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Isaiah 22

22
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1THE ORACLE CONCERNING THE VALLEY OF VISION.
What aileth thee now, that thou art gone up, all of thee to the house-tops?
2O thou, that wast full of noise,
A tumultuous city, a joyous city!
Thy slain are not slain by the sword,
Neither are they dead in battle.
3All thy leaders who fled away together, have been taken by the archers;
All that were found in thee have been taken together, even they who had fled from far.
4Wherefore I said: Turn your eyes away from me; I will weep bitterly:
Labour not to comfort me for the desolation of the daughter of my people.
5For it is a day of trouble, and of treading down, and of perplexity,
From the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, in the valley of vision:
They break down the wall,
And the outcry for help pierceth unto the mountains.
6And Elam beareth the quiver,
With chariots of men and horsemen;
And Kir uncovereth the shield.
7And it came to pass, that thy choicest valleys were filled with chariots,
And the horsemen did set themselves in array against the gate.
8And when he removed the veil of Judah,
Thou didst look in that day to the armour of the house of the forest.
9Ye have seen also the breaches of the city of David, that they have multiplied;
And ye collected together the waters of the lower pool.
10And ye have numbered the houses of Jerusalem,
And the houses have ye broken down to fortify the wall.
11Ye have made also a reservoir for water between the two walls,
For the water of the old pool.
But ye have not looked unto Him who hath disposed this;
And Him who formed it of old, ye have not regarded.
12And in that day did the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, call
To weeping and to lamentation;
And to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth:
13But, behold joy and gladness,
Slaying of oxen, and killing of sheep;
Eating of flesh, and drinking of wine:
Let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we shall die.
14Therefore it was revealed in mine ears by Jehovah of hosts,
Surely this your iniquity shall not be expiated till ye die,
Saith the Lord, Jehovah of hosts.
15Thus saith the Lord, Jehovah of hosts:
Go, get thee unto this treasurer, even unto Shebna, who is over the household, and say:
16What hast thou here? and whom hast thou here?
That thou hast hewed thee out a sepulchre here?
O thou that hewest out thy sepulchre on high,
That gravest in the rock an habitation for thyself!
17Behold, Jehovah casteth thee down with a mighty overthrow:
And grasping he will grasp thee;
18In whirling he will whirl thee with a whirl,
Like that of a ball, into a wide country:
There shalt thou die; and there shall thy glorious chariots be;
O thou the shame of the house of thy lord!
19And I will drive thee from thy station,
And from thy state shall he pull thee down.
20And it shall come to pass in that day,
That I will call my servant,
Even Eliakim the son of Hilkiah:
21And I will clothe him with thy robe,
And strengthen him with thy girdle;
And thy government will I commit into his hand;
And he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
And to the house of Judah.
22And I will lay the key of the house of David upon his shoulder;
And he shall open, and none shall shut;
And he shall shut, and none shall open.
23And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place;
And he shall be for a glorious throne to his father’s house.
24And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his father's house,
The offspring of high and of low degree;
All small vessels, from vessels used as cups
To every sort of meaner vessels.
25In that day, saith Jehovah of hosts,
Shall the nail that is fastened in a sure place be removed,
And be cut down, and fall;
And the burden which was upon it shall be cut off:
For Jehovah hath spoken it.

Isaiah 22

22
A Pronouncement against Jerusalem
1A pronouncement#Is 13:1 concerning the Valley of Vision:#Ps 125:2; Jr 21:13; Jl 3:12,14
What’s the matter with you?
Why have all of you gone up to the rooftops?#Is 15:3
2The noisy city, the jubilant town,#Is 23:7; 32:13
is filled with celebration.
Your dead did not die by the sword;
they were not killed in battle.
3All your rulers have fled together,
captured without a bow.
All your fugitives were captured together;
they had fled far away.
4Therefore I said,
“Look away from me! Let me weep bitterly!#Is 15:3; 33:7; Jr 9:1; Zch 12:10
Do not try to comfort me
about the destruction of my dear#22:4 Lit of the daughter of my people.”
5For the Lord God of Armies
had a day of tumult, trampling, and confusion#Is 10:6; 37:3; 63:3
in the Valley of Vision —
people shouting#22:5 Or Vision — a tearing down of a wall, or Vision — Kir raged; Hb obscure and crying to the mountains;
6Elam took up a quiver
with chariots and horsemen,#22:6 Lit chariots of man
and Kir#2Kg 16:9; Am 1:5; 9:7 uncovered the shield.
7Your best valleys were full of chariots,
and horsemen were positioned at the city gates.
8He removed the defenses of Judah.
On that day you looked to the weapons in the House of the Forest.#1Kg 7:2; 10:17 9You saw that there were many breaches in the walls of the city of David.#Lk 2:4 You collected water from the lower pool.#2Kg 20:20; Neh 3:16 10You counted the houses of Jerusalem so that you could tear them down to fortify the wall. 11You made a reservoir between the walls#2Kg 25:4; Jr 39:4 for the water of the ancient pool,#2Kg 20:20; 2Ch 32:3–4 but you did not look to the one who made it, or consider the one who created it long ago.
12On that day the Lord God of Armies
called for weeping,#Is 32:11; Jl 1:13; 2:17 for wailing, for shaven heads,
and for the wearing of sackcloth.
13But look: joy and gladness,
butchering of cattle, slaughtering of sheep and goats,
eating of meat, and drinking of wine —
“Let’s eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!” #Is 56:12; 1Co 15:32
14The Lord of Armies has directly revealed to me:#Is 5:9
“This iniquity will not be wiped out for you people as long as you live.”#22:14 Lit for you until you die#1Sm 3:14; Ezk 24:13
The Lord God of Armies has spoken.
A Pronouncement against Shebna
15The Lord God of Armies said, “Go to Shebna,#2Kg 18:18,26,37; Is 36:3,11,22; 37:2 that steward who is in charge of the palace, and say to him: 16What are you doing here? Who authorized you to carve out a tomb for yourself here, carving your tomb on the height and cutting a resting place for yourself out of rock?#2Sm 18:18; 2Ch 16:14; Mt 27:60 17Look, you strong man! The Lord is about to shake you violently. He will take hold of you, 18wind you up into a ball, and sling you into a wide land.#22:17–18 Hb obscure There you will die, and there your glorious chariots will be — a disgrace to the house of your lord. 19I will remove you from your office; you will be ousted from your position.
20“On that day I will call for my servant, Eliakim son of Hilkiah.#2Kg 18:18; Is 36:3,22; 37:2 21I will clothe him with your robe and tie your sash around him. I will hand your authority over to him, and he will be like a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah.#Gn 45:8; Jb 29:16 22I will place the key#Mt 16:19; Rv 3:7 of the house of David on his shoulder; what he opens, no one can close; what he closes, no one can open.#Jb 12:14 23I will drive him, like a peg, into a firm place. He will be a throne of honor for his father’s family. 24They will hang on him all the glory of his father’s family: the descendants and the offshoots — all the small vessels, from bowls to every kind of jar. 25On that day” — the declaration of the Lord of Armies — “the peg that was driven into a firm place will give way, be cut off, and fall, and the load on it will be destroyed.” Indeed, the Lord has spoken.