3 A bull well knows its buyer,
And a donkey the manger of its owner;
My own people do not behave with understanding.”
The people weighed down with error,
A brood of wicked men, corrupt children!
They have abandoned Jehovah;+
They have treated the Holy One of Israel with disrespect;
They have turned their backs on him.
The whole head is sick,
And the whole heart is diseased.+
6 From the sole of the foot to the head, nothing is healthy.
There are wounds and bruises and open sores
7 Your land is desolate.
Your cities are burned with fire.
Foreigners devour your land right in front of you.+
It is like a wasteland overthrown by foreigners.+
Like a hut in a cucumber field,
Like a city under siege.+
9 Unless Jehovah of armies had left us a few survivors,
We should have become just like Sodʹom,
And we should have resembled Go·morʹrah.+
Who has required this from you,
This trampling of my courtyards?+
13 Stop bringing in any more worthless grain offerings.
Your incense is detestable to me.+
—I cannot put up with the use of magical power+ along with your solemn assembly.
They have become a burden to me;
I am tired of bearing them.
Correct the oppressor,
Defend the rights of the fatherless child,*
And plead the cause of the widow.”+
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
They will be made as white as snow;+
Though they are as red as crimson cloth,
They will become like wool.
20 But if you refuse and rebel,
You will be devoured by the sword,+
For the mouth of Jehovah has spoken it.”
Every one of them loves a bribe and chases after gifts.+
24 Therefore the true Lord, Jehovah of armies,
The Powerful One of Israel, declares:
“Ah! I will rid myself of my adversaries,
And I will take revenge on my enemies.+
25 I will turn my hand against you,
I will smelt away your dross as with lye,
And I will remove all your impurities.+
After this you will be called City of Righteousness, Faithful Town.+
And those leaving Jehovah will come to their finish.+
And his work a spark;
Both of them will go up in flames together,
With no one to extinguish them.”
The mountain of the house of Jehovah
Will become firmly established above the top of the mountains,+
And it will be raised up above the hills,
And to it all the nations will stream.+
3 And many peoples will go and say:
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of Jehovah,
To the house of the God of Jacob.+
He will instruct us about his ways,
And we will walk in his paths.”+
They will beat their swords into plowshares
And their spears into pruning shears.+
Nation will not lift up sword against nation,
Nor will they learn war anymore.+
Because they have become full of things from the East;
They practice magic+ like the Phi·lisʹtines,
And they abound with the children of foreigners.
7 Their land is filled with silver and gold,
And there is no limit to their treasures.
Their land is filled with horses,
And there is no limit to their chariots.+
They bow down to the work of their own hands,
To what their own fingers have made.
9 So man bows down, he becomes low,
And you cannot possibly pardon them.
10 Enter into the rock and hide yourself in the dust
Because of the terrifying presence of Jehovah
And his majestic splendor.+
Jehovah alone will be exalted in that day.
It is coming upon everyone who is haughty and lofty,
Upon everyone, whether exalted or lowly,+
13 Upon all the cedars of Lebʹa·non that are lofty and exalted
And upon all the oaks of Baʹshan,
14 Upon all the lofty mountains
And upon all the high hills,
15 Upon every high tower and every fortified wall,
And upon all desirable boats.
Jehovah alone will be exalted in that day.
19 And people will enter into the caves of the rocks
And into the holes in the ground,+
Because of the terrifying presence of Jehovah
And his majestic splendor,+
When he arises to make the earth tremble in terror.
20 In that day men will take their worthless gods of silver and of gold
That they had made for themselves to bow down to
21 In order to enter into the holes in the rocks
And into the clefts of the crags,
Because of the terrifying presence of Jehovah
And his majestic splendor,
When he arises to make the earth tremble in terror.
Why should he be taken into account?
3 For look! the true Lord, Jehovah of armies,
Is removing from Jerusalem and Judah every kind of support and supply,
All support of bread and water,+
2 Mighty man and warrior,
Judge and prophet,+ diviner and elder,
The expert magician and the skilled charmer.+
The boy will assault the old man,
And the lightly esteemed one will defy the respected one.+
6 Each one will take hold of his brother in his father’s house and say:
“You have a cloak—you be our commander.
Take charge of this overthrown pile of ruins.”
7 But he will protest in that day:
“I will not be your wound dresser;*
I have no food or clothing in my house.
Do not make me commander over the people.”
8 For Jerusalem has stumbled,
And Judah has fallen,
Because in word and deed they are against Jehovah;
9 The expression of their faces testifies against them,
And they proclaim their sin like Sodʹom;+
They do not try to hide it.
Woe to them,* for they are bringing disaster on themselves!
11 Woe to the wicked one!
Disaster will befall him,
For what his hands have done will be done to him!
12 As for my people, their taskmasters are abusive,
And women rule over them.
My people, your leaders are causing you to wander,
And they confuse the direction of your paths.+
13 Jehovah is taking his position to accuse;
He is standing up to pass sentence on peoples.
14 Jehovah will enter into judgment with the elders and princes of his people.
“You have burned down the vineyard,
And what you have stolen from the poor is in your houses.+
15 How dare you crush my people
And grind the faces of the poor in the dirt?”+ declares the Sovereign Lord, Jehovah of armies.
16 Jehovah says: “Because the daughters of Zion are haughty,
Walking with their heads high,*
Flirting with their eyes, skipping along,
Making a tinkling sound with their anklets,
17 Jehovah will also strike the head of the daughters of Zion with scabs,
And Jehovah will make their forehead bare.+
18 In that day Jehovah will take away the beauty of their bangles,
The headbands and the crescent-shaped ornaments,+
21 The finger rings and the nose rings,
22 The ceremonial robes, the overtunics, the cloaks, and the purses,
The turbans and the veils.
Instead of a belt, a rope;
Instead of a beautiful hairstyle, baldness;+
Instead of a rich garment, a garment of sackcloth;+
And a brand mark instead of beauty.
“We will eat our own bread
And wear our own clothing;
Only let us be called by your name
2 In that day what Jehovah makes sprout will be splendid and glorious, and the fruitage of the land will be the pride and beauty of the survivors of Israel.+ 3 Whoever remains in Zion and is left over in Jerusalem will be called holy, all of those in Jerusalem written down for life.+
4 When Jehovah washes away the filth* of the daughters of Zion+ and rinses away the bloodshed of Jerusalem from her midst by the spirit of judgment and by a spirit of burning,*+ 5 Jehovah will also create over the whole site of Mount Zion and over the place of her conventions a cloud and smoke by day and a bright flaming fire by night;+ for over all the glory there will be a shelter. 6 And there will be a booth for shade by day from the heat,+ and for refuge and protection from storms and the rain.+
My beloved had a vineyard on a fruitful hillside.
2 He dug it up and rid it of stones.
He planted it with a choice red vine,
Built a tower in the middle of it,
And hewed out a winepress in it.+
Then he kept hoping for it to produce grapes,
But it produced only wild grapes.+
Why, when I hoped for grapes,
Did it produce only wild grapes?
5 Now, please, let me tell you
What I will do to my vineyard:
I will remove its hedge,
And it will be burned down.+
I will break down its stone wall,
And it will be trampled on.
It will be overgrown with thornbushes and weeds,+
And I will command the clouds not to send any rain on it.+
The men of Judah are the plantation* he was fond of.
He kept hoping for justice,+
But look! there was injustice;
But look! a cry of distress.”+
And who annex one field to another field+
Until there is no more room
And you live by yourselves on the land!
9 Jehovah of armies has sworn in my ears
That many houses, though great and beautiful,
Will become an object of horror,
Without an inhabitant.+
Who linger late into the evening darkness until wine inflames them!
12 They have harp and stringed instrument,
Tambourine, flute, and wine at their feasts;
But they do not consider the activity of Jehovah,
And they do not see the work of his hands.
13 So my people will go into exile
For lack of knowledge;+
Their glorious men will go hungry,+
And all their people will be parched with thirst.
And has opened its mouth wide without limit;+
And her splendor,* her noisy multitudes, and her revelers
Will certainly go down into it.
15 And man will bow down,
Man will be brought low,
And the eyes of the haughty will be brought low.
17 And the lambs will graze as in their pasture;
Foreign residents will feed on the desolate places of well-fed animals.
18 Woe to those who drag along their guilt with ropes of deception
And their sin with wagon cords;
19 Those who say: “Let Him speed up his work;
Let it come quickly that we may see it.
Those who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness,
Those who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
22 Woe to those who are mighty in drinking wine
And to the men who are masters at mixing alcoholic drinks,+
And who deny justice to the righteous!+
24 Therefore, just as the tongue of fire consumes the stubble
And dry grass shrivels in the flames,
Their very roots will rot,
And their blossoms will scatter like powder,
Because they rejected the law* of Jehovah of armies
And disrespected the word of the Holy One of Israel.+
25 That is why the anger of Jehovah burns against his people,
And he will stretch out his hand against them and strike them.+
The mountains will quake,
And their corpses will be like refuse in the streets.+
In view of all this, his anger has not turned back,
But his hand is still stretched out to strike.
He has whistled for them to come from the ends of the earth;+
And look! they are coming very swiftly.+
27 None among them are tired or stumbling.
No one is drowsy or sleeps.
The belt around their waist is not loosened,
Nor are their sandal laces broken.
The hooves of their horses are like flint,
And their wheels like a storm wind.+
They will growl and seize the prey
And carry it off with no one to rescue it.
Anyone who gazes at the land will see distressing darkness;
Even the light has grown dark because of the clouds.+
6 In the year that King Uz·ziʹah died,+ I saw Jehovah sitting on a lofty and elevated throne,+ and the skirts of his robe filled the temple. 2 Seraphs were standing above him; each had six wings. Each* covered his face with two and covered his feet with two, and each of them would fly about with two.
3 And one called to the other:
“Holy, holy, holy is Jehovah of armies.+
The whole earth is filled with his glory.”
5 Then I said: “Woe to me!
I am as good as dead,*
For I am a man of unclean lips,
And I live among a people of unclean lips;+
For my eyes have seen the King, Jehovah of armies himself!”
“Look! This has touched your lips.
Your guilt is removed,
And your sin is atoned for.”
9 And he replied, “Go, and say to this people:
‘You will hear again and again,
But you will not understand;
You will see again and again,
But you will not get any knowledge.’+
Make their ears unresponsive,+
And paste their eyes together,
So that they may not see with their eyes
And hear with their ears,
So that their heart may not understand
And they may not turn back and be healed.”
11 At this I said: “How long, O Jehovah?” Then he said:
“Until the cities crash in ruins without an inhabitant
And the houses are without people
And the land is ruined and desolate;+
And the deserted condition of the land becomes very extensive.
7 Now in the days of Aʹhaz+ son of Joʹtham son of Uz·ziʹah, the king of Judah, King Reʹzin of Syria and Peʹkah+ son of Rem·a·liʹah, the king of Israel, came up to wage war against Jerusalem, but he* could not capture it.+ 2 A report was made to the house of David: “Syria has joined forces with Eʹphra·im.”
And the heart of Aʹhaz and the heart of his people began to tremble, like the trees of the forest shaking in the wind.
3 Jehovah then said to Isaiah: “Go out, please, to meet Aʹhaz, you and your son Sheʹar-jaʹshub,*+ at the end of the conduit* of the upper pool+ by the highway of the laundryman’s field. 4 You must say to him, ‘Take care to stay calm. Do not be afraid, and do not lose heart because of these two stumps of smoldering logs, because of the hot anger of Reʹzin and Syria and the son of Rem·a·liʹah.+ 5 For Syria with Eʹphra·im and the son of Rem·a·liʹah have plotted harm against you, saying: 6 “Let us go up against Judah and tear it apart* and conquer it* for ourselves, and let us appoint the son of Tabʹe·el as its king.”+
7 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah says:
“It will not succeed,
Nor will it take place.
8 For the head of Syria is Damascus,
And the head of Damascus is Reʹzin.
Within just 65 years
Eʹphra·im will be completely shattered and cease to be a people.+
Unless you have firm faith,
You will not be firmly established.”’”
10 Jehovah continued speaking to Aʹhaz: 11 “Ask for a sign from Jehovah your God;+ it may be as deep as the Grave* or as high as the sky.” 12 But Aʹhaz said: “I will not ask, nor will I put Jehovah to the test.”
13 Isaiah then said: “Listen, please, O house of David. Is it not enough that you try the patience of men? Must you also try the patience of God?+ 14 Therefore, Jehovah himself will give you a sign: Look! The young woman* will become pregnant and will give birth to a son,+ and she will name him Im·manʹu·el.*+ 15 He will eat butter and honey by the time that he knows how to reject the bad and choose the good. 16 For before the boy knows how to reject the bad and choose the good, the land of the two kings whom you dread will be completely abandoned.+ 17 Jehovah will bring against you and against your people and against the house of your father a time such as has not come since the day Eʹphra·im broke away from Judah,+ for He will bring the king of As·syrʹi·a.+
18 “In that day Jehovah will whistle for the flies from the distant streams of the Nile of Egypt and for the bees in the land of As·syrʹi·a, 19 and they will all come and settle down on the steep valleys,* on the rocky clefts, on all the thornbushes, and on all the watering places.
20 “In that day by means of a hired razor from the region of the River,* by means of the king of As·syrʹi·a,+ Jehovah will shave the head and the hair of the legs, and it will sweep away the beard as well.
23 “In that day wherever there used to be 1,000 vines worth 1,000 pieces of silver, there will be only thornbushes and weeds. 24 Men will go there with bow and arrow, because all the land will become thornbushes and weeds. 25 And all the mountains that used to be cleared with a hoe, you will not go near for fear of thornbushes and weeds; they will become a grazing place for bulls and a trampling ground of sheep.”
8 Jehovah said to me: “Take a large tablet+ and write on it with an ordinary stylus,* ‘Maʹher-shalʹal-hash-baz.’* 2 And let me have it confirmed in writing* by faithful witnesses, U·riʹah+ the priest and Zech·a·riʹah the son of Je·ber·e·chiʹah.”
3 Then I had relations with* the prophetess,* and she became pregnant and in time gave birth to a son.+ Jehovah then said to me: “Name him Maʹher-shalʹal-hash-baz, 4 for before the boy knows how to call out, ‘My father!’ and ‘My mother!’ the resources of Damascus and the spoil of Sa·marʹi·a will be carried away before the king of As·syrʹi·a.”+
5 Jehovah spoke to me again:
And they rejoice over Reʹzin and the son of Rem·a·liʹah,+
7 Therefore look! Jehovah will bring against them
The mighty and vast waters of the River,*
The king of As·syrʹi·a+ and all his glory.
He will come up over all his streambeds
And overflow all his banks
8 And sweep through Judah.
He will flood and pass through, reaching to the neck;+
His outspread wings will fill the breadth of your land,
9 Cause harm, you peoples, but you will be shattered to pieces.
Listen, all you from distant parts of the earth!
Prepare for battle, but you will be shattered to pieces!
10 Devise a plan, but it will be thwarted!
11 With his strong hand on me, this is what Jehovah said to me to warn me away from following the course of this people:
12 “You should not call a conspiracy what this people calls a conspiracy!
Do not fear what they fear;
Do not tremble at it.
He is the One you should fear,
And he is the One who should cause you to tremble.”+
14 He will become as a sanctuary,
But as a stone to strike against
And as a rock to stumble over+
To both houses of Israel,
As a trap and a snare
To the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
15 Many of them will stumble and fall and be broken;
They will be ensnared and caught.
19 And if they say to you: “Inquire of the spirit mediums or of the fortune-tellers who chirp and mutter,” is it not of their God that a people should inquire? Should they inquire of the dead in behalf of the living?+ 20 Instead, they should inquire of the law and of the written confirmation!*
When they do not speak according to this word, they have no light.*+ 21 And each one will pass through the land afflicted and hungry;+ and because he is hungry and indignant, he will curse his king and his God as he looks upward. 22 Then he will look to the earth and see only distress and darkness, obscurity and hard times, gloom and no brightness.
9 However, the gloom will not be as when the land had distress, as in former times when the land of Zebʹu·lun and the land of Naphʹta·li were treated with contempt.+ But at a later time He will cause it to be honored—the way by the sea, in the region of the Jordan, Galʹi·lee of the nations.
2 The people who were walking in the darkness
Have seen a great light.
As for those dwelling in the land of deep shadow,
Light has shone on them.+
3 You have made the nation populous;
You have made its rejoicing great.
They rejoice before you
As people rejoice in the harvesttime,
As those who joyfully divide up the spoil.
4 For you have shattered to pieces the yoke of their load,
The rod on their shoulders, the staff of the taskmaster,
As in the day of Midʹi·an.+
5 Every boot that shakes the earth as it marches
And every garment soaked in blood
Will become fuel for the fire.
A son has been given to us;
And to peace, there will be no end,+
On the throne of David+ and on his kingdom
In order to establish it firmly+ and to sustain it
From now on and forever.
The zeal of Jehovah of armies will do this.
9 And all the people will know it
—Eʹphra·im and the inhabitants of Sa·marʹi·a—
Who say in their haughtiness and in their insolence of heart:
Sycamore trees have been cut down,
But we will replace them with cedars.”
11 Jehovah will raise up Reʹzin’s adversaries against him
And will stir his enemies to action,
They will devour Israel with open mouths.+
13 For the people have not returned to the One who strikes them;
They have not sought Jehovah of armies.+
15 The elder and highly respected one is the head,
And the prophet giving false instruction is the tail.+
16 Those leading this people are causing them to wander,
And those who are being led are confused.
17 That is why Jehovah will not rejoice over their young men,
And he will have no mercy on their fatherless children* and their widows
Because all of them are apostates and evildoers+
And every mouth is speaking senselessness.
18 For wickedness burns like a fire,
Consuming thornbushes and weeds.
It will set fire to the thickets of the forest,
And they will go up in clouds of smoke.
