The Lord Rises Up

33 Woe, you destroyer never destroyed,
you traitor never betrayed!
When you have finished destroying,
you will be destroyed.
When you have finished betraying,
they will betray you.(A)

Lord, be gracious to us! We wait for You.(B)
Be our strength every morning
and our salvation in time of trouble.(C)
The peoples flee at the thunderous noise;(D)
the nations scatter when You rise in Your majesty.
Your spoil will be gathered as locusts are gathered;
people will swarm over it like an infestation of locusts.
The Lord is exalted, for He dwells on high;
He has filled Zion with justice and righteousness.
There will be times of security for you—
a storehouse of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge.
The fear of the Lord is Zion’s treasure.(E)

Listen! Their warriors cry loudly in the streets;
the messengers of peace weep bitterly.(F)
The highways are deserted;
travel has ceased.
An agreement has been broken,(G)
cities[a] despised,
and human life disregarded.
The land mourns and withers;(H)
Lebanon is ashamed and decayed.
Sharon is like a desert;
Bashan and Carmel shake off their leaves.
10 “Now I will rise up,”(I) says the Lord.
“Now I will lift Myself up.
Now I will be exalted.
11 You will conceive chaff;(J)
you will give birth to stubble.
Your breath is fire that will consume you.
12 The peoples will be burned to ashes,
like thorns cut down and burned in a fire.
13 You who are far off, hear what I have done;
you who are near,(K) know My strength.”

14 The sinners in Zion are afraid;
trembling seizes the ungodly:
“Who among us can dwell with a consuming fire?(L)
Who among us can dwell with ever-burning flames?”
15 The one who lives righteously
and speaks rightly,(M)
who refuses gain from extortion,
whose hand never takes a bribe,
who stops his ears from listening to murderous plots[b]
and shuts his eyes to avoid endorsing evil[c](N)
16 he will dwell on the heights;
his refuge will be the rocky fortresses,
his food provided, his water assured.

17 Your eyes will see the King in His beauty;(O)
you will see a vast land.(P)
18 Your mind will meditate on the past terror:
“Where is the accountant?[d]
Where is the tribute collector?[e]
Where is the one who spied out our defenses?”[f]
19 You will no longer see the barbarians,
a people whose speech is difficult to comprehend—
who stammer in a language that is not understood.(Q)
20 Look at Zion, the city of our festival times.
Your eyes will see Jerusalem,
a peaceful pasture,(R) a tent that does not wander;
its tent pegs will not be pulled up
nor will any of its cords be loosened.(S)
21 For the majestic One, our Lord, will be there,(T)
a place of rivers and broad streams
where ships that are rowed will not go,
and majestic vessels will not pass.(U)
22 For the Lord is our Judge,
the Lord is our lawgiver,(V)
the Lord is our King.
He will save us.(W)
23 Your ropes are slack;
they cannot hold the base of the mast
or spread out the flag.
Then abundant spoil will be divided,
the lame will plunder it,
24 and none there will say, “I am sick.”
The people who dwell there
will be forgiven(X) their iniquity.(Y)

The Judgment of the Nations

34 You nations, come here and listen;
you peoples, pay attention!(Z)
Let the earth hear, and all that fills it,
the world and all that comes from it.(AA)
The Lord is angry with all the nations—
furious with all their armies.(AB)
He will set them apart for destruction,(AC)
giving them over to slaughter.
Their slain will be thrown out,
and the stench of their corpses will rise;(AD)
the mountains will flow[g] with their blood.(AE)
All[h] the heavenly bodies(AF) will dissolve.
The skies will roll up like a scroll,(AG)
and their stars will all wither
as leaves wither on the vine,
and foliage on the fig tree.(AH)

The Judgment of Edom

When My sword has drunk its fill[i](AI) in the heavens,
it will then come down on Edom(AJ)
and on the people I have set apart for destruction.
The Lord’s sword is covered with blood.
It drips with fat,
with the blood of lambs and goats,
with the fat of the kidneys of rams.(AK)
For the Lord has a sacrifice in Bozrah,(AL)
a great slaughter in the land of Edom.
The wild oxen will be struck[j] down with them,
and young bulls with the mighty bulls.
Their land will be soaked with[k] blood,
and their soil will be saturated with fat.

For the Lord has a day of vengeance,(AM)
a time of paying back Edom
for its hostility against Zion.
Edom’s streams will be turned into pitch,
her soil into sulfur;(AN)
her land will become burning pitch.
10 It will never go out—day or night.
Its smoke will go up forever.(AO)
It will be desolate, from generation to generation;
no one will pass through it forever and ever.(AP)
11 The desert owl[l] and the screech owl[m] will possess it,
and the great owl and the raven will dwell there.(AQ)
The Lord will stretch out a measuring line
and a plumb line over her
for her destruction and chaos.(AR)
12 No nobles will be left to proclaim a king,
and all her princes will come to nothing.
13 Her palaces will be overgrown with thorns;
her fortified cities, with thistles and briers.(AS)
She will become a dwelling for jackals,
an abode[n] for ostriches.(AT)
14 The desert creatures will meet hyenas,
and one wild goat will call to another.
Indeed, the screech owl will stay there
and will find a resting place for herself.
15 The sand partridge[o] will make her nest there;
she will lay and hatch her eggs
and will gather her brood under her shadow.
Indeed, the birds of prey will gather there,
each with its mate.(AU)
16 Search and read the scroll of the Lord:(AV)
Not one of them will be missing,
none will be lacking its mate,
because He has ordered it by my[p] mouth,
and He will gather them by His Spirit.
17 He has ordained a lot for them;
His hand allotted their portion with a measuring line.
They will possess it forever;(AW)
they will dwell in it from generation to generation.

