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Isaiah 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

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Trouble in Vision Valley
1This is a message about Vision Valley:#22.1 Vision Valley: The exact location is not known. In Hebrew the name sounds something like “Hinnom Valley,” where the people of Jerusalem sometimes offered human sacrifices to the gods of Canaan.
Why are you celebrating
on the flat roofs#22.1 flat roofs: In Palestine the houses usually had a flat roof. Stairs on the outside led up to the roof, which was made of beams and boards covered with packed earth.
of your houses?
2Your city is filled
with noisy shouts.
Those who lie drunk
in your streets
were not killed in battle.
3Your leaders ran away,
but they were captured
without a fight.
No matter how far they ran,
they were found and caught.#22.3 No matter … caught: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
4Then I said, “Leave me alone!
Let me cry bitter tears.
My people have been destroyed,
so don't try to comfort me.”
5The Lord All-Powerful
had chosen a time
for noisy shouts and confusion
to fill Vision Valley,
and for everyone to beg
the mountains for help.#22.5 and for … help: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
6The people of Elam and Kir#22.6 Elam and Kir: Regions in the Iranian highlands.
attacked with chariots#22.6 chariots: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
and carried shields.
7Your most beautiful valleys
were covered with chariots;
your cities were surrounded
by cavalry troops.
8Judah was left defenseless.
At that time you trusted in the weapons you had stored in Forest Palace.#22.8 Forest Palace: Built by Solomon (1 Kings 7.2) and used as a place for storing weapons. 9You saw the holes in the outer wall of Jerusalem, and you brought water from the lower pool.#22.9 the lower pool: Mentioned only here; probably in the southern part of the Central Valley (Tyropoean Valley) of Jerusalem. 10You counted the houses in Jerusalem and tore down some of them, so you could get stones to repair the city wall. 11Then you built a large tank between the walls#22.11 between the walls: Some cities had two walls with a space between them. If the enemy broke through the outer wall, the city was still protected by the inner wall. The houses that were torn down to repair the outer wall were probably squatters' huts that had been built between the two walls. to store the water. But you refused to trust the God who planned this long ago and made it happen.
A Time To Weep
12When all of this happened,
the Lord All-Powerful told you
to weep and mourn,
to shave your heads,
and wear sackcloth.
13 # 1 Co 15.32. But instead, you celebrated
by feasting on beef and lamb
and by drinking wine,
because you said,
“Let's eat and drink today!
Tomorrow we may die.”
14The Lord All-Powerful
has spoken to me
this solemn promise:
“I won't forgive them for this,
not as long as they live.”
Selfish Officials Are Doomed
15The Lord All-Powerful is sending me with this message for Shebna, the prime minister:
16Shebna, what gives you the right to have a tomb carved out of rock in this burial place of royalty? None of your relatives are buried here. 17You may be powerful, but the Lord is about to snatch you up and throw you away. 18He will roll you into a ball and throw you into a wide open country, where you will die and your chariots will be destroyed. You're a disgrace to those you serve.
19The Lord is going to take away your job! 20-21He will give your official robes and your authority to his servant Eliakim son of Hilkiah.
Eliakim will be like a father to the people of Jerusalem and to the royal family of Judah. 22#Rev 3.7. The Lord will put him in charge of the key that belongs to King David's family. No one will be able to unlock what he locks, and no one will be able to lock what he unlocks. 23The Lord will make him as firm in his position as a tent peg hammered in the ground, and Eliakim will bring honor to his family.
24His children and relatives will be supported by him, like pans hanging from a peg on the wall. 25That peg is fastened firmly now, but someday it will be shaken loose and fall down. Then everything that was hanging on it will be destroyed. This is what the Lord All-Powerful has promised.