19 In the fury of Jehovah of armies
The land has been set on fire,
And the people will become fuel for the fire.
No one will spare even his brother.
20 One will cut down on the right
But still be hungry;
And one will eat on the left
But will not be satisfied.
Each will devour the flesh of his own arm,
21 Ma·nasʹseh will devour Eʹphra·im,
And Eʹphra·im Ma·nasʹseh.
Together they will be against Judah.+
Who constantly draft oppressive decrees,
2 To deny the legal claim of the poor,
To deprive the lowly among my people of justice,+
Making widows their spoil
4 Nothing remains except to crouch among the prisoners
Or to fall among the slain.
The rod to express my anger+
And the staff in their hand for my denunciation!
Against the people who infuriated me;
I will command him to take much spoil and much plunder
And to trample them like mud in the streets.+
7 But he will not be inclined this way
And his heart will not scheme this way;
For it is in his heart to annihilate,
To cut off many nations, not a few.
10 My hand has seized the kingdoms of the worthless gods,
Whose graven images were more than those of Jerusalem and Sa·marʹi·a!+
11 Will I not also do to Jerusalem and her idols
Just as I have done to Sa·marʹi·a and to her worthless gods?’+
‘I will do this by the strength of my hand
And with my wisdom, for I am wise.
I will remove the boundaries of peoples+
And pillage their treasures,+
And I will subdue the inhabitants like a mighty one.+
14 Like a man reaching into a nest,
My hand will seize the resources of the peoples;
And like one gathering abandoned eggs,
I will gather the whole earth!
No one will flutter his wings or open his mouth or chirp.’”
15 Will the ax exalt itself over the one who chops with it?
Will the saw exalt itself over the one who saws with it?
Could a staff+ wave the one who lifts it?
Or could a rod lift up the one who is not made of wood?
16 Therefore the true Lord, Jehovah of armies,
Will inflict emaciation on his fat ones,+
And beneath his glory he will kindle a blazing fire.+
And his Holy One a flame;
It will blaze up and consume his weeds and his thornbushes in one day.
It will be as when a sick man wastes away.+
19 The rest of the trees of his forest
Will be so few that a boy could list them.
20 In that day those remaining of Israel
And the survivors of the house of Jacob
Will no longer support themselves on the one who struck them;+
But they will support themselves on Jehovah,
The Holy One of Israel, with faithfulness.
22 For though your people, O Israel,
Are as the grains of sand of the sea,
Only a remnant of them will return.+
23 Yes, the extermination decided on by the Sovereign Lord, Jehovah of armies,
Will be carried out in the entire land.+
24 Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord, Jehovah of armies, says: “Do not be afraid, my people who are dwelling in Zion, because of the As·syrʹi·an, who used to strike you with the rod+ and to lift up his staff against you as Egypt did.+ 25 For in a very little while the denunciation will come to an end; my anger will be directed to their destruction.+ 26 Jehovah of armies will brandish a whip against him,+ as when he defeated Midʹi·an by the rock Oʹreb.+ And his staff will be over the sea, and he will raise it as he did with Egypt.+
And his yoke from on your neck,+
And the yoke will be broken+ because of the oil.”
29 They have passed over the ford;
They spend the night at Geʹba;+
30 Cry out and scream, O daughter of Galʹlim!
Pay attention, O Laʹi·shah!
O poor Anʹa·thoth!+
31 Mad·meʹnah has run away.
The inhabitants of Geʹbim have sought shelter.
He shakes his fist at the mountain of the daughter of Zion,
The hill of Jerusalem.
33 Look! The true Lord, Jehovah of armies,
Is chopping off branches with a terrible crash;+
The tallest trees are being cut down,
And the lofty are brought low.
And Lebʹa·non will fall by a mighty one.
The spirit of wisdom+ and of understanding,
The spirit of counsel and of mightiness,+
The spirit of knowledge and of the fear of Jehovah.
He will not judge by what appears to his eyes,
Nor reprove simply according to what his ears hear.+
And with uprightness he will give reproof in behalf of the meek ones of the earth.
He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth+
And with the young goat the leopard will lie down,
And a little boy will lead them.
7 The cow and the bear will feed together,
And their young will lie down together.
The lion will eat straw like the bull.+
8 The nursing child will play over the lair of a cobra,
And a weaned child will put his hand over the den of a poisonous snake.
Or any ruin in all my holy mountain,+
Because the earth will certainly be filled with the knowledge of Jehovah
As the waters cover the sea.+
11 In that day Jehovah will again offer his hand, a second time, to reclaim the remnant of his people who are left from As·syrʹi·a,+ from Egypt,+ from Pathʹros,+ from Cush,+ from Eʹlam,+ from Shiʹnar,* from Haʹmath, and from the islands of the sea.+ 12 He will raise up a signal* for the nations and gather the dispersed ones of Israel,+ and he will gather together the scattered ones of Judah from the four corners of the earth.+
And those who show hostility to Judah will be done away with.
Eʹphra·im will not be jealous of Judah,
Nor will Judah show hostility toward Eʹphra·im.+
Together they will plunder the people of the East.
And the Amʹmon·ites will become their subjects.+
And he will cause people to walk across in their sandals.
As there was for Israel in the day he came out of the land of Egypt.
12 In that day you will certainly say:
“I thank you, O Jehovah,
For although you were angry with me,
Your anger gradually subsided, and you comforted me.+
I will trust and feel no dread;+
For Jah* Jehovah is my strength and my might,
And he has become my salvation.”+
4 And in that day you will say:
“Give thanks to Jehovah, call on his name,
Make his deeds known among the peoples!+
Declare that his name is exalted.+
Let this be made known in all the earth.
For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”
Call out to them, wave your hand,
So that they may come into the entrances of the nobles.
I have summoned my warriors to express my anger,
My proudly exultant ones.
4 Listen! A crowd in the mountains;
It sounds like a numerous people!
Listen! The uproar of kingdoms,
Of nations gathered together!+
Jehovah of armies is mustering the army for war.+
From the extremity of the heavens,
Jehovah and the weapons of his wrath,
To bring ruin to all the earth.+
6 Wail, for the day of Jehovah is near!
It will come as a destruction from the Almighty.+
They are seized with convulsions and pain,
Like a woman in labor.
They look at one another in horror,
With faces inflamed by anguish.
9 Look! The day of Jehovah is coming,
Cruel both with fury and with burning anger,
To make the land an object of horror,+
And to annihilate the land’s sinners from it.
Will not give off their light;
The sun will be dark when it rises,
And the moon will not shed its light.
I will put an end to the pride of the presumptuous,
And I will humble the haughtiness of tyrants.+
13 That is why I will make the heavens tremble,
And the earth will be shaken out of its place+
At the fury of Jehovah of armies in the day of his burning anger.
14 Like a hunted gazelle and like a flock with no one to gather them,
Each will return to his own people;
Each will flee to his own land.+
Their houses will be looted,
And their wives will be raped.
Who regard silver as nothing
And who take no delight in gold.
They will show no pity on the fruit of the womb
Nor mercy to children.
The beauty and the pride of the Chal·deʹans,+
Will be like Sodʹom and Go·morʹrah when God overthrew them.+
No Arab will pitch his tent there,
And no shepherds will rest their flocks there.
21 The desert creatures will lie down there;
Their houses will be filled with eagle owls.
22 Howling creatures will cry out in her towers,
And jackals in her luxurious palaces.
Her time is near, and her days will not be prolonged.”+
14 For Jehovah will show mercy to Jacob,+ and he will again choose Israel.+ He will settle them* in their land,+ and the foreign residents will join them and attach themselves to the house of Jacob.+ 2 And peoples will take them and bring them to their own place, and the house of Israel will possess them as male and female servants+ in Jehovah’s land; and they will be the captors of those who held them captive, and they will have in subjection those who were forcing them to work.*
“How the one forcing others to work* has met his end!
How the oppression has ended!+
5 Jehovah has broken the rod of the wicked,
The staff of the rulers,+
The one angrily subduing nations with relentless persecution.+
7 The whole earth now rests, free of disturbance.
People cry out for joy.+
8 Even the juniper trees rejoice over you,
Along with the cedars of Lebʹa·non.
They say, ‘Ever since you have fallen,
No woodcutter comes up against us.’
Because of you, it awakens those powerless in death,
All the oppressive leaders* of the earth.
It makes all the kings of the nations rise from their thrones.
10 All of them speak up and say to you,
‘Have you also become weak like us?
Have you become like us?
Maggots are spread beneath you as a bed,
And worms are your covering.’
12 How you have fallen from heaven,
O shining one, son of the dawn!
How you have been cut down to the earth,
You who vanquished nations!+
Above the stars of God I will lift up my throne,+
And I will sit down on the mountain of meeting,
In the remotest parts of the north.+
14 I will go up above the tops of the clouds;
I will make myself resemble the Most High.’
16 Those seeing you will stare at you;
They will closely examine you, saying,
‘Is this the man who was shaking the earth,
Who made kingdoms tremble,+
17 Who made the inhabited earth like the wilderness
And overthrew its cities,+
Who refused to let his prisoners go home?’+
19 But you are discarded without a grave,
Like a detested sprout,*
Clothed with the slain who were stabbed with the sword,
Who go down to the stones of a pit,
Like a carcass trampled underfoot.
20 You will not join them in a grave,
For you destroyed your own land,
You killed your own people.
The offspring of evildoers will never again be named.
21 Prepare a slaughtering block for his sons
Because of the guilt of their forefathers,
So that they will not rise up and take over the earth
And fill the land with their cities.”
“And I will wipe out from Babylon name and remnant and descendants and posterity,”+ declares Jehovah.
24 Jehovah of armies has sworn:
“Just as I have intended, so it will occur,
And just as I have decided, that is what will come true.
His yoke will be removed from them,
And his load will be removed from their shoulder.”+
And this is the hand that is stretched out* against all the nations.
His hand is stretched out,
And who can turn it back?+
29 “Do not rejoice, Phi·lisʹti·a, any of you,
Just because the staff of the one striking you has been broken.
And its offspring will be a flying fiery snake.*
30 While the firstborn of the lowly feed
And the poor lie down in security,
I will put your root to death with famine,
And what is left of you will be killed.+
31 Wail, O gate! Cry out, O city!
All of you will lose heart, O Phi·lisʹti·a!
For a smoke is coming from the north,
And there are no stragglers in his ranks.”
32 How should they answer the messengers of the nation?
That Jehovah has laid the foundation of Zion,+
And that the lowly ones of his people will take refuge in her.
Because it has been devastated in a night,
Ar+ of Moʹab has been silenced.
Because it has been devastated in a night,
Kir+ of Moʹab has been silenced.
3 In its streets they have put on sackcloth.
On their roofs and in their public squares they all wail;
They go down weeping.+
That is why the armed men of Moʹab keep shouting.
He* is trembling.
5 My heart cries out over Moʹab.
On the ascent of Luʹhith they weep as they go up;
On the way to Hor·o·naʹim they cry out over the catastrophe.+
6 For the waters of Nimʹrim are desolate;
The green grass has dried up,
The grass is gone and nothing green is left.
7 That is why they are carrying away what is left of their stores and their riches;
They are crossing the valley* of poplars.
The wailing reaches to Eg·laʹim;
The wailing reaches to Beʹer-eʹlim.
9 For the waters of Diʹmon are full of blood,
And I have more in store for Diʹmon:
A lion for those of Moʹab who escape
And for those remaining in the land.+
16 Send a ram to the ruler of the land,
From Seʹla through the wilderness
To the mountain of the daughter of Zion.
3 “Offer counsel, carry out the decision.
Make your shadow at high noon like the night.
Conceal the dispersed and do not betray those fleeing.
4 May my dispersed ones reside in you, O Moʹab.
Become a place of concealment to them because of the destroyer.+
The oppressor will reach his end,
The destruction will come to an end,
And those trampling others down will perish from the earth.
5 Then a throne will be firmly established in loyal love.
The one who sits on it in the tent of David will be faithful;+
He will judge fairly and will swiftly execute righteousness.”+
His haughtiness and his pride and his fury;+
But his empty talk will come to nothing.
Those who are stricken will moan for the raisin cakes of Kir-harʹe·seth.+
The vine of Sibʹmah,+
The rulers of the nations have trampled its bright-red branches;*
They had reached as far as Jaʹzer;+
They had extended into the wilderness.
Its shoots had spread out and gone as far as the sea.
9 That is why I will weep over the vine of Sibʹmah as I weep for Jaʹzer.
With my tears I will drench you, O Heshʹbon and E·le·aʹleh,+
Because the shouting over your summer fruit and your harvest has ended.*
10 Rejoicing and joyfulness have been taken away from the orchard,
And there are no songs of joy or shouting in the vineyards.+
The treader no longer treads out wine in the presses,
For I have caused the shouting to cease.+
Like the strumming of a harp,
And my innermost being over Kir-harʹe·seth.+
13 This is the word that Jehovah previously spoke concerning Moʹab. 14 And now Jehovah says: “Within three years, like the years of a hired worker,* the glory of Moʹab will be disgraced with much tumult of every sort, and those who remain will be very few and insignificant.”+
“Look! Damascus will cease to be a city,
And it will become a heap of ruins.+
They will become places for flocks to lie down
With no one to make them afraid.
And the kingdom from Damascus;+
And those remaining of Syria
Will be like the glory of the Israelites,”* declares Jehovah of armies.
5 It will be as when the harvester is gathering the standing grain
And his arm harvests the ears of grain,
6 Only gleanings will be left,
As when an olive tree is beaten:
Only two or three ripe olives remain on the highest branch,
Only four or five on its fruit-bearing branches,”+ declares Jehovah the God of Israel.
7 In that day man will look up to his Maker, and his eyes will gaze at the Holy One of Israel. 8 He will not look to the altars,+ the work of his hands;+ and he will not gaze at what his fingers have made, either the sacred poles* or the incense stands.
Like a branch that was abandoned before the Israelites;
It will become a wasteland.
You have failed to remember the Rock+ of your fortress.
11 In the day you carefully fence in your plantation,
In the morning you make your seed sprout,
But the harvest will vanish in the day of disease and incurable pain.+
12 Listen! There is a commotion of many peoples,
Who are as boisterous as the seas!
There is an uproar of nations,
Whose sound is like the roar of mighty waters!
13 The nations will make a sound like the roar of many waters.
He will rebuke them, and they will flee far away,
Chased like the chaff of the mountains before a wind,
Like a whirling thistle* before a storm wind.
14 In the evening there is terror.
Before morning they are no more.
This is the share of those pillaging us
And the lot of those plundering us.
2 It sends envoys by sea,
Across the waters in papyrus vessels, saying:
“Go, you swift messengers,
To a tall and smooth-skinned nation,*
To a people feared everywhere,+
To a strong, conquering nation,*
Whose land is washed away by rivers.”
3 All you inhabitants of the land and you residents of the earth,
What you see will be like a signal* raised on the mountains,
And you will hear a sound like the blowing of a horn.
4 For this is what Jehovah said to me:
“I will remain undisturbed and look on* my established place,
Like the shimmering heat along with the sunlight,
Like the cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.
5 For before the harvest,
When the blossom is finished and the bloom becomes a ripening grape,
The shoots will be cut off with pruning shears
And the tendrils will be lopped off and removed.
6 They will all be left for the birds of prey of the mountains
And for the beasts of the earth.
The birds of prey will spend the summer on them,
And all the beasts of the earth will spend the harvesttime on them.
7 At that time a gift will be brought to Jehovah of armies,
From a tall and smooth-skinned nation,*
From a people feared everywhere,
From a strong, conquering nation,*
Whose land is washed away by rivers
To the place that bears the name of Jehovah of armies, Mount Zion.”+
Look! Jehovah is riding on a swift cloud and is coming into Egypt.
The worthless gods of Egypt will tremble before him,+
And the heart of Egypt will melt within it.
2 “I will incite Egyptians against Egyptians,
And they will fight one another,
Each against his brother and his neighbor,
City against city, kingdom against kingdom.
They will resort to the worthless gods,
To the charmers and to the spirit mediums and to the fortune-tellers.+
4 I will hand Egypt over to a hard master,
And a harsh king will rule over them,”+ declares the true Lord, Jehovah of armies.
6 And the rivers will stink;
The Nile canals of Egypt will become low and parched.
The reeds and the rushes will decay.+
7 The plants along the Nile River, at the mouth of the Nile,
It will be blown away, and it will be no more.
8 And the fishermen will mourn,
Those casting fishhooks into the Nile will lament,
And those who spread their nets on the water will dwindle.
The wisest advisers of Pharʹaoh give unreasonable advice.+
How can you say to Pharʹaoh:
“I am a descendant of wise ones,
A descendant of ancient kings”?
Let them tell you if they know what Jehovah of armies has decided concerning Egypt.
13 The princes of Zoʹan have acted foolishly;
The chiefs of her tribes have led Egypt astray.
And they have led Egypt astray in whatever she does,
Like a drunk staggering in his vomit.
16 In that day Egypt will become like women, trembling and terrified because of the threatening hand that Jehovah of armies raises against it.+ 17 And the land of Judah will become a cause for terror to Egypt. They will feel dread at the mention of it because of the decision that Jehovah of armies has made against them.+
19 In that day there will be an altar to Jehovah in the middle of the land of Egypt and a pillar to Jehovah at its boundary. 20 It will be for a sign and for a witness to Jehovah of armies in the land of Egypt; for they will cry out to Jehovah because of the oppressors, and he will send them a savior, a grand one, who will save them. 21 And Jehovah will become known to the Egyptians, and the Egyptians will know Jehovah in that day, and they will offer sacrifices and gifts and make a vow to Jehovah and pay it. 22 Jehovah will strike Egypt,+ striking and healing it; and they will return to Jehovah, and he will respond to their entreaties and heal them.
