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Isaiah 31-34 (New American Standard Bible)

Isaiah 31-34

Help Not in Egypt but in God

31 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help
And rely on horses,
And trust in chariots because they are many
And in horsemen because they are very strong,
But they do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the Lord!
Yet He also is wise and will bring disaster
And does not retract His words,
But will arise against the house of evildoers
And against the help of the workers of iniquity.
Now the Egyptians are men and not God,
And their horses are flesh and not spirit;
So the Lord will stretch out His hand,
And he who helps will stumble
And he who is helped will fall,
And all of them will come to an end together.

For thus says the Lord to me,

“As the lion or the young lion growls over his prey,
Against which a band of shepherds is called out,
And he will not be terrified at their voice nor disturbed at their noise,
So will the Lord of hosts come down to wage war on Mount Zion and on its hill.”
Like [a]flying birds so the Lord of hosts will protect Jerusalem.
He will protect and deliver it;
He will pass over and rescue it.

Return to Him from whom [b]you have deeply defected, O sons of Israel. For in that day every man will cast away his silver idols and his gold idols, which your sinful hands have made for you as a sin.

And the Assyrian will fall by a sword not of man,
And a sword not of man will devour him.
So he will [c]not escape the sword,
And his young men will become forced laborers.
“His rock will pass away because of panic,
And his princes will be terrified at the standard,”
Declares the Lord, whose fire is in Zion and whose furnace is in Jerusalem.

The Glorious Future

32 Behold, a king will reign righteously
And princes will rule justly.
Each will be like a refuge from the wind
And a shelter from the storm,
Like [d]streams of water in a dry country,
Like the shade of a [e]huge rock in [f]a parched land.
Then the eyes of those who see will not be [g]blinded,
And the ears of those who hear will listen.
The [h]mind of the hasty will discern the [i]truth,
And the tongue of the stammerers will hasten to speak clearly.
No longer will the fool be called noble,
Or the rogue be spoken of as generous.
For a fool speaks nonsense,
And his heart [j]inclines toward wickedness:
To practice ungodliness and to speak error against the Lord,
To [k]keep the hungry person unsatisfied
And [l]to withhold drink from the thirsty.
As for a rogue, his weapons are evil;
He devises wicked schemes
To destroy the afflicted with [m]slander,
Even though the needy one speaks [n]what is right.
But the noble man devises noble plans;
And by noble plans he stands.

Rise up, you women who are at ease,
And hear my voice;
Give ear to my word,
You complacent daughters.
10 Within a year and a few days
You will be troubled, O complacent daughters;
For the vintage is ended,
And the fruit gathering will not come.
11 Tremble, you women who are at ease;
Be troubled, you complacent daughters;
Strip, undress and put sackcloth on your waist,
12 Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine,
13 For the land of my people in which thorns and briars shall come up;
Yea, for all the joyful houses and for the jubilant city.
14 Because the palace has been abandoned, the [o]populated city forsaken.
[p]Hill and watch-tower have become caves forever,
A delight for wild donkeys, a pasture for flocks;
15 Until the Spirit is poured out upon us from on high,
And the wilderness becomes a fertile field,
And the fertile field is considered as a forest.
16 Then justice will dwell in the wilderness
And righteousness will abide in the fertile field.
17 And the work of righteousness will be peace,
And the service of righteousness, quietness and [q]confidence forever.
18 Then my people will live in a peaceful habitation,
And in secure dwellings and in undisturbed resting places;
19 And it will hail when the forest comes down,
And the city will be utterly laid low.
20 How blessed will you be, you who sow beside all waters,
Who [r]let out freely the ox and the donkey.

