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\h Isaiah
\toc1 The Book of Isaiah
\toc2 Isaiah
\toc3 Isa
\mt1 Isaiah
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\c 1
\p
\v 1 The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, that Yahweh showed him about Judah and Jerusalem during the years of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
\s5
\p
\v 2 Hear, O heavens, and listen, O earth, because this is what Yahweh said:
\q1 “I have raised people since they were born,
\q2 but they have rebelled against me.
\q1
\v 3 Oxen know their owners,
\q2 and donkeys know who feeds them,
\q1 but Israel does not know;
\q2 Israel does not understand.”
\s5
\q1
\v 4 Terrible things will happen to this sinful nation, this people group weighted down by their sin,
\q2 these children of people who do evil things,
\q1 these sons who are unjust.
\q1 They have left Yahweh,
\q2 the Holy One of Israel.
\q2 They have turned away from him.
\s5
\q1
\v 5 Why do you do things for which Yahweh should punish you?
\q2 Why do you continue to rebel against him?
\q1 You are like someone whose
\q2 whole mind and heart are sick.
\q1
\v 6 From the bottom of the foot to the top of the head,
\q2 nothing is healthy.
\q1 There are open wounds, cuts, and sores
\q2 that have not been cleaned or bandaged,
\q1 and no one has put oil on them to heal them.
\s5
\q1
\v 7 Enemies have ruined your country;
\q2 they have burned your towns, and there is no one left.
\q1 Foreigners plunder the crops in your fields while you watch;
\q2 they destroy everything that they see.
\q1
\v 8 The city of Jerusalem has become as small as a shepherd’s hut.
\q2 It is like a shelter in a vineyard;
\q1 it is like a watchman’s hut in a field of melons.
\q2 It is a city surrounded by its enemies who are waiting to attack it.
\s5
\q1
\v 9 If Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, had not allowed a few of his people to survive,
\q2 we would have all been destroyed,
\q2 like the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed.
\s5
\q1
\v 10 Listen to what Yahweh has to say to you, you rulers of Sodom!
\q2 Listen to the law of our God, you people of Gomorrah!
\q1
\v 11 “What do your many sacrifices mean to me?” says Yahweh;
\q2 “I do not want any more burnt offerings of rams, or the fat of bulls.
\q1 The blood of bulls, lambs, or goats does not make me happy.
\s5
\q1
\v 12 When you come to my temple to worship me,
\q2 who has told you to tramp around in my courtyard while you perform all those rituals?
\q1
\v 13 Stop bringing to me those offerings, because they are useless to me;
\q2 I am disgusted with the incense that the priests burn!
\q1 And your feasts to celebrate the new moon each month and your Sabbath days and your other festivals—
\q2 I hate them because of the wicked things that you do!
\s5
\q1
\v 14 I hate all your celebrations of the new moon and the other festivals that you celebrate.
\q2 They are like a heavy burden that I am tired of carrying.
\q1
\v 15 So when you lift up your hands to pray to me,
\q2 I will not look at you.
\q1 Even if you pray to me often,
\q1 I will not listen to you,
\q2 because it is as though your hands are covered with the blood of people whom you have killed.
\s5
\q2
\v 16 Wash your hearts and become clean!
\q1 Get rid of your evil behavior!
\q2 Stop doing things that are wrong!
\q1
\v 17 Learn to do deeds that are good and
\q2 try to cause people to do what is just.
\q1 Stop people from mistreating others,
\q2 and defend orphans and widows when people take them to court.”
\s5
\q1
\v 18 Yahweh says, “You need to think about what you do.
\q2 Even though your sins are like scarlet red,
\q1 they will be as white as snow;
\q2 though your sins are like crimson red,
\q1 they will be as white as sheeps’ wool.
\s5
\q1
\v 19 If you are willing to obey me,
\q2 you will eat good food from the land.
\q1
\v 20 But if you turn away from me and rebel against me,
\q2 your enemies will slaughter you.”
\q1 That will happen because Yahweh said it.
\s5
\q1
\v 21 At one time you people of Jerusalem faithfully worshiped only Yahweh,
\q2 but now you have become like prostitutes who are not faithful to any husband.
\q1 The people there always acted justly and righteously,
\q2 but now your city is full of murderers.
\q1
\v 22 Your silver is no longer pure,
\q2 and your wine has become mixed with water.
\s5
\q1
\v 23 Your leaders are rebels;
\q2 they are friends of thieves.
\q1 They all want to get money
\q2 and make others to give them gifts in order to decide cases in court in their favor.
\q1 They do not defend orphans in court,
\q2 and they do not help widows to get what they should receive.
\s5
\q1
\v 24 Therefore Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, the mighty God of Israel, says,
\q1 “I will get revenge against those who are against me,
\q2 and avenge myself on my enemies.
\q1
\v 25 I will raise my fist to strike you,
\q2 and I will punish you severely,
\q2 as though you were silver and I needed to heat you very greatly to melt you and get rid of the impurities.
\s5
\q1
\v 26 After that happens, I will give you good judges like you had in the past.
\q2 You will have wise counselors like you had long ago.
\q1 Then people will call your city a city where people act righteously,
\q2 a faithful city.”
\s5
\q1
\v 27 Because the people of Jerusalem will do what is fair,
\q2 Yahweh will restore their city,
\q1 and he will save those who repent
\q2 because of their righteousness.
\q1
\v 28 But he will crush rebels and sinners,
\q2 and those who forsake him will disappear.
\s5
\q1
\v 29 “You will be ashamed because you worshiped idols under the oak trees that you thought were sacred,
\q2 and you will be disgraced because you worshiped idols in the gardens that you loved so much.
\q1
\v 30 You will be like a very large tree that has withered leaves,
\q2 like a garden that has dried up because it has no water.
\s5
\q1
\v 31 Those among you who are very strong will become like dry wood,
\q2 and the work they do will be like a spark.
\q1 Both they and the evil things that they do will burn up,
\q2 and no one will be able to put out the fire.”
\s5
\c 2
\p
\v 1 This is a message that Yahweh gave to Isaiah son of Amoz, in a vision about Judah and Jerusalem.
\q1
\v 2 In the future, the hill on which Yahweh’s temple is built
\q2 will be the most important place on the earth.
\q2 It will be as though it is the highest mountain,
\q1 as though it has been raised up above all other hills,
\q2 and people from all over the world will come there.
\s5
\p
\v 3 People from many people groups will say to each other,
\q1 “Come, let us go up to the hill,
\q2 to the temple of Yahweh,
\q2 to worship the God whom Jacob worshiped.
\q1 There he will teach us what he desires us to know,
\q2 in order that our behavior will please him.”
\q1 They will teach us in Jerusalem;
\q2 we will learn there what Yahweh desires to tell us.
\s5
\q1
\v 4 Yahweh will listen to the disputes between nations,
\q2 and he will settle their arguments.
\q1 Then, instead of fighting against each other, they will hammer their swords into plow blades,
\q2 and they will hammer their spears into pruning knives.
\q1 The armies of the nations will no longer fight against each other,
\q2 and they will not even train men to fight in battles.
\s5
\q1
\v 5 You descendants of Jacob,
\q2 let us behave in the way that we should because Yahweh is with us!
\q1
\v 6 Yahweh, you have abandoned us, your people
\q2 who are descendants of Jacob,
\q1 because everywhere your people practice the customs of people who live east of Israel.
\q2 They also perform rituals to find out what will happen in the future, like the people in Philistia do.
\q2 They make agreements with foreigners who do not know Yahweh.
\s5
\q1
\v 7 Israel is full of silver and gold;
\q2 there are very many treasures here.
\q1 The land is full of war horses
\q2 and war chariots.
\q1
\v 8 But the land is also full of idols;
\q2 the people worship things that they have made with their own hands.
\s5
\q1
\v 9 So now they will be humbled;
\q2 Yahweh will disgrace them.
\q2 Yahweh, do not forgive them!
\q1
\v 10 All you people should crawl into the caves in the rock cliffs!
\q2 You should hide in pits in the ground
\q2 because you will be afraid of Yahweh
\q2 and of his glorious and awesome power.
\q1
\v 11 Yahweh will cause you people to no longer be arrogant
\q2 and he will stop you from being proud.
\q1 On that day people will praise and honor only Yahweh.
\s5
\q1
\v 12 Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, has chosen a day
\q2 when he will judge those who are proud, every one of them,
\q2 and he will humble them.
\q1
\v 13 He will get rid of all those who think others should admire them, like the tall cedar trees in Lebanon,
\q2 and like all the great oak trees in the region of Bashan.
\s5
\q1
\v 14 He will get rid of all those who think they are as great as all the high hills,
\q2 as great as the high mountains.
\q1
\v 15 He will get rid of all those who think that they are like high towers
\q2 and high strong walls inside of which they are safe.
\q1
\v 16 He will destroy all those who are rich because they own big ships that carry goods to other countries
\q2 and own other beautiful ships, too.
\s5
\q1
\v 17 He will cause people to no longer be arrogant,
\q2 and he will cause them to stop being proud.
\q2 On that day people will praise and honor only Yahweh.
\q2
\v 18 All idols will disappear then.
\q1
\v 19 When Yahweh comes to terrify the people on the earth,
\q2 they will run to hide in caves in rock cliffs
\q1 and in holes in the ground,
\q2 because they are afraid of Yahweh
\q2 and of his glorious and awesome power.
\s5
\q1
\v 20 On that day, people will get rid of all their gold and silver idols
\q2 that they made to worship,
\q1 and they will throw them to the bats and rats.
\q1
\v 21 Then they will crawl into caves
\q2 and hide in holes in the cliffs.
\q1 They will try to escape from Yahweh, who is coming to punish them;
\q2 They will fear what he will do because he is glorious and awesome,
\q2 when he comes to come to terrify the people on the earth.
\q1
\v 22 So do not trust that people will save you,
\q2 because they are as powerless as a person’s breath.
\q1 People certainly cannot help you!
\s5
\c 3
\q1
\v 1 Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, is about to take away from Jerusalem and other places in Judah
\q2 everything that you depend on—
\q2 all food and water.
\q1
\v 2 He will take away heroes and other soldiers,
\q2 judges and prophets,
\q2 people who do rituals to find out what will happen in the future and the elders,
\q1
\v 3 army officers and other important people,
\q2 advisors, skilled craftsmen, and those who perform rituals of magic.
\s5
\q1
\v 4 Yahweh says, “I will appoint boys to be leaders;
\q2 young children will rule.
\q1
\v 5 People will treat each other cruelly:
\q2 people will fight against their neighbors.
\q1 Young people will say shameful things against older people,
\q2 and vulgar people will sneer at people whom others usually honor.
\s5
\q1
\v 6 At that time, someone will grab one of his brothers in his father’s house and say to him,
\q2 ‘You still have a coat; people respect you for that.
\q1 So you be our leader!
\q2 You rule this city, which is now a pile of ruins.’
\q1
\v 7 But his brother will reply,
\q2 ‘No, I cannot help you,
\q1 because I do not have any extra food or clothes in this house.
\q2 So do not make me your leader!’”
\s5
\q1
\v 8 The people in Jerusalem and the other towns in Judah have disobeyed God,
\q2 because everything that the people do and say there opposes Yahweh,
\q2 the powerful and glorious one,
\q1 and they refuse to obey him.
\q2 They rebel against him.
\q1
\v 9 They even show on their faces that they oppose Yahweh.
\q1 They are proud about their sins,
\q2 like the people of Sodom were long ago;
\q1 they do not try to hide their sins; they talk about them.
\q1 Because of their sins, terrible things will certainly happen to them.
\s5
\q1
\v 10 You people must tell the righteous people that good things will happen to them;
\q2 they will enjoy the blessings that they will receive for their good deeds.
\q1
\v 11 But terrible things will happen to wicked people;
\q2 Yahweh will pay them back for the evil things that they have done.
\q1
\v 12 Youths who have become leaders treat my people cruelly,
\q2 and women rule over my people.
\q1 My people, your leaders are misleading you;
\q2 they are causing you to do all kinds of evil things.
\s5
\q1
\v 13 It is as though Yahweh had taken his place in a courtroom
\q2 and were ready to accuse his people of breaking the covenant between themselves and him.
\q1
\v 14 He will stand up to declare why he should punish the elders and rulers of his people;
\q1 he says, “The people of Israel are like a vineyard that I planted,
\q2 but you leaders have made unable to bear any fruit.
\q2 Your houses are full of things that you have stolen from poor people.
\q1
\v 15 You should stop making my people suffer.
\q2 It is as though you were pushing the faces of poor people into the ground.”
\q1 That is what Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, says.
\s5
\p
\v 16 Yahweh says this:
\q1 “The women of Jerusalem are haughty;
\q2 they walk around sticking their chins out,
\q2 and flirting with men with their eyes.
\q1 They walk with tiny steps
\q2 with bracelets on their ankles that jingle.”
\q1
\v 17 So the Lord will cause sores to be on their heads,
\q2 and he will cause those beautiful women in Jerusalem to become bald.
\s5
\p
\v 18 At the time that the Lord does that, he will also cause others to take away from the women of Jerusalem all of the beautiful things they like to wear—the ornaments on their ankles and their headbands, their crescent necklaces,
\v 19 their earrings and bracelets and veils,
\v 20 their scarves and ankle bracelets and sashes, their perfumes and charms.
\s5
\v 21 He will cause others to remove the women’s finger rings and nose rings,
\v 22 their nice robes and capes and veils and purses,
\v 23 their mirrors and nice linen clothes, the ornaments for their heads, and the shawls.
\s5
\q1
\v 24 Instead of smelling nice from perfume, they will stink;
\q2 instead of beautiful sashes, they will have ropes around their waists.
\q1 Instead of having fancy hairdos, they will be bald.
\q2 Instead of fancy robes, they will wear rough sackcloth,
\q2 Instead of beauty, scars of branding.
\q1
\v 25 Your men will die by their enemies’ swords,
\q2 and your soldiers will also die in battle.
\q1
\v 26 People will mourn and cry at the gates of the city.
\q2 The city will be like a woman who sits on the ground because all her friends have deserted her.
\s5
\c 4
\q1
\v 1 When that happens, there will be very few unmarried men.
\q2 So seven unmarried women will grab one man and say,
\q1 “Allow us all to marry you!
\q2 We will provide our own food and clothing.
\q1 All that we want is to no longer be disgraced because of not being married.”
\m
\v 2 But some day, Israel will be very beautiful and great.
The people of Israel who will still be there will be very proud of the wonderful crops that will grow in their land.
\s5
\v 3 All the people who will remain in Jerusalem, who did not die when the enemy destroyed Jerusalem,
will belong to the Lord—all those whose names are listed among those who live there.
\v 4 That will happen when the Lord washes away the guilt of the women of Jerusalem,
and when he stops the violence on the streets of Jerusalem by punishing the people of Jerusalem.
When he does that, it will be like a fire that burns up all the impure things.
\s5
\v 5 Then Yahweh will send a cloud of smoke during the days and a flaming fire during the nights
to cover Jerusalem and all those who gather there;
it will be like a canopy over God’s glorious presence in the city.
\v 6 It will shelter the people from the sun during the daytime
and protect them when there are windstorms and rain.
\s5
\c 5
\q1
\v 1 Now I will sing a song about Yahweh, my dear friend,
\q2 and about his vineyard.
\q2 The vineyard was on a very fertile hillside.
\q1
\v 2 My friend plowed the ground and cleared away the stones.
\q2 Then he planted very good grapevines on that ground.
\q1 In the middle of the vineyard, he built a watchtower,
\q2 and he dug a winepress.
\q1 Then he waited each year to harvest some good grapes,
\q2 but the vines produced only sour grapes.
\s5
\q1
\v 3 Now this is what my friend Yahweh says:
\q2 “You people of Jerusalem and other places in Judah,
\q1 You are like my vineyard;
\q2 so you judge which of us has done what is right.
\q1
\v 4 What more could I have done for you
\q2 than what I have already done?
\q1 I expected you to be doing good deeds,
\q2 so it is disgusting that you were doing only evil deeds
\q2 like the vineyard that produced only sour grapes!
\s5
\q1
\v 5 So, I will now tell you what I will do to Judah, the place that is like my vineyard.
\q1 I will cut down the hedges,
\q2 and my vineyard will become a pasture.
\q1 I will tear down the walls of the cities
\q2 and allow wild animals to trample the land.
\q1
\v 6 I will cause it to become a wasteland
\q2 where the vines are not pruned and the ground is not hoed.
\q1 It will be a place where briers and thorns grow.
\q2 And I will command that no rain will fall on it.”
\s5
\q1
\v 7 The nation of Israel is like the vineyard of Yahweh who is commander of the angel armies.
\q2 The people of Judah are like the garden that was pleasing to him.
\q1 He expected them to be doing what is just,
\q2 but instead, what he saw was people murdering others.
\q1 He expected that they would be doing righteous deeds,
\q2 but instead, he heard people shouting for someone to help them, because others were attacking them.
\s5
\q1
\v 8 Terrible things will happen to those who keep acquiring houses and fields \q1 without paying attention to the laws about who owns the land.
\q1 You use your riches to gain more and more property,
\q2 and soon there is no more property for others to buy,
\q2 and you would be the only land owners there are in that place.