23 In that day there will be a highway+ out of Egypt to As·syrʹi·a. Then As·syrʹi·a will come into Egypt, and Egypt into As·syrʹi·a, and Egypt will serve God together with As·syrʹi·a. 24 In that day Israel will be the third along with Egypt and with As·syrʹi·a,+ a blessing in the midst of the earth, 25 for Jehovah of armies will have blessed it, saying: “Blessed be my people, Egypt, and the work of my hands, As·syrʹi·a, and my inheritance, Israel.”+
20 In the year that King Sarʹgon of As·syrʹi·a sent the Tarʹtan* to Ashʹdod,+ he fought against Ashʹdod and captured it.+ 2 At that time Jehovah spoke through Isaiah+ the son of Aʹmoz, saying: “Go, remove the sackcloth from your hips, and take your sandals off your feet.” And he did so, walking about naked* and barefoot.
3 Jehovah then said: “Just as my servant Isaiah has walked about naked and barefoot for three years as a sign+ and a portent against Egypt+ and E·thi·oʹpi·a,+ 4 so the king of As·syrʹi·a will lead the captives of Egypt+ and the exiles of E·thi·oʹpi·a, boys and old men, naked and barefoot and with exposed buttocks, the nakedness* of Egypt. 5 And they will be terrified and will be ashamed of E·thi·oʹpi·a their hope and of Egypt their pride.* 6 The inhabitants of this coastland will say in that day, ‘Look at what happened to our hope, to which we fled for help and rescue from the king of As·syrʹi·a! How will we escape now?’”
It is coming like storm winds that sweep through in the south,
From the wilderness, from a fearsome land.+
2 A harsh vision has been told to me:
The treacherous one is acting treacherously,
And the destroyer is destroying.
Go up, O Eʹlam! Lay siege, O Meʹdi·a!+
I will put an end to all the sighing she caused.+
Convulsions have seized me,
Like those of a woman giving birth.
I am too distressed to hear;
I am too disturbed to see.
4 My heart falters; I shudder in terror.
The twilight I longed for makes me tremble.
5 Set the table and arrange the seats!
Eat and drink!+
Get up, you princes, anoint* the shield!
6 For this is what Jehovah said to me:
“Go, post a lookout and have him report what he sees.”
7 And he saw a war chariot with a team of horses,
A war chariot of donkeys,
A war chariot of camels.
He watched carefully, with great attentiveness.
8 Then he called out like a lion:
“Upon the watchtower, O Jehovah, I am standing constantly by day,
And I am stationed at my guardpost every night.+
9 Look at what is coming:
Men in a war chariot with a team of horses!”+
Then he spoke up and said:
“She has fallen! Babylon has fallen!+
All the graven images of her gods he has shattered to the ground!”+
10 O my people who have been threshed,
I have reported to you what I have heard from Jehovah of armies, the God of Israel.
Someone is calling out to me from Seʹir:+
“Watchman, what of the night?
Watchman, what of the night?”
12 The watchman said:
“The morning is coming, and also the night.
If you would inquire, inquire.
13 A pronouncement against the desert plain:
In the forest in the desert plain you will spend the night,
O caravans of Deʹdan.+
14 Bring water to meet the thirsty one,
You inhabitants of the land of Teʹma,+
And bring bread for the one fleeing.
15 For they have fled from the swords, from the drawn sword,
From the bent bow, and from the cruelty of the war.
16 For this is what Jehovah said to me: “Within one year, like the years of a hired worker,* all the glory of Keʹdar+ will come to an end. 17 The remaining bowmen of the warriors of Keʹdar will be few, for Jehovah the God of Israel has spoken.”
What is the matter with you that you have all gone up to the roofs?
2 You were full of turmoil,
A boisterous city, an exultant town.
Your slain were not slain with the sword,
Nor did they die in battle.+
They were taken prisoner without need of a bow.
All who were found were taken prisoner,+
Even though they had fled far away.
From the Sovereign Lord, Jehovah of armies,
In the Valley of Vision.
There is a demolishing of the wall+
And a cry to the mountain.
Will become full of war chariots,
And the horses* will take their positions at the gate,
“In that day you will look toward the armory of the House of the Forest,+ 9 and you will see the many breaches of the City of David.+ And you will collect the waters of the lower pool.+ 10 You will count the houses of Jerusalem, and you will pull down the houses to reinforce the wall. 11 And you will make a basin between the two walls for the water of the old pool, but you will not look to its Grand Maker, and you will not see the One who formed it long ago.
12 In that day the Sovereign Lord, Jehovah of armies,
Will call for weeping and mourning,+
For shaved heads and the wearing of sackcloth.
13 But instead, there is celebration and rejoicing,
The killing of cattle and the slaughtering of sheep,
The eating of meat and the drinking of wine.+
‘Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we will die.’”+
15 This is what the Sovereign Lord, Jehovah of armies, says: “Go in to this steward, to Shebʹna,+ who is in charge of the house,* and say, 16 ‘What is your interest here, and who is there of interest to you here, that you hewed out a burial place here for yourself?’ He is hewing out his burial place in a high place; he is cutting out a resting-place* for himself in a crag. 17 ‘Look! Jehovah will hurl you down violently, O man, and seize you forcibly. 18 He will certainly wrap you up tightly and hurl you like a ball into a wide land. There you will die, and there your glorious chariots will be, a disgrace to your master’s house. 19 And I will depose you from your position and throw you out of your office.
20 “‘In that day I will call my servant E·liʹa·kim+ the son of Hil·kiʹah, 21 and I will clothe him with your robe and firmly bind your sash around him,+ and I will give your authority* into his hand. And he will be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. 22 And I will put the key of the house of David+ on his shoulder. He will open and no one will shut; and he will shut and no one will open. 23 I will drive him in as a peg in a lasting place, and he will become as a throne of glory to the house of his father. 24 And they will hang on him all the glory* of the house of his father, the descendants and the offspring,* all the small vessels, the bowl-shaped vessels, as well as all the large jars.
25 “‘In that day,’ declares Jehovah of armies, ‘the peg that is driven in a lasting place will be removed,+ and it will be cut down and fall, and the load that it supported will fall to ruin, for Jehovah himself has spoken.’”
Wail, you ships of Tarʹshish!+
For the port has been destroyed; it cannot be entered.
From the land of Kitʹtim+ it has been revealed to them.
2 Be silent, you inhabitants of the coastland.
The merchants from Siʹdon+ who cross the sea have filled you.
The harvest of the Nile, her revenue,
Bringing the profit of the nations.+
4 Be ashamed, O Siʹdon, you stronghold of the sea,
Because the sea has said:
“I have not had birth pains, and I have not given birth,
6 Cross over to Tarʹshish!
Wail, you inhabitants of the coastland!
7 Is this your city that was exultant from long ago, from her early times?
Her feet used to take her to distant lands to reside.
8 Who has decided this against Tyre,
The bestower of crowns,
Whose merchants were princes,
Whose tradesmen were honored in all the earth?+
9 Jehovah of armies himself has decided this,
To profane her pride over all her beauty,
To humiliate all those who were honored throughout the earth.+
10 Cross over your land like the Nile River, O daughter of Tarʹshish.
11 He has stretched his hand out over the sea;
He has shaken kingdoms.
Jehovah has ordered the annihilation of Phoe·niʹcia’s strongholds.+
Get up, cross over to Kitʹtim.+
Even there you will find no rest.”
This is the people—As·syrʹi·a+ was not the one—
They made her a place for those haunting the desert.
They have erected their siege towers;
They have stripped bare her fortified towers,+
Reducing her to a crumbling ruin.
16 “Take a harp, go around the city, O forgotten prostitute.
Play your harp skillfully;
Sing many songs,
So that they will remember you.”
17 At the end of 70 years, Jehovah will turn his attention to Tyre, and she will return to her hire and prostitute herself with all the world’s kingdoms on the face of the earth. 18 But her profit and her hire will become something holy to Jehovah. It will not be stored or laid away, because her hire will be for those dwelling before Jehovah, so that they may eat to satisfaction and wear elegant clothing.+
2 It will be the same for everyone:
The people as well as the priest,
The servant and his master,
The servant and her mistress,
The buyer and the seller,
The lender and the borrower,
The creditor and the debtor.+
3 The land will be completely emptied;
It will be completely plundered,+
For Jehovah has spoken this word.
The productive land withers; it is fading away.
The prominent people of the land wither.
For they have bypassed the laws,+
Changed the regulation,+
That is why the inhabitants of the land have dwindled,
And very few men are left.+
8 The joy of the tambourines has ceased;
The noise of the revelers has ended;
The happy sound of the harp has ceased.+
9 They drink wine without song,
And alcohol tastes bitter to those drinking it.
11 They cry out for wine in the streets.
All rejoicing has disappeared;
The joy of the land has gone.+
13 For this is how it will be in the land, among the peoples:
14 They will raise their voice,
They will shout joyfully.
In the islands of the sea they will glorify the name of Jehovah the God of Israel.+
16 From the ends of the earth we hear songs:
But I say: “I am wasting away, I am wasting away!
Woe to me! The treacherous have acted treacherously;
With treachery the treacherous have acted treacherously.”+
18 Anyone fleeing from the sound of terror will fall into the pit,
And anyone coming up from the pit will be caught in the trap.+
For the floodgates above will be opened,
And the foundations of the land will quake.
20 The land staggers like a drunken man,
And it sways back and forth like a hut in the wind.
Its transgression weighs heavily on it,+
And it will fall, so that it will not rise up again.
21 In that day Jehovah will turn his attention to the army of the heights above
And to the kings of the earth upon the earth.
22 And they will be gathered together
Like prisoners gathered into a pit,
And they will be shut up in the dungeon;
After many days they will be given attention.
23 The full moon will be abashed,
And the shining sun will be ashamed,+
25 O Jehovah, you are my God.
I exalt you, I praise your name,
For you have done wonderful things,+
In faithfulness,+ in trustworthiness.
2 For you have turned a city into a pile of stones,
A fortified town into a crumbling ruin.
The foreigner’s tower is a city no more;
It will never be rebuilt.
4 For you have become a stronghold to the lowly,
A stronghold to the poor in his distress,+
A refuge from the rainstorm,
And a shade from the heat.+
When the blast of the tyrants is like a rainstorm against a wall,
5 As the heat in a parched land,
You subdue the uproar of strangers.
Like heat is subdued by the shadow of a cloud,
So the song of the tyrants is silenced.
A banquet of rich dishes,+
A banquet of fine wine,*
Of rich dishes filled with marrow,
Of fine, filtered wine.
And the covering* that is woven over all the nations.
And the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces.+
The reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth,
For Jehovah himself has spoken it.
9 In that day they will say:
“Look! This is our God!+
This is Jehovah!
We have hoped in him.
Let us be joyful and rejoice in the salvation by him.”+
And Moʹab will be trampled on in its place+
Like straw trampled into a pile of manure.
11 He will slap out his hands into it
Like a swimmer slapping out his hands to swim,
And he will bring down its haughtiness+
With the skillful movements of his hands.
12 And the fortified city, with your high walls of security,
He will bring down;
He will knock it down to the ground, to the very dust.
“We have a strong city.+
He makes salvation its walls and its ramparts.+
A nation that is keeping faithful conduct.
You will give them continuous peace,+
Because it is in you that they trust.+
5 For he has brought low those inhabiting the height, the lofty city.
He brings it down,
He brings it down to the earth;
He casts it down to the dust.
6 The foot will trample it,
The feet of the afflicted, the steps of the lowly.”
Because you are upright,
You will smooth out the course of the righteous.
8 As we follow the path of your judgments, O Jehovah,
Our hope is in you.
Yes, my spirit keeps looking for you;+
For when there are judgments from you for the earth,
The inhabitants of the land learn about righteousness.+
They will see your zeal for your people and be put to shame.
Yes, the fire for your adversaries will consume them.
But we make mention of your name alone.+
14 They are dead; they will not live.
Powerless in death, they will not rise up.+
For you have turned your attention to them
To annihilate them and destroy all mention of them.
15 You have enlarged the nation, O Jehovah,
You have enlarged the nation;
You have glorified yourself.+
You have greatly extended all the borders of the land.+
16 O Jehovah, during distress they turned to you;
They poured out their prayer in a whisper when you disciplined them.+
17 Just as a pregnant woman about to give birth
Has labor pains and cries out in pain,
So we have been because of you, O Jehovah.
18 We became pregnant, we had labor pains,
But it is as if we have given birth to wind.
We have not brought salvation to the land,
And no one is born to inhabit the land.
19 “Your dead will live.
Awake and shout joyfully,
You residents in the dust!+
For your dew is as the dew of the morning,*
And the earth will let those powerless in death come to life.*
21 For look! Jehovah is coming from his place
To call the inhabitants of the land to account for their error,
And the land will expose her bloodshed
And will no longer cover over her slain.”
Will turn his attention to Le·viʹa·than,* the gliding serpent,
To Le·viʹa·than, the twisting serpent,
And he will kill the monster that is in the sea.
“A vineyard of foaming wine!+
Every moment I water her.+
I safeguard her night and day,
So that no one may harm her.+
Who will confront me with thornbushes and weeds in the battle?
I will trample them and set them on fire all together.
5 Otherwise, let him hold fast to my stronghold.
Let him make peace with me;
Peace let him make with me.”
6 In the coming days Jacob will take root,
Israel will blossom and sprout,+
And they will fill the land with produce.+
7 Must he be struck with the stroke of the one striking him?
Or must he be killed as with the slaughter of his slain?
8 With a startling cry you will contend with her when sending her away.
He will expel her with his fierce blast in the day of the east wind.+
And this will be the full fruitage when his sin is taken away:
He will make all the stones of the altar
Like chalkstones that have been pulverized,
10 For the fortified city will be deserted;
The pastures will be forsaken and abandoned like a wilderness.+
There the calf will graze and lie down
And will consume her branches.+
11 When her twigs have dried up,
Women will come and break them off,
Making fires with them.
For this people is without understanding.+
That is why their Maker will show them no mercy,
And the One who formed them will show them no favor.+
12 In that day Jehovah will beat out the fruit from the flowing stream of the River* to the Wadi* of Egypt,+ and you will be gathered up one after the other, O people of Israel.+ 13 In that day a great horn will be blown,+ and those who are perishing in the land of As·syrʹi·a+ and those dispersed in the land of Egypt+ will come and bow down to Jehovah in the holy mountain in Jerusalem.+
And the fading blossom of its glorious beauty,
Which is on the head of the fertile valley of those overcome with wine!
2 Look! Jehovah has someone strong and mighty.
Like a thundering hailstorm, a destructive windstorm,
Like a thunderstorm of powerful floodwaters,
He will forcefully hurl it down to the earth.
4 And the fading flower of its glorious beauty,
Which is on the head of the fertile valley,
Will become like the early fig before summer.
When someone sees it, he swallows it as soon as it is in his hand.
5 In that day Jehovah of armies will become a glorious crown and a beautiful garland to those left of his people.+ 6 And he will become a spirit of justice to the one who sits in judgment and a source of mightiness to those who repel the attack at the gate.+
7 And these also go astray because of wine;
Their alcoholic beverages make them stagger.
Priest and prophet go astray because of alcohol;
The wine confuses them,
And they stagger from their alcohol;
Their vision makes them go astray,
And they stumble in judgment.+
8 For their tables are full of filthy vomit
—There is no place without it.
9 To whom will one impart knowledge,
And to whom will one explain the message?
To those who have just been weaned from milk,
Those just taken away from the breasts?
10 For it is “command after command, command after command,
A little here, a little there.”
11 So by means of those with stammering speech* and a foreign language, he will speak to this people.+ 12 He once told them: “This is the resting-place. Let the weary one rest; this is the place of refreshment,” but they refused to listen.+ 13 So to them the word of Jehovah will be:
“Command after command, command after command,
A little here, a little there,”
So that when they walk,
They will stumble and fall backward
And be broken and ensnared and caught.+
14 So hear the word of Jehovah, you boasters,
You rulers of this people in Jerusalem,
15 For you men say:
When the raging flash flood passes through,
It will not reach us,
For we have made a lie our refuge
And we have hidden ourselves in falsehood.”+
16 Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah says:
“Here I am laying as a foundation in Zion a tested stone,+
No one exercising faith will panic.+
The hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
And the waters will flood out the hiding place.
When the raging flash flood passes through,
You will be crushed by it.
19 As often as it passes through,
It will sweep you away;+
For it will pass through morning after morning,
During the day and during the night.
Only terror will make them understand what was heard.”*
20 For the bed is too short to stretch out on,
And the woven sheet is too narrow to wrap up in.
21 For Jehovah will rise up as at Mount Pe·raʹzim;
That he may do his deed—his strange deed—
And that he may carry out his work—his unusual work.+
So that your bonds may not be further tightened,
For I have heard from the Sovereign Lord, Jehovah of armies,
23 Give ear and listen to my voice;
Pay attention and listen to what I say.
24 Does the plower keep plowing all day before he sows seed?
Does he continually break up and harrow his ground?+
25 When he has smoothed out its surface,
Does he not then scatter black cumin and sow cumin,
And does he not plant wheat, millet, and barley in their places
And spelt+ around the edges?
And a wagon wheel is not driven over cumin.
Rather, black cumin is beaten out with a rod,
And cumin with a staff.
28 Does a person crush grain for bread?
No, he does not thresh it incessantly;+
And when he drives the roller of his wagon over it with his horses,
He does not crush it.+
29 This also comes from Jehovah of armies,
Whose counsel* is wonderful
Continue year after year;
Let the cycle of festivals+ continue.
And there will be mourning and lamentation,+
And she will become to me like an altar hearth of God.+
3 I will encamp on all sides against you,
And I will besiege you with a palisade
And raise up siegeworks against you.+
4 You will be brought low;
From the ground you will speak,
And what you say will be muffled by dust.
Your voice will come from the ground+
Like the voice of a spirit medium,
And your words will chirp from the dust.
