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The vision of Isaiah the
son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem, in the days of
Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
- Hear, heavens,
- and listen, earth; for Yahweh has spoken:
- “I have nourished and brought up children,
- and they have rebelled against me.
- The ox knows his owner,
- and the donkey his master’s crib;
- but Israel doesn’t know,
- my people don’t consider.”
- Ah sinful nation,
- a people loaded with iniquity,
- a seed of evildoers,
- children who deal corruptly!
- They have forsaken Yahweh.
- They have despised the Holy One of Israel.
- They are estranged and backward.
- Why should you be
- that you revolt more and more?
- The whole head is sick,
- and the whole heart faint.
- From the sole of the
foot even to the head there is no soundness in it:
- wounds, welts, and open sores.
- They haven’t been closed, neither bandaged, neither soothed with oil.
- Your country is
- Your cities are burned with fire.
- Strangers devour your land in your presence,
- and it is desolate,
- as overthrown by strangers.
- The daughter of Zion
is left like a shelter in a vineyard,
- like a hut in a field of melons,
- like a besieged city.
- Unless Yahweh of
Armies had left to us a very small remnant,
- we would have been as Sodom;
- we would have been like Gomorrah.
- Hear the word of
Yahweh, you rulers of Sodom!
- Listen to the law of our God, you people of Gomorrah!
- “What are the
multitude of your sacrifices to me?,” says Yahweh.
- “I have had enough of the burnt offerings of rams,
- and the fat of fed animals.
- I don’t delight in the blood of bulls,
- or of lambs,
- or of male goats.
- When you come to
appear before me,
- who has required this at your hand, to trample my courts?
- Bring no more vain
- Incense is an abomination to me;
- new moons, Sabbaths, and convocations:
- I can’t bear with evil assemblies.
- My soul hates your
New Moons and your appointed feasts.
- They are a burden to me.
- I am weary of bearing them.
- When you spread forth
your hands, I will hide my eyes from you.
- Yes, when you make many prayers, I will not hear.
- Your hands are full of blood.
- Wash yourselves, make
- Put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes.
- Cease to do evil.
- Learn to do well.
- Seek justice.
- Relieve the oppressed.
- Judge the fatherless.
- Plead for the widow.”
- “Come now, and let
us reason together,” says Yahweh:
- “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.
- Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
- If you are willing
- you shall eat the good of the land;
- but if you refuse and
rebel, you shall be devoured with the sword;
- for the mouth of Yahweh has spoken it.”
- How the faithful city
has become a prostitute!
- She was full of justice; righteousness lodged in her,
- but now murderers.
- Your silver has
- your wine mixed with water.
- Your princes are
rebellious, and companions of thieves.
- Everyone loves bribes, and follows after rewards.
- They don’t judge the fatherless,
- neither does the cause of the widow come to them.
- Therefore the Lord, Yahweh of Armies,
- the Mighty One of Israel, says:
- “Ah, I will get relief from my adversaries,
- and avenge myself of my enemies;
- and I will turn my
hand on you,
- thoroughly purge away your dross,
- and will take away all your tin.
- I will restore your
judges as at the first,
- and your counselors as at the beginning.
- Afterward you shall be called ‘The city of righteousness,
- a faithful town.’
- Zion shall be
redeemed with justice,
- and her converts with righteousness.
- But the destruction
of transgressors and sinners shall be together,
- and those who forsake Yahweh shall be consumed.
- For they shall be
ashamed of the oaks which you have desired,
- and you shall be confounded for the gardens that you have chosen.
- For you shall be as
an oak whose leaf fades,
- and as a garden that has no water.
- The strong will be
- and his work like a spark.
- They will both burn together,
- and no one will quench them.”
This is what Isaiah the
son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
- It shall happen in the
latter days, that the mountain of Yahweh’s house shall be established on
the top of the mountains,
- and shall be raised above the hills;
- and all nations shall flow to it.
- Many peoples shall go
- “Come, let’s go up to the mountain of Yahweh,
- to the house of the God of Jacob;
- and he will teach us of his ways,
- and we will walk in his paths.”
- For out of Zion the law shall go forth,
- and the word of Yahweh from Jerusalem.
- He will judge between
- and will decide concerning many peoples;
- and they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
- and their spears into pruning hooks.
- Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
- neither shall they learn war any more.
- House of Jacob, come,
and let us walk in the light of Yahweh.
- For you have forsaken
your people, the house of Jacob,
- because they are filled from the east,
- with those who practice divination like the Philistines,
- and they clasp hands with the children of foreigners.
- Their land is full of
silver and gold,
- neither is there any end of their treasures.
- Their land also is full of horses,
- neither is there any end of their chariots.
- Their land also is
full of idols.
- They worship the work of their own hands,
- that which their own fingers have made.
- Man is brought low,
- and mankind is humbled;
- therefore don’t forgive them.
- Enter into the rock,
- and hide in the dust,
- from before the terror of Yahweh,
- and from the glory of his majesty.
- The lofty looks of
man will be brought low,
- the haughtiness of men will be bowed down,
- and Yahweh alone will be exalted in that day.
- For there will be a
day of Yahweh of Armies for all that is proud and haughty,
- and for all that is lifted up;
- and it shall be brought low:
- For all the cedars of
Lebanon, that are high and lifted up,
- for all the oaks of Bashan,
- For all the high
- for all the hills that are lifted up,
- For every lofty tower,
- for every fortified wall,
- For all the ships of
- and for all pleasant imagery.
- The loftiness of man
shall be bowed down,
- and the haughtiness of men shall be brought low;
- and Yahweh alone shall be exalted in that day.
- The idols shall
utterly pass away.
- Men shall go into the
caves of the rocks,
- and into the holes of the earth,
- from before the terror of Yahweh,
- and from the glory of his majesty,
- when he arises to shake the earth mightily.
- In that day, men
shall cast away their idols of silver,
- and their idols of gold,
- which have been made for themselves to worship,
- to the moles and to the bats;
- To go into the
caverns of the rocks,
- and into the clefts of the ragged rocks,
- from before the terror of Yahweh,
- and from the glory of his majesty,
- when he arises to shake the earth mightily.
- Stop trusting in man,
whose breath is in his nostrils;
- for of what account is he?
For, behold, the Lord,
Yahweh of Armies, takes away from Jerusalem and from Judah supply and
- the whole supply of bread,
- and the whole supply of water;
- the mighty man,
- the man of war,
- the judge,
- the prophet,
- the diviner,
- the elder,
- the captain of fifty,
- the honorable man,
- the counselor,
- the skilled craftsman,
- and the clever enchanter.
- I will give boys to be
- and children shall rule over them.
- The people will be
- everyone by another,
- and everyone by his neighbor.
- The child will behave himself proudly against the old man,
- and the base against the honorable.
- Indeed a man shall
take hold of his brother in the house of his father, saying,
- “You have clothing, you be our ruler,
- and let this ruin be under your hand.”
- In that day he will
cry out, saying, “I will not be a healer;
- for in my house is neither bread nor clothing.
- You shall not make me ruler of the people.”
- For Jerusalem is
ruined, and Judah is fallen;
- because their tongue and their doings are against Yahweh,
- to provoke the eyes of his glory.
- The look of their
faces testify against them.
- They parade their sin like Sodom.
- They don’t hide it.
- Woe to their soul!
- For they have brought disaster upon themselves.
- Tell the righteous
- For they shall eat the fruit of their deeds.
- Woe to the wicked!
- Disaster is upon them;
- for the deeds of his hands will be paid back to him.
- As for my people,
children are their oppressors,
- and women rule over them.
- My people, those who lead you cause you to err,
- and destroy the way of your paths.
- Yahweh stands up to
- and stands to judge the peoples.
- Yahweh will enter
into judgment with the elders of his people,
- and their leaders:
- “It is you who have eaten up the vineyard.
- The spoil of the poor is in your houses.
- What do you mean that
you crush my people,
- and grind the face of the poor?” says the Lord, Yahweh of Armies.
- Moreover Yahweh said,
“Because the daughters of Zion are haughty,
- and walk with outstretched necks and flirting eyes,
- walking to trip as they go,
- jingling ornaments on their feet;
- therefore the Lord
brings sores on the crown of the head of the women of Zion,
- and Yahweh will make their scalps bald.”
In that day the Lord
will take away the beauty of their anklets, the headbands, the crescent
necklaces, the earrings,
the bracelets, the veils, the headdresses, the ankle
chains, the sashes, the perfume bottles, the charms, the signet rings, the nose rings,
the fine robes, the
capes, the cloaks, the purses, the hand mirrors, the fine linen
garments, the tiaras, and the shawls.
- It shall happen that
instead of sweet spices, there shall be rottenness;
- instead of a belt, a rope;
- instead of well set hair, baldness;
- instead of a robe, a wearing of sackcloth;
- and branding instead of beauty.
- Your men shall fall
by the sword,
- and your mighty in the war.
- Her gates shall
lament and mourn;
- and she shall be desolate and sit on the ground.
Seven women shall take
hold of one man in that day, saying, “We will eat our own bread, and
wear our own clothing: only let us be called by your name. Take away our
In that day, Yahweh’s
branch will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be
the beauty and glory of the survivors of Israel. It will happen, that he who is
left in Zion, and he who remains in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even
everyone who is written among the living in Jerusalem; when the Lord shall have washed
away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood
of Jerusalem from its midst, by the spirit of justice, and by the spirit
of burning. Yahweh will
create over the whole habitation of Mount Zion, and over her assemblies, a
cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for
over all the glory will be a canopy. There will be a pavilion for a
shade in the daytime from the heat, and for a refuge and for a shelter
from storm and from rain.
Let me sing for my
well beloved a song of my beloved about his vineyard.
- My beloved had a vineyard on a very fruitful hill.
- He dug it up,
- gathered out its stones,
- planted it with the choicest vine,
- built a tower in its midst,
- and also cut out a winepress therein.
- He looked for it to yield grapes,
- but it yielded wild grapes.
- “Now, inhabitants of
Jerusalem and men of Judah,
- please judge between me and my vineyard.
- What could have been
done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it?
- Why, when I looked for it to yield grapes, did it yield wild grapes?
- Now I will tell you
what I will do to my vineyard.
- I will take away its hedge, and it will be eaten up.
- I will break down its wall of it, and it will be trampled down.
- I will lay it a
- It won’t be pruned nor hoed,
- but it will grow briers and thorns.
- I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain on it.”
- For the vineyard of
Yahweh of Armies is the house of Israel,
- and the men of Judah his pleasant plant:
- and he looked for justice, but, behold, oppression;
- for righteousness, but, behold, a cry of distress.
- Woe to those who join
house to house,
- who lay field to field, until there is no room,
- and you are made to dwell alone in the midst of the land!
- In my ears, Yahweh of
Armies says: “Surely many houses will be desolate,
- even great and beautiful, unoccupied.
- For ten
acres of vineyard shall yield one bath,
- and a homer of seed shall yield an ephah.”
- Woe to those who rise
up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink;
- who stay late into the night, until wine inflames them!
- The harp, lyre,
tambourine, and flute, with wine, are at their feasts;
- but they don’t respect the work of Yahweh,
- neither have they considered the operation of his hands.
- Therefore my people
go into captivity for lack of knowledge.
- Their honorable men are famished,
- and their multitudes are parched with thirst.
- Therefore Sheol has enlarged its desire,
- and opened its mouth without measure;
- and their glory, their multitude, their pomp, and he who rejoices
among them, descend into it.
- So man is brought low,
- mankind is humbled,
- and the eyes of the arrogant ones are humbled;
- but Yahweh of Armies
is exalted in justice,
- and God the Holy One is sanctified in righteousness.
- Then the lambs will
graze as in their pasture,
- and strangers will eat the ruins of the rich.
- Woe to those who draw
iniquity with cords of falsehood,
- and wickedness as with cart rope;
- Who say, “Let him
make speed, let him hasten his work, that we may see it;
- and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near and come,
- that we may know it!”
- Woe to those who call
evil good, and good evil;
- who put darkness for light,
- and light for darkness;
- who put bitter for sweet,
- and sweet for bitter!
- Woe to those who are
wise in their own eyes,
- and prudent in their own sight!
- Woe to those who are
mighty to drink wine,
- and champions at mixing strong drink;
- who acquit the guilty
for a bribe,
- but deny justice for the innocent!
- Therefore as the
tongue of fire devours the stubble,
- and as the dry grass sinks down in the flame,
- so their root shall be as rottenness,
- and their blossom shall go up as dust;
- because they have rejected the law of Yahweh of Armies,
- and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
- Therefore Yahweh’s
anger burns against his people,
- and he has stretched out his hand against them, and has struck them.
- The mountains tremble,
- and their dead bodies are as refuse in the midst of the streets.
- For all this, his anger is not turned away,
- but his hand is still stretched out.
- He will lift up a
banner to the nations from far,
- and he will whistle for them from the end of the earth.
- Behold, they will come speedily and swiftly.
- None shall be weary
nor stumble among them;
- none shall slumber nor sleep;
- neither shall the belt of their waist be untied,
- nor the latchet of their shoes be broken:
- whose arrows are
- and all their bows bent.
- Their horses’ hoofs will be like flint,
- and their wheels like a whirlwind.
- Their roaring will be
like a lioness.
- They will roar like young lions.
- Yes, they shall roar,
- and seize their prey and carry it off,
- and there will be no one to deliver.
- They will roar
against them in that day like the roaring of the sea.
- If one looks to the land behold, darkness and distress.
- The light is darkened in its clouds.
In the year that king
Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up; and
his train filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each
one had six wings. With two he covered his face. With two he covered his
feet. With two he flew. One called to another, and said,
- “Holy, holy, holy, is Yahweh of Armies!
- The whole earth is full of his glory!”
The foundations of the
thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled
with smoke. Then I said,
“Woe is me! For I am undone, because I am a man of unclean lips, and I
dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for my eyes have seen the
King, Yahweh of Armies!”
Then one of the
seraphim flew to me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken
with the tongs from off the altar. He touched my mouth with it, and
said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken
away, and your sin forgiven.”
I heard the Lord’s
voice, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”
Then I said, “Here I am. Send me!”
He said, “Go, and
tell this people,
- ‘You hear indeed,
- but don’t understand;
- and you see indeed,
- but don’t perceive.’
- Make the heart of
this people fat.
- Make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes;
- lest they see with their eyes,
- and hear with their ears,
- and understand with their heart,
- and turn again, and be healed.”
Then I said, “Lord,
- “Until cities are waste without inhabitant,
- and houses without man,
- and the land becomes utterly waste,
- And Yahweh has
removed men far away,
- and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land.
- If there is a tenth
left in it,
- that also will in turn be consumed:
- as a terebinth, and as an oak, whose stock remains when they are
- so the holy seed is its stock.”
It happened in the days
of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin
the king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up
to Jerusalem to war against it, but could not prevail against it. It was told the house of David,
saying, “Syria is allied with Ephraim.” His heart trembled, and the
heart of his people, as the trees of the forest tremble with the wind.
Then Yahweh said to
Isaiah, “Go out now to meet Ahaz, you, and Shearjashub your son, at the
end of the conduit of the upper pool, on the highway of the fuller’s
field. Tell him, ‘Be
careful, and keep calm. Don’t be afraid, neither let your heart be faint
because of these two tails of smoking torches, for the fierce anger of
Rezin and Syria, and of the son of Remaliah. Because Syria, Ephraim, and the
son of Remaliah, have plotted evil against you, saying, “Let’s go up against Judah,
and tear it apart, and let’s divide it among ourselves, and set up a
king in its midst, even the son of Tabeel.” This is what the Lord Yahweh says:
“It shall not stand, neither shall it happen.” For the head of Syria is Damascus,
and the head of Damascus is Rezin; and within sixty-five years Ephraim
shall be broken in pieces, so that it shall not be a people; and the head of Ephraim is
Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah’s son. If you will not
believe, surely you shall not be established.’”
Yahweh spoke again to
Ahaz, saying, “Ask a
sign of Yahweh your God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height
But Ahaz said, “I
will not ask, neither will I tempt Yahweh.”
He said, “Listen
now, house of David. Is it not enough for you to try the patience of men,
that you will try the patience of my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will
give you a sign. Behold, the virgin will conceive, and bear a son, and
shall call his name Immanuel. He shall eat butter and honey
when he knows to refuse the evil, and choose the good. For before the child knows to
refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land whose two kings you abhor
shall be forsaken. Yahweh
will bring on you, on your people, and on your father’s house, days that
have not come, from the day that Ephraim departed from Judah; even the
king of Assyria. It will
happen in that day that Yahweh will whistle for the fly that is in the
uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land
of Assyria. They shall
come, and shall all rest in the desolate valleys, in the clefts of the
rocks, on all thorn hedges, and on all pastures. In that day the Lord will shave
with a razor that is hired in the parts beyond the River, even with the
king of Assyria, the head and the hair of the feet; and it shall also
consume the beard. It
shall happen in that day that a man shall keep alive a young cow, and two
sheep; and it shall
happen, that because of the abundance of milk which they shall give he
shall eat butter: for everyone will eat butter and honey that is left in
the midst of the land. It
will happen in that day that every place where there were a thousand vines
at a thousand silver shekels, shall be for briers and thorns. People will go there with arrows
and with bow, because all the land will be briers and thorns. All the hills that were
cultivated with the hoe, you shall not come there for fear of briers and
thorns; but it shall be for the sending forth of oxen, and for the
treading of sheep.”
Yahweh said to me,
“Take a large tablet, and write on it with a man’s pen, ‘For Maher Shalal Hash Baz;’ and I will take for myself
faithful witnesses to testify: Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of
I went to the
prophetess, and she conceived, and bore a son. Then Yahweh said to me,
“Call his name ‘Maher Shalal Hash Baz.’ For before the child knows how to
say, ‘My father,’ and, ‘My mother,’ the riches of Damascus and the
spoil of Samaria will be carried away by the king of Assyria.”
Yahweh spoke to me yet
again, saying, “Because
this people have refused the waters of Shiloah that go softly, and rejoice
in Rezin and Remaliah’s son; now therefore, behold, the Lord
brings upon them the mighty flood waters of the River: the king of Assyria
and all his glory. It will come up over all its channels, and go over all
its banks. It will sweep
onward into Judah. It will overflow and pass through; it will reach even
to the neck; and the stretching out of its wings will fill the breadth of
your land, Immanuel. Make
an uproar, you peoples, and be broken in pieces! Listen, all you from far
countries: dress for battle, and be shattered! Dress for battle, and be
shattered! Take counsel
together, and it will be brought to nothing; speak the word, and it will
not stand: for God is with us.” For Yahweh spoke thus to me with
a strong hand, and instructed me not to walk in the way of this people,
saying, “Don’t say,
‘A conspiracy!’ concerning all about which this people say, ‘A
conspiracy!’ neither fear their threats, nor be terrorized. Yahweh of Armies is who you must
respect as holy. He is the one you must fear. He is the one you must
dread. He will be a
sanctuary, but for both houses of Israel, he will be a trap and a snare
for the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Many will stumble over it, fall,
be broken, be snared, and be captured.” Wrap up the testimony. Seal the
law among my disciples. I
will wait for Yahweh, who hides his face from the house of Jacob, and I
will look for him. Behold, I and the children whom
Yahweh has given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from Yahweh of
Armies, who dwells in Mount Zion.
When they tell you,
“Consult with those who have familiar spirits and with the wizards, who
chirp and who mutter:” shouldn’t a people consult with their God?
Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living? Turn to the law and to the
testimony! If they don’t speak according to this word, surely there is
no morning for them. They
will pass through it, very distressed and hungry; and it will happen that
when they are hungry, they will worry, and curse by their king and by
their God. They will turn their faces upward, and look to the earth, and see
distress, darkness, and the gloom of anguish. They will be driven into
But there shall be no
more gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time, he brought into
contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali; but in the latter
time he has made it glorious, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the nations.
The people who walked
in darkness have seen a great light.
- Those who lived in the land of the shadow of death, on them the light
- You have multiplied
- You have increased their joy.
They rejoice before you according to the joy in harvest, as men rejoice
when they divide the spoil. For the yoke of his burden, and
the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as in
the day of Midian. For all
the armor of the armed man in the noisy battle, and the garments rolled in
blood, will be for burning, fuel for the fire. For to us a child is born. To us a
son is given; and the government will be on his shoulders. His name will
be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of
Peace. Of the increase of
his government and of peace there shall be no end, on the throne of David,
and on his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and
with righteousness from that time on, even forever. The zeal of Yahweh of
Armies will perform this.
The Lord sent a word
- and it falls on Israel.
- All the people will
- including Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria, who say in pride and
in arrogance of heart,
- “The bricks have
- but we will build with cut stone.
- The sycamore fig trees have been cut down,
- but we will put cedars in their place.”
- Therefore Yahweh will
set up on high against him the adversaries of Rezin,
- and will stir up his enemies,
- The Syrians in front,
- and the Philistines behind;
- and they will devour Israel with open mouth.
- For all this, his anger is not turned away,
- but his hand is stretched out still.
- Yet the people have
not turned to him who struck them,
- neither have they sought Yahweh of Armies.
- Therefore Yahweh will
cut off from Israel head and tail,
- palm branch and reed, in one day.
- The elder and the
honorable man is the head,
- and the prophet who teaches lies is the tail.
- For those who lead
this people lead them astray;
- and those who are led by them are destroyed.
- Therefore the Lord
will not rejoice over their young men,
- neither will he have compassion on their fatherless and widows;
- for everyone is profane and an evildoer,
- and every mouth speaks folly.
- For all this his anger is not turned away,
- but his hand is stretched out still.
- For wickedness burns
like a fire.
- It devours the briers and thorns;
- yes, it kindles in the thickets of the forest,
- and they roll upward in a column of smoke.
- Through the wrath of
Yahweh of Armies, the land is burnt up;
- and the people are the fuel for the fire.
- No one spares his brother.
- One will devour on
the right hand, and be hungry;
- and he will eat on the left hand, and they will not be satisfied.
- Everyone will eat the flesh of his own arm:
- Manasseh, Ephraim;
and Ephraim, Manasseh; and they together shall be against Judah.
- For all this his anger is not turned away,
- but his hand is stretched out still.
Woe to those who
decree unrighteous decrees, and to the writers who write oppressive
decrees; to deprive the
needy from justice, and to rob the poor among my people of their rights,
that widows may be their spoil, and that they may make the fatherless
their prey! What will you
do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation which will come from
afar? To whom will you flee for help? Where will you leave your wealth?
They will only bow
down under the prisoners,
- and will fall under the slain.
- For all this his anger is not turned away,
- but his hand is stretched out still.
Alas Assyrian, the rod
of my anger, the staff in whose hand is my indignation! I will send him against a profane
nation, and against the people who anger me will I give him a command to
take the spoil and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire
of the streets. However
he doesn’t mean so, neither does his heart think so; but it is in his
heart to destroy, and to cut off not a few nations. For he says, “Aren’t all of
my princes kings? Isn’t
Calno like Carchemish? Isn’t Hamath like Arpad? Isn’t Samaria like
Damascus?” As my hand
has found the kingdoms of the idols, whose engraved images exceeded those
of Jerusalem and of Samaria; shall I not, as I have done to
Samaria and her idols, so do to Jerusalem and her idols? Therefore it will happen that,
when the Lord has performed his whole work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem,
I will punish the fruit of the willful proud heart of the king of Assyria,
and the insolence of his haughty looks. For he has said, “By the
strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom; for I have
understanding: and I have removed the boundaries of the peoples, and have
robbed their treasures. Like a valiant man I have brought down their
rulers. My hand has
found the riches of the peoples like a nest, and like one gathers eggs
that are abandoned, have I gathered all the earth. There was no one who
moved their wing, or that opened their mouth, or chirped.”
Should an axe brag
against him who chops with it? Should a saw exalt itself above him who
saws with it? As if a rod should lift those who lift it up, or as if a
staff should lift up someone who is not wood. Therefore the Lord, Yahweh of
Armies, will send among his fat ones leanness; and under his glory a
burning will be kindled like the burning of fire. The light of Israel will be for
a fire, and his Holy One for a flame; and it will burn and devour his
thorns and his briers in one day. He will consume the glory of his
forest, and of his fruitful field, both soul and body. It will be as when
a standard bearer faints. The remnant of the trees of his
forest shall be few, so that a child could write their number.
It will come to pass
in that day that the remnant of Israel, and those who have escaped from
the house of Jacob will no more again lean on him who struck them, but
shall lean on Yahweh, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. A remnant will return, even the
remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God. For though your people, Israel,
are like the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will return. A
destruction is determined, overflowing with righteousness. For the Lord, Yahweh of Armies,
will make a full end, and that determined, in the midst of all the earth.
Therefore the Lord,
Yahweh of Armies, says “My people who dwell in Zion, don’t be afraid
of the Assyrian, though he strike you with the rod, and lift up his staff
against you, as Egypt did. For yet a very little while, and
the indignation against you will be accomplished, and my anger will be
directed to his destruction.” Yahweh of Armies will stir up a
scourge against him, as in the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb.
His rod will be over the sea, and he will lift it up like he did against
Egypt. It will happen in
that day, that his burden will depart from off your shoulder, and his yoke
from off your neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the
He has come to Aiath.
He has passed through Migron. At Michmash he stores his baggage. They have gone over the pass.
They have taken up their lodging at Geba. Ramah trembles. Gibeah of Saul
has fled. Cry aloud with
your voice, daughter of Gallim! Listen, Laishah! You poor Anathoth!
Madmenah is a fugitive.
The inhabitants of Gebim flee for safety. This very day he will halt at
Nob. He shakes his hand at the mountain of the daughter of Zion, the hill
of Jerusalem. Behold,
the Lord, Yahweh of Armies, will lop the boughs with terror. The tall will
be cut down, and the lofty will be brought low. He will cut down the thickets of
the forest with iron, and Lebanon will fall by the Mighty One.
A shoot will come out of the stock of Jesse,
- and a branch out of his roots will bear fruit.
- The Spirit of Yahweh
will rest on him:
- the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
- the spirit of counsel and might,
- the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of Yahweh.
- His delight will be
in the fear of Yahweh.
- He will not judge by the sight of his eyes,
- neither decide by the hearing of his ears;
- but with
righteousness he will judge the poor,
- and decide with equity for the humble of the earth.
- He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;
- and with the breath of his lips he will kill the wicked.
- Righteousness will be
the belt of his waist,
- and faithfulness the belt of his waist.
- The wolf will live
with the lamb,
- and the leopard will lie down with the young goat;
- The calf, the young lion, and the fattened calf together;
- and a little child will lead them.
- The cow and the bear
- Their young ones will lie down together.
- The lion will eat straw like the ox.
- The nursing child
will play near a cobra’s hole,
- and the weaned child will put his hand on the viper’s den.
- They will not hurt
nor destroy in all my holy mountain;
- for the earth will be full of the knowledge of Yahweh,
- as the waters cover the sea.
It will happen in
that day that the nations will seek the root of Jesse, who stands as a
banner of the peoples; and his resting place will be glorious. It will happen in that day that
the Lord will set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant
that is left of his people from Assyria, from Egypt, from Pathros, from
Cush, from Elam, from Shinar, from Hamath, and from the islands of the
sea. He will set up a
banner for the nations, and will assemble the outcasts of Israel, and
gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
The envy also of Ephraim
will depart, and those who persecute Judah will be cut off. Ephraim
won’t envy Judah, and Judah won’t persecute Ephraim. They will fly down on the
shoulders of the Philistines on the west. Together they will plunder the
children of the east. They will extend their power over Edom and Moab, and
the children of Ammon will obey them. Yahweh will utterly destroy the
tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his scorching wind he will wave his
hand over the River, and will split it into seven streams, and cause men
to march over in sandals. There will be a highway for the
remnant that is left of his people from Assyria, like there was for Israel
in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.
In that day you will
say, “I will give thanks to you, Yahweh; for though you were angry with
me, your anger has turned away and you comfort me. Behold, God is my salvation. I
will trust, and will not be afraid; for Yah, Yahweh, is my strength and
song; and he has become my salvation.” Therefore with joy you will draw
water out of the wells of salvation. In that day you will say, “Give
thanks to Yahweh! Call on his name. Declare his doings among the peoples.
Proclaim that his name is exalted! Sing to Yahweh, for he has done
excellent things! Let this be known in all the earth! Cry aloud and shout, you
inhabitant of Zion; for the Holy One of Israel is great in the midst of
The burden of Babylon,
which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw: Set up a banner on the bare
mountain! Lift up your voice to them! Wave your hand, that they may go
into the gates of the nobles. I have commanded my consecrated
ones; yes, I have called my mighty men for my anger, even my proudly
exulting ones. The noise
of a multitude is in the mountains, as of a great people; the noise of an
uproar of the kingdoms of the nations gathered together! Yahweh of Armies
is mustering the army for the battle. They come from a far country,
from the uttermost part of heaven, even Yahweh, and the weapons of his
indignation, to destroy the whole land. Wail; for the day of Yahweh is at
hand! It will come as destruction from the Almighty. Therefore all hands will be
feeble, and everyone’s heart will melt. They will be dismayed. Pangs and
sorrows will seize them. They will be in pain like a woman in labor. They
will look in amazement one at another. Their faces will be faces of flame.
Behold, the day of Yahweh
comes, cruel, with wrath and fierce anger; to make the land a desolation,
and to destroy its sinners out of it. For the stars of the sky and its
constellations will not give their light. The sun will be darkened in its
going forth, and the moon will not cause its light to shine. I will punish the world for
their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity. I will cause the arrogance
of the proud to cease, and will humble the haughtiness of the terrible.
I will make people more
rare than fine gold, even a person than the pure gold of Ophir. Therefore I will make the
heavens tremble, and the earth will be shaken out of its place in the
wrath of Yahweh of Armies, and in the day of his fierce anger. It will happen that like a
hunted gazelle, and like sheep that no one gathers, they will each turn to
their own people, and will each flee to their own land. Everyone who is found will be
thrust through. Everyone who is captured will fall by the sword. Their infants also will be
dashed in pieces before their eyes. Their houses will be ransacked, and
their wives raped. Behold, I will stir up the Medes
against them, who will not value silver, and as for gold, they will not
delight in it. Their
bows will dash the young men in pieces; and they shall have no pity on the
fruit of the womb. Their eyes will not spare children. Babylon, the glory of kingdoms,
the beauty of the Chaldeans’ pride, will be like when God overthrew
Sodom and Gomorrah. It
will never be inhabited, neither will it be lived in from generation to
generation. The Arabian will not pitch a tent there, neither will
shepherds make their flocks lie down there. But wild animals of the desert
will lie there, and their houses will be full of jackals. Ostriches will
dwell there, and wild goats will frolic there. Wolves will cry in their
castles, and jackals in the pleasant palaces. Her time is near to come,
and her days will not be prolonged.
For Yahweh will have
compassion on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own
land. The foreigner will join himself with them, and they will unite with
the house of Jacob. The
peoples will take them, and bring them to their place. The house of Israel
will possess them in Yahweh’s land for servants and for handmaids. They
will take as captives those whose captives they were; and they shall rule
over their oppressors. It
will happen in the day that Yahweh will give you rest from your sorrow,
from your trouble, and from the hard service in which you were made to
serve, that you will take
up this parable against the king of Babylon, and say, “How the oppressor
has ceased! The golden city has ceased!” Yahweh has broken the staff of
the wicked, the scepter of the rulers, who struck the peoples in wrath
with a continual stroke, who ruled the nations in anger, with a
persecution that none restrained. The whole earth is at rest, and
is quiet. They break out song. Yes, the fir trees rejoice with
you, with the cedars of Lebanon, saying, “Since you are humbled, no
lumberjack has come up against us.” Sheol from
beneath has moved for you to meet you at your coming. It stirs up the dead
for you, even all the rulers of the earth. It has raised up from their
thrones all the kings of the nations. They all will answer and ask
you, “Have you also become as weak as we are? Have you become like
us?” Your pomp is
brought down to Sheol, with the sound of your stringed
instruments. Maggots are spread out under you, and worms cover you.
How you have fallen
from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! How you are cut down to the
ground, who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, “I
will ascend into heaven! I will exalt my throne above the stars of God! I
will sit on the mountain of assembly, in the far north! I will ascend above the heights
of the clouds! I will make myself like the Most High!” Yet you shall be brought down to
Sheol, to the depths of the pit. Those who see you will stare at
you. They will ponder you, saying, “Is this the man who made the earth
to tremble, who shook kingdoms; who made the world like a
wilderness, and overthrew its cities; who didn’t release his prisoners
to their home?”
All the kings of the
nations, sleep in glory, everyone in his own house. But you are cast away from your
tomb like an abominable branch, clothed with the slain, who are thrust
through with the sword, who go down to the stones of the pit; like a dead
body trodden under foot. You will not join them in
burial, because you have destroyed your land. You have killed your people.
The seed of evildoers will not be named forever. Prepare for slaughter of his
children because of the iniquity of their fathers, that they not rise up
and possess the earth, and fill the surface of the world with cities.
“I will rise up
against them,” says Yahweh of Armies, “and cut off from Babylon name
and remnant, and son and son’s son,” says Yahweh. “I will also make it a
possession for the porcupine, and pools of water. I will sweep it with the
broom of destruction,” says Yahweh of Armies. Yahweh of Armies has sworn,
saying, “Surely, as I have thought, so shall it happen; and as I have
purposed, so shall it stand: that I will break the Assyrian
in my land, and tread him under foot on my mountains. Then his yoke will
leave them, and his burden leave their shoulders. This is the plan that is
determined for the whole earth. This is the hand that is stretched out
over all the nations. For Yahweh of Armies has
planned, and who can stop it? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn
This burden was in
the year that king Ahaz died. Don’t rejoice, O Philistia,
all of you, because the rod that struck you is broken; for out of the
serpent’s root an adder will emerge, and his fruit will be a fiery
flying serpent. The
firstborn of the poor will eat, and the needy will lie down in safety; and
I will kill your root with famine, and your remnant will be killed.
Howl, gate! Cry,
city! You are melted away, Philistia, all of you; for smoke comes out of
the north, and there is no straggler in his ranks. What will they answer the
messengers of the nation? That Yahweh has founded Zion, and in her the
afflicted of his people will take refuge.
The burden of Moab:
for in a night, Ar of Moab is laid waste, and brought to nothing; for in a
night Kir of Moab is laid waste, and brought to nothing. They have gone up to Bayith, and
to Dibon, to the high places, to weep. Moab wails over Nebo and over
Medeba. Baldness is on all of their heads. Every beard is cut off. In their streets, they clothe
themselves in sackcloth. In their streets and on their housetops, everyone
wails, weeping abundantly. Heshbon cries out with Elealeh.
Their voice is heard even to Jahaz. Therefore the armed men of Moab cry
aloud. Their souls tremble within them. My heart cries out for Moab! Her
nobles flee to Zoar, to Eglath Shelishiyah; for they go up by the ascent
of Luhith with weeping; for in the way of Horonaim, they raise up a cry of
destruction. For the
waters of Nimrim will be desolate; for the grass has withered away, the
tender grass fails, there is no green thing. Therefore they will carry away
the abundance they have gotten, and that which they have stored up, over
the brook of the willows. For the cry has gone around the
borders of Moab; its wailing to Eglaim, and its wailing to Beer Elim.
For the waters of Dimon
are full of blood; for I will bring yet more on Dimon, a lion on those of
Moab who escape, and on the remnant of the land.
Send the lambs for the
ruler of the land from Selah to the wilderness, to the mountain of the
daughter of Zion. For it
will be that as wandering birds, as a scattered nest, so will the
daughters of Moab be at the fords of the Arnon. Give counsel! Execute justice!
Make your shade like the night in the midst of the noonday! Hide the
outcasts! Don’t betray the fugitive! Let my outcasts dwell with you!
As for Moab, be a hiding place for him from the face of the destroyer. For
the extortioner is brought to nothing. Destruction ceases. The oppressors
are consumed out of the land. A throne will be established in
loving kindness. One will sit on it in truth, in the tent of David,
judging, seeking justice, and swift to do righteousness.
We have heard of the
pride of Moab, that he is very proud; even of his arrogance, his pride,
and his wrath. His boastings are nothing. Therefore Moab will wail for
Moab. Everyone will wail. You will mourn for the raisin cakes of Kir
Hareseth, utterly stricken. For the fields of Heshbon
languish with the vine of Sibmah. The lords of the nations have broken
down its choice branches, which reached even to Jazer, which wandered into
the wilderness. Its shoots were spread abroad. They passed over the sea.
Therefore I will weep
with the weeping of Jazer for the vine of Sibmah. I will water you with my
tears, Heshbon, and Elealeh: for on your summer fruits and on your harvest
the battle shout has fallen. Gladness is taken away, and joy
out of the fruitful field; and in the vineyards there will be no singing,
neither joyful noise. Nobody will tread out wine in the presses. I have
made the shouting stop. Therefore my heart sounds like a
harp for Moab, and my inward parts for Kir Heres. It will happen that when Moab
presents himself, when he wearies himself on the high place, and comes to
his sanctuary to pray, that he will not prevail. This is the word that Yahweh
spoke concerning Moab in time past. But now Yahweh has spoken,
saying, “Within three years, as a worker bound by contract would count
them, the glory of Moab shall be brought into contempt, with all his great
multitude; and the remnant will be very small and feeble.”
The burden of
Damascus: “Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it will
be a ruinous heap. The
cities of Aroer are forsaken. They will be for flocks, which shall lie
down, and none shall make them afraid. The fortress shall cease from
Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria. They
will be as the glory of the children of Israel,” says Yahweh of Armies.
“It will happen in that
day that the glory of Jacob will be made thin, and the fatness of his
flesh will become lean. It will be like when the
harvester gathers the wheat, and his arm reaps the grain. Yes, it will be
like when one gleans grain in the valley of Rephaim. Yet gleanings will be left there,
like the shaking of an olive tree, two or three olives in the top of the
uppermost bough, four or five in the outermost branches of a fruitful
tree,” says Yahweh, the God of Israel. In that day, people will look to
their Maker, and their eyes will have respect for the Holy One of Israel.
They will not look to the
altars, the work of their hands; neither shall they respect that which
their fingers have made, either the Asherim, or the incense altars.
In that day, their strong
cities will be like the forsaken places in the woods and on the mountain
top, which were forsaken from before the children of Israel; and it will
be a desolation. For you
have forgotten the God of your salvation, and have not remembered the rock
of your strength. Therefore you plant pleasant plants, and set out foreign
seedlings. In the day of
your planting, you hedge it in. In the morning, you make your seed
blossom, but the harvest flees away in the day of grief and of desperate
sorrow. Ah, the uproar
of many peoples, who roar like the roaring of the seas; and the rushing of
nations, that rush like the rushing of mighty waters! The nations will rush like the
rushing of many waters: but he will rebuke them, and they will flee far
off, and will be chased like the chaff of the mountains before the wind,
and like the whirling dust before the storm. At evening, behold, terror!
