1Woe to you who destroy, but were never destroyed, 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.
2Yahweh, be gracious to us. We have waited for you. Be our strength every morning, yes, our salvation in the time of trouble.
3At the noise of the tumult, the peoples flee. When you lift yourself up, the nations scatter.
4Your spoil will be harvested as the young locust harvests. People will leap upon it as locusts leap.
5Yahweh is exalted, for he dwells on high. He will fill Zion with justice and righteousness.
6And he will be the stability in your times; an abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge. The fear of Yahweh is Zion’s treasure.
7Behold, their valiant ones cry out in the streets; the ambassadors of peace weep bitterly.
8The highways are deserted. The traveler has ceased. He has broken a covenant. He has despised witnesses. He does not respect man.
9The land mourns and languishes. Lebanon is ashamed and withers away. Sharon is like the Arabah, and Bashan and Carmel shake off their leaves.
10“Now I will arise,” says Yahweh, “Now I will lift myself up. Now I will be exalted.
11You conceive chaff. You give birth to stubble. Your breath is a fire that will devour you.
12The peoples will be as if burned into lime, like thorns that are cut down and burned in the fire.
13Hear, you who are far off, what I have done; and, you who are near, acknowledge my might.”
14The sinners in Zion are afraid. Trembling has seized the godless ones. Who among us can live with the devouring fire? Who among us can live with the age-enduring hearth fire?
15He who walks righteously 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–
16he will dwell on high. His place of defense will be the fortress of rocks. His bread will be supplied. His waters will be sure.
17Your eyes will see the king in his beauty. They will see a land that stretches afar.
18Your heart will meditate on the terror. Where is he who counted? Where is he who weighed? Where is he who counted the towers?
19You will no longer see the fierce people, a people of a deep speech that you cannot comprehend, with a strange language that you cannot understand.
20Look at Zion, the city of our appointed festivals. 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.
21But there Yahweh will be with us in majesty, a place of wide rivers and streams where no galley with oars will go, nor will any gallant ship pass by there.
22For Yahweh is our judge. Yahweh is our lawgiver. Yahweh is our king. He will save us.
23Your rigging is untied. 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.
24No resident of Zion will say, “I am sick.” The people who live in it will be forgiven their iniquity.