The crowd of the tyrants just like the blowing chaff.+
And it will happen in an instant, suddenly.+
6 Jehovah of armies will give you his attention
With thunder and earthquake and a great noise,
With storm wind and tempest and the flames of a consuming fire.”+
—All those waging war against her,
The siege towers against her,
And those bringing distress on her—
Will become like a dream, a vision of the night.
8 Yes, it will be just as when someone hungry dreams that he is eating,
But he wakes up hungry,*
And as when someone thirsty dreams that he is drinking,
But he wakes up tired and thirsty.*
So it will happen with the crowd of all the nations
That wage war against Mount Zion.+
They are drunk, but not with wine;
They are staggering, but not from alcohol.
He has closed your eyes, the prophets,+
And he has covered your heads, the visionaries.+
11 Every vision becomes for you like the words of a sealed book.+ When they give it to someone who can read, saying: “Read this out loud, please,” he will say: “I cannot, for it is sealed up.” 12 And when they give the book to someone who cannot read, saying: “Read this, please,” he will say: “I cannot read at all.”
13 Jehovah says: “This people approaches me with their mouth
And they honor me with their lips,+
But their heart is far removed from me;
And their fear of me is based on commands of men that they have been taught.+
With wonder upon wonder;
And the wisdom of their wise men will perish,
And the understanding of their discreet men will be hidden.”+
Their deeds are done in a dark place,
While they say: “Who sees us?
Who knows about us?”+
Should the potter be regarded the same as the clay?+
Should what is made say about its maker:
“He did not make me”?+
And does what is formed say about its former:
“He shows no understanding”?+
And the orchard will be regarded as a forest.+
18 In that day the deaf will hear the words of the book,
And out of the gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see.+
19 The meek will rejoice greatly in Jehovah,
And the poor among men will be joyful in the Holy One of Israel.+
20 For the tyrant will be no more,
The boaster will come to his finish,
And all those keeping alert to do harm will be destroyed,+
21 Those who with a false word make others guilty,
And who with empty arguments deny justice to the righteous one.+
23 For when he sees his children,
Who are the work of my hands, in his midst,+
They will sanctify my name;
Yes, they will sanctify the Holy One of Jacob,
And they will stand in awe of the God of Israel.+
24 Those who are wayward in spirit will acquire understanding,
And those who complain will accept instruction.”
“Who carry out plans that are not mine,+
Who make alliances,* but not by my spirit,
In order to add sin to sin.
To take shelter under Pharʹaoh’s protection*
And to take refuge in the shadow of Egypt!
3 But the protection of Pharʹaoh will become for you a reason for shame,
And refuge in Egypt’s shadow a cause for humiliation.+
5 They will all be put to shame
By a people who can bring no benefit to them,
Who offer no help and no benefit,
Only shame and disgrace.”+
6 A pronouncement against the beasts of the south:
Through the land of distress and hardship,
Of the lion, the roaring lion,
Of the viper and the flying fiery snake,*
They carry their wealth on the backs of donkeys
And their supplies on the humps of camels.
But these things will not benefit the people.
So I have called this one: “Raʹhab,+ who sits still.”
8 “Now go, write it on a tablet in their presence,
And inscribe it in a book,+
So that it may serve for a future day
As a permanent witness.+
10 They say to the seers, ‘Do not see,’
And to the visionaries, ‘Do not tell us truthful visions.+
11 Turn aside from the way; deviate from the path.
Quit putting before us the Holy One of Israel.’”+
12 Therefore this is what the Holy One of Israel says:
“Since you reject this word+
And you trust in fraud and deceit
And you rely on these,+
13 So this error will be for you like a broken wall,
Like a bulging high wall ready to fall.
It will crash suddenly, in an instant.
14 It will be broken like a large potter’s jar,
So completely smashed that no fragment among its pieces will be left
To rake the fire from the fireplace
Or to scoop water from a puddle.”*
15 For this is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah, the Holy One of Israel, says:
“By returning to me and resting, you will be saved;
Your strength will be in keeping calm and showing trust.”+
But you were unwilling.+
16 Instead, you said: “No, we will flee on horses!”
So flee you will.
“And on swift horses we will ride!”+
So those pursuing you will be swift.+
At the threat of five you will flee
Until what is left of you is like a mast on the top of a mountain,
Like a signal pole on a hill.+
For Jehovah is a God of justice.+
19 When the people dwell in Zion, in Jerusalem,+ you will by no means weep.+ He will surely show you favor at the sound of your cry for help; he will answer you as soon as he hears it.+ 20 Though Jehovah will give you bread in the form of distress and water in the form of oppression,+ your Grand Instructor will no longer hide himself, and you will see your Grand Instructor+ with your own eyes. 21 And your own ears will hear a word behind you saying, “This is the way.+ Walk in it,” in case you should go to the right or in case you should go to the left.+
22 And you will defile the silver overlay of your graven images and the golden plating of your metal statues.*+ You will cast them away like a menstrual cloth and say to them, “Be gone!”*+ 23 And he will give the rain for the seed you sow in the ground,+ and the bread that the ground produces will be abundant and rich.*+ In that day your livestock will graze in spacious pastures.+ 24 And the cattle and the donkeys that work the ground will eat fodder seasoned with sorrel, which was winnowed with the shovel and the pitchfork. 25 And on every tall mountain and on every high hill will be streams and watercourses,+ in the day of the great slaughter when the towers fall. 26 And the light of the full moon will become like the light of the sun; and the light of the sun will become seven times stronger,+ like the light of seven days, in the day that Jehovah binds up the breakdown* of his people+ and heals the severe wound from the blow he inflicted.+
27 Look! The name of Jehovah is coming from far away,
Burning with his anger and with heavy clouds.
His lips are full of indignation,
And his tongue is like a consuming fire.+
To shake the nations in a sieve of destruction;*
And the peoples will have a bridle in their jaws+ that leads them astray.
29 But your song will be like the one sung in the night
And your heart will rejoice like one
Who walks with* a flute
On his way to the mountain of Jehovah, to the Rock of Israel.+
With the flame of a consuming fire,+
He will strike it with a rod.+
32 And every swing of his rod of punishment
That Jehovah will bring down on As·syrʹi·a
Will be accompanied by tambourines and harps+
As he brandishes his arm against them in battle.+
He has made the woodpile deep and wide,
With an abundance of fire and wood.
The breath of Jehovah, like a torrent of sulfur,
Will set fire to it.
Who rely on horses,+
Who trust in war chariots because they are numerous,
And in warhorses* because they are mighty.
But they do not look to the Holy One of Israel,
And they do not search for Jehovah.
2 But he is also wise and will bring calamity,
And he will not take back his words.
He will rise up against the house of evildoers
And against those who help wrongdoers.+
When Jehovah stretches out his hand,
Whoever offers help will stumble
And whoever is helped will fall;
They will all perish at the same time.
4 For this is what Jehovah has said to me:
“Just as the lion growls, a strong young lion,* over its prey,
When a whole group of shepherds is called together against it,
And it is not terrified by their voice
Or daunted by their commotion,
So will Jehovah of armies come down to wage war
Over Mount Zion and over her hill.
He will defend her and save her.
He will spare her and rescue her.”
6 “Return to the One against whom you have blatantly revolted, O people of Israel.+ 7 For in that day each one will reject his worthless gods of silver and his valueless gods of gold, which your own hands sinfully made.
8 And the As·syrʹi·an will fall by the sword, not of a man;
And a sword, not of a human, will devour him.+
He will flee because of the sword,
And his young men will be put to forced labor.
9 His crag will pass away because of sheer fright,
And his princes will be terrified because of the signal pole,” declares Jehovah,
Whose light* is in Zion and whose furnace is in Jerusalem.
A place of concealment* from the rainstorm,
Like streams of water in a waterless land,+
Like the shadow of a massive crag in a parched land.
3 Then the eyes of those seeing will no longer be pasted shut,
And the ears of those hearing will pay attention.
4 The heart of those who are impetuous will ponder over knowledge,
And the stammering tongue will speak fluently and clearly.+
5 The senseless one will no longer be called generous,
And the unprincipled man will not be called noble;
6 For the senseless one will speak nonsense,
And his heart will devise harmful things,+
To promote apostasy* and to speak what is wayward against Jehovah,
To cause the hungry one* to go unfed
And to deprive the thirsty one of something to drink.
He promotes shameful conduct
To ruin the afflicted one with lies,+
Even when the poor speaks what is right.
9 “You complacent women, get up and listen to my voice!
You carefree daughters,+ pay attention to what I say!
10 In a little over a year, you who are carefree will shudder,
Because no fruit will have been gathered when the grape harvest ends.+
11 Tremble, you complacent women!
Shudder, you who are carefree!
Strip yourselves bare,
And put sackcloth around your hips.+
12 Beat your breasts in lamentation
Over the desirable fields and the fruitful vine.
13 For the ground of my people will be covered with thorns and briars;
They will cover all the houses of rejoicing,
Yes, the city of exultation.+
Oʹphel+ and the watchtower have become a permanent wasteland,
A delight for wild donkeys,
A pasture for the flocks,+
And the wilderness becomes an orchard,
And the orchard is regarded as a forest.+
And the fruitage of true righteousness will be lasting tranquillity and security.+
18 My people will dwell in a peaceful abiding place,
In secure dwellings and in tranquil resting-places.+
19 But the hail will flatten the forest,
And the city will be completely leveled.
When you finish destroying, you will be destroyed.+
When you finish betraying, you will be betrayed.
Our hope is in you.
3 At the sound of turmoil peoples flee.
When you rise up, nations scatter.+
4 As the voracious locusts gather, so your spoil will be gathered;
People will rush on it like swarms of locusts.
5 Jehovah will be exalted,
For he resides in the heights above.
He will fill Zion with justice and righteousness.
6 He is the stability of your times;
—This is his treasure.
7 Look! Their heroes cry out in the street;
The messengers of peace weep bitterly.
8 The highways are deserted;
There is no one traveling on the pathways.
Lebʹa·non is ashamed;+ it has decayed.
Sharʹon has become like the desert,
And Baʹshan and Carʹmel shake off their leaves.+
11 You conceive dried grass and give birth to stubble.
Your own spirit will consume you like a fire.+
12 And peoples will become as the burnings of lime.
As thorns cut down, they will be set ablaze with fire.+
13 You who are far away, listen to what I will do!
And you who are nearby, acknowledge my might!
‘Who of us can live where there is a consuming fire?+
Who of us can live with unquenchable flames?’
Who speaks what is upright,+
Who rejects dishonest, fraudulent gain,
Whose hands refuse a bribe rather than grabbing it,+
Who closes his ear to talk of bloodshed,
And who shuts his eyes to avoid seeing what is bad
16 —He will reside in the heights;
His secure refuge* will be in rocky strongholds,
His bread will be provided,
And his water supply will never fail.”+
17 Your eyes will behold a king in his splendor;
They will see a land far away.
“Where is the secretary?
Where is the one who weighed out the tribute?+
Where is the one who counted the towers?”
19 You will no more see the insolent people,
A people whose language is too obscure* to comprehend,
Whose stammering tongue you cannot understand.+
Your eyes will see Jerusalem as a tranquil dwelling place,
A tent that will not be moved.+
Never will its tent pins be pulled out,
And none of its ropes will be torn apart.
21 But there the Majestic One, Jehovah,
Will be for us a region of rivers, of wide canals,
Where no galley fleet will go
And no majestic ships will pass by.
Jehovah is our Lawgiver,+
Jehovah is our King;+
He is the One who will save us.+
23 Your ropes will hang loose;
They cannot hold up the mast nor spread the sail.
At that time an abundance of spoil will be divided up;
Even the lame will take much plunder.+
The people dwelling in the land will be pardoned for their error.+
34 Come close to hear, you nations,
And pay attention, you peoples.
Let the earth and that which fills it listen,
The land and all its produce.
He will devote them to destruction;
He will give them to the slaughter.+
3 Their slain will be thrown out,
And the stench of their carcasses will ascend;+
4 All the army of the heavens will rot away,
And the heavens will be rolled up like a scroll.
All their army will wither away,
As a withered leaf falls from the vine
And a shriveled fig from the fig tree.
It will descend on Eʹdom in judgment,+
On the people whom I devoted to destruction.
6 Jehovah has a sword; it will be covered with blood.
It will be covered with the fat,+
With the blood of young rams and goats,
With the kidney fat of rams.
For Jehovah has a sacrifice in Bozʹrah,
A great slaughter in the land of Eʹdom.+
7 The wild bulls will go down with them,
The young bulls with the powerful ones.
Their land will be drenched in blood,
And their dust will be soaked with fat.”
And her dust into sulfur,
And her land will become like burning pitch.
10 By night or by day it will not be extinguished;
Its smoke will keep ascending forever.
From generation to generation she will remain devastated;
No one will pass through her forever and ever.+
11 The pelican and the porcupine will possess her,
And long-eared owls and ravens will reside in her.
He will stretch out over her the measuring line of emptiness
And the plumb line* of desolation.
12 None of her nobles will be called to the kingship,
And all her princes will come to nothing.
13 Thorns will grow in her fortified towers,
Nettles and thorny weeds in her fortresses.
She will become a lair of jackals,+
An enclosure for ostriches.
14 Desert creatures will meet up with howling animals,
And the wild goat* will call to its companion.
Yes, there the nightjar will settle and find a place of rest.
15 There the arrow snake will make its nest and lay eggs,
And it will hatch them and gather them in its shadow.
Yes, there the kites will gather, each one with her mate.
16 Search in the book of Jehovah and read it out loud:
Not one of them will be missing;
None of them will be lacking a mate,
For it is the mouth of Jehovah that has given the order,
And it is his spirit that has gathered them together.
17 He is the One who has cast the lot for them,
And his own hand has measured out their assigned place.*
They will possess it for all time;
They will reside in it throughout all generations.
They will see the glory of Jehovah, the splendor of our God.
4 Say to those who are anxious at heart:
“Be strong. Do not be afraid.
Look! Your own God will come with vengeance,
God will come with retribution.+
He will come and save you.”+
And the tongue of the speechless will shout for joy.+
For waters will burst forth in the wilderness,
And streams in the desert plain.
In the lairs where jackals rested,+
There will be green grass and reeds and papyrus.
The unclean one will not travel on it.+
It is reserved for the one walking on the way;
No one foolish will stray onto it.
9 No lion will be there,
And no vicious wild beasts will come on it.
Unending joy will crown their heads.+
Exultation and rejoicing will be theirs,
And grief and sighing will flee away.+
36 In the 14th year of King Hez·e·kiʹah, Sen·nachʹer·ib the king of As·syrʹi·a+ came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them.+ 2 The king of As·syrʹi·a then sent the Rabʹsha·keh*+ with a vast army from Laʹchish+ to King Hez·e·kiʹah in Jerusalem. They took up a position by the conduit of the upper pool,+ which is at the highway of the laundryman’s field.+ 3 Then E·liʹa·kim+ son of Hil·kiʹah, who was in charge of the household,* Shebʹna+ the secretary, and Joʹah son of Aʹsaph the recorder came out to him.
4 So the Rabʹsha·keh said to them: “Please, say to Hez·e·kiʹah, ‘This is what the great king, the king of As·syrʹi·a, says: “What is the basis for your confidence?+ 5 You are saying, ‘I have a strategy and the power to wage war,’ but these are empty words. In whom have you put trust, so that you dare to rebel against me?+ 6 Look! You trust in the support of this crushed reed, Egypt, which if a man should lean on it would enter into his palm and pierce it. That is the way Pharʹaoh king of Egypt is to all those who trust in him.+ 7 And if you should say to me, ‘We trust in Jehovah our God,’ is he not the one whose high places and altars Hez·e·kiʹah has removed,+ while he says to Judah and Jerusalem, ‘You should bow down before this altar’?”’+ 8 So now make this wager, please, with my lord the king of As·syrʹi·a:+ I will give you 2,000 horses if you are able to find enough riders for them. 9 How, then, could you drive back even one governor who is the least of my lord’s servants, while you put your trust in Egypt for chariots and for horsemen? 10 Now is it without authorization from Jehovah that I have come up against this land to destroy it? Jehovah himself said to me, ‘Go up against this land and destroy it.’”
11 At this E·liʹa·kim and Shebʹna+ and Joʹah said to the Rabʹsha·keh:+ “Speak to your servants, please, in the Ar·a·maʹic* language,+ for we can understand it; do not speak to us in the language of the Jews in the hearing of the people on the wall.”+ 12 But the Rabʹsha·keh said: “Is it just to your lord and to you that my lord sent me to speak these words? Is it not also to the men who sit on the wall, those who will eat their own excrement and drink their own urine along with you?”
13 Then the Rabʹsha·keh stood and called out loudly in the language of the Jews,+ saying: “Hear the word of the great king, the king of As·syrʹi·a.+ 14 This is what the king says, ‘Do not let Hez·e·kiʹah deceive you, for he is not able to rescue you.+ 15 And do not let Hez·e·kiʹah cause you to trust in Jehovah+ by saying: “Jehovah will surely rescue us, and this city will not be given into the hand of the king of As·syrʹi·a.” 16 Do not listen to Hez·e·kiʹah, for this is what the king of As·syrʹi·a says: “Make peace with me and surrender,* and each of you will eat from his own vine and from his own fig tree and will drink the water of his own cistern, 17 until I come and take you to a land like your own land,+ a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards. 18 Do not let Hez·e·kiʹah mislead you by saying, ‘Jehovah will rescue us.’ Have any of the gods of the nations rescued their land out of the hand of the king of As·syrʹi·a?+ 19 Where are the gods of Haʹmath and Arʹpad?+ Where are the gods of Seph·ar·vaʹim?+ And have they rescued Sa·marʹi·a out of my hand?+ 20 Who among all the gods of these lands have rescued their land out of my hand, so that Jehovah should rescue Jerusalem out of my hand?”’”+
21 But they kept silent and did not say a word to him in reply, for the order of the king was, “You must not answer him.”+ 22 But E·liʹa·kim son of Hil·kiʹah, who was in charge of the household,* Shebʹna+ the secretary, and Joʹah son of Aʹsaph the recorder came to Hez·e·kiʹah with their garments ripped apart and told him the words of the Rabʹsha·keh.
