor, so with the debtor;
as with the lender, so with the borrower.
and utterly laid waste,
for Yahweh has spoken this word.
The world languishes and fades away.
The lofty people of the earth languish.
The vine languishes.
All the merry–hearted sigh.
The sound of those who rejoice ends.
The joy of the harp ceases.
Beer will be bitter to those who drink it.
Every house is shut up so that no one can enter.
All joy is darkened.
The rejoicing in the land is gone.
and the gate is struck with destruction.
even the name of Yahweh,
the God of Israel,
in the islands of the sea!
Glory to the righteous!
But I said, “I pine away! I pine away!
Woe is me!”
The treacherous have dealt treacherously.
Yes, the treacherous have dealt very treacherously.
who inhabit the earth.
The earth is torn apart.
The earth is shaken violently.
and will sway back and forth like a hammock.
Its disobedience will be heavy on it,
and it will fall and not rise again.
I will exalt you! I will praise your name,
for you have done wonderful things,
things planned long ago, in complete faithfulness and truth.
a fortified city into a ruin;
a palace of foreigners is a city no more.
It will never be rebuilt.
A city of awesome nations will fear you.
a stronghold to the needy in his distress,
a refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat.
For the breath of the ruthless is like a rain storm battering against a wall,
“Behold, this is our God!
We have waited for him, and he will save us!
This is Yahweh! We have waited for him.
We will be glad and rejoice in his salvation!”
Moab will be trampled down in his place,
even like straw is trampled down in the water of a manure pile.
“We have a strong city.
God appoints salvation for walls and bulwarks.
that the righteous nation may enter,
the one that remains faithful.
because he trusts in you.
for in Yah, Yahweh, is an everlasting Rock.
the lofty city.
He lays it low. He lays it low even to the ground.
He brings it even to the dust.
even the feet of the poor
and the steps of the needy.”
You who are upright make the path of the righteous level.
have we waited for you.
Your name and your renown are the desire of our soul.
Yes, with my spirit within me I kept seeking you earnestly,
for when your judgments are in the earth,
the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
yet he will not learn righteousness.
In the land of uprightness he will deal wrongfully
and will not see Yahweh’s majesty.
yet they do not see;
but they will see your zeal for the people,
and be disappointed.
Yes, fire will consume your adversaries.
for you have also worked all our works for us.
but by you only will we make mention of your name.
You have increased the nation! You are glorified!
You have enlarged all the borders of the land.
They poured out a prayer
when your discipline was on them.
who draws near the time of her delivery is in pain,
and cries out in her pangs,
so we have been before you, Yahweh.
We gave birth, it seems, only to wind.
We have not worked any deliverance in the earth,
neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.
and shut your doors behind you.
Hide yourself for a little moment until the indignation is past.
sing to her, “A pleasant vineyard!
I will water it every moment.
Lest anyone damage it,
I will keep it night and day.
but if I should find briers and thorns,
I would do battle! I would march on them
and I would burn them together.
that he may make peace with me.
Let him make peace with me.”
as he struck those who struck them?
Or are they killed like those who killed them were killed?
you contend with them.
He has removed them with his rough blast
in the day of the east wind.
and this is all the fruit of taking away his sin:
that he makes all the stones of the altar as chalk stones
that are beaten in pieces,
so that the Asherah poles and the incense altars will rise no more.
a habitation deserted and forsaken like the wilderness.
The calf will feed there,
and there he will lie down and consume its branches.
The women will come and set them on fire,
for they are a people of no understanding.
Therefore he who made them will not have compassion on them,
and he who formed them will show them no favor.
that Yahweh will thresh from the flowing stream of the Euphrates
to the Brook of Egypt,
and you will be gathered one by one,
children of Israel.
will be trampled underfoot.
and stagger because of beer.
The priest and the prophet stumble around because of beer.
They are confused by wine.
They stagger because of beer.
They stumble around while having visions.
They totter when giving judgments.
with no clean space left.
precept on precept, precept on precept;
line on line, line on line;
here a little, there a little;
that they may go, fall backward,
be broken, be snared, and be captured.
that rule this people in Jerusalem:
“Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone,
a tried stone,
a precious cornerstone of a sure foundation.
He who believes will not act hastily.
and your agreement with Sheol will not stand.
When the overflowing scourge passes through,
then you will be trampled down by it.
it will seize you;
for morning by morning it will pass through,
by day and by night,
and it will be nothing but terror
to understand the message.”
and the blanket is too narrow to wrap oneself in.
He will be angry as in the valley of Gibeon,
that he may do his work, his unusual work,
and bring to pass his act, his extraordinary act.
lest your bonds be made strong;
for I have heard a decree of destruction
from the Lord, Yahweh of Armies,
on the whole earth.
Listen, and hear my speech!
Does he keep turning the soil and breaking the clods?
doesn’t he plant the dill and scatter the cumin seed,
and put in the wheat in rows,
the barley in the appointed place
and the spelt in its place?
and teaches him.
with a sharp instrument,
neither is a cart wheel turned over the cumin;
but the dill is beaten out with a stick,
and the cumin with a rod.
so he will not always be threshing it.
Although he drives the wheel of his threshing cart over it,
his horses do not grind it.
who is wonderful in counsel
and excellent in wisdom.
the city where David encamped!
Add year to year,
let the feasts come around;
and there will be mourning and lamentation.
She will be to me as an altar hearth.
and will lay siege against you with posted troops.
I will raise siege works against you.
and will speak out of the ground.
Your speech will mumble out of the dust.
Your voice will be as of one who has a familiar spirit,
out of the ground,
and your speech will whisper out of the dust.
and the multitude of the ruthless ones like chaff that blows away.
Yes, it will be in an instant, suddenly.
that fight against Ariel,
even all who fight against her and her stronghold
and who distress her
will be like a dream, a vision of the night.
but he awakes and his hunger isn’t satisfied;
or like when a thirsty man dreams, and behold, he drinks,
but he awakes, and behold, he is faint, and he is still thirsty.
The multitude of all the nations that fight against Mount Zion
will be like that.
Blind yourselves and be blind!
They are drunken, but not with wine;
they stagger, but not with beer.
a spirit of deep sleep,
and has closed your eyes, the prophets;
and he has covered your heads, the seers.
11All vision has become to you like the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one who is educated, saying, “Read this, please,” and he says, “I can‘t, for it is sealed,”
12and the book is delivered to one who is not educated, saying, “Read this, please,” and he says, “I am not able to read.”
