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The Lord’s People Will Worship on His Holy Mountain

27 On that day Yahweh will use his fierce and powerful sword
    to punish Leviathan,[a] that slippery snake,
        Leviathan, that twisting snake.
            He will kill that monster which lives in the sea.

On that day sing about a delightful vineyard.
I, Yahweh, watch over it.
    I water it continually.
    I watch over it day and night
        so that no one will harm it.
I am no longer angry.
    If only thorns and briars would confront me!
        I would fight them in battle and set all of them on fire.
Or else let them come to me for protection.
    Let them make peace with me.
        Yes, let them make peace with me.

In times to come Jacob will take root.
    Israel will blossom, bud,
        and fill the whole world with fruit.

Will Yahweh hurt Israel as he hurt others who hurt them?
    Will he kill them as he killed others?
He punished Israel by sending it away.
    He removed it with a fierce blast from the east winds.[b]
In this way the wrongdoings of the descendants of Jacob are covered up.
    This is the way they will turn from their sins—
    when they turn all the altar stones into powdered chalk
        and no poles dedicated to the goddess Asherah
            or incense altars are left standing.
10 The fortified city is isolated.
    The homestead is left deserted, abandoned like the desert.
    Calves will graze there.
    They will lie down.
        They will feed on the branches.
11 When the branches are dried up,
    they will be broken off.
    Women will come and build a fire with them.
    These people don’t understand these things.
        That is why their maker won’t have compassion on them,
            and their Creator won’t have pity on them.

12 On that day Yahweh will begin his threshing[c]
    from the flowing stream of the Euphrates River
        to the brook of Egypt.
    People of Israel, you will be gathered one by one.

13 On that day a ram’s horn will be blown loudly.
    Those who are dying in Assyria
        and those who are banished to Egypt
            will come and worship Yahweh
                on the holy mountain in Jerusalem.


  1. Isaiah 27:1 Hebrew meaning uncertain.
  2. Isaiah 27:8 Hebrew meaning of this verse uncertain.
  3. Isaiah 27:12 Threshing is the process of beating stalks to separate them from the grain.

Deliverance of Israel

27 In that day,(A)

the Lord will punish with his sword(B)
    his fierce, great and powerful sword—
Leviathan(C) the gliding serpent,(D)
    Leviathan the coiling serpent;
he will slay the monster(E) of the sea.

In that day(F)

“Sing(G) about a fruitful vineyard:(H)
    I, the Lord, watch over it;
    I water(I) it continually.
I guard(J) it day and night
    so that no one may harm(K) it.
    I am not angry.
If only there were briers and thorns confronting me!
    I would march against them in battle;
    I would set them all on fire.(L)
Or else let them come to me for refuge;(M)
    let them make peace(N) with me,
    yes, let them make peace with me.”

In days to come Jacob will take root,(O)
    Israel will bud and blossom(P)
    and fill all the world with fruit.(Q)

Has the Lord struck her
    as he struck(R) down those who struck her?
Has she been killed
    as those were killed who killed her?
By warfare[a] and exile(S) you contend with her—
    with his fierce blast he drives her out,
    as on a day the east wind(T) blows.
By this, then, will Jacob’s guilt be atoned(U) for,
    and this will be the full fruit of the removal of his sin:(V)
When he makes all the altar stones(W)
    to be like limestone crushed to pieces,
no Asherah poles[b](X) or incense altars(Y)
    will be left standing.
10 The fortified city stands desolate,(Z)
    an abandoned settlement, forsaken(AA) like the wilderness;
there the calves graze,(AB)
    there they lie down;(AC)
    they strip its branches bare.
11 When its twigs are dry, they are broken off(AD)
    and women come and make fires(AE) with them.
For this is a people without understanding;(AF)
    so their Maker has no compassion on them,
    and their Creator(AG) shows them no favor.(AH)

12 In that day the Lord will thresh(AI) from the flowing Euphrates to the Wadi of Egypt,(AJ) and you, Israel, will be gathered(AK) up one by one. 13 And in that day(AL) a great trumpet(AM) will sound. Those who were perishing in Assyria and those who were exiled(AN) in Egypt(AO) will come and worship(AP) the Lord on the holy mountain(AQ) in Jerusalem.


  1. Isaiah 27:8 See Septuagint; the meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
  2. Isaiah 27:9 That is, wooden symbols of the goddess Asherah