37 As soon as King Hez·e·kiʹah heard this, he ripped his garments apart and covered himself with sackcloth and went into the house of Jehovah.+ 2 Then he sent E·liʹa·kim, who was in charge of the household,* Shebʹna the secretary, and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, to the prophet Isaiah,+ the son of Aʹmoz. 3 They said to him: “This is what Hez·e·kiʹah says, ‘This day is a day of distress, of rebuke,* and of disgrace; for the children are ready to be born,* but there is no strength to give birth.+ 4 Perhaps Jehovah your God will hear the words of the Rabʹsha·keh, whom the king of As·syrʹi·a his lord sent to taunt the living God,+ and he will call him to account for the words that Jehovah your God has heard. So offer up a prayer+ in behalf of the remnant who have survived.’”+
5 So the servants of King Hez·e·kiʹah went in to Isaiah,+ 6 and Isaiah said to them: “This is what you should say to your lord, ‘This is what Jehovah says: “Do not be afraid+ because of the words that you heard, the words with which the attendants of the king of As·syrʹi·a+ blasphemed me. 7 Here I am putting a thought in his mind,* and he will hear a report and return to his own land;+ and I will make him fall by the sword in his own land.”’”+
8 After the Rabʹsha·keh heard that the king of As·syrʹi·a had pulled away from Laʹchish, he returned to him and found him fighting against Libʹnah.+ 9 Now the king heard it said about King Tir·haʹkah of E·thi·oʹpi·a: “He has come out to fight against you.” When he heard this, he sent messengers again to Hez·e·kiʹah,+ saying: 10 “This is what you should say to King Hez·e·kiʹah of Judah, ‘Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you by saying: “Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of As·syrʹi·a.”+ 11 Look! You have heard what the kings of As·syrʹi·a did to all the lands by devoting them to destruction.+ Will you alone be rescued? 12 Did the gods of the nations that my forefathers destroyed rescue them?+ Where are Goʹzan, Haʹran,+ Reʹzeph, and the people of Eʹden who were in Tel-asʹsar? 13 Where is the king of Haʹmath, the king of Arʹpad, and the king of the cities of Seph·ar·vaʹim,+ and of Heʹna, and of Ivʹvah?’”
14 Hez·e·kiʹah took the letters out of the hand of the messengers and read them. Hez·e·kiʹah then went up to the house of Jehovah and spread them* out before Jehovah.+ 15 And Hez·e·kiʹah began to pray to Jehovah+ and say: 16 “O Jehovah of armies,+ the God of Israel, sitting enthroned above* the cherubs, you alone are the true God of all the kingdoms of the earth. You made the heavens and the earth. 17 Incline your ear, O Jehovah, and hear!+ Open your eyes, O Jehovah, and see!+ Hear all the words that Sen·nachʹer·ib has sent to taunt the living God.+ 18 It is a fact, O Jehovah, that the kings of As·syrʹi·a have devastated all the lands,+ as well as their own land. 19 And they have thrown their gods into the fire,+ because they were not gods but the work of human hands,+ wood and stone. That is why they could destroy them. 20 But now, O Jehovah our God, save us out of his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone are God, O Jehovah.”+
21 Isaiah son of Aʹmoz then sent this message to Hez·e·kiʹah: “This is what Jehovah the God of Israel says, ‘Because you prayed to me concerning King Sen·nachʹer·ib of As·syrʹi·a,+ 22 this is the word that Jehovah has spoken against him:
“The virgin daughter of Zion despises you, she scoffs at you.
The daughter of Jerusalem shakes her head at you.
Against whom have you raised your voice+
And lifted your arrogant eyes?
It is against the Holy One of Israel!+
‘With the multitude of my war chariots
I will ascend the heights of mountains,+
The remotest parts of Lebʹa·non.
I will cut down its lofty cedars, its choice juniper trees.
I will enter its highest retreats, its densest forests.
25 I will dig wells and drink waters;
I will dry up the streams* of Egypt with the soles of my feet.’
Now I will bring it about.+
You will turn fortified cities into desolate piles of ruins.+
27 Their inhabitants will be helpless;
They will be terrified and put to shame.
They will become as vegetation of the field and green grass,
As grass of the roofs that is scorched by the east wind.
And when you are enraged against me,+
So I will put my hook in your nose and my bridle+ between your lips,
And I will lead you back the way you came.”
30 “‘And this will be the sign for you:* This year you will eat what grows on its own;* and in the second year, you will eat grain that sprouts from that; but in the third year you will sow seed and reap, and you will plant vineyards and eat their fruitage.+ 31 Those of the house of Judah who escape, those who are left,+ will take root downward and produce fruit upward. 32 For a remnant will go out of Jerusalem and survivors from Mount Zion.+ The zeal of Jehovah of armies will do this.+
“He will not come into this city+
Or shoot an arrow there
Or confront it with a shield
Or cast up a siege rampart against it.”’+
34 ‘By the way he came he will return;
He will not come into this city,’ declares Jehovah.
36 And the angel of Jehovah went out and struck down 185,000 men in the camp of the As·syrʹi·ans. When people rose up early in the morning, they saw all the dead bodies.+ 37 So King Sen·nachʹer·ib of As·syrʹi·a departed and returned to Ninʹe·veh+ and stayed there.+ 38 And as he was bowing down at the house* of his god Nisʹroch, his own sons A·dramʹme·lech and Shar·eʹzer struck him down with the sword+ and then escaped to the land of Arʹa·rat.+ And his son Eʹsar-hadʹdon+ became king in his place.
38 In those days Hez·e·kiʹah became sick and was at the point of death.+ The prophet Isaiah+ the son of Aʹmoz came and said to him, “This is what Jehovah says: ‘Give instructions to your household, for you will die; you will not recover.’”+ 2 At that Hez·e·kiʹah turned his face to the wall and began to pray to Jehovah: 3 “I beg you, O Jehovah, remember,+ please, how I have walked before you faithfully and with a complete heart,+ and I have done what was good in your eyes.” And Hez·e·kiʹah began to weep profusely.
4 Then the word of Jehovah came to Isaiah, saying: 5 “Go back and say to Hez·e·kiʹah,+ ‘This is what Jehovah the God of David your forefather says: “I have heard your prayer.+ I have seen your tears.+ Here I am adding 15 years to your life,*+ 6 and I will rescue you and this city out of the hand of the king of As·syrʹi·a, and I will defend this city.+ 7 This is the sign from Jehovah to show you that Jehovah will carry out the word that he has spoken:+ 8 Here I will make the declining shadow of the sun on the stairway* of Aʹhaz go back ten steps.”’”+ So the sun went back ten steps on the stairway that it had already descended.
I will be deprived of my remaining years.”
I will look no more on mankind
When I am with the inhabitants of the place where everything ceases.
I have rolled up my life like a loom worker;
He cuts me off like the threads of the warp.
From daylight to nightfall you keep bringing me to an end.+
13 I calm myself until the morning.
Like a lion, he keeps breaking all my bones;
From daylight to nightfall you keep bringing me to an end.+
My eyes look wearily to the height:+
15 What can I say?
He has spoken to me and acted.
You will restore me to health and preserve me alive.+
17 Look! Instead of peace, I had great bitterness;
But in your fondness for me,*
You preserved me from the pit of destruction.+
Those who go down into the pit cannot hope for your faithfulness.+
19 The living, the living can praise you,
Just as I can this day.
A father can give his sons knowledge about your faithfulness.+
20 O Jehovah, save me,
And we will play my songs on stringed instruments+
All the days of our life at the house of Jehovah.’”+
39 At that time the king of Babylon, Merʹo·dach-balʹa·dan son of Balʹa·dan, sent letters and a gift to Hez·e·kiʹah,+ for he had heard that he had been sick and had recovered.+ 2 Hez·e·kiʹah gladly welcomed* them and showed them his treasure-house+—the silver, the gold, the balsam oil and other precious oil, his whole armory, and everything that was to be found in his treasuries. There was nothing that Hez·e·kiʹah did not show them in his own house* and in all his dominion.
3 After that Isaiah the prophet came in to King Hez·e·kiʹah and asked him: “What did these men say, and where did they come from?” So Hez·e·kiʹah said: “They came from a distant land, from Babylon.”+ 4 Next he asked: “What did they see in your house?”* Hez·e·kiʹah replied: “They saw everything in my house.* There was nothing that I did not show them in my treasuries.”
5 Isaiah now said to Hez·e·kiʹah: “Hear the word of Jehovah of armies, 6 ‘Look! Days are coming, and all that is in your house* and all that your forefathers have stored up to this day will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left,’+ says Jehovah.+ 7 ‘And some of your own sons to whom you will become father will be taken and will become court officials in the palace of the king of Babylon.’”+
And proclaim to her that her compulsory service has been fulfilled,
That her guilt has been paid off.+
3 A voice of one calling out in the wilderness:
4 Let every valley be raised up,
And every mountain and hill be made low.
The rough ground must become level,
And the rugged ground a valley plain.+
For the mouth of Jehovah has spoken.”
6 Listen! Someone is saying: “Call out!”
Another asks: “What should I call out?”
“All flesh is* green grass.
All their loyal love is like the blossom of the field.+
Surely the people are but green grass.
Raise your voice with power,
You woman bringing good news for Jerusalem.
Raise it, do not be afraid.
Announce to the cities of Judah: “Here is your God.”+
Look! His reward is with him,
And the wage he pays is before him.+
With his arm he will gather together the lambs,
And in his bosom he will carry them.
He will gently lead those nursing their young.+
Who has gathered in a measure the dust of the earth+
Or weighed the mountains in the balances
And the hills in the scales?
And who can instruct him as his adviser?+
14 With whom did he consult to gain understanding,
Or who teaches him in the path of justice,
Or teaches him knowledge,
Or shows him the way of true understanding?+
15 Look! The nations are like a drop from a bucket,
And as the film of dust on the scales they are regarded.+
Look! He lifts up the islands like fine dust.
And its wild animals are not sufficient for a burnt offering.
He regards them as nothing, as an unreality.+
What likeness can you put next to him?+
He searches for a skilled craftsman
To prepare a carved image that will not topple over.+
21 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
Has it not been told to you from the beginning?
Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?+
And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers.
He is stretching out the heavens like a fine gauze,
And he spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.+
24 They are hardly planted,
They are hardly sown,
Their stem has hardly taken root in the earth,
And they are blown on and dry up,
And the wind carries them away like stubble.+
25 “To whom can you liken me to make me his equal?” says the Holy One.
26 “Lift up your eyes to heaven and see.
Who has created these things?+
It is the One who brings out their army by number;
He calls them all by name.+
Because of his vast dynamic energy and his awe-inspiring power,+
Not one of them is missing.
27 Why do you say, O Jacob, and why do you declare, O Israel,
‘My way is hidden from Jehovah,
And I receive no justice from God’?+
28 Do you not know? Have you not heard?
Jehovah, the Creator of the ends of the earth, is a God for all eternity.+
He never tires out or grows weary.+
30 Boys will tire out and grow weary,
And young men will stumble and fall,
31 But those hoping in Jehovah will regain power.
They will soar on wings like eagles.+
They will run and not grow weary;
They will walk and not tire out.”+
Let them approach; then let them speak.+
Let us come together for judgment.
Calling him in righteousness to His feet,*
To hand over nations to him
And to make him subdue kings?+
Who reduces them to dust before his sword,
Like windblown stubble before his bow?
3 He pursues them, passing along unhindered
Over paths that his feet have not traveled.
4 Who has acted and done this,
Summoning the generations from the beginning?
5 The islands have seen it and have become afraid.
The ends of the earth began to tremble.
They draw near and come forward.
6 Each one helps his companion
And says to his brother: “Be strong.”
The one who flattens with the forge hammer
Strengthens the one hammering at the anvil.
He says about the soldering: “It is good.”
Then it is fastened with nails so that it will not topple over.
You, O Jacob, whom I have chosen,+
And you, whom I called from its most distant parts.
Do not be anxious, for I am your God.+
I will fortify you, yes, I will help you,+
I will really hold on to you with my right hand of righteousness.’
Those who fight with you will be brought to nothing and perish.+
12 You will search for men who struggle with you, but you will not find them;
The men at war with you will become as something nonexistent, as nothing at all.+
13 For I, Jehovah your God, am grasping your right hand,
The One saying to you, ‘Do not be afraid. I will help you.’+
You men of Israel, I will help you,” declares Jehovah, your Repurchaser,+ the Holy One of Israel.
You will tread down the mountains and crush them
And make the hills like chaff.
16 You will winnow them,
And the wind will carry them away;
A windstorm will scatter them.
17 “The needy and the poor are seeking water, but there is none.
Their tongue is dry from thirst.+
I, Jehovah, will answer them.+
I, the God of Israel, will not abandon them.+
I will turn the wilderness into a reedy pool of water
And the waterless land into springs of water.+
In the desert plain I will plant the juniper tree,
Together with the ash and the cypress tree,+
20 So that all people may see and know
And pay attention and understand
That the hand of Jehovah has done this,
And the Holy One of Israel has created it.”+
21 “Present your case,” says Jehovah.
“Produce your arguments,” says the King of Jacob.
22 “Produce evidence and tell us the things that will happen.
Or declare to us the things that are coming.+
Yes, do something, good or bad,
So that we may be amazed when we see it.+
Anyone who chooses you is detestable.+
26 Who told about this from the beginning, so that we could know,
Or from times past, so that we could say, ‘He is right’?+
Indeed, no one announced it!
No one declared it!
No one heard anything from you!”+
And to Jerusalem I will send a bearer of good news.+
28 But I kept looking, and there was no one;
There was not one among them to give advice.
And I kept asking them to reply.
Their works are nothing.
In faithfulness he will bring justice.+
And the islands keep waiting for his law.*
5 This is what the true God, Jehovah, says,
The Creator of the heavens and the Grand One who stretched them out,+
The One who spread out the earth and its produce,+
The One who gives breath to the people on it+
And spirit to those who walk on it:+
6 “I, Jehovah, have called you in righteousness;
I have taken hold of your hand.
I will safeguard you and give you as a covenant for the people+
And as a light of the nations,+
To bring the prisoner out of the dungeon
And those sitting in darkness out of the prison.+
9 See, the first things have come to pass;
Now I am declaring new things.
Before they spring up, I tell you about them.”+
His praise from the ends of the earth,+
You who go down to the sea and all that fills it,
You islands and their inhabitants.+
Let the inhabitants of the crag shout joyfully;
Let them cry out from the top of the mountains.
He will awaken his zeal like a warrior.+
He will shout, yes, he will let out a war cry;
He will show himself mightier than his enemies.+
14 “I have kept quiet for a long time.
I remained silent and restrained myself.
Like a woman giving birth,
I will groan, pant, and gasp all at once.
15 I will devastate mountains and hills
And dry up all their vegetation.
And cause them to tread on unfamiliar paths.+
This is what I will do for them, and I will not abandon them.”
17 They will be turned back and will be utterly put to shame,
Those who trust in carved images,
19 Who is blind except my servant,
So deaf as the messenger I send?
Who is so blind as the one rewarded,
So blind as the servant of Jehovah?+
20 You see many things, but you do not keep watch.
You open your ears, but you do not listen.+
21 For the sake of his righteousness,
Jehovah has taken pleasure in magnifying the law* and making it glorious.
All of them are trapped in the holes and hidden in the prisons.+
They have been plundered with no one to rescue them,+
And pillaged with no one to say: “Bring them back!”
23 Who among you will hear this?
Who will pay attention and listen for the time to come?
24 Who has given Jacob for pillage
And Israel to the plunderers?
Is it not Jehovah, the One against whom we sinned?
It consumed everything around him, but he paid no attention.+
It blazed up against him, but he would not take it to heart.+
“Do not be afraid, for I have repurchased you.+
I have called you by your name.
You belong to me.
And through the rivers, they will not flood over you.+
When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched,
Nor will the flame singe you.
3 For I am Jehovah your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I have given Egypt as a ransom for you,
E·thi·oʹpi·a and Seʹba in exchange for you.
So I will give people in place of you
And nations in exchange for your life.*
And to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.
Bring my sons from afar, and my daughters from the ends of the earth,+
And whom I created for my own glory,
Whom I have formed and made.’+
Who among them can tell this?
Let them present their witnesses to prove themselves right,
Or let them hear and say, ‘It is the truth!’”+
“Yes, my servant whom I have chosen,+
So that you may know and have faith in me*
And understand that I am the same One.+
Before me no God was formed,
And after me there has been none.+
So you are my witnesses,” declares Jehovah, “and I am God.+
When I act, who can prevent it?”+
“For your sakes I will send to Babylon and bring down all the bars of the gates,+
And the Chal·deʹans, in their ships, will cry out in distress.+
16 This is what Jehovah says,
The One making a way through the sea
And a path even through turbulent waters,+
The army together with the mighty warriors:
“They will lie down and not get up.+
They will be extinguished, snuffed out like a burning wick.”
18 “Do not remember the former things,
And do not dwell on the past.
Do you not recognize it?
20 The wild beast of the field will honor me,
The jackals and the ostriches,
For I provide water in the wilderness,
Rivers in the desert,+
For my people, my chosen one,+ to drink,
21 The people whom I formed for myself
So that they might declare my praise.+
23 You have not brought me sheep for your whole burnt offerings
Or glorified me with your sacrifices.
I have not compelled you to bring me a gift,
Nor have I made you weary by demanding frankincense.+
And with the fat of your sacrifices you did not satisfy me.+
Instead, you have burdened me with your sins
And made me weary with your errors.+
And I will not remember your sins.+
26 Remind me; let us bring our case against each other;
Tell your side of it to prove you are in the right.