“Because this people draws near with their mouth
and with their lips to honor me,
but they have removed their heart far from me
and their fear of me is a commandment of men
that has been taught,
even a marvelous work and a wonder,
and the wisdom of their wise men will perish,
and the understanding of their prudent men will be hidden.”
their counsel from Yahweh
and whose works are in the dark,
and who say, “Who sees us?” and “Who knows us?”
Should the potter be thought to be like clay,
that the thing made should say about him who made it,
“He didn’t make me,”
or the thing formed say of him who formed it,
“He has no understanding?”
the words of the book,
and the eyes of the blind will see
out of obscurity and out of darkness.
their joy in Yahweh,
and the poor among men will rejoice
in the Holy One of Israel.
and the scoffer ceases,
and all those who are alert to do evil
are cut off–
and lay a snare for the arbiter in the gate,
and who deprive the innocent of justice
with false testimony.
“Jacob will no longer be ashamed,
nor will his face grow pale.
the work of my hands, in the midst of him,
they will keep my name holy,
yes, they will acknowledge the holiness of the Holy One of Jacob
and will stand in awe of the God of Israel.
(but have not asked at my mouth),
to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh
and to take refuge in the shadow of Egypt!
and their ambassadors have come to Hanes,
because of a people that cannot profit them,
who are not a help or profit
but are a shame and also a reproach.”
and inscribe it on a scroll,
that it may be for the time to come
forever and ever.
children who will not hear the law of Yahweh,
and to the prophets,
“Do not prophesy to us right things.
Tell us pleasant things.
Turn aside from the path.
Cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.”
“Because you have rejected this word,
and trust in oppression and perverseness,
and rely on it,
like a breach ready to fall,
swelling out in a high wall,
whose breaking comes suddenly in an instant.
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.”
“You will be saved in returning and rest.
Your strength will be in quietness and in confidence.”
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.
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.
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.
burning with his anger and in thick rising smoke.
His lips are full of indignation
and his tongue is as a devouring fire.
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.
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.
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.
He will strike him with his rod.
that Yahweh will lay on him
will be with the sound of tambourines and harps.
He will fight with them in battles, brandishing weapons.
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,
and rely on 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 Yahweh!
and their horses are flesh and not spirit.
When Yahweh stretches out his hand,
the one who helps will stumble,
and the one who is helped will fall,
and all of them will come to an end together.
6Return to him from whom you have deeply rebelled, O children of Israel!
7For in that day everyone will cast away his idols of silver and his idols of gold that your own hands have made for you—a sin!
but not by the sword of man;
and the sword that is not of mankind
will devour him.
He will flee from the sword,
and his young men will become subject to forced labor.
and his officials will be afraid of the banner,”
says Yahweh, whose fire is in Zion, and his furnace in Jerusalem.
and a refuge from the storm;
like streams of water in a dry land,
like the shade of a great rock in a weary land.
nor the scoundrel be highly respected.
and his heart will work iniquity,
to practice profanity
and to utter error against Yahweh,
to make empty the soul of the hungry
and to cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
He devises wicked devices to destroy the humble with lying words,
even when the needy speaks right.
and he will continue in noble things.
Hear my voice!
You carefree daughters,
give ear to my speech!
you will be troubled, you carefree women,
for the vintage will fail.
The harvest will not come.
Be troubled, you carefree ones!
Strip yourselves, make yourselves naked
and put sackcloth on your waist.
for the fruitful vine.
will come up on my people’s land,
yes, on all the houses of joy in the joyous city.
The populous city will be deserted.
The hill and the watchtower will be for dens forever,
a delight for wild donkeys,
a pasture of flocks;
in safe dwellings and in quiet resting places.
and the city is leveled completely.
beside all waters,
who send out the feet of the ox and the donkey.
and who betray, but who have never been betrayed!
When you have finished destroying,
you will be destroyed;
and when you have finished betraying,
they will betray you.
Be our strength every morning,
yes, our salvation in the time of trouble.
When you lift yourself up, the nations scatter.
the ambassadors of peace weep bitterly.
The traveler has ceased.
He has broken a covenant.
He has despised witnesses.
He does not respect man.
“Now I will lift myself up.
Now I will be exalted.
and, you who are near, acknowledge my might.”
and speaks blamelessly;
he who despises what is gained by oppression,
who shakes his hands lest they take a bribe,
who stops his ears from hearing about bloodshed
and shuts his eyes from looking at evil–
His place of defense will be the fortress of rocks.
His bread will be supplied. His waters will be sure.
They will see a land that stretches afar.
Where is he who counted?
Where is he who weighed?
Where is he who counted the towers?
a people of a deep speech that you cannot comprehend,
with a strange language that you cannot understand.
Your eyes will see Jerusalem,
a quiet habitation, a tent that won’t be removed.
Its stakes will never be plucked up,
nor will any of its cords be broken.
a place of wide rivers and streams
where no galley with oars will go,
nor will any gallant ship pass by there.
Yahweh is our lawgiver.
Yahweh is our king.
He will save us.
They could not strengthen the foot of their mast.
They could not spread the sail.
Then the prey of a great spoil was divided.
The lame took the prey.
The heavens will be rolled up like a scroll,
and all its armies will fall
like a leaf falls from off a vine
and as a fig falls from the fig tree.
It is covered with fat,
with the blood of lambs and goats,
with the fat of the kidneys of rams;
for Yahweh has a sacrifice in Bozrah
and a great slaughter in the land of Edom.
and the young bulls with the mighty bulls;
and their land will be drunken with blood
and their dust made greasy with fat.
a year of recompense
for the cause of Zion.
Its smoke will go up forever.
From generation to generation, it will lie waste.
No one will pass through it forever and ever.
The owl and the raven will dwell in it.
He will stretch the line of confusion over it,
and the plumb line of emptiness.
nettles and thistles in its fortresses,
and it will be a habitation of jackals,
a court for ostriches.
and the wild goat will cry out to his fellow.
Yes, Lillith will settle there
and will find herself a place of rest.
and lay, hatch,
and gather them under her shade.
Yes, the kites will be gathered there,
every one with her mate.
not one of these will be missing,
none will lack her mate.
For my mouth has commanded,
and his spirit has gathered them.
and make firm the feeble knees.
and the ears of the deaf will be unstopped.
and the tongue of the mute will sing,
for waters will break out in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert.
and the thirsty ground will become springs of water.
