Isaiah 29 The Passion Translation (TPT)
The Siege of David’s City
29 “Woe to Ariel—Ariel, the town where David encamped!
Go ahead—keep your annual feasts,
and year after year celebrate your annual festivals.
2 I will bring distress to Ariel and there will be great mourning.
Jerusalem will be to me like what the name Ariel means—a burning altar hearth.
3 I will lay siege to you on all sides, encircling you with towers
and raising up my siege works against you.
4 Brought low, you will speak from the dust of the earth.
Your voice will be heard speaking from the ground,
and like the voice of a ghost, you will whisper out of the dust.
5 Then suddenly, in an instant, your ruthless enemies
will become nothing more than dust in the wind
and your vile tyrants like wind-driven chaff!
6 She will be visited by the Lord Yahweh,
Commander of Angel Armies,
with thunder, earthquake, and deafening noise,
with whirlwind, tempest, and the blaze of a consuming fire!
7 As quickly as a fading dream or as fleeting as a vision of the night,
so will all the vast hordes of all the nations fade away
and all who war against Ariel and her fortress disappear.
8 Just as a hungry man dreams that he is eating
but wakes up still hungry,
or as a thirsty man dreams that he is drinking
but wakes up weak and still longing for water,
so it will be for the vast hordes of all the nations
that fight against Mount Zion.”
Insensitive to God
9 Be totally shocked and amazed by what I am about to say to you:
“Blind yourselves—and be totally blind!
(They are drunk but not from wine.
They stagger but not from hard liquor.)
10 For Yahweh has poured out over you
the spirit of a deep, deep sleep—
putting the covers over your slumbering seers
and rocking all your prophets to sleep.”
11 This entire prophetic revelation will become to you like the words of a sealed book. If it’s given to one who can read it with the command “Read this,” he responds, “I can’t because it is sealed.” 12 Or if it’s given to one who is illiterate with the command “Read this,” he responds, “I can’t because I cannot read.”
13 This is what the Lord says about these people:
“They come near to me with hollow words
and honor me superficially with their lips;
all the while their hearts run far away from me!
Their worship is nothing more than man-made rules.
14 So therefore, I will again jolt this people awake
with astonishing wonders upon wonders!
And the wisdom of their wise ones will fail,
and the intelligent know-it-alls will have no explanations.
15 Woe to you who think you can hide
your plan from the Lord Yahweh.
Ha! Do you actually think your secret schemes are so hidden
that you say, ‘Who sees us doing this?
No one knows what we’re doing!’
16 Oh, how great is your perversion!
Who is more intelligent—the potter or the clay?
Should a created thing say to its creator,
‘You didn’t make me’?
Should a clay pot say to the potter, ‘You don’t understand’?”
Our Future Hope
17 Before you know it, Lebanon will be transformed
into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field will seem like a forest.
18 In that day the deaf will begin to hear
the words that have been written,
and out of the darkness and gloom,
the eyes of the blind will be opened to see.
19 The meek will overflow with fresh joy in the Lord Yahweh,
and the poor will shout their praises to the Holy One of Israel!
20 For the terrible one will be no more,
the scornful jester will not be found,
and all the lovers of evil will be cut off.
21 Those who make the innocent appear guilty,
those who ensnare others with deceitful tactics,
and those who lie to keep the innocent from getting justice
will likewise be destroyed.
22 So now, listen to what Yahweh, the God of Israel, who redeemed Abraham, has to say to Jacob’s tribes:
“My people will no longer be disgraced,
and your shame-face will disappear.
23 For when they see the miracle of the many children
that I give them, they will see me as holy and honor me.
Yes, they will honor the Holy One of Jacob
and stand in awe of the God of Israel.
24 Those who are in spiritual error
will come to understanding,
and those who are always complaining
will be glad to accept instruction.”
Isaiah 29 New International Version (NIV)
Woe to David’s City
29 Woe to you, Ariel, Ariel,
the city where David settled!
Add year to year
and let your cycle of festivals go on.
2 Yet I will besiege Ariel;
she will mourn and lament,
she will be to me like an altar hearth.
3 I will encamp against you on all sides;
I will encircle you with towers
and set up my siege works against you.
4 Brought low, you will speak from the ground;
your speech will mumble out of the dust.
Your voice will come ghostlike from the earth;
out of the dust your speech will whisper.
5 But your many enemies will become like fine dust,
the ruthless hordes like blown chaff.
Suddenly, in an instant,
6 the Lord Almighty will come
with thunder and earthquake and great noise,
with windstorm and tempest and flames of a devouring fire.
7 Then the hordes of all the nations that fight against Ariel,
that attack her and her fortress and besiege her,
will be as it is with a dream,
with a vision in the night—
8 as when a hungry person dreams of eating,
but awakens hungry still;
as when a thirsty person dreams of drinking,
but awakens faint and thirsty still.
So will it be with the hordes of all the nations
that fight against Mount Zion.
9 Be stunned and amazed,
blind yourselves and be sightless;
be drunk, but not from wine,
stagger, but not from beer.
10 The Lord has brought over you a deep sleep:
He has sealed your eyes (the prophets);
he has covered your heads (the seers).
11 For you this whole vision is nothing but words sealed in a scroll. And if you give the scroll to someone who can read, and say, “Read this, please,” they will answer, “I can’t; it is sealed.” 12 Or if you give the scroll to someone who cannot read, and say, “Read this, please,” they will answer, “I don’t know how to read.”
13 The Lord says:
“These people come near to me with their mouth
and honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
Their worship of me
is based on merely human rules they have been taught.
14 Therefore once more I will astound these people
with wonder upon wonder;
the wisdom of the wise will perish,
the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.”
15 Woe to those who go to great depths
to hide their plans from the Lord,
who do their work in darkness and think,
“Who sees us? Who will know?”
16 You turn things upside down,
as if the potter were thought to be like the clay!
Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it,
“You did not make me”?
Can the pot say to the potter,
“You know nothing”?
17 In a very short time, will not Lebanon be turned into a fertile field
and the fertile field seem like a forest?
18 In that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll,
and out of gloom and darkness
the eyes of the blind will see.
19 Once more the humble will rejoice in the Lord;
the needy will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
20 The ruthless will vanish,
the mockers will disappear,
and all who have an eye for evil will be cut down—
21 those who with a word make someone out to be guilty,
who ensnare the defender in court
and with false testimony deprive the innocent of justice.
22 Therefore this is what the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, says to the descendants of Jacob:
“No longer will Jacob be ashamed;
no longer will their faces grow pale.
23 When they see among them their children,
the work of my hands,
they will keep my name holy;
they will acknowledge the holiness of the Holy One of Jacob,
and will stand in awe of the God of Israel.
24 Those who are wayward in spirit will gain understanding;
those who complain will accept instruction.”