Isaiah 29-50New King James Version (NKJV)
Woe to Jerusalem
29 “Woe to Ariel,[a] to Ariel, the city where David dwelt!
5 “Moreover the multitude of your foes
The Blindness of Disobedience
9 Pause and wonder!
11 The whole vision has become to you like the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one who is literate, saying, “Read this, please.”
And he says, “I cannot, for it is sealed.”
12 Then the book is delivered to one who is illiterate, saying, “Read this, please.”
And he says, “I am not literate.”
13 Therefore the Lord said:
“Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths
15 Woe to those who seek deep to hide their counsel far from the Lord,
Future Recovery of Wisdom
17 Is it not yet a very little while
22 Therefore thus says the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob:
“Jacob shall not now be ashamed,
Futile Confidence in Egypt
30 “Woe to the rebellious children,” says the Lord,
6 The burden against the beasts of the South.
Through a land of trouble and anguish,
A Rebellious People
8 Now go, write it before them on a tablet,
12 Therefore thus says the Holy One of Israel:
“Because you despise this word,
15 For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel:
“In returning and rest you shall be saved;
17 One thousand shall flee at the threat of one,
God Will Be Gracious
18 Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you;
19 For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem;
23 Then He will give the rain for your seed
Judgment on Assyria
27 Behold, the name of the Lord comes from afar,
29 You shall have a song
The Folly of Not Trusting God
31 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help,
God Will Deliver Jerusalem
4 For thus the Lord has spoken to me:
“As a lion roars,
6 Return to Him against whom the children of Israel have deeply revolted. 7 For in that day every man shall throw away his idols of silver and his idols of gold—sin, which your own hands have made for yourselves.
8 “Then Assyria shall fall by a sword not of man,
A Reign of Righteousness
32 Behold, a king will reign in righteousness,
5 The foolish person will no longer be called generous,
Consequences of Complacency
9 Rise up, you women who are at ease,
12 People shall mourn upon their breasts
The Peace of God’s Reign
16 Then justice will dwell in the wilderness,
20 Blessed are you who sow beside all waters,
A Prayer in Deep Distress
33 Woe to you who plunder, though you have not been plundered;
2 O Lord, be gracious to us;
5 The Lord is exalted, for He dwells on high;
7 Surely their valiant ones shall cry outside,
Impending Judgment on Zion
10 “Now I will rise,” says the Lord;
14 The sinners in Zion are afraid;
The Land of the Majestic King
17 Your eyes will see the King in His beauty;
20 Look upon Zion, the city of our appointed feasts;
Then the prey of great plunder is divided;
Judgment on the Nations
34 Come near, you nations, to hear;
5 “For My sword shall be bathed in heaven;
8 For it is the day of the Lord’s vengeance,
13 And thorns shall come up in its palaces,
16 “Search from the book of the Lord, and read:
The Future Glory of Zion
35 The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them,
3 Strengthen the weak hands,
5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
8 A highway shall be there, and a road,
Sennacherib Boasts Against the Lord
36 Now it came to pass in the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah that Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and took them. 2 Then the king of Assyria sent the Rabshakeh[e] with a great army from Lachish to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem. And he stood by the aqueduct from the upper pool, on the highway to the Fuller’s Field. 3 And Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder, came out to him.
4 Then the Rabshakeh said to them, “Say now to Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria: “What confidence is this in which you trust? 5 I say you speak of having plans and power for war; but they are mere words. Now in whom do you trust, that you rebel against me? 6 Look! You are trusting in the staff of this broken reed, Egypt, on which if a man leans, it will go into his hand and pierce it. So is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him.
7 “But if you say to me, ‘We trust in the Lord our God,’ is it not He whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah has taken away, and said to Judah and Jerusalem, ‘You shall worship before this altar’?”’ 8 Now therefore, I urge you, give a pledge to my master the king of Assyria, and I will give you two thousand horses—if you are able on your part to put riders on them! 9 How then will you repel one captain of the least of my master’s servants, and put your trust in Egypt for chariots and horsemen? 10 Have I now come up without the Lord against this land to destroy it? The Lord said to me, ‘Go up against this land, and destroy it.’”
11 Then Eliakim, Shebna, and Joah said to the Rabshakeh, “Please speak to your servants in Aramaic, for we understand it; and do not speak to us in Hebrew[f] in the hearing of the people who are on the wall.”
12 But the Rabshakeh said, “Has my master sent me to your master and to you to speak these words, and not to the men who sit on the wall, who will eat and drink their own waste with you?”