\p
\v 9 But I heard Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, solemnly declare this:
\q1 “Some day, many houses will have no one to live in them,
\q2 even the large and beautiful homes will be empty.
\q1
\v 10 The land that grows vines in this place should require ten pairs of oxen to work them,
\q1 but this land would not produce enough grapes to make even twenty liters of wine.
\q2 When ten baskets of seed are sown on that land,
\q1 that land will only produce one basket of grain at harvest time.”
\s5
\q1
\v 11 Terrible things will happen to those who get up early each morning
\q2 to begin drinking alcoholic drinks,
\q1 and who stay awake until late at night drinking a lot more wine
\q2 until they are completely drunk.
\q1
\v 12 They have big parties and provide lots of wine.
\q2 At their parties, there are people playing harps and lyres and tambourines and flutes,
\q1 but they never think about what Yahweh does
\q2 or appreciate what he has created.
\s5
\q1
\v 13 So my people will be exiled far away
\q2 because they do not know about me.
\q1 Those who are now very important and honored will starve,
\q2 and the other people will die from thirst.
\q1
\v 14 It is as though the place where the dead people are is eagerly looking for more Israelite people,
\q2 opening its mouth to swallow them,
\q1 and a huge number of people will be thrown into that place,
\q2 including their leaders as well as a noisy crowd of people who enjoy living in Jerusalem.
\s5
\q1
\v 15 Yahweh will humble everyone;
\q2 he will humble everyone who is proud.
\q1
\v 16 But everyone will honor Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, the Holy One, because he has acted justly.
\q2 God will show that he is holy by doing righteous deeds.
\q1
\v 17 Then sheep and lambs will be able to find good grass to eat;
\q2 they will pass through the ruined places to eat the grass.
\s5
\q1
\v 18 Some people who are working hard to sin,
\q2 working as hard as if they were dragging behind them the wrong and useless things that they are doing.
\q1 Terrible things will happen to them!
\q1
\v 19 They make fun of God and say to him,
\q2 “Quickly do something to punish us!
\q2 We want to see what you will do.
\q1 You, the Holy One of Israel, should do what you are planning to do,
\q2 because we want to know what it is.”
\s5
\q1
\v 20 Terrible things will happen to those who say
\q2 that evil is good, and that good is evil,
\q1 that darkness is light and that light is darkness,
\q2 that what is bitter is sweet and what is sweet is bitter.
\q1
\v 21 Terrible things will happen to those who think that they are wise
\q2 and that they are very clever.
\s5
\q1
\v 22 Terrible things will happen to those who think that they are heroes
\q2 because they are able to drink lots of wine,
\q2 and who boast about being able to mix good alcoholic drinks.
\q1
\v 23 If people offer these corrupt judges money so they will not punish the wicked,
\q2 they accept that money.
\q2 These same judges punish innocent people.
\s5
\q1
\v 24 Therefore, just like fires burn up stubble
\q2 and dry grass shrivels up and quickly burns in flames,
\q1 it will be as though those people have roots that will rot
\q2 and have flowers that will wither.
\q1 That will happen because they rejected the laws of Yahweh, commander of the angel armies;
\q2 they have despised the messages of the Holy One of Israel.
\s5
\q1
\v 25 That is why Yahweh is extremely angry with his people;
\q2 it is as though his hand is raised and he is ready to smash them.
\q1 When he does that, the mountains will shake,
\q2 and the corpses of people will be scattered in the streets like manure.
\q1 But even when that happens, Yahweh will still be very angry;
\q2 he will be ready to punish his people again.
\s5
\q1
\v 26 Yahweh will send a signal to summon armies of nations far away;
\q2 it is as though he will whistle to those soldiers who are in very remote places on the earth.
\q1 They will come very swiftly toward Jerusalem.
\s5
\q1
\v 27 They will not get tired or stumble.
\q2 They will not stop to rest or to sleep.
\q1 None of their belts will be loose,
\q1 and none of them will have sandals with broken straps,
\q2 so they will all be ready to fight in battles.
\q1
\v 28 Their arrows will be sharp,
\q2 and their bows will be ready to shoot those arrows in a battle.
\q1 Because their horses pull the chariots fast, sparks will shoot out from their hooves,
\q2 and the wheels of the chariots will spin like whirlwinds.
\s5
\q1
\v 29 They will roar like fierce lions
\q2 that growl and then pounce on the animals they want to kill;
\q1 they will carry them off,
\q2 and no one will be able to rescue them.
\q1
\v 30 Similarly, your enemies will roar over the people they are about to kill,
\q2 like the sea roars.
\q1 On that day, if someone looks across the land,
\q2 he will see only people who are in darkness and distress;
\q2 it will be as though even the sunlight is hidden by dark clouds.
\s5
\c 6
\p
\v 1 During the year that King Uzziah died, Yahweh showed me a vision. In the vision, I saw Yahweh sitting on a throne, high above everyone else. He was wearing a very long robe that covered the floor of the temple.
\v 2 Above him were hovering several winged creatures. Each of them had six wings. They covered their faces with two of their wings, they covered their feet with two of their wings, and they flew using two of their wings.
\s5
\v 3 They were calling to each other, saying,
\q1 “Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, is holy;
\q2 he is completely holy!
\q1 The entire earth is filled with his glory.”
\s5
\m
\v 4 When they spoke, the sound of their cries caused the foundation beneath the doorposts of the temple to shake, and the temple was filled with smoke.
\p
\v 5 Then I said, “Terrible things will happen to me, because everything that I say is sinful, and I live among people who constantly say sinful things. I will be destroyed because I have seen Yahweh, commander of the angel armies!”
\s5
\p
\v 6 Then one of the winged creatures took a hot coal from the altar, using a pair of tongs. He flew to me
\v 7 and touched my lips with the coal. Then he said, “Look, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is ended, and your sins are forgiven.”
\s5
\p
\v 8 Then I heard Yahweh asking, “Whom shall I send to be a messenger to my people? Who will go and speak for us?” I replied, “I am here. Send me!”
\p
\v 9 Then he said,
\q1 “You will go and say to the people of Israel,
\q2 ‘Listen carefully to what I say, but you will not understand it.
\q1 You will look very carefully,
\q2 but you will not understand.’
\s5
\q1
\v 10 I will cause you people to be unable to care;
\q2 and I will cause you people to not be able to hear,
\q2 and I will cause you people to not be able to see.
\q1 Otherwise you would see with your eyes and you would recognize what it is you are looking at,
\q2 and you would hear with your ears and be able to understand what you have heard,
\q2 and you would care deeply and with understanding,
\q2 and you would turn to me so I might save you and not punish you.”
\s5
\p
\v 11 Then I said, “How long do you want me to continue to do that?”
\q1 He replied, “Do it until their cities are ruined by their enemies,
\q2 until no one is living in their houses,
\q1 do it until all the crops are stolen from their fields
\q2 and the fields are ruined.
\q1
\v 12 Do it until Yahweh has exiled everyone far away,
\q2 and the whole land of Israel is deserted.
\s5
\q1
\v 13 If even one tenth of the people survive and stay there,
\q2 their enemies will invade the land again and burn everything.
\q1 But just like when they cut down an oak tree and leave a stump, and new shoots grow from that,
\q2 the people who remain in this land will be a group that is set apart for me.”
\s5
\c 7
\p
\v 1 Ahaz was the son of Jotham and grandson of Uzziah. During the time that Ahaz was the king of Judah, King Rezin of Aram and King Pekah of Israel marched with their armies to attack Jerusalem. But they could not conquer it.
\p
\v 2 Before they attacked, everyone in the palace in Jerusalem heard news that Aram and Israel were now allies. So King Ahaz and the people over whom he ruled were extremely afraid; they were shaking like trees shake in a windstorm.
\s5
\p
\v 3 Then Yahweh said to me, “Take your son Shear-Jashub, and go to talk with King Ahaz. He is at the end of the aqueduct that brings water into the upper reservoir, near the road to the place where women wash clothes.
\v 4 Tell Ahaz to stop worrying. Tell him that he does not need to be afraid of those two kings, Rezin and Pekah. They are very angry with Judah, but they are unable to harm his country any more than completely burned-out coals could harm him.
\s5
\v 5 Yes, they are planning against him and saying,
\v 6 ‘We will attack Judah and conquer it. Then we will appoint Tabeel’s son to be the king of Judah.’
\s5
\v 7 But this is what Yahweh, the Lord, says:
\q1 ‘It will not happen;
\q2 They will not conquer Jerusalem!
\q1
\v 8 The capital of Aram is Damascus,
\q2 but Damascus is ruled only by its unimportant King Rezin.
\q1 And as for Israel, within sixty-five years it will be conquered and completely destroyed.
\q1
\v 9 Israel’s capital is Samaria, and Samaria is ruled only by its insignificant King Pekah.
\q2 So you do not need to be afraid of those two countries!
\q1 But you must trust me, because if you do not trust me firmly,
\q2 you will be defeated.’”
\s5
\p
\v 10 Later, Yahweh gave me another message to tell to King Ahaz.
\v 11 He said to tell him, “Request me, Yahweh your God, to do something that will enable you to be sure that I will help you. What you request can be in a place that is as high as the sky or as low as the place where the dead people are.”
\p
\v 12 But when I told that to the king, he refused. He said, “No, I will not ask Yahweh to do something to prove that he will help us.”
\s5
\p
\v 13 Then I said to him, “You people who are descendants of King David, listen! You are causing me to be tired of being patient. Are you also going to cause my God to stop being patient with you?
\v 14 Yahweh himself will do something for you to prove that he will help you. Listen to this: A young woman will become pregnant and give birth to a son. She will name him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’
\v 15 By the time that child is old enough to eat curds and honey, he will be able to reject what is evil and choose what is good.
\s5
\v 16 And before that child is old enough to do that, the lands of the two kings that you are very afraid of will be deserted.
\v 17 But then Yahweh will cause you and your family and your entire nation to experience terrible disasters. Those disasters will be worse than any disasters that have occurred since the country of Israel separated from Judah. Yahweh will cause the army of the king of Assyria to attack you!”
\s5
\p
\v 18 At that time, it will be as though Yahweh will whistle to summon the army from the south of Egypt as well as the army of Assyria. They will come and surround your country like flies and bees.
\v 19 They will all come and settle everywhere—in the narrow valleys and caves in the rock cliffs, on land where there are thornbushes as well as on the fertile land.
\s5
\v 20 At that time Yahweh will hire the king of Assyria to come with his army from east of the Euphrates River. They will get rid of everything in your land—the crops and the people. They will destroy everything thoroughly; it will be like a barber shaving not only a man’s hair but his beard and the hair on his legs.
\v 21 When that happens, a farmer will be able to keep alive only one young cow and two goats.
\v 22 However, those animals will give plenty of milk, with the result that the farmer will have curds to eat. And because there will not be many people left in the land, all the people who remain there will have plenty of milk and honey.
\s5
\v 23 Now there are many areas where there are vineyards that are worth one thousand pieces of silver, but at that time there will be only briers and thorns in those fields.
\v 24 There will be only briers and thorns in the entire land, and wild animals, with the result that men will take their bows and arrows and go there to hunt and kill animals.
\v 25 No one will go to where there previously were gardens on fertile hillsides, because briers and thorns will cover those hillsides. They will be areas where only a few cattle and sheep and goats wander around searching for something to eat.
\s5
\c 8
\p
\v 1 Then Yahweh said to me, “Make a large signboard. And write clearly on it, ‘Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz’ which means ‘quickly plunder and steal everything’.”
\v 2 So I requested Uriah the high priest and Jeberekiah’s son Zechariah, men who were both honest witnesses, to watch me as I was doing that.
\s5
\p
\v 3 Then I slept with my wife, who was a prophetess, and she became pregnant and then gave birth to a son. Then Yahweh said to me, “Give him the name Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz,
\v 4 because before he is old enough to say ‘papa’ or ‘mama’, the king of Assyria will come with his army and take away all the valuable things in Damascus and in Samaria.”
\s5
\p
\v 5 Yahweh spoke to me again and said, “Tell the people of Judah:
\q1
\v 6 I have taken good care of you people,
\q2 but you have rejected that, thinking that my help was very small,
\q1 like the small canal through which water flows from the spring of Gihon into Jerusalem.
\q2 Instead, you have been happy to request help from King Rezin and King Pekah.
\q1
\v 7 Therefore, I, the Lord, will soon cause the powerful army of the king of Assyria, which will be like a great flood from the Euphrates River, to attack the people of Judah.
\q2 Their soldiers will be everywhere in your country, like a river that overflows all its banks.
\s5
\q1
\v 8 Those soldiers will go all over Judah,
\q2 like a river whose water rises as high as a person’s neck.
\q1 Their army will spread over the land quickly, like an eagle,
\q2 and they will cover your entire land!
\q1 But I, your God, will be with you!”
\s5
\q1
\v 9 Listen, all you people in distant countries!
\q2 You can prepare to attack Judah.
\q1 You can prepare for battle, and shout your war cries,
\q2 but your armies will be crushed!
\q1
\v 10 You can prepare for what you will do to attack Judah,
\q2 but what you plan to do will be useless!
\q1 You will not succeed,
\q2 because God is with us!
\s5
\p
\v 11 Yahweh strongly warned me not to act like the other people in Judah did. He said to me,
\q1
\v 12 “Do not say that everything that people do is conspiring against the government,
\q2 like other people say,
\q1 and do not be afraid of the things that other people are afraid of.
\q1
\v 13 I, Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, am the one you should consider to be holy.
\q2 I am the one you should fear,
\q2 the one you must give an account to.
\s5
\q1
\v 14 Yahweh will protect you.
\q1 But as for the other people in Israel and Judah,
\q2 Yahweh will be like a stone that causes people to stumble,
\q2 like a rock that causes them to fall down.
\q1 And as for the people of Jerusalem,
\q2 he will be like a trap or a snare.
\q1
\v 15 Many people will stumble and fall down
\q2 and never get up again.
\q1 They will experience great troubles;
\q2 they will be captured by their enemies.”
\s5
\q1
\v 16 So I say to you who are my disciples, seal up this scroll
\q2 on which I have written the messages that God has given to me,
\q1 and give his instructions to others who have accompanied me.
\q1
\v 17 I will wait to see what Yahweh will do.
\q1 He has rejected the descendants of Jacob,
\q2 but I will confidently expect him to help me.
\q1
\v 18 I and the children that Yahweh has given to me are like signs to warn the people of Israel;
\q2 we are warnings from Yahweh, commander of the angel armies,
\q2 the one who lives in his temple on Mount Zion in Jerusalem.
\s5
\p
\v 19 Some people may urge you to consult those who talk with the spirits of dead people or with those who say that they receive messages from those spirits. They whisper and mutter about what we should do in the future. But God is the one whom we should ask to guide us! It is ridiculous for people who are alive to request spirits of dead people to tell us what we should do!
\v 20 Pay attention to God’s instructions and teaching! If people do not say things that agree with what God teaches us, what they say is worthless. It is as though those people are in darkness.
\s5
\v 21 They will wander through the land, worried and hungry. And when they become very hungry, they will become very angry. They will look up toward heaven and curse God and will also curse their king.
\v 22 They will look around the land and see only trouble and darkness and things that cause them to despair. And then they will be thrown into very black darkness.
\s5
\c 9
\p
\v 1 However, those in Judah who were distressed will not continue to suffer. Previously, Yahweh humbled the people in the land where the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali live. But in the future he will honor the people who live in the region of Galilee, along the road between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, where many foreigners live.
\q1
\v 2 Some day in the future, it will be as though the people who walked in darkness have seen a bright light.
\q2 Yes, a bright light will shine on those who live in a land where they now have great troubles.
\s5
\q1
\v 3 Yahweh, you will cause us people in Israel to rejoice;
\q2 we will become very happy.
\q1 We will rejoice about what you have done
\q2 like people rejoice when they harvest their crops,
\q1 or like soldiers rejoice
\q2 when they divide up among themselves the things that they have captured in battle.
\s5
\q1
\v 4 You will cause us to no longer be slaves of those who captured us;
\q2 you will lift the heavy burdens from our shoulders.
\q1 It will be as though you have broken the weapons of those who oppressed us,
\q2 like you did when you destroyed the army of the Midian people group.
\q1
\v 5 The boots that the enemy soldiers wore
\q2 and their clothing which has stains of blood on them
\q1 will all be burned up;
\q2 they will be fuel for a big fire.
\s5
\q1
\v 6 Another reason that we will rejoice is that a special child will be born for us,
\q2 a woman will give birth to a son,
\q2 and he will be our ruler.
\q1 And his names will be ‘Wonderful Counselor,’ ‘Mighty God,’ ‘Our Everlasting Father,’ and ‘King who causes us to have Peace.’
\q1
\v 7 His rule and the peace that he brings will never end.
\q2 He will rule fairly and justly,
\q1 like his ancestor King David did.
\q2 This will happen because Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, greatly desires that it happen.
\s5
\q1
\v 8 The Lord has warned the descendants of Jacob;
\q2 he has said that he will punish Israel.
\q1
\v 9-10 And all the people in Samaria and other places in Israel will know that,
\q2 but they are now very proud and arrogant.