In the habitation of jackals—where they lay—
will be grass, with reeds and papyrus.
and it will be called The Holy Way.
The unclean will not travel on it,
but it will be for those who walk in God’s way.
Wicked fools will not go there.
nor will any ravenous animal go up on it.
They will not be found there,
but the redeemed will walk there.
and will come to Zion with singing,
and everlasting joy will be on their heads.
Joy and gladness will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee away.
1Now it came to pass in the 14th year of king Hezekiah that Sennacherib king of Assyria attacked all of the fortified cities of Judah, and captured them.
2The king of Assyria sent Rabshakeh from Lachish to Jerusalem to king Hezekiah with a large army. He stood by the aqueduct from the upper pool in the fuller’s field highway.
3Then Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder, came out to him.
4Rabshakeh said to them,
“Now tell Hezekiah, ‘This is what the great king, the king of Assyria, says: “What is this trust in which you are trusting?”
5I say that your counsel and strength for the war are only empty words. Now in whom do you trust, that you have rebelled against me?
6Now, behold, you trust in that broken reed of a staff, on Egypt, on which, if any man leans on it, it will go into his hand and pierce it. Such is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him.
7But if you say to me, ‘We trust in Yahweh our god,’ is not he the one whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah has taken away and has said to Judah and to Jerusalem, “You must worship before this altar?’
8“‘Come now, make a wager with my lord the king of Assyria. I will give you 2,000 horses if you are able on your part to set riders on them.
9How then will you be able to turn away the face of one captain of the least of my lord’s servants when you put your trust in Egypt for chariots and for horsemen?
10And have I come up now without Yahweh against this land to destroy it? Yahweh said to me, “Go up against this land and destroy it.”’”
11Then Eliakim and Shebna and Joah said to Rabshakeh, “Please speak to your servants in Aramaic, for we understand it, and do not speak with us in the language of the Judeans within the hearing of the people who are on the wall.”
12But Rabshakeh said to them, “Has my lord sent me to your lord and to you to speak these words? Has he not sent me to the men who sit on the wall, who will have to eat their own dung and drink their own urine with you?”
“Hear the words of the great king, the king of Assyria!
14This is what the king says, ‘Do not let Hezekiah deceive you, for he will not be able to deliver you.
15And do not let Hezekiah cause you to trust in Yahweh, saying, “Yahweh will rescue, yes, rescue us, and this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.”’
16“Do not listen to Hezekiah. For this is what the king of Assyria says, ‘Make your peace with me and come out to me. Then every one of you will eat of his vine, and every one of his fig tree, and every one will drink the waters of his own cistern
17until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards.
18Beware, lest Hezekiah misleads you, saying, “Yahweh will deliver us.” Have any of the gods of the nations rescued their land out of the hand of the king of Assyria?
19Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim? Have they rescued Samaria from my hand?
20Who are they among all the gods of these countries that have rescued their country out of my hand, that Yahweh should rescue Jerusalem out of my hand?’”
21But they were silent and answered him not a word, for the king’s command was, “Do not answer him.”
22Then 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 their clothes torn and told him the words of Rabshakeh.
1And 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 Yahweh.
2Then 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.
3And they said to him, “This is what Hezekiah says, ‘This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke and of rejection, for the children have come to the point of birth and there is no strength to deliver them.
4It may be Yahweh your God will hear the words of Rabshakeh, whom his lord, the king of Assyria, has sent to defy the living God, and will rebuke the words that Yahweh your God has heard. Therefore lift up your prayer for the remnant that is left.’”
5So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.
6And Isaiah said to them, “Tell your lord this: ‘This is what Yahweh says, “Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have reviled me.
7Behold, I will put a spirit in him, so that he will hear a rumor and will return to his own land, and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.”’”
8And Rabshakeh returned and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah, for he had heard that he had departed from Lachish.
9Now Sennacherib had heard a report concerning Tirhakah king of Ethiopia saying, “He has come out to fight against you.” When he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying,
10“This is what you are to say to Hezekiah king of Judah: ‘Do not let your god in whom you trust deceive you, saying, “Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.”
11Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, devoting them to destruction. So will you be rescued?
12Have the gods of the nations rescued those whom my fathers have destroyed, such as Gozan and Haran and Rezeph, and the children of Eden that were in Telassar?
13Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivvah?’”
14And Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it. Then Hezekiah went up to the house of Yahweh and spread it out before Yahweh.
15Then Hezekiah prayed to Yahweh, saying,
16“O Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel, who is enthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made the heavens and the earth.
17Incline your ear, O Yahweh, and hear! Open your eyes, O Yahweh, and see! And hear all the words of Sennacherib that he has sent to defy the living God.
18It is true, O Yahweh, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands
19and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone, so they have destroyed them.
20But now, Yahweh our God, save us out of his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, O Yahweh, are God, you alone!”
21Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, “This is what Yahweh the God of Israel says: ‘Because you have prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria,
22this is the word that Yahweh has spoken concerning him.
Against whom have you exalted your voice
and lifted up your eyes on high?
Against the Holy One of Israel.
and have said, ‘With the multitude of my chariots
I have come up to the height of the mountains,
to the innermost parts of Lebanon.
I will cut down its tall cedars
and its choice fir trees.
I will enter into its farthest height,
the forest of its fruitful field.
and with the sole of my feet
I will dry up all the rivers of Egypt.’
They were dismayed and confounded.
They were like the grass of the field
and like the green herb,
like the grass on the housetops
and like a field before its crop has grown.
your going out, your coming in,
and your raging against me.
and because your arrogance has come up into my ears,
therefore I will put my hook in your nose
and my bridle in your lips,
and I will turn you back
by the way by which you came.
30This will be the sign to you. You will eat this year what grows of itself, and in the second year what springs from the same, and in the third year sow and reap and plant vineyards, and eat their fruit.
31The remnant of the house of Judah that has escaped will again take root downward and bear fruit upward.
32For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant, and survivors will come from Mount Zion. The zeal of Yahweh of Armies will perform this.”’
33Therefore this is what Yahweh says concerning the king of Assyria,
‘He will not come to this city,
nor shoot an arrow there,
neither will he come before it with shield,
nor cast up a mound against it.
by the same he will return,
and he will not come to this city,’
for my own sake
and for my servant David’s sake.’”
36The angel of Yahweh went out and struck 185,000 men in the camp of the Assyrians. And when men arose early in the morning, behold, all of them were corpses; dead men.