28 So I will profane the princes of the holy place,
And I will give Jacob over to destruction
And subject Israel to insulting words.+
2 This is what Jehovah says,
Your Maker and the One who formed you,+
Who has helped you from the womb:*
Another will call himself by the name of Jacob,
And yet another will write on his hand: “Belonging to Jehovah.”
And he will adopt the name of Israel.’
‘I am the first and I am the last.+
There is no God but me.+
Let him call out and tell it and prove it to me!+
From the time I established the people of long ago,
Let them tell both the things to come
And what will yet happen.
Have I not told each of you beforehand and declared it?
You are my witnesses.+
Is there any God but me?
No, there is no other Rock;+ I know of none.’”
So those who made them will be put to shame.+
The craftsmen are mere humans.
Let them all assemble and take their stand.
They will be terrified and be put to shame together.
He forms it with hammers,
Working it with his powerful arm.+
Then he grows hungry and his strength fails;
He drinks no water and grows tired.
13 The wood-carver stretches the measuring line, tracing out the pattern with red chalk.
He works it with a wood scraper and traces it with a compass.
14 There is one whose work is to cut down cedars.
He selects a certain type of tree, an oak,
And he lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest.+
He plants a laurel tree, and the rain makes it grow.
15 Then it becomes fuel for a man to make fires.
He takes part of it to warm himself;
He builds a fire and bakes bread.
But he also makes a god and worships it.
He makes it into a carved image, and he bows down before it.+
16 Half of it he burns up in a fire;
With that half he roasts the meat that he eats, and he is satisfied.
He also warms himself and says:
“Ah! I am warm as I watch the fire.”
17 But the rest of it he makes into a god, into his carved image.
He bows down to it and worships it.
He prays to it and says:
“Save me, for you are my god.”+
Because their eyes are sealed shut and they cannot see,
And their heart has no insight.
19 No one reflects in his heart
Or has knowledge or understanding, saying:
“Half of it I burned up in a fire,
And on its coals I baked bread and roasted meat to eat.
Should I, then, make the rest of it into a detestable thing?+
Should I worship a block* of wood from a tree?”
20 He feeds on ashes.
His own deluded heart has led him astray.
He cannot save himself,* nor does he say:
“Is there not a lie in my right hand?”
21 “Remember these things, O Jacob, and you, O Israel,
For you are my servant.
I formed you, and you are my servant.+
O Israel, I will not forget you.+
Return to me, for I will repurchase you.+
23 Shout joyfully, you heavens,
For Jehovah has acted!
Shout in triumph, you depths of the earth!
Shout for joy, you mountains,+
You forest, and all your trees!
For Jehovah has repurchased Jacob,
And on Israel he displays his splendor.”+
“I am Jehovah, who made everything.
Who was with me?
And I am the One who makes diviners act like fools;+
The One confounding the wise men
And turning their knowledge into foolishness;+
26 The One making the word of his servant come true
And completely fulfilling the predictions of his messengers;+
The One saying of Jerusalem, ‘She will be inhabited,’+
And of the cities of Judah, ‘They will be rebuilt,+
And I will restore her ruins’;+
27 The One saying to the deep waters, ‘Be evaporated,
And I will dry up all your rivers’;+
And he will completely carry out all my will’;+
The One saying of Jerusalem, ‘She will be rebuilt,’
And of the temple, ‘Your foundation will be laid.’”+
Whose right hand I have taken hold of+
To subdue nations before him,+
To disarm* kings,
To open before him the double doors,
So that the gates will not be shut:
The copper doors I will break in pieces,
And the iron bars I will cut down.+
3 I will give you the treasures in the darkness
And the hidden treasures in the concealed places,+
So that you may know that I am Jehovah,
The God of Israel, who is calling you by your name.+
4 For the sake of my servant Jacob and of Israel my chosen one,
I am calling you by your name.
I am giving you a name of honor, although you did not know me.
5 I am Jehovah, and there is no one else.
There is no God except me.+
I will strengthen* you, although you did not know me,
6 In order that people may know
From the rising of the sun to its setting*
That there is none besides me.+
I am Jehovah, and there is no one else.+
I, Jehovah, am doing all these things.
Let the earth open up and be fruitful with salvation,
And let it cause righteousness to spring up at the same time.+
I, Jehovah, have created it.”
For he is just an earthenware fragment
Among the other earthenware fragments lying on the ground!
Or should your work say: “He has no hands”?*
10 Woe to the one who says to a father: “What do you become father to?”
And to a woman: “What are you giving birth to?”*
“Would you question me about the things coming
And command me about my sons+ and the works of my hands?
He is the one who will build my city+
14 This is what Jehovah says:
Will come over to you and become yours.
They will walk behind you in chains.
They will come over and bow down to you.+
To you they will say in prayer, ‘Surely God is with you,+
And there is no one else; there is no other God.’”
16 They will all be put to shame and be humiliated;
The makers of idols will all go off in disgrace.+
You will not be put to shame or disgraced for all eternity.+
18 For this is what Jehovah says,
The Creator of the heavens,+ the true God,
The One who formed the earth, its Maker who firmly established it,+
“I am Jehovah, and there is no one else.
I did not say to the offspring* of Jacob,
‘Seek me simply for nothing.’*
I am Jehovah, who speaks what is righteous and declares what is upright.+
20 Gather together and come.
Approach together, you escapees from the nations.+
They know nothing, those who carry around carved images
And pray to a god that cannot save them.+
21 Make your report, present your case.
Let them consult together in unity.
Who foretold this long ago
And declared it from times past?
Is it not I, Jehovah?
23 By myself I have sworn;
The word has gone out of my mouth in righteousness,
And it will not return:+
To me every knee will bend,
Every tongue will swear loyalty+
24 And say, ‘Surely in Jehovah are true righteousness and strength.
All those enraged against him will come before him in shame.
And in him they will make their boast.’”
Their idols are loaded on animals, on beasts of burden,+
Like baggage that burdens the weary animals.
2 They stoop and bend down together;
They cannot rescue the loads,*
And they themselves* go into captivity.
You whom I have supported from birth and carried from the womb.+
As I have done, I will carry you and bear you and rescue you.+
6 There are those who lavish gold from their purse;
They weigh out the silver on the scale.
They hire a metalworker, and he makes it into a god.+
It does not move from its place.+
They cry out to it, but it does not answer;
It cannot rescue anyone from distress.+
8 Remember this, and take courage.
Take it to heart, you transgressors.
I am God, and there is no one like me.+
10 From the beginning I foretell the outcome,
And from long ago the things that have not yet been done.+
I have spoken, and I will bring it about.
I have purposed it, and I will also carry it out.+
I will grant salvation in Zion, my splendor to Israel.”+
Sit down on the ground where there is no throne,+
O daughter of the Chal·deʹans,
For never again will people call you delicate and pampered.
2 Take a hand mill and grind flour.
Remove your veil.
Strip off your skirt, uncover your legs.
Cross over the rivers.
3 Your nakedness will be uncovered.
Your shame will be exposed.
5 Sit there silently and go into darkness,
O daughter of the Chal·deʹans;+
But you showed them no mercy.+
Even on the elderly you placed a heavy yoke.+
You did not take these things to heart;
You did not consider how the matter would end.
“I am the one, and there is no one else.+
I will not become a widow.
I will never know the loss of children.”+
Loss of children and widowhood.
In full measure they will come upon you+
10 You trusted in your wickedness.
You said: “No one sees me.”
Your wisdom and knowledge are what led you astray,
And you say in your heart: “I am the one, and there is no one else.”
Adversity will befall you; you will not be able to avert it.
Sudden ruin will come upon you like you have never known.+
With which you have toiled from your youth.
Perhaps you may be able to benefit;
Perhaps you may strike people with awe.
13 You have grown weary with the multitude of your advisers.
Let them stand up now and save you,
Those giving out knowledge at the new moons
About the things that will come upon you.
14 Look! They are like stubble.
A fire will burn them up.
They cannot save themselves* from the power of the flame.
These are not charcoals for keeping warm,
And this is not a fire to sit in front of.
15 So your charmers will become to you,
Those with whom you toiled from your youth.
They will wander, each one in his own direction.*
There will be no one to save you.+
48 Hear this, O house of Jacob,
You who call yourselves by the name of Israel+
And who have come from the waters of* Judah,
You who swear by the name of Jehovah+
And who call on the God of Israel,
Though not in truth and righteousness.+
And seek the support of the God of Israel,+
Whose name is Jehovah of armies.
From my own mouth they went out,
And I made them known.+
Suddenly I took action, and they came about.+
4 Because I knew how stubborn you are
—That your neck is an iron sinew and your forehead is copper+—
5 I told you long ago.
Before it came about, I caused you to hear it,
So that you could not say, ‘My idol did this;
My carved image and my metal image* commanded this.’
6 You have heard and seen all of this.
Will you not declare it?+
From now on I am announcing new things to you,+
Guarded secrets that you have not known.
7 Only now are they being created, and not long ago,
Things that you never heard before today,
So that you cannot say, ‘Look! I already know them.’
For my own praise I will restrain myself toward you,
And I will not do away with you.+
I give my glory to no one else.*
12 Listen to me, O Jacob, and Israel, whom I have called.
When I call to them, they stand up together.
14 Gather together, all of you, and listen.
Who among them has announced these things?
Jehovah has loved him.+
I have brought him, and his way will be successful.+
16 Come near to me, and hear this.
From the very start I have not spoken in secret.+
From the time it happened I was there.”
And now the Sovereign Lord Jehovah has sent me, and* his spirit.
“I, Jehovah, am your God,
The One guiding you in the way you should walk.+
Their name would never be cut off or annihilated from before me.”
Flee from the Chal·deʹans!
Announce it with a joyful cry! Proclaim it!+
Make it known to the ends of the earth.+
Say: “Jehovah has repurchased his servant Jacob.+
He caused water to flow out of the rock for them;
He split a rock and made water gush out.”+
From the time I was in my mother’s womb he has made mention of my name.
He made me a polished arrow;
He concealed me in his quiver.
4 But I said: “I have toiled for nothing.
I used up my strength for an unreality, in vain.
5 And now Jehovah, the One who formed me from the womb as his servant,
Has said for me to bring Jacob back to him,
So that Israel may be gathered to him.+
I will be glorified in the eyes of Jehovah,
And my God will have become my strength.
6 And he said: “It is not enough that you are my servant
To raise up the tribes of Jacob
And to bring back those who were preserved of Israel.
I have also given you as a light of nations,+
So that my salvation may reach the ends of the earth.”+
“Kings will see and rise up,
And princes will bow down
Because of Jehovah, who is faithful,+
The Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”+
8 This is what Jehovah says:
And in a day of salvation I helped you;+
I kept safeguarding you to give you as a covenant for the people,+
To rehabilitate the land,
To cause them to possess their desolate inheritances,+
And to those in the darkness,+ ‘Show yourselves!’
By the roadways they will feed,
Along all the worn paths* will be their pastures.
Nor will scorching heat or the sun beat down on them.+
And look! these from the north and from the west,
And these from the land of Siʹnim.”+
Let the mountains become cheerful with a joyful cry.+
14 But Zion kept saying:
15 Can a woman forget her nursing child
Or have no compassion for the son of her womb?
Even if these women forget, I would never forget you.+
16 Look! On my palms I have engraved you.
Your walls are always before me.
17 Your sons hurry back.
Those who tore you down and devastated you will depart from you.
18 Raise your eyes and look all around.
They are all gathering together.+
They are coming to you.
“As surely as I am living,” declares Jehovah,
“You will clothe yourself with all of them as with ornaments,
And you will fasten them on yourself as a bride does.
Now it will become too cramped for those dwelling there,+
20 The sons born when you were bereaved will say in your hearing,
‘This place is too cramped for me.
Make room for me to dwell here.’+
21 And you will say in your heart,
‘Who has fathered these for me,
Since I am a woman bereaved of children and barren,
Exiled and taken prisoner?
Who has raised these?+
22 This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah says:
They will bow down to you with their faces to the ground+
And lick the dust of your feet,+
And you will have to know that I am Jehovah;
Those hoping in me will not be put to shame.”+
24 Can those already captured be taken from a mighty man,
Or can the captives of the tyrant be rescued?
25 But this is what Jehovah says:
“Even the captives of a mighty man will be taken away,+
And those captured by the tyrant will be rescued.+
I will oppose those who oppose you,+
And I will save your own sons.
26 I will make those who mistreat you eat their own flesh,
And as with sweet wine, they will become drunk with their own blood.
The Powerful One of Jacob.”+
50 This is what Jehovah says:
“Where is the divorce certificate+ of your mother, whom I sent away?
Or to which of my creditors did I sell you?
Look! It was because of your own errors+ you were sold,
And because of your own transgressions your mother was sent away.+
2 Why, then, was no one here when I came?
Why did no one answer when I called?+
Is my hand too short to redeem,
Or is there no power in me to rescue?+
Their fish rot for lack of water,
And they die because of thirst.
He awakens me morning by morning;
He awakens my ear to listen like the taught ones.+
I did not turn in the opposite direction.+
I did not hide my face from humiliating things and from spit.+
That is why I will not feel humiliated.
That is why I have set my face like a flint,+
And I know that I will not be put to shame.
8 The One who declares me righteous is near.
Let us stand up together.*
Who has a case against me?
Let him approach me.
9 Look! The Sovereign Lord Jehovah will help me.
Who will pronounce me guilty?
Look! They will all wear out like a garment.
A moth will eat them up.
Who has walked in deep darkness, without any brightness?
Let him trust in the name of Jehovah and support himself on* his God.
11 “Look! All of you who are igniting a fire,
Making sparks fly,
Walk in the light of your fire,
Among the sparks you have set ablaze.
This is what you will have from my hand:
In sheer pain you will lie down.
51 “Listen to me, you who are pursuing righteousness,
You who are seeking Jehovah.
Look to the rock from which you were hewn
And to the quarry from which you were dug.
He will bring comfort to all her ruins,+
And he will make her wilderness like Eʹden+
And her desert plain like the garden of Jehovah.+
Exultation and rejoicing will be found in her,
Thanksgiving and melodious song.+
6 Raise your eyes to the heavens,
And look at the earth below.
For the heavens will disperse in fragments like smoke;
The earth will wear out like a garment,
And its inhabitants will die like gnats.
Do not be afraid of the taunts of mortal men,
And do not be terrified because of their insults.
But my righteousness will last forever,
And my salvation for all generations.”+
Awake as in the days of long ago, as in past generations.
The one who made the depths of the sea a roadway for the repurchased ones to cross?+
Exultation and rejoicing will be theirs,
And grief and sighing will flee away.+
Why should you be afraid of a mortal man who will die+
And of a son of man who will wither like green grass?
The One who stretched out the heavens+ and laid the foundation of the earth?
And all day long you were in constant fear of the rage of the oppressor,*
As though he were in a position to bring you to ruin.
Where, now, is the rage of the oppressor?
He will not die and go into the pit,
Nor will his bread be lacking.
15 But I am Jehovah your God,
Who stirs up the sea and makes its waves boisterous+
—Jehovah of armies is his name.+
16 I will put my words in your mouth,
And with the shadow of my hand I will cover you,+
In order to plant the heavens and to lay the foundation of the earth+
And to say to Zion, ‘You are my people.’+
You who have drunk from the hand of Jehovah his cup of wrath.
You have drunk the goblet;
You have drained out the cup causing staggering.+
18 Not one of all the sons whom she bore is there to guide her,
And not one of all the sons whom she raised has taken hold of her hand.
19 These two things have befallen you.
Who will sympathize with you?
Destruction and devastation, hunger and sword!+
Who will comfort you?+
They lie down at every street corner*
Like wild sheep in the net.
They are full of the wrath of Jehovah, the rebuke of your God.”
21 So please listen to this,
O woman afflicted and drunk, though not with wine.
22 This is what your Lord Jehovah says, your God who defends his people:
“Look! I will take from your hand the cup causing staggering,+
The goblet, my cup of wrath;
You will never drink it again.+
Those who said to you,* ‘Bow down so that we may walk over you!’
So you made your back like the ground,
Like a street for them to walk on.”
Put on your beautiful garments,+ O Jerusalem, the holy city!
For no more will the uncircumcised and unclean one enter into you.+
2 Shake off the dust, rise and take a seat, O Jerusalem.
Loosen the bonds on your neck, O captive daughter of Zion.+
3 For this is what Jehovah says:
4 For this is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah says:
“At first my people went down to Egypt to live there as foreigners;+
Then As·syrʹi·a oppressed them without cause.”
5 “What, then, should I do here?” declares Jehovah.
“For my people were taken for nothing.
Those ruling over them keep howling in triumph,”+ declares Jehovah,
“And constantly, all day long, my name is treated with disrespect.+
For that reason they will know in that day that I am the One speaking.
Look, it is I!”
The one proclaiming peace,+
The one bringing good news of something better,
The one proclaiming salvation,
The one saying to Zion: “Your God has become King!”+
8 Listen! Your watchmen raise their voice.
In unison they shout joyfully,
For they will see it clearly* when Jehovah gathers back Zion.
Get out from the midst of her,+ keep yourselves clean,
You who are carrying the utensils of Jehovah.+
12 For you will not depart in panic,
Nor will you have to flee,
For Jehovah will go ahead of you,+
And the God of Israel will be your rear guard.+
He will be raised up high,
He will be elevated and greatly exalted.+
14 Just as there were many who stared at him in amazement
—For his appearance was disfigured more than that of any other man
And his stately form more than that of mankind—
Because they will see what they had not been told
And give consideration to what they had not heard.+
No stately form does he have, nor any splendor;+
And when we see him, his appearance does not draw us to him.*
A man who was meant for* pains and was familiar with sickness.
