New King James Version
Proclamation Against Tyre
Wail, you ships of Tarshish!
For it is laid waste,
So that there is no house, no harbor;
From the land of [b]Cyprus it is revealed to them.
2 Be still, you inhabitants of the coastland,
You merchants of Sidon,
[c]Whom those who cross the sea have filled.
3 And on great waters the grain of Shihor,
The harvest of [d]the River, is her revenue;
And (B)she is a marketplace for the nations.
4 Be ashamed, O Sidon;
For the sea has spoken,
The strength of the sea, saying,
“I do not labor, nor bring forth children;
Neither do I rear young men,
Nor bring up virgins.”
5 (C)When the report reaches Egypt,
They also will be in agony at the report of Tyre.
6 Cross over to Tarshish;
Wail, you inhabitants of the coastland!
7 Is this your (D)joyous city,
Whose antiquity is from ancient days,
Whose feet carried her far off to dwell?
8 Who has taken this counsel against Tyre, (E)the crowning city,
Whose merchants are princes,
Whose traders are the honorable of the earth?
9 The Lord of hosts has (F)purposed it,
To [e]bring to dishonor the (G)pride of all glory,
To bring into contempt all the honorable of the earth.
10 Overflow through your land like [f]the River,
O daughter of Tarshish;
There is no more [g]strength.
11 He stretched out His hand over the sea,
He shook the kingdoms;
The Lord has given a commandment (H)against Canaan
To destroy its strongholds.
12 And He said, “You will rejoice no more,
O you oppressed virgin daughter of Sidon.
Arise, (I)cross over to Cyprus;
There also you will have no rest.”
14 (L)Wail, you ships of Tarshish!
For your strength is laid waste.
15 Now it shall come to pass in that day that Tyre will be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king. At the end of seventy years it will happen to Tyre as in the song of the harlot:
16 “Take a harp, go about the city,
You forgotten harlot;
Make sweet melody, sing many songs,
That you may be remembered.”
17 And it shall be, at the end of seventy years, that the Lord will deal with Tyre. She will return to her hire, and (M)commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the earth. 18 Her gain and her pay (N)will be set apart for the Lord; it will not be treasured nor laid up, for her gain will be for those who dwell before the Lord, to eat sufficiently, and for [h]fine clothing.
Impending Judgment on the Earth
24 Behold, the Lord makes the earth empty and makes it waste,
Distorts its surface
And scatters abroad its inhabitants.
2 And it shall be:
As with the people, so with the (O)priest;
As with the servant, so with his master;
As with the maid, so with her mistress;
(P)As with the buyer, so with the seller;
As with the lender, so with the borrower;
As with the creditor, so with the debtor.
3 The land shall be entirely emptied and utterly plundered,
For the Lord has spoken this word.
4 The earth mourns and fades away,
The world languishes and fades away;
The (Q)haughty[i] people of the earth languish.
5 (R)The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants,
Because they have (S)transgressed the laws,
Changed the ordinance,
Broken the (T)everlasting covenant.
6 Therefore (U)the curse has devoured the earth,
And those who dwell in it are [j]desolate.
Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are (V)burned,
And few men are left.
7 (W)The new wine fails, the vine languishes,
All the merry-hearted sigh.
8 The mirth (X)of the tambourine ceases,
The noise of the jubilant ends,
The joy of the harp ceases.
9 They shall not drink wine with a song;
Strong drink is bitter to those who drink it.
10 The city of confusion is broken down;
Every house is shut up, so that none may go in.
11 There is a cry for wine in the streets,
All joy is darkened,
The mirth of the land is gone.
12 In the city desolation is left,
And the gate is stricken with destruction.
13 When it shall be thus in the midst of the land among the people,
(Y)It shall be like the shaking of an olive tree,
Like the gleaning of grapes when the vintage is done.
14 They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing;
For the majesty of the Lord
They shall cry aloud from the sea.
15 Therefore (Z)glorify the Lord in the dawning light,
(AA)The name of the Lord God of Israel in the coastlands of the sea.
16 From the ends of the earth we have heard songs:
“Glory to the righteous!”
But I said, [k]“I am ruined, ruined!
Woe to me!
(AB)The treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously,
Indeed, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously.”
17 (AC)Fear and the pit and the snare
Are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth.