The Ransomed Return to Zion

35 The wilderness and the dry land will be glad;
the desert will rejoice and blossom like a rose.[q][r](AX)
It will blossom abundantly
and will also rejoice with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
the splendor of Carmel and Sharon.(AY)
They will see the glory of the Lord,(AZ)
the splendor of our God.(BA)
Strengthen the weak hands,
steady the shaking knees!(BB)
Say to the cowardly:
“Be strong; do not fear!
Here is your God; vengeance is coming.(BC)
God’s retribution is coming; He will save you.”(BD)
Then the eyes of the blind will be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped.(BE)
Then the lame will leap like a deer,(BF)
and the tongue of the mute will sing for joy,(BG)
for water will gush in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert;(BH)
the parched ground will become a pool of water,
and the thirsty land springs of water.(BI)
In the haunt of jackals,(BJ) in their lairs,
there will be grass, reeds, and papyrus.
A road will be there and a way;(BK)
it will be called the Holy Way.(BL)
The unclean will not travel on it,(BM)
but it will be for the one who walks the path.(BN)
Even the fool will not go astray.
There will be no lion there,
and no vicious beast will go up on it;
they will not be found there.
But the redeemed will walk on it,
10 and the redeemed of the Lord will return(BO)
and come to Zion with singing,
crowned with unending joy.
Joy and gladness will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee.(BP)


  1. Isaiah 33:8 DSS read witnesses
  2. Isaiah 33:15 Lit to bloods
  3. Isaiah 33:15 Lit eyes from seeing evil
  4. Isaiah 33:18 Lit counter
  5. Isaiah 33:18 Lit weigher
  6. Isaiah 33:18 Lit who counts towers
  7. Isaiah 34:3 Or melt, or dissolve
  8. Isaiah 34:4 DSS read And the valleys will be split, and all
  9. Isaiah 34:5 DSS read sword will appear
  10. Isaiah 34:7 Or will go
  11. Isaiah 34:7 Or will drink its fill of
  12. Isaiah 34:11 Or The pelican
  13. Isaiah 34:11 Or the hedgehog
  14. Isaiah 34:13 DSS, LXX, Syr, Tg; MT reads jackals, grass
  15. Isaiah 34:15 Or The arrow snake, or The owl
  16. Isaiah 34:16 Some Hb mss; other Hb mss, DSS, Syr, Tg read His
  17. Isaiah 35:1 Or meadow saffron
  18. Isaiah 35:1 Not the modern flower but a common wildflower in northern Israel

Lawsuits among Believers

If any of you has a legal dispute against another, do you dare go to court(A) before the unrighteous,[a] and not before the saints? Or don’t you know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest cases? Don’t you know that we will judge angels—not to mention ordinary matters? So if you have cases pertaining to this life, do you select those[b] who have no standing(B) in the church to judge? I say this to your shame!(C) Can it be that there is not one wise person among you who is able to arbitrate between his brothers?(D) Instead, believer[c] goes to court against believer, and that before unbelievers!(E)

Therefore, to have legal disputes against one another is already a moral failure for you.(F) Why not rather put up with injustice?(G) Why not rather be cheated?(H) Instead, you act unjustly and cheat—and you do this to believers! Don’t you know that the unrighteous(I) will not inherit God’s kingdom?(J) Do not be deceived: No sexually immoral people, idolaters,(K) adulterers,(L) or anyone practicing homosexuality,[d](M) 10 no thieves,(N) greedy(O) people, drunkards, verbally abusive people,(P) or swindlers(Q) will inherit God’s kingdom. 11 And some of you used to be like this.(R) But you were washed, you were sanctified,(S) you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Glorifying God in Body and Spirit

12 “Everything is permissible(T) for me,”[e] but not everything is helpful. “Everything is permissible for me,” but I will not be brought under the control of anything. 13 “Food(U) for the stomach and the stomach for food,” but God will do away with both of them.[f] The body is not for sexual immorality(V) but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 God raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.(W) 15 Don’t you know that your bodies are a part of Christ’s body?(X) So should I take a part of Christ’s body and make it part of a prostitute? Absolutely not! 16 Don’t you know that anyone joined to a prostitute is one body with her? For Scripture says, The two will become one flesh.(Y)[g] 17 But anyone joined(Z) to the Lord is one spirit(AA) with Him.

18 Run(AB) from sexual immorality! “Every sin a person can commit is outside the body.”[h] On the contrary, the person who is sexually immoral(AC) sins against his own body. 19 Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary(AD) of the Holy Spirit(AE) who is in you,(AF) whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought(AG) at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body.[i]


  1. 1 Corinthians 6:1 Unbelievers; v. 6
  2. 1 Corinthians 6:4 Or life, appoint those (as a command)
  3. 1 Corinthians 6:6 Lit brothers
  4. 1 Corinthians 6:9 Lit adulterers, passive homosexual partners, active homosexual partners
  5. 1 Corinthians 6:12 The words in quotation marks are most likely slogans used by some Corinthian Christians and corrected by Paul.
  6. 1 Corinthians 6:13 Lit both it and them
  7. 1 Corinthians 6:16 Gn 2:24
  8. 1 Corinthians 6:18 See note at 1Co 6:12-13.
  9. 1 Corinthians 6:20 Other mss add and in your spirit, which belong to God.

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