26 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:
“We have a strong city; He sets up walls and ramparts for [a]security. 2 “Open the gates, that the righteous nation may enter, The one that [b]remains faithful. 3 “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You. 4 “Trust in the Lord forever, For in [c]God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock. 5 “For He has brought low those who dwell on high, the unassailable city; He lays it low, He lays it low to the ground, He casts it to the dust. 6 “The foot will trample it, The feet of the afflicted, the steps of the helpless.”
7 The way of the righteous is smooth; O Upright One, make the path of the righteous level. 8 Indeed, while following the way of Your judgments, O Lord, We have waited for You eagerly; Your name, even Your memory, is the desire of our souls. 9 At night [d]my soul longs for You, Indeed, [e]my spirit within me seeks You diligently; For when the earth [f]experiences Your judgments The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness. 10 Though the wicked is shown favor, He does not learn righteousness; He deals unjustly in the land of uprightness, And does not perceive the majesty of the Lord.
11 O Lord, Your hand is lifted up yet they do not see it. [g]They see Your zeal for the people and are put to shame; Indeed, [h]fire will devour Your enemies. 12 Lord, You will establish peace for us, Since You have also performed for us all our works. 13 O Lord our God, other masters besides You have ruled us; But through You alone we [i]confess Your name. 14 The dead will not live, the [j]departed spirits will not rise; Therefore You have punished and destroyed them, And You have wiped out all remembrance of them. 15 You have increased the nation, O Lord, You have increased the nation, You are glorified; You have extended all the borders of the land. 16 O Lord, they sought You in distress; They [k]could only whisper a prayer, Your chastening was upon them. 17 As the pregnant woman approaches the time to give birth, She writhes and cries out in her labor pains, Thus were we before You, O Lord. 18 We were pregnant, we writhed in labor, We gave birth, as it seems, only to wind. We could not accomplish deliverance for the earth, Nor were inhabitants of the world [l]born. 19 Your dead will live; [m]Their corpses will rise. You who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy, For your dew is as the dew of the [n]dawn, And the earth will [o]give birth to the [p]departed spirits.
20 Come, my people, enter into your rooms And close your doors behind you; Hide for a little [q]while Until indignation [r]runs its course. 21 For behold, the Lord is about to come out from His place To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; And the earth will reveal her bloodshed And will no longer cover her slain.
The Deliverance of Israel
27 In that day the Lord will punish [s]Leviathan the fleeing serpent, With His fierce and great and mighty sword, Even [t]Leviathan the twisted serpent; And He will kill the dragon who lives in the sea.
2 In that day, “A [u]vineyard of wine, sing of it! 3 “I, the Lord, am its keeper; I water it every moment. So that no one will [v]damage it, I guard it night and day. 4 “I have no wrath. Should [w]someone give Me briars and thorns in battle, Then I would step on them, I would burn them [x]completely. 5 “Or let him [y]rely on My protection, Let him make peace with Me, Let him make peace with Me.” 6 [z]In the days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will blossom and sprout, And they will fill the [aa]whole world with fruit.
7 Like the striking of Him who has struck them, has He struck them? Or like the slaughter of His slain, [ab]have they been slain? 8 You contended with them [ac]by banishing them, by driving them away. With His fierce wind He has expelled them on the day of the east wind. 9 Therefore through this Jacob’s iniquity will be forgiven; And this will be [ad]the full price of the [ae]pardoning of his sin: When he makes all the altar stones like pulverized chalk stones; When[af]Asherim and incense altars will not stand. 10 For the fortified city is isolated, A [ag]homestead forlorn and forsaken like the desert; There the calf will graze, And there it will lie down and [ah]feed on its branches. 11 When its limbs are dry, they are broken off; Women come and make a fire with them, For they are not a people of discernment, Therefore their Maker will not have compassion on them. And their Creator will not be gracious to them.