37So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went away and returned home, and lived at Nineveh.
38It 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 Ararat. And Esarhaddon his son reigned in his place.
1In those days was Hezekiah sick to the point of death. And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, came to him and said to him, “This is what Yahweh says: ‘Set your house in order, for you are going to die and will not live.’”
2Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to Yahweh
3and said, “Remember now, Yahweh, I beg you, how I have walked before you in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept; it was a great weeping.
4Then the word of Yahweh came to Isaiah, saying,
5“Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘This is what Yahweh, the God of David your father, says: “I have heard your prayer. I have seen your tears. Behold, I will add 15 years to your life.
6I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and I will defend this city.
7This is to be the sign to you from Yahweh, that Yahweh will do this thing that he has spoken.
8Behold, I will cause the shadow on the stairway, which has gone down with the sun on the stairway of Ahaz, to go back ten steps.” So the sun's shadow went back ten steps on the stairway on which it had gone down.
and my spirit finds life in all of them:
you restore me
and cause me to live.
Death cannot celebrate you.
Those who go down into the pit
cannot have hope for your faithfulness.
as I do this day;
the father makes known your faithfulness to the children.
Therefore we will sing my songs with stringed instruments
all the days of our life
in the house of Yahweh.
1At that time, Merodach-Baladan the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he heard that he had been sick and had recovered.
2Hezekiah was pleased with them, and showed them his treasure-house; the silver and the gold and the spices and the precious oil and all the house of his armor and all that was found in his treasures. There was nothing in his house or in all his dominion that Hezekiah did not show them.
And Hezekiah said, “They have come from a far country, from Babylon.”
Hezekiah answered, “They have seen all that is in my house. There is nothing among my treasures that I have not shown them.”
5Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of Yahweh of Armies:
6‘Behold, the days are coming when all that is in your house and that your fathers have stored up until this day will be carried to Babylon. Nothing will be left,’ says Yahweh.
7‘Of your sons who will come from you, whom you will father, they will take away, and they will be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.’”
“Prepare a road for Yahweh in the wilderness!
Make a level highway in the desert for our God.
and every mountain and hill will be made low.
The uneven ground will be made level,
and the rough places a plain.
One said, “What should I cry out?”
“All flesh is like grass,
and all its glory is like the flower of the field.
because Yahweh’s breath blows on it.
Surely the people are like grass.
but the word of our God stands forever.”
go up on a high mountain.
You who tell good news to Jerusalem,
lift up your voice with strength.
Lift it up. Do not be afraid.
Say to the cities of Judah,
“Behold, your God!”
and his arm will rule for him.
Behold, his reward is with him
and his recompense before him.
He will gather the lambs in his arm
and carry them in his bosom.
He will gently lead those who have their young.
so he could make him understand? Who taught him the path of justice,
and taught him knowledge,
and showed him the way of understanding?
nor its animals sufficient for a burnt offering.
They are regarded by him
as less than nothing, and vanity.
Or what likeness will you compare to him?
and the goldsmith overlays it with gold
and casts silver chains for it.
chooses a tree that will not rot.
He seeks a skillful workman
to set up a carved image for him
that will not be moved.
Haven’t you heard, yet?
Haven’t you been told from the beginning?
Haven’t you understood
from the foundations of the earth?
and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;
who stretches out the heavens like a curtain
and spreads them out like a tent to live in;
who makes the judges of the earth nothing at all.
Their stock has scarcely taken root in the ground.
He merely blows on them and they wither,
and the whirlwind takes them away as stubble.
Who is my equal?” says the Holy One.
who has created these,
who brings out their army by number.
He calls them all by name.
By the greatness of his might
and because he is strong in power,
not one is lacking.
and speak, Israel,
“My way is hidden from Yahweh,
and the justice due me is disregarded by my God?”
Haven’t you heard?
The everlasting God, Yahweh,
the Creator of the ends of the earth,
doesn’t faint. He isn’t weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.
He increases the strength of him who has no might.
and the young men utterly fall;
will renew their strength.
They will mount up with wings like eagles.
They will run and not be weary.
They will walk and not faint.
and let the peoples renew their strength.
Let them come near, then let them speak.
Let us meet together for judgment.
who he calls in righteousness to his feet?
He delivers up nations before him
and makes him rule over kings.
He makes them like dust with his sword,
like the wind-driven stubble with his bow.
even by paths his feet had not trod.
calling the generations from the beginning?
I, Yahweh, the first,
and with the last, I am he.”
The ends of the earth tremble.
They approach, and come.
They say to their brothers, “Be strong!”
He who smooths with the hammer
encourages him who strikes the anvil,
saying of the soldering, “It is good,”
and he fastens it with nails, that it might not totter.
Jacob whom I have chosen,
the seed of Abraham my friend,
and called from its corners,
and said to you, ‘You are my servant,
I have chosen you and not cast you away,’
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.
will be disappointed and confounded.
Those who strive with you
will be like nothing, and will perish.
even those who contend with you.
Those who war against you will be as nothing,
as a non–existent thing.
will hold your right hand,
saying to you, ‘Do not be afraid.
I will help you.’
and you men of Israel.
I will help you,”
“and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
You will thresh the mountains and beat them small,
and will make the hills like chaff.
and the wind will carry them away,
and the whirlwind will scatter them.
You will rejoice in Yahweh.
You will glory in the Holy One of Israel.
Their tongue fails for thirst.
I, Yahweh, will answer them.
I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.
in the wilderness.
I will set fir trees, pine, and box trees
together in the desert,
consider and understand together
that the hand of Yahweh has done this
and the Holy One of Israel has created it.
“Bring forth your strong reasons,” says the King of Jacob.
what will happen.
Declare the former things, what they are,
that we may consider them,
and know the latter end of them;
or show us things to come.
that we may know that you are gods.
Yes, do good or do evil,
that we may be dismayed and see it together.
and your work is of nothing.
The one who chooses you is an abomination.
from the rising of the sun, one who calls on my name,
and he will come on rulers as on mortar,
and as the potter treads clay.
that we may know?
that we may say, ‘He is right?’
Surely, there is no one who declares.
Surely, there is no one who shows.
Surely, there is no one who hears your words.
‘Behold, look at them,’
and I will give one who brings good news to Jerusalem.
even among them there is no counselor who,
when I ask of them, can answer a word.
their works are vanity and nothing.
