12 Therefore this is what the Holy One(A) of Israel says:

“Because you have rejected this message,(B)
    relied on oppression(C)
    and depended on deceit,
13 this sin will become for you
    like a high wall,(D) cracked and bulging,
    that collapses(E) suddenly,(F) in an instant.
14 It will break in pieces like pottery,(G)
    shattered so mercilessly
that among its pieces not a fragment will be found
    for taking coals from a hearth
    or scooping water out of a cistern.”

15 This is what the Sovereign(H) Lord, the Holy One(I) of Israel, says:

“In repentance and rest(J) is your salvation,
    in quietness and trust(K) is your strength,
    but you would have none of it.(L)
16 You said, ‘No, we will flee(M) on horses.’(N)
    Therefore you will flee!
You said, ‘We will ride off on swift horses.’
    Therefore your pursuers will be swift!
17 A thousand will flee
    at the threat of one;
at the threat of five(O)
    you will all flee(P) away,
till you are left(Q)
    like a flagstaff on a mountaintop,
    like a banner(R) on a hill.”

18 Yet the Lord longs(S) to be gracious to you;
    therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.(T)
For the Lord is a God of justice.(U)
    Blessed are all who wait for him!(V)

19 People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more.(W) How gracious he will be when you cry for help!(X) As soon as he hears, he will answer(Y) you. 20 Although the Lord gives you the bread(Z) of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers(AA) will be hidden(AB) 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(AC) behind you, saying, “This is the way;(AD) walk in it.” 22 Then you will desecrate your idols(AE) overlaid with silver and your images covered with gold;(AF) you will throw them away like a menstrual(AG) cloth and say to them, “Away with you!(AH)

23 He will also send you rain(AI) for the seed you sow in the ground, and the food that comes from the land will be rich(AJ) and plentiful.(AK) In that day(AL) your cattle will graze in broad meadows.(AM) 24 The oxen(AN) and donkeys that work the soil will eat fodder(AO) and mash, spread out with fork(AP) and shovel. 25 In the day of great slaughter,(AQ) when the towers(AR) fall, streams of water will flow(AS) on every high mountain and every lofty hill. 26 The moon will shine like the sun,(AT) 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(AU) the wounds he inflicted.

27 See, the Name(AV) of the Lord comes from afar,
    with burning anger(AW) and dense clouds of smoke;
his lips are full of wrath,(AX)
    and his tongue is a consuming fire.(AY)
28 His breath(AZ) is like a rushing torrent,(BA)
    rising up to the neck.(BB)
He shakes the nations in the sieve(BC) of destruction;
    he places in the jaws of the peoples
    a bit(BD) that leads them astray.
29 And you will sing
    as on the night you celebrate a holy festival;(BE)
your hearts will rejoice(BF)
    as when people playing pipes(BG) go up
to the mountain(BH) of the Lord,
    to the Rock(BI) of Israel.
30 The Lord will cause people to hear his majestic voice(BJ)
    and will make them see his arm(BK) coming down
with raging anger(BL) and consuming fire,(BM)
    with cloudburst, thunderstorm(BN) and hail.(BO)
31 The voice of the Lord will shatter Assyria;(BP)
    with his rod he will strike(BQ) them down.
32 Every stroke the Lord lays on them
    with his punishing club(BR)
will be to the music of timbrels(BS) and harps,
    as he fights them in battle with the blows of his arm.(BT)
33 Topheth(BU) has long been prepared;
    it has been made ready for the king.
Its fire pit has been made deep and wide,
    with an abundance of fire and wood;
the breath(BV) of the Lord,
    like a stream of burning sulfur,(BW)
    sets it ablaze.(BX)

Woe to Those Who Rely on Egypt

31 Woe(BY) to those who go down to Egypt(BZ) for help,
    who rely on horses,(CA)
who trust in the multitude of their chariots(CB)
    and in the great strength of their horsemen,
but do not look to the Holy One(CC) of Israel,
    or seek help from the Lord.(CD)
Yet he too is wise(CE) and can bring disaster;(CF)
    he does not take back his words.(CG)
He will rise up against that wicked nation,(CH)
    against those who help evildoers.
But the Egyptians(CI) are mere mortals and not God;(CJ)
    their horses(CK) are flesh and not spirit.
When the Lord stretches out his hand,(CL)
    those who help will stumble,
    those who are helped(CM) will fall;
    all will perish together.(CN)

This is what the Lord says to me:

“As a lion(CO) growls,
    a great lion over its prey—
and though a whole band of shepherds(CP)
    is called together against it,
it is not frightened by their shouts
    or disturbed by their clamor(CQ)
so the Lord Almighty will come down(CR)
    to do battle on Mount Zion and on its heights.
Like birds hovering(CS) overhead,
    the Lord Almighty will shield(CT) Jerusalem;
he will shield it and deliver(CU) it,
    he will ‘pass over’(CV) it and will rescue it.”

Return,(CW) you Israelites, to the One you have so greatly revolted(CX) against. For in that day(CY) every one of you will reject the idols of silver and gold(CZ) your sinful hands have made.(DA)

“Assyria(DB) will fall by no human sword;
    a sword, not of mortals, will devour(DC) them.
They will flee before the sword
    and their young men will be put to forced labor.(DD)
Their stronghold(DE) will fall because of terror;
    at the sight of the battle standard(DF) their commanders will panic,(DG)
declares the Lord,
    whose fire(DH) is in Zion,
    whose furnace(DI) is in Jerusalem.

The Kingdom of Righteousness

32 See, a king(DJ) will reign in righteousness
    and rulers will rule with justice.(DK)
Each one will be like a shelter(DL) from the wind
    and a refuge from the storm,(DM)
like streams of water(DN) in the desert(DO)
    and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land.

Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed,(DP)
    and the ears(DQ) of those who hear will listen.
The fearful heart will know and understand,(DR)
    and the stammering tongue(DS) will be fluent and clear.
No longer will the fool(DT) be called noble
    nor the scoundrel be highly respected.
For fools speak folly,(DU)
    their hearts are bent on evil:(DV)
They practice ungodliness(DW)
    and spread error(DX) concerning the Lord;
the hungry they leave empty(DY)
    and from the thirsty they withhold water.
Scoundrels use wicked methods,(DZ)
    they make up evil schemes(EA)
to destroy the poor with lies,
    even when the plea of the needy(EB) is just.(EC)
But the noble make noble plans,
    and by noble deeds(ED) they stand.(EE)

The Women of Jerusalem

You women(EF) who are so complacent,
    rise up and listen(EG) to me;
you daughters who feel secure,(EH)
    hear what I have to say!
10 In little more than a year(EI)
    you who feel secure will tremble;
the grape harvest will fail,(EJ)
    and the harvest of fruit will not come.
11 Tremble,(EK) you complacent women;
    shudder, you daughters who feel secure!(EL)
Strip off your fine clothes(EM)
    and wrap yourselves in rags.(EN)
12 Beat your breasts(EO) for the pleasant fields,
    for the fruitful vines(EP)
13 and for the land of my people,
    a land overgrown with thorns and briers(EQ)
yes, mourn(ER) for all houses of merriment
    and for this city of revelry.(ES)
14 The fortress(ET) will be abandoned,
    the noisy city deserted;(EU)
citadel and watchtower(EV) will become a wasteland forever,
    the delight of donkeys,(EW) a pasture for flocks,(EX)
15 till the Spirit(EY) is poured on us from on high,
    and the desert becomes a fertile field,(EZ)
    and the fertile field seems like a forest.(FA)
16 The Lord’s justice(FB) will dwell in the desert,(FC)
    his righteousness(FD) live in the fertile field.
17 The fruit of that righteousness(FE) will be peace;(FF)
    its effect will be quietness and confidence(FG) forever.
18 My people will live in peaceful(FH) dwelling places,
    in secure homes,(FI)
    in undisturbed places of rest.(FJ)
19 Though hail(FK) flattens the forest(FL)
    and the city is leveled(FM) completely,
20 how blessed you will be,
    sowing(FN) your seed by every stream,(FO)
    and letting your cattle and donkeys range free.(FP)

Distress and Help

33 Woe(FQ) to you, destroyer,
    you who have not been destroyed!
Woe to you, betrayer,
    you who have not been betrayed!
When you stop destroying,
    you will be destroyed;(FR)
when you stop betraying,
    you will be betrayed.(FS)

Lord, be gracious(FT) to us;
    we long for you.
Be our strength(FU) every morning,
    our salvation(FV) in time of distress.(FW)
At the uproar of your army,(FX) the peoples flee;(FY)
    when you rise up,(FZ) the nations scatter.
Your plunder,(GA) O nations, is harvested(GB) as by young locusts;(GC)
    like a swarm of locusts people pounce on it.

The Lord is exalted,(GD) for he dwells on high;(GE)
    he will fill Zion with his justice(GF) and righteousness.(GG)
He will be the sure foundation for your times,
    a rich store of salvation(GH) and wisdom and knowledge;
    the fear(GI) of the Lord is the key to this treasure.[a](GJ)

Look, their brave men(GK) cry aloud in the streets;
    the envoys(GL) of peace weep bitterly.
The highways are deserted,
    no travelers(GM) are on the roads.(GN)
The treaty is broken,(GO)
    its witnesses[b] are despised,
    no one is respected.
The land dries up(GP) and wastes away,
    Lebanon(GQ) is ashamed and withers;(GR)
Sharon(GS) is like the Arabah,
    and Bashan(GT) and Carmel(GU) drop their leaves.

Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 33:6 Or is a treasure from him
  2. Isaiah 33:8 Dead Sea Scrolls; Masoretic Text / the cities

Freedom in Christ

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.(A) Stand firm,(B) then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.(C)

Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised,(D) Christ will be of no value to you at all. Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law.(E) You who are trying to be justified by the law(F) have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.(G) For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope.(H) For in Christ Jesus(I) neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value.(J) The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.(K)

You were running a good race.(L) Who cut in on you(M) to keep you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you.(N) “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.”(O) 10 I am confident(P) in the Lord that you will take no other view.(Q) The one who is throwing you into confusion,(R) whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty. 11 Brothers and sisters, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted?(S) In that case the offense(T) of the cross has been abolished. 12 As for those agitators,(U) I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!

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Psalm 63[a]

A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.

You, God, are my God,
    earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,(A)
    my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
    where there is no water.(B)

I have seen you in the sanctuary(C)
    and beheld your power and your glory.(D)
Because your love is better than life,(E)
    my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,(F)
    and in your name I will lift up my hands.(G)
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;(H)
    with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

On my bed I remember you;
    I think of you through the watches of the night.(I)
Because you are my help,(J)
    I sing in the shadow of your wings.(K)
I cling to you;(L)
    your right hand upholds me.(M)

Those who want to kill me will be destroyed;(N)
    they will go down to the depths of the earth.(O)
10 They will be given over to the sword(P)
    and become food for jackals.(Q)

11 But the king will rejoice in God;
    all who swear by God will glory in him,(R)
    while the mouths of liars will be silenced.(S)

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 63:1 In Hebrew texts 63:1-11 is numbered 63:2-12.

Saying 17

22 Listen to your father, who gave you life,
    and do not despise your mother when she is old.(A)

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