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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
The Lord Rises Up
1Woe, you destroyer never destroyed,
you traitor never betrayed!
When you have finished destroying,
you will be destroyed.
When you have finished betraying,
they will betray you.#2Kg 18:14–36; Is 17:14; 21:2
2 Lord, be gracious to us! We wait for you.#Is 25:9; 26:8
Be our strength every morning
and our salvation in time of trouble.#Ex 15:2; Ps 28:8; Is 12:2; 17:10; 51:5
3The peoples flee at the thunderous noise;#Is 17:13; 21:15
the nations scatter when you rise in your majesty.
4Your spoil will be gathered as locusts are gathered;
people will swarm over it like an infestation of locusts.
5The Lord is exalted, for he dwells on high;
he has filled Zion with justice and righteousness.
6There will be times of security for you —
a storehouse of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge.
The fear of the Lord is Zion’s treasure.#Is 11:2–3; Ac 9:31
7Listen! Their warriors cry loudly in the streets;
the messengers of peace weep bitterly.#2Kg 18:18,37; Is 36:3,22
8The highways are deserted;
travel has ceased.
An agreement has been broken,#2Kg 18:14–17; Is 24:5
cities#33:8 DSS read witnesses despised,
and human life disregarded.
9The land mourns and withers;#Is 3:26; 24:4; 29:2
Lebanon is ashamed and wilted.
Sharon is like a desert;
Bashan and Carmel shake off their leaves.
10“Now I will rise up,”#Ps 12:5; Is 2:19,21 says the Lord.
“Now I will lift myself up.
Now I will be exalted.
11You will conceive chaff;#Ps 7:14; Is 26:18; 59:4; Jms 1:15
you will give birth to stubble.
Your breath is fire that will consume you.
12The peoples will be burned to ashes,
like thorns cut down and burned in a fire.
13You who are far off, hear what I have done;
you who are near,#Is 18:2; Eph 2:17 know my strength.”
14The sinners in Zion are afraid;
trembling seizes the ungodly:
“Who among us can dwell with a consuming fire?#Is 30:27,30; 66:15; Heb 12:29
Who among us can dwell with ever-burning flames?”#Is 66:24
15The one who lives righteously
and speaks rightly,#Ps 15:2; 24:4; Is 58:6–11
who refuses profit from extortion,
whose hand never takes a bribe,
who stops his ears from listening to murderous plots
and shuts his eyes against evil schemes#Ps 119:37  —
16he will dwell on the heights;
his refuge will be the rocky fortresses,
his food provided, his water assured.
17Your eyes will see the King in his beauty;#Is 6:5; 24:23; 33:21–22; Zch 9:9
you will see a vast land.#Is 54:2–3
18Your mind will meditate on the past terror:
“Where is the accountant?#33:18 Lit counter
Where is the tribute collector?#33:18 Lit weigher
Where is the one who spied out our defenses?” #33:18 Lit who counts towers
19You will no longer see the barbarians,
a people whose speech is difficult to comprehend —
who stammer in a language that is not understood.#Dt 28:49–50; Is 28:11; Jr 5:15
20Look at Zion, the city of our festival times.
Your eyes will see Jerusalem,
a peaceful pasture,#Ps 46:5; 125:1–2; Is 32:18 a tent that does not wander;
its tent pegs will not be pulled up
nor will any of its cords be loosened.#Is 54:2
21For the majestic one, our Lord, will be there,#Rm 8:31
a place of rivers and broad streams
where ships that are rowed will not go,
and majestic vessels will not pass.#Is 41:18; 43:19–20; 48:18; 66:12
22For the Lord is our Judge,
the Lord is our Lawgiver,#Is 1:10; 51:4,7; Jms 4:12
the Lord is our King.
He will save us.#2Sm 22:3; 23:5; 2Kg 19:19,34; Is 25:9; 35:4; 38:20
23Your ropes are slack;
they cannot hold the base of the mast
or spread out the flag.
Then abundant spoil will be divided,
the lame will plunder it,
24and none there will say, “I am sick.”
The people who dwell there
will be forgiven#Is 40:2; 44:22; Jr 50:20; Mc 7:18–19; 1Jn 1:7–9 their iniquity.#Is 13:11