Isaiah 28-33New International Version (NIV)
Woe to the Leaders of Ephraim and Judah
28 Woe to that wreath, the pride of Ephraim’s drunkards,
5 In that day the Lord Almighty
7 And these also stagger from wine
9 “Who is it he is trying to teach?
11 Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues
14 Therefore hear the word of the Lord, you scoffers
16 So this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone,
The understanding of this message
23 Listen and hear my voice;
27 Caraway is not threshed with a sledge,
Woe to David’s City
29 Woe to you, Ariel, Ariel,
5 But your many enemies will become like fine dust,
9 Be stunned and amazed,
11 For you this whole vision is nothing but words sealed in a scroll. And if you give the scroll to someone who can read, and say, “Read this, please,” they will answer, “I can’t; it is sealed.” 12 Or if you give the scroll to someone who cannot read, and say, “Read this, please,” they will answer, “I don’t know how to read.”
13 The Lord says:
“These people come near to me with their mouth
17 In a very short time, will not Lebanon be turned into a fertile field
22 Therefore this is what the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, says to the descendants of Jacob:
“No longer will Jacob be ashamed;
Woe to the Obstinate Nation
30 “Woe to the obstinate children,”
6 A prophecy concerning the animals of the Negev:
Through a land of hardship and distress,
8 Go now, write it on a tablet for them,
12 Therefore this is what the Holy One of Israel says:
“Because you have rejected this message,
15 This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:
“In repentance and rest is your salvation,
18 Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
19 People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. 20 Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. 21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” 22 Then you will desecrate your idols overlaid with silver and your images covered with gold; you will throw them away like a menstrual cloth and say to them, “Away with you!”
23 He will also send you rain for the seed you sow in the ground, and the food that comes from the land will be rich and plentiful. In that day your cattle will graze in broad meadows. 24 The oxen and donkeys that work the soil will eat fodder and mash, spread out with fork and shovel. 25 In the day of great slaughter, when the towers fall, streams of water will flow on every high mountain and every lofty hill. 26 The moon will shine like the sun, and the sunlight will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven full days, when the Lord binds up the bruises of his people and heals the wounds he inflicted.
27 See, the Name of the Lord comes from afar,
Woe to Those Who Rely on Egypt
31 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help,
4 This is what the Lord says to me:
“As a lion growls,
6 Return, you Israelites, to the One you have so greatly revolted against. 7 For in that day every one of you will reject the idols of silver and gold your sinful hands have made.
8 “Assyria will fall by no human sword;
The Kingdom of Righteousness
32 See, a king will reign in righteousness
3 Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed,
The Women of Jerusalem
9 You women who are so complacent,
Distress and Help
33 Woe to you, destroyer,
2 Lord, be gracious to us;
5 The Lord is exalted, for he dwells on high;
7 Look, their brave men cry aloud in the streets;
10 “Now will I arise,” says the Lord.
13 You who are far away, hear what I have done;
17 Your eyes will see the king in his beauty
20 Look on Zion, the city of our festivals;
23 Your rigging hangs loose:
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