Their cast metal images are wind and confusion.”
nor cause it to be heard in the street.
He won’t quench a dimly burning wick.
He will faithfully bring justice.
until he has established justice in the earth,
and the islands will wait for his law.”
he who created the heavens and stretched them out,
he who spread out the earth and what comes out of it,
he who gives breath to its people
and spirit to those who walk in it.
to bring the prisoners out of the dungeon,
and those who sit in darkness out of the prison.
I will not give my glory to another,
nor my praise to carved images.
and I declare new things.
I tell you about them before they come up.”
and his praise from the end of the earth,
you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it,
the islands and their inhabitants.
with the villages that Kedar inhabits.
Let the inhabitants of Sela sing.
Let them shout from the top of the mountains!
and declare his praise in the islands.
He will stir up zeal like a man of war.
He will raise a war cry. Yes, he will shout aloud.
He will triumph over his enemies.
I have been quiet and restrained myself.
Now I will cry out like a travailing woman.
I will both gasp and pant.
and dry up all their herbs.
I will make the rivers islands
and will dry up the pools.
I will lead them in paths that they do not know.
I will make darkness light before them,
and crooked places straight.
I will do these things,
and I will not forsake them.
and who say to cast metal images,
‘You are our gods.’
and look, you blind, that you may see.
Or who is as deaf as my messenger whom I send?
Who is as blind as he who is at peace,
and as blind as Yahweh’s servant?
His ears are open, but he doesn’t listen.”
to magnify the law and make it honorable.
All of them are snared in holes,
and they are hidden in prisons.
They have become a prey, and no one delivers;
and a spoil, and no one says, ‘Restore them!’
Who will listen and hear for the time to come?
and Israel to the robbers?
Didn’t Yahweh, he against whom we have sinned?
For they would not walk in his ways,
and they disobeyed his law.
and the strength of battle;
and it set him on fire all around, but he didn’t know;
and it burned him, but he didn’t take it to heart.
and he who formed you, Israel, says:
“Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you.
I have called you by your name. You are mine.
I will be with you;
and through the rivers,
they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned,
and flame will not scorch you.
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I have given Egypt as your ransom,
Ethiopia and Seba in your place.
and I have loved you,
I will give people in return for you
and nations instead of your life.
I will bring your seed from the east
and gather you from the west.
and tell the south, ‘Do not hold them back!
Bring my sons from far,
and my daughters from the ends of the earth–
and whom I have created for my glory,
whom I have formed, yes, whom I have made.’”
and the deaf who have ears.
and let the peoples be assembled.
Who among them can declare this
and show us former things?
Let them bring their witnesses,
that they may be justified;
or let them hear, and say, “That is true.”
“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,
neither will there be after me.
and there was no strange god among you.
Therefore you are my witnesses,”
“and I am God.
and there is no one who can deliver out of my hand.
I will work, and who can hinder it?”
“For your sake, I have sent to Babylon,
and I will bring all of them down as fugitives,
even the Chaldeans, in the ships of their rejoicing.
the Creator of Israel, your King.”
who makes a way in the sea
and a path in the mighty waters,
the army and the mighty man
(they lie down together, they do not rise;
they are extinct, they are quenched like a wick):
and do not consider the things of old.
It springs forth now. Do you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
the jackals and the ostriches,
because I give water in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert,
to give drink to my people, my chosen,
that they might set forth my praise.
but you have been weary of me, Israel.
neither have you honored me with your sacrifices.
I have not burdened you with offerings,
nor wearied you with frankincense.
nor have you filled me with the fat of your sacrifices,
but you have burdened me with your sins.
You have wearied me with your iniquities.
for my own sake,
and I will not remember your sins.
Set forth your case, that you may be justified.
and your teachers have transgressed against me.
and I will make Jacob a curse,
and Israel an insult.”
and Israel whom I have chosen.
as willows by the watercourses.
and another will be called by the name of Jacob.
And another will write on his hand, ‘Belonging to Yahweh,’
and name himself by the name of Israel.”
and set it in order for me,
since I established the ancient people?
Let them declare the things that are coming,
and that will happen.
Haven’t I declared it to you long ago, and shown it?
You are my witnesses.
Is there a God besides me?
Indeed, there is not. I do not know any other Rock.”
The things that they delight in will not profit.
Their own witnesses do not see or know,
so they will be put to shame.
that is profitable for nothing?
and the workmen are mere men.
Let them all be gathered together. Let them stand up.
They will fear. They will be put to shame together.
fashions it with hammers
and works it with his strong arm.
He is hungry and his strength fails;
he drinks no water and is faint.
He marks it out with a stylus.
He shapes it with planes.
He marks it out with compasses
and shapes it like the figure of a man,
with the beauty of a man,
to reside in a house.
and takes the cypress and the oak,
and strengthens for himself one among the trees of the forest.
He plants a fir tree,
and the rain nourishes it.
and he takes some of it, and warms himself.
Yes, he burns it and bakes bread.
Yes, he makes a god and worships it;
he makes it a carved image and falls down to it.
With part of it, he eats meat.
He roasts a roast and is satisfied.
Yes, he warms himself and says, “Aha!
I am warm. I have seen the fire.”
his carved image.
He bows down to it and worships,
and prays to it and says,
“Deliver me, for you are my god!”
for he has shut their eyes, that they cannot see,
and their hearts, that they cannot understand.
nor is there knowledge or understanding to say,
“I have burned part of it in the fire.
Yes, I have also baked bread on its coals.
I have roasted meat and eaten it.
Will I make the rest of it into an abomination?
Will I bow down to a tree trunk?”
A deceived heart has turned him aside,
and he cannot deliver his soul or say,
“Isn’t there a lie in my right hand?”
and Israel, for you are my servant.
I have formed you. You are my servant.
Israel, you will not be forgotten by me.
and as a cloud, your sins.
Return to me,
for I have redeemed you.
Shout, you lower parts of the earth!
Break out into singing, you mountains,
O forest, all of your trees,
for Yahweh has redeemed Jacob
and will glorify himself in Israel.
“I am Yahweh who makes all things;
who alone stretches out the heavens;
who spreads out the earth by myself;
and makes diviners mad;
who turns wise men backward
and makes their knowledge foolish;
and performs the counsel of his messengers;
who says of Jerusalem, ‘She will be inhabited,’
and of the cities of Judah, ‘They will be built,’
and ‘I will raise up its waste places,’
and ‘I will dry up your rivers.’
and will perform all my pleasure,’
even saying of Jerusalem, ‘She will be built;’
and of the temple, ‘Your foundation will be laid.’”
and make the rough places smooth.
