27 ·At that time [L In that day] the Lord will punish Leviathan [C a sea creature in ancient Near Eastern texts that represents chaos; Job 3:8; 41:1, 12; Ps. 74:14; 104:26], the ·gliding [or swift-moving; or fleeing] ·snake [serpent]. He will punish Leviathan, the ·coiled [writhing; twisting] ·snake [serpent], with his great and hard and powerful sword. He will kill the ·monster [dragon] in the sea. 2 ·At that time [L In that day] sing about the ·pleasant [beautiful; or fruitful] vineyard [C God’s people; 5:1–7]. 3 “I, the Lord, will ·care for [watch over] that vineyard; I will water it ·at the right time [regularly; continually]. No one will hurt it, because I will guard it day and night. 4 I am not ·angry [wrathful]. If ·anyone builds a wall of thornbushes in war [or only there were briers and thorns against me!], I will march ·to it [against it in battle] and burn it. 5 But if anyone comes to me for ·safety [refuge; protection] and wants to make peace with me, ·he should come and [let him] make peace with me.” 6 In the days to come, ·the people of Jacob [L Jacob] will ·be like a plant with good roots [take root]; Israel will ·grow like a plant beginning to bloom [L blossom and bud]. ·Then the world will be filled with their children [L …and fill all the world with fruit].
The Lord Will Send Israel Away
7 ·The Lord has not hurt [L Has the Lord struck down…?] his people as he ·hurt their enemies [L struck down those who struck them]; ·his people have not [L have they…?] been killed like those who tried to kill them. 8 He will ·settle his argument with Israel [or oppose her; contend with her] by sending her far away. ·Like a hot desert wind [L With his fierce breath in the day of the east wind; C the east wind came from the desert], he will drive her away. 9 This is how ·Israel’s [L Jacob’s] guilt will be forgiven; this is how its sins will be taken away: ·Israel [L He] will crush the rocks of the altar [C pagan altars] to dust, and no ·Asherah idols [L Asherahs; C sacred trees or poles dedicated to the goddess Asherah] or ·altars [incense altars] will be left standing. 10 ·At that time [L In that day] the ·strong, walled [fortified] city will be ·empty [desolate] an abandoned settlement, empty like a ·desert [wilderness; 17:9; 32:14, 19]. Calves will eat grass there. They will lie down there and ·eat leaves from [strip bare] the branches. 11 The limbs will become dry and break off, so women will use them for firewood. The people ·refuse to understand [lack understanding/discernment], so ·their Creator [the one who made them] will not comfort them; ·their Maker [the one who formed them] will not ·be kind [show favor] to them.
12 ·At that time [L In that day] the Lord will begin gathering ·his people [L you, sons/children of Israel] one by one from the ·Euphrates River [L flowing River] to the brook of Egypt. He will ·separate them from others as grain is separated from chaff [thresh/L beat them out]. 13 ·At that time [In that day] a great trumpet will be blown. Then those who are ·lost [or perishing] in Assyria and those who ·have run away [were exiled/driven out] to Egypt will come and worship the Lord on that holy mountain in Jerusalem.
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