Before the morning, they are no more. This is the portion of those who
plunder us, and the lot of those who rob us.
Ah, the land of the
rustling of wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia; that sends ambassadors by the
sea, even in vessels of papyrus on the waters, saying, “Go, you swift
messengers, to a nation tall and smooth, to a people awesome from their
beginning onward, a nation that measures out and treads down, whose land
the rivers divide!” All
you inhabitants of the world, and you dwellers on the earth, when a banner
is lifted up on the mountains, look! When the trumpet is blown, listen!
For Yahweh said to me,
“I will be still, and I will see in my dwelling place, like clear heat
in sunshine, like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.” For before the harvest, when the
blossom is over, and the flower becomes a ripening grape, he will cut off
the sprigs with pruning hooks, and he will cut down and take away the
spreading branches. They
will be left together for the ravenous birds of the mountains, and for the
animals of the earth. The ravenous birds will summer on them, and all the
animals of the earth will winter on them. In that time, a present will be
brought to Yahweh of Armies from a people tall and smooth, even from a
people awesome from their beginning onward, a nation that measures out and
treads down, whose land the rivers divide, to the place of the name of
Yahweh of Armies, Mount Zion.
The burden of Egypt:
“Behold, Yahweh rides on a swift cloud, and comes to Egypt. The idols of
Egypt will tremble at his presence; and the heart of Egypt will melt in
its midst. I will stir up
the Egyptians against the Egyptians, and they will fight everyone against
his brother, and everyone against his neighbor; city against city, and
kingdom against kingdom. The spirit of Egypt will fail in
its midst. I will destroy its counsel. They will seek the idols, the
charmers, those who have familiar spirits, and the wizards. I will give over the Egyptians
into the hand of a cruel lord. A fierce king will rule over them,” says
the Lord, Yahweh of Armies. The waters will fail from the
sea, and the river will be wasted and become dry. The rivers will become foul. The
streams of Egypt will be diminished and dried up. The reeds and flags will
wither away. The meadows
by the Nile, by the brink of the Nile, and all the sown fields of the
Nile, will become dry, be driven away, and be no more. The fishermen will lament, and
all those who fish in the Nile will mourn, and those who spread nets on
the waters will languish. Moreover those who work in combed
flax, and those who weave white cloth, will be confounded. The pillars will be broken in
pieces. All those who work for hire will be grieved in soul. The princes of Zoan are utterly
foolish. The counsel of the wisest counselors of Pharaoh has become
stupid. How do you say to Pharaoh, “I am the son of the wise, the son of
ancient kings?” Where
then are your wise men? Let them tell you now; and let them know what
Yahweh of Armies has purposed concerning Egypt. The princes of Zoan have become
fools. The princes of Memphis are deceived. They have caused Egypt to go
astray, who are the cornerstone of her tribes. Yahweh has mixed a spirit of
perverseness in the midst of her; and they have caused Egypt to go astray
in all of its works, like a drunken man staggers in his vomit. Neither shall there be any work
for Egypt, which head or tail, palm branch or rush, may do. In that day the Egyptians will
be like women. They will tremble and fear because of the shaking of the
hand of Yahweh of Armies, which he shakes over them. The land of Judah will become a
terror to Egypt. Everyone to whom mention is made of it will be afraid,
because of the plans of Yahweh of Armies, which he determines against it.
In that day, there will
be five cities in the land of Egypt that speak the language of Canaan, and
swear to Yahweh of Armies. One will be called “The city of
destruction.” In that
day, there will be an altar to Yahweh in the midst of the land of Egypt,
and a pillar to Yahweh at its border. It will be for a sign and for a
witness to Yahweh of Armies in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to
Yahweh because of oppressors, and he will send them a savior and a
defender, and he will deliver them. Yahweh will be known to Egypt,
and the Egyptians will know Yahweh in that day. Yes, they will worship
with sacrifice and offering, and will vow a vow to Yahweh, and will
perform it. Yahweh will
strike Egypt, striking and healing. They will return to Yahweh, and he
will be entreated by them, and will heal them. In that day there will be a
highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt,
and the Egyptian into Assyria; and the Egyptians will worship with the
Assyrians. In that day,
Israel will be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, a blessing in the
midst of the earth; because Yahweh of Armies has
blessed them, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria the work of
my hands, and Israel my inheritance.”
In the year that
Tartan came to Ashdod, when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him, and he
fought against Ashdod and took it; at that time Yahweh spoke by
Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, “Go, and loosen the sackcloth from off
your waist, and take your shoes from off your feet.” He did so, walking
naked and barefoot. Yahweh said, “As my servant
Isaiah has walked naked and barefoot three years for a sign and a wonder
concerning Egypt and concerning Ethiopia, so the king of Assyria will lead
away the captives of Egypt and the exiles of Ethiopia, young and old,
naked and barefoot, and with buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.
They will be dismayed and
confounded, because of Ethiopia their expectation, and of Egypt their
glory. The inhabitants of
this coast land will say in that day, ‘Behold, this is our expectation,
where we fled for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria. And we,
how will we escape?’”
The burden of the
wilderness of the sea. As whirlwinds in the South sweep through, it comes
from the wilderness, from an awesome land. A grievous vision is declared to
me. The treacherous man deals treacherously, and the destroyer destroys.
Go up, Elam; attack! I have stopped all of Media’s sighing. Therefore my thighs are filled
with anguish. Pains have taken hold on me, like the pains of a woman in
labor. I am in so much pain that I can’t hear. I so am dismayed that I
can’t see. My heart
flutters. Horror has frightened me. The twilight that I desired has been
turned into trembling for me. They prepare the table. They set
the watch. They eat. They drink. Rise up, you princes, oil the shield!
For the Lord said to me,
“Go, set a watchman. Let him declare what he sees. When he sees a troop, horsemen in
pairs, a troop of donkeys, a troop of camels, he shall listen diligently
with great attentiveness.” He cried like a lion: “Lord, I
stand continually on the watchtower in the daytime, and every night I stay
at my post. Behold, here
comes a troop of men, horsemen in pairs.” He answered, “Fallen, fallen
is Babylon; and all the engraved images of her gods are broken to the
ground. You are my
threshing, and the grain of my floor!” That which I have heard from
Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel, I have declared to you.
The burden of Dumah.
One calls to me out of Seir, “Watchman, what of the night? Watchman,
what of the night?” The watchman said, “The
morning comes, and also the night. If you will inquire, inquire. Come back
The burden on Arabia.
In the forest in Arabia you will lodge, you caravans of Dedanites. They brought water to him who
was thirsty. The inhabitants of the land of Tema met the fugitives with
their bread. For they
fled away from the swords, from the drawn sword, from the bent bow, and
from the heat of battle. For the Lord said to me,
“Within a year, as a worker bound by contract would count it, all the
glory of Kedar will fail, and the residue of the number of
the archers, the mighty men of the children of Kedar, will be few; for
Yahweh, the God of Israel, has spoken it.”
The burden of the
valley of vision. What ails you now, that you have all gone up to the
housetops? You that are
full of shouting, a tumultuous city, a joyous town; your slain are not
slain with the sword, neither are they dead in battle. All your rulers fled away
together. They were bound by the archers. All who were found by you were
bound together. They fled far away. Therefore I said, “Look away
from me. I will weep bitterly. Don’t labor to comfort me for the
destruction of the daughter of my people. For it is a day of confusion, and
of treading down, and of perplexity, from the Lord, Yahweh of Armies, in
the valley of vision; a breaking down of the walls, and a crying to the
carried his quiver, with chariots of men and horsemen; and Kir uncovered
the shield. It happened
that your choicest valleys were full of chariots, and the horsemen set
themselves in array at the gate. He took away the covering of
Judah; and you looked in that day to the armor in the house of the forest.
You saw the breaches of
the city of David, that they were many; and you gathered together the
waters of the lower pool. You numbered the houses of
Jerusalem, and you broke down the houses to fortify the wall. You also made a reservoir
between the two walls for the water of the old pool. But you didn’t look
to him who had done this, neither did you have respect for him who
purposed it long ago. In
that day, the Lord, Yahweh of Armies, called to weeping, and to mourning,
and to baldness, and to dressing in sackcloth: and behold, joy and gladness,
killing cattle and killing sheep, eating flesh and drinking wine: “Let
us eat and drink, for tomorrow we will die.” Yahweh of Armies revealed
himself in my ears, “Surely this iniquity will not be forgiven you until
you die,” says the Lord, Yahweh of Armies.
Thus says the Lord,
Yahweh of Armies, “Go, get yourself to this treasurer, even to Shebna,
who is over the house, and say, ‘What are you doing here? Who
has you here, that you have dug out a tomb here?’ Cutting himself out a
tomb on high, chiseling a habitation for himself in the rock!” Behold, Yahweh will overcome you
and hurl you away violently. Yes, he will grasp you firmly. He will surely wind you around
and around, and throw you like a ball into a large country. There you will
die, and there the chariots of your glory will be, you shame of your
lord’s house. I will
thrust you from your office. You will be pulled down from your station.
It will happen in
that day that I will call my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, and I will clothe him with your
robe, and strengthen him with your belt. I will commit your government
into his hand; and he will be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
and to the house of Judah. I will lay the key of the house
of David on his shoulder. He will open, and no one will shut. He will
shut, and no one will open. I will fasten him like a nail in
a sure place. He will be for a throne of glory to his father’s house.
They will hang on him
all the glory of his father’s house, the offspring and the issue, every
small vessel, from the cups even to all the pitchers. “In that day,” says Yahweh
of Armies, “the nail that was fastened in a sure place will give way. It
will be cut down, and fall. The burden that was on it will be cut off, for
Yahweh has spoken it.”
The burden of Tyre.
Howl, you ships of Tarshish! For it is laid waste, so that there is no
house, no entering in. From the land of Kittim it is revealed to them.
Be still, you inhabitants
of the coast, you whom the merchants of Sidon, that pass over the sea,
have replenished. On
great waters, the seed of the Shihor, the harvest of the Nile, was her
revenue. She was the market of nations. Be ashamed, Sidon; for the sea
has spoken, the stronghold of the sea, saying, “I have not travailed,
nor brought forth, neither have I nourished young men, nor brought up
virgins.” When the
report comes to Egypt, they will be in anguish at the report of Tyre.
Pass over to Tarshish!
Wail, you inhabitants of the coast! Is this your joyous city, whose
antiquity is of ancient days, whose feet carried her far away to travel?
Who has planned this
against Tyre, the giver of crowns, whose merchants are princes, whose
traffickers are the honorable of the earth? Yahweh of Armies has planned it,
to stain the pride of all glory, to bring into contempt all the honorable
of the earth. Pass
through your land like the Nile, daughter of Tarshish. There is no
restraint any more. He
has stretched out his hand over the sea. He has shaken the kingdoms.
Yahweh has ordered the destruction of Canaan’s strongholds. He said, “You shall rejoice no
more, you oppressed virgin daughter of Sidon. Arise, pass over to Kittim.
Even there you will have no rest.”
Behold, the land of
the Chaldeans. This people was not. The Assyrians founded it for those who
dwell in the wilderness. They set up their towers. They overthrew its
palaces. They made it a ruin. Howl, you ships of Tarshish, for
your stronghold is laid waste! It will come to pass in that day
that Tyre will be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one
king. After the end of seventy years it will be to Tyre like in the song
of the prostitute. Take
a harp; go about the city, you prostitute that has been forgotten. Make
sweet melody. Sing many songs, that you may be remembered. It will happen after the end of
seventy years that Yahweh will visit Tyre, and she shall return to her
wages, and will play the prostitute with all the kingdoms of the world on
the surface of the earth. Her merchandise and her wages
will be holiness to Yahweh. It will not be treasured nor laid up; for her
merchandise will be for those who dwell before Yahweh, to eat
sufficiently, and for durable clothing.
Behold, Yahweh makes
the earth empty, makes it waste, turns it upside down, and scatters its
inhabitants. It will be
as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his
master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with
the seller; as with the creditor, so with the debtor; as with the taker of
interest, so with the giver of interest. The earth will be utterly emptied
and utterly laid waste; for Yahweh has spoken this word. The earth mourns and fades away.
The world languishes and fades away. The lofty people of the earth
languish. The earth also
is polluted under its inhabitants, because they have transgressed the
laws, violated the statutes, and broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore the curse has devoured
the earth, and those who dwell therein are found guilty. Therefore the
inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left. The new wine mourns. The vine
languishes. All the merry-hearted sigh. The mirth of tambourines ceases.
The sound of those who rejoice ends. The joy of the harp ceases. They will not drink wine with a
song. Strong drink will be bitter to those who drink it. The confused city is broken
down. Every house is shut up, that no man may come in. There is a crying in the streets
because of the wine. All joy is darkened. The mirth of the land is gone.
The city is left in
desolation, and the gate is struck with destruction. For it will be so in the midst
of the earth among the peoples, as the shaking of an olive tree, as the
gleanings when the vintage is done. These shall lift up their voice.
They will shout for the majesty of Yahweh. They cry aloud from the sea.
Therefore glorify Yahweh
in the east, even the name of Yahweh, the God of Israel, in the islands of
the sea! From the
uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs. Glory to the righteous!
But I said, “I pine away! I pine away! woe is me!” The treacherous
have dealt treacherously. Yes, the treacherous have dealt very
treacherously. Fear, the
pit, and the snare, are on you who inhabitant the earth. It will happen that he who flees
from the noise of the fear will fall into the pit; and he who comes up out
of the midst of the pit will be taken in the snare; for the windows on
high are opened, and the foundations of the earth tremble. The earth is utterly broken. The
earth is torn apart. The earth is shaken violently. The earth will stagger like a
drunken man, and will sway back and forth like a hammock. Its disobedience
will be heavy on it, and it will fall and not rise again. It shall happen in that day that
Yahweh will punish the army of the high ones on high, and the kings of the
earth on the earth. They
shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and
shall be shut up in the prison; and after many days shall they be visited.
Then the moon shall be
confounded, and the sun ashamed; for Yahweh of Armies will reign on Mount
Zion, and in Jerusalem; and before his elders will be glory.
Yahweh, you are my
God. I will exalt you! I will praise your name, for you have done
wonderful things, things planned long ago, in complete faithfulness and
truth. For you have made
a city into a heap, a fortified city into a ruin, a palace of strangers to
be no city. It will never be built. Therefore a strong people will
glorify you. A city of awesome nations will fear you. For you have been a stronghold to
the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the
storm, a shade from the heat, when the blast of the dreaded ones is like a
storm against the wall. As the heat in a dry place will
you bring down the noise of strangers; as the heat by the shade of a
cloud, the song of the dreaded ones will be brought low. In this mountain, Yahweh of
Armies will make all peoples a feast of fat things, a feast of choice
wines, of fat things full of marrow, of well refined choice wines. He will destroy in this mountain
the surface of the covering that covers all peoples, and the veil that is
spread over all nations. He has swallowed up death
forever! The Lord Yahweh will wipe away tears from off all faces. He will
take the reproach of his people away from off all the earth, for Yahweh
has spoken it. It shall
be said in that day, “Behold, this is our God! We have waited for him,
and he will save us! This is Yahweh! We have waited for him. We will be
glad and rejoice in his salvation!” For in this mountain the hand of
Yahweh will rest.
Moab will be trodden down in his place, even like straw is trodden down
in the water of the dunghill. He will spread out his hands in
its midst, like one who swims spreads out hands to swim, but his pride
will be humbled together with the craft of his hands. He has brought the high fortress
of your walls down, laid low, and brought to the ground, even to the dust.
In that day, this song
will be sung in the land of Judah:
“We have a strong city.
Yes, in the way of your judgments, Yahweh, have we waited for you.
Your name and your renown are the desire of our soul. With my soul have I desired you
in the night. Yes, with my spirit within me will I seek you earnestly; for
when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn
righteousness. Let favor
be shown to the wicked, yet he will not learn righteousness. In the land
of uprightness he will deal wrongfully, and will not see Yahweh’s
majesty. Yahweh, your
hand is lifted up, yet they don’t see; but they will see your zeal for
the people, and be disappointed. Yes, fire will consume your adversaries.
Yahweh, you will ordain
peace for us, for you have also worked all our works for us. Yahweh our God, other lords
besides you have had dominion over us, but by you only will we make
mention of your name. The dead shall not live. The
deceased shall not rise. Therefore have you visited and destroyed them,
and caused all memory of them to perish. You have increased the nation, O
Yahweh. You have increased the nation! You are glorified! You have
enlarged all the borders of the land. Yahweh, in trouble they have
visited you. They poured out a prayer when your chastening was on them.
Like as a woman with
child, who draws near the time of her delivery, is in pain and cries out
in her pangs; so we have been before you, Yahweh. We have been with child. We have
been in pain. We gave birth, it seems, only to wind. We have not worked
any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world
fallen. Your dead shall
live. My dead bodies shall arise. Awake and sing, you who dwell in the
dust; for your dew is like the dew of herbs, and the earth will cast forth
- God appoints salvation for walls and bulwarks.
- Open the gates, that
the righteous nation may enter:
- the one which keeps faith.
- You will keep
whoever’s mind is steadfast in perfect peace,
- because he trusts in you.
- Trust in Yahweh
- for in Yah, Yahweh, is an everlasting Rock.
- For he has brought
down those who dwell on high, the lofty city.
- He lays it low.
- He lays it low even to the ground.
- He brings it even to the dust.
- The foot shall tread
- Even the feet of the poor,
- and the steps of the needy.”
- The way of the just
- You who are upright make the path of the righteous level.
Come, my people,
enter into your rooms, and shut your doors behind you. Hide yourself for a
little moment, until the indignation is past. For, behold, Yahweh comes forth
out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their
iniquity. The earth also will disclose her blood, and will no longer cover
In that day, Yahweh
with his hard and great and strong sword will punish leviathan, the
fleeing serpent, and leviathan the twisted serpent; and he will kill the
dragon that is in the sea. In that day, sing to her, “A
pleasant vineyard! I,
Yahweh, am its keeper. I will water it every moment. Lest anyone damage
it, I will keep it night and day. Wrath is not in me, but if I
should find briers and thorns, I would do battle! I would march on them
and I would burn them together. Or else let him take hold of my
strength, that he may make peace with me. Let him make peace with me.”
In days to come, Jacob
will take root. Israel will blossom and bud. They will fill the surface of
the world with fruit. Has
he struck them as he struck those who struck them? Or are they killed like
those who killed them were killed? In measure, when you send them
away, you contend with them. He has removed them with his rough blast in
the day of the east wind. Therefore by this the iniquity of
Jacob will be forgiven, and this is all the fruit of taking away his sin:
that he makes all the stones of the altar as chalk stones that are beaten
in pieces, so that the Asherim and the incense altars shall rise no more.
For the fortified city
is solitary, a habitation deserted and forsaken, like the wilderness. The
calf will feed there, and there he will lie down, and consume its
branches. When its
boughs are withered, they will be broken off. The women will come and set
them on fire, for they are a people of no understanding. Therefore he who
made them will not have compassion on them, and he who formed them will
show them no favor. It
will happen in that day, that Yahweh will thresh from the flowing stream
of the Euphrates to the brook of Egypt; and you will be gathered one by
one, children of Israel. It will happen in that day that
a great trumpet will be blown; and those who were ready to perish in the
land of Assyria, and those who were outcasts in the land of Egypt, shall
come; and they will worship Yahweh in the holy mountain at Jerusalem.
