24 Therefore, as tongues of fire(A) lick up straw(B)
    and as dry grass sinks down in the flames,
so their roots will decay(C)
    and their flowers blow away like dust;(D)
for they have rejected the law of the Lord Almighty
    and spurned the word(E) of the Holy One(F) of Israel.
25 Therefore the Lord’s anger(G) burns against his people;
    his hand is raised and he strikes them down.
The mountains shake,(H)
    and the dead bodies(I) are like refuse(J) in the streets.(K)

Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,(L)
    his hand is still upraised.(M)

26 He lifts up a banner(N) for the distant nations,
    he whistles(O) for those at the ends of the earth.(P)
Here they come,
    swiftly and speedily!
27 Not one of them grows tired(Q) or stumbles,
    not one slumbers or sleeps;
not a belt(R) is loosened at the waist,(S)
    not a sandal strap is broken.(T)
28 Their arrows are sharp,(U)
    all their bows(V) are strung;
their horses’ hooves(W) seem like flint,
    their chariot wheels like a whirlwind.(X)
29 Their roar is like that of the lion,(Y)
    they roar like young lions;
they growl as they seize(Z) their prey
    and carry it off with no one to rescue.(AA)
30 In that day(AB) they will roar over it
    like the roaring of the sea.(AC)
And if one looks at the land,
    there is only darkness(AD) and distress;(AE)
    even the sun will be darkened(AF) by clouds.

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27 Zion will be delivered with justice,
    her penitent(A) ones with righteousness.(B)
28 But rebels and sinners(C) will both be broken,
    and those who forsake(D) the Lord will perish.(E)

29 “You will be ashamed(F) because of the sacred oaks(G)
    in which you have delighted;
you will be disgraced because of the gardens(H)
    that you have chosen.
30 You will be like an oak with fading leaves,(I)
    like a garden without water.
31 The mighty man will become tinder
    and his work a spark;
both will burn together,
    with no one to quench the fire.(J)

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19 People will flee to caves(A) in the rocks
    and to holes in the ground(B)
from the fearful presence(C) of the Lord
    and the splendor of his majesty,(D)
    when he rises to shake the earth.(E)
20 In that day(F) people will throw away
    to the moles and bats(G)
their idols of silver and idols of gold,(H)
    which they made to worship.(I)
21 They will flee to caverns in the rocks(J)
    and to the overhanging crags
from the fearful presence of the Lord
    and the splendor of his majesty,(K)
    when he rises(L) to shake the earth.(M)

22 Stop trusting in mere humans,(N)
    who have but a breath(O) in their nostrils.
    Why hold them in esteem?(P)

Judgment on Jerusalem and Judah

See now, the Lord,
    the Lord Almighty,
is about to take from Jerusalem and Judah
    both supply and support:(Q)
all supplies of food(R) and all supplies of water,(S)
    the hero and the warrior,(T)
the judge and the prophet,
    the diviner(U) and the elder,(V)
the captain of fifty(W) and the man of rank,(X)
    the counselor, skilled craftsman(Y) and clever enchanter.(Z)

“I will make mere youths their officials;
    children will rule over them.”(AA)

People will oppress each other—
    man against man, neighbor against neighbor.(AB)
The young will rise up against the old,
    the nobody against the honored.

A man will seize one of his brothers
    in his father’s house, and say,
“You have a cloak, you be our leader;
    take charge of this heap of ruins!”
But in that day(AC) he will cry out,
    “I have no remedy.(AD)
I have no food(AE) or clothing in my house;
    do not make me the leader of the people.”(AF)

18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,”(A)
    says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as white as snow;(B)
though they are red as crimson,
    they shall be like wool.(C)
19 If you are willing and obedient,(D)
    you will eat the good things of the land;(E)
20 but if you resist and rebel,(F)
    you will be devoured by the sword.”(G)
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.(H)

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The Branch of the Lord

In that day(A) the Branch of the Lord(B) will be beautiful(C) and glorious, and the fruit(D) of the land will be the pride and glory(E) of the survivors(F) in Israel. Those who are left in Zion,(G) who remain(H) in Jerusalem, will be called holy,(I) all who are recorded(J) among the living in Jerusalem. The Lord will wash away the filth(K) of the women of Zion;(L) he will cleanse(M) the bloodstains(N) from Jerusalem by a spirit[a] of judgment(O) and a spirit[b] of fire.(P) Then the Lord will create(Q) over all of Mount Zion(R) and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night;(S) over everything the glory[c](T) will be a canopy.(U) It will be a shelter(V) and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge(W) and hiding place from the storm(X) and rain.

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  1. Isaiah 4:4 Or the Spirit
  2. Isaiah 4:4 Or the Spirit
  3. Isaiah 4:5 Or over all the glory there

The Mountain of the Lord(A)

This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:(B)

In the last days(C)

the mountain(D) of the Lord’s temple will be established
    as the highest of the mountains;(E)
it will be exalted(F) above the hills,
    and all nations will stream to it.(G)

Many peoples(H) will come and say,

“Come, let us go(I) up to the mountain(J) of the Lord,
    to the temple of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
    so that we may walk in his paths.”
The law(K) will go out from Zion,
    the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.(L)
He will judge(M) between the nations
    and will settle disputes(N) for many peoples.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
    and their spears into pruning hooks.(O)
Nation will not take up sword against nation,(P)
    nor will they train for war anymore.