The Judgment of God

33 Woe to you, O destroyer,
While you were not destroyed;
And he who is treacherous, while others did not deal treacherously with him.
As soon as you finish destroying, you will be destroyed;
As soon as you cease to deal treacherously, others will deal treacherously with you.
O Lord, be gracious to us; we have waited for You.
Be [s]their [t]strength every morning,
Our salvation also in the time of distress.
At the sound of the tumult peoples flee;
At the lifting up of Yourself nations disperse.
Your spoil is gathered as the caterpillar gathers;
As locusts rushing about men rush about on it.
The Lord is exalted, for He dwells on high;
He has filled Zion with justice and righteousness.
And He will be the [u]stability of your times,
A wealth of salvation, wisdom and knowledge;
The fear of the Lord is his treasure.
Behold, their brave men cry in [v]the streets,
The [w]ambassadors of peace weep bitterly.
The highways are desolate, [x]the traveler has ceased,
He has broken the covenant, he has despised the cities,
He has no regard for man.
The land mourns and pines away,
Lebanon is shamed and withers;
Sharon is like a desert plain,
And Bashan and Carmel [y]lose their foliage.
10 “Now I will arise,” says the Lord,
“Now I will be exalted, now I will be lifted up.
11 “You have conceived [z]chaff, you will give birth to stubble;
[aa]My breath will consume you like a fire.
12 “The peoples will be burned to lime,
Like cut thorns which are burned in the fire.

13 “You who are far away, hear what I have done;
And you who are near, [ab]acknowledge My might.”
14 Sinners in Zion are terrified;
Trembling has seized the godless.
“Who among us can live with the consuming fire?
Who among us can live with [ac]continual burning?”
15 He who walks righteously and speaks with sincerity,
He who rejects [ad]unjust gain
And shakes his hands so that they hold no bribe;
He who stops his ears from hearing about bloodshed
And shuts his eyes from looking upon evil;
16 He will dwell on the heights,
His refuge will be the [ae]impregnable rock;
His bread will be given him,
His water will be sure.

17 Your eyes will see the King in His beauty;
They will behold a far-distant land.
18 Your heart will meditate on terror:
“Where is he who counts?
Where is he who weighs?
Where is he who counts the towers?”
19 You will no longer see a fierce people,
A people of [af]unintelligible speech [ag]which no one comprehends,
Of a stammering tongue [ah]which no one understands.
20 Look upon Zion, the city of our appointed feasts;
Your eyes will see Jerusalem, an undisturbed habitation,
A tent which will not be folded;
Its stakes will never be pulled up,
Nor any of its cords be torn apart.
21 But there the majestic One, the Lord, will be for us
A place of rivers and wide canals
On which no boat with oars will go,
And on which no mighty ship will pass—
22 For the Lord is our judge,
The Lord is our lawgiver,
The Lord is our king;
He will save us—
23 Your tackle hangs slack;
It cannot hold the base of its mast firmly,
Nor spread out the sail.
Then the prey of an abundant spoil will be divided;
The lame will take the plunder.
24 And no resident will say, “I am sick”;
The people who dwell [ai]there will be forgiven their iniquity.

God’s Wrath against Nations

34 Draw near, O nations, to hear; and listen, O peoples!
Let the earth and [aj]all it contains hear, and the world and all that springs from it.
For the Lord’s indignation is against all the nations,
And His wrath against all their armies;
He has [ak]utterly destroyed them,
He has given them over to slaughter.
So their slain will be thrown out,
And their corpses [al]will give off their stench,
And the mountains will [am]be drenched with their blood.
And all the host of heaven will [an]wear away,
And the sky will be rolled up like a scroll;
All their hosts will also wither away
As a leaf withers from the vine,
Or as one withers from the fig tree.
For My sword is satiated in heaven,
Behold it shall descend for judgment upon Edom
And upon the people whom I have devoted to destruction.
The sword of the Lord is filled with blood,
It is [ao]sated with fat, with the blood of lambs and goats,
With the fat of the kidneys of rams.
For the Lord has a sacrifice in Bozrah
And a great slaughter in the land of Edom.
Wild oxen will also [ap]fall with them
And young bulls with strong ones;
Thus their land will be soaked with blood,
And their dust [aq]become greasy with fat.
For the Lord has a day of vengeance,
A year of recompense for the [ar]cause of Zion.
[as]Its streams will be turned into pitch,
And its loose earth into brimstone,
And its land will become burning pitch.
10 It will not be quenched night or day;
Its smoke will go up forever.
From generation to generation it will be desolate;
None will pass through it forever and ever.
11 But [at]pelican and hedgehog will possess it,
And [au]owl and raven will dwell in it;
And He will stretch over it the line of [av]desolation
And the [aw]plumb line of emptiness.
12 Its nobles—there is no one there
Whom they may proclaim king—
And all its princes will be nothing.
13 Thorns will come up in its fortified towers,
Nettles and thistles in its fortified cities;
It will also be a haunt of jackals
And an abode of ostriches.
14 The desert creatures will meet with the [ax]wolves,
The [ay]hairy goat also will cry to its kind;
Yes, the [az]night monster will settle there
And will find herself a resting place.
15 The tree snake will make its nest and lay eggs there,
And it will hatch and gather them under its [ba]protection.
Yes, the [bb]hawks will be gathered there,
Every one with its kind.