I will break the doors of bronze in pieces
and cut apart the bars of iron.
and hidden riches of secret places
so that you may know that it is I, Yahweh,
even the God of Israel, who calls you by your name.
I have called you by your name.
I have given you a title of honor,
though you have not known me.
Besides me, there is no God.
I will strengthen you,
though you have not known me,
and from the west that there is none besides me.
I am Yahweh, and there is no one else.
and let the skies pour down righteousness.
Let the earth open,
that it may bring forth salvation,
and let it cause righteousness to spring up with it.
I, Yahweh, have created it.
a clay pot among the clay pots of the earth!
Does the clay say to him who forms it,
‘What are you making?’
or “ 'Your work has no handles.'
‘What have you become the father of?’
or to a mother,
‘To what have you given birth?’”
the Holy One of Israel and his Maker, says:
“You ask me about the things that are to come concerning my sons,
and you command me concerning the work of my hands!
and created mankind on it.
I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens,
and I have commanded all their army.
and I will make straight all his ways.
He will build my city,
and he will let my exiles go free,
but not for a price or reward,”
says Yahweh of Armies.
“The labor of Egypt and the merchandise of Ethiopia,
and the Sabeans, men of stature,
will come over to you,
and they will be yours.
They will follow after you.
They will come over in chains,
and they will bow down to you.
They will make supplication to you:
‘Surely God is in you, and there is none else.
There is no other god.
God of Israel, the Savior.’”
yes, confounded, all of them.
Those who are makers of idols will go into confusion together.
with an everlasting salvation.
You will not be disappointed nor confounded
to ages everlasting.
who created the heavens,
the God who formed the earth and made it,
who established it
and did not create it a waste,
who formed it to be inhabited:
“I am Yahweh,
and there is no other.
in a place of the land of darkness.
I did not say to the seed of Jacob,
‘Seek me in vain.’
I, Yahweh, speak righteousness.
I declare things that are right.
Draw near together, you who have escaped from the nations.
They have no knowledge,
those people who carry the wood of their carved image
and pray to a god that cannot save.
‘Only in Yahweh is there righteousness and strength.
To him will come and be put to shame
all those who had raged against him.’
and will glory.”
and all the remnant of the house of Israel
who have been carried from the belly,
who have been carried from the womb,
and even to gray hairs I will carry you.
I have made you, and I will bear you,
yes, I will carry and will rescue you.
and make me equal to, and compare me,
as though we were alike?
and weigh out silver on the scale.
They hire a goldsmith and he makes it into a god.
They fall down; indeed, they worship it.
They set it in its place, and it stands there.
It cannot move from place to place.
Though one may cry out to it,
yet it cannot answer;
it cannot save him out of his trouble.
for I am God, and there is none other;
I am God, and there is none like me,
and declaring from ancient times things that are not yet done,
saying, ‘My counsel will stand,
and I will do all my pleasure,
who are far from righteousness:
it is not far off,
and my salvation will not delay.
And I will place salvation in Zion
for Israel my glory.”
virgin daughter Babylon;
sit on the ground without a throne,
daughter of the Chaldeans,
for you will no longer be called tender and delicate.
yes, your shame will be seen;
I will take vengeance,
and will spare no man.”
the Holy One of Israel.
I profaned my inheritance
and gave them into your hand.
You showed no mercy to them;
on the aged you made your yoke very heavy.
who sits securely,
who says in your heart,
‘I am, and there is none else besides me;
I will not sit as a widow,
nor will I know the loss of children.’
in a moment in one day,
the loss of children, and widowhood;
in their full measure they will come on you,
in the multitude of your sorceries
and the great abundance of your magic spells.
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 there is none else besides me.’
you will not know when it dawns;
and disaster will fall on you;
you will not be able to charm it away;
and desolation that you do not know about
will come on you suddenly.
and with the multitude of your sorceries
in which you have labored from your youth.
Perhaps you will be able to succeed;
perhaps you can cause terror.
Now let the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators,
stand up and save you from the things that will come on you.
those who have done business with you from your youth.
They will wander about, each in his own direction.
There is none to save you.”
you who are called by the name of Israel
and have come forth out of the waters of Judah,
who swear by the name of Yahweh
and make mention of the God of Israel,
but not in truth, nor in righteousness
and say they lean themselves on the God of Israel;
Yahweh of Armies is his name):
and your neck is an iron sinew
and your forehead bronze,
before they came to pass I showed them to you,
lest you should say, ‘My idol has done them,
and my carved image and my cast image have commanded them.’
And you, will you not declare it?
From this time forth I will announce to you new things,
even hidden things that you have not known.
And before this day you have not heard of them;
lest you should say, ‘Behold, I knew them.’
and for my praise I will restrain it for you,
so that I will not cut you off.
“I am Yahweh your God,
who teaches you to profit,
who leads you by the way that you should go.
Then your peace would have been like a river
and your righteousness like the waves of the sea;
and the offspring of your body like its grains;
his name would not be cut off
nor destroyed from before me.
flee from the Chaldeans;
declare this with a voice of singing;
utter it even to the end of the earth, say,
‘Yahweh has redeemed his servant Jacob.
when he led them through the deserts;
he made water flow out of the rock for them;
he split the rock and the water gushed out.’
in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
and he has made me a polished arrow;
in his quiver he hid me away,
in whom I will be glorified.”
I have spent my strength for nothing and in vain;
yet surely the justice due to me is with Yahweh,
and my reward with my God.”
to bring back Jacob to him,
and so that Israel would be gathered to him
(for I am honorable in the eyes of Yahweh,
and my God is my strength),
and behold, these from the north and from the west,
and these from the land of Sinim.”
and be joyful, earth,
and break forth into singing, mountains,
for Yahweh has comforted his people
and will have compassion on his afflicted.
and the Lord has forgotten me.”
that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb?
Yes, these may forget,
yet I will not forget you!
your walls are continually before me.
your destroyers and those who made you waste
will depart from you.
all these gather themselves together and come to you.
“As I live,”
“you will surely clothe yourself with them all as with an ornament,
and dress yourself with them like a bride.
and your land that has been destroyed,
surely now you will be too small for the inhabitants,
and those who swallowed you up will be far away.
will yet say in your ears,
‘The place is too small for me;
make room for me so that I may live in it.’