18 And it shall be
That he who flees from the noise of the fear
Shall fall into the pit,
And he who comes up from the midst of the pit
Shall be [l]caught in the snare;
For (AD)the windows from on high are open,
And (AE)the foundations of the earth are shaken.
19 (AF)The earth is violently broken,
The earth is split open,
The earth is shaken exceedingly.
20 The earth shall (AG)reel[m] to and fro like a drunkard,
And shall totter like a hut;
Its transgression shall be heavy upon it,
And it will fall, and not rise again.
21 It shall come to pass in that day
That the Lord will punish on high the host of exalted ones,
And on the earth (AH)the kings of the earth.
22 They will be gathered together,
As prisoners are gathered in the [n]pit,
And will be shut up in the prison;
After many days they will be punished.
23 Then the (AI)moon will be disgraced
And the sun ashamed;
For the Lord of hosts will (AJ)reign
On (AK)Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
And before His elders, gloriously.
Praise to God
25 O Lord, You are my God.
(AL)I will exalt You,
I will praise Your name,
(AM)For You have done wonderful things;
(AN)Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.
2 For You have made (AO)a city a ruin,
A fortified city a ruin,
A palace of foreigners to be a city no more;
It will never be rebuilt.
3 Therefore the strong people will (AP)glorify You;
The city of the [o]terrible nations will fear You.
4 For You have been a strength to the poor,
A strength to the needy in his distress,
(AQ)A refuge from the storm,
A shade from the heat;
For the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.
5 You will reduce the noise of aliens,
As heat in a dry place;
As heat in the shadow of a cloud,
The song of the terrible ones will be [p]diminished.
6 And in (AR)this mountain
(AS)The Lord of hosts will make for (AT)all people
A feast of [q]choice pieces,
A feast of [r]wines on the lees,
Of fat things full of marrow,
Of well-refined wines on the lees.
7 And He will destroy on this mountain
The surface of the covering cast over all people,
And (AU)the veil that is spread over all nations.
8 He will (AV)swallow up death forever,
And the Lord God will (AW)wipe away tears from all faces;
The rebuke of His people
He will take away from all the earth;
For the Lord has spoken.
10 For on this mountain the hand of the Lord will rest,
And (AZ)Moab shall be trampled down under Him,
As straw is trampled down for the refuse heap.
11 And He will spread out His hands in their midst
As a swimmer reaches out to swim,
And He will bring down their (BA)pride
Together with the trickery of their hands.
12 The (BB)fortress of the high fort of your walls
He will bring down, lay low,
And bring to the ground, down to the dust.
A Song of Salvation
26 In (BC)that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:
“We have a strong city;
(BD)God will appoint salvation for walls and bulwarks.
2 (BE)Open the gates,
That the righteous nation which [s]keeps the truth may enter in.
3 You will keep him in perfect (BF)peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.
4 Trust in the Lord forever,
(BG)For in Yah, the Lord, is [t]everlasting strength.
5 For He brings [u]down those who dwell on high,
(BH)The lofty city;
He lays it low,
He lays it low to the ground,
He brings it down to the dust.
6 The foot shall [v]tread it down—
The feet of the poor
And the steps of the needy.”
7 The way of the just is uprightness;
(BI)O Most Upright,
You [w]weigh the path of the just.
8 Yes, (BJ)in the way of Your judgments,
O Lord, we have (BK)waited for You;
The desire of our soul is for Your name
And for the remembrance of You.
9 (BL)With my soul I have desired You in the night,
Yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early;
For when Your judgments are in the earth,
The inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
10 (BM)Let grace be shown to the wicked,
Yet he will not learn righteousness;
In (BN)the land of uprightness he will deal unjustly,
And will not behold the majesty of the Lord.
11 Lord, when Your hand is lifted up, (BO)they will not see.
But they will see and be ashamed
For [x]their envy of people;
Yes, the fire of Your enemies shall devour them.
12 Lord, You will establish peace for us,
For You have also done all our works [y]in us.
13 O Lord our God, (BP)masters besides You
Have had dominion over us;
But by You only we make mention of Your name.
14 They are dead, they will not live;
They are deceased, they will not rise.
Therefore You have punished and destroyed them,
And made all their memory to (BQ)perish.
15 You have increased the nation, O Lord,
You have (BR)increased the nation;
You are glorified;
You have expanded all the [z]borders of the land.