It was as if his face were hidden from us.*
He was despised, and we held him as of no account.+
But we considered him as plagued, stricken by God and afflicted.
Each has turned his own way,
And Jehovah has caused the error of us all to meet up with him.+
He was brought like a sheep to the slaughter,+
Like a ewe that is silent before its shearers,
And he would not open his mouth.+
And who will concern himself with the details of his generation?*
For he was cut off from the land of the living;+
Although he had done no wrong*
And there was no deception in his mouth.+
By means of his knowledge the righteous one, my servant,+
Will bring a righteous standing to many people,+
And their errors he will bear.+
12 For that reason I will assign him a portion among the many,
And he will apportion the spoil with the mighty,
And was counted among the transgressors;+
He carried the sin of many people,+
And he interceded for the transgressors.+
For the sons* of the desolate one are more numerous
Stretch out the tent cloths of your grand tabernacle.
Do not hold back, lengthen your tent cords,
And make your tent pins strong.+
3 For you will spread out to the right and to the left.
Your offspring will take possession of nations,
And they will inhabit the desolated cities.+
And do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disappointed.
For you will forget the shame of your youth,
And the disgrace of your widowhood you will remember no more.”
Jehovah of armies is his name,
And the Holy One of Israel is your Repurchaser.+
He will be called the God of the whole earth.+
Like a wife married in youth and then rejected,” says your God.
Just as I have sworn that the waters of Noah will no more cover the earth,+
So I swear that I will no more become indignant toward you or rebuke you.+
10 For the mountains may be removed
And the hills may be shaken,
But my loyal love will not be removed from you,+
I am laying your stones with hard mortar
And your foundation with sapphires.+
12 I will make your battlements of rubies,
Your gates of sparkling stones,*
And all your boundaries of precious stones.
You will be far removed from oppression,+
You will fear nothing and have no cause for terror,
For it will not come near you.+
15 If anyone should attack you,
It will not be at my orders.
Whoever makes an attack on you will fall because of you.”+
16 “Look! I myself created the craftsman,
Who blows on the charcoal fire,
And his work produces a weapon.
I myself also created the destructive man to bring ruin.+
And you will condemn any tongue that rises up against you in the judgment.
This is the heritage* of the servants of Jehovah,
And their righteousness is from me,” declares Jehovah.+
You with no money, come, buy and eat!
2 Why do you keep paying out money for what is not bread,
And why spend your earnings* for what brings no satisfaction?
Listen intently to me, and eat what is good,+
Listen, and you* will keep alive,
And I will readily make with you an everlasting covenant+
5 Look! You will call a nation that you do not know,
And those of a nation who have not known you will run to you
For the sake of Jehovah your God,+ the Holy One of Israel,
Because he will glorify you.+
Call to him while he is near.+
And the evil man his thoughts;
Let him return to Jehovah, who will have mercy on him,+
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So my ways are higher than your ways
And my thoughts than your thoughts.+
10 For just as the rain and the snow pour down from heaven
And do not return there until they saturate the earth, making it produce and sprout,
Giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
It will not return to me without results,+
And it will have sure success in what I send it to do.
The mountains and the hills will become cheerful before you with a joyful cry,+
And the trees of the field will all clap their hands.+
And instead of the stinging nettle the myrtle tree will grow.
56 This is what Jehovah says:
“Uphold justice,+ and do what is righteous,
For my salvation will soon come
And my righteousness will be revealed.+
2 Happy is the man who does this
And the son of man who holds fast to it,
Who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it+
And who holds his hand back from any kind of evil.
‘Jehovah will surely separate me from his people.’
And the eunuch should not say, ‘Look! I am a dried-up tree.’”
4 For this is what Jehovah says to the eunuchs who keep my sabbaths and who choose what I delight in and who hold fast to my covenant:
5 “I will give to them in my house and within my walls a monument and a name,
Something better than sons and daughters.
An everlasting name I will give them,
One that will not perish.
6 As for the foreigners who join themselves to Jehovah to minister to him,
To love the name of Jehovah+
And to be his servants,
All those who keep the Sabbath and do not profane it
And who hold fast to my covenant,
And make them rejoice inside my house of prayer.
Their whole burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar.
For my house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.”+
“I will gather to him others besides those already gathered.”+
All of them are speechless dogs, unable to bark.+
They are panting and lying down; they love to slumber.
They are shepherds who have no understanding.+
They have all gone their own way;
Every last one of them seeks his own dishonest gain and says:
And tomorrow will be like today, only far better!”
57 The righteous one has perished,
But no one takes it to heart.
With no one discerning that the righteous one has been taken away
Because of* the calamity.
2 He enters into peace.
They rest on their beds,* all who walk uprightly.
3 “But as for you, come closer,
You sons of a sorceress,
You children of an adulterer and a prostitute:
4 Whom are you making fun of?
Against whom do you open your mouth wide and stick out your tongue?
Are you not the children of transgression,
The children of deceit,+
Under every luxuriant tree,+
Under the clefts of the crags?
Yes, these are your lot.
Even to them you pour out drink offerings and offer gifts.+
Should I be satisfied* with these things?
8 Behind the door and the doorpost you set up your memorial.
You left me and uncovered yourself;
You went up and made your bed spacious.
And you made a covenant with them.
You sent your envoys far off,
So that you descended to the Grave.*
10 You have toiled in following your many ways,
But you did not say, ‘It is hopeless!’
You found renewed strength.
That is why you do not give up.*
You did not remember me.+
You took nothing to heart.+
So you showed no fear of me.
A wind will carry all of them away,
A mere breath will blow them away,
But the one who takes refuge in me will inherit the land
And will take possession of my holy mountain.+
Remove any obstacle from the way of my people.’”
“I reside in the high and holy place,+
But also with those crushed and lowly in spirit,
To revive the spirit of the lowly
And to revive the heart of those being crushed.+
16 For I will not oppose them forever
Or always remain indignant;+
For a man’s spirit would grow feeble because of me,+
Even the breathing creatures that I have made.
So I struck him, I hid my face, and I was indignant.
But he kept walking as a renegade,+ following the way of his heart.
18 I have seen his ways,
19 “I am creating the fruit of the lips.
Continuous peace will be given to the one who is far away and the one who is near,”+ says Jehovah,
“And I will heal him.”
20 “But the wicked are like the restless sea that cannot calm down,
And its waters keep tossing up seaweed and mire.
58 “Call out full-throated; do not hold back!
Raise your voice like a horn.
Proclaim to my people their revolt,+
To the house of Jacob their sins.
2 They seek me day after day,
And they express delight to know my ways,
As if they were a nation that had practiced righteousness
And had not abandoned the justice of their God.+
They ask me for righteous judgments,
Delighting to draw close to God:+
4 Your fasting ends in quarrels and fights,
And you strike with the fist of wickedness.
You cannot fast as you do today and have your voice heard in heaven.
5 Should the fast that I choose be like this,
As a day for someone to afflict himself,*
To bow down his head like a rush,
To make his bed on sackcloth and ashes?
Is this what you call a fast and a day pleasing to Jehovah?
6 No, this is the fast that I choose:
To remove the fetters of wickedness,
To untie the bands of the yoke bar,+
To let the oppressed go free,+
And to break in half every yoke bar;
To bring the poor and homeless into your house,
To clothe someone naked when you see him,+
And not to turn your back on your own flesh.
Your righteousness will go before you,
And the glory of Jehovah will be your rear guard.+
9 Then you will call, and Jehovah will answer;
You will cry for help, and he will say, ‘Here I am!’
If you remove from among you the yoke bar
And stop pointing your finger and speaking maliciously,+
And satisfy those who are afflicted,*
Then your light will shine even in the darkness,
And your gloom will be like midday.+
11 Jehovah will always lead you
He will invigorate your bones,
And you will become like a well-watered garden,+
Like a spring whose waters never fail.
And you will restore the foundations of past generations.+
And you call the Sabbath an exquisite delight, a holy day of Jehovah, a day to be glorified,+
And you glorify it rather than pursuing your own interests and speaking idle words,
14 Then you will find your exquisite delight in Jehovah,
And I will make you ride on the high places of the earth.+
For the mouth of Jehovah has spoken.”
Your sins have made him hide his face from you,
And he refuses to hear you.+
Your lips speak lies,+ and your tongue mutters unrighteousness.
They conceive trouble and give birth to what is harmful.+
Anyone who eats their eggs would die,
And the egg that is crushed hatches a viper.
Their works are harmful,
And deeds of violence are in their hands.+
Their thoughts are harmful thoughts;
Ruin and misery are in their ways.+
They make their roadways crooked;
No one treading on them will know peace.+
9 That is why justice is far away from us,
And righteousness does not overtake us.
We keep hoping for light, but look! there is darkness;
For brightness, but we keep walking in gloom.+
We stumble at high noon as in evening darkness;
Among the strong we are just like the dead.
11 We all keep growling like bears
And cooing mournfully like doves.
We hope for justice, but there is none;
For salvation, but it is far away from us.
For our revolts are with us;
We well know our errors.+
13 We have transgressed and denied Jehovah;
We have turned our backs on our God.
We have spoken of oppression and revolt;+
We have conceived lies and muttered false words from the heart.+
And righteousness stands far off;+
For truth* has stumbled in the public square,
And what is upright is unable to enter.
16 He saw that there was no man,
And he was astonished that no one interceded,
So his own arm brought about salvation,*
And his own righteousness supported him.
Wrath to his adversaries, retribution to his enemies.+
And to the islands he will repay their due.
19 From the sunset they will fear the name of Jehovah
And from the sunrise his glory,
For he will come in like a rushing river,
Which the spirit of Jehovah drives along.
To those in Jacob who turn from transgression,”+ declares Jehovah.
21 “As for me, this is my covenant with them,”+ says Jehovah. “My spirit that is on you and my words that I have placed in your mouth—they will not be removed from your mouth, from the mouth of your children,* or from the mouth of your grandchildren,”* says Jehovah, “from now on and forever.”
The glory of Jehovah shines on you.+
2 For look! darkness will cover the earth
And thick gloom the nations;
But on you Jehovah will shine,
And on you his glory will be seen.
4 Raise your eyes and look all around you!
They have all been assembled; they are coming to you.
And your heart will throb and overflow,
Because the wealth of the sea will be directed to you;
The resources of the nations will come to you.+
All those from Sheʹba—they will come;
Gold and frankincense they will carry.
They will proclaim the praises of Jehovah.+
The rams of Ne·baʹioth+ will serve you.
The ships of Tarʹshish are in the lead,*
To bring your sons from far away,+
Along with their silver and their gold,
To the name of Jehovah your God and to the Holy One of Israel,
10 Foreigners will build your walls,
And their kings will minister to you,+
For in my indignation I struck you,
They will not be closed by day or by night,
To bring to you the resources of the nations,
And their kings will take the lead.+
12 For any nation and any kingdom that will not serve you will perish,
And the nations will be utterly devastated.+
The juniper tree, the ash tree, and the cypress together,+
To beautify the place of my sanctuary;
I will glorify the place for my feet.+
14 The sons of those who oppressed you will come and bow down before you;
All those treating you disrespectfully must bow down at your feet,
And they will have to call you the city of Jehovah,
Zion of the Holy One of Israel.+
I will make you a source of everlasting pride,
A cause for rejoicing throughout all generations.+
At the breast of kings you will nurse;+
And you will certainly know that I, Jehovah, am your Savior,
And the Powerful One of Jacob is your Repurchaser.+
17 Instead of the copper I will bring in gold,
And instead of the iron I will bring in silver,
Instead of the wood, copper,
And instead of the stones, iron;
And I will appoint peace as your overseers
And righteousness as your task assigners.+
And you will call your walls Salvation+ and your gates Praise.
19 For you the sun will no longer be a light by day,
Nor will the shining of the moon give you light,
For Jehovah will become to you an eternal light,+
And your God will be your beauty.+
20 No more will your sun set,
Nor will your moon wane,
For Jehovah will become for you an eternal light,+
And the days of your mourning will have ended.+
21 And all your people will be righteous;
They will possess the land forever.
22 The little one will become a thousand
And the small one a mighty nation.
I myself, Jehovah, will speed it up in its own time.”
Because Jehovah anointed me to declare good news to the meek.+
He sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And the wide opening of the eyes to the prisoners,+
And the day of vengeance of our God,+
To comfort all who mourn,+
3 To provide for those mourning over Zion,
To give them a headdress instead of ashes,
The oil of exultation instead of mourning,
The garment of praise instead of a despondent spirit.
And they will be called big trees of righteousness,
4 They will rebuild the ancient ruins;
They will raise up the desolated places of the past,+
And they will restore the devastated cities,+
The places that lay desolate for generation after generation.+
5 “Strangers will stand and shepherd your flocks,
They will call you the ministers of our God.
7 Instead of shame you will have a double portion,
And instead of humiliation they will shout joyfully over their share.
Yes, they will possess a double portion in their land.+
Everlasting rejoicing will be theirs.+
I will faithfully give them their wages,
And I will make an everlasting covenant with them.+
10 I will greatly exult in Jehovah.
For he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;+
He has wrapped me with the robe* of righteousness,
Just like a bridegroom who wears a turban like that of a priest,+
And like a bride who adorns herself with her ornaments.
11 For as the earth brings forth its sprouts
And as the garden makes what is sown in it sprout,
So will the Sovereign Lord Jehovah
And for the sake of Jerusalem I will not keep still
Until her righteousness shines like a bright light+
And her salvation burns like a torch.+
And you will be called by a new name,+
Which Jehovah’s own mouth will designate.
3 You will become a crown of beauty in the hand of Jehovah,
A royal turban in the palm of your God.
But you will be called My Delight Is in Her,+
And your land will be called the Married One.
For Jehovah will take delight in you,
And your land will be as one married.
5 For just as a young man marries a virgin,
Your sons will marry you.
With the rejoicing of a bridegroom over a bride,
Your God will rejoice over you.+
6 Upon your walls, O Jerusalem, I have commissioned watchmen.
Continuously, all day long and all night long, they should not be silent.
You who make mention of Jehovah,
Do not rest,
7 And do not give him any rest until he firmly establishes Jerusalem,
Yes, until he makes her the praise of the earth.”+
8 Jehovah has sworn an oath with his right hand, with his strong arm:
“I will no longer give your grain as food to your enemies,
Nor will foreigners drink your new wine, for which you have toiled.+
9 But those gathering it will eat it and they will praise Jehovah;
And those collecting it will drink it in my holy courtyards.”+
10 Pass through, pass through the gates.
Clear the way for the people.+
Build up, build up the highway.
Rid it of stones.+
11 Look! Jehovah has proclaimed to the ends of the earth:
“Say to the daughter of Zion,
‘Look! Your salvation is coming.+
Look! His reward is with him,
And the wage he pays is before him.’”+
And you will be called Sought After, a City Not Abandoned.+
This one with splendid clothing,
Marching in his great power?
“It is I, the One speaking in righteousness,
The One with great power to save.”
3 “I have trodden the wine trough alone.
No one from the peoples was with me.
I kept treading them in my anger,
And I kept trampling them in my wrath.+
My garments were spattered with their blood,
And I have stained all my clothing.
5 I looked, but there was no one to help;
I was appalled that no one offered support.
6 I trampled peoples in my anger,
I made them drunk with my wrath+
And poured out their blood on the ground.”
7 I will mention Jehovah’s acts of loyal love,
The praiseworthy acts of Jehovah,
Because of all that Jehovah has done for us,+
The many good things he has done for the house of Israel,
According to his mercy and his great loyal love.
So he became their Savior.+
In his love and compassion he repurchased them,+
And he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.+
11 And they remembered the days of old,
The days of Moses his servant:
Where is the One who put within him His holy spirit,+
The One who split the waters before them+
To make an everlasting name for himself,+
So that they walked without stumbling,
Like a horse in the open country?*
14 Just like livestock when they go down into the valley plain,
The spirit of Jehovah made them rest.”+
They are withheld from me.
Although Abraham may not know us
And Israel may not recognize us,
You, O Jehovah, are our Father.
Our Repurchaser of long ago is your name.+
Return, for the sake of your servants,
The tribes of your inheritance.+
18 Your holy people possessed it for a short time.
Our adversaries have trampled on your sanctuary.+
19 For too long we have become like those you never ruled over,
Like those never called by your name.
64 If only you had ripped the heavens apart and come down,
So that the mountains would quake because of you,
2 As when a fire ignites the brushwood,
And the fire makes the water boil,
Then your name would be known to your adversaries,
And the nations would tremble before you!
You came down, and the mountains quaked before you.+
4 From of old no one has heard or given ear,
Nor has any eye seen a God except you,
Those who remember you and follow your ways.
Look! You became indignant, while we kept sinning,+
We did so for a long time.
Should we now be saved?
6 And we have all become like someone unclean,
And all our acts of righteousness are like a menstrual cloth.+
We will all wither like a leaf,
And our errors will carry us off like the wind.
7 There is no one calling on your name,
No one who stirs himself to take hold of you,
For you have hidden your face from us,+
Look at us, please, for we are all your people.
10 Your holy cities have become a wilderness.
Zion has become a wilderness,
Jerusalem a wasteland.+
Where our forefathers praised you,
Has been burned with fire,+
And all the things we cherished lie in ruins.
12 In view of this, will you still restrain yourself, O Jehovah?
Will you remain silent and let us be afflicted so severely?+
65 “I have let myself be searched for by those who did not ask for me;
I have let myself be found by those who did not look for me.+
I said, ‘Here I am, here I am!’ to a nation that was not calling on my name.+
To those walking in the way that is not good,+
Following their own thoughts;+
Sacrificing in gardens+ and making sacrificial smoke on bricks.
And they pass the night in hidden places,*
Eating the flesh of pigs,+
These are a smoke in my nostrils, a fire burning all day long.