‘Who has conceived these for me,
since I have been bereaved of my children
and am solitary, an exile,
and wandering back and forth?
Who has brought up these?
Behold, I was left alone; these, where were they?’”
“Behold, I will lift up my hand to the nations
and set up my banner to the peoples,
and they will bring your sons in their bosom,
and your daughters will be carried on their shoulders.
and their queens your nursing mothers:
they will bow down to you
with their faces to the earth
and lick the dust of your feet,
and you will know that I am Yahweh.
For those who wait for me
will not be put to shame.”
“Even the captives of the mighty will be taken away,
and the prey of the tyrant will be delivered,
for I will contend with him who contends with you,
and I will save your children.
and they will be drunk with their own blood
as with sweet wine,
and all flesh will know
that I, Yahweh, am your Savior
and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”
and I was not rebellious,
nor did I turn away backward.
therefore I have not been confounded;
therefore I have set my face like a flint,
and I know that I will not be put to shame.
and to Sarah who bore you;
for when he was but one I called him,
and I blessed him and made him many.
and give ear to me, my nation;
for a law will go out from me,
and I will establish my justice
for a light of the peoples.
my salvation is gone forth
and my arms will judge the peoples;
the islands will wait for me,
and on my arm they will trust.
and look on the earth beneath;
for the heavens will vanish away like smoke
and the earth will grow old like a garment;
and those who dwell in it will die in the same way:
but my salvation will be forever,
and my righteousness will not be abolished.
the people in whose heart is my law;
do not fear the reproach of men,
neither be dismayed at their insults.
and the worm will eat them like wool;
but my righteousness will be forever,
and my salvation to all generations.”
put on strength, arm of Yahweh;
awake, as in the days of old,
the generations of ancient times.
Isn’t it you who cut Rahab in pieces,
who pierced the monster?
the waters of the great deep,
who made the depths of the sea a way
for the redeemed to pass over?
and will come to Zion with singing,
and everlasting joy will be on their heads.
Joy and gladness will overtake them.
Sorrow and sighing will flee away.
who are you, that you are afraid of man who will die,
and of the son of man who will be made as grass,
who stretched forth the heavens
and laid the foundations of the earth,
and fear continually all the day
because of the fury of the oppressor
when he makes ready to destroy?
And where is the fury of the oppressor?
and he will not die and go down into the pit,
neither will his bread fail.
who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar;
Yahweh of Armies is his name.
and have covered you in the shadow of my hand,
that I may plant the heavens
and lay the foundations of the earth,
and tell Zion, ‘You are my people.’”
among all the sons whom she has brought forth;
neither is there any who takes her by the hand
among all the sons who she has brought up.
Who will bemoan you?
Desolation and destruction
and the famine and the sword;
how will I comfort you?
they lie at the head of all the streets
as an antelope in a net;
they are full of the wrath of Yahweh,
the rebuke of your God.
and drunken, but not with wine:
and your God who pleads
the cause of his people, says:
“Behold, I have taken out of your hand
the cup of staggering,
even the bowl of the cup of my wrath;
you will no more drink it again:
who have said to your soul,
‘Bow down, that we may walk over you,’
and you have laid your back as the ground
and as the street to those who walk over.”
put on your strength, O Zion!
Put on your beautiful garments,
O Jerusalem, the holy city;
for the uncircumcised and the unclean
will come into you no more.
“My people went down at the first into Egypt to live there;
then the Assyrian oppressed them without cause.
For this reason they will know in that Day
that I am he who speaks;
behold, it is I.”
are the feet of him who brings good news,
who proclaims peace,
who brings good news of good,
who proclaims salvation,
who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
you waste places of Jerusalem,
for Yahweh has comforted his people,
he has redeemed Jerusalem.
in the eyes of all the nations,
and all the ends of the earth
have seen the salvation of our God.
touch no unclean thing!
Go out of the middle of her! Cleanse yourselves,
you who carry the vessels of Yahweh.
nor will you go by flight,
for Yahweh will go before you;
and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.
Kings will shut their mouths on account of him,
for they saw what had not been told to them,
and what they had not heard they have understood.
To whom has the arm of Yahweh been revealed?
and as a root out of dry ground.
He has no good looks or majesty.
When we see him,
there is no beauty that we should be attracted to him.
and carried our suffering,
yet we considered him plagued,
struck by God, and afflicted.
crushed for our iniquities.
The punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
Everyone has turned to his own way,
and Yahweh has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
yet he did not open his mouth.
As a lamb that is led to the slaughter
and as a sheep that before its shearers is mute,
so he did not open his mouth.
and who among his generation considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living
and stricken for the disobedience of my people?
but with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence
and no deceit was in his mouth.
he will see the light and be satisfied.
My righteous servant will justify many by the knowledge of himself,
and he will bear their iniquities.
and let them stretch out the curtains of your habitations;
do not hold back;
lengthen your cords
and strengthen your tent stakes.
and your seed will possess the nations,
and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.
do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced;
for you will forget the shame of your youth,
and the reproach of your widowhood
you will remember no more.
Yahweh of Armies is his name,
and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer;
he will be called the God of all the earth.
but with great mercies I will gather you.
I hid my face from you for a moment,
but with everlasting loving kindness
I will have mercy on you,”
says Yahweh your Redeemer.
for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah
will no more go over the earth,
so have I sworn that I will not be angry with you,
nor rebuke you.
and the hills may be removed,
but my covenant faithfulness will not depart from you,
nor will my covenant of peace be removed,”
says Yahweh who has mercy on you.
tossed with storms and not comforted,
behold, I will set your stones in beautiful colors
and lay your foundations with sapphires.
and your gates of sparkling jewels,
and all your walls of precious stones.
and great will be the peace of your children.
you will be far from oppression,
for you will not be afraid,
and from terror,
for it will not come near you.
but not by me;
whoever will gather together against you
will fall because of you.
who blows the fire of coals
and brings forth a weapon for its purpose,
and I have created the destroyer to ruin.
and you will condemn every tongue
that rises against you in judgment.