Come, descendants of Jacob,(Q)
    let us walk in the light(R) of the Lord.

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19 Then Pul[a](A) king of Assyria invaded the land, and Menahem gave him a thousand talents[b] of silver to gain his support and strengthen his own hold on the kingdom. 20 Menahem exacted this money from Israel. Every wealthy person had to contribute fifty shekels[c] of silver to be given to the king of Assyria. So the king of Assyria withdrew(B) and stayed in the land no longer.

21 As for the other events of Menahem’s reign, and all he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Israel? 22 Menahem rested with his ancestors. And Pekahiah his son succeeded him as king.

Pekahiah King of Israel

23 In the fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah, Pekahiah son of Menahem became king of Israel in Samaria, and he reigned two years. 24 Pekahiah did evil(C) in the eyes of the Lord. He did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit. 25 One of his chief officers, Pekah(D) son of Remaliah, conspired against him. Taking fifty men of Gilead with him, he assassinated(E) Pekahiah, along with Argob and Arieh, in the citadel of the royal palace at Samaria. So Pekah killed Pekahiah and succeeded him as king.

26 The other events of Pekahiah’s reign, and all he did, are written in the book of the annals of the kings of Israel.

Pekah King of Israel

27 In the fifty-second year of Azariah king of Judah, Pekah(F) son of Remaliah(G) became king of Israel in Samaria, and he reigned twenty years. 28 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord. He did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit.

29 In the time of Pekah king of Israel, Tiglath-Pileser(H) king of Assyria came and took Ijon,(I) Abel Beth Maakah, Janoah, Kedesh and Hazor. He took Gilead and Galilee, including all the land of Naphtali,(J) and deported(K) the people to Assyria. 30 Then Hoshea(L) son of Elah conspired against Pekah son of Remaliah. He attacked and assassinated(M) him, and then succeeded him as king in the twentieth year of Jotham son of Uzziah.

31 As for the other events of Pekah’s reign, and all he did, are they not written in the book of the annals(N) of the kings of Israel?

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  1. 2 Kings 15:19 Also called Tiglath-Pileser
  2. 2 Kings 15:19 That is, about 38 tons or about 34 metric tons
  3. 2 Kings 15:20 That is, about 1 1/4 pounds or about 575 grams

22 The other events of Uzziah’s reign, from beginning to end, are recorded by the prophet Isaiah(A) son of Amoz. 23 Uzziah(B) rested with his ancestors and was buried near them in a cemetery that belonged to the kings, for people said, “He had leprosy.” And Jotham his son succeeded him as king.(C)

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He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father Uzziah had done, but unlike him he did not enter the temple of the Lord. The people, however, continued their corrupt practices. Jotham rebuilt the Upper Gate of the temple of the Lord and did extensive work on the wall at the hill of Ophel.(A) He built towns in the hill country of Judah and forts and towers in the wooded areas.

Jotham waged war against the king of the Ammonites(B) and conquered them. That year the Ammonites paid him a hundred talents[a] of silver, ten thousand cors[b] of wheat and ten thousand cors[c] of barley. The Ammonites brought him the same amount also in the second and third years.

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  1. 2 Chronicles 27:5 That is, about 3 3/4 tons or about 3.4 metric tons
  2. 2 Chronicles 27:5 That is, probably about 1,800 tons or about 1,600 metric tons of wheat
  3. 2 Chronicles 27:5 That is, probably about 1,500 tons or about 1,350 metric tons of barley

Isaiah’s Commission

In the year that King Uzziah(A) died,(B) I saw the Lord,(C) high and exalted,(D) seated on a throne;(E) and the train of his robe(F) filled the temple. Above him were seraphim,(G) each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet,(H) and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:

“Holy, holy(I), holy is the Lord Almighty;(J)
    the whole earth(K) is full of his glory.”(L)

At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.(M)

“Woe(N) to me!” I cried. “I am ruined!(O) For I am a man of unclean lips,(P) and I live among a people of unclean lips,(Q) and my eyes have seen(R) the King,(S) the Lord Almighty.”(T)

Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal(U) in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips;(V) your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.(W)

Then I heard the voice(X) of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send?(Y) And who will go for us?(Z)

And I said, “Here am I.(AA) Send me!”

He said, “Go(AB) and tell this people:

“‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding;
    be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’(AC)
10 Make the heart of this people calloused;(AD)
    make their ears dull
    and close their eyes.[a](AE)
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
    hear with their ears,(AF)
    understand with their hearts,
and turn and be healed.”(AG)

11 Then I said, “For how long, Lord?”(AH)

And he answered:

“Until the cities lie ruined(AI)
    and without inhabitant,
until the houses are left deserted(AJ)
    and the fields ruined and ravaged,(AK)
12 until the Lord has sent everyone far away(AL)
    and the land is utterly forsaken.(AM)
13 And though a tenth remains(AN) in the land,
    it will again be laid waste.(AO)
But as the terebinth and oak
    leave stumps(AP) when they are cut down,
    so the holy(AQ) seed will be the stump in the land.”(AR)

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  1. Isaiah 6:10 Hebrew; Septuagint ‘You will be ever hearing, but never understanding; / you will be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’ / 10 This people’s heart has become calloused; / they hardly hear with their ears, / and they have closed their eyes

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