Woe to the crown of
pride of the drunkards of Ephraim, and to the fading flower of his
glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fertile valley of those who
are overcome with wine! Behold, the Lord has a mighty and
strong one. Like a storm of hail, a destroying storm, and like a storm of
mighty waters overflowing, he will cast them down to the earth with his
hand. The crown of pride
of the drunkards of Ephraim will be trodden under foot. The fading flower of his glorious
beauty, which is on the head of the fertile valley, shall be like the
first-ripe fig before the summer; which someone picks and eats as soon as
he sees it. In that day,
Yahweh of Armies will become a crown of glory, and a diadem of beauty, to
the residue of his people; and a spirit of justice to him
who sits in judgment, and strength to those who turn back the battle at
the gate. They also reel
with wine, and stagger with strong drink. The priest and the prophet reel
with strong drink. They are swallowed up by wine. They stagger with strong
drink. They err in vision. They stumble in judgment. For all tables are completely
full of filthy vomit and filthiness. Whom will he teach knowledge? To
whom will he explain the message? Those who are weaned from the milk, and
drawn from the breasts? For it is precept on precept,
precept on precept; line on line, line on line; here a little, there a
little. But he will
speak to this nation with stammering lips and in another language; to whom he said, “This is the
resting place. Give rest to weary”; and “This is the refreshing”;
yet they would not hear. Therefore the word of Yahweh
will be to them precept on precept, precept on precept; line on line, line
on line; here a little, there a little; that they may go, fall backward,
be broken, be snared, and be taken. Therefore hear the word of
Yahweh, you scoffers, that rule this people in Jerusalem: “Because you have said, ‘We
have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol are we
in agreement. When the overflowing scourge passes through, it won’t come
to us; for we have made lies our refuge, and we have hidden ourselves
under falsehood.’” Therefore thus says the Lord
Yahweh, “Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone,
a precious cornerstone of a sure foundation. He who believes shall not act
hastily. I will make
justice the measuring line, and righteousness the plumb line. The hail
will sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters will overflow the
hiding place. Your
covenant with death shall be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol shall not stand. When the overflowing scourge passes
through, then you will be trampled down by it. As often as it passes through,
it will seize you; for morning by morning it will pass through, by day and
by night; and it will be nothing but terror to understand the message.”
For the bed is too short
to stretch out on, and the blanket is too narrow to wrap oneself in.
For Yahweh will rise up
as on Mount Perazim. He will be angry as in the valley of Gibeon; that he
may do his work, his unusual work, and bring to pass his act, his
extraordinary act. Now
therefore don’t be scoffers, lest your bonds be made strong; for I have
heard a decree of destruction from the Lord, Yahweh of Armies, on the
Give ear, and hear my
voice! Listen, and hear my speech! Does he who plows to sow plow
continually? Does he keep turning the soil and breaking the clods? When he has leveled its surface,
doesn’t he plant the dill, and scatter the cumin seed, and put in the
wheat in rows, the barley in the appointed place, and the spelt in its
place? For his God
instructs him in right judgment, and teaches him. For the dill are not threshed
with a sharp instrument, neither is a cart wheel turned over the cumin;
but the dill is beaten out with a stick, and the cumin with a rod. Bread flour must be ground; so
he will not always be threshing it. Although he drives the wheel of his
threshing cart over it, his horses don’t grind it. This also comes forth from
Yahweh of Armies, who is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in wisdom.
Woe to Ariel! Ariel,
the city where David encamped! Add year to year; let the feasts come
around; then I will
distress Ariel, and there will be mourning and lamentation. She shall be
to me as an altar hearth. I will encamp against you all
around you, and will lay siege against you with posted troops. I will
raise siege works against you. You will be brought down, and
will speak out of the ground. Your speech will mumble out of the dust.
Your voice will be as of one who has a familiar spirit, out of the ground,
and your speech will whisper out of the dust. But the multitude of your foes
will be like fine dust, and the multitude of the ruthless ones like chaff
that blows away. Yes, it will be in an instant, suddenly. She will be visited by Yahweh of
Armies with thunder, with earthquake, with great noise, with whirlwind and
storm, and with the flame of a devouring fire. The multitude of all the nations
that fight against Ariel, even all who fight against her and her
stronghold, and who distress her, will be like a dream, a vision of the
night. It will be like
when a hungry man dreams, and behold, he eats; but he awakes, and his
hunger isn’t satisfied; or like when a thirsty man dreams, and behold,
he drinks; but he awakes, and behold, he is faint, and he is still
thirsty. The multitude of all the nations that fight against Mount Zion
will be like that. Pause
and wonder! Blind yourselves and be blind! They are drunken, but not with
wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink. For Yahweh has poured out on you
a spirit of deep sleep, and has closed your eyes, the prophets; and he has
covered your heads, the seers. All vision has become to you
like the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one who is
educated, saying, “Read this, please”; and he says, “I can’t, for
it is sealed:” and the
book is delivered to one who is not educated, saying, “Read this,
please”; and he says, “I can’t read.” The Lord said, “Because this
people draws near with their mouth and with their lips to honor me, but
they have removed their heart far from me, and their fear of me is a
commandment of men which has been taught; therefore, behold, I will
proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, even a marvelous work
and a wonder; and the wisdom of their wise men will perish, and the
understanding of their prudent men will be hidden.”
Woe to those who
deeply hide their counsel from Yahweh, and whose works are in the dark,
and who say, “Who sees us?” and “Who knows us?” You turn things upside down!
Should the potter be thought to be like clay; that the thing made should
say about him who made it, “He didn’t make me”; or the thing formed
say of him who formed it, “He has no understanding?”
Isn’t it yet a very
little while, and Lebanon will be turned into a fruitful field, and the
fruitful field will be regarded as a forest? In that day, the deaf will hear
the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind will see out of obscurity
and out of darkness. The
humble also will increase their joy in Yahweh, and the poor among men will
rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. For the ruthless is brought to
nothing, and the scoffer ceases, and all those who are alert to do evil
are cut off—who cause
a person to be indicted by a word, and lay a snare for the arbiter in the
gate, and who deprive the innocent of justice with false testimony.
Therefore thus says
Yahweh, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob: “Jacob
shall no longer be ashamed, neither shall his face grow pale. But when he sees his children,
the work of my hands, in the midst of him, they will sanctify my name.
Yes, they will sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and will stand in awe of
the God of Israel. They
also who err in spirit will come to understanding, and those who grumble
will receive instruction.”
“Woe to the
rebellious children,” says Yahweh, “who take counsel, but not from me;
and who make an alliance, but not with my Spirit, that they may add sin to
sin, who set out to go
down into Egypt, and have not asked my advice; to strengthen themselves in
the strength of Pharaoh, and to take refuge in the shadow of Egypt!
Therefore the strength of
Pharaoh will be your shame, and the refuge in the shadow of Egypt your
confusion. For their
princes are at Zoan, and their ambassadors have come to Hanes. They shall all be ashamed because
of a people that can’t profit them, that are not a help nor profit, but
a shame, and also a reproach.”
The burden of the
animals of the South. Through the land of trouble and anguish, of the
lioness and the lion, the viper and fiery flying serpent, they carry their
riches on the shoulders of young donkeys, and their treasures on the humps
of camels, to an unprofitable people. For Egypt helps in vain, and to
no purpose; therefore have I called her Rahab who sits still. Now go, write it before them on a
tablet, and inscribe it in a book, that it may be for the time to come
forever and ever. For it
is a rebellious people, lying children, children who will not hear the law
of Yahweh; who tell the
seers, “Don’t see!” and to the prophets, “Don’t prophesy to us
right things. Tell us pleasant things. Prophesy deceits. Get out of the way. Turn aside
from the path. Cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.”
Therefore thus says the
Holy One of Israel, “Because you despise this word, and trust in
oppression and perverseness, and rely on it; therefore this iniquity shall be
to you like a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose
breaking comes suddenly in an instant. He will break it as a potter’s
vessel is broken, breaking it in pieces without sparing, so that there
won’t be found among the broken piece a piece good enough to take fire
from the hearth, or to dip up water out of the cistern.” For thus said the Lord Yahweh,
the Holy One of Israel, “You will be saved in returning and rest. Your
strength will be in quietness and in confidence.” You refused, but you said, “No, for we will
flee on horses”; therefore you will flee; and, “We will ride on the
swift”; therefore those who pursue you will be swift. One thousand will flee at the
threat of one. At the threat of five, you will flee until you are left
like a beacon on the top of a mountain, and like a banner on a hill.
Therefore Yahweh will
wait, that he may be gracious to you; and therefore he will be exalted,
that he may have mercy on you, for Yahweh is a God of justice. Blessed are
all those who wait for him. For the people will dwell in
Zion at Jerusalem. You will weep no more. He will surely be gracious to
you at the voice of your cry. When he hears you, he will answer you.
Though the Lord may give
you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your teachers
won’t be hidden anymore, but your eyes will see your teachers; and when you turn to the right
hand, and when you turn to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind
you, saying, “This is the way. Walk in it.” You shall defile the overlaying
of your engraved images of silver, and the plating of your molten images
of gold. You shall cast them away as an unclean thing. You shall tell it,
“Go away!” He will
give the rain for your seed, with which you will sow the ground; and bread
of the increase of the ground will be rich and plentiful. In that day,
your livestock will feed in large pastures. The oxen likewise and the young
donkeys that till the ground will eat savory provender, which has been
winnowed with the shovel and with the fork. There shall be brooks and
streams of water on every lofty mountain and on every high hill in the day
of the great slaughter, when the towers fall. Moreover the light of the moon
will be like the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be seven
times brighter, like the light of seven days, in the day that Yahweh binds
up the fracture of his people, and heals the wound they were struck with.
Behold, the name of
Yahweh comes from far away, burning with his anger, and in thick rising
smoke. His lips are full of indignation, and his tongue is as a devouring
fire. His breath is as
an overflowing stream that reaches even to the neck, to sift the nations
with the sieve of destruction; and a bridle that leads to ruin will be in
the jaws of the peoples. You will have a song, as in the
night when a holy feast is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goes
with a flute to come to Yahweh’s mountain, to Israel’s Rock. Yahweh will cause his glorious
voice to be heard, and will show the descent of his arm, with the
indignation of his anger, and the flame of a devouring fire, with a blast,
storm, and hailstones. For through the voice of Yahweh
the Assyrian will be dismayed. He will strike him with his rod. Every stroke of the rod of
punishment, which Yahweh will lay on him, will be with the sound of
tambourines and harps. He will fight with them in battles, brandishing
weapons. For his burning
place has long been ready. Yes, for the king it is prepared. He has made
its pyre deep and large with fire and much wood. Yahweh’s breath, like a
stream of sulfur, kindles it.
Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help,
Return to him from whom you have deeply revolted, children of Israel.
For in that day everyone
shall cast away his idols of silver and his idols of gold—sin which your
own hands have made for you.
- and rely on horses,
- and trust in chariots because they are many,
- and in horsemen because they are very strong,
- but they don’t look to the Holy One of Israel,
- and they don’t seek Yahweh!
- Yet he also is wise,
and will bring disaster,
- and will not call back his words, but will arise against the house of
- and against the help of those who work iniquity.
- Now the Egyptians are
men, and not God;
- and their horses flesh, and not spirit.
- When Yahweh stretches out his hand, both he who helps shall stumble,
- and he who is helped shall fall,
- and they all shall be consumed together.
- For thus says Yahweh
- “As the lion and the young lion growling over his prey,
- if a multitude of shepherds is called together against him,
- will not be dismayed at their voice,
- nor abase himself for their noise,
- so Yahweh of Armies will come down to fight on Mount Zion and on its
- As birds hovering, so
Yahweh of Armies will protect Jerusalem.
- He will protect and deliver it.
- He will pass over and preserve it.”
“The Assyrian will fall by the sword, not of man;
- and the sword, not of mankind, shall devour him.
- He will flee from the sword,
- and his young men will become subject to forced labor.
- His rock will pass
away by reason of terror,
- and his princes will be afraid of the banner,”
- says Yahweh, whose fire is in Zion,
- and his furnace in Jerusalem.
Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness,
- and princes shall rule in justice.
- A man shall be as a
hiding place from the wind,
- and a covert from the storm,
- as streams of water in a dry place,
- as the shade of a large rock in a weary land.
- The eyes of those who
see will not be dim,
- and the ears of those who hear will listen.
- The heart of the rash
will understand knowledge,
- and the tongue of the stammerers will be ready to speak plainly.
- The fool will no
longer be called noble,
- nor the scoundrel be highly respected.
- For the fool will
- and his heart will work iniquity,
- to practice profanity,
- and to utter error against Yahweh,
- To make empty the soul of the hungry,
- and to cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
- The ways of the
scoundrel are evil.
- He devises wicked devices to destroy the humble with lying words,
- even when the needy speaks right.
- But the noble devises
- and he will continue in noble things.
- Rise up, you women
who are at ease! Hear my voice!
- You careless daughters, give ear to my speech!
- For days beyond a
year you will be troubled, you careless women;
- for the vintage shall fail.
- The harvest won’t come.
- Tremble, you women
who are at ease!
- Be troubled, you careless ones!
- Strip yourselves, make yourselves naked,
- and put sackcloth on your waist.
- Beat your breasts
for the pleasant fields,
- for the fruitful vine.
- Thorns and briars
will come up on my people’s land;
- yes, on all the houses of joy in the joyous city.
- For the palace will
- The populous city will be deserted.
- The hill and the watchtower will be for dens forever,
- a delight for wild donkeys,
- a pasture of flocks;
- Until the Spirit is
poured on us from on high,
- and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field,
- and the fruitful field is considered a forest.
- Then justice will
dwell in the wilderness;
- and righteousness will remain in the fruitful field.
- The work of
righteousness will be peace;
- and the effect of righteousness, quietness and confidence forever.
- My people will live
in a peaceful habitation,
- in safe dwellings,
- and in quiet resting places.
- Though hail flattens
- and the city is leveled completely.
- Blessed are you who
sow beside all waters,
- who send out the feet of the ox and the donkey.
Woe to you who
destroy, but you weren’t destroyed;
- and who betray, but nobody betrayed you!
- When you have finished destroying, you will be destroyed;
- and when you have made an end of betrayal, you will be betrayed.
- Yahweh, be gracious
to us. We have waited for you.
- Be our strength every morning,
- our salvation also in the time of trouble.
- At the noise of the
thunder, the peoples have fled.
- When you lift yourself up, the nations are scattered.
- Your spoil will be
gathered as the caterpillar gathers.
- Men will leap on it as locusts leap.
- Yahweh is exalted,
for he dwells on high.
- He has filled Zion with justice and righteousness.
- There will be
stability in your times, abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge.
- The fear of Yahweh is your treasure.
- Behold, their valiant
ones cry outside;
- the ambassadors of peace weep bitterly.
- The highways are
- The traveling man ceases.
- The covenant is broken.
- He has despised the cities.
- He doesn’t respect man.
- The land mourns and
- Lebanon is confounded and withers away.
- Sharon is like a desert, and Bashan and Carmel are stripped bare.
- “Now I will
arise,” says Yahweh;
- “Now I will lift myself up.
- Now I will be exalted.
- You will conceive
- You will bring forth stubble.
- Your breath is a fire that will devour you.
- The peoples will be
like the burning of lime,
- like thorns that are cut down and burned in the fire.
- Hear, you who are
far off, what I have done;
- and, you who are near, acknowledge my might.”
- The sinners in Zion
- Trembling has seized the godless ones.
- Who among us can live with the devouring fire?
- Who among us can live with everlasting burning?
- He who walks
- and speaks blamelessly;
- He who despises the gain of oppressions,
- who gestures with his hands, refusing to take a bribe,
- who stops his ears from hearing of blood,
- and shuts his eyes from looking at evil—
- he will dwell on
- His place of defense will be the fortress of rocks.
- His bread will be supplied.
- His waters will be sure.
- Your eyes will see
the king in his beauty.
- They will see a distant land.
- Your heart will
meditate on the terror.
- Where is he who counted?
- Where is he who weighed?
- Where is he who counted the towers?
- You will no longer
see the fierce people,
- a people of a deep speech that you can’t comprehend,
- with a strange language that you can’t understand.
- Look at Zion, the
city of our appointed festivals.
- Your eyes will see Jerusalem, a quiet habitation,
- a tent that won’t be removed.
- Its stakes will never be plucked up,
- nor will any of its cords be broken.
- But there Yahweh
will be with us in majesty,
- a place of broad rivers and streams,
- in which no galley with oars will go,
- neither will any gallant ship pass by there.
- For Yahweh is our
- Yahweh is our lawgiver.
- Yahweh is our king.
- He will save us.
- Your rigging is
- They couldn’t strengthen the foot of their mast.
- They couldn’t spread the sail.
- Then the prey of a great spoil was divided.
- The lame took the prey.
- The inhabitant
won’t say, “I am sick.”
- The people who dwell therein will be forgiven their iniquity.
Come near, you
nations, to hear!
- Listen, you peoples.
- Let the earth and all it contains hear;
- the world, and everything that comes from it.
- For Yahweh is enraged
against all the nations,
- and angry with all their armies.
- He has utterly destroyed them.
- He has given them over for slaughter.
- Their slain will also
be cast out,
- and the stench of their dead bodies will come up;
- and the mountains will melt in their blood.
- All of the army of
the sky will be dissolved.
- The sky will be rolled up like a scroll,
- and all its armies will fade away,
- as a leaf fades from off a vine or a fig tree.
- For my sword has
drunk its fill in the sky.
- Behold, it will come down on Edom,
- and on the people of my curse, for judgment.
- Yahweh’s sword is
filled with blood.
- It is covered with fat, with the blood of lambs and goats,
- with the fat of the kidneys of rams;
- for Yahweh has a sacrifice in Bozrah,
- And a great slaughter in the land of Edom.
- The wild oxen will
come down with them,
- and the young bulls with the mighty bulls;
- and their land will be drunken with blood,
- and their dust made greasy with fat.
- For Yahweh has a day
- a year of recompense for the cause of Zion.
- Its streams will be
turned into pitch,
- its dust into sulfur,
- And its land will become burning pitch.
- It won’t be
quenched night nor day.
- Its smoke will go up forever.
- From generation to generation, it will lie waste.
- No one will pass through it forever and ever.
- But the pelican and
the porcupine will possess it.
- The owl and the raven will dwell in it.
- He will stretch the line of confusion over it,
- and the plumb line of emptiness.
- They shall call its
nobles to the kingdom, but none shall be there;
- and all its princes shall be nothing.
- Thorns will come up
in its palaces,
- nettles and thistles in its fortresses;
- and it will be a habitation of jackals,
- a court for ostriches.
- The wild animals of
the desert will meet with the wolves,
- and the wild goat will cry to his fellow.
- Yes, the night creature shall settle there,
- and shall find herself a place of rest.
- The arrow snake will
make her nest there,
- and lay, hatch, and gather under her shade.
- Yes, the kites will be gathered there, every one with her mate.
- Search in the book
of Yahweh, and read:
- not one of these will be missing.
- none will lack her mate.
- For my mouth has commanded,
- and his Spirit has gathered them.