\q1 They said, “Our city has been destroyed,
\q2 but we will take away the broken bricks from the ruins
\q2 and replace them with carefully cut stones.
\q1 Our sycamore fig trees have been cut down by our enemies,
\q2 but we will plant cedar trees in their place.”
\s5
\q1
\v 11 But Yahweh will bring the armies of Assyria, the enemies of King Rezin of Aram, to fight against Israel
\q2 and incite other nations to attack Israel.
\q1
\v 12 The army of Aram will come from the east,
\q2 and the army of Philistia will come from the west,
\q1 and they will destroy Israel
\q2 like a wild animal tears another animal apart and devours it.
\q1 But even after that happened, Yahweh will still be very angry with them.
\q2 He will be ready to strike them with his fist again.
\s5
\q1
\v 13 But even though Yahweh will punish his people like that,
\q2 they still will not return to him and worship him.
\q1 They still will not request Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, to assist them.
\q1
\v 14 Therefore, in one day Yahweh will get rid of those who are like Israel’s head and those who are like its tail;
\q2 the ones who are like the top of the palm tree and the ones who are like the bottom.
\q1
\v 15 The leaders of Israel are the head,
\q2 and the prophets who tell lies are the tail.
\s5
\q1
\v 16 The leaders of the people have misled them;
\q2 they have caused the people that they are ruling to be confused.
\q1
\v 17 For that reason, Yahweh is not pleased with the young men of Israel,
\q2 and he does not even act mercifully toward the widows and orphans,
\q1 because they are all ungodly and wicked,
\q2 and they all say things that are foolish.
\q1 But Yahweh still is angry with them;
\q2 he is ready to strike them with his fist again.
\s5
\q1
\v 18 When people do wicked things,
\q2 it is like a brush fire that spreads rapidly.
\q1 It burns up not only briers and thorns;
\q1 it starts a big fire in the forests
\q2 from which clouds of smoke will rise.
\q1
\v 19 It is as though the whole land is burned black
\q2 because Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, is extremely angry with the Israelite people.
\q1 They will become like fuel for that great fire,
\q2 and no one will try to rescue even his own brother from that fire.
\s5
\q1
\v 20 The Israelite people will attack their neighbors who live in houses at the right to get food from them,
\q2 but they will still be hungry.
\q1 They will kill and eat the flesh of those who live in houses at the left,
\q2 but their stomachs will still not be full.
\q2
\v 21 Israelites of the tribes of Manasseh and Ephraim will attack each other,
\q2 and then they will both attack the people of Judah.
\q1 But even after that happens, Yahweh will still be very angry with them;
\q2 He will be ready to strike them with his fist again.
\s5
\c 10
\q1
\v 1 Terrible things will happen to you judges who are unjust
\q2 and who make unfair laws.
\q1
\v 2 You refuse to help poor people,
\q2 and you do not allow them to get the things that they should get.
\q1 You allow people to steal things from widows
\q2 and do unfair things to children without fathers.
\s5
\q1
\v 3 When I punish you
\q2 by sending people from distant lands to cause you disasters,
\q1 to whom will you run to get help?
\q2 Your valuable possessions will certainly not be safe anywhere.
\q1
\v 4 You will be able only to stumble along as your enemies take you away with other prisoners,
\q2 or else your corpses will lie on the ground with others who have been killed.
\q1 But even after that happens,
\q2 Yahweh will still be very angry with you.
\q1 He will still be ready to strike you again with his fist.
\s5
\q1
\v 5 Yahweh says, “Terrible things will happen to Assyria.
\q2 It is true that their army is like a rod or a club with which I punish other nations
\q2 because I am very angry with those nations.
\q1
\v 6 Sometimes I send the Assyrians to attack a godless nation,
\q2 to fight against other people who have caused me to be angry.
\q1 I send them to capture people and to seize and take away their possessions,
\q2 and to trample them like people walk on mud in the streets.
\s5
\q1
\v 7 But the king of Assyria does not understand;
\q2 he does not realize that he is only like a weapon in my hand.
\q1 He only wants to destroy people,
\q2 to get rid of many nations.
\q1
\v 8 He says, ‘All of my army commanders will soon be kings of these nations that I conquer!
\q2
\v 9 We destroyed the city of Kalno as we destroyed the city of Carchemish.
\q1 We destroyed the city of Hamath as we destroyed the city of Arpad;
\q2 we destroyed Samaria just like we destroyed Damascus.
\s5
\q1
\v 10 We were able to destroy all those kingdoms that were full of the images of their gods,
\q2 kingdoms whose gods were stronger than the gods in Jerusalem and Samaria.
\q1
\v 11 So we will defeat Jerusalem and destroy the images of gods that are there,
\q2 just as we destroyed Samaria and the images that were there!’
\s5
\p
\v 12 But I am the Lord, and after I have used Assyria to finish what I want to do to punish the people in Jerusalem, I will punish the king of Assyria because he has been very proud and arrogant.
\q1
\v 13 He says, ‘By my own great power I have done these things.
\q2 I have been able to do them because I am very wise and very intelligent.
\q1 My army removed the barriers at the borders of nations
\q2 and carried away all their valuable things.
\q1 My mighty army has humiliated all their people.
\s5
\q1
\v 14 Like someone who reaches into a bird’s nest to take away the eggs,
\q2 we have taken away the treasures of other countries.
\q1 The people were not like birds that would have flapped their wings or chirp loudly to protest about their eggs being stolen;
\q2 the people did not object at all to their treasures being stolen.’
\s5
\q1
\v 15 But I am Yahweh, and I say that an ax certainly cannot boast about being stronger than the person who uses it,
\q2 and a saw is not greater than the person who uses it.
\q1 A rod cannot control the one who holds it,
\q2 and a wooden club cannot lift up a person.
\q1 So the king of Assyria should not boast that he has done these things with his own wisdom and strength.
\q1
\v 16 I am the Lord Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, who will send a plague among the best soldiers of Assyria;
\q2 it will be like a fire that will kill them and get rid of their glory.
\s5
\q1
\v 17 Yahweh is like a light for the people of Israel, like a fire;
\q2 the Holy One who rules Israel is like a flame.
\q1 The soldiers of Assyria are like thorns and briers,
\q2 and Yahweh will burn them up in one day.
\q1
\v 18 There are glorious forests and fertile farmlands in Assyria, but Yahweh will completely destroy them;
\q2 they will be like a very sick person who shrivels up and then dies.
\q1
\v 19 There will be very few trees left in those forests;
\q2 even a child will be able to count them.”
\s5
\q1
\v 20 In the future there will be only a few people left in Israel;
\q2 not many descendants of Jacob will still be alive.
\q1 But they will no longer rely on the king of Assyria,
\q2 the king of the nation that tried to destroy them.
\q1 Instead, they will faithfully trust in Yahweh, the Holy One who rules Israel.
\q1
\v 21 Those Israelites will return to their mighty God.
\s5
\q1
\v 22 Now, the people of Israel are as numerous as the grains of sand on the seashore,
\q2 but only a few of them will return from the countries to which they will be exiled.
\q1 Yahweh has decided to destroy most of the Israelites,
\q2 and that is what he must do because he is completely just.
\q1
\v 23 Yes, the Lord Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, has already decided to destroy the entire land of Israel.
\s5
\p
\v 24 This is what the Lord Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, says:
\q1 “My people in Jerusalem, do not be afraid of the army of Assyria when they beat you with rods and clubs,
\q2 like the men of Egypt did to your ancestors long ago.
\q1
\v 25 Soon I will no longer be angry with you,
\q2 and then I will be angry with the people of Assyria and destroy them!”
\s5
\q1
\v 26 Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, will strike them with his whip.
\q2 He will do to them as he did when he defeated the army of the Midian people group,
\q2 and as he did when he caused the army of Egypt to drown in the Sea of Reeds.
\q1
\v 27 One day in the future, Yahweh will cause the army of Assyria to stop oppressing you, his people;
\q2 he will end your suffering and your being slaves of the people of Assyria;
\q1 you will become too strong for them.
\s5
\q1
\v 28 One day in the future this will be the situation: The army of Assyria has entered northern Judah near Aiath;
\q2 they have gone through Migron
\q2 and stored their supplies at Micmash, north of Jerusalem.
\q1
\v 29 They have crossed through a mountain pass
\q2 and set up their tents at Geba.
\q1 People in Ramah will tremble because of they are afraid.
\q2 The people of Gibeah, where King Saul was born, have all run away.
\s5
\q1
\v 30 You people of Gallim will cry out for help!
\q2 They will shout to the people of the city of Laish near Jerusalem to warn them!
\q2 The people of Anathoth will suffer a lot.
\q1
\v 31 The people of Madmenah north of Jerusalem are all running away,
\q2 and the people of Gebim close to Jerusalem are trying to hide.
\q1
\v 32 The soldiers of Assyria will stop at the city of Nob outside Jerusalem.
\q2 They will shake their fists
\q2 as they threaten the people on Mount Zion in Jerusalem.
\s5
\q1
\v 33 But listen to this! Yahweh, commander of the angel armies,
\q2 with his great power will destroy the mighty army of Assyria.
\q1 It is as though they are a huge tree that he will cut down.
\q1
\v 34 He will destroy the soldiers of Assyria
\q2 as men use big axes to cut down the tall trees in the forests of Lebanon.
\s5
\c 11
\q1
\v 1 Like a new branch often grows from the stump of a tree,
\q2 there will be a descendant of King David who will be a new king.
\q1
\v 2 The Spirit of Yahweh will always be with him.
\q2 The Spirit will enable him to be wise and to understand many things;
\q2 The Spirit will enable him to decide what is good to do and will give him great power.
\q2 The Spirit will enable him to know Yahweh and to revere him.
\s5
\q1
\v 3 He will be glad to obey Yahweh.
\q1 He will not decide whether someone is righteous or not only by seeing what that person looks like,
\q2 or by listening to what others say about that person.
\q1
\v 4 He will judge the cases of needy people fairly;
\q2 and he will act justly toward poor people.
\q1 He will punish evil people as a result of what he decides;
\q2 he will get rid of wicked people because of the evil things they have done.
\q1
\v 5 He will always act righteously;
\q2 the good things he does will be like a belt around his waist.
\q1 He will always speak what is true;
\q2 the true words he speaks will be like a sash around his waist.
\s5
\q1
\v 6 When he becomes king, wolves and lambs will live together peacefully;
\q1 leopards, instead of killing baby goats,
\q2 will lie down with them.
\q1 Similarly, fat, healthy calves and lions will eat food together;
\q2 and a young child will take care of them.
\q1
\v 7 Cows and bears will eat together;
\q2 bear cubs and calves will lie down together.
\q1 Lions will not eat other animals;
\q2 instead, they will eat hay like cows do.
\s5
\q1
\v 8 Babies will play safely near the holes where cobra snakes live;
\q1 small children will even put their hands into nests of poisonous snakes,
\q2 and the snakes will not harm them.
\q1
\v 9 No creatures will harm or kill other creatures on Mount Zion, my holy hill;
\q1 and the earth will be filled with people who know me,
\q2 as the seas are full of water.
\s5
\p
\v 10 At that time, a descendant of King David will hold up a flag
\q2 to signal to the people of all people groups that they should gather around him;
\q1 they will come to him to get his advice,
\q2 and the place where he lives will be glorious.
\q
\v 11 At that time, Yahweh will reach out his hand as he did long ago;
\q1 he will enable those who had been exiled from Israel to return home,
\q2 from Assyria, from northern Egypt, from southern Egypt,
\q2 from Ethiopia, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath, and from all the distant countries near the sea.
\s5
\q1
\v 12 Yahweh will raise his flag among all the people groups,
\q2 and he will gather together the people of Israel who were exiled long ago.
\q1 He will gather from very distant places on the earth
\q2 the people of Judah whom he had scattered to those places.
\q1
\v 13 Then, the people of Israel and the people of Judah will not be jealous of each other any longer,
\q2 and they will no longer be enemies of each other.
\s5
\q1
\v 14 Their armies will join together to attack the people of Philistia to the west.
\q2 And together they will attack nations to the east;
\q1 they will defeat those nations and take away all their valuable possessions.
\q1 They will capture the areas of Edom and Moab,
\q2 and they will rule the people of the Ammon people group.
\q1
\v 15 Yahweh will make a dry road through the sea near Egypt.
\q1 It will be as though he will wave his hand over the Euphrates River
\q2 and send a strong wind to cause it to divide into seven streams,
\q2 with the result that people will be able to walk across those streams.
\s5
\q1
\v 16 Because he will make a highway for his people who are living in Assyria,
\q2 they will be able to return to their own land,
\q1 just like long ago he made a path for the people of Israel
\q2 so that they could go through the water
\q2 when they left Egypt.
\s5
\c 12
\p
\v 1 At that time, you people of Jerusalem will sing this song:
\q1 “Yahweh, we praise you!
\q2 Previously, you were angry with us,
\q1 but you are not angry now
\q2 and you have comforted us.
\q1
\v 2 Amazingly, you have come to save us,
\q2 so we will trust in you and not be afraid.
\q1 Yahweh our God, you enable us to be strong;
\q2 you are the one about whom we sing;
\q2 you have rescued us from our enemies.”
\s5
\q1
\v 3 You, his people, will greatly rejoice because he has rescued you,
\q2 like you enjoy drinking water from a fountain.
\p
\v 4 At that time you will say,
\q1 “We should thank Yahweh! We should praise him !
\q2 We should tell the people of all the people groups what he has done;
\q2 we should enable them to know that he is very great!
\s5
\q1
\v 5 We should sing to Yahweh, because he has done wonderful things.
\q2 We should enable everyone in the world to know it!
\q1
\v 6 You people of Jerusalem, shout joyfully to praise Yahweh,
\q2 because he is the great Holy One whom we Israelite people worship,
\q2 and he lives among us!”
\s5
\c 13
\p
\v 1 I, Isaiah son of Amoz, received from Yahweh this message about the city of Babylon:
\q1
\v 2 Lift up a flag on the bare top of a hill,
\q2 to signal that an army should come to attack Babylon.
\q1 Shout to them and wave your hand to signal to them
\q2 that they should march through the city gates into the palaces of the proud rulers of Babylon!
\q1
\v 3 Yahweh says, “I have commanded those who are set apart to do this work for me—
\q2 I have summoned the warriors whom I have chosen to punish the people of Babylon because I am very angry with them,
\q2 and those soldiers will be very proud when they do that.”
\s5
\q1
\v 4 Listen to the noise on the mountains,
\q2 which is the noise of a huge army marching!
\q1 It is the noise made by people of many people groups shouting.
\q2 Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, has summoned this army to gather together.
\q1
\v 5 They come from countries that are far away,
\q2 from the most remote places on the earth.
\q1 They are like weapons that Yahweh will use to punish the people with whom he is very angry,
\q2 and to destroy the entire country of Babylonia.
\s5
\q1
\v 6 You people of Babylon will scream because you will be terrified,
\q2 because it will be the time that Yahweh has determined,
\q2 the time for the all-powerful God to destroy your city.
\q1
\v 7 Because that will happen, all of your people will be very afraid,
\q2 with the result that they will be unable even to lift their arms.
\q1
\v 8 All of you will be terrified.
\q2 You will have severe pains
\q2 like a woman has when she is giving birth to a baby.
\q1 You will look at each other helplessly,
\q2 and it will show on your faces that you feel horror.
\s5
\q1
\v 9 Listen to this, you people of Babylon: The day that Yahweh has chosen to act in is near,
\q2 the day on which he will furiously and fiercely punish you because he is very angry with you.
\q1 He will cause your land of Babylonia to be desolate,
\q2 and he will destroy all the sinners in it.
\q1
\v 10 When that happens, none of the stars will shine.
\q2 When the sun rises, it will be dark,
\q1 and there will be no light from the moon at night.
\s5
\q1
\v 11 Yahweh says, “I will punish everyone in the world for the evil things that they do;
\q2 I will punish the wicked people for the sins that they have committed.
\q1 I will stop arrogant people from being proud,
\q2 and I will stop cruel people from being so arrogant.
\q1
\v 12 And because I will cause most people to die,
\q2 people will be harder to find than gold,
\q1 harder to find than fine gold from Ophir in Arabia.
\s5
\q1
\v 13 I will shake the sky,
\q2 and the earth will also move out of its place.
\q1 That will happen when I, Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, punish wicked people,
\q2 when I show them that I am extremely angry with them.
\q1
\v 14 All the foreigners in Babylon will run around like deer that are being hunted,
\q2 like sheep that do not have a shepherd.
\q1 They will try to find other people from their countries,
\q2 and then they will escape from Babylon and return to their own countries.
\s5
\q1
\v 15 Anyone who is captured in Babylon
\q2 will be killed by their enemies’ swords.
\q1
\v 16 Their little children will be dashed to pieces on the rocks while their parents watch;
\q2 their enemies will steal everything valuable from their houses and will force their wives to sleep with them.
\s5
\q1
\v 17 Look! I am going to incite the people of Media to attack Babylon.
\q2 The army of Media will attack Babylon, even if they are offered silver or gold if they promise to not attack it.
\q1
\v 18 With their arrows, the soldiers of Media will shoot the young men of Babylon;
\q2 they will not even act mercifully toward infants or children!”
