33 ·How terrible it will be for [L Woe to] you who destroy others but have not been destroyed yet. ·How terrible it will be for [L Woe to] you, traitor, whom no one has ·turned against yet [betrayed]. When you stop destroying, others will destroy you. When you stop ·turning against others [betraying], they will ·turn against [betray] you.
2 Lord, be ·kind [gracious; merciful] to us. We have waited for your help. ·Give us strength [L Be our arm] every morning. ·Save us [L …our salvation] ·when we are in [L in times of] trouble. 3 ·Your powerful voice makes [or At the sound of tumult] ·people [the peoples/nations] run away; your ·greatness [majesty; or rising up] causes the nations to run away. 4 Like ·locusts [or the caterpillar], your enemies will ·take away [gather; harvest] ·the things you stole in war [your plunder]. Like locusts ·rushing about [swarming], they will take your wealth. 5 The Lord is ·very great [exalted], and he ·lives in a high place [T dwells on high]. He fills ·Jerusalem [L Zion; 1:27] with ·fairness [justice; judgment] and ·justice [righteousness]. 6 He will ·always be your safety [be the foundation/stability of your time]. He is ·full [a rich store/abundance] of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge. ·Respect for [The fear of] the Lord is the greatest treasure [Prov. 1:7].
7 See, ·brave people [heroes; valiant ones] are crying out in the streets; ·those who tried to bring [envoys/ambassadors of] peace are weeping ·loudly [bitterly]. 8 ·There is no one on the roads [L Highways lie desolate/deserted], no ·one walking [travelers] in the ·paths [roads; way]. People have broken the ·agreements [treaties; covenants] they made. They ·refuse to believe the proof from [L despise its] witnesses. No one ·respects [cares about; regards] other people. 9 The land ·is sick and dying [dries up and withers; or mourns and languishes]; Lebanon is ashamed and ·dying [shrivels; withers]. Sharon [C a fertile plain along the Mediterranean coast] is like the desert, and ·the trees of Bashan and Carmel are dying [L Bashan and Carmel shake off; C their leaves; these places were known for their lush trees and vegetation; 2:13; 35:2].
10 The Lord says, “Now, I will ·stand [rise] up and ·show my greatness [L be exalted]. Now, I will ·become important to the people [L be lifted up]. 11 You people ·do useless things [produce nothing; L conceive chaff/straw] ·that are like hay and straw [L you give birth to straw/stubble]. ·A destructive wind [or Your breath] will ·burn [consume; devour] you like fire. 12 ·People [or The nations] will be burned ·until their bones become like lime [to ashes/lime]; they will burn quickly like ·dry [cut] thornbushes.”
13 You people in faraway lands, hear what I have done. You people who are near me, ·learn about [or acknowledge] my ·power [might]. 14 The sinners in ·Jerusalem [L Zion; 1:27] are afraid; those who are ·separated from God [godless] shake with fear. They say, “·Can any of us [L Who can] live through this fire that ·destroys [consumes; devours]? Who can live near this ·fire that burns on and on [unquenchable/everlasting burning]?” 15 A person who ·does what is right [walks righteously; Ps. 15] and speaks ·what is right [truthfully; uprightly], who ·refuses to take [rejects; despises] ·money unfairly [profit from oppression/extortion], who ·refuses to take money to hurt others [L shakes off his hands from grabbing a bribe], who ·does not listen [closes his ears] to plans of murder, who ·refuses to think about [closes his eyes to looking on] evil— 16 this is the kind of person who will ·be safe [L dwell on high/the heights]. He will ·be protected as he would be [find refuge] in a ·high, walled city [rock stronghold/fortress]. He will always have ·bread [food], and he will not run out of water. 17 Your eyes will see the king in his ·beauty [splendor]. You will see the land that stretches far away. 18 ·You [L Your heart] will ·think about the terror of the past [L meditate on terror]: “Where is that ·officer [scribe; taxation officer; L counter]? Where is the ·one who collected the taxes [L weigher]? Where is the ·officer in charge of our defense towers [one who counts the towers; C for taxation purposes]?” 19 No longer will you see those ·proud [defiant; or fierce; or barbaric] people, whose ·strange [obscure] ·language [speech; lip] you don’t know [C the Assyrians]. whose stammering ·speech [tongue] you cannot understand.
God Will Protect Jerusalem
20 Look at ·Jerusalem [L Zion], the city of our festivals. ·Look at [L Your eyes will see] Jerusalem, that ·beautiful place of rest [quiet dwelling]. It is like a tent that will never be moved; ·the pegs that hold her in place [L its stakes] will never be pulled up, and her ropes will never be broken. 21 There the Lord will be our Mighty One. That land is a place with streams and wide rivers, ·but there will be no enemy boats on those rivers [L no galley with oars will go]; no ·powerful [majestic] ship will sail on them. 22 This is because the Lord is our judge. The Lord ·makes our laws [is our lawgiver]. The Lord is our king. He will ·save [rescue; T deliver] us. 23 The ·ropes on your boats [L ropes; cords] hang loose [C perhaps referring to the enemy ships or metaphorically to Judah]. The mast is not held firm. The sails are not spread open. Then ·your great wealth [an abundance of plunder] will be divided. ·There will be so much wealth that even the crippled people will carry off a share [L Even the lame will take the prey]. 24 No one living in ·Jerusalem [L Zion; 1:27] will say, “I am sick.” The people who live there will have their sins forgiven.
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