30 “Woe to the rebellious children,” declares the Lord, “Who execute a plan, but not Mine, And [a]make an alliance, but not of My Spirit, In order to add sin to sin; 2 Who proceed down to Egypt Without consulting [b]Me, To take refuge in the safety of Pharaoh And to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt! 3 “Therefore the safety of Pharaoh will be your shame And the shelter in the shadow of Egypt, your humiliation. 4 “For their princes are at Zoan And their ambassadors arrive at Hanes. 5 “Everyone will be ashamed because of a people who cannot profit them, Who arenot for help or profit, but for shame and also for reproach.”
6 The [c]oracle concerning the beasts of the Negev.
Through a land of distress and anguish, From [d]where come lioness and lion, viper and flying serpent, They carry their riches on the [e]backs of young donkeys And their treasures on camels’ humps, To a people who cannot profit them; 7 Even Egypt, whose help is vain and empty. Therefore, I have called [f]her “[g]Rahab who has been exterminated.” 8 Now go, write it on a tablet before them And inscribe it on a scroll, That it may [h]serve in the time to come [i]As a witness forever. 9 For this is a rebellious people, false sons, Sons who [j]refuse to listen To the [k]instruction of the Lord; 10 Who say to the seers, “You must not see visions”; And to the prophets, “You must not prophesy to us what is right, Speak to us [l]pleasant words, Prophesy illusions. 11 “Get out of the way, turn aside from the path, [m]Let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.”
12 Therefore thus says the Holy One of Israel,
“Since you have rejected this word And have put your trust in oppression and guile, and have relied on them, 13 Therefore this iniquity will be to you Like a breach about to fall, A bulge in a high wall, Whose collapse comes suddenly in an instant, 14 Whose collapse is like the smashing of a potter’s jar, [n]So ruthlessly shattered That a sherd will not be found among its pieces To [o]take fire from a hearth Or to scoop water from a cistern.”
15 For thus the Lord [p]God, the Holy One of Israel, has said,
“In [q]repentance and rest you will be saved, In quietness and trust is your strength.” But you were not willing, 16 And you said, “No, for we will flee on horses,” Therefore you shall flee! “And we will ride on swift horses,” Therefore those who pursue you shall be swift. 17 One thousand will flee at the threat of one man; You will flee at the threat of five, Until you are left as a [r]flag on a mountain top And as a signal on a hill.
God Is Gracious and Just
18 Therefore the Lord[s]longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He [t]waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who [u]long for Him.
19 [v]O people in Zion, inhabitant in Jerusalem, you will weep no longer. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will answer you.20 Although the Lord has given you bread of privation and water of oppression, He, your Teacher will no longer hide Himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher.21 Your ears will hear a word behind you, “[w]This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left.22 And you will defile your graven images overlaid with silver, and your molten images plated with gold. You will scatter them as an impure thing, and say to [x]them, “Be gone!”
23 Then He will give you rain for [y]the seed which you will sow in the ground, and bread from the yield of the ground, and it will be [z]rich and [aa]plenteous; on that day your livestock will graze in a roomy pasture.24 Also the oxen and the donkeys which work the ground will eat salted fodder, which [ab]has been winnowed with shovel and fork.25 On every lofty mountain and on every high hill there will be [ac]streams running with water on the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.26 The light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven days, on the day the Lord binds up the fracture of His people and heals the bruise [ad]He has inflicted.
27 Behold, the name of the Lord comes from a [ae]remote place; Burning is His anger and [af]dense is His[ag]smoke; His lips are filled with indignation And His tongue is like a consuming fire; 28 His breath is like an overflowing torrent, Which reaches to the neck, To shake the nations back and forth in a [ah]sieve, And to put in the jaws of the peoples the bridle which [ai]leads to ruin. 29 You will have [aj]songs as in the night when you keep the festival, And gladness of heart as when one marches to the sound of the flute, To go to the mountain of the Lord, to the Rock of Israel. 30 And the Lord will cause [ak]His voice of authority to be heard, And the [al]descending of His arm to be seen in fierce anger, And in the flame of a consuming fire In cloudburst, downpour and hailstones. 31 For at the voice of the LordAssyria will be terrified, When He strikes with the rod. 32 And every [am]blow of the [an]rod of punishment, Which the Lord will lay on him, Will be with the music oftambourines and lyres; And in battles, brandishing weapons, He will fight them. 33 For [ao]Topheth has long been ready, Indeed, it has been prepared for the king. He has made it deep and large, [ap]A pyre of fire with plenty of wood; The breath of the Lord, like a torrent of brimstone, sets it afire.
Help Not in Egypt but in God
31 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help Andrely on horses, And trust in chariots because they are many And in horsemen because they are very strong, But they do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the Lord! 2 Yet He also is wise and will bring disaster And does not retract His words, But will arise against the house of evildoers And against the help of the workers of iniquity. 3 Now the Egyptians are men and not God, And their horses are flesh and not spirit; So the Lord will stretch out His hand, And he who helps will stumble And he who is helped will fall, And all of them will come to an end together.
4 For thus says the Lord to me,
“As the lion or the young lion growls over his prey, Against which a band of shepherds is called out, And he will not be terrified at their voice nor disturbed at their noise, So will the Lord of hosts come down to wage war on Mount Zion and on its hill.” 5 Like [aq]flying birds so the Lord of hosts will protect Jerusalem. He will protect and deliver it; He will pass over and rescue it.
6 Return to Him from whom [ar]you have deeply defected, O sons of Israel.7 For in that day every man will cast away his silver idols and his gold idols, which your sinful hands have made for you as a sin.