12 In that day the Lordwill start His threshing from the flowing stream of the Euphrates to the brook of Egypt, and you will be gathered up one by one, O sons of Israel.13 It will come about also in that day that a great trumpet will be blown, and those who were perishing in the land of Assyria and who were scattered in the land of Egypt will come and worship the Lord in the holy mountain at Jerusalem.
Ephraim’s Captivity Predicted
28 Woe to the proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim, And to the fading flower of its glorious beauty, Which is at the head of the [ai]fertile valley Of those who are [aj]overcome with wine! 2 Behold, the Lord has a strong and mighty agent; As a storm of hail, a tempest of destruction, Like a storm of mighty overflowing waters, He has cast it down to the earth with His hand. 3 The proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim is trodden under foot. 4 And the fading flower of its glorious beauty, Which is at the head of the [ak]fertile valley, Will be like the first-ripe fig prior to summer, Which [al]one sees, And[am]as soon as it is in his [an]hand, He swallows it. 5 In that day the Lord of hosts will become a beautiful crown And a glorious diadem to the remnant of His people; 6 A spirit of justice for him who sits in judgment, A strength to those who repel the [ao]onslaught at the gate. 7 And these also reel with wine and stagger from strong drink: The priest and the prophet reel with strong drink, They are confused by wine, they stagger from strong drink; They reel while [ap]having visions, They totter when rendering judgment. 8 For all the tables are full of filthy vomit, without a single clean place.
9 “To whom would He teach knowledge, And to whom would He interpret the message? Those justweaned from milk? Those just taken from the breast? 10 “For He says, ‘[aq]Order on order, order on order, Line on line, line on line, A little here, a little there.’” 11 Indeed, He will speak to this people Through stammering lips and a foreign tongue, 12 He who said to them, “Here is rest, give rest to the weary,” And, “Here is repose,” but they would not listen. 13 So the word of the Lord to them will be, “[ar]Order on order, order on order, Line on line, line on line, A little here, a little there,” That they may go and stumble backward, be broken, snared and taken captive.
Judah Is Warned
14 Therefore, hear the word of the Lord, O scoffers, Who rule this people who are in Jerusalem, 15 Because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death, And with [as]Sheol we have made a [at]pact. The overwhelming [au]scourge will not reach us when it passes by, For we have made falsehood our refuge and we have concealed ourselves with deception.”
“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, A costly cornerstone for the foundation, [aw]firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be [ax]disturbed. 17 “I will make justice the measuring line And righteousness the level; Then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies And the waters will overflow the secret place. 18 “Your covenant with death will be [ay]canceled, And your pact with Sheol will not stand; When the overwhelming scourge passes through, Then you become its trampling place. 19 “As often as it passes through, it will [az]seize you; For morning after morning it will pass through, anytime during the day or night, And it will be [ba]sheer terror to understand [bb]what it means.” 20 The bed is too short on which to stretch out, And the blanket is too [bc]small to wrap oneself in. 21 For the Lord will rise up as at Mount Perazim, He will be stirred up as in the valley of Gibeon, To do His task, His [bd]unusual task, And to work His work, His [be]extraordinary work. 22 And now do not carry on as scoffers, Or your fetters will be made stronger; For I have heard from the Lord [bf]God of hosts Of decisive destruction on all the earth.
23 Give ear and hear my voice, Listen and hear my words. 24 Does the [bg]farmer plow [bh]continually to plant seed? Does he continually[bi]turn and harrow the ground? 25 Does he not level its surface And sow dill and scatter cummin And [bj]plant wheat in rows, Barley in its place and rye within its [bk]area? 26 For his God instructs and teaches him properly. 27 For dill is not threshed with a threshing sledge, Nor is the cartwheel [bl]driven over cummin; But dill is beaten out with a rod, and cummin with a club. 28 Grain for bread is crushed, Indeed, he does not continue to thresh it forever. Because the wheel of his cart and his horses eventually[bm]damage it, He does not thresh it longer. 29 This also comes from the Lord of hosts, Who has made His counsel wonderful and His wisdom great.
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