\s5
\q1
\v 19 Babylon has been a very beautiful city;
\q2 all the people of Babylonia have been very proud of Babylon, their capital city;
\q1 but God will destroy Babylon,
\q2 like he destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.
\q1
\v 20 No one will ever live in Babylon again.
\q2 It will be deserted forever.
\q1 Nomads will refuse to set up their tents there;
\q2 shepherds will not bring their flocks of sheep to rest there.
\s5
\q1
\v 21 Animals that live in the desert will be there;
\q2 jackals will live in the ruins of the houses.
\q1 Owls will live in the ruins,
\q2 and ostriches and wild goats will romp around there.
\q1
\v 22 Hyenas will howl in the ruined towers,
\q2 and jackals will make their dens in the ruins of the palaces that were previously very beautiful.
\q1 The time when Babylon will be destroyed is very near;
\q2 Babylon will not exist much longer.
\s5
\c 14
\p
\v 1 But Yahweh will act mercifully toward the Israelite people; he will choose the people of Israel to be his people again, and he will allow them to return here and live in their own land again. Then people from many other countries will come here and unite with the Israelite people.
\v 2 People of other nations will help them to return to their own land, and those who come from other countries will work for the Israelite people. Those who captured people of Israel will be captured by Israelite soldiers, and the people of Israel will rule over the people who previously oppressed them.
\s5
\p
\v 3 Some day Yahweh will free you Israelite people from suffering and trouble and from being afraid, and from being cruelly treated as slaves.
\v 4 When that happens, you will make fun of the king of Babylon by singing a song like this:
\q1 “You treated us cruelly, but that has ended!
\q2 You insulted others and made them suffer, but you can do this no longer!
\s5
\q1
\v 5 You evil ruler, Yahweh has destroyed your power,
\q2 and you will oppress people no longer!
\q1
\v 6 You attacked people many times
\q2 because you were very angry with them,
\q1 and you subdued other nations
\q2 by causing them to suffer without stopping.
\s5
\q1
\v 7 But soon everything will be quiet and peaceful on the earth.
\q2 Everyone will sing again!
\q1
\v 8 It will be as though even the trees in the forests will joyfully sing this song,
\q2 the cyprus trees and the cedar trees in Lebanon will sing it:
\q1 ‘You have been overthrown,
\q2 and now no one comes to chop us down.’
\q1
\v 9 The dead people are all eagerly waiting for you to go to the place where they are.
\q1 The spirits of the world leaders
\q2 will be delighted to welcome you;
\q1 those who were kings of many nations before they died
\q2 will stand up to welcome you.
\s5
\q1
\v 10 They will all shout to you together,
\q2 ‘Now you are as weak as we are!’
\q1
\v 11 You were very proud and powerful,
\q2 but all that ended when you died,
\q2 along with the sounds of harps being played in your palace.
\q1 Now in your grave maggots will be under you like a sheet,
\q2 and worms will cover you like a blanket.’
\s5
\q1
\v 12 You have disappeared from the earth like a star that fell from the sky;
\q1 you were very well known,
\q2 like the morning star is seen by everyone;
\q1 you destroyed many nations,
\q2 but now you have been destroyed.
\q1
\v 13 You proudly said to yourself, ‘I will ascend to heaven, to my throne above God’s stars.
\q2 I will rule on the mountain where the gods gather together, far in the north.
\q1
\v 14 I will ascend above the clouds and become like God himself!’
\s5
\q2
\v 15 But you were not able to do that;
\q1 Instead, you were carried down to your grave,
\q2 and you went to the place where the dead people are.
\q1
\v 16 The other dead people there stare at you;
\q2 they wonder what happened to you.
\q1 They say, ‘Is this the man who caused the earth to shake
\q2 and caused the people in many kingdoms to tremble?
\q1
\v 17 Is this the man who tried to cause the world to become a desert,
\q2 who conquered its cities and did not allow the people whom he captured to return to their homes?’
\s5
\q1
\v 18 All the kings of the earth who have died were greatly honored when they were buried.
\q1
\v 19 Someone will cast you aside, but not into a grave, like a branch that they throw away.
\q1 The dead cover you like a garment, those pierced by the sword, who go down to be among the stones where the dead rest.
\q1
\v 20 Your dead body will not be buried with them
\q1 because you have destroyed your land
\q2 and have caused your own people to be killed.
\q1 The descendants of wicked people like you will never be spoken of again.”
\s5
\q1
\v 21 People will say, “Slaughter this man’s children
\q2 because of the sins that their ancestors committed!
\q1 Do not allow them to become rulers, and conquer all the nations in the world,
\q2 and fill the world with the cities that they rule!”
\q1
\v 22 This is what Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, says:
\q2 “I myself will cause Babylon to be conquered.
\q1 I will get rid of Babylon and its people and their descendants.
\q1
\v 23 I will cause Babylon to be a place where owls live,
\q2 a place full of swamps;
\q1 I will destroy it completely
\q2 as though I were sweeping it with a broom.
\q1 That is what I, Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, say.”
\s5
\p
\v 24 Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, has also solemnly promised this:
\q1 “The things that I have planned will surely happen.
\q1
\v 25 When the army of Assyria is in my land of Israel,
\q1 I will crush them.
\q2 It will be as though I had trampled them on my mountains.
\q1 My people will no longer be the slaves of the people of Assyria;
\q2 It will be as though I had taken away the burdens that were on their shoulders.
\s5
\q1
\v 26 There is a plan for everyone on the earth,
\q2 a plan to show the power of Yahweh to punish all the nations.
\q1
\v 27 Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, has spoken,
\q2 and no one can change his mind.
\q1 When Yahweh raises his fist to strike Assyria,
\q2 no one will be able to stop him.”
\s5
\p
\v 28 I received this message from Yahweh during the year that King Ahaz died:
\q1
\v 29 Do not rejoice, all you people of Philistia, that the enemy army that attacked you has been defeated
\q2 and that their king is dead.
\q1 He was as dangerous as a snake,
\q2 but there will be another king,
\q1 who will be more dangerous than a cobra;
\q2 he will be like a quick-moving poisonous snake.
\q1
\v 30 Those of my people who are very poor will take care of their flocks of sheep,
\q2 and the needy people will lie down safely,
\q1 but I will cause you people of Philistia who are still alive
\q2 to die from famine.
\s5
\q1
\v 31 So, you people of Philistia, wail at the gates of your cities!
\q2 You should be extremely afraid,
\q1 because a very powerful army will come from the north to attack you;
\q2 their chariots will stir up the dust like a cloud of smoke.
\q1 Each of their soldiers is ready to fight.
\q1
\v 32 If messengers from Philistia come to us Israelite people,
\q2 this is what we must tell them:
\q1 “Yahweh has created Jerusalem, not Philistia,
\q2 and his people who are oppressed will be safe inside the walls of Jerusalem.”
\s5
\c 15
\p
\v 1 Isaiah received this message from Yahweh about the Moab people group:
\q1 In one night two important cities in Moab, Ar and Kir, will be destroyed.
\q1
\v 2 The people of Dibon, the capital city, will go to their temple to mourn;
\q2 they will go to their high places set on the hilltops, and there they will weep.
\q1 They will wail because of what happened to Nebo and Medeba in the south;
\q2 they will all shave the hair of their heads, and the men will cut off their beards to show that they are grieving.
\s5
\q1
\v 3 In the streets people will wear rough sackcloth,
\q2 and on their flat rooftops and in the city plazas all people will wail
\q1 with tears streaming down their faces.
\q1
\v 4 The people of the city of Heshbon and the towns of Elealeh in the north of Moab will cry out;
\q2 people as far away as the town of Jahaz in the south will hear them wailing.
\q1 Therefore the soldiers of Moab will tremble and cry out,
\q2 and they will be very afraid.
\s5
\q1
\v 5 Yahweh feels very sorry for the people of Moab;
\q2 they will flee to the towns of Zoar and Eglath Shelishiyah in the far south.
\q2 They will cry as they walk up to the town of Luhith.
\q1 All along the road to the town of Horonaim people will mourn
\q2 because their country has been destroyed.
\q1
\v 6 The water in the Valley of Nimrim will dry up.
\q2 The grass there will be withered;
\q1 the green plants will all be gone,
\q2 and there will be nothing left that is green.
\q1
\v 7 The people will pick up their possessions
\q2 and carry them across the brook of the Willows.
\s5
\q1
\v 8 Throughout the country of Moab, people will be crying;
\q2 people as far away as Eglaim in the south and Beer Elim in the north will hear them wailing.
\q1
\v 9 The stream near Dibon will become red from the blood of people who have been killed,
\q2 but I will cause the people of Moab to experience even more trouble:
\q1 lions will attack those who are trying to escape from Moab
\q2 and will also attack the people who remain in that country.
\s5
\c 16
\p
\v 1 The rulers of Moab will say to each other,
\q1 “We must send some lambs from the city of Sela as a gift to the ruler of Judah to persuade him to not allow his army to attack us anymore.
\q2 We should send them through the desert to the king in Jerusalem.”
\q1
\v 2 The women of Moab will be left alone at the fords of the Arnon River;
\q2 they will be like birds that have been pushed out of their nests.
\s5
\q1
\v 3 They will cry out, “Help us!
\q2 Tell us what we should do!
\q1 Protect us completely,
\q2 we who are running away from our enemies,
\q1 and do not betray us.
\q1
\v 4 Allow those of us who are fleeing from Moab to stay with you;
\q2 hide us from our enemies who want to destroy us!
\q1 Some day there will be no one to oppress us,
\q2 and our enemies will stop destroying our land.”
\s5
\q1
\v 5 Then Yahweh will appoint someone to be king
\q2 who will be a descendant of King David.
\q2 As this man rules, he will be merciful and truthful.
\q1 He will always do what is fair
\q2 and quickly do what is righteous.
\s5
\q1
\v 6 We people of Judah have heard about the people of Moab;
\q2 we have heard that they are very proud and conceited;
\q1 they are insolent,
\q2 but what they say about themselves is not true.
\q1
\v 7 Some day all the people in Moab will weep.
\q2 They will all mourn,
\q1 because there will be no more raisin cakes in the city of Kir Hareseth.
\q2 But more than the cakes, they mourn for the people who lived there, who were all killed.
\s5
\q1
\v 8 The crops in the fields of Heshbon will wither,
\q2 and the vineyards of Sibmah will wither also.
\q1 The armies of other nations will destroy Moab,
\q2 which is like a beautiful grapevine
\q1 whose branches spread north to Jazer,
\q2 and east to the desert.
\q1 Its branches spread very far west,
\q2 to the west side of the Dead Sea.
\s5
\q1
\v 9 So I will weep for Jazer
\q2 and for the grapevines of Sibmah.
\q1 I will shed tears for all of you.
\q1 I will cry because people will no longer shout joyfully, like they usually do
\q2 when they gather the fruit that ripens in the summer and the other crops.
\q1
\v 10 People will no longer be glad at harvest time.
\q2 No one will sing in the vineyards;
\q1 no one will shout joyfully.
\q2 No one will tread on grapes to get grape juice for wine;
\q2 there will be nothing to shout about joyfully.
\s5
\q1
\v 11 I cry in my inner being for Moab;
\q2 my groaning is like a sad song played on a harp.
\q1 I am sad in my inner being for Kir Hareseth.
\q1
\v 12 The people of Moab will go and pray at their high places,
\q2 but that will not help them.
\q1 They will cry out to their gods in their temples,
\q2 but no one will be able to rescue them.
\s5
\p
\v 13 Yahweh has already spoken those things about Moab.
\v 14 But now he says that exactly three years from now, he will destroy all the things that the people of Moab have been proud of. Even though they have a huge number of people in Moab now, only a few people will remain alive, and they will be weak.
\s5
\c 17
\p
\v 1 Isaiah received this message from Yahweh about Damascus, the capital of Aram:
\q1 “Listen carefully! Damascus will no longer be a city;
\q2 it will be only a heap of ruins!
\q1
\v 2 The towns near the city of Aroer will be abandoned.
\q2 Flocks of sheep will eat grass in the streets and lie down there,
\q2 and there will be no one to chase them away.
\q1
\v 3 The cities in Israel will not have walls around them to protect them.
\q2 The power of the kingdom of Damascus will be ended,
\q2 and the few people who will remain in Aram will be disgraced like the people in Israel were disgraced.”
\q1 That is what Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, says.
\s5
\q1
\v 4 “At that time, Israel will become insignificant.
\q2 It will be like a fat person who has become very thin.
\q1
\v 5 The entire land will be like a field where the harvesters have cut all the grain;
\q2 there will be nothing left,
\q2 like the fields in the Valley of Rephaim after all the crops have been harvested.
\s5
\q1
\v 6 Only a few of the Israelite people will remain,
\q2 like the few olives that remain on the top of a tree after the workers have shaken all the other olives to the ground.
\q1 There will be only two or three olives in the top branches,
\q2 or four or five olives on the other branches.”
\q1 That is what Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, says.
\q1
\v 7 Then at that time, you people of Israel will trust in God, your creator,
\q2 the Holy One of Israel.
\s5
\q1
\v 8 You will no longer seek to get help from your idols
\q2 or worship the idols that you have made with your own hands.
\q1 You will never again bow down in front of the poles where you worshiped the goddess Asherah.
\q2 You will never again worship at the high places that you have built to burn incense to idols.
\p
\v 9 The largest cities in Israel will be abandoned, like the land that the Hiv and Amor people groups abandoned when the Israelites attacked them long ago. No people will live there.
\s5
\q1
\v 10 That will happen because you have stopped worshiping God,
\q2 who is like a huge rock on top of which you can be safe.
\q1 You have forgotten that he is the one who can hide you.
\q1 So now you plant very nice grapevines
\q2 and even unusual ones that come from other countries.
\q1
\v 11 But even if they sprout leaves on the day you plant them,
\q2 and even if they produce blossoms on that same morning,
\q1 at harvest time, there will not be any grapes for you to pick.
\q2 All that you will get is much of agony and suffering.
\s5
\q1
\v 12 Listen! The armies of many nations will roar like the sea roars.
\q2 It will sound like noise of crashing waves.
\q1
\v 13 But even though their loud roaring will be like the sound of crashing waves,
\q2 when Yahweh rebukes them, they will run far away.
\q1 They will flee like chaff on the hills scatters when the wind blows,
\q2 like tumbleweeds scatter when a windstorm blows.
\q1
\v 14 And even though you people of Israel will be terrified,
\q2 in the morning your enemies will all be gone.
\q1 That is what will happen to those who invade our land and steal our possessions.
\s5
\c 18
\q1
\v 1 Terrible things will happen to you people of Ethiopia!
\q2 In your land there are many boats at the upper part of the Nile River.
\q1
\v 2 Your rulers send ambassadors that sail quickly down the river in papyrus boats.
\q1 Tell your messengers to go quickly!
\q1 Go to people who are tall and who have smooth skins.
\q2 People everywhere are afraid of those people,
\q1 because they conquer and destroy other nations;
\q2 they are people who live in a land that rivers divide.
\s5
\q1
\v 3 You messengers must tell to the people of the world,
\q2 to all people everywhere,
\q1 “Look when the battle flag is lifted on top of the mountain,
\q1 and listen when the ram’s horn blows
\q2 to signal that the battle is about to begin.”
\s5
\v 4 Listen because Yahweh has told me this:
\q2 “I will watch quietly from where I live.
\q1 I will watch quietly like the heat that shimmers as it rises on a summer day.
\q2 I will work effectively like the cloud of mist that settles during the heat of harvest.
\v 5 Before the harvest, the farmer sees the grapevines making blossoms and the flowers growing into grapes,
\q2 and he knows that the time is right to cut off the new growth and spreading branches that keep the tree from growing strong.
\q1 In the same way I know when the time is right to take action against that nation, and I will send an army to attack it.
\s5
\q1
\v 6 All the soldiers in that nation’s army will be killed,
\q2 and their corpses will lie in the fields for vultures to eat their flesh in the summer.
\q1 Then wild animals will chew on their bones all during the winter.”
\p
\v 7 At that time, the people of the nation that rivers divide will take gifts to Yahweh in Jerusalem.
\q1 Those people are tall and have smooth skins; people everywhere are afraid of those people,
\q2 because they conquer and destroy other nations,
\q1 will take gifts to Jerusalem, the city where Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, lives.
\s5
\c 19
\p
\v 1 Isaiah received this message from Yahweh about Egypt:
\q1 Listen to this! I, Yahweh, am coming toward Egypt,
\q2 riding on a fast-moving cloud.
\q1 The idols in Egypt will tremble when I appear,
\q2 and the people of Egypt will be extremely afraid.
\q1
\v 2 I will cause the people of Egypt to fight against each other:
\q2 men will fight against their brothers,
\q2 neighbors will fight against each other,
\q2 people of one city will fight against the people of another city,
\q2 people of one province will fight against the people of another province.
\s5
\q1
\v 3 The people of Egypt will become very discouraged,
\q2 and I will cause their plans to not be successful.
\q1 They will plead with idols and sorcerers and those who talk with spirits of dead people
\q2 to tell them what they should do.
\q1
\v 4 Then I will enable someone who will treat them very cruelly to become their king.
\q1 That is what I, Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, say.