13 Then the Rabshakeh stood and called out with a loud voice in Hebrew, and said, “Hear the words of the great king, the king of Assyria! 14 Thus says the king: ‘Do not let Hezekiah deceive you, for he will not be able to deliver you; 15 nor let Hezekiah make you trust in the Lord, saying, “The Lord will surely deliver us; this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.”’ 16 Do not listen to Hezekiah; for thus says the king of Assyria: ‘Make peace with me by a present and come out to me; and every one of you eat from his own vine and every one from his own fig tree, and every one of you drink the waters of his own cistern; 17 until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards. 18 Beware lest Hezekiah persuade you, saying, “The Lord will deliver us.” Has any one of the gods of the nations delivered its land from the hand of the king of Assyria? 19 Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim? Indeed, have they delivered Samaria from my hand? 20 Who among all the gods of these lands have delivered their countries from my hand, that the Lord should deliver Jerusalem from my hand?’”
21 But they held their peace and answered him not a word; for the king’s commandment was, “Do not answer him.” 22 Then Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder, came to Hezekiah with their clothes torn, and told him the words of the Rabshakeh.
Isaiah Assures Deliverance
37 And so it was, when King Hezekiah heard it, that he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the Lord. 2 Then he sent Eliakim, who was over the household, Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz. 3 And they said to him, “Thus says Hezekiah: ‘This day is a day of trouble and rebuke and blasphemy; for the children have come to birth, but there is no strength to bring them forth. 4 It may be that the Lord your God will hear the words of the Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to reproach the living God, and will rebuke the words which the Lord your God has heard. Therefore lift up your prayer for the remnant that is left.’”
5 So the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah. 6 And Isaiah said to them, “Thus you shall say to your master, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Do not be afraid of the words which you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me. 7 Surely I will send a spirit upon him, and he shall hear a rumor and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.”’”
Sennacherib’s Threat and Hezekiah’s Prayer
8 Then the Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah, for he heard that he had departed from Lachish. 9 And the king heard concerning Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, “He has come out to make war with you.” So when he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying, 10 “Thus you shall speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying: ‘Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you, saying, “Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.” 11 Look! You have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands by utterly destroying them; and shall you be delivered? 12 Have the gods of the nations delivered those whom my fathers have destroyed, Gozan and Haran and Rezeph, and the people of Eden who were in Telassar? 13 Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah?’”
14 And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord. 15 Then Hezekiah prayed to the Lord, saying: 16 “O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, the One who dwells between the cherubim, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. 17 Incline Your ear, O Lord, and hear; open Your eyes, O Lord, and see; and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God. 18 Truly, Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations and their lands, 19 and have cast their gods into the fire; for they were not gods, but the work of men’s hands—wood and stone. Therefore they destroyed them. 20 Now therefore, O Lord our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the Lord, You alone.”
The Word of the Lord Concerning Sennacherib
21 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘Because you have prayed to Me against Sennacherib king of Assyria, 22 this is the word which the Lord has spoken concerning him:
“The virgin, the daughter of Zion,
23 “Whom have you reproached and blasphemed?
28 “But I know your dwelling place,
30 “This shall be a sign to you:
You shall eat this year such as grows of itself,
33 “Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the king of Assyria:
‘He shall not come into this city,
Sennacherib’s Defeat and Death
36 Then the angel[g] of the Lord went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when people arose early in the morning, there were the corpses—all dead. 37 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and went away, returned home, and remained at Nineveh. 38 Now it came to pass, as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, that his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him down with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Ararat. Then Esarhaddon his son reigned in his place.
Hezekiah’s Life Extended
38 In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death. And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, went to him and said to him, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live.’”
2 Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the Lord, 3 and said, “Remember now, O Lord, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what is good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
4 And the word of the Lord came to Isaiah, saying, 5 “Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will add to your days fifteen years. 6 I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria, and I will defend this city.”’ 7 And this is the sign to you from the Lord, that the Lord will do this thing which He has spoken: 8 “Behold, I will bring the shadow on the sundial, which has gone down with the sun on the sundial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward.” So the sun returned ten degrees on the dial by which it had gone down.
9 This is the writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick and had recovered from his sickness:
10 I said,
15 “What shall I say?
20 “The Lord was ready to save me;
21 Now Isaiah had said, “Let them take a lump of figs, and apply it as a poultice on the boil, and he shall recover.”
22 And Hezekiah had said, “What is the sign that I shall go up to the house of the Lord?”
The Babylonian Envoys
39 At that time Merodach-Baladan[l] the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he heard that he had been sick and had recovered. 2 And Hezekiah was pleased with them, and showed them the house of his treasures—the silver and gold, the spices and precious ointment, and all his armory—all that was found among his treasures. There was nothing in his house or in all his dominion that Hezekiah did not show them.
3 Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah, and said to him, “What did these men say, and from where did they come to you?”
