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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

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Yahweh’s Judgment and Help
1Ah, destroyer, and yourself not destroyed!
And treacherous one, and no one has dealt treacherously with him!#Many manuscripts suggest “you” rather than “him”
When you cease#Literally “finishing” destroying, you will be destroyed.
When you stop dealing treacherously, one will deal treacherously with you.
2Yahweh, be gracious to us, we wait for you.
Be our#Hebrew “their” arm in the mornings,
indeed our salvation in the time of trouble.
3At the sound of tumult, peoples fled;
because of your exaltation, nations scattered.
4And your spoil is gathered,
as the gathering of the locust,
as a swarm of locusts storming on it.
5Yahweh is exalted, for he dwells on high;
he filled Zion with justice and righteousness,
6and he will be the security of your times,
an abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge.
The fear of Yahweh is his treasure.
7Look! Their heroes cry out in the street;
the messengers of peace weep bitterly.
8Highways are deserted;
the traveler on the road ceases.
One breaks a treaty,
he rejects the cities,#A Dead Sea Scroll reads “witnesses”
he does not hold man in high regard.
9The land mourns; it languishes.
Lebanon feels abashed; it withers.
Sharon is like the desert,
and Bashan and Carmel are losing their leaves.#Literally “shaking off”
10“Now I will arise,” says Yahweh.
“Now I will lift myself up proudly;
now I will raise myself.
11You conceive dry grass, you bring forth stubble;
your breath is a fire; it will consume you.
12And the peoples will be burning to lime—
they are burned like thorns that have been cut down in the fire.
13You who are far away, hear what I have done;
and you who are near, know my might!”
14Sinners are afraid in Zion;
trembling has seized the godless:
“Who of us can live#Literally “dwell as an alien” with devouring fire?
Who of us can live#Literally “dwell as an alien” with everlasting consuming hearths?”
15He who walks in righteousness
and speaks uprightness,
who rejects the gain of extortion,
who refuses#Literally “shakes his hand from the taking of” a bribe,
who stops up his ears#Hebrew “ear” from hearing bloodshed#Literally “blood”
and shuts his eyes from seeing evil.
16That one will live on the heights;
the fortresses of rocks will be his refuge.
His food will be given;
his waters#Hebrew “water” will endure.
17Your eyes will see the king in his beauty;
they will see a distant land.#Literally “land of distance”
18Your mind#Literally “heart” will meditate on the terror:
“Where is the one who counted?
Where is the one who weighed out?
Where is the one who counted the towers?”
19You will not see the insolent people,
the people whose language is too obscure to understand,#Literally “obscure of lip than to hear”
whose stammering of tongue cannot be understood.#Literally “there is no understanding”
20Look on Zion, the city of our appointed festivals!
Your eyes will see Jerusalem,
an undisturbed settlement,
a tent that is not moved.#Literally “not he is loaded”
No one will ever pull out its tent pegs,
and none of its ropes will be torn in two.
21Rather, there Yahweh will be mighty for us,
a place of rivers and broad streams,#Literally “streams broad of hands”
a galley ship with#Or “of” oars#Hebrew “oar” cannot go in it,
and a mighty ship cannot pass through it.
22For Yahweh is our judge; Yahweh is our lawgiver.
Yahweh is our king; he is the one who will save us.
23Your riggings hang slack;
they do not hold the base of their mast firm,
they do not spread out the sail.
Then the prey of spoil in abundance will be divided;
the lame will take plunder.
24And no inhabitant will say, “I am sick”;
the people who live in it, their iniquity will be taken away.