- He has cast the lot
- and his hand has divided it to them with a measuring line.
- They shall possess it forever.
- From generation to generation they will dwell in it.
The wilderness and
the dry land will be glad.
- The desert will rejoice and blossom like a rose.
- It will blossom
- and rejoice even with joy and singing.
- Lebanon’s glory Lebanon will be given to it,
- the excellence of Carmel and Sharon.
- They will see Yahweh’s glory,
- the excellence of our God.
- Strengthen the weak
- and make firm the feeble knees.
- Tell those who have a
fearful heart, “Be strong.
- Don’t be afraid.
- Behold, your God will come with vengeance, God’s retribution.
- He will come and save you.
- Then the eyes of the
blind will be opened,
- and the ears of the deaf will be unstopped.
- Then the lame man
will leap like a deer,
- and the tongue of the mute will sing;
- for waters will break out in the wilderness,
- and streams in the desert.
- The burning sand will
become a pool,
- and the thirsty ground springs of water.
- Grass with reeds and rushes will be in the habitation of jackals,
where they lay.
- A highway will be
there, a road,
- and it will be called The Holy Way.
- The unclean shall not pass over it,
- but it will be for those who walk in the Way.
- Wicked fools will not go there.
- No lion will be there,
- nor will any ravenous animal go up on it.
- They will not be found there;
- but the redeemed will walk there.
- The Yahweh’s
ransomed ones will return,
- and come with singing to Zion;
- and everlasting joy will be on their heads.
- They will obtain gladness and joy,
- and sorrow and sighing will flee away.”
Now it happened in the
fourteenth year of king Hezekiah, that Sennacherib king of Assyria
attacked all of the fortified cities of Judah, and captured them. The king of Assyria sent
Rabshakeh from Lachish to Jerusalem to king Hezekiah with a large army. He
stood by the aqueduct from the upper pool in the fuller’s field highway.
Then Eliakim the son of
Hilkiah, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, the
son of Asaph, the recorder came out to him. Rabshakeh said to them, “Now
tell Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria, “What
confidence is this in which you trust? I say that your counsel and
strength for the war are only vain words. Now in whom do you trust, that
you have rebelled against me? Behold, you trust in the staff of
this bruised reed, even in Egypt, which if a man leans on it, it will go
into his hand and pierce it. So is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust
in him. But if you tell
me, ‘We trust in Yahweh our God,’ isn’t that he whose high places
and whose altars Hezekiah has taken away, and has said to Judah and to
Jerusalem, ‘You shall worship before this altar?’” Now therefore, please make a
pledge to my master the king of Assyria, and I will give you two thousand
horses, if you are able on your part to set riders on them. How then can you turn away the
face of one captain of the least of my master’s servants, and put your
trust on Egypt for chariots and for horsemen? Have I come up now without
Yahweh against this land to destroy it? Yahweh said to me, “Go up
against this land, and destroy it.”’”
Then Eliakim, Shebna
and Joah said to Rabshakeh, “Please speak to your servants in Aramaic,
for we understand it; and don’t speak to us in the Jews’ language in
the hearing of the people who are on the wall.”
But Rabshakeh said,
“Has my master sent me only to your master and to you, to speak these
words, and not to the men who sit on the wall, who will eat their own dung
and drink their own urine with you?” Then Rabshakeh stood, and called
out with a loud voice in the Jews’ language, and said, “Hear the words
of the great king, the king of Assyria! Thus says the king, ‘Don’t
let Hezekiah deceive you; for he will not be able to deliver you. Don’t let Hezekiah make you
trust in Yahweh, saying, “Yahweh will surely deliver us. This city
won’t be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.”’ Don’t listen to Hezekiah, for
thus says the king of Assyria, ‘Make your peace with me, and come out to
me; and each of you eat from his vine, and each one from his fig tree, and
each one of you drink the waters of his own cistern; until I come and take you away
to a land like your own land, a land of grain and new wine, a land of
bread and vineyards. Beware lest Hezekiah persuade
you, saying, “Yahweh will deliver us.” Have any of the gods of the
nations delivered their lands from the hand of the king of Assyria?
Where are the gods of
Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim? Have they delivered
Samaria from my hand? Who are they among all the gods
of these countries that have delivered their country out of my hand, that
Yahweh should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand?’”
But they remained
silent, and said nothing in reply, for the king’s commandment was,
“Don’t answer him.”
Then Eliakim the son
of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah,
the son of Asaph, the recorder, came to Hezekiah with their clothes torn,
and told him the words of Rabshakeh.
It happened, when king
Hezekiah heard it, that he tore his clothes, covered himself with
sackcloth, and went into Yahweh’s house. He sent Eliakim, who was over the
household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests, covered
with sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz. They said to him, “Thus says
Hezekiah, ‘This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and of
rejection; for the children have come to the birth, and there is no
strength to bring forth. It may be Yahweh your God will
hear the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master has sent
to defy the living God, and will rebuke the words which Yahweh your God
has heard. Therefore lift up your prayer for the remnant that is
left.’” So the
servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.
Isaiah said to them,
“Tell your master, ‘Thus says Yahweh, “Don’t be afraid of the
words that you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria
have blasphemed me. Behold, I will put a spirit in
him and he will hear news, and will return to his own land. I will cause
him to fall by the sword in his own land.”’”
So Rabshakeh returned,
and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah, for he had heard
that he was departed from Lachish. He heard news concerning Tirhakah
king of Ethiopia, “He has come out to fight against you.” When he
heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus you shall speak to
Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, ‘Don’t let your God in whom you trust
deceive you, saying, “Jerusalem won’t be given into the hand of the
king of Assyria.” Behold, you have heard what the
kings of Assyria have done to all lands, by destroying them utterly. Shall
you be delivered? Have
the gods of the nations delivered them, which my fathers have destroyed,
Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the children of Eden who were in Telassar?
Where is the king of
Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, of
Hena, and Ivvah?’”
Hezekiah received the
letter from the hand of the messengers and read it. Then Hezekiah went up
to Yahweh’s house, and spread it before Yahweh. Hezekiah prayed to Yahweh,
saying, “Yahweh of
Armies, the God of Israel, who is enthroned among the cherubim, you are
the God, even you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made
heaven and earth. Turn
your ear, Yahweh, and hear. Open your eyes, Yahweh, and behold. Hear all
of the words of Sennacherib, who has sent to defy the living God. Truly, Yahweh, the kings of
Assyria have destroyed all the countries and their land, and have cast their gods into
the fire; for they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and
stone; therefore they have destroyed them. Now therefore, Yahweh our God,
save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that
you are Yahweh, even you only.”
Then Isaiah the son
of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel,
‘Because you have prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria,
this is the word which
Yahweh has spoken concerning him. The virgin daughter of Zion has despised
you and ridiculed you. The daughter of Jerusalem has shaken her head at
you. Whom have you
defied and blasphemed? Against whom have you exalted your voice and lifted
up your eyes on high? Against the Holy One of Israel. By your servants, have you
defied the Lord, and have said, “With the multitude of my chariots I
have come up to the height of the mountains, to the innermost parts of
Lebanon. I will cut down its tall cedars and its choice fir trees. I will
enter into its farthest height, the forest of its fruitful field. I have dug and drunk water, and
with the sole of my feet I will dry up all the rivers of Egypt.” Have you not heard how I have
done it long ago, and formed it in ancient times? Now I have brought it to
pass, that it should be yours to destroy fortified cities, turning them
into ruinous heaps. Therefore their inhabitants had
little power. They were dismayed and confounded. They were like the grass
of the field, and like the green herb, like the grass on the housetops,
and like a field before its crop has grown. But I know your sitting down,
your going out, your coming in, and your raging against me. Because of your raging against
me, and because your arrogance has come up into my ears, therefore will I
put my hook in your nose and my bridle in your lips, and I will turn you
back by the way by which you came. This shall be the sign to you.
You will eat this year that which grows of itself, and in the second year
that which springs from the same; and in the third year sow and reap and
plant vineyards, and eat their fruit. The remnant that is escaped of
the house of Judah will again take root downward, and bear fruit upward.
For out of Jerusalem a
remnant will go forth, and survivors will escape from Mount Zion. The zeal
of Yahweh of Armies will perform this.’ Therefore thus says Yahweh
concerning the king of Assyria, ‘He will not come to this city, nor
shoot an arrow there, neither will he come before it with shield, nor cast
up a mound against it. By the way that he came, by the
same he shall return, and he shall not come to this city,’ says Yahweh.
‘For I will defend
this city to save it, for my own sake, and for my servant David’s
The angel of Yahweh
went out and struck one hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the camp
of the Assyrians. When men arose early in the morning, behold, these were
all dead bodies. So
Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, went away, returned to Nineveh, and
stayed there. It
happened, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that
Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons struck him with the sword; and they
escaped into the land of Ararat. Esar Haddon his son reigned in his place.
In those days was
Hezekiah sick and near death. Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, came to
him, and said to him, “Thus says Yahweh, ‘Set your house in order, for
you will die, and not live.’”
Then Hezekiah turned
his face to the wall and prayed to Yahweh, and said, “Remember now,
Yahweh, I beg you, how I have walked before you in truth and with a
perfect heart, and have done that which is good in your sight.” Hezekiah
Then the word of
Yahweh came to Isaiah, saying, “Go, and tell Hezekiah, ‘Thus
says Yahweh, the God of David your father, “I have heard your prayer. I
have seen your tears. Behold, I will add fifteen years to your life.
I will deliver you and
this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and I will defend this
city. This shall be the
sign to you from Yahweh, that Yahweh will do this thing that he has
spoken. Behold, I will
cause the shadow on the sundial, which has gone down on the sundial of
Ahaz with the sun, to return backward ten steps. So the sun returned ten
steps on the sundial on which it had gone down.”’”
The writing of
Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick, and had recovered of his
I said, “In the middle of my life I go into the gates of Sheol.
- I am deprived of the residue of my years.”
- I said, “I won’t
- Yah in the land of the living.
- I will see man no more with the inhabitants of the world.
- My dwelling is
- and is carried away from me like a shepherd’s tent.
- I have rolled up, like a weaver, my life.
- He will cut me off from the loom.
- From day even to night you will make an end of me.
- I waited patiently
- He breaks all my bones like a lion.
- From day even to night you will make an end of me.
- I chattered like a
swallow or a crane.
- I moaned like a dove.
- My eyes weaken looking upward.
- Lord, I am oppressed.
- Be my security.”
- What will I say?
- He has both spoken to me, and himself has done it.
- I will walk carefully all my years because of the anguish of my soul.
- Lord, men live by
- and my spirit finds life in all of them:
- you restore me, and cause me to live.
- Behold, for peace I
had great anguish,
- but you have in love for my soul delivered it from the pit of
- for you have cast all my sins behind your back.
- For Sheol can’t praise you.
- Death can’t celebrate you.
- Those who go down into the pit can’t hope for your truth.
- The living, the
living, he shall praise you, as I do this day.
- The father shall make known your truth to the children.
- Yahweh will save me.
- Therefore we will sing my songs with stringed instruments all the days
of our life in the house of Yahweh.
Now Isaiah had said,
“Let them take a cake of figs, and lay it for a poultice on the boil,
and he shall recover.” Hezekiah also had said, “What
is the sign that I will go up to the house of Yahweh?”
At that time, Merodach
Baladan the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to
Hezekiah; for he heard that he had been sick, and had recovered. Hezekiah was pleased with them,
and showed them the house of his precious things, the silver, and the
gold, the spices, and the precious oil, and all the house of his armor,
and all that was found in his treasures. There was nothing in his house,
nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah didn’t show them. Then Isaiah the prophet came to
king Hezekiah, and asked him, “What did these men say? Where did they
come from to you?”
Hezekiah said, “They have come from a country far from me, even from
Then he asked, “What
have they seen in your house?”
Hezekiah answered, “They have seen all that is in my house. There is
nothing among my treasures that I have not shown them.”
Then Isaiah said to
Hezekiah, “Hear the word of Yahweh of Armies: ‘Behold, the days are coming
when all that is in your house, and that which your fathers have stored up
until this day, will be carried to Babylon. Nothing will be left,’ says
Yahweh. ‘They will take
away your sons who will issue from you, whom you shall father, and they
will be eunuchs in the king of Babylon’s palace.’”
Then Hezekiah said to
Isaiah, “Yahweh’s word which you have spoken is good.” He said
moreover, “For there will be peace and truth in my days.”
“Comfort, comfort my
people,” says your God. “Speak comfortably to
Jerusalem; and call out to her that her warfare is accomplished, that her
iniquity is pardoned, that she has received of Yahweh’s hand double for
all her sins.”
The voice of one who calls out,
- “Prepare the way of Yahweh in the wilderness!
- Make a level highway in the desert for our God.
- Every valley shall be
- and every mountain and hill shall be made low.
- The uneven shall be made level,
- and the rough places a plain.
- The glory of Yahweh
shall be revealed,
- and all flesh shall see it together;
- for the mouth of Yahweh has spoken it.” The voice of one saying,
- One said, “What shall I cry?”
- “All flesh is like grass,
- and all its glory is like the flower of the field.
- The grass withers,
- the flower fades,
- because Yahweh’s breath blows on it.
- Surely the people are like grass.
- The grass withers,
- the flower fades;
- but the word of our God stands forever.”
- You who tell good
news to Zion, go up on a high mountain.
- You who tell good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with strength.
- Lift it up. Don’t be afraid.
- Say to the cities of Judah, “Behold, your God!”
- Behold, the Lord
Yahweh will come as a mighty one,
- and his arm will rule for him.
- Behold, his reward is with him,
- and his recompense before him.
- He will feed his
flock like a shepherd.
- He will gather the lambs in his arm,
- and carry them in his bosom.
- He will gently lead those who have their young.
- Who has measured the
waters in the hollow of his hand,
- and marked off the sky with his span,
- and calculated the dust of the earth in a measure,
- and weighed the mountains in scales,
- and the hills in a balance?
- Who has directed the
Spirit of Yahweh,
- or has taught him as his counselor?
- Who did he take
- and who instructed him,
- and taught him in the path of justice,
- and taught him knowledge,
- and showed him the way of understanding?
- Behold, the nations
are like a drop in a bucket,
- and are regarded as a speck of dust on a balance.
- Behold, he lifts up the islands like a very little thing.
- Lebanon is not
sufficient to burn,
- nor its animals sufficient for a burnt offering.
- All the nations are
like nothing before him.
- They are regarded by him as less than nothing, and vanity.
- To whom then will
you liken God?
- Or what likeness will you compare to him?
- A workman has cast
- and the goldsmith overlays it with gold,
- and casts silver chains for it.
- He who is too
impoverished for such an offering chooses a tree that will not rot.
- He seeks a skillful workman to set up an engraved image for him that
will not be moved.
- Haven’t you known?
- Haven’t you heard, yet?
- Haven’t you been told from the beginning?
- Haven’t you understood from the foundations of the earth?
- It is he who sits
above the circle of the earth,
- and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;
- who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
- and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in;
- who brings princes
- who makes the judges of the earth like meaningless.
- They are planted
- They are sown scarcely.
- Their stock has scarcely taken root in the ground.
- He merely blows on them, and they wither,
- and the whirlwind takes them away as stubble.
- “To whom then will
you liken me?
- Who is my equal?” says the Holy One.
- Lift up your eyes on
- and see who has created these,
- who brings out their army by number.
- He calls them all by name.
- by the greatness of his might,
- and because he is strong in power,
- Not one is lacking.
- Why do you say,
- and speak, Israel,
- “My way is hidden from Yahweh,
- and the justice due me is disregarded by my God?”
- Haven’t you known?
- Haven’t you heard?
- The everlasting God, Yahweh,
- The Creator of the ends of the earth, doesn’t faint.
- He isn’t weary.
- His understanding is unsearchable.
- He gives power to
- He increases the strength of him who has no might.
- Even the youths
faint and get weary,
- and the young men utterly fall;
- But those who wait
for Yahweh will renew their strength.
- They will mount up with wings like eagles.
- They will run, and not be weary.
- They will walk, and not faint.
“Keep silent before
- and let the peoples renew their strength.
- Let them come near,
- then let them speak.
- Let’s meet together for judgment.
- Who has raised up one
from the east?
- Who called him to his foot in righteousness?
- He hands over nations to him,
- and makes him rule over kings.
- He gives them like the dust to his sword,
- like the driven stubble to his bow.
- He pursues them,
- and passes by safely,
- Even by a way that he had not gone with his feet.
- Who has worked and
- calling the generations from the beginning?
- I, Yahweh, the first, and with the last, I am he.”
- The islands have
seen, and fear.
- The ends of the earth tremble.
- They approach, and come.
- Everyone helps his
- They say to their brothers, “Be strong!”
- So the carpenter
encourages the goldsmith.
- He who smoothes with the hammer encourages him who strikes the anvil,
- saying of the soldering, “It is good”;
- and he fastens it with nails, that it might not totter.
- “But you, Israel,
- Jacob whom I have chosen,
- the seed of Abraham my friend,
- You whom I have taken
hold of from the ends of the earth,
- and called from its corners,
- and said to you, ‘You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast
- Don’t you be
afraid, for I am with you.
- Don’t be dismayed, for I am your God.
- I will strengthen you.
- Yes, I will help you.
- Yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.
- Behold, all those
who are incensed against you will be disappointed and confounded.
- Those who strive with you will be like nothing, and shall perish.
- You will seek them,
and won’t find them,
- even those who contend with you.
- Those who war against you will be as nothing,
- as a non-existent thing.
- For I, Yahweh your
God, will hold your right hand,
- saying to you, ‘Don’t be afraid.
- I will help you.’
- Don’t be afraid,
you worm Jacob,
- and you men of Israel.
- I will help you,” says Yahweh,
- “and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
- Behold, I have made
you into a new sharp threshing instrument with teeth.
- You will thresh the mountains,
- and beat them small,
- and will make the hills like chaff.
- You will winnow them,
- and the wind will carry them away,
- and the whirlwind will scatter them.
- You will rejoice in Yahweh.
- You will glory in the Holy One of Israel.
- The poor and needy
seek water, and there is none.
- Their tongue fails for thirst.
- I, Yahweh, will answer them.
- I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.
- I will open rivers
on the bare heights,
- and springs in the midst of the valleys.
- I will make the wilderness a pool of water,
- and the dry land springs of water.
- I will put cedar,
acacia, myrtle, and oil trees in the wilderness.
- I will set fir trees, pine, and box trees together in the desert;
- that they may see,
know, consider, and understand together,
- that the hand of Yahweh has done this,
- and the Holy One of Israel has created it.
- Produce your
cause,” says Yahweh.
- “Bring forth your strong reasons,” says the King of Jacob.
- “Let them
announce, and declare to us what shall happen.
- Declare the former things, what they are,
- that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them;
- or show us things to come.
- Declare the things
that are to come hereafter,
- that we may know that you are gods.
- Yes, do good, or do evil,
- that we may be dismayed,
- and see it together.
- Behold, you are of
- and your work is of nothing.
- He who chooses you is an abomination.
- “I have raised up
one from the north, and he has come;
- from the rising of the sun, one who calls on my name;
- and he shall come on rulers as on mortar,
- and as the potter treads clay.
- Who has declared it
from the beginning, that we may know?
- And before, that we may say, ‘He is right?’
- Surely, there is no one who declares.
- Surely, there is no one who shows.
- Surely, there is no one who hears your words.