6 Look! It is written before me;
I will not stand still,
But I will repay them,+
I will repay them in full measure*
“Because they have made sacrificial smoke on the mountains
And have reproached me on the hills,+
I will first measure out their wages in full.”*
8 This is what Jehovah says:
“Just as when new wine is found in a cluster of grapes
And someone says, ‘Do not destroy it, for there is some good* in it,’
So I will do for the sake of my servants;
I will not destroy them all.+
And out of Judah the one to inherit my mountains;+
My chosen ones will take possession of it,
And my servants will reside there.+
For my people who search for me.
Those forgetting my holy mountain,+
Those setting a table for the god of Good Luck,
And those filling up cups of mixed wine for the god of Destiny.
And all of you will bow down to be slaughtered,+
Because I called, but you did not answer,
I spoke, but you did not listen;+
You kept doing what was bad in my eyes,
And you chose what displeased me.”+
13 Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah says:
“Look! My servants will eat, but you will go hungry.+
Look! My servants will drink,+ but you will go thirsty.
14 Look! My servants will shout joyfully because of the good condition of the heart,
But you will cry out because of the pain of heart
And you will wail because of a broken spirit.
15 You will leave behind a name that my chosen ones will use as a curse,
And the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will put each of you to death,
But his own servants he will call by another name;+
16 So that anyone who seeks a blessing for himself in the earth
Will be blessed by the God of truth,*
And anyone who swears an oath in the earth
And the former things will not be called to mind,*
Nor will they come up into the heart.+
18 So exult and be joyful forever in what I am creating.
For look! I am creating Jerusalem a cause for joy
And her people a cause for exultation.+
No more will there be heard in her the sound of weeping or a cry of distress.”+
20 “No more will there be an infant from that place who lives but a few days,
Nor an old man who fails to live out his days.
For anyone who dies at a hundred will be considered a mere boy,
And the sinner will be cursed, even though he is a hundred years of age.*
22 They will not build for someone else to inhabit,
Nor will they plant for others to eat.
For the days of my people will be like the days of a tree,+
And the work of their hands my chosen ones will enjoy to the full.
Nor will they bear children for distress,
And their descendants with them.+
24 Even before they call out, I will answer;
While they are yet speaking, I will hear.
25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together,
The lion will eat straw just like the bull,+
And the serpent’s food will be dust.
They will do no harm nor cause any ruin in all my holy mountain,”+ says Jehovah.
66 This is what Jehovah says:
“The heavens are my throne, and the earth is my footstool.+
The one sacrificing a sheep is like one breaking the neck of a dog.+
The one offering a gift—like the blood of a pig!+
They have chosen their own ways,
And they take delight* in what is disgusting.
Because when I called, no one answered;
When I spoke, there were none who listened.+
They kept doing what was bad in my eyes,
And they chose to do what displeased me.”+
“Your brothers who hate you and exclude you because of my name said, ‘May Jehovah be glorified!’+
But He will appear and bring you joy,
And they are the ones who will be put to shame.”+
6 There is a sound of uproar from the city, a sound from the temple!
It is the sound of Jehovah repaying his enemies what they deserve.
Before birth pangs came to her, she delivered a male child.
8 Who has ever heard of such a thing?
Who has seen such things?
Will a land be brought to birth in one day?
Or will a nation be born all at once?
Yet, as soon as Zion went into labor, she gave birth to her sons.
9 “Will I bring it to the point of birth and then not bring it forth?” says Jehovah.
“Or would I cause the birth and then shut the womb?” says your God.
Exult greatly with her, all you who are in mourning over her,
11 For you will nurse and be fully satisfied from her breast of consolation,
And you will drink deeply and find delight in the abundance of her glory.
12 For this is what Jehovah says:
“Here I am extending to her peace just like a river+
And the glory of nations like a flooding torrent.+
You will nurse and be carried on the hip,
And you will be bounced on the knees.
13 As a mother comforts her son,
So I will keep comforting you;+
And over Jerusalem you will be comforted.+
14 You will see this, and your heart will rejoice,
Your bones will flourish just like new grass.
And his chariots are like a storm wind,+
To repay in furious anger,
To rebuke with flames of fire.+
16 For with fire Jehovah will execute judgment,
Yes, with his sword, against all flesh;*
And the slain of Jehovah will be many.
17 “Those sanctifying themselves and cleansing themselves to enter the gardens*+ following one who is in the center, those eating the flesh of pigs+ and loathsome things and mice,+ they will all come to their end together,” declares Jehovah. 18 “Since I know about their works and their thoughts, I am coming to gather people of all nations and languages, and they will come and see my glory.”
19 “I will set a sign among them, and I will send some of those who escape to the nations—to Tarʹshish,+ Pul, and Lud,+ those who draw the bow, to Tuʹbal and Jaʹvan,+ and to the faraway islands—who have not heard a report about me or seen my glory; and they will proclaim my glory among the nations.+ 20 They will bring all your brothers out of all the nations+ as a gift to Jehovah, on horses, in chariots, in covered wagons, on mules, and on swift camels, up to my holy mountain, Jerusalem,” says Jehovah, “just as when the people of Israel bring their gift in a clean vessel into the house of Jehovah.”
21 “I will also take some for the priests and for the Levites,” says Jehovah.
23 “And from new moon to new moon and from sabbath to sabbath,
24 “And they will go out and look on the carcasses of the men who rebelled against me;
For the worms on them will not die,
And their fire will not be extinguished,+
And they will become something repulsive to all people.”*
Meaning “Salvation of Jehovah.”
Or “its master.”
Lit., “pressed out.”
Or “My soul has.”
Or “the orphan.”
Or “wheat beer.”
Or “the orphans.”
Apparently trees and gardens connected with idolatrous worship.
A flammable ropelike fiber.
Or “In the last days.”
Or “correct matters.”
Or “be humbled.”
Or “be humbled.”
Or “Whose breath is in his nostrils.”
Or “your healer.”
Lit., “in the eyes of his glory.”
Or “their soul.”
Lit., “will eat the fruitage of their deeds.”
Lit., “with an outstretched neck (throat).”
Lit., “houses of the soul.”
Or “ornamental humming shells.”
Or “the undergarments.”
That is, the humiliation of being unmarried and childless.
Lit., “ten spans.”
Or “its soul.”
Or “her nobles.”
Or “decision; counsel.”
Or “signal pole.”
Or “ready to shoot.”
Or “maned young lions.”
Lit., “the voice of the one calling.”
Lit., “I have been brought to silence.”
Or possibly, “they.”
Meaning “Only a Remnant Will Return.”
Or “water channel.”
Or possibly, “terrorize it.”
Or “make a breach in its walls.” Lit., “split it open.”
Or “The maiden.”
Meaning “With Us Is God.”
That is, the Euphrates.
Lit., “with the stylus of a mortal man.”
Possibly meaning “Hurrying to the Spoil, Coming Quickly to the Plunder.”
Or “witnessed; attested.”
Lit., “went near to.”
That is, the wife of Isaiah.
The Shiloah was a water conduit.
That is, the Euphrates.
See Isa 7:14.
Or “Gird yourselves.”
Or “the attestation.”
Or “eagerly wait for.”
Or “the attestation.”
Or “government; princely rule.”
Or “government; princely rule.”
Lit., “from behind.”
Or possibly, “palm branch and reed.”
Or “their orphans.”
Or “And orphans.”
Or “from soul to flesh.”
Or “an ax.”
Or “the maned young lion.”
Or possibly, “And the calf and the lion will feed together.”
Or “signal pole.”
Or “The nations will search for him.”
That is, Babylonia.
Or “signal pole.”
Or “extend their power over.”
Or possibly, “dry up.”
That is, the Euphrates.
Or possibly, “strike it into.”
“Jah” is a shortened form of the name Jehovah.
Or “Make music.”
Lit., “inhabitress,” referring to the population collectively as a woman.
Or “signal pole.”
Lit., “to my sanctified ones.”
Lit., “and their Kesils,” perhaps referring to Orion and surrounding constellations.
Or “the decoration.”
Or possibly, “And goatlike demons.”
Or “give them rest.”
Or “their taskmasters.”
Or “the taskmaster.”
Lit., “the he-goats.”
Lit., “the counsel that is counseled.”
Or “is ready to strike.”
Or “a darting poisonous snake.”
Or “the Temple.”
Or “His soul.”
Or “its branches laden with red grapes.”
Or possibly, “Because the battle cry has descended on your summer fruit and your harvest.”
Or “counted as carefully as a hired worker does”; that is, in exactly three years.
Lit., “sons of Israel.”
Lit., “the fat of his flesh.”
Or “Low Plain.”
Or “a foreign god.”
Or “Like tumbleweed.”
Lit., “a nation drawn out and scoured.”
Or “a nation of tensile strength that treads down.”
Or “signal pole.”
Or possibly, “from.”
Lit., “a nation drawn out and scoured.”
Or “a nation of tensile strength that treads down.”
Or “be grieved in soul.”
Or possibly, “the palm branch or the reed.”
Or “the commander.”
Or “lightly clad.”
Or “to the shame.”
Or “whose beauty they admired.”
Apparently refers to the region of ancient Babylonia.
Lit., “my hips are full of pain.”
Or “counted as carefully as a hired worker does”; that is, in exactly one year.
Evidently referring to Jerusalem.
A poetic personification, perhaps expressing pity or sympathy.
Or “low plains.”
Lit., “a residence.”
That is, a branch of the Nile River.
Or possibly, “harbor.”
Or “He twists the face of it.”
Or possibly, “dries up.”
Or possibly, “dries up.”
Or “the west.”
Or “in the east.”
Lit., “before his elders.”
Or “of wine kept on the dregs.”
Lit., “swallow up.”
Or “do away with.”
Or possibly, “those whose inclination is unshakable.”
“Jah” is a shortened form of the name Jehovah.
Or “With our soul we.”
That is, that God and his name be remembered, made known.
Or “with my soul.”
Lit., “A corpse of mine.”
Or possibly, “the dew of herbs (mallows).”
Or “will give birth to those powerless in death.”
Apparently referring to Israel, here personified as a woman and likened to a vineyard.
That is, the Euphrates.
Or “haughty; proud.”
Apparently referring to the capital city, Samaria.
Or “haughty; proud.”
Or “Measuring line upon measuring line, measuring line upon measuring line.”
Or “Measuring line upon measuring line, measuring line upon measuring line.”
Or possibly, “effected a vision.”
Or “plumb line.”
Or possibly, “When they understand, they will feel sheer terror.”
Or “low plain.”
Or “for the whole earth.”
Or “disciplines; chastises.”
Or “And whose practical wisdom is great.”
Possibly meaning “The Altar Hearth of God,” apparently referring to Jerusalem.
Or “and his soul is empty.”
Or “and his soul is parched.”
Or “How perverse of you!”
Lit., “the one reproving.”
That is, from shame and disappointment.
Lit., “pour out a libation,” evidently referring to making an agreement.
Or “without inquiring of my mouth.”
Lit., “in the stronghold of Pharaoh.”
Or “the darting poisonous snake.”
Or possibly, “a cistern.”
Or “keeping in expectation.”
Or “eagerly waiting for.”
Or “molten statues.”
Or possibly, “and call them filth.”
Lit., “fat and well-oiled.”
Lit., “a sieve of worthlessness.”
Or “sanctify yourself.”
Or “to the sound of.”
“Topheth” is here used as a figurative place of burning, representing destruction.
Or “in horsemen.”
Or “a maned young lion.”
Or “a shelter.”
Or “A refuge.”
Or “act in an irreverent way.”
Or “the soul of the hungry one.”
Or “let loose.”
Referring to the enemy.
Or possibly, “dries up.”
Or “secure height.”
Or “meditate on.”
Or “will flow with.”
Evidently referring to Bozrah, the capital of Edom.
Lit., “the stones.”
Or possibly, “the goatlike demon.”
Lit., “divided it for them with a measuring line.”
Or “the chief cupbearer.”
Lit., “Make with me a blessing and come out to me.”
Lit., “have come to the opening of the womb.”
Lit., “a spirit in him.”
Or possibly, “between.”
Or “the Nile canals.”
That is, Hezekiah.
Or “the growth from spilled kernels of grain.”
Perhaps these stairs were used to count time, as on a sundial.
“Jah” is a shortened form of the name Jehovah.
Or possibly, “crane.”
Lit., “Be my surety.”
Or “the bitterness of my soul.”
That is, God’s words and deeds.
Or “my soul.”
Or “removed all my sins from your sight.”
Lit., “rejoiced over.”
Or “Speak consolingly to.”
Or “received double.”
Or “all humans.”
Or “All humans are.”
Or “will shepherd.”
Or “the proportions.”
The distance between the end of the thumb and the little finger when the hand is spread. See App. B14.
Or possibly, “has comprehended.”
Or “cannot provide sufficient firewood.”
Or “a molten statue.”
Or “cannot be fathomed.”
Or “dynamic energy.”
Or “Keep silence before me.”
Or “from the east.”
That is, to serve Him.
That is, defenseless and lowly.
Or “apply our heart.”
Or “from the east.”
Or “deputy rulers.”
Or “something nonexistent.”
Or “molten statues.”
Or “my soul has.”
Or “I do not share my glory with anyone else.”
Or “molten statues.”
Possibly referring to the first things to come in the future.
Or “and trust me.”
An aromatic reed.
Or “rebellious acts.”
Possibly referring to teachers of the Law.
Or “from birth.”
Meaning “Upright One,” an honorary title for Israel.
Or “thirsty land.”
That is, the images.
Or “molten statue.”
Or “a dry piece.”
Or “his soul.”
Or “the false prophets.”
Lit., “ungird the hips of.”
Lit., “closely gird.”
Or “From east to west.”
Or “with the One who formed him.”
Or “the One who formed it.”
Or possibly, “Or should the clay say: ‘Your work has no handles’?”
Or “What are you in birth pains with?”
Or possibly, “laborers.”
Or possibly, “merchants.”
Or possibly, “to be empty.”
Or “in vain.”
That is, the idols loaded on the animals.
Or “their souls.”
Lit., “bow down to it.”
Or “the Divine One.”
Or “purpose; counsel.”
Or “purpose; counsel.”
Or possibly, “and I will not meet anyone kindly.”
Or possibly, “Despite.”
Or “And you will not know how to charm it away.”
Or possibly, “Those who divide the heavens; The astrologers.”
Or “their soul.”
Lit., “to his own region.”
Or possibly, “who are descended from.”
Or “molten statue.”
Or “examined.” Or possibly, “chosen.”
Or “I do not share my glory with anyone else.”
Or “along with.”
Or “for your own good.”
Lit., “from the womb.”
Or “Jehovah will grant me justice.”
Or “despised in soul.”
Or possibly, “the bare hills.”
Or “signal pole.”
Lit., “all flesh.”
Or “a well-trained tongue.”
Or possibly, “strengthen.”
Lit., “with a word.”
Or “who plucked the beard.”
Or “contend with.”
Or “face each other.”
Or “rely on.”
Or “brought you forth with labor pains.”
Or “will not be shattered.”
Or possibly, “The worm.”
Lit., “be upon their head.”
Or “the one hemming you in.”
Lit., “at the head of all streets.”
Or “to your soul.”
Or “eye to eye.”
Or “the victory.”
Or “will be speechless.”
Or possibly, “in what we heard?”
“Him” could refer to an observer in general or to God.
Or “there is no special appearance that we should desire him.”
Or “who understood.”
Or possibly, “He was like someone from whom people turned their faces.”
Or “his manner of life?”
Or “was struck dead.”
Or “And one will give his burial place.”
Lit., “a rich man.”
Or “no violence.”
Or “But Jehovah took delight.”
Or “will; good pleasure.”
Or “the trouble of his soul.”
Lit., “hurt in spirit.”
Or “of stones of fire.”
Or “hard-earned money.”
Or “your soul.”
Lit., “in fatness.”
Or “your soul.”
Or “trustworthy; reliable.”
Or “will freely forgive.”
Or “will prove to be.”
Or “my will.”
Or “will make a name for.”
Or “with a strong soul.”
That is, in death.
Or possibly, “From.”
That is, in the grave.
Or “Should I comfort myself.”
Possibly referring to idolatrous worship.
Or possibly, “the king.”
Lit., “grow weary.”
Or “and hidden matters?”
Or “make compensation with.”
Or “our soul?”
Or “his soul.”
Or “your own soul desires.”
Or “the afflicted souls.”
Or “your soul.”
Lit., “the breach.”
Lit., “turn your foot back.”
Or “your own delights.”
Or “to enjoy.”
Lit., “and it was bad in his eyes.”
Or “victory for him.”
Or “sleeveless coat.”
Lit., “of the seed of your seed.”
Or “to the brightness of your dawn.”
Or “my house of beauty.”
Or “to the openings in the birdhouse?”
Or “as at the first.”
Or “My soul.”
Or “sleeveless coat.”
Or “signal pole.”
Or possibly, “bright-red.”
Or “prove false.”
Or “the angel of his presence.”
Or “deep waters.”
Or “the wilderness?”
Lit., “The agitation of your inward parts.”
Or “cause us to.”
Or “patiently wait for.”
Lit., “to melt.”
Lit., “by the hand of.”
Or “the One who formed us.”
Or possibly, “in watch huts.”
Or possibly, “For I will convey my holiness to you.”
Lit., “into their bosom.”
Lit., “into their bosom.”
Lit., “a blessing.”
Lit., “a seed.”
Or “Low Plain.”
Or “faithfulness.” Lit., “Amen.”
Or “faithfulness.” Lit., “Amen.”
Or “be remembered.”
Or possibly, “And the one who falls short of a hundred will be considered cursed.”
Or “work hard.”
Or “in vain.”
Or “is anxious about.”
Or possibly, “one praising an idol.”
Or “their soul takes delight.”
Or “are anxious about.”
Or “all humans.”
That is, special gardens used in idol worship.
Or “all humans.”
Or “to worship.”
Lit., “all flesh.”