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Israel’s Deliverance

27 At that time,[a] with his fierce, mighty, and powerful sword, the Lord will punish the gliding serpent Leviathan—the coiling serpent Leviathan—and he will kill the dragon that’s in the sea.

At that time,[b]
    “A fermenting[c] vineyard—
        sing about it!
I, the Lord, watch over it
    And I water it continuously.
I guard it night and day
    so no one can harm it.
I am not angry.
    If only the vineyard[d] could give me briers and thorns[e] to battle,
I would march against it,
    and[f] I would burn it all up.
Or else let it lay claim to my protection;
    let it make peace with me,
        yes, let it make peace with me.”

In times to come, Jacob will take root,
    and[g] Israel will blossom, sprout shoots,
        and fill the whole world with fruit.

Has the Lord[h] struck them down,
    just as he struck down those who struck them?
Or have they been killed,
    just as their killers were killed?
Measure by measure,[i]
    in their exile you contended with them;
with his fierce blast he removed them,
    as on a day when the east wind blows.
By this, then, Jacob’s guilt will be atoned for,
    and this will be the full harvest
        that comes from the removal of his sin:
when he makes all the altar stones
    like pulverized chalkstones,
no Asherah[j] poles or incense altars will be left standing.
10 For the fortified city stands desolate,
    a settlement abandoned and forsaken like the desert;
calves graze there,
    and there they lie down
        and strip bare its branches.
11 When its branches are dry,
    they are broken off,
and women come and kindle fires with them,
    since this is a people who show no consideration.
That is why the One who made them shows them no compassion;
    the One who created them shows them no mercy.

Assyria and Egypt Exiles Redeemed

12 At that time,[k] the Lord will winnow grain from the Euphrates River[l] channel to the Wadi[m] of Egypt,[n] and you will be gathered in one by one, O people of Israel. 13 Furthermore, at that time,[o] a great trumpet will be sounded, and those who were perishing in the land of Assyria and those who had been expelled[p] to the land of Egypt will come and worship the Lord on his holy mountain at Jerusalem.


  1. Isaiah 27:1 Lit. On that day
  2. Isaiah 27:2 Lit. On that day
  3. Isaiah 27:2 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read pleasant
  4. Isaiah 27:4 Lit. only it
  5. Isaiah 27:4 So 1QIsaa; MT reads thorns
  6. Isaiah 27:4 So 1QIsaa; the Heb. lacks and
  7. Isaiah 27:6 So 1QIsaa LXX; the Heb. lacks and
  8. Isaiah 27:7 Lit. Has he
  9. Isaiah 27:8 Or With war cries
  10. Isaiah 27:9 Or sacred
  11. Isaiah 27:12 Lit. On that day
  12. Isaiah 27:12 DSS MT lack River
  13. Isaiah 27:12 I.e. a seasonal stream or river that channels water during rain seasons but is dry at other times
  14. Isaiah 27:12 I.e. the southwestern-most border of ancient Philistia
  15. Isaiah 27:13 Lit. Furthermore, on that day
  16. Isaiah 27:13 Or exiled