16 Lord, (BS)in trouble they have visited You,
They poured out a prayer when Your chastening was upon them.
17 As (BT)a woman with child
Is in pain and cries out in her [aa]pangs,
When she draws near the time of her delivery,
So have we been in Your sight, O Lord.
18 We have been with child, we have been in pain;
We have, as it were, [ab]brought forth wind;
We have not accomplished any deliverance in the earth,
Nor have (BU)the inhabitants of the world fallen.
Take Refuge from the Coming Judgment
20 Come, my people, (BX)enter your chambers,
And shut your doors behind you;
Hide yourself, as it were, (BY)for a little moment,
Until the indignation is past.
21 For behold, the Lord (BZ)comes out of His place
To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity;
The earth will also disclose her [ad]blood,
And will no more cover her slain.
Israel Will Be Restored
The Restoration of Israel
2 In that day (CC)sing to her,
(CD)“A vineyard of [ae]red wine!
3 (CE)I, the Lord, keep it,
I water it every moment;
Lest any hurt it,
I keep it night and day.
4 Fury is not in Me.
Who would set (CF)briers and thorns
Against Me in battle?
I would go through them,
I would burn them together.
5 Or let him take hold (CG)of My strength,
That he may (CH)make peace with Me;
And he shall make peace with Me.”
6 Those who come He shall cause (CI)to take root in Jacob;
Israel shall blossom and bud,
And fill the face of the world with fruit.
7 (CJ)Has He struck [af]Israel as He struck those who struck him?
Or has He been slain according to the slaughter of those who were slain by Him?
8 (CK)In measure, by sending it away,
You contended with it.
(CL)He removes it by His rough wind
In the day of the east wind.
9 Therefore by this the iniquity of Jacob will be covered;
And this is all the fruit of taking away his sin:
When he makes all the stones of the altar
Like chalkstones that are beaten to dust,
[ag]Wooden images and incense altars shall not stand.
10 Yet the fortified city will be (CM)desolate,
The habitation forsaken and left like a wilderness;
There the calf will feed, and there it will lie down
And consume its branches.
11 When its boughs are withered, they will be broken off;
The women come and set them on fire.
For (CN)it is a people of no understanding;
Therefore He who made them will (CO)not have mercy on them,
And (CP)He who formed them will show them no favor.
13 (CR)So it shall be in that day:
(CS)The great trumpet will be blown;
They will come, who are about to perish in the land of Assyria,
And they who are outcasts in the land of (CT)Egypt,
And shall (CU)worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem.
- Isaiah 23:1 oracle, prophecy
- Isaiah 23:1 Heb. Kittim, western lands, especially Cyprus
- Isaiah 23:2 So with MT, Vg.; LXX, Tg. Passing over the water; DSS Your messengers passing over the sea
- Isaiah 23:3 The Nile
- Isaiah 23:9 pollute
- Isaiah 23:10 The Nile
- Isaiah 23:10 restraint, lit. belt
- Isaiah 23:18 choice
- Isaiah 24:4 proud
- Isaiah 24:6 Or held guilty
- Isaiah 24:16 Lit. Leanness to me, leanness to me
- Isaiah 24:18 Lit. taken
- Isaiah 24:20 stagger
- Isaiah 24:22 dungeon
- Isaiah 25:3 terrifying
- Isaiah 25:5 humbled
- Isaiah 25:6 Lit. fat things
- Isaiah 25:6 wines matured on the sediment
- Isaiah 26:2 Or remains faithful
- Isaiah 26:4 Or Rock of Ages
- Isaiah 26:5 low
- Isaiah 26:6 trample
- Isaiah 26:7 Or make level
- Isaiah 26:11 Or Your zeal for the people
- Isaiah 26:12 Or for us
- Isaiah 26:15 Or ends
- Isaiah 26:17 sharp pains
- Isaiah 26:18 given birth to
- Isaiah 26:19 So with MT, Vg.; Syr., Tg. their dead bodies; LXX those in the tombs
- Isaiah 26:21 Or bloodshed
- Isaiah 27:2 So with MT (Kittel’s Biblia Hebraica), Bg., Vg.; MT (Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia), some Heb. mss., LXX delight; Tg. choice vineyard
- Isaiah 27:7 Lit. him
- Isaiah 27:9 Heb. Asherim, Canaanite deities
- Isaiah 27:12 The Euphrates