\s5
\q1
\v 5 Some day the water in the Nile River will dry up,
\q2 and the riverbed will become very dry.
\q1
\v 6 The branches of the river will all dry up.
\q1 The canals along the river will stink
\q2 because of the withering and rotting reeds and bulrushes.
\s5
\q1
\v 7 All the plants along the river and all the crops in the fields bordering the river will dry up;
\q2 then they will blow away and disappear.
\q1
\v 8 The fishermen will throw into the river lines with hooks on them and nets,
\q2 and then they will groan and be very discouraged;
\q2 they will be sad because there will be no fish in the river.
\s5
\q1
\v 9 Those who weave cloth from flax will not know what to do
\q2 because there will be no thread for them to weave.
\q1
\v 10 They will all despair
\q2 and be very discouraged.
\s5
\q1
\v 11 The officials in the city of Zoan in northern Egypt are foolish.
\q2 The advice that they gave to the king was worthless.
\q1 Why do they continue to tell the king that they are wise,
\q2 that they are descendants of wise kings who lived long ago ?
\q1
\v 12 King, where are your wise advisors now?
\q2 If you had any wise advisors, they could tell you what Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, has planned to do to Egypt!
\s5
\q1
\v 13 Yes, the officials of Zoan have become foolish,
\q2 and the leaders in the city of Memphis in northern Egypt have deceived themselves.
\q1 All the leaders of the people have caused their people to do wrong things.
\q1
\v 14 Yahweh has caused them to be very foolish,
\q2 with the result that in everything that they do, it is as though the people of Egypt stagger
\q2 like a drunken person staggers and slips in his own vomit.
\q1
\v 15 There is no one in Egypt, rich or poor, important or unimportant, who will be able to help them.
\s5
\p
\v 16 At that time, the people of Egypt will be as helpless as women. They will tremble, being terrified because they know that Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, has raised his fist, intending to strike them.
\v 17 The people of Egypt will be afraid of the people of Judah, and anyone who mentions Judah to them will cause them to be terrified, because that will remind them of what Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, is planning to do to them.
\s5
\p
\v 18 At that time, people in five cities in Egypt will solemnly declare that they will serve Yahweh. They will learn to speak the Hebrew language. One of those cities will be called “City of the Sun.”
\s5
\p
\v 19 At that time, there will be an altar for worshiping Yahweh in the center of Egypt, and there will be a pillar to honor Yahweh at the border between Egypt and Israel.
\v 20 That will be a sign to indicate that Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, is worshiped in the land of Egypt. And when the people cry out to Yahweh to help them because others are oppressing them, he will send to them someone who will defend and rescue them.
\s5
\v 21 Yahweh will enable the people of Egypt to know who he is. At that time they will admit that he is God. They will worship him and bring to him offerings of grain and other sacrifices. They will solemnly promise to do things for Yahweh, and they will do what they promise.
\v 22 After Yahweh has punished Egypt, he will cause their troubles to end. The people of Egypt will turn to Yahweh, and he will listen when they plead to him for help, and he will cause their troubles to cease.
\s5
\p
\v 23 At that time, there will be a highway between Egypt and Assyria. As a result, the people of Egypt will be able to travel easily to Assyria, and the people of Assyria will be able to travel easily to Egypt. And the people of both countries will worship Yahweh.
\s5
\v 24 And Israel will be their ally. All three nations will be friendly to each other, and the people of Israel will be a blessing to the people of the entire world.
\v 25 Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, will bless them; he will say, “You people of Egypt are now my people. You people of Assyria, I have established your country. You people of Israel are the people whom I have chosen to belong to me.”
\s5
\c 20
\p
\v 1 One year King Sargon of Assyria sent the chief commander of his army to take his soldiers to capture the city of Ashdod in Philistia. At that time,
\v 2 Yahweh told Isaiah, “Take off the rough sackcloth that you have been wearing and take off your sandals.” So Isaiah did that, and then he walked around naked and barefoot for three years.
\s5
\p
\v 3 Then Yahweh said this to the people of Judah: “My servant Isaiah has been walking around naked and barefoot for the past three years. That is to show the terrible disasters that I will cause the people of Egypt and Ethiopia to experience.
\v 4 What will happen is that the army of the king of Assyria will invade those countries and capture many of the people and take them away as their prisoners. They will force all of them, including both the young ones and the old ones, to walk naked and barefoot. They will also force them to have no clothes around their buttocks, which will cause the people of Egypt to be ashamed.
\s5
\v 5 Then the people of other countries who trusted that the armies of Egypt and Ethiopia would be able to help them will be very dismayed and afraid.
\v 6 They will say, ‘We thought that the armies of Egypt and Ethiopia would help us and defend us, but they have been destroyed, so there is no way that we can escape from being destroyed by the army of the king of Assyria!’”
\s5
\c 21
\p
\v 1 Yahweh gave this message about a land soon to become a desert:
\q1 An army will soon come from the southern Judean wilderness to invade that land;
\q2 they are an army that causes their enemies to be terrified,
\q2 an army that will come sweeping through the wilderness from a terrible land.
\q1
\v 2 Yahweh showed me a terrifying vision:
\q1 In the vision I saw an army
\q2 that will betray people and steal their possessions after they conquer them.
\q1 Yahweh said, “You armies from Elam and Media, surround Babylon and prepare to attack it!
\q2 I will cause the groaning and suffering that Babylon caused to cease!”
\s5
\q1
\v 3 Because of that, my body is full of pain;
\q2 my pain is like the pain that women who are giving birth experience.
\q1 When I hear about and see what God is planning to do,
\q2 I am shocked.
\q1
\v 4 My heart shakes within me, and I tremble with fear.
\q2 Early evening is my favorite time of day,
\q2 but now terror has taken over and I am afraid.
\s5
\q1
\v 5 In the vision I saw that the leaders of Babylonia were preparing a great feast.
\q2 They had spread rugs for people to sit on;
\q2 everyone was eating and drinking.
\q1 But you should get up and prepare your shields, you princes of Babylon,
\q2 because you are about to be attacked!
\s5
\p
\v 6 Then Yahweh said to me,
\q1 “Put a watchman on the wall of Jerusalem,
\q2 and tell him to shout what he sees.
\q1
\v 7 Tell him to watch for chariots pulled by pairs of horses,
\q2 and men riding camels and donkeys, coming from Babylon.
\q1 Tell the watchman to watch and listen carefully!”
\s5
\p
\v 8 So I did that, and one day the watchman called out,
\q1 “Day after day I have stood on this watchtower,
\q2 and I have continued to watch during the day and during the night.
\q1
\v 9 A man comes riding in a chariot pulled by two horses.
\q2 I called out to him, and he answered,
\q1 ‘Babylon has been destroyed!
\q2 All the idols in Babylon lie in pieces on the ground!’”
\s5
\q1
\v 10 My people in Judah, the army of Babylon has caused you to suffer greatly
\q2 as though you were grain that was threshed and winnowed.
\q1 But now I have told you what Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, whom we Israelites worship, told me about Babylon.
\s5
\p
\v 11 Yahweh gave this message about Edom:
\q1 Someone from Edom has been calling to me saying,
\q2 “Watchman, how long will it be before the night is over?”
\q1
\v 12 The watchman, replied,
\q2 “It will soon be morning, but after that, it will soon be night again.
\q1 If you want to ask your question, then ask it now,
\q2 and then come back again.”
\s5
\p
\v 13 Yahweh gave this message about Arabia:
\q1 Give this message to people traveling in caravans from the town of Dedan in northwest Arabia, travelers who camp in the scrub there.
\q1 Tell them to bring water for those who are thirsty.
\q2
\v 14 And you people who live in the city of Tema in northwest Arabia,
\q2 must bring food for the refugees who are fleeing from their enemies.
\q1
\v 15 They are fleeing in order not to be killed by their enemies’ swords
\q2 and not to be shot in battles by arrows.
\s5
\p
\v 16 Yahweh said to me,
\q1 “Exactly one year from now,
\q2 all the greatness of the region of Kedar in Arabia will end.
\q1
\v 17 Only a few of their soldiers who know well how to shoot arrows will remain alive.
\q1 That will surely happen because I, Yahweh, have said it.”
\s5
\c 22
\p
\v 1 Yahweh gave this message about Jerusalem, about the valley where Yahweh showed me this vision.
\q1 Why is everyone foolishly running up to their flat rooftops?
\q1
\v 2 Everyone in the city seems to be shouting.
\q2 There are a lot of corpses in the city,
\q1 but they were not killed by their enemies’ swords.
\q2 They did not die in battles;
\q2 instead, they died from diseases and hunger.
\s5
\q1
\v 3 All the leaders of the city fled.
\q2 But then they were captured because they did not have bows and arrows to defend themselves.
\q1 Your soldiers tried to flee while the enemy army was still far away,
\q2 but they also were captured.
\q1
\v 4 That is why I said, “Allow me to cry alone;
\q2 do not try to comfort me about my people being slaughtered.”
\s5
\q1
\v 5 Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, has chosen a time when there will be a great uproar, soldiers marching, and people being terrified
\q2 in the valley where I received this vision.
\q1 It will be a time when our city walls will be battered down
\q2 and the people’s cries for help will be heard in the mountains.
\q1
\v 6 The armies from Elam and Kir in Media will attack,
\q2 driving chariots and carrying shields.
\q1
\v 7 Our beautiful valleys will be filled with our enemies’ chariots,
\q2 and the men who drive the chariots will stand outside our city gates.
\s5
\q1
\v 8 God will cause the walls that protect the cities in Judah to fall down.
\q2 You people of Jerusalem will run to get the weapons that are stored in the building called “the Hall of the Forest.”
\q1
\v 9 You will see that there are many breaks in the walls of Jerusalem.
\q2 You will store water in the lower pool in the city.
\s5
\q1
\v 10 You will inspect the houses in Jerusalem,
\q2 and some of them you will tear down to use the stones to repair the city wall.
\q1
\v 11 Between the walls of the city you will build a reservoir to store water from the old pool.
\q1 But you will never request help from the one who made the city;
\q2 you have never depended on Yahweh, who planned this city long ago.
\s5
\q1
\v 12 Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, told you to weep and mourn;
\q2 he told you to shave your heads and to wear rough sackcloth
\q1 to show that you were sorry for the sins that you had committed.
\q1
\v 13 But instead of doing that, you were happy and celebrated;
\q1 you slaughtered cattle and sheep
\q2 in order to cook their meat and eat it and drink wine.
\q1 You said, “Let us eat and drink all that we want to,
\q2 because it is possible that we will die tomorrow!”
\p
\v 14 So Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, revealed this to me: “I will never forgive my people for sinning like this!”
\s5
\p
\v 15 Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, said this to me: “Go to Shebna, the official who supervises the workers in the palace, and give this message to him:
\q1
\v 16 ‘Who do you think you are?
\q2 Who gave you the authority to build a beautiful tomb where you will be buried,
\q2 chiseling it out of the rocky cliff high above this valley?’”
\s5
\q1
\v 17 You think that you are a great man, but Yahweh is about to hurl you away.
\q2 It will be as though he had seized you,
\q1
\v 18 rolled you into a ball,
\q2 and thrown you away in a large distant land.
\q1 You will die and be buried there,
\q2 and your beautiful chariots will stay there in the hands of your enemies.
\q2 And because of what happens to you, your master, the king, will be very ashamed.
\q1
\v 19 Yahweh says, “I will force you to quit working in the palace;
\q2 you will be forced out from your important position.
\s5
\p
\v 20 Then I will summon Hilkiah’s son Eliakim, who has served me well, to replace you.
\v 21 I will make him wear your robe and fasten your sash around him, and I will give to him the authority that you had. He will be like a father to the people of Jerusalem and all the other towns in Judah.
\v 22 I will give to him authority over what happens in the palace where King David lived; when he decides something, no one will be able to oppose it; when he refuses to do something, no one will be able to force him to do it.
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\v 23 I will cause his family to be greatly respected, because I will put him firmly in his position as supervisor of the workers in the palace, like a nail that is firmly hammered into a wall.
\v 24 Others will enable him to have much responsibility, with the result that all the members of his family, even the most insignificant ones, will be honored.
\s5
\p
\v 25 Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, also says, “Shebna is like a peg that is firmly fastened to the wall. But there will be a time when I will remove him from his position; he will lose his power, and everything that he promoted will fail.” That will surely happen because Yahweh has said it.
\s5
\c 23
\p
\v 1 I, Isaiah, received this message from Yahweh for you, the people in the city of Tyre:
\q1 You sailors on ships from Tarshish,
\q2 weep, because the harbor of Tyre and all the houses in the city have been destroyed.
\q2 The reports that you heard in the Island of Cyprus about Tyre are true.
\q1
\v 2 You people who live along the coast, you merchants of the city of Sidon, mourn silently.
\q2 Your sailors went across the seas to make you rich, there in Tyre.
\q1
\v 3 They sailed across deep seas
\q2 to buy grain in Egypt, grain from the Valley of Shihor.
\q2 This wealth came down the Nile River, and you, Tyre, were the place where the people of all nations traded.
\s5
\q1
\v 4 But now you people in Sidon should be ashamed,
\q2 because you trusted in Tyre, which has been a strong fortress on an island in the sea.
\q1 Tyre is like a woman who is saying,
\q2 “Now it is as though I have not given birth to any children,
\q2 or raised any sons or daughters.”
\q1
\v 5 When the people of Egypt hear what has happened to Tyre,
\q2 they will grieve very much.
\s5
\q1
\v 6 Sail to Tarshish and tell them what happened;
\q2 weep, you people who live along the coast.
\q1
\v 7 The people in the very old city of Tyre were previously joyful.
\q2 Traders from Tyre established colonies in many distant nations.
\s5
\q1
\v 8 People from Tyre appointed kings over other places;
\q2 their traders were wealthy;
\q1 they were as powerful and wealthy as kings.
\q2 Who caused the people of Tyre to experience this disaster?
\q1
\v 9 It was Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, who did it;
\q2 he did it in order to cause you people in Tyre to not be proud anymore,
\q2 to humiliate you men who are honored all over the world.
\s5
\q1
\v 10 You people of Tarshish, you must grow crops in your land instead of trading;
\q2 spread out over your land like the Nile River spreads over the land of Egypt when it floods,
\q2 because there is no harbor in Tyre for your ships now.
\q1
\v 11 It is as though Yahweh stretched out his hand over the sea
\q2 and shook the kingdoms of the earth.
\q1 He commanded that in Phoenicia
\q2 all its fortresses must be destroyed.
\q1
\v 12 He said to the people of Sidon,
\q2 “You will never rejoice again, because you will be crushed;
\q1 even if you flee to the island of Cyprus,
\q2 you will not escape from troubles; you will have no peace.”
\s5
\q1
\v 13 Think about what happened in Babylonia:
\q2 the people who were in that land have disappeared.
\q1 The armies of Assyria have caused that land to become a place where wild animals from the desert live.
\q1 They built dirt ramps to the top of the walls of the city of Babylon;
\q2 then they entered the city and tore down the palaces
\q2 and caused the city to become a heap of rubble.
\q1
\v 14 So wail, you sailors on the ships of Tarshish,
\q2 because the harbor in Tyre where your ships stop is destroyed!
\s5
\p
\v 15 For seventy years, which is as long as kings usually live, people will forget about Tyre. But then it will be rebuilt. What will happen there will be like what happened to a prostitute in this song:
\q1
\v 16 You harlot, whom people had forgotten,
\q2 play your harp well,
\q1 and sing many songs,
\q2 in order that people will remember you again.
\s5
\p
\v 17 It is true that after seventy years Yahweh will restore Tyre. Their merchants will again earn a lot of money by buying things from and selling things to many other nations.
\q1
\v 18 But their profits will be given to Yahweh.
\q2 The merchants will not hoard their money;
\q1 instead, they will give it to Yahweh’s people, for they will live in his presence,
\q2 in order that they can buy food and nice clothes.
\s5
\c 24
\q1
\v 1 Some day Yahweh is going to destroy the earth.
\q2 He will devastate it and cause it to become a desert,
\q2 and he will scatter its people.
\q1
\v 2 He will scatter everyone:
\q2 priests and common people,
\q2 servants and their masters,
\q2 maids and their mistresses,
\q2 buyers and sellers,
\q2 lenders and borrowers,
\q2 people who owe money and people who are owed money.
\s5
\q1
\v 3 Nothing that is worth anything will be left on earth;
\q2 everything valuable will be destroyed.
\q1 That will surely happen because Yahweh has said it.
\q1
\v 4 Everything on the earth will dry up and die;
\q2 its important people will become weak and unimportant.
\q1
\v 5 The earth has become unacceptable to Yahweh because the people who live on it have disobeyed his laws;
\q2 they have rejected the covenant that he intends to last forever.
\s5
\q1
\v 6 Therefore, Yahweh will curse the earth;
\q2 the people who live on it must be punished because of the sins that they have committed.
\q1 They will be destroyed by fire,
\q2 and only a few people will remain alive.
\q1
\v 7 The grapevines will wither,
\q2 and there will be no grapes to make wine.
\q1 All the people who were previously happy will now groan and mourn.
\s5
\q1
\v 8 People will no longer play cheerful songs with tambourines,
\q2 people will no longer play joyfully on their harps,
\q2 and people will no longer shout noisily during their celebrations.