- I am the first to
say to Zion, ‘Behold, look at them;’
- and I will give one who brings good news to Jerusalem.
- When I look, there
is no man;
- even among them there is no counselor who, when I ask of them, can
answer a word.
- Behold, all of them,
their works are vanity and nothing.
- Their molten images are wind and confusion.
servant, whom I uphold;
- my chosen, in whom my soul delights—
- I have put my Spirit on him.
- He will bring justice to the nations.
- He will not shout,
- nor raise his voice,
- nor cause it to be heard in the street.
- He won’t break a
- He won’t quench a dimly burning wick.
- He will faithfully bring justice.
- He will not fail nor
- until he has set justice in the earth,
- and the islands will wait for his law.”
- Thus says God Yahweh,
- he who created the heavens and stretched them out,
- he who spread out the earth and that which comes out of it,
- he who gives breath to its people and spirit to those who walk in it.
- “I, Yahweh, have
called you in righteousness,
- and will hold your hand,
- and will keep you,
- and make you a covenant for the people,
- as a light for the nations;
- to open the blind
- to bring the prisoners out of the dungeon,
- and those who sit in darkness out of the prison.
- “I am Yahweh.
- That is my name.
- I will not give my glory to another,
- nor my praise to engraved images.
- Behold, the former
things have happened,
- and I declare new things.
- I tell you about them before they come up.”
- Sing to Yahweh a new
- and his praise from the end of the earth,
- you who go down to the sea,
- and all that is therein,
- the islands and their inhabitants.
- Let the wilderness
and its cities raise their voices,
- with the villages that Kedar inhabits.
- Let the inhabitants of Sela sing.
- Let them shout from the top of the mountains!
- Let them give glory
- and declare his praise in the islands.
- Yahweh will go out
like a mighty man.
- He will stir up zeal like a man of war.
- He will raise a war cry.
- Yes, he will shout aloud.
- He will triumph over his enemies.
- “I have been
silent a long time.
- I have been quiet and restrained myself.
- Now I will cry out like a travailing woman. I will both gasp and pant.
- I will destroy
mountains and hills,
- and dry up all their herbs.
- I will make the rivers islands,
- and will dry up the pools.
- I will bring the
blind by a way that they don’t know.
- I will lead them in paths that they don’t know.
- I will make darkness light before them,
- and crooked places straight.
- I will do these things,
- and I will not forsake them.
- “Those who trust
in engraved images,
- who tell molten images,
- ‘You are our gods’
- will be turned back.
- They will be utterly disappointed.
- “Hear, you deaf,
- and look, you blind,
- that you may see.
- Who is blind, but my
- Or who is as deaf as my messenger whom I send?
- Who is as blind as he who is at peace,
- and as blind as Yahweh’s servant?
- You see many things,
but don’t observe.
- His ears are open, but he doesn’t listen.
- It pleased Yahweh,
for his righteousness’ sake, to magnify the law,
- and make it honorable.
- But this is a robbed
and plundered people.
- All of them are snared in holes,
- and they are hidden in prisons.
- They have become a prey, and no one delivers;
- and a spoil, and no one says, ‘Restore them!’
- Who is there among
you who will give ear to this?
- Who will listen and hear for the time to come?
- Who gave Jacob as
- and Israel to the robbers?
- Didn’t Yahweh, he against whom we have sinned?
- For they would not walk in his ways,
- and they disobeyed his law.
- Therefore he poured
the fierceness of his anger on him,
- and the strength of battle;
- and it set him on fire all around, but he didn’t know;
- and it burned him, but he didn’t take it to heart.”
But now thus says
Yahweh who created you, Jacob,
- and he who formed you, Israel:
- “Don’t be afraid, for I have redeemed you.
- I have called you by your name.
- You are mine.
- When you pass through
the waters, I will be with you;
- and through the rivers, they will not overflow you.
- When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned,
- and flame will not scorch you.
- For I am Yahweh your
- the Holy One of Israel,
- your Savior.
- I have given Egypt as your ransom,
- Ethiopia and Seba in your place.
- Since you have been
precious and honored in my sight,
- and I have loved you;
- therefore I will give people in your place,
- and nations instead of your life.
- Don’t be afraid;
for I am with you.
- I will bring your seed from the east,
- and gather you from the west.
- I will tell the
north, ‘Give them up!’
- and tell the south, ‘Don’t hold them back!
- Bring my sons from far,
- and my daughters from the ends of the earth—
- everyone who is
called by my name,
- and whom I have created for my glory,
- whom I have formed,
- yes, whom I have made.’”
- Bring out the blind
people who have eyes,
- and the deaf who have ears.
- Let all the nations
be gathered together,
- and let the peoples be assembled.
- Who among them can declare this,
- and show us former things?
- Let them bring their witnesses, that they may be justified;
- or let them hear, and say, “That is true.”
- “You are my
witnesses,” says Yahweh,
- “With my servant whom I have chosen;
- that you may know and believe me,
- and understand that I am he.
- Before me there was no God formed,
- neither will there be after me.
- I myself am Yahweh;
- and besides me there is no savior.
- I have declared, I
have saved, and I have shown;
- and there was no strange god among you.
- Therefore you are my witnesses,”
- says Yahweh, “and I am God.
- Yes, since the day
was I am he;
- and there is no one who can deliver out of my hand.
- I will work, and who can hinder it?”
Thus says Yahweh,
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “For your sake, I have sent to
Babylon, and I will bring all of them down as fugitives, even the
Chaldeans, in the ships of their rejoicing. I am Yahweh, your Holy One, the
Creator of Israel, your King.”
Thus says Yahweh, who makes a way in the sea,
- and a path in the mighty waters;
- who brings forth the
chariot and horse,
- the army and the mighty man
- (they lie down together, they shall not rise;
- they are extinct, they are quenched like a wick):
- “Don’t remember
the former things,
- and don’t consider the things of old.
- Behold, I will do a
- It springs forth now.
- Don’t you know it?
- I will even make a way in the wilderness,
- and rivers in the desert.
- The animals of the
field shall honor me,
- the jackals and the ostriches;
- because I give water in the wilderness and rivers in the desert,
- to give drink to my people, my chosen,
- the people which I
formed for myself,
- that they might set forth my praise.
- Yet you have not
called on me, Jacob;
- but you have been weary of me, Israel.
- You have not brought
me of your sheep for burnt offerings;
- neither have you honored me with your sacrifices.
- I have not burdened you with offerings,
- nor wearied you with frankincense.
- You have bought me
no sweet cane with money,
- nor have you filled me with the fat of your sacrifices;
- but you have burdened me with your sins.
- You have wearied me with your iniquities.
- I, even I, am he who
blots out your transgressions for my own sake;
- and I will not remember your sins.
- Put me in
- Let us plead together.
- Set forth your case,
- that you may be justified.
- Your first father
- and your teachers have transgressed against me.
- Therefore I will
profane the princes of the sanctuary;
- and I will make Jacob a curse,
- and Israel an insult.”
Yet listen now, Jacob
- and Israel, whom I have chosen.
- This is what Yahweh
who made you,
- and formed you from the womb,
- who will help you says:
- “Don’t be afraid, Jacob my servant;
- and you, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.
- For I will pour water
on him who is thirsty,
- and streams on the dry ground.
- I will pour my Spirit on your seed,
- and my blessing on your offspring:
- and they will spring
up among the grass,
- as willows by the watercourses.
- One will say, ‘I am
- and another will be called by the name of Jacob;
- and another will write with his hand ‘to Yahweh,’
- and honor the name of Israel.”
- This is what Yahweh,
the King of Israel,
- and his Redeemer, Yahweh of Armies, says:
- “I am the first, and I am the last;
- and besides me there is no God.
- Who is like me?
- Who will call,
- and will declare it,
- and set it in order for me,
- since I established the ancient people?
- Let them declare the things that are coming,
- and that will happen.
- Don’t fear,
- neither be afraid.
- Haven’t I declared it to you long ago,
- and shown it?
- You are my witnesses.
- Is there a God besides me?
- Indeed, there is not.
- I don’t know any other Rock.”
- Everyone who makes an
engraved image is vain.
- The things that they delight in will not profit.
- Their own witnesses don’t see, nor know, that they may be
- Who has fashioned a
- or molds an image that is profitable for nothing?
- Behold, all his
fellows will be disappointed;
- and the workmen are mere men.
- Let them all be gathered together.
- Let them stand up.
- They will fear.
- They will be put to shame together.
- The blacksmith takes
- works in the coals,
- fashions it with hammers,
- and works it with his strong arm.
- He is hungry,
- and his strength fails;
- he drinks no water,
- and is faint.
- The carpenter
stretches out a line.
- He marks it out with a pencil.
- He shapes it with planes.
- He marks it out with compasses,
- and shapes it like the figure of a man,
- with the beauty of a man,
- to reside in a house.
- He cuts down cedars
- and takes the cypress and the oak,
- and strengthens for himself one among the trees of the forest.
- He plants a fir tree,
- and the rain nourishes it.
- Then it will be for
a man to burn;
- and he takes some of it, and warms himself.
- Yes, he burns it, and bakes bread.
- Yes, he makes a god, and worships it;
- he makes it an engraved image, and falls down to it.
- He burns part of it
in the fire.
- With part of it, he eats meat.
- He roasts a roast, and is satisfied.
- Yes, he warms himself,
- and says, “Aha! I am warm. I have seen the fire.”
- The rest of it he
makes into a god,
- even his engraved image.
- He bows down to it and worships,
- and prays to it, and says, “Deliver me; for you are my god!”
- They don’t know,
neither do they consider:
- for he has shut their eyes, that they can’t see;
- and their hearts, that they can’t understand.
- No one thinks,
- neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say,
- “I have burned part of it in the fire.
- Yes, I have also baked bread on its coals.
- I have roasted meat and eaten it.
- Shall I make the rest of it into an abomination?
- Shall I bow down to a tree trunk?”
- He feeds on ashes.
- A deceived heart has turned him aside;
- and he can’t deliver his soul,
- nor say, “Isn’t there a lie in my right hand?”
- Remember these
things, Jacob and Israel;
- for you are my servant.
- I have formed you.
- You are my servant.
- Israel, you will not be forgotten by me.
- I have blotted out,
as a thick cloud, your transgressions,
- and, as a cloud, your sins.
- Return to me, for I have redeemed you.
- Sing, you heavens,
for Yahweh has done it!
- Shout, you lower parts of the earth!
- Break out into singing, you mountains, O forest, all of your trees,
- for Yahweh has redeemed Jacob,
- and will glorify himself in Israel.
- Thus says Yahweh,
- and he who formed you from the womb:
- “I am Yahweh, who makes all things;
- who alone stretches out the heavens;
- who spreads out the earth by myself;
- who frustrates the
signs of the liars,
- and makes diviners mad;
- who turns wise men backward,
- and makes their knowledge foolish;
- who confirms the
word of his servant,
- and performs the counsel of his messengers;
- who says of Jerusalem, ‘She will be inhabited;’
- and of the cities of Judah, ‘They will be built,’
- and ‘I will raise up its waste places;’
- who says to the
deep, ‘Be dry,’
- and ‘I will dry up your rivers;’
- Who says of Cyrus,
‘He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure,’
- even saying of Jerusalem, ‘She will be built;’
- and of the temple, ‘Your foundation will be laid.’”
Thus says Yahweh to
his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held, to subdue nations
before him, and strip kings of their armor; to open the doors before him,
and the gates shall not be shut:
- “I will go before
- and make the rough places smooth.
- I will break the doors of brass in pieces,
- and cut apart the bars of iron.
- I will give you the
treasures of darkness,
- and hidden riches of secret places,
- that you may know that it is I, Yahweh, who call you by your name,
- even the God of Israel.
- For Jacob my
- and Israel my chosen,
- I have called you by your name.
- I have surnamed you,
- though you have not known me.
- I am Yahweh, and
there is none else.
- Besides me, there is no God.
- I will strengthen you,
- though you have not known me;
- that they may know
from the rising of the sun,
- and from the west,
- that there is none besides me.
- I am Yahweh, and there is no one else.
- I form the light,
- and create darkness.
- I make peace,
- and create calamity.
- I am Yahweh,
- who does all these things.
- Distil, you heavens,
- and let the skies pour down righteousness.
- Let the earth open, that it may bring forth salvation,
- and let it cause righteousness to spring up with it.
- I, Yahweh, have created it.
- Woe to him who
strives with his Maker—
- a clay pot among the clay pots of the earth!
- Shall the clay ask him who fashions it, ‘What are you making?’
- or your work, ‘He has no hands?’
- Woe to him who says
to a father, ‘What have you become the father of?’
- or to a mother, ‘To what have you given birth?’”
- Thus says Yahweh,
the Holy One of Israel,
- and his Maker:
- “You ask me about the things that are to come, concerning my sons,
- and you command me concerning the work of my hands!
- I have made the
earth, and created man on it.
- I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens;
- and I have commanded all their army.
- I have raised him up
- and I will make straight all his ways.
- He shall build my city,
- and he shall let my exiles go free,
- not for price nor reward,” says Yahweh of Armies.
- Thus says Yahweh:
“The labor of Egypt,
- and the merchandise of Ethiopia,
- and the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over to you,
- and they shall be yours.
- They will go after you.
- They shall come over in chains;
- and they will bow down to you.
- They will make supplication to you:
- ‘Surely God is in you; and there is none else.
- There is no other god.
- Most certainly you
are a God who hidden yourself,
- God of Israel, the Savior.’”
- They will be
- yes, confounded, all of them.
- Those who are makers of idols will go into confusion together.
- Israel will be saved
by Yahweh with an everlasting salvation.
- You will not be disappointed nor confounded to ages everlasting.
- For thus says Yahweh
who created the heavens,
- the God who formed the earth and made it,
- who established it and didn’t create it a waste,
- who formed it to be inhabited:
- “I am Yahweh;
- and there is no other.
- I have not spoken in
- in a place of the land of darkness.
- I didn’t say to the seed of Jacob, ‘Seek me in vain.’
- I, Yahweh, speak righteousness.
- I declare things that are right.
yourselves and come.
- Draw near together, you who have escaped from the nations.
- Those have no knowledge who carry the wood of their engraved image,
- and pray to a god that can’t save.
- Declare and present
- Yes, let them take counsel together.
- Who has shown this from ancient time?
- Who has declared it of old?
- Haven’t I, Yahweh?
- There is no other God besides me, a just God and a Savior;
- There is no one besides me.
- “Look to me, and
be saved, all the ends of the earth;
- for I am God, and there is no other.
- I have sworn by
myself, the word has gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and will not
return, that to me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall take an oath.
They will say of me,
‘There is righteousness and strength only in Yahweh.’”
- Even to him shall men come; and all those who were incensed against
him shall be disappointed. In Yahweh shall all the seed of
Israel be justified, and shall glory.
- Bel bows down, Nebo
stoops; their idols are on the animals, and on the livestock: the things
that you carried about are made a load, a burden to the weary. They stoop, they bow down
together; they could not deliver the burden, but themselves have gone into
- “Listen to me,
house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, that have been
borne from their birth, that have been carried from the womb; and even to old age I am he, and
even to gray hairs will I carry you. I have made, and I will bear; yes, I
will carry, and will deliver.
- “To whom will you
liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like? Some pour out gold from the bag,
and weigh silver in the balance. They hire a goldsmith, and he makes it a
god. They fall down—yes, they worship. They bear it on the shoulder,
they carry it, and set it in its place, and it stands, from its place it
shall not move: yes, one may cry to it, yet it can not answer, nor save
him out of his trouble.
- “Remember this, and
show yourselves men; bring it again to mind, you transgressors. Remember the former things of
old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none
like me; declaring the
end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet
done; saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure;
calling a ravenous bird
from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country; yes, I have
spoken, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed, I will also do it.
Listen to me, you
stout-hearted, who are far from righteousness: I bring near my righteousness,
it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not wait; and I will place
salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.
- “Come down, and sit
in the dust, virgin daughter of Babylon; sit on the ground without a
throne, daughter of the Chaldeans: for you shall no more be called tender
and delicate. Take the
millstones, and grind meal; remove your veil, strip off the train, uncover
the leg, pass through the rivers. Your nakedness shall be
uncovered, yes, your shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and will
spare no man.”
- Our Redeemer, Yahweh
of Armies is his name, the Holy One of Israel.
- “Sit in silence,
and go into darkness, daughter of the Chaldeans;
- for you shall no more be called the mistress of kingdoms.
- I was angry with my
people, I profaned my inheritance, and gave them into your hand: you
showed them no mercy; on the aged you have very heavily laid your yoke.
You said, ‘I shall be a
mistress forever;’ so that you did not lay these things to your heart,
nor did you remember the latter end of it.
- “Now therefore hear
this, you who are given to pleasures, who sit securely, who say in your
heart, ‘I am, and there is none else besides me; I shall not sit as a
widow, neither shall I know the loss of children:’ but these two things shall come
to you in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood; in
their full measure shall they come on you, in the multitude of your
sorceries, and the great abundance of your enchantments. For you have trusted in your
wickedness; you have said, No one sees me; your wisdom and your knowledge,
it has perverted you, and you have said in your heart, I am, and there is
none else besides me. Therefore evil will come on you;
you won’t know when it dawns: and mischief will fall on you; you will
not be able to put it away: and desolation shall come on you suddenly,
which you don’t know.
- “Stand now with
your enchantments, and with the multitude of your sorceries, in which you
have labored from your youth; if so be you shall be able to profit, if so
be you may prevail. You
are wearied in the multitude of your counsels: let now the astrologers,
the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save you from
the things that shall come on you. Behold, they shall be as
stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from
the power of the flame: it shall not be a coal to warm at, nor a fire to
sit before. Thus shall
the things be to you in which you have labored: those who have trafficked
with you from your youth shall wander everyone to his quarter; there shall
be none to save you.
- “Hear this, house
of Jacob, you who are called by the name of Israel, and have come forth
out of the waters of Judah; who swear by the name of Yahweh, and make
mention of the God of Israel, but not in truth, nor in righteousness
(for they call themselves
of the holy city, and stay themselves on the God of Israel; Yahweh of
Armies is his name): I
have declared the former things from of old; yes, they went forth out of
my mouth, and I showed them: suddenly I did them, and they happened.
Because I knew that you
are obstinate, and your neck is an iron sinew, and your brow brass;
therefore I have declared
it to you from of old; before it came to pass I showed it to you; lest you
should say, ‘My idol has done them, and my engraved image, and my molten
image, has commanded them.’ You have heard it; see all this;
and you, will you not declare it?
- “I have shown you new things from this time, even hidden things,
which you have not known. They are created now, and not
from of old; and before this day you didn’t hear them; lest you should
say, ‘Behold, I knew them.’
- Yes, you didn’t
hear; yes, you didn’t know; yes, from of old your ear was not opened:
for I knew that you dealt very treacherously, and was called a
transgressor from the womb. For my name’s sake will I defer
my anger, and for my praise will I refrain for you, that I not cut you
off. Behold, I have
refined you, but not as silver; I have chosen you in the furnace of
affliction. For my own
sake, for my own sake, will I do it; for how should my name be profaned? I
will not give my glory to another.
- “Listen to me, O
Jacob, and Israel my called: I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.
Yes, my hand has laid
the foundation of the earth, and my right hand has spread out the heavens:
when I call to them, they stand up together.
yourselves, all you, and hear; who among them has declared these things?