8 And the Assyrian will fall by a sword not of man, And a sword not of man will devour him. So he will [as]not escape the sword, And his young men will become forced laborers. 9 “His rock will pass away because of panic, And his princes will be terrified at the standard,” Declares the Lord, whose fire is in Zion and whose furnace is in Jerusalem.
The Glorious Future
32 Behold, a king will reign righteously And princes will rule justly. 2 Each will be like a refuge from the wind And a shelter from the storm, Like [at]streams of water in a dry country, Like the shade of a [au]huge rock in [av]a parched land. 3 Then the eyes of those who see will not be [aw]blinded, And the ears of those who hear will listen. 4 The [ax]mind of the hasty will discern the [ay]truth, And the tongue of the stammerers will hasten to speak clearly. 5 No longer will the fool be called noble, Or the rogue be spoken of as generous. 6 For a fool speaks nonsense, And his heart [az]inclines toward wickedness: To practice ungodliness and to speak error against the Lord, To [ba]keep the hungry person unsatisfied And [bb]to withhold drink from the thirsty. 7 As for a rogue, his weapons are evil; He devises wicked schemes To destroy the afflicted with [bc]slander, Even though the needy one speaks [bd]what is right. 8 But the noble man devises noble plans; And by noble plans he stands.
9 Rise up, you women who are at ease, And hear my voice; Give ear to my word, You complacent daughters. 10 Within a year and a few days You will be troubled, O complacent daughters; For the vintage is ended, And the fruit gathering will not come. 11 Tremble, you women who are at ease; Be troubled, you complacent daughters; Strip, undress and put sackcloth on your waist, 12 Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine, 13 For the land of my people in which thorns and briars shall come up; Yea, for all the joyful houses and for the jubilant city. 14 Because the palace has been abandoned, the [be]populated city forsaken. [bf]Hill and watch-tower have become caves forever, A delight for wild donkeys, a pasture for flocks; 15 Until the Spirit is poured out upon us from on high, And the wilderness becomes a fertile field, And the fertile field is considered as a forest. 16 Then justice will dwell in the wilderness And righteousness will abide in the fertile field. 17 And the work of righteousness will be peace, And the service of righteousness, quietness and [bg]confidence forever. 18 Then my people will live in a peaceful habitation, And in secure dwellings and in undisturbed resting places; 19 And it will hail when the forest comes down, And the city will be utterly laid low. 20 How blessed will you be, you who sow beside all waters, Who [bh]let out freely the ox and the donkey.
The Judgment of God
33 Woe to you, O destroyer, While you were not destroyed; And he who is treacherous, while others did not deal treacherously with him. As soon as you finish destroying, you will be destroyed; As soon as you cease to deal treacherously, others will deal treacherously with you. 2 O Lord, be gracious to us; we have waited for You. Be [bi]their [bj]strength every morning, Our salvation also in the time of distress. 3 At the sound of the tumult peoples flee; At the lifting up of Yourself nations disperse. 4 Your spoil is gathered as the caterpillar gathers; As locusts rushing about men rush about on it. 5 The Lord is exalted, for He dwells on high; He has filled Zion with justice and righteousness. 6 And He will be the [bk]stability of your times, A wealth of salvation, wisdom and knowledge; The fear of the Lord is his treasure. 7 Behold, their brave men cry in [bl]the streets, The [bm]ambassadors of peace weep bitterly. 8 The highways are desolate, [bn]the traveler has ceased, He has broken the covenant, he has despised the cities, He has no regard for man. 9 The land mourns and pines away, Lebanon is shamed and withers; Sharon is like a desert plain, And Bashan and Carmel [bo]lose their foliage. 10 “Now I will arise,” says the Lord, “Now I will be exalted, now I will be lifted up. 11 “You have conceived [bp]chaff, you will give birth to stubble; [bq]My breath will consume you like a fire. 12 “The peoples will be burned to lime, Like cut thorns which are burned in the fire.
13 “You who are far away, hear what I have done; And you who are near, [br]acknowledge My might.” 14 Sinners in Zion are terrified; Trembling has seized the godless. “Who among us can live with the consuming fire? Who among us can live with [bs]continual burning?” 15 He who walks righteously and speaks with sincerity, He who rejects [bt]unjust gain And shakes his hands so that they hold no bribe; He who stops his ears from hearing about bloodshed And shuts his eyes from looking upon evil; 16 He will dwell on the heights, His refuge will be the [bu]impregnable rock; His bread will be given him, His water will be sure.
17 Your eyes will see the King in His beauty; They will behold a far-distant land. 18 Your heart will meditate on terror: “Where is he who counts? Where is he who weighs? Where is he who counts the towers?” 19 You will no longer see a fierce people, A people of [bv]unintelligible speech [bw]which no one comprehends, Of a stammering tongue [bx]which no one understands. 20 Look upon Zion, the city of our appointed feasts; Your eyes will see Jerusalem, an undisturbed habitation, A tent which will not be folded; Its stakes will never be pulled up, Nor any of its cords be torn apart. 21 But there the majestic One, the Lord, will be for us A place of rivers and wide canals On which no boat with oars will go, And on which no mighty ship will pass— 22 For the Lord is our judge, The Lord is our lawgiver, The Lord is our king; He will save us— 23 Your tackle hangs slack; It cannot hold the base of its mast firmly, Nor spread out the sail. Then the prey of an abundant spoil will be divided; The lame will take the plunder. 24 And no resident will say, “I am sick”; The people who dwell [by]there will be forgiven their iniquity.
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