Isaiah 18-23New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Message to Ethiopia
18 Alas, oh land of whirring wings
4 For thus the Lord has told me,
“I will look [d]from My dwelling place quietly
Message to Egypt
19 The [j]oracle concerning Egypt.
Behold, the Lord is riding on a swift cloud and is about to come to Egypt;
5 The waters from the sea will dry up,
11 The princes of [u]Zoan are mere fools;
16 In that day the Egyptians will become like women, and they will tremble and be in dread because of the waving of the hand of the Lord of hosts, which He is going to wave over them. 17 The land of Judah will become a [ab]terror to Egypt; everyone [ac]to whom it is mentioned will be in dread of it, because of the purpose of the Lord of hosts which He is purposing against them.
18 In that day five cities in the land of Egypt will be speaking the language of Canaan and swearing allegiance to the Lord of hosts; one will be called the City of [ad]Destruction.
19 In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord near its border. 20 It will become a sign and a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the Lord because of oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a [ae]Champion, and He will deliver them. 21 Thus the Lord will make Himself known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day. They will even worship with sacrifice and offering, and will make a vow to the Lord and perform it. 22 The Lord will strike Egypt, striking but healing; so they will return to the Lord, and He will respond to them and will heal them.
23 In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrians will come into Egypt and the Egyptians into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians.
24 In that day Israel will be the third party with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, 25 whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.”
Prophecy about Egypt and Ethiopia
20 In the year that the [af]commander came to Ashdod, when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him and he fought against Ashdod and captured it, 2 at that time the Lord spoke through Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, “Go and loosen the sackcloth from your hips and take your shoes off your feet.” And he did so, going naked and barefoot. 3 And the Lord said, “Even as My servant Isaiah has gone naked and barefoot three years as a [ag]sign and token against Egypt and [ah]Cush, 4 so the king of Assyria will lead away the captives of Egypt and the exiles of Cush, young and old, naked and barefoot with buttocks uncovered, to the [ai]shame of Egypt. 5 Then they will be dismayed and ashamed because of Cush their hope and Egypt their boast. 6 So the inhabitants of this coastland will say in that day, ‘Behold, such is our hope, where we fled for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria; and we, how shall we escape?’”
God Commands That Babylon Be Taken
As windstorms in the [al]Negev sweep on,
6 For thus the Lord says to me,
“Go, station the lookout, let him report what he sees.
8 Then [aq]the lookout called,
“O Lord, I stand continually by day on the watchtower,
Oracles about Edom and Arabia
One keeps calling to me from Seir,
13 The [ax]oracle about Arabia.
In the thickets of Arabia you [ay]must spend the night,
16 For thus the Lord said to me, “In a year, as [ba]a hired man would count it, all the splendor of Kedar will terminate; 17 and the remainder of the number of bowmen, the mighty men of the sons of Kedar, will be few; for the Lord God of Israel has spoken.”
The Valley of Vision
22 The [bb]oracle concerning the valley of vision.
What is the matter with you now, that you have all gone up to the housetops?
12 Therefore in that day the Lord [bn]God of hosts called you to weeping, to wailing,
15 Thus says the Lord [br]God of hosts,
“Come, go to this steward,
24 So they will hang on him all the glory of his father’s house, offspring and [bv]issue, all the least of vessels, from bowls to all the jars. 25 In that day,” declares the Lord of hosts, “the peg driven in a firm place will give way; it will even break off and fall, and the load hanging on it will be cut off, for the Lord has spoken.”
The Fall of Tyre
23 The [bw]oracle concerning Tyre.
Wail, O ships of Tarshish,
8 Who has planned this against Tyre, the bestower of crowns,
12 He has said, “You shall exult no more, O crushed virgin daughter of Sidon.
13 Behold, the land of the Chaldeans—this is the people which was not; Assyria appointed it for desert creatures—they erected their siege towers, they stripped its palaces, they made it a ruin.
14 Wail, O ships of Tarshish,
15 Now in that day Tyre will be forgotten for seventy years like the days of one king. At the end of seventy years it will happen to Tyre as in the song of the harlot:
16 Take your harp, walk about the city,
17 It will come about at the end of seventy years that the Lord will visit Tyre. Then she will go back to her harlot’s wages and will play the harlot with all the kingdoms [cf]on the face of the earth. 18 Her gain and her harlot’s wages will be set apart to the Lord; it will not be stored up or hoarded, but her gain will become sufficient food and choice attire for those who dwell in the presence of the Lord.
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