He whom Yahweh loves shall perform his pleasure on Babylon, and his arm
shall be on the Chaldeans. I, even I, have spoken; yes, I
have called him; I have brought him, and he shall make his way prosperous.
“Come near to me
and hear this:
- “From the beginning I have not spoken in secret; from the time that
it was, there am I.” Now the Lord Yahweh has sent me, with his Spirit.
- Thus says Yahweh,
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am Yahweh your God, who teaches
you to profit, who leads you by the way that you should go. Oh that you had listened to my
commandments! then your peace would have been like a river, and your
righteousness like the waves of the sea: your seed also had been as the
sand, and the offspring of your body like its grains: his name would not
be cut off nor destroyed from before me. Go forth from Babylon, flee from
the Chaldeans; with a voice of singing declare, tell this, utter it even
to the end of the earth: say, Yahweh has redeemed his servant Jacob.
They didn’t thirst
when he led them through the deserts; he caused the waters to flow out of
the rock for them; he split the rock also, and the waters gushed out.
“There is no peace,”
says Yahweh, “for the wicked.”
- Listen, islands, to
me; and listen, you peoples, from far: Yahweh has called me from the womb;
from the bowels of my mother has he made mention of my name: and he has made my mouth like a
sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand, he has hidden me: and he has made
me a polished shaft; in his quiver has he kept me close: and he said to me, “You are my
servant; Israel, in whom I will be glorified.” But I said, “I have labored in
vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely the
justice due to me is with Yahweh, and my reward with my God.”
- Now says Yahweh who
formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him,
and that Israel be gathered to him (for I am honorable in the eyes of
Yahweh, and my God has become my strength); yes, he says, “It is too light
a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and
to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give you for a light to
the nations, that you may be my salvation to the end of the earth.”
- Thus says Yahweh, the
Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despises, to him
whom the nation abhors, to a servant of rulers: “Kings shall see and
arise; princes, and they shall worship; because of Yahweh who is faithful,
even the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”
- Thus says Yahweh,
“In an acceptable time have I answered you, and in a day of salvation
have I helped you; and I will preserve you, and give you for a covenant of
the people, to raise up the land, to make them inherit the desolate
heritage: saying to those
who are bound, ‘Come out!’; to those who are in darkness, ‘Show
- “They shall feed in the ways, and on all bare heights shall be their
pasture. They shall not
hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun strike them: for he who
has mercy on them will lead them, even by springs of water he will guide
them. I will make all my
mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted. Behold, these shall come from
far; and behold, these from the north and from the west; and these from
the land of Sinim.”
- Sing, heavens; and
be joyful, earth; and break forth into singing, mountains: for Yahweh has
comforted his people, and will have compassion on his afflicted. But Zion said, “Yahweh has
forsaken me, and the Lord has forgotten me.”
- “Can a woman
forget her nursing child, that she should not have compassion on the son
of her womb? Yes, these may forget, yet I will not forget you! Behold, I have engraved you on
the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me. Your children make haste; your
destroyers and those who made you waste shall go forth from you. Lift up your eyes all around,
and see: all these gather themselves together, and come to you. As I
live,” says Yahweh, “you shall surely clothe yourself with them all as
with an ornament, and dress yourself with them, like a bride.
- “For, as for your
waste and your desolate places, and your land that has been destroyed,
surely now you shall be too small for the inhabitants, and those who
swallowed you up shall be far away. The children of your bereavement
shall yet say in your ears, The place is too small for me; give place to
me that I may dwell. Then you will say in your heart,
‘Who has conceived these for me, since I have been bereaved of my
children, and am solitary, an exile, and wandering back and forth? Who has
brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where were they?’”
- Thus says the Lord
Yahweh, “Behold, I will lift up my hand to the nations, and set up my
banner to the peoples; and they shall bring your sons in their bosom, and
your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders. Kings shall be your nursing
fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers: they shall bow down to you
with their faces to the earth, and lick the dust of your feet; and you
shall know that I am Yahweh; and those who wait for me shall not be
- Shall the prey be
taken from the mighty, or the lawful captives be delivered?
- But thus says
Yahweh, “Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the
prey of the terrible shall be delivered; for I will contend with him who
contends with you, and I will save your children. I will feed those who oppress
you with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood,
as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I, Yahweh, am your
Savior, and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”
- Thus says Yahweh,
“Where is the bill of your mother’s divorce, with which I have put her
away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for
your iniquities were you sold, and for your transgressions was your mother
put away. Why, when I
came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my
hand shortened at all, that it can’t redeem? or have I no power to
deliver? Behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a
wilderness: their fish stink, because there is no water, and die for
thirst. I clothe the
heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.”
- The Lord Yahweh has
given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to
sustain with words him who is weary: he wakens morning by morning, he
wakens my ear to hear as those who are taught. The Lord Yahweh has opened my
ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away backward. I gave my back to the strikers,
and my cheeks to those who plucked off the hair; I didn’t hide my face
from shame and spitting. For the Lord Yahweh will help me;
therefore I have not been confounded: therefore have I set my face like a
flint, and I know that I shall not be disappointed. He is near who justifies me; who
will bring charges against me? Let us stand up together: who is my
adversary? Let him come near to me. Behold, the Lord Yahweh will help
me; who is he who shall condemn me? Behold, all they shall wax old as a
garment, the moth shall eat them up. Who is among you who fears
Yahweh, who obeys the voice of his servant? He who walks in darkness, and
has no light, let him trust in the name of Yahweh, and rely on his God.
Behold, all you who
kindle a fire, who adorn yourselves with torches around yourselves; walk
in the flame of your fire, and among the brands that you have kindled. You
shall have this of my hand; you shall lie down in sorrow.
- “Listen to me, you
who follow after righteousness, you who seek Yahweh: look to the rock you
were cut from, and to the hold of the pit you were dug from. Look to Abraham your father, and
to Sarah who bore you; for when he was but one I called him, and I blessed
him, and made him many. For Yahweh has comforted Zion; he
has comforted all her waste places, and has made her wilderness like Eden,
and her desert like the garden of Yahweh; joy and gladness shall be found
therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.
- “Attend to me, my
people; and give ear to me, my nation: for a law shall go forth from me,
and I will establish my justice for a light of the peoples. My righteousness is near, my
salvation is gone forth, and my arms shall judge the peoples; the islands
shall wait for me, and on my arm shall they trust. Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
and look on the earth beneath; for the heavens shall vanish away like
smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment; and those who dwell
therein shall die in the same way: but my salvation shall be forever, and
my righteousness shall not be abolished.
- “Listen to me, you
who know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; don’t fear
the reproach of men, neither be dismayed at their insults. For the moth shall eat them up
like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool; but my
righteousness shall be forever, and my salvation to all generations.”
- Awake, awake, put on
strength, arm of Yahweh; awake, as in the days of old, the generations of
ancient times. Isn’t it you who cut Rahab in pieces, who pierced the
monster? Isn’t it you
who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep; who made the depths of
the sea a way for the redeemed to pass over? The ransomed of Yahweh shall
return, and come with singing to Zion; and everlasting joy shall be on
their heads. They shall obtain gladness and joy. Sorrow and sighing shall
- “I, even I, am he
who comforts you: who are you, that you are afraid of man who shall die,
and of the son of man who shall be made as grass; and have forgotten Yahweh your
Maker, who stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the
earth; and fear continually all the day because of the fury of the
oppressor, when he makes ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the
oppressor? The captive
exile shall speedily be freed; and he shall not die and go down into the
pit, neither shall his bread fail. For I am Yahweh your God, who
stirs up the sea, so that its waves roar: Yahweh of Armies is his name.
I have put my words in
your mouth, and have covered you in the shadow of my hand, that I may
plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and tell Zion,
‘You are my people.’”
- Awake, awake, stand
up, Jerusalem, that have drunk at the hand of Yahweh the cup of his wrath;
you have drunken the bowl of the cup of staggering, and drained it.
There is none to guide
her among all the sons whom she has brought forth; neither is there any
who takes her by the hand among all the sons who she has brought up.
These two things have
happened to you. Who will bemoan you? Desolation and destruction, and the
famine and the sword; how shall I comfort you? Your sons have fainted, they lie
at the head of all the streets, as an antelope in a net; they are full of
the wrath of Yahweh, the rebuke of your God. Therefore hear now this, you
afflicted, and drunken, but not with wine: Thus says your Lord Yahweh, and
your God who pleads the cause of his people, “Behold, I have taken out
of your hand the cup of staggering, even the bowl of the cup of my wrath;
you shall no more drink it again: and I will put it into the hand
of those who afflict you, who have said to your soul, ‘Bow down, that we
may walk over you;’ and you have laid your back as the ground, and as
the street, to those who walk over.”
- Awake, awake, put on
your strength, Zion; put on your beautiful garments, Jerusalem, the holy
city: for henceforth there shall no more come into you the uncircumcised
and the unclean. Shake
yourself from the dust! Arise, sit up, Jerusalem! Release yourself from
the bonds of your neck, captive daughter of Zion! For thus says Yahweh, “You were
sold for nothing; and you shall be redeemed without money.”
- For thus says the
Lord Yahweh, “My people went down at the first into Egypt to live there:
and the Assyrian has oppressed them without cause.
- “Now therefore,
what do I do here,” says Yahweh, “seeing that my people are taken away
for nothing? Those who rule over them mock,” says Yahweh, “and my name
continually all the day is blasphemed. Therefore my people shall know my
name. Therefore they shall know in that day that I am he who speaks;
behold, it is I.”
- How beautiful on the
mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace,
who brings good news of good, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion,
“Your God reigns!” The voice of your watchmen! they
lift up the voice, together do they sing; for they shall see eye to eye,
when Yahweh returns to Zion. Break forth into joy, sing
together, you waste places of Jerusalem; for Yahweh has comforted his
people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. Yahweh has made bare his holy
arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth have
seen the salvation of our God.
- Depart, depart, go
out from there, touch no unclean thing! Go out of the midst of her!
Cleanse yourselves, you who bear the vessels of Yahweh. For you shall not go out in
haste, neither shall you go by flight: for Yahweh will go before you; and
the God of Israel will be your rear guard.
- Behold, my servant
shall deal wisely, he shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very
- Like as many were
astonished at you (his appearance was marred more than any man, and his
form more than the sons of men),
- so shall he sprinkle
many nations; kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not
been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall
- Who has believed our
- To whom has the arm of Yahweh been revealed?
- For he grew up before
him as a tender plant,
- and as a root out of dry ground.
- He has no good looks or majesty.
- When we see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
- He was despised,
- and rejected by men;
- a man of suffering,
- and acquainted with disease.
- He was despised as one from whom men hide their face;
- and we didn’t respect him.
- Surely he has borne
- and carried our suffering;
- yet we considered him plagued,
- struck by God, and afflicted.
- But he was pierced
for our transgressions.
- He was crushed for our iniquities.
- The punishment that brought our peace was on him;
- and by his wounds we are healed.
- All we like sheep
have gone astray.
- Everyone has turned to his own way;
- and Yahweh has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
- He was oppressed,
- yet when he was afflicted he didn’t open his mouth.
- As a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
- and as a sheep that before its shearers is mute,
- so he didn’t open his mouth.
- He was taken away by
oppression and judgment;
- and as for his generation,
- who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living
- and stricken for the disobedience of my people?
- They made his grave
with the wicked,
- and with a rich man in his death;
- although he had done no violence,
- neither was any deceit in his mouth.
- Yet it pleased
Yahweh to bruise him.
- He has caused him to suffer.
- When you make his soul an offering for sin,
- he shall see his seed.
- He shall prolong his days,
- and the pleasure of Yahweh shall prosper in his hand.
- After the suffering
of his soul,
- he will see the light and be satisfied.
- My righteous servant will justify many by the knowledge of himself;
- and he will bear their iniquities.
- Therefore will I
divide him a portion with the great,
- and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
- because he poured out his soul to death,
- and was numbered with the transgressors;
- yet he bore the sin of many,
- and made intercession for the transgressors.
- “Sing, barren, you
who didn’t bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, you who did
not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the
children of the married wife,” says Yahweh.
- “Enlarge the place
of your tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of your habitations;
don’t spare: lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes. For you shall spread out on the
right hand and on the left; and your seed shall possess the nations, and
make the desolate cities to be inhabited.
- “Don’t be afraid;
for you shall not be ashamed: neither be confounded; for you shall not be
disappointed: for you shall forget the shame of your youth; and the
reproach of your widowhood you shall remember no more. For your Maker is your husband;
Yahweh of Armies is his name: and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer;
the God of the whole earth shall he be called. For Yahweh has called you as a
wife forsaken and grieved in spirit, even a wife of youth, when she is
cast off,” says your God.
- “For a small moment
have I forsaken you; but with great mercies will I gather you. In overflowing wrath I hid my
face from you for a moment; but with everlasting loving kindness will I
have mercy on you,” says Yahweh your Redeemer.
- “For this is like
the waters of Noah to me; for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah
shall no more go over the earth, so have I sworn that I will not be angry
with you, nor rebuke you. For the mountains may depart,
and the hills be removed; but my loving kindness shall not depart from
you, neither shall my covenant of peace be removed,” says Yahweh who has
mercy on you.
- “You afflicted,
tossed with storms, and not comforted, behold, I will set your stones in
beautiful colors, and lay your foundations with sapphires. I will make your pinnacles of
rubies, and your gates of sparkling jewels, and all your walls of precious
stones. All your
children shall be taught of Yahweh; and great shall be the peace of your
righteousness you shall be established: you shall be far from oppression,
for you shall not be afraid; and from terror, for it shall not come near
you. Behold, they may
gather together, but not by me: whoever shall gather together against you
shall fall because of you.
- “Behold, I have
created the smith who blows the fire of coals, and brings forth a weapon
for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.
- No weapon that is
formed against you will prevail;
- and you will condemn every tongue that rises against you in judgment.
- This is the heritage of the servants of Yahweh,
- and their righteousness which is of me,” says Yahweh.
- “Come, everyone who
thirsts, to the waters! Come, he who has no money, buy, and eat! Yes,
come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend money for that
which is not bread? and your labor for that which doesn’t satisfy?
listen diligently to me, and eat you that which is good, and let your soul
delight itself in fatness. Turn your ear, and come to me;
hear, and your soul shall live: and I will make an everlasting covenant
with you, even the sure mercies of David. Behold, I have given him for a
witness to the peoples, a leader and commander to the peoples. Behold, you shall call a nation
that you don’t know; and a nation that didn’t know you shall run to
you, because of Yahweh your God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he
has glorified you.”
- Seek Yahweh while he
may be found; call you on him while he is near: let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to Yahweh, and he
will have mercy on him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
- “For my thoughts
are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” says Yahweh.
- “For as the heavens
are higher than the earth,
- so are my ways higher than your ways,
- and my thoughts than your thoughts.
- For as the rain
comes down and the snow from the sky,
- and doesn’t return there, but waters the earth,
- and makes it bring forth and bud,
- and gives seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
- so shall my word be
that goes forth out of my mouth:
- it shall not return to me void,
- but it shall accomplish that which I please,
- and it shall prosper in the thing I sent it to do.
- For you shall go out
- and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break
forth before you into singing; and all the trees of the fields shall clap
their hands. Instead of
the thorn shall come up the fir tree; and instead of the brier shall come
up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to Yahweh for a name, for an
everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”
- Thus says Yahweh,
“Keep justice, and do righteousness; for my salvation is near to come,
and my righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man who does this,
and the son of man who holds it fast; who keeps the Sabbath from profaning
it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil.”
- Neither let the
foreigner, who has joined himself to Yahweh, speak, saying, “Yahweh will
surely separate me from his people”; neither let the eunuch say,
“Behold, I am a dry tree.”
- For thus says Yahweh,
“To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths, and choose the things that please
me, and hold fast my covenant: to them I will give in my house
and within my walls a memorial and a name better than of sons and of
daughters; I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut
off. Also the foreigners
who join themselves to Yahweh, to minister to him, and to love the name of
Yahweh, to be his servants, everyone who keeps the Sabbath from profaning
it, and holds fast my covenant; even them will I bring to my holy
mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt
offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted on my altar; for my house
shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.”
- The Lord Yahweh, who
gathers the outcasts of Israel, says, “Yet will I gather others to him,
besides his own who are gathered.”
- All you animals of
the field, come to devour, all you animals in the forest. His watchmen are blind, they are
all without knowledge; they are all mute dogs, they can’t bark;
dreaming, lying down, loving to slumber. Yes, the dogs are greedy, they
can never have enough; and these are shepherds who can’t understand:
they have all turned to their own way, each one to his gain, from every
quarter. “Come,” say
they, “I will get wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink;
and tomorrow shall be as this day, great beyond measure.”
- The righteous
perishes, and no man lays it to heart; and merciful men are taken away,
none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil. He enters into peace; they rest
in their beds, each one who walks in his uprightness.
- “But draw near
here, you sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the
prostitute. Against whom
do you sport yourselves? Against whom do you make a wide mouth, and stick
out your tongue? Aren’t you children of disobedience, a seed of
falsehood, you who
inflame yourselves among the oaks, under every green tree; who kill the
children in the valleys, under the clefts of the rocks? Among the smooth stones of the
valley is your portion; they, they are your lot; you have even poured a
drink offering to them. You have offered an offering. Shall I be appeased
for these things? On a
high and lofty mountain you have set your bed; there also you went up to
offer sacrifice. Behind
the doors and the posts you have set up your memorial:
- for you have uncovered to someone besides me,
- and have gone up;
- you have enlarged your bed,
- and made you a covenant with them:
- you loved their bed where you saw it.
- You went to the king
with oil, and increased your perfumes, and sent your ambassadors far off,
and debased yourself even to Sheol. You were wearied with the length
of your way; yet you didn’t say, ‘It is in vain.’ You found a
reviving of your strength; therefore you weren’t faint.
- “Of whom have you
been afraid and in fear, that you lie, and have not remembered me, nor
laid it to your heart? Haven’t I held my peace even of long time, and
you don’t fear me? I
will declare your righteousness; and as for your works, they shall not
profit you. When you
cry, let those who you have gathered deliver you; but the wind shall take
them, a breath shall carry them all away: but he who takes refuge in me
shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain.”
- He will say, “Cast
up, cast up, prepare the way,
- take up the stumbling-block out of the way of my people.”
- For thus says the
high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
- “I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also who is of a
contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to
revive the heart of the contrite.
- For I will not
contend forever, neither will I be always angry; for the spirit would
faint before me, and the souls who I have made. For the iniquity of his
covetousness was I angry, and struck him; I hid myself and was angry; and
he went on backsliding in the way of his heart. I have seen his ways, and will
heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts to him and to his
mourners. I create the
fruit of the lips: Peace, peace, to him who is far off and to him who is
near,” says Yahweh; “and I will heal them.” But the wicked are like the
troubled sea; for it can’t rest, and its waters cast up mire and dirt.
“There is no peace,”
says my God, “for the wicked.”
- “Cry aloud, don’t
spare, lift up your voice like a trumpet, and declare to my people their
disobedience, and to the house of Jacob their sins. Yet they seek me daily, and
delight to know my ways: as a nation that did righteousness, and didn’t
forsake the ordinance of their God, they ask of me righteous judgments;
they delight to draw near to God. ‘Why have we fasted,’ say
they, ‘and you don’t see? Why have we afflicted our soul, and you take
- “Behold, in the day of your fast you find pleasure, and exact all
your labors. Behold, you
fast for strife and contention, and to strike with the fist of wickedness:
you don’t fast this day so as to make your voice to be heard on high.
