2 Isaiah son of Amoz saw this ·message [vision; word] about Judah and Jerusalem: 2 [L It shall be] In the ·last [final; latter] days the mountain ·on which the Lord’s Temple stands [L of the house of the Lord; C Mount Zion] will ·become [be established as; endure as] the ·most important [chief; or highest] of all mountains. It will be ·raised [exalted] above the hills, and ·people from all nations [L all nations] will come streaming to it. 3 Many ·nations [peoples] will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the ·Temple [L house] of the God of Jacob. ·Then [or So that] he will teach us his ·ways [standards; path], and we will ·obey his teachings [L walk in his paths].” ·His teachings [The Law; Instruction; L Torah] will go out from Jerusalem; the ·message [word] of the Lord will go out from Jerusalem. 4 He will ·settle arguments among [judge/mediate between] the ·nations [peoples] and will ·make decisions [settle disputes] for many ·peoples [nations]. Then they will ·make [beat; hammer] their swords into ·plows [T plowshares; C the metal tip of the plow] and their spears into ·hooks for trimming trees [pruning hooks]. Nations will no longer ·fight [L raise the sword against] other nations, nor will they train for war anymore [Mic. 4:1–3].
5 Come, ·family [descendants; L house] of Jacob, and let us ·follow the way [L walk in the light] of the Lord.
A Terrible Day Is Coming
6 Lord, you have ·left [abandoned; rejected] your people, the ·family [descendants; L house] of Jacob, because they have become filled ·with wrong ideas from people in the East [or with superstitions from the East; L from the East]. They ·try to tell the future [consult soothsayers; practice divination] like the Philistines [Lev. 19:26; Deut. 18:9–14], and ·they have completely accepted those foreign ideas [or they clasp hands/make alliances with foreigners; or the children of foreigners are everywhere]. 7 Their land has been filled with silver and gold; there ·are a great many [L is no end/limit to their] treasures there. Their land has been filled with horses; there ·are many [L is no end/limit to their] chariots there [C Israel was to rely on God, not on horses and chariots; Deut. 17:16–17]. 8 Their land is full of idols. The people worship ·these idols they made with [L the work of] their own hands and shaped with their own fingers [Rom. 1:23]. 9 People will ·be humbled [be brought low; or bow down to worship] and will bow low ·with shame [or in worship]. God, do not ·forgive [spare; L lift] them.
10 Go into the ·caves of the cliffs [L rocks]; ·dig holes and hide in the ground [L hide in the dust/ground] from the ·anger [terror; terrible presence] of the Lord and from ·his great power [the majesty/glory/splendor of his majesty]! 11 ·Proud people [L The eyes of the proud] will be ·made humble [brought down], and ·they [human arrogance/loftiness] will ·bow low with shame [be humbled]. ·At that time [L In that day] only the Lord will still be ·praised [exalted].
12 The Lord ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts] has a ·certain day planned [L day] when he will ·punish [bring judgment on; turn against] all the proud and all those who ·brag [are lifted up], and they will ·no longer be important [be humbled/humiliated/brought low]. 13 ·He will bring down [L …against] all the ·tall [exalted and mighty/lifted up] cedar trees from Lebanon and all the great oak trees of Bashan, 14 all the ·tall [lofty; exalted] mountains and the high hills, 15 every ·tall [lofty] tower and every ·high, strong [fortified] wall, 16 all the ·trading ships [L ships of Tarshish; C large trading vessels capable of going to distant ports; Tarshish may have been in Spain (Tartessus) or an island in the eastern Mediterranean; 23:1; Jon. 1:3] and the beautiful ·ships [vessels]. 17 ·Proud people [Human pride] will be made humble, and ·they [arrogant people] will ·bow low with shame [be brought low]. ·At that time [L In that day] only the Lord will be ·praised [exalted], 18 but all the idols will ·be gone [disappear; pass away].
19 People will run to caves in the ·rocky cliffs [rocks] and ·will dig holes and hide [L to holes] in the ground from the ·anger [terror; terrible presence] of the Lord and ·his great power [the majesty/glory/splendor of his majesty; v. 10], when he ·stands [rises] to shake the earth. 20 ·At that time [L In that day] people will throw away their gold and silver idols, which they made for themselves to worship; they will throw them away to the bats and moles. 21 Then the people will hide in ·caves [caverns/crevices in rocks] and ·cracks [clefts] in the rocks from the ·anger [terror; terrible presence] of the Lord and ·his great power [the majesty/glory/splendor of his majesty; v. 19], when he stands to ·shake [tremble; or terrify] the earth.
22 Stop trusting in people to save you [L Cease from man/people], ·because people are only human [L whose breath is in his nostrils]; ·they aren’t able to help you [what good are they; or why do you esteem them?].
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