This is the heritage of the servants of Yahweh,
and their righteousness that is of me,”
call on him while he is near.
and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
and let him return to Yahweh,
and he will have mercy on him;
and let him return to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
neither are your ways my ways,”
so are my ways higher than your ways,
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
and does not return there,
but waters the earth
and makes it bring forth and bud
and gives seed to the sower
and bread to the eater,
it will not return to me void,
but it will accomplish what I please,
and it will prosper in the thing I sent it to do.
and be led forth with peace;
the mountains and the hills will break forth into singing before you,
and all the trees of the fields will clap their hands.
and instead of the brier will come up the myrtle tree;
and it will be to Yahweh for a name,
for an everlasting sign that will not be cut off.”
to minister to him and to love the name of Yahweh,
to be his servants,
everyone who keeps the Sabbath without desecrating it
and holds firmly to my covenant—
who gathers the outcasts of Israel, says,
“I will gather to them still others
besides his own who are gathered.”
they can never have enough;
and these are shepherds
who cannot understand;
they have all turned to their own way,
each one to his gain from every quarter.
and we will fill ourselves with beer;
and tomorrow will be as this day,
great beyond measure.”
you sons of the sorceress,
seed of the adulterer and the prostitute.
and increased your perfumes
and sent your ambassadors far off,
and debased yourself even to Sheol.
yet you didn’t say, ‘It is in vain.’
You found a reviving of your strength;
therefore you weren’t faint.
that you lie, and have not remembered me,
nor laid it to your heart?
Haven’t I held my peace even of long time,
and you do not fear me?
and as for your works, they will not profit you.
“Cast up, cast up, prepare the way,
take up the stumbling–block out of the way of my people.”
who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy, says:
“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.
nor will I be always angry;
for the spirit would faint before me,
and the souls who I have made.
and struck him; I hid myself and was angry,
and he went on backsliding in the way of his heart.
Peace, peace, to him who is far off
and to him who is near,” says Yahweh,
“and I will heal them.”
for it cannot rest,
and its waters cast up mire and dirt.
“for the wicked.”
and to strike with the fist of wickedness.
You cannot fast as you do this day
and make your voice heard on high.
A day for a man to afflict his soul?
Is it to bow down his head like a reed,
and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him?
Will you call this a fast
and an acceptable day to Yahweh?
and satisfy the afflicted soul,
then your light will rise in the darkness
and your gloom will be as noonday;
and satisfy your soul in dry places,
and strengthen your bones;
and you will be like a watered garden
and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.
you will raise up the foundations of many generations,
and you will be called ‘The repairer of the breach,
The restorer of streets in which to live.’
nor is his ear heavy, that it cannot hear;
and your fingers with iniquity;
your lips have spoken lies,
your tongue mutters wickedness.
and none pleads in truth:
they trust in vanity and speak lies;
they conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity.
and weave the spider’s web:
he who eats of their eggs dies,
and what is crushed breaks out into a viper.
nor can they cover themselves with their works;
their works are works of iniquity,
and the act of violence is in their hands.
and they make haste to shed innocent blood.
Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity;
desolation and destruction are in their paths.
and there is no justice in their goings.
They have made for themselves crooked paths;
whoever goes on them does not know peace.
nor does righteousness overtake us;
we look for light, but behold, darkness;
for brightness, but we walk in gloom.
yes, we grope like those who have no eyes;
we stumble at noonday as in the twilight;
among those who are vigorous we are as dead men.
and moan bitterly like doves;
we look for justice, but there is none;
for deliverance, but it is far off from us.
and our sins testify against us;
for our transgressions are with us,
and as for our iniquities, we know them:
and turning away from following our God,
speaking oppression and revolt,
conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
and righteousness stands afar off;
for truth is fallen in the street,
and uprightness cannot enter.
and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey.
Yahweh saw it,
and it displeased him that there was no justice.
and wondered that there was no intercessor:
therefore his own arm brought salvation to him,
and his righteousness, it upheld him.
and a helmet of salvation on his head;
and he put on garments of vengeance for clothing,
and was clad with zeal as a mantle.
so he will repay.
Wrath to his adversaries,
repayment to his enemies;
to the coastlands he will render repayment.
and to those in Jacob who turn from disobedience,”
21“As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says Yahweh. “My spirit which is upon you and my words that I have put in your mouth will 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 Yahweh, “from henceforth and forever.”
and kings to the brightness of your rising.
they all gather themselves together,
they come to you;
your sons will come from far,
and your daughters will be carried in the arms.
and your heart will thrill and be enlarged
because the abundance of the sea will be turned to you,
the wealth of the nations will come to you.
the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah;
all they from Sheba will come;
they will bring gold and frankincense
and will proclaim the praises of Yahweh.
and as the doves to their windows?
and the ships of Tarshish will come first,
to bring your sons from afar,
their silver and their gold with them,
for the name of Yahweh your God,
and for the Holy One of Israel
because he has glorified you.
and their kings will minister to you;
for in my wrath I struck you,
but in my favor have I had mercy on you.
they will not be shut day nor night,
that men may bring to you
the wealth of the nations,
and their kings led captive.
that will not serve you will perish;
yes, those nations will be utterly wasted.
the fir tree, the pine, and the box tree together,
to beautify the place of my sanctuary,
and I will make the place of my feet glorious.
will come bending to you,
and all those who despised you
will bow themselves down at the soles of your feet,
and they will call you “The City of Yahweh;”
“The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.”
so that no man passed through you,
I will make you an eternal excellency,
a joy of many generations.
and will nurse from royal breasts,
and you will know that I, Yahweh, am your Savior
and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
and instead of iron I will bring silver,
and instead of wood, bronze,
and instead of stones, iron.
I will also make your officers peace,
and righteousness your ruler.
nor desolation or destruction inside your borders;
but you will call your walls Salvation
and your gates Praise.
nor for brightness will the moon give you light,
but Yahweh will be to you an everlasting light,
and your God will be your glory.
nor will your moon withdraw itself,
for Yahweh will be your everlasting light,
and the days of your mourning will be ended.
they will inherit the land forever,
the branch of my planting,
the work of my hands,
that I may be glorified.
and the smallest one a strong nation;
I, Yahweh, in its time will do this quickly.”
and foreigners will be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
men will call you the ministers of our God:
you will eat the wealth of the nations,
and you will boast in their glory.
and instead of dishonor they will shout for joy over their portion;
therefore they will possess a double portion in their land.
Everlasting joy will be theirs.
I hate robbery with iniquity;
and I will give them their recompense in truth,
and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
and their offspring among the peoples;
all who see them will acknowledge them,
that they are the seed that Yahweh has blessed.”
my soul will 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 a garland
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.