\q1
\v 9 People will no longer sing while they drink wine,
\q2 and all their alcoholic drinks will taste bitter.
\s5
\q1
\v 10 Towns and cities will be desolate;
\q2 every house will be locked to prevent thieves from entering, for no one will live in them.
\q1
\v 11 Mobs will gather in the streets, wanting wine;
\q2 no one on the earth will be happy anymore.
\s5
\q1
\v 12 Cities will be ruined,
\q2 and all their gates will be battered into pieces.
\q1
\v 13 It will be like that all over the earth:
\q2 there will only be a few people still alive,
\q1 like what happens when workers beat all the olives off a tree and there are only a few left,
\q2 or when they harvest the grapes and there are only a few left on the vines.
\s5
\q1
\v 14 Those in the west will sing with great happiness;
\q2 they will declare that Yahweh is very great.
\q1
\v 15 Those in the east of Israel will also praise Yahweh;
\q2 those along the coastlines of the sea will praise Yahweh, the God the people Israel worship.
\s5
\q1
\v 16 We will hear people in the most distant places on the earth singing praise to Yahweh, the truly righteous one.
\q1 But now, I am very sad.
\q2 Weep for me, because I have become thin and weak.
\q1 Terrible things are happening!
\q2 Treacherous people still betray others everywhere.
\s5
\q1
\v 17 You people all over the earth,
\q2 you will be terrified,
\q2 and you will fall into deep pits and traps.
\q1
\v 18 Those who try to flee because they are terrified
\q2 will fall into deep pits,
\q1 and those who climb out of the pits
\q2 will be caught by traps.
\q1 The sky will split open and torrents of rain will fall;
\q2 the foundations of the earth will shake.
\s5
\q1
\v 19 The earth will split apart and be shattered;
\q2 it will shake violently.
\q1
\v 20 It will be as though the earth will stagger like a drunk;
\q2 it will shake like a hammock in a windstorm.
\q1 It will collapse and not be able to rise again,
\q2 because the guilt of the people who rebel against Yahweh is very great.
\s5
\q1
\v 21 At that time, Yahweh will punish the wicked powerful beings in the skies
\q2 and the wicked kings on the earth.
\q1
\v 22 They will all be gathered together and thrown into a dungeon.
\q2 They will be shut in that dungeon,
\q1 and later they will be punished.
\q1
\v 23 At that time the light of the moon and the sun will be lessened;
\q2 it will be as though they are ashamed in the presence of Yahweh,
\q1 because he, Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, will rule gloriously on Mount Zion,
\q2 in the presence of all the leaders of his people.
\s5
\c 25
\q1
\v 1 Yahweh, you are my God;
\q2 I will honor you and praise you.
\q1 You do wonderful things;
\q2 you said long ago that you would do those things,
\q2 and now you have done them as you said that you would.
\q1
\v 2 Sometimes you have caused cities to become heaps of rubble,
\q2 cities that had strong walls around them.
\q1 You have caused palaces in foreign countries to disappear;
\q2 they will never be rebuilt.
\q1
\v 3 Therefore, people in powerful nations will declare that you are very great,
\q2 and people in nations whose leaders show mercy to no one will revere you.
\s5
\q1
\v 4 Yahweh, you are like a strong tower where poor people can find refuge,
\q2 a place where needy people can go when they are distressed.
\q1 You are like a place where people can find refuge in a storm
\q2 and where they can stay in the shade, out of the hot sun.
\q1 People oppress us and show us no mercy,
\q2 they are like a storm beating against a wall,
\q2
\v 5 and like the very strong heat in the dry land.
\q1 But you cause the noisy cries of people from foreign nations to be quiet.
\q2 Like the air cools when a cloud comes overhead,
\q2 you stop merciless people from singing songs about how great they are.
\s5
\q1
\v 6 Here in Jerusalem Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, will prepare a wonderful feast for all the people of the world.
\q2 It will be a banquet with plenty of good meat and fine well-aged wine.
\q1
\v 7 People here are sad;
\q2 they are so sad that it is like a dark cloud that hangs over them,
\q2 like they experience when someone dies.
\q1 But Yahweh will enable them to quit being sad.
\q2
\v 8 He will get rid of death forever!
\q1 Yahweh our God will cause people to no longer mourn because someone has died.
\q2 And he will stop other people insulting and making fun of his land and us his people.
\q1 That will surely happen because Yahweh has said it!
\s5
\p
\v 9 At that time, people will proclaim,
\q1 “Yahweh is our God!
\q2 We trusted in him, and he has rescued us!
\q1 Yahweh, in whom we trusted, has done it;
\q2 we should rejoice because he has saved us!”
\q1
\v 10 Yahweh will protect and bless Jerusalem.
\q2 But he will crush the people in the land of Moab;
\q2 they will be like straw that is trampled in the manure and left to rot.
\s5
\q1
\v 11 Yahweh will push down the people of Moab;
\q2 they will be like a swimmer who pushes down the water with his hands; they will push their hands through the dung but never get out of it.
\q1 He will cause them to cease being proud,
\q2 and he will show that all the things that they have done are worthless.
\q1
\v 12 He will cause armies to tear down the high walls around the cities of Moab;
\q2 they will fall into pieces and lie in the dust.
\s5
\c 26
\p
\v 1 Some day, people in Judah will sing this song:
\q1 “Our city of Jerusalem is strong!
\q2 Yahweh protects our city;
\q2 He is like a wall that surrounds it.
\q1
\v 2 Open the gates of the city for people who are righteous;
\q2 allow people who faithfully obey Yahweh to enter the city.
\s5
\q1
\v 3 Yahweh, those who trust in you,
\q2 those who are determined to never doubt you,
\q2 you will enable them to be perfectly peaceful in their inner beings.
\q1
\v 4 So always trust in Yahweh,
\q2 because he is forever like a huge rock on top of which we will be safe.
\s5
\q1
\v 5 He humbles proud people
\q2 and destroys cities whose people are arrogant.
\q1 He causes those cities to collapse into the dust.
\q1
\v 6 When that happens, poor and oppressed people will trample on the ruins.
\s5
\q1
\v 7 But for the righteous people,
\q2 Yahweh, you do what is right;
\q1 it is as though you smooth out the paths where they walk.
\q1
\v 8 Yahweh, by obeying your laws
\q2 we show that we trust you to help us;
\q1 and what we desire in our inner beings is that you will be honored.
\q1
\v 9 All during the nights I desire to know you better,
\q2 and in the mornings I still want to be with you.
\q1 When you come to judge and punish people who live on the earth
\q2 they will learn to do what is right.
\s5
\q1
\v 10 But your acting kindly toward wicked people does not cause them to do what is good.
\q1 Even in places where people do what is right, the wicked people continue to do what is evil,
\q2 and they do not realize that you, Yahweh, are great.
\s5
\q1
\v 11 Yahweh, it is as though your fist was raised up ready to strike them,
\q2 but they do not realize that.
\q1 Show them that you are very eager to help your people.
\q2 If your enemies would realize that, they would be ashamed;
\q1 make your fire burn them up because they are your enemies.
\q1
\v 12 Yahweh, we desire that you will allow things to go well for us;
\q2 all that we have done is what you have enabled us to do.
\s5
\q1
\v 13 Yahweh, our God, other masters have ruled over us,
\q2 but you are the only one whom we honor.
\q1
\v 14 Those who ruled us are now gone; they are dead;
\q2 their spirits have left this earth and they will never live again.
\q1 You punished those rulers and got rid of them,
\q2 and people do not even remember them anymore.
\s5
\q1
\v 15 Yahweh, you have enabled our nation to become great;
\q2 we are more people now, and we have more land,
\q1 so we thank you.
\s5
\q1
\v 16 Yahweh, when we were distressed, we asked you to help us;
\q2 when you disciplined us, we could barely speak out any prayer to you.
\q1
\v 17 Like pregnant women who writhe and cry out
\q2 when they are giving birth,
\q2 we suffered very much, too.
\s5
\q1
\v 18 We were pregnant and had severe pain,
\q2 but nothing good resulted from it.
\q1 We have not rescued any people or kept their enemies from conquering them,
\q2 and those in the world who were our enemies did not fall in battle.
\s5
\q1
\v 19 But Yahweh’s people who have died will become alive again,
\q2 their corpses will become alive!
\q1 You whose bodies lie in graves, rise and shout joyfully!
\q1 His light will be like dew that falls on you, his people who have died,
\q2 you who are now in the place where the dead people are;
\q2 he will cause you to live again.
\s5
\q1
\v 20 But now, my fellow Israelites, go home
\q2 and lock your doors!
\q1 Hide for a short time,
\q2 until Yahweh is no longer angry.
\q1
\v 21 Listen to this: Yahweh will come from heaven
\q2 to punish all the people on the earth for the sins that they have committed.
\q1 People will be able to see the blood of those who have been murdered;
\q2 everyone will at last know all the crimes of murder that have been committed.”
\s5
\c 27
\q1
\v 1 At that time, Yahweh will punish Leviathan,
\q2 the swift-moving monster,
\q1 that coiling serpent that lives in the sea.
\q1 Yahweh will kill it with his sharp, huge, and powerful sword.
\p
\v 2 At that time, Yahweh will say,
\q1 “You Israelite people, who are like a fruitful vineyard, must sing!
\q2
\v 3 I will protect you
\q2 like a farmer waters his crops carefully in order that they will grow well.
\q1 I will guard you day and night, in order that no one harms you.
\s5
\q1
\v 4 I am no longer angry with my people;
\q1 if any of your enemies try to injure you like briers and thorns injure people,
\q2 I will attack them in battle;
\q2 I will get rid of them completely,
\q1
\v 5 unless they request me to protect them;
\q2 I strongly invite them to make peace with me!”
\s5
\q1
\v 6 There will be a time when the descendants of Jacob will prosper like a plant that has good roots;
\q2 they will be like trees that bud and blossom and bear a lot of fruit;
\q2 what they do will bless all the people in the world.
\s5
\q1
\v 7 Has Yahweh punished us Israelites
\q2 like he punished our enemies?
\q1 Has he punished us as much as he punished them?
\q1
\v 8 No, he has not done that,
\q2 but he did punish us Israelite people and exiled us;
\q2 we were taken away from our land
\q2 as though we were struck by a windstorm from the east.
\s5
\q1
\v 9 Yahweh did that in order to punish us for our sins
\q2 and remove our guilt.
\q1 As a result of our being exiled, all the altars to other gods in Israel will be demolished,
\q2 and we will be forgiven for the sins that we have committed.
\q1 There will be no more poles for worshiping the goddess Asherah or altars for burning incense to other gods;
\q2 they will all be torn down and smashed to bits.
\s5
\q1
\v 10 The cities that have strong walls around them will be empty;
\q2 like the desert, they will have no one living in them.
\q1 The houses will be abandoned,
\q2 and the streets will be full of weeds.
\q1 Calves will eat grass there and lie down there;
\q2 they will chew up all the leaves on the trees.
\q1
\v 11 The Israelite people are like dry branches on a tree;
\q2 women break them off and use them to make fires under their cooking pots.
\q1 Our Israelite people do not have any sense;
\q2 so Yahweh, who created them, will not act mercifully toward them
\q2 or be kind to them.
\s5
\p
\v 12 However, there will be a time when Yahweh will gather them together again; he will separate them from the people who have conquered them, like people separate wheat from chaff. He will bring them back to Israel, one by one, from the land between the Euphrates River in the northeast and the brook at the border of Egypt in the southwest.
\v 13 At that time, a trumpet will be blown very loudly. And those who were exiled to Assyria and Egypt and who almost died there will return to Jerusalem, to worship Yahweh on Zion, his holy hill.
\s5
\c 28
\q1
\v 1 Terrible things will happen to the city of Samaria, the capital of Israel!
\q2 It is on a hill above a fertile valley;
\q1 the people who live there, who get drunk by drinking too much wine, are very proud;
\q2 it is a beautiful and glorious city,
\q2 but some day that beauty will disappear like a flower that wilts and dries up.
\q1
\v 2 Listen to this: Yahweh will cause a great army to attack it.
\q2 Their soldiers will be like a huge hailstorm or a very strong wind;
\q1 they will be everywhere, like the water of a huge flood,
\q2 and they will smash to the ground the buildings in Samaria.
\s5
\q1
\v 3 The people of Samaria are proud,
\q2 but everything that the drunks who live there think is wonderful will be trampled on by their enemies.
\q1
\v 4 Yes, Samaria is beautiful, set on a hill above a fertile valley, but that beauty will disappear
\q2 like a flower that wilts and dries up.
\q1 Whenever someone sees a good fig at the beginning of the season when figs become ripe, he quickly picks and eats it;
\q2 similarly, when the enemies of Israel see all the beautiful things in Samaria,
\q2 they will quickly conquer the city and take away all those things.
\s5
\q1
\v 5 At that time, Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, will be like a glorious wreath of flowers for us Israelite people
\q2 who are still alive after being exiled.
\q1
\v 6 He will cause our judges to want to do what is fair
\q2 when they decide people’s cases.
\q1 He will enable the soldiers who stand at the city gates
\q2 to strongly defend the city when our enemies attack it.
\s5
\q1
\v 7 But now, our leaders stagger,
\q1 and the priests and prophets also stagger
\q2 because of drinking a lot of wine and other alcoholic drinks.
\q1 They are not able to think right;
\q2 they see visions, but they cannot understand what they mean;
\q2 they are unable to decide things correctly.
\q1
\v 8 All their tables are covered with their vomit;
\q2 filth is everywhere.
\s5
\q1
\v 9 Who will he teach so that they can learn about knowledge?
\q2 Who will listen to him so that he can teach lessons to them so they can learn?
\q1 Does he think that we are like little children who no longer drink milk,
\q2 and that we are like babies who, not long ago, were weaned?
\q1
\v 10 He continually tells us, ‘Do this, do that;’
\q2 first he tells us one rule, then another rule,
\q2 he tells us only one line at a time.”
\s5
\q1
\v 11 So now, Yahweh will need to force them to listen to Assyrians
\q2 speaking to them in a language that they do not understand.
\q1
\v 12 Yahweh told his people long ago,
\q2 “This is a place where you can rest;
\q1 you are exhausted from all your travels through the desert,
\q2 but you will be able to rest in this land.”
\q1 But they refused to pay attention to what he said.
\s5
\q1
\v 13 So Yahweh continues to tell the people of Samaria,
\q1 one line at a time, “Do this, do that,”
\q2 first one rule and then another rule.
\q1 But because of their ignoring what God said, they will be attacked and defeated;
\q2 they will be wounded and snared and captured.
\s5
\q1
\v 14 Listen to the word that Yahweh says,
\q2 you who rule over the people of Jerusalem,
\q2 you who mock and make fun of me!
\q1
\v 15 You boast and say,
\q1 “We made a promise with death to ensure that the power of death, when it passes over us, it cannot get to us.
\q2 We tried to turn our lying words into a shelter in which we could hide.
\s5
\p
\v 16 Therefore, Yahweh our Lord says this:
\q1 “Listen to this! I am going to place in Jerusalem someone who is like a foundation stone,
\q2 he is like a stone that has been tested to determine if it is solid.
\q1 He will be like a valuable stone on which which it will be safe to build a house;
\q2 and whoever trusts in him will never be disappointed.
\s5
\q1
\v 17 I will test you people of Jerusalem to find out if you will act justly and righteously,
\q2 I will measure your character like a carpenter uses a plumb line to determine if a wall is straight and level.
\q1 And then the hail will fall! And it will destroy everything you have.
\q2 Your shelter will be destroyed because it is built on a foundation of lies,
\q2 and the water from the storm will wash your shelter away.
\s5
\q1
\v 18 I will cancel the covenant that you made with death,
\q2 and I will bring to an end the covenant you made with the place where the dead dwell.
\q1 But when the vast flood comes, it will pour over you;
\q2 and day after day it will pass over you.
\q1
\v 19 When the flood comes, it will pass through and over you like the river when it overflows its banks and causes flooding everywhere.
\q1 When you finally understand the message of Yahweh, it will cause you to be terrified, not comforted.
\s5
\q1
For the bed is too short to stretch oneself on, and the covering too narrow to wrap oneself in.
\v 20 You have heard people say, “Your bed is very short; you will not be able to sleep in it;
\q2 your blankets are very narrow; they will not cover you!”
\q1
\v 21 Yahweh will come and cause you to be defeated;
\q2 he will do to you like he did to the army of Philistia at Mount Perizim,
\q2 and like he did to the Amorites at Gibeon Valley.
\q1 What he will do will be very strange and unusual.
\s5
\q1
\v 22 Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, has told me that he is going to destroy the entire land.
\q1 So do not ridicule what I say anymore,
\q2 because if you do that,
\q2 he will punish you even more severely.
\s5
\q1
\v 23 Listen to what I say;
\q2 pay attention carefully.
\q1
\v 24 When a farmer plows some ground, does he never plant seeds?
\q2 Does he continue to plow it and never plant anything?
\s5
\q1
\v 25 No, he makes the ground very level,
\q2 and then he plants seeds—
\q2 caraway seed and cumin and wheat and barley.
\q1 He plants each kind of seed in the correct manner. He does not plant one kind of seed in the way that is not right for it.