Is such the fast that I
have chosen? the day for a man to afflict his soul? Is it to bow down his
head as a rush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? Will you call
this a fast, and an acceptable day to Yahweh?
- “Isn’t this the
fast that I have chosen: to release the bonds of wickedness, to undo the
bands of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free, and that you break
every yoke? Isn’t it to
distribute your bread to the hungry, and that you bring the poor who are
cast out to your house? When you see the naked, that you cover him; and
that you not hide yourself from your own flesh? Then your light shall break forth
as the morning, and your healing shall spring forth speedily; and your
righteousness shall go before you; the glory of Yahweh shall be your rear
- Then you shall call,
and Yahweh will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’
- “If you take away from the midst of you the yoke, the putting forth
of the finger, and speaking wickedly; and if you draw out your soul to
the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul: then your light shall rise in
darkness, and your obscurity be as the noonday; and Yahweh will guide you
continually, and satisfy your soul in dry places, and make strong your
bones; and you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water,
whose waters don’t fail. Those who shall be of you shall
build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many
generations; and you shall be called The repairer of the breach, The
restorer of paths to dwell in.
- “If you turn away
your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day; and
call the Sabbath a delight, and the holy of Yahweh honorable; and shall
honor it, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor
speaking your own words: then you shall delight yourself
in Yahweh; and I will make you to ride on the high places of the earth;
and I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father:”
- for the mouth of Yahweh has spoken it.
- Behold, Yahweh’s
hand is not shortened, that it can’t save; neither his ear heavy, that
it can’t hear: but your
iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have
hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. For your hands are defiled with
blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your
tongue mutters wickedness. None sues in righteousness, and
none pleads in truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive
mischief, and bring forth iniquity. They hatch adders’ eggs, and
weave the spider’s web: he who eats of their eggs dies; and that which
is crushed breaks out into a viper. Their webs shall not become
garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their
works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.
Their feet run to evil,
and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of
iniquity; desolation and destruction are in their paths. The way of peace they don’t
know; and there is no justice in their goings: they have made them crooked
paths; whoever goes therein does not know peace. Therefore is justice far from us,
neither does righteousness overtake us: we look for light, but, behold,
darkness; for brightness, but we walk in obscurity. We grope for the wall like the
blind; yes, we grope as those who have no eyes: we stumble at noonday as
in the twilight; among those who are lusty we are as dead men. We roar all like bears, and moan
bitterly like doves: we look for justice, but there is none; for
salvation, but it is far off from us.
- For our
transgressions are multiplied before you, and our sins testify against us;
for our transgressions are with us, and as for our iniquities, we know
them: transgressing and
denying Yahweh, and turning away from following our God, speaking
oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of
falsehood. Justice is
turned away backward, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is
fallen in the street, and uprightness can’t enter. Yes, truth is lacking; and he
who departs from evil makes himself a prey. Yahweh saw it, and it
displeased him that there was no justice. He saw that there was no man,
and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his own arm brought
salvation to him; and his righteousness, it upheld him. He put on righteousness as a
breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on his head; and he put on garments
of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a mantle. According to their deeds,
accordingly he will repay, wrath to his adversaries, recompense to his
enemies; to the islands he will repay recompense. So shall they fear the name of
Yahweh from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun; for he
will come as a rushing stream, which the breath of Yahweh drives.
- “A Redeemer will
come to Zion,
- and to those who turn from disobedience in Jacob,” says Yahweh.
“As for me, this is
my covenant with them,” says Yahweh. “My Spirit who is on you, and my
words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth,
nor out of the mouth of your seed, nor out of the mouth of your seed’s
seed,” says Yahweh, “from henceforth and forever.”
- “Arise, shine; for
your light has come, and the glory of Yahweh is risen on you. For, behold, darkness shall cover
the earth, and gross darkness the peoples; but Yahweh will arise on you,
and his glory shall be seen on you. Nations shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your rising.
- “Lift up your eyes
all around, and see: they all gather themselves together, they come to
you; your sons shall come from far, and your daughters shall be carried in
the arms. Then you shall
see and be radiant, and your heart shall thrill and be enlarged; because
the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, the wealth of the nations
shall come to you. The
multitude of camels shall cover you, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah;
all they from Sheba shall come; they shall bring gold and frankincense,
and shall proclaim the praises of Yahweh. All the flocks of Kedar shall be
gathered together to you, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister to you; they
shall come up with acceptance on my altar; and I will glorify the house of
- “Who are these who
fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows? Surely the islands shall wait for
me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring your sons from far, their
silver and their gold with them, for the name of Yahweh your God, and for
the Holy One of Israel, because he has glorified you.
- “Foreigners shall
build up your walls, and their kings shall minister to you: for in my
wrath I struck you, but in my favor have I had mercy on you.
- Your gates also
shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men
may bring to you the wealth of the nations, and their kings led captive.
- For that nation and
kingdom that will not serve you shall perish; yes, those nations shall be
- “The glory of
Lebanon shall come to you, the fir tree, the pine, and the box tree
together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place
of my feet glorious.
- The sons of those
who afflicted you shall come bending to you; and all those who despised
you shall bow themselves down at the soles of your feet; and they shall
call you The city of Yahweh, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
- “Whereas you have
been forsaken and hated, so that no man passed through you, I will make
you an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations. You shall also drink the milk of
the nations, and shall nurse from royal breasts; and you shall know that
I, Yahweh, am your Savior, and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
For brass I will bring
gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones
iron. I will also make your officers peace, and righteousness your ruler.
Violence shall no more
be heard in your land, desolation nor destruction within your borders; but
you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise. The sun shall be no more your
light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light to you: but
Yahweh will be to you an everlasting light, and your God your glory.
Your sun shall no more
go down, neither shall your moon withdraw itself; for Yahweh will be your
everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended. Your people also shall be all
righteous; they shall inherit the land forever, the branch of my planting,
the work of my hands, that I may be glorified. The little one shall become a
thousand, and the small one a strong nation; I, Yahweh, will hasten it in
- The Spirit of the
Lord Yahweh is on me;
- because Yahweh has anointed me to preach good news to the humble.
- He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
- to proclaim liberty to the captives,
- and release to those who are bound;
- to proclaim the year
of Yahweh’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all
who mourn; to appoint to
those who mourn in Zion, to give to them a garland for ashes, the oil of
joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that
they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of Yahweh, that he
may be glorified.
- They shall build the
old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall
repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations. Strangers shall stand and feed
your flocks, and foreigners shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
But you shall be named
the priests of Yahweh; men will call you the ministers of our God: you
will eat the wealth of the nations, and you will boast in their glory.
- Instead of your shame
you shall have double; and instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their
portion: therefore in their land they shall possess double; everlasting
joy shall be to them.
- “For I, Yahweh,
love justice, I hate robbery with iniquity; and I will give them their
recompense in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
Their seed shall be known
among the nations, and their offspring among the peoples; all who see them
shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which Yahweh has blessed.”
- I will greatly
rejoice in Yahweh, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he has clothed
me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of
righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a
bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth
its bud, and as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring
forth; so the Lord Yahweh will cause righteousness and praise to spring
forth before all the nations.
- For Zion’s sake
will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
until her righteousness go forth as brightness, and her salvation as a
lamp that burns. The
nations shall see your righteousness, and all kings your glory, and you
shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of Yahweh shall name.
You shall also be a crown
of beauty in the hand of Yahweh, and a royal diadem in the hand of your
God. You shall no more be
termed Forsaken; neither shall your land any more be termed Desolate: but
you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; for Yahweh delights
in you, and your land shall be married. For as a young man marries a
virgin, so your sons shall marry you; and as the bridegroom rejoices over
the bride, so your God will rejoice over you. I have set watchmen on your
walls, Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day nor night: you who
call on Yahweh, take no rest, and give him no rest, until he
establishes, and until he makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
- Yahweh has sworn by
his right hand, and by the arm of his strength,
- “Surely I will no more give your grain to be food for your enemies;
and foreigners shall not drink your new wine, for which you have labored:
but those who have
garnered it shall eat it, and praise Yahweh; and those who have gathered
it shall drink it in the courts of my sanctuary.”
- Go through, go
through the gates! Prepare the way of the people! Cast up, cast up the
highway! Gather out the stones! Lift up a banner for the peoples. Behold, Yahweh has proclaimed to
the end of the earth,
- “Say to the daughter of Zion,
- ‘Behold, your salvation comes.
- Behold, his reward is with him,
- and his recompense before him.’”
- They shall call them
The holy people, The redeemed of Yahweh: and you shall be called Sought
out, A city not forsaken.
- Who is this who comes
from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this who is glorious in his
clothing, marching in the greatness of his strength?
- “It is I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.”
- Why are you red in
your clothing, and your garments like him who treads in the wine vat?
- “I have trodden the
winepress alone; and of the peoples there was no man with me: yes, I trod
them in my anger, and trampled them in my wrath; and their lifeblood is
sprinkled on my garments, and I have stained all my clothing. For the day of vengeance was in
my heart, and the year of my redeemed has come. I looked, and there was none to
help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore my own arm
brought salvation to me; and my wrath, it upheld me. I trod down the peoples in my
anger, and made them drunk in my wrath, and I poured out their lifeblood
on the earth.”
- I will make mention
of the loving kindnesses of Yahweh and the praises of Yahweh, according to
all that Yahweh has bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the
house of Israel, which he has bestowed on them according to his mercies,
and according to the multitude of his loving kindnesses. For he said, “Surely, they are
my people, children who will not deal falsely:” so he was their Savior.
- In all their
affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in
his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bore them, and carried
them all the days of old. But they rebelled, and grieved
his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he himself
fought against them.
- Then he remembered
the days of old, Moses and his people, saying, Where is he who brought
them up out of the sea with the shepherds of his flock? where is he who
put his holy Spirit in their midst? who caused his glorious arm to
go at the right hand of Moses? who divided the waters before them, to make
himself an everlasting name? who led them through the depths,
as a horse in the wilderness, so that they didn’t stumble? As the livestock that go down
into the valley, the Spirit of Yahweh caused them to rest; so you led your
people, to make yourself a glorious name.
- Look down from
heaven, and see from the habitation of your holiness and of your glory:
where are your zeal and your mighty acts? the yearning of your heart and
your compassion is restrained toward me. For you are our Father, though
Abraham doesn’t know us, and Israel does not acknowledge us: you,
Yahweh, are our Father; our Redeemer from everlasting is your name.
O Yahweh, why do you
make us to err from your ways, and harden our heart from your fear? Return
for your servants’ sake, the tribes of your inheritance. Your holy people possessed it
but a little while: our adversaries have trodden down your sanctuary.
We have become as they
over whom you never bear rule, as those who were not called by your name.
- Oh that you would
tear the heavens, that you would come down, that the mountains might quake
at your presence, as when
fire kindles the brushwood, and the fire causes the waters to boil; to
make your name known to your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at
your presence! When you
did awesome things which we didn’t look for, you came down, the
mountains quaked at your presence. For from of old men have not
heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither has the eye seen a God besides
you, who works for him who waits for him. You meet him who rejoices and
works righteousness, those who remember you in your ways. Behold, you were
angry, and we sinned. We have been in sin for a long time; and shall we be
saved? For we have all
become as one who is unclean, and all our righteousness is as a polluted
garment: and we all fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind,
take us away. There is
none who calls on your name, who stirs up himself to take hold of you; for
you have hidden your face from us, and have consumed us by means of our
- But now, Yahweh, you
are our Father; we are the clay, and you our potter; and we all are the
work of your hand. Don’t be furious, Yahweh,
neither remember iniquity forever: see, look, we beg you, we are all your
people. Your holy cities
are become a wilderness, Zion has become a wilderness, Jerusalem a
desolation. Our holy and
our beautiful house, where our fathers praised you, is burned with fire;
and all our pleasant places are laid waste. Will you refrain yourself for
these things, Yahweh? Will you hold your peace, and afflict us very
- “I am inquired of
by those who didn’t ask; I am found by those who didn’t seek me: I
said, See me, see me, to a nation that was not called by my name. I have spread out my hands all
the day to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, after
their own thoughts; a
people who provoke me to my face continually, sacrificing in gardens, and
burning incense on bricks; who sit among the graves, and
lodge in the secret places; who eat pig’s flesh, and broth of abominable
things is in their vessels; who say, Stand by yourself,
don’t come near to me, for I am holier than you. These are a smoke in my
nose, a fire that burns all the day.
- “Behold, it is
written before me: I will not keep silence, but will recompense, yes, I
will recompense into their bosom, your own iniquities, and the
iniquities of your fathers together,” says Yahweh, “who have burned
incense on the mountains, and blasphemed me on the hills; therefore will I
first measure their work into their bosom.”
- Thus says Yahweh,
- “As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one says, ‘Don’t
destroy it, for a blessing is in it:’ so will I do for my servants’
sake, that I may not destroy them all. I will bring forth a seed out of
Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains; and my chosen shall
inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there. Sharon shall be a fold of
flocks, and the valley of Achor a place for herds to lie down in, for my
people who have sought me.
- “But you who
forsake Yahweh, who forget my holy mountain, who prepare a table for
Fortune, and who fill up mixed wine to Destiny; I will destine you to the sword,
and you shall all bow down to the slaughter; because when I called, you
didn’t answer; when I spoke, you didn’t listen; but you did that which
was evil in my eyes, and chose that in which I didn’t delight.”
- Therefore thus says
the Lord Yahweh, “Behold, my servants shall eat, but you shall be
hungry; behold, my servants shall drink, but you shall be thirsty; behold,
my servants shall rejoice, but you shall be disappointed; behold, my servants shall sing
for joy of heart, but you shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall wail
for anguish of spirit.
- You shall leave your
name for a curse to my chosen; and the Lord Yahweh will kill you; and he
will call his servants by another name: so that he who blesses himself
in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he who swears in
the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are
forgotten, and because they are hidden from my eyes.
- “For, behold, I
create new heavens and a new earth; and the former things shall not be
remembered, nor come into mind. But be you glad and rejoice
forever in that which I create; for, behold, I create Jerusalem a
rejoicing, and her people a joy. I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and
joy in my people; and there shall be heard in her no more the voice of
weeping and the voice of crying.
- “There shall be no
more there an infant of days, nor an old man who has not filled his days;
for the child shall die one hundred years old, and the sinner being one
hundred years old shall be accursed. They shall build houses, and
inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat their fruit. They shall not build, and
another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of
a tree shall be the days of my people, and my chosen shall long enjoy the
work of their hands. They shall not labor in vain,
nor bring forth for calamity; for they are the seed of the blessed of
Yahweh, and their offspring with them. It shall happen that, before
they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
The wolf and the lamb
shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the ox; and dust
shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my
holy mountain,” says Yahweh.
- Thus says Yahweh,
“Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: what kind of house
will you build to me? and what place shall be my rest? For all these things has my hand
made, and so all these things came to be,” says Yahweh:
- “but to this man will I look, even to him who is poor and of a
contrite spirit, and who trembles at my word.
- He who kills an ox is
as he who kills a man; he who sacrifices a lamb, as he who breaks a
dog’s neck; he who offers an offering, as he who offers pig’s blood;
he who burns frankincense, as he who blesses an idol. Yes, they have
chosen their own ways, and their soul delights in their abominations:
I also will choose their
delusions, and will bring their fears on them; because when I called, no
one answered; when I spoke, they didn’t listen; but they did that which
was evil in my eyes, and chose that in which I didn’t delight.”
- Hear the word of
Yahweh, you who tremble at his word: “Your brothers who hate you, who
cast you out for my name’s sake, have said,
- ‘Let Yahweh be glorified, that we may see your joy;’ but it is
those who shall be disappointed. A voice of tumult from the city,
a voice from the temple, a voice of Yahweh that renders recompense to his
- “Before she
travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she delivered a son.
- Who has heard such a
thing? who has seen such things? Shall a land be born in one day? shall a
nation be brought forth at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she
brought forth her children. Shall I bring to the birth, and
not cause to bring forth?” says Yahweh: “shall I who cause to bring
forth shut the womb?” says your God. “Rejoice with Jerusalem, and
be glad for her, all you who love her: rejoice for joy with her, all you
who mourn over her;
- that you may nurse
and be satisfied at the comforting breasts; that you may drink deeply, and
be delighted with the abundance of her glory.”
- For thus says
Yahweh, “Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory
of the nations like an overflowing stream: and you will nurse. You will be
carried on her side, and will be dandled on her knees.
- As one whom his
mother comforts, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted in
- You will see it, and
your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like the tender
grass: and the hand of Yahweh shall be known toward his servants; and he
will have indignation against his enemies. For, behold, Yahweh will come
with fire, and his chariots shall be like the whirlwind; to render his
anger with fierceness, and his rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire will Yahweh execute
judgment, and by his sword, on all flesh; and the slain of Yahweh shall be
“Those who sanctify
themselves and purify themselves to go to the gardens, behind one in the
midst, eating pig’s flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, they
shall come to an end together,” says Yahweh.
“For I know their
works and their thoughts: the time comes, that I will gather all nations
and languages; and they shall come, and shall see my glory.
“I will set a sign
among them, and I will send such as escape of them to the nations, to
Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, who draw the bow, to Tubal and Javan, to the
islands afar off, who have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory;
and they shall declare my glory among the nations. They shall bring all your
brothers out of all the nations for an offering to Yahweh, on horses, and
in chariots, and in litters, and on mules, and on dromedaries, to my holy
mountain Jerusalem, says Yahweh, as the children of Israel bring their
offering in a clean vessel into the house of Yahweh. Of them also will I take for
priests and for Levites,” says Yahweh.
“For as the new
heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me,”
says Yahweh, “so your seed and your name shall remain. It shall happen, that from one
new moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come
to worship before me,” says Yahweh. “They shall go forth, and look
on the dead bodies of the men who have transgressed against me: for their
worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they will be
loathsome to all mankind.”
 back to 1:2
“Yahweh” is God’s proper Name, sometimes rendered “LORD” (all
caps) in other translations.
 back to 1:10 The Hebrew word rendered “God” is
 back to 1:24
The word translated “Lord” is “Adonai.”
back to 5:10 literally, ten yokes, or the amount of
land that ten yokes of oxen can plow in one day, which is about 10 acres
or 4 hectares.
 back to 5:10
1 bath is about 22 litres or 5.8 U. S. gallons
 back to 5:10 1 homer is about 220 litres or 6
 back to 5:10 1 ephah
is about 22 litres or 0.6 bushels or about 2 pecks)—only one tenth of
what was sown.
 back to 5:14
Sheol is the place of the dead.
 back to 7:14 “Immanuel” means “God with
 back to 8:1 “Maher
Shalal Hash Baz” means “quick to the plunder, swift to the
 back to 14:9
Sheol is the place of the dead.
 back to 14:11 Sheol is the place of the dead.
 back to 14:15 Sheol is the place of
 back to 28:15
Sheol is the place of the dead.
 back to 28:18 Sheol is the place of the dead.
 back to 29:2 or, Ariel
 back to 34:14 literally, lilith,
which could also be a night demon or night monster
 back to 38:10 Sheol is the place of
 back to 38:18
Sheol is the place of the dead.
 back to 45:5 or, equip
 back to 53:11 So read the Dead Sea Scrolls and
Septuagint. Masoretic Text omits “the light”.
 back to 57:9 Sheol is the place of the
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