16 Seek from the book of the Lord, and read:

Not one of these will be missing;
None will lack its mate.
For [bc]His mouth has commanded,
And His Spirit has gathered them.
17 He has cast the lot for them,
And His hand has divided it to them by line.
They shall possess it forever;
From generation to generation they will dwell in it.


  1. Isaiah 31:5 Or hovering
  2. Isaiah 31:6 Lit they
  3. Isaiah 31:8 Lit flee
  4. Isaiah 32:2 Lit canals
  5. Isaiah 32:2 Lit heavy
  6. Isaiah 32:2 Lit an exhausted
  7. Isaiah 32:3 Or turned away
  8. Isaiah 32:4 Lit heart
  9. Isaiah 32:4 Lit knowledge
  10. Isaiah 32:6 Or does
  11. Isaiah 32:6 Lit make empty the hungry soul
  12. Isaiah 32:6 Lit he causes to lack
  13. Isaiah 32:7 Lit words of falsehood
  14. Isaiah 32:7 Lit justly
  15. Isaiah 32:14 Lit multitude of the
  16. Isaiah 32:14 Or Ophel
  17. Isaiah 32:17 Or security
  18. Isaiah 32:20 Lit send out the foot of the ox
  19. Isaiah 33:2 Some versions read our
  20. Isaiah 33:2 Lit arm
  21. Isaiah 33:6 Or faithfulness
  22. Isaiah 33:7 Lit the outside
  23. Isaiah 33:7 Lit messengers
  24. Isaiah 33:8 Lit he who passes along the way
  25. Isaiah 33:9 Lit shake off
  26. Isaiah 33:11 Lit dry grass
  27. Isaiah 33:11 So one ancient version; M.T. reads Your breath will
  28. Isaiah 33:13 Lit know
  29. Isaiah 33:14 Lit everlasting
  30. Isaiah 33:15 Lit gain of extortioners
  31. Isaiah 33:16 Lit stronghold of rock
  32. Isaiah 33:19 Lit deepness of lip
  33. Isaiah 33:19 Lit from hearing
  34. Isaiah 33:19 Lit there is no understanding
  35. Isaiah 33:24 Lit in it
  36. Isaiah 34:1 Lit its fullness
  37. Isaiah 34:2 Lit put under the ban
  38. Isaiah 34:3 Lit their stench will go up
  39. Isaiah 34:3 Lit dissolve
  40. Isaiah 34:4 Lit rot
  41. Isaiah 34:6 Lit made fat
  42. Isaiah 34:7 Lit go down
  43. Isaiah 34:7 Lit made fat
  44. Isaiah 34:8 Or controversy
  45. Isaiah 34:9 I.e. Edom’s
  46. Isaiah 34:11 Or owl or jackdaw
  47. Isaiah 34:11 Or great horned owl
  48. Isaiah 34:11 Or formlessness
  49. Isaiah 34:11 Lit stones of void
  50. Isaiah 34:14 Or howling creatures
  51. Isaiah 34:14 Or demon
  52. Isaiah 34:14 Heb Lilith
  53. Isaiah 34:15 Lit shade
  54. Isaiah 34:15 Or kites
  55. Isaiah 34:16 So DSS; M.T. My
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