\q1
\v 26 He does that because God has taught him the correct way to do it.
\s5
\q1
\v 27 Moreover, the caraway seed is not threshed with a sledge,
\q2 nor is a cartwheel rolled over the cumin;
\q2 but caraway is beaten with a stick, and the cumin with a rod.
\q1
\v 28 And grain for baking bread is crushed easily,
\q2 so the farmers do not continue to pound it for a long time.
\q2 They sometimes cause their horses to pull a cart over it to thresh it,
\q1 but doing that does not grind the grain.
\s5
\q1
\v 29 Yahweh, commander of the angel armies,
\q2 gives us wonderful advice about how to do things; he gives us great wisdom.
\q1 So what the farmers do is very smart, but what your leaders are doing is very stupid.
\s5
\c 29
\p
\v 1 This is a message from Yahweh:
\q1 Terrible things will happen to Jerusalem, the city where King David lived.
\q2 You people continue to celebrate your festivals each year.
\q1
\v 2 But I will cause you to experience a great disaster,
\q2 and when that happens,
\q2 people will weep and lament very much.
\q1 Your city will become like an altar to me
\q2 where people are burned as sacrifices.
\s5
\q1
\v 3 I will cause your enemies to come and camp all around your city;
\q2 they will surround it by building towers
\q2 and putting in place other things with which to attack you.
\q1
\v 4 Then you will talk as though you were buried deep in the ground;
\q2 it will sound like someone whispering from under the ground,
\q1 like a ghost speaking from a grave.
\s5
\q1
\v 5 But suddenly your enemies will be blown away like dust;
\q1 their armies will disappear
\q2 like chaff that is blown away by the wind.
\q1 It will happen very suddenly:
\q1
\v 6 Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, will come to help you
\q1 with thunder and an earthquake and a very loud noise,
\q2 with a strong wind and a big storm and a fire that will burn up everything.
\s5
\q1
\v 7 Then the armies of all the nations that will be attacking Jerusalem will quickly disappear like a dream in the night.
\q2 Those who will be attacking Jerusalem will suddenly vanish.
\q1
\v 8 People who are asleep dream about eating food,
\q2 but when they wake up, they are still hungry.
\q1 People who are thirsty dream about drinking something,
\q2 but when they wake up they are still thirsty.
\q1 It will be like that when your enemies come to attack Mount Zion;
\q2 they will dream about conquering you, but when they wake up,
\q2 they will realize that they have not succeeded.
\s5
\q1
\v 9 You people of Jerusalem, be amazed and surprised about this!
\q2 Do not believe what I have said!
\q1 And continue to be blind about what Yahweh is doing.
\q2 You are stupid, but it is not because you have drunk a lot of wine.
\q2 You stagger, but not from drinking alcoholic drinks.
\q1
\v 10 Because Yahweh has prevented the prophets from understanding and telling you his messages,
\q2 it is as though he had made you go fast asleep.
\s5
\p
\v 11 Yahweh gave me visions; but for you, they are only words on a scroll that is sealed shut. If you give it to those who can read and request they read it, they will say, “We cannot read it because the scroll is sealed.”
\v 12 When you give it to others who cannot read, they will say, “We cannot read it because we do not know how to read.”
\s5
\p
\v 13 So the Lord says, “These people pretend to worship me.
\q1 They say good things to pretend to honor me,
\q2 but they do not think about what I desire.
\q1 When they worship me,
\q2 all they do is recite rules that people have made and that they have memorized.
\q1
\v 14 Therefore, again I will do something to amaze these people;
\q2 I will perform many miracles.
\q1 And I will show that the people who tell others that they are wise are not really wise,
\q2 and I will show that the people who tell others that they are intelligent are not really intelligent.
\s5
\q1
\v 15 Terrible things will happen to those who try to conceal from me, Yahweh,
\q2 the evil things that they plan to do;
\q1 they do those deeds in the darkness
\q2 and they think, ‘Yahweh certainly cannot see us;
\q2 he cannot know what we are doing!’
\s5
\q1
\v 16 They are extremely foolish!
\q2 They act as though they were the potters and I were the clay!
\q1 Something that was created should certainly never say to the one who made it,
\q2 ‘You did not make me!’
\q1 A jar should never say,
\q2 ‘The potter who made me did not know what he was doing!’”
\s5
\q1
\v 17 Soon the forests in Lebanon will become fertile fields,
\q2 and abundant crops will grow in those fields,
\q2 and that will happen very soon.
\q1
\v 18 At that time, deaf people will be able to hear;
\q2 they will be able to hear when someone reads from a book;
\q1 and blind people will be able to see;
\q2 they will be able to see things when it is gloomy and even when it is dark.
\q1
\v 19 Yahweh will enable humble people to be very joyful again.
\q2 Poor people will rejoice about what the Holy One of Israel has done.
\s5
\q1
\v 20 There will be no more people who ridicule others
\q2 and no more arrogant people.
\q2 And those who plan to do evil things will be executed.
\q1
\v 21 Those who testify falsely in order to persuade judges to punish innocent people will vanish.
\q2 Similar things will happen to those who by lying in court persuade the judges to make unjust decisions.
\s5
\p
\v 22 That is why Yahweh, who rescued Abraham, says about the people of Israel,
\q1 “My people will no longer be ashamed;
\q2 no longer will they show on their faces that they are ashamed.
\q1
\v 23 When they see that I have blessed them by giving them many children, and all that I have done for them,
\q2 they will honor the holy name of the Holy One of Israel,
\q2 and they will revere me, the God to whom they, the descendants of Jacob, belong.
\q1
\v 24 When that happens, those who are not able to think well will think clearly,
\q2 and those who complain about what I am doing will accept what I am teaching them.”
\s5
\c 30
\q1
\v 1 Yahweh says, “Terrible things will happen to you, my people who rebel against me.
\q2 You make plans, but what you plan is not what I want.
\q1 You have made an alliance with the rulers of Egypt,
\q2 but you did not ask my Spirit if that was what you should do.
\q2 By doing that, you have increased the number of your sins.
\q1
\v 2 You went to Egypt to ask their rulers for help,
\q2 without asking for my advice.
\q1 You have trusted in the army of the king of Egypt to protect you;
\q1 you have trusted in them
\q2 like people sit in the shade to protect themselves from the sun.
\s5
\q1
\v 3 But the result of your trusting in the king of Egypt is that you will be disappointed and disgraced;
\q2 because you trust in him, you will be humiliated.
\q1
\v 4 Officials from Judah have gone to the cities of Zoan and Hanes in Egypt to make treaties,
\q1
\v 5 but all those who trust in the king of Egypt will be humiliated,
\q2 because that nation will not be able to help you;
\q1 the treaty that you have made requesting help from them will be useless;
\q2 instead, the result will be that you will be humiliated and disgraced.”
\s5
\p
\v 6 Isaiah received from Yahweh this message about the animals in the southern part of Judah, the desert part:
\q1 That area is one where people experience a lot of troubles and difficulties,
\q2 an area where there are male and female lions
\q2 and various kinds of poisonous snakes.
\q1 Caravans go through that area
\q2 taking donkeys and camels loaded with valuable goods.
\q1 They are taking them to Egypt because they hope that the army of Egypt will protect them,
\q2 but it will be useless.
\q2
\v 7 The promises made by the king of Egypt are worthless;
\q1 therefore I call Egypt ‘Useless Rahab, the sea monster that does nothing.’
\s5
\q1
\v 8 Yahweh told me to write on a scroll a message,
\q2 in order that it would be a witness to the people of Judah
\q1 that would endure forever.
\q1
\v 9 It would remind them that that they are deceitful and always rebelling against Yahweh,
\q2 and that they refuse to pay attention to what he tells them.
\s5
\q1
\v 10 They tell the people who see visions from Yahweh,
\q2 “Stop seeing visions!”
\q1 They tell the prophets,
\q2 “Do not reveal to us what is right!
\q1 Tell us pleasant things;
\q2 do not tell us visions about things that are true!
\q1
\v 11 Stop doing what you have been doing;
\q2 stop telling us what the Holy One of Israel says to us!”
\s5
\p
\v 12 Therefore, this is what the Holy One of Israel says:
\q1 “You have rejected my message,
\q2 and you are relying on those who oppress and deceive others.
\q1
\v 13 Therefore, the result of your sin of rejecting me will be that you will suddenly experience disasters;
\q2 what will happen to you will be like a cracked wall that suddenly collapses on you.”
\s5
\q1
\v 14 You will be smashed like a clay jar is smashed when it is dropped
\q1 and shatters completely, with the result that there is not one piece big enough
\q2 to sweep out cinders from a stove
\q2 or to carry a little bit of water from a well.
\s5
\p
\v 15 Yahweh, our God, the Holy One of Israel, also says this:
\q1 “I will rescue you from your enemies only if you repent and trust in what I will do for you;
\q2 you will be strong only if you quit worrying and trust in me.
\q1 But you do not want to do that.
\q1
\v 16 You said, ‘No, we will escape on horses that the army of Egypt will give us!’
\q2 So you will try to escape.
\q1 You said, ‘We will escape from the army of Assyria by riding on swift horses!’
\q2 But those who pursue you will also ride swiftly.
\s5
\q1
\v 17 As a result, a thousand of you will flee when only one of them pursues you!
\q1 When five of their soldiers threaten to kill you,
\q2 all of you will flee.
\q1 Only a few of you will be left, like a single flagpole on top of a mountain,
\q2 or like one single signal flag on a hilltop.”
\s5
\q1
\v 18 But Yahweh wants to act kindly toward you;
\q2 he is great because he desires to act mercifully.
\q1 Do not forget he is a God who acts justly;
\q2 Yahweh is pleased with those who patiently trust in him.
\p
\v 19 You people who live in Jerusalem, some day you will not cry anymore. Yahweh will be kind to you when you call out to him for help. He will answer you as soon as he hears you call.
\s5
\v 20 Although now Yahweh has brought poverty on you, he, your teacher, will not hide himself from you. He will teach you many things clearly.
\v 21 And you will hear him speak to you to guide you. Right behind you he will say, “This is the road on which you should walk; walk on this road!”
\s5
\v 22 When that happens, you will destroy all your idols that are covered with silver or gold. You will throw them away like you throw away a filthy rag, and you will say to them, “We do not need you anymore!”
\s5
\p
\v 23 If you do that, Yahweh will bless you by giving you good rain at the time that you plant your crops. You will have good harvests and plenty of big fields with grass for your cattle to eat.
\v 24 After the wind blows away the chaff, the oxen and donkeys that pull the plow over your ground will have good grain to eat.
\s5
\v 25 At that time, when your enemies have been slaughtered and their towers have collapsed, there will be streams flowing down every hill and mountain in Judah.
\v 26 The moon will seem to shine as brightly as the sun, and the sun will seem to shine seven times as brightly as previously. That is what it will be like when Yahweh causes the suffering of his people to cease; it will be as though he is putting bandages on their wounds and healing them.
\s5
\q1
\v 27 It is as though we see Yahweh coming from far away;
\q2 he is extremely angry,
\q1 and there are thick clouds of smoke around him.
\q2 By what he says he shows that he is angry;
\q2 what he says is like a devastating fire.
\q1
\v 28 His breath is like a flood that covers his enemies up to their necks.
\q2 He will separate the nations in order to destroy some of them;
\q2 it is as though he will put horses’ bridles on them so he can lead them away to destruction.
\s5
\q1
\v 29 But his people will sing joyfully
\q2 like they sing during the nights when they celebrate a holy festival.
\q1 They will be very joyful,
\q2 like a large group of his people are joyful when they go up to Mount Zion in Jerusalem,
\q1 along with men playing flutes
\q when they are all going there to worship Yahweh.
\q2 He is like a huge rock on top of which we Israelite people are safe.
\s5
\q1
\v 30 And Yahweh will enable us to hear him speaking powerfully.
\q2 He will show us that he is very powerful.
\q1 We will see him smash his enemies.
\q2 Being very angry, he will descend with a big rainstorm and thunder and hail to punish them.
\s5
\q1
\v 31 The soldiers of Assyria will be terrified when they hear the voice of Yahweh
\q2 and when he strikes them with his rod.
\q1
\v 32 And while Yahweh strikes them to punish them,
\q2 his people will celebrate by playing tambourines and harps.
\q1 It will be as though Yahweh will lift up his powerful hand and defeat the Assyrian army in battle.
\s5
\q1
\v 33 The Valley of Topheth outside Jerusalem has been prepared for a long time;
\q2 it is ready for the king of Assyria;
\q1 the funeral pyre for burning his body is wide and high,
\q2 and it will be as though Yahweh will light the fire with his breath,
\q2 which will come out like a stream of burning sulfur.
\s5
\c 31
\q1
\v 1 Terrible things will happen to those who rely on Egypt to help them,
\q2 trusting in their soldiers’ horses and their many chariots and their many chariot drivers,
\q1 instead of trusting that Yahweh, the Holy One of Israel, will help them.
\q1
\v 2 Yahweh is very wise,
\q2 but he also causes people to experience disaster!
\q1 And when he decides to do that,
\q2 he does not change his mind!
\q1 He will strike the wicked people
\q2 and all those who help them.
\s5
\q1
\v 3 The soldiers of Egypt that you people of Judah are relying on are humans, not God!
\q2 And their horses are only horses; they are not powerful spirits!
\q1 So when Yahweh raises his fist
\q2 to strike the soldiers of Egypt whom you thought would help you,
\q2 he will also strike you who thought that you would be helped,
\q2 and you and they will stumble and fall down;
\q2 all of you will die together.
\s5
\p
\v 4 But this is what Yahweh said to me:
\q1 “When a lion stands and growls over the body of a sheep that he has killed,
\q2 even if a large group of shepherds comes to chase away the lion,
\q1 even if they shout loudly,
\q2 the lion will not be afraid and will not leave.
\q1 Similarly, I, Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, will come down
\q2 to fight my enemies on Mount Zion,
\q2 and nothing will stop me.
\s5
\q1
\v 5 Yahweh, commander of the angel armies, will protect Jerusalem
\q2 like a mother bird hovers over the baby birds in her nest.
\q1 He will defend the city
\q2 and rescue it from its enemies.”
\p
\v 6 My people, even though you have greatly rebelled against Yahweh, return to him.
\v 7 When you do that, each of you will throw away the idols that you have made in sin, idols that are covered with silver and gold.
\s5
\q1
\v 8 The Assyrian soldiers will be killed,
\q2 but not by swords that men use.
\q2 They will be destroyed by the sword of God;
\q1 and those who are not killed will panic and flee.
\q2 And some of them will be captured and forced to become slaves.
\q1
\v 9 Even their very strong soldiers will be terrified;
\q2 their leaders will abandon all hope and run away from Yahweh’s power!
\q1 Yahweh’s presence on Mount Zion is like a fire,
\q2 like a furnace that blazes in Jerusalem.
\q2 This is what Yahweh says about the Assyrian army!
\s5
\c 32
\q1
\v 1 Listen to this! Some day there will be a righteous king,
\q2 and his officials will help him to rule justly.
\q1
\v 2 Each of them will be like a shelter from the wind
\q2 and a refuge from the storm.
\q1 They will be like streams of water in the desert,
\q2 like the shade under a huge rock in a very hot and dry land.
\q1
\v 3 When that happens, those leaders will enable people who have not understood God’s truth to understand it,
\q2 and they will enable those who have not paid attention to God’s truth to pay attention to it.
\s5
\q1
\v 4 Even those who act very hastily will have good sense,
\q2 and those who cannot speak well will speak fluently and clearly.
\q1
\v 5 At that time, people who are foolish will no longer be admired,
\q2 and scoundrels will no longer be respected.
\q1
\v 6 Foolish people say things that are foolish,
\q2 and they plan to do evil things.
\q1 Their behavior is disgraceful,
\q2 and they say things about Yahweh that are false.
\q1 They do not give food to those who are hungry,
\q2 and they do not give water to those who are thirsty.
\s5
\q1
\v 7 Scoundrels do things that are evil and that deceive people;
\q2 they plan to do evil things;
\q1 by telling lies in court they cause poor people to have trouble,
\q2 even when what the poor people are requesting is fair.
\q1
\v 8 But honorable people plan to do honorable things,
\q2 and they do those honorable things, so they succeed.
\s5
\q1
\v 9 You women of Jerusalem who think that you are very secure
\q2 and think that everything is going well,
\q1 listen to what I say!
\q1
\v 10 After one year is ended, you who now are not worried about anything will tremble,
\q2 because there will be no grapes for you to harvest
\q1 and no other crops to harvest.
\s5
\q1
\v 11 So tremble now, you women who are not worried about anything!
\q2 Take off your fancy clothes and put rough sackcloth around your waists.
\q1
\v 12 You will wail because you are grieving about what will happen in your fertile fields and to your fruitful grapevines,
\q1
\v 13 because only thorns and thistles will grow in your soil.
\q2 Your houses where you had joyful parties and your city where you have been happy will be gone.
\s5
\q1
\v 14 The king’s palace will be empty;
\q2 there will be no people in the city that now is very noisy.
\q1 Wild donkeys will walk around and flocks of sheep will eat grass
\q2 in the empty forts and watchtowers.
