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21 For the Lord will rise up, as he did at Mount Perazim;[a]
he will rouse himself, as he did in the Valley of Gibeon,[b]
to accomplish his work,
his peculiar work,
to perform his task,
his strange task.[c]
22 So now, do not mock,
or your chains will become heavier!
For I have heard a message about decreed destruction,
from the Sovereign Lord of Heaven’s Armies against the entire land.[d]
23 Pay attention and listen to my message.[e]
Be attentive and listen to what I have to say![f]

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  1. Isaiah 28:21 sn This probably alludes to David’s victory over the Philistines at Baal Perazim. See 2 Sam 5:20.
  2. Isaiah 28:21 sn This probably alludes to the Lord’s victory over the Canaanites at Gibeon, during the days of Joshua. See Josh 10:10-11.
  3. Isaiah 28:21 sn God’s judgment of his own people is called “his peculiar work” and “his strange task,” because he must deal with them the way he treated their enemies in the past.
  4. Isaiah 28:22 tn Or “the whole earth” (KJV, ASV, NAB, NCV).
  5. Isaiah 28:23 tn Heb “to my voice.”
  6. Isaiah 28:23 tn Heb “to my word”; cf. KJV, ASV, NRSV “hear my speech.”