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Isaiah 33:5-7 New English Translation (NET Bible)

The Lord is exalted,[a]
indeed,[b] he lives in heaven;[c]
he fills Zion with justice and fairness.
He is your constant source of stability;[d]
he abundantly provides safety and great wisdom;[e]
he gives all this to those who fear him.[f]
Look, ambassadors[g] cry out in the streets;
messengers sent to make peace[h] weep bitterly.


  1. Isaiah 33:5 tn Or “elevated”; NCV, NLT “is very great.”
  2. Isaiah 33:5 tn Or “for” (KJV, NASB, NIV).
  3. Isaiah 33:5 tn Heb “on high” (so KJV, NAB, NASB, NIV, NRSV); CEV “in the heavens.”
  4. Isaiah 33:6 tn Heb “and he is the stability of your times.”
  5. Isaiah 33:6 tn Heb “a rich store of deliverance, wisdom, and knowledge.”
  6. Isaiah 33:6 tn Heb “the fear of the Lord, it is his treasure.”
  7. Isaiah 33:7 tn The meaning of the Hebrew word is unknown. Proposals include “heroes” (cf. KJV, ASV “valiant ones”; NASB, NIV “brave men”); “priests,” “residents [of Jerusalem].” The present translation assumes that the term is synonymous with “messengers of peace,” with which it corresponds in the parallel structure of the verse.
  8. Isaiah 33:7 tn Heb “messengers of peace,” apparently those responsible for negotiating the agreements that have been broken (see v. 8).
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