\q1
\v 15 It will be like that until God pours his Spirit out on us from heaven.
\q2 When that happens, the deserts will become fertile fields,
\q2 and abundant crops will grow in those fertile fields.
\s5
\q1
\v 16 People will act justly in those desert areas,
\q2 and people will act righteously in those fertile fields.
\q1
\v 17 The result of their acting righteously will be that there will be peace,
\q2 the land will be tranquil, and people will be secure forever.
\q1
\v 18 My people will live in their homes peacefully, and safely, and calmly,
\q2 in places of rest.
\s5
\q1
\v 19 Even if a severe hailstorm knocks down the trees in the forest,
\q2 and all the buildings in the city are blown down,
\q1
\v 20 Yahweh will greatly bless you;
\q2 you will plant seeds in fields alongside the streams
\q2 and there will be abundant crops.
\q2 Your donkeys and cattle will easily find grass to eat when you send them out into pasture.
\s5
\c 33
\q1
\v 1 Terrible things will happen to you people of Assyria!
\q1 You have destroyed others,
\q2 but you have not been destroyed yet.
\q1 You have betrayed others,
\q2 but you have not been betrayed yet.
\q1 When you stop destroying others,
\q2 others will destroy you.
\q1 When you stop betraying others,
\q2 others will betray you.
\s5
\q1
\v 2 Yahweh, act kindly toward us,
\q2 because we have patiently waited for you to help us.
\q1 Enable us to be strong every day,
\q2 and rescue us when we have troubles.
\s5
\q1
\v 3 Our enemies run away when they hear your voice.
\q2 When you stand up and show that you are powerful, the people of all nations flee.
\q1
\v 4 And after our enemies have been defeated,
\q1 we, your people, will take away all our enemies’ possessions,
\q2 like caterpillars and locusts strip off all the leaves of plants.
\s5
\q1
\v 5 Yahweh is greater than anyone else, and he lives in heaven,
\q2 and he will rule justly and righteously in Jerusalem.
\q1
\v 6 When that happens, he will enable you to live securely;
\q2 he will fully protect your possessions,
\q2 he will enable you to be wise and to know all that you need to know;
\q1 and revering Yahweh will be like a valuable treasure that he will give to you.
\s5
\q1
\v 7 But now, look, our messengers are crying out in the streets;
\q1 our ambassadors have gone to other countries to make peace treaties,
\q2 but they will cry bitterly because they will not succeed.
\q1
\v 8 No one travels on our roads.
\q2 The leaders of Assyria have broken their peace treaty with us;
\q1 they despise the people who made those treaties,
\q2 and they do not respect anyone.
\s5
\q1
\v 9 The land of Judah is dry and barren.
\q2 The cedar trees in Lebanon are drying up and decaying.
\q1 The Plain of Sharon along the coast is now a desert plain.
\q2 There are no more leaves on the trees in the areas of Bashan and Carmel.
\s5
\q1
\v 10 Yahweh says, “Now I will arise and show that I deserve for everyone to honor me.
\q1
\v 11 You people of Assyria make plans that are as useless as chaff and straw.
\q2 Your breath will become a fire that will burn you up.
\q1
\v 12 Your people will be burned until only ashes remain,
\q2 like thornbushes are cut down and burned up.
\s5
\q1
\v 13 You people who live far away and you people who live nearby,
\q2 pay attention to what I have done and realize that I am very powerful.”
\q1
\v 14 The sinners in Jerusalem will tremble because they are very afraid;
\q2 godless people will be terrified.
\q1 They say, “None of us can remain alive because this fire is burning everything;
\q2 it is like the fire on Yahweh’s altar that will burn forever!”
\s5
\q1
\v 15 Those who act honestly and say what is right,
\q2 those who do not try to become rich by forcing money from people,
\q1 those who do not try to get bribes,
\q2 those who refuse to listen to people who are planning to murder someone,
\q1 those who do not join others who urge them to do what is wrong,
\q1
\v 16 they are the people who will live safely;
\q2 they will find places to be safe in the caves in the mountains.
\q1 They will have plenty of food
\q2 and water.
\s5
\q1
\v 17 You people of Judah will see the king wearing all his beautiful robes,
\q2 and you will see that he rules a land that extends far away.
\q1
\v 18 When you see that, you will think about when you were previously terrified,
\q2 and you will say, “The officers of Assyria who counted the tax money that we were forced to pay to them have disappeared!
\q2 Those men who counted our towers are gone!
\q1
\v 19 Those arrogant people who spoke a language that we could not understand are no longer here!”
\s5
\q1
\v 20 At that time, you will see Mount Zion, the place where we celebrate our festivals;
\q2 You will see that Jerusalem has become a place that is calm and safe.
\q2 It will be secure,
\q1 like a tent that cannot be moved because its ropes are tight
\q2 and its stakes are firmly in the ground.
\q1
\v 21 Yahweh will be our mighty God;
\q1 he will be like a mighty river that will protect us
\q2 because our enemies will not be able to cross it;
\q2 no one will be able to row across it
\q2 and no warships will be able to sail across it.
\s5
\q1
\v 22 Yahweh is our judge;
\q2 he is the one who gives us laws,
\q1 and he is our king.
\q2 He will rescue us.
\s5
\q1
\v 23 The ropes on our enemies’ boats will hang loose,
\q2 their masts will not be fastened firmly,
\q2 and their sails will not be spread out.
\q1 The treasures that they have seized will be divided among us, God’s people,
\q2 and even lame people among us will get some.
\q1
\v 24 And the people in Jerusalem will no longer say, “We are sick,”
\q2 because Yahweh will forgive the sins that have been committed by the people who live there.
\s5
\c 34
\q1
\v 1 You people of all nations, come near and listen;
\q2 pay careful attention.
\q1 I want the world and everything that is in it to hear what I say.
\q1
\v 2 Yahweh is angry with the people of all nations;
\q2 he is furious with all their armies.
\q1 He has decided that they must be destroyed,
\q2 and he will slaughter them.
\s5
\q1
\v 3 Their corpses will not be buried,
\q2 and as a result their bodies will stink,
\q2 and the mountains will collapse because of their blood.
\q1
\v 4 The sky will disappear like a scroll that is rolled up and thrown away.
\q2 Stars will fall from the sky
\q1 like withered leaves fall from grapevines,
\q2 or like shriveled figs fall from fig trees.
\s5
\q1
\v 5 When Yahweh has finished his work of destroying objects in the sky,
\q2 he will punish the people of Edom,
\q2 the people group that he has said must be destroyed.
\q1
\v 6 It is as though Yahweh will have a sword that is covered with blood and fat—
\q2 the blood of lambs and goats
\q2 and the fat of the kidneys of rams to be sacrificed.
\q1 It is as though Yahweh will offer a sacrifice in Bozrah
\q2 and kill many people in other cities in Edom.
\s5
\q1
\v 7 Even wild oxen will be killed,
\q2 as well as young calves and big bulls.
\q1 The ground will be soaked with blood,
\q2 and the dirt will be covered with the fat of those animals.
\s5
\q1
\v 8 That will be the time when Yahweh gets revenge
\q2 for what those people did to the people of Judah.
\q1
\v 9 The streams in Edom will be full of burning pitch,
\q2 and the ground will be covered with burning sulfur and burning pitch.
\q1
\v 10 Yahweh will never finish punishing Edom with fire;
\q2 the smoke will rise forever.
\q1 No one will ever live in that land,
\q2 and no one will even travel through it.
\s5
\q1
\v 11 Ravens and various kinds of owls and small animals will live there.
\q1 Yahweh will measure that land carefully;
\q2 he will measure it to to decide where to cause chaos and destruction.
\q1
\v 12 There will be no more princes;
\q2 the people who have authority will have no kingdom to rule; the princes will disappear.
\s5
\q1
\v 13 The deserted palaces and fortified buildings will be full of thorns and thistles.
\q1 The ruins will be places for jackals and ostriches to live.
\q1
\v 14 Animals that live in the desert and hyenas will be there,
\q2 and wild goats will bleat to each other.
\q1 There will also be creatures that roam around at night and rest there.
\q1
\v 15 Owls will make their nests there and lay their eggs in the nests;
\q2 and when the eggs hatch, the mother birds will cover them with their wings.
\q1 There will also be hawks there,
\q2 each with its mate.
\s5
\p
\v 16 If you read what is written in the book that contains messages from Yahweh, you will find out what he will do to Edom.
\q1 All of those animals and birds will be there,
\q2 and each one will have a mate,
\q1 because that is what Yahweh has promised,
\q2 and his spirit will cause them all to gather there.
\q1
\v 17 He has decided what parts of the land of Edom each will live in,
\q2 and those are the places where each bird or animal will live.
\q1 Their descendants will possess those areas forever,
\q2 throughout all generations.
\s5
\c 35
\q1
\v 1 Some day, it will be as though the desert and other very dry areas are glad;
\q2 the desert will rejoice and flowers will blossom.
\q1 Like the rose,
\q1
\v 2 the desert will produce flowers abundantly;
\q2 it will be as though everything is rejoicing and singing!
\q1 The deserts will become as beautiful as the trees in Lebanon,
\q2 as fertile as the plains of the Sharon and the area of Carmel.
\q1 There people will see the glory of Yahweh;
\q2 they will see that he is magnificent.
\s5
\q1
\v 3 So encourage those who are tired and weak.
\q1
\v 4 Say to those who are afraid,
\q1 “Be strong and do not be afraid,
\q2 because our God is going to come to get revenge on his enemies;
\q1 he will pay them back for what they have done,
\q2 and he will rescue you.”
\s5
\q1
\v 5 When he does that, he will enable blind people to see
\q2 and enable deaf people to hear.
\q1
\v 6 Lame people will leap like deer,
\q2 and those who have been unable to speak will sing joyfully.
\q1 Water will gush out from springs in the desert,
\q2 and streams will flow in the desert.
\q1
\v 7 The very hot and dry ground will become a pool of water,
\q2 and springs will provide water for the dry land.
\q1 Grass and reeds and papyrus will grow in places where the jackals lived previously.
\s5
\q1
\v 8 There will be a highway through that land;
\q2 it will be called ‘the Holy Highway.’
\q1 People who are not acceptable to God will not walk on that road;
\q2 it will be only for those who conduct their lives as God wants them to,
\q2 and no wicked fools will walk on that road.
\q1
\v 9 There will not be any lions there
\q2 or any other dangerous animals along that road.
\q1 Only those whom Yahweh has set free will walk on it.
\s5
\q2
\v 10 Those whom Yahweh has freed will return to Jerusalem;
\q1 they will sing as they enter the city,
\q2 and they will be extremely joyful forever.
\q1 No longer will they be sad or mourn;
\q2 they will be completely joyful and glad.
\s5
\c 36
\p
\v 1 When King Hezekiah had been ruling Judah for almost fourteen years, King Sennacherib of Assyria came with his army to attack the cities in Judah that had walls around them. They did not conquer Jerusalem, but they conquered all the other cities.
\v 2 Then the king of Assyria sent a large army with some of his important officials from the city of Lachish to persuade King Hezekiah to surrender. When they arrived at Jerusalem, they stood alongside the aqueduct in which water flows into the upper pool into Jerusalem, near the road to the field where the women wash clothes.
\v 3 The Israelite officials who went out of the city to talk with them were Hilkiah’s son Eliakim, the palace administrator, Shebna the king’s secretary, and Asaph’s son Joah, who wrote down the government decisions.
\s5
\p
\v 4 Then one of Sennacherib’s important officials told them to take a message to Hezekiah
\p from the king of Assyria, the great king. In the message, the king said to the people of Jerusalem, “What are you trusting in to rescue you?
\v 5 You say that you have weapons to fight us and that some other nation has promised to help you, but that is only talk. Who do you think will help you to rebel against my soldiers from Assyria?
\s5
\v 6 Listen to me! You are relying on the army of Egypt. But that is like when a man tries to walk while leaning on a broken reed for a walking stick. But it would pierce the hand of anyone who would lean on it! That is what the king of Egypt is like for anyone who relies on him for help.
\v 7 But perhaps you will say to me that you are relying on Yahweh your God to help you. In that case, I would answer that Yahweh is the one whom Hezekiah insulted by tearing down his high places and altars and forcing everyone in Jerusalem and other places in Judah to worship only in front of the altar in Jerusalem.”
\s5
\p
\v 8 The Assyrian official talking in front of the city continued: “So I suggest that you make a deal with my master, the king of Assyria. I will give you two thousand horses, but I do not think that you can find two thousand of your own men who can ride on them!
\s5
\v 9 You are expecting the king of Egypt to send chariots and men riding horses to assist you. But they certainly would not be able to resist even the most insignificant official in the army of Assyria!
\v 10 Furthermore, do not think that we have come here to attack and destroy this land without Yahweh’s orders! It is Yahweh himself who told us to come here and destroy this land!”
\s5
\p
\v 11 Then Eliakim, Shebna, and Joah said to the official from Assyria, “Please speak to us in your Aramaic language, because we understand it. Do not speak to us in our Hebrew language, because the people who are standing on the wall will understand it and become frightened.”
\p
\v 12 But the official replied, “Do you think that my master sent me to say these things only to you, and not to the people standing on the wall? If you reject this message, the people in this city will soon need to eat their own dung and drink their own urine, just as you will, because you will have nothing else to eat. “
\s5
\p
\v 13 Then the official stood up and shouted in the Hebrew language to the people sitting on the wall. He said, “Listen to this message from the great king, the king of Assyria!
\v 14 He says, ‘Do not allow Hezekiah to deceive you! He will not be able to rescue you!
\v 15 Do not allow him to persuade you to trust in Yahweh, saying that Yahweh will rescue you, and that the army of the king of Assyria will never capture this city!
\s5
\p
\v 16 Do not pay attention to what Hezekiah says! This is what the king of Assyria says: “Come out of the city and surrender to me. If you do that, I will arrange for each of you to drink the wine from your own grapevines and to eat figs from your own trees, and to drink water from your own well.
\v 17 You will be able to do that until we come and take you to a land that is like your land—a land where there is grain to make bread and vineyards to produce grapes for making new wine and, where we make plenty of bread.”
\s5
\p
\v 18 Do not allow Hezekiah to trick you by saying, “Yahweh will rescue us.” The gods that people of other nations worship have never rescued any of them from the power of the king of Assyria!
\v 19 Why were the gods of Hamath and Arpad cities, and the gods of Sepharvaim unable to rescue Samaria from my power ?
\v 20 No, no god of any nation which our armies have attacked has been able to rescue their people from me. So why do you think that Yahweh will rescue you people of Jerusalem from my power?”
\s5
\p
\v 21 But the Hebrew soldiers who were listening were silent. No one said anything, because King Hezekiah had commanded them, “When the official from Assyria talks to you, do not answer him.”
\p
\v 22 Then Eliakim and Shebna and Joah returned to Hezekiah with their clothes torn because they were extremely distressed. They told him what the official from Assyria had said.
\s5
\c 37
\p
\v 1 When King Hezekiah heard what they reported, he tore his clothes and put on clothes made of rough sackcloth because he was very distressed. Then he went into the temple of Yahweh and prayed.
\v 2 Then he sent Eliakim, Shebna, and the older priests, who were also wearing clothes made of rough sackcloth, to talk to Isaiah the prophet, son of Amoz.
\s5
\v 3 They told him, “Say this to Isaiah: ‘King Hezekiah says that this is a day when we have great distress. Other nations are insulting and shaming us. We are like a woman who is about to give birth to a baby, but she does not have the strength that she needs to do it.
\v 4 But perhaps Yahweh our God has heard what the official from Assyria said. Perhaps God knows that the king of Assyria has sent his official to insult him, the all-powerful God. Perhaps Yahweh will punish the king of Assyria for what he said. And I, Hezekiah, request that you pray for the few of us who are still alive here in Jerusalem.’”
\s5
\p
\v 5 After those men gave Isaiah that message,
\v 6 he told them to say to the king that Yahweh says: “Those lackeys from the king of Assyria have said evil things about me. But do not let them worry you.
\v 7 Listen to this: I will make Sennacherib hear some news from his own country that will worry him very much. So he will go back there, and I will make other men to assassinate him with their swords.”
\s5
\p
\v 8 The official from Assyria learned that his king and the army of Assyria had left the city of Lachish and were now attacking Libnah, a nearby city. So the official left Jerusalem and went to Libnah to report to the king what had happened in Jerusalem.
\p
\v 9 Soon after that, King Sennacherib received a report that King Tirhakah of Ethiopia was leading his army to attack them. So he sent other messengers to Hezekiah with a letter. In the letter he wrote this to Hezekiah:
\p
\v 10 “Do not allow your god, on whom you are relying, to deceive you by promising that he will keep my army from capturing Jerusalem.”
\s5
\v 11 You have certainly heard what the armies of the kings of Assyria before me did to all the other countries; our armies destroyed them completely. So you really do not think that you will escape from me, do you?
\v 12 Did the gods of those nations rescue them? Did they rescue the region of Gozan, or the cities of Haran and Rezeph in northern Aram, or the people of the region of Eden in the city of Tel Assar?
\v 13 What happened to the king of Hamath and the king of Arpad? What happened to the kings of the cities of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivvah? Did their gods rescue them?”