So Hezekiah said, “They came to me from a far country, from Babylon.”
4 And he said, “What have they seen in your house?”
So Hezekiah answered, “They have seen all that is in my house; there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shown them.”
5 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord of hosts: 6 ‘Behold, the days are coming when all that is in your house, and what your fathers have accumulated until this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left,’ says the Lord. 7 ‘And they shall take away some of your sons who will descend from you, whom you will beget; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.’”
8 So Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the Lord which you have spoken is good!” For he said, “At least there will be peace and truth in my days.”
God’s People Are Comforted
40 “Comfort, yes, comfort My people!”
3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
6 The voice said, “Cry out!”
“All flesh is grass,
9 O Zion,
10 Behold, the Lord God shall come with a strong hand,
12 Who has measured the waters[o] in the hollow of His hand,
15 Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket,
18 To whom then will you liken God?
21 Have you not known?
24 Scarcely shall they be planted,
25 “To whom then will you liken Me,
27 Why do you say, O Jacob,
Israel Assured of God’s Help
41 “Keep silence before Me, O coastlands,
2 “Who raised up one from the east?
5 The coastlands saw it and feared,
8 “But you, Israel, are My servant,
11 “Behold, all those who were incensed against you
14 “Fear not, you worm Jacob,
17 “The poor and needy seek water, but there is none,
The Futility of Idols
21 “Present your case,” says the Lord.
25 “I have raised up one from the north,
The Servant of the Lord
42 “Behold! My Servant whom I uphold,
5 Thus says God the Lord,
Praise to the Lord
10 Sing to the Lord a new song,
Promise of the Lord’s Help
14 “I have held My peace a long time,
18 “Hear, you deaf;
Israel’s Obstinate Disobedience
21 The Lord is well pleased for His righteousness’ sake;
23 Who among you will give ear to this?
The Redeemer of Israel
43 But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob,
8 Bring out the blind people who have eyes,
14 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer,
16 Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea
Pleading with Unfaithful Israel
22 “But you have not called upon Me, O Jacob;
25 “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake;
God’s Blessing on Israel
44 “Yet hear now, O Jacob My servant,
There Is No Other God
6 “Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel,
Idolatry Is Foolishness
9 Those who make an image, all of them are useless,
12 The blacksmith with the tongs works one in the coals,
13 The craftsman stretches out his rule,
15 Then it shall be for a man to burn,
18 They do not know nor understand;
Israel Is Not Forgotten
21 “Remember these, O Jacob,
23 Sing, O heavens, for the Lord has done it!
Judah Will Be Restored
24 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer,
Cyrus, God’s Instrument
45 “Thus says the Lord to His anointed,
8 “Rain down, you heavens, from above,
9 “Woe to him who strives with his Maker!
11 Thus says the Lord,
The Lord, the Only Savior
14 Thus says the Lord:
“The labor of Egypt and merchandise of Cush
18 For thus says the Lord,
20 “Assemble yourselves and come;
22 “Look to Me, and be saved,
Dead Idols and the Living God
46 Bel bows down, Nebo stoops;
3 “Listen to Me, O house of Jacob,
5 “To whom will you liken Me, and make Me equal
8 “Remember this, and show yourselves men;
12 “Listen to Me, you stubborn-hearted,
The Humiliation of Babylon
47 “Come down and sit in the dust,
4 As for our Redeemer, the Lord of hosts is His name,
5 “Sit in silence, and go into darkness,
8 “Therefore hear this now, you who are given to pleasures,
10 “For you have trusted in your wickedness;
12 “Stand now with your enchantments
Israel Refined for God’s Glory
48 “Hear this, O house of Jacob,
3 “I have declared the former things from the beginning;
6 “You have heard;
9 “For My name’s sake I will defer My anger,
God’s Ancient Plan to Redeem Israel
12 “Listen to Me, O Jacob,
14 “All of you, assemble yourselves, and hear!
17 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer,
20 Go forth from Babylon!
22 “There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked.”
The Servant, the Light to the Gentiles
49 “Listen, O coastlands, to Me,
3 “And He said to me,
5 “And now the Lord says,
7 Thus says the Lord,
8 Thus says the Lord:
“In an acceptable time I have heard You,
“They shall feed along the roads,
13 Sing, O heavens!
God Will Remember Zion
14 But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
19 “For your waste and desolate places,
22 Thus says the Lord God:
“Behold, I will lift My hand in an oath to the nations,
24 Shall the prey be taken from the mighty,
25 But thus says the Lord:
“Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away,
The Servant, Israel’s Hope
50 Thus says the Lord:
“Where is the certificate of your mother’s divorce,
4 “The Lord God has given Me
7 “For the Lord God will help Me;
10 “Who among you fears the Lord?
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