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Isaiah 33

33
XXXIII
1Wo unto thee that spoilest, and thou hast not been spoiled;
And that plunderest, and they have not plundered thee:
When thou shalt cease to spoil, thou shalt be spoiled;
And when thou shalt make an end to plunder, they shall plunder thee.
2O Jehovah, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee:
Be thou their arm every morning,
Our salvation also in the time of distress.
3At the noise of the tumult the people fled;
When thou didst raise thyself up, the nations were scattered.
4But your spoil shall be gathered, as the caterpillar gathereth;
As the locusts run to and fro, so shall men run upon it.
5 Jehovah is exalted, for he dwelleth on high:
He hath filled Zion with judgment and justice.
6And there shall be stability of thy times,
For wisdom and knowledge shall be the riches of salvation;
The fear of Jehovah, this shall be his treasure.
7Behold their valiant men! they raise a cry without; The messengers of peace! they weep bitterly.
8The highways are desolate,
The wayfaring man ceaseth:
He hath broken the covenant; he hath despised the cities;
He regardeth not man.
9The land mourneth, it languished!;
Lebanon is put to shame, it withereth:
Sharon is become like a desert,
And Bashan and Carmel shake off their foliage.
10Now will I arise, saith Jehovah;
Now will I be exalted; now will I lift up myself.
11Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall bring forth stubble;
Your anger, it is a fire that shall consume you.
12And the people shall be as stones burnt into lime,
As thorns that are cut off are consumed in the fire.
13Hear, ye that are afar off, my doings;
And ye that are near, acknowledge my might.
14The sinners in Zion are struck with dread,
Trembling hath seized the wicked:
Who among us can dwell with the devouring fire?
Who among us can dwell with everlasting burnings?
15He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly;
He that despiseth the gain of oppression,
That shaketh his hands from holding of bribes,
That stoppeth his ears from hearing of bloodshed,
And shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;
16He shall dwell on high:
The strong holds of the rocks shall be his fortress,
His bread shall be given him; his waters shall not fail.
17Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty:
They shall see the land far extended.
18Thine heart shall reflect on the terror:
Where is now the notary? where is the weigher of tribute?
Where is he that noted down the towers?
19That fierce people shalt thou see no more;
A people of a deep speech, which thou couldst not understand;
Of a barbarous language, which thou couldst not comprehend.
20Look upon Zion, the city of our solemn feasts:
Thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation,
A tabernacle that shall not be removed;
Not one of the stakes thereof shall be plucked up for ever,
Neither shall any of the cords thereof be snapped asunder.
21But there shall the Mighty One, Jehovah, be unto us
Instead of rivers, and branching streams;
There shall not go therein a ship with oars,
Neither shall a mighty vessel pass over it.
22For Jehovah is our judge; Jehovah is our lawgiver;
Jehovah is our king: he shall save us.
23Thy ropes are loosed, O thou enemy!
So that they cannot strengthen the basis of their mast;
They have not spread the sail.
Then shall be divided the prey of a great spoil;
The lame shall seize the prey.
24Neither shall the inhabitant say, I am sick:
The people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity.

Isaiah 33

33
A Message about Assyria
1What sorrow awaits you Assyrians, who have destroyed others#33:1 Hebrew What sorrow awaits you, O destroyer. The Hebrew text does not specifically name Assyria as the object of the prophecy in this chapter.
but have never been destroyed yourselves.
You betray others,
but you have never been betrayed.
When you are done destroying,
you will be destroyed.
When you are done betraying,
you will be betrayed.
2But Lord, be merciful to us,
for we have waited for you.
Be our strong arm each day
and our salvation in times of trouble.
3The enemy runs at the sound of your voice.
When you stand up, the nations flee!
4Just as caterpillars and locusts strip the fields and vines,
so the fallen army of Assyria will be stripped!
5Though the Lord is very great and lives in heaven,
he will make Jerusalem#33:5 Hebrew Zion; also in 33:14. his home of justice and righteousness.
6In that day he will be your sure foundation,
providing a rich store of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge.
The fear of the Lord will be your treasure.
7But now your brave warriors weep in public.
Your ambassadors of peace cry in bitter disappointment.
8Your roads are deserted;
no one travels them anymore.
The Assyrians have broken their peace treaty
and care nothing for the promises they made before witnesses.#33:8 As in Dead Sea Scrolls; Masoretic Text reads care nothing for the cities.
They have no respect for anyone.
9The land of Israel wilts in mourning.
Lebanon withers with shame.
The plain of Sharon is now a wilderness.
Bashan and Carmel have been plundered.
10But the Lord says: “Now I will stand up.
Now I will show my power and might.
11You Assyrians produce nothing but dry grass and stubble.
Your own breath will turn to fire and consume you.
12Your people will be burned up completely,
like thornbushes cut down and tossed in a fire.
13Listen to what I have done, you nations far away!
And you that are near, acknowledge my might!”
14The sinners in Jerusalem shake with fear.
Terror seizes the godless.
“Who can live with this devouring fire?” they cry.
“Who can survive this all-consuming fire?”
15Those who are honest and fair,
who refuse to profit by fraud,
who stay far away from bribes,
who refuse to listen to those who plot murder,
who shut their eyes to all enticement to do wrong—
16these are the ones who will dwell on high.
The rocks of the mountains will be their fortress.
Food will be supplied to them,
and they will have water in abundance.
17Your eyes will see the king in all his splendor,
and you will see a land that stretches into the distance.
18You will think back to this time of terror, asking,
“Where are the Assyrian officers
who counted our towers?
Where are the bookkeepers
who recorded the plunder taken from our fallen city?”
19You will no longer see these fierce, violent people
with their strange, unknown language.
20Instead, you will see Zion as a place of holy festivals.
You will see Jerusalem, a city quiet and secure.
It will be like a tent whose ropes are taut
and whose stakes are firmly fixed.
21The Lord will be our Mighty One.
He will be like a wide river of protection
that no enemy can cross,
that no enemy ship can sail upon.
22For the Lord is our judge,
our lawgiver, and our king.
He will care for us and save us.
23The enemies’ sails hang loose
on broken masts with useless tackle.
Their treasure will be divided by the people of God.
Even the lame will take their share!
24The people of Israel will no longer say,
“We are sick and helpless,”
for the Lord will forgive their sins.