Isaiah 33
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1The destroyer is as good as dead, you who have not been destroyed! The deceitful one is as good as dead, the one whom others have not deceived! When you are through destroying, you will be destroyed; when you finish deceiving, others will deceive you! 1Woe to you, O destroyer never destroyed, O traitor never betrayed! When you have finished destroying, you will be destroyed. When you have finished betraying, you will be betrayed.
2LORD, be merciful to us! We wait for you. Give us strength each morning! Deliver us when distress comes. 2O LORD, be gracious to us! We wait for You. Be our strength every morning and our salvation in time of trouble.
3The nations run away when they hear a loud noise; the nations scatter when you spring into action! 3The peoples flee the thunder of Your voice; the nations scatter when You rise.
4Your plunder disappears as if locusts were eating it; they swarm over it like locusts! 4Your spoil, O nations, is gathered as by locusts; like a swarm of locusts men sweep over it.
5The LORD is exalted, indeed, he lives in heaven; he fills Zion with justice and fairness. 5The LORD is exalted, for He dwells on high; He has filled Zion with justice and righteousness.
6He is your constant source of stability; he abundantly provides safety and great wisdom; he gives all this to those who fear him. 6He will be the sure foundation for your times, a storehouse of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge. The fear of the LORD is Zion’s treasure.
7Look, ambassadors cry out in the streets; messengers sent to make peace weep bitterly. 7Behold, their valiant ones cry aloud in the streets; the envoys of peace weep bitterly.
8Highways are empty, there are no travelers. Treaties are broken, witnesses are despised, human life is treated with disrespect. 8The highways are deserted; travel has ceased. The treaty has been broken, the witnesses are despised, and human life is disregarded.
9The land dries up and withers away; the forest of Lebanon shrivels up and decays. Sharon is like the desert; Bashan and Carmel are parched. 9The land mourns and languishes; Lebanon is ashamed and decayed. Sharon is like a desert; Bashan and Carmel shake off their leaves.
10"Now I will rise up," says the LORD. "Now I will exalt myself; now I will magnify myself. 10“Now I will arise,” says the LORD. “Now I will lift Myself up. Now I will be exalted.
11You conceive straw, you give birth to chaff; your breath is a fire that destroys you. 11You conceive chaff; you give birth to stubble. Your breath is a fire that will consume you.
12The nations will be burned to ashes; like thorn bushes that have been cut down, they will be set on fire. 12The peoples will be burned to ashes, like thorns cut down and set ablaze.
13You who are far away, listen to what I have done! You who are close by, recognize my strength!" 13You who are far off, hear what I have done; you who are near, acknowledge My might.”
14Sinners are afraid in Zion; panic grips the godless. They say, 'Who among us can coexist with destructive fire? Who among us can coexist with unquenchable fire?' 14The sinners in Zion are afraid; trembling grips the ungodly: “Who of us can dwell with a consuming fire? Who of us can dwell with everlasting flames?”
15The one who lives uprightly and speaks honestly; the one who refuses to profit from oppressive measures and rejects a bribe; the one who does not plot violent crimes and does not seek to harm others--15He who walks righteously and speaks with sincerity, who refuses gain from extortion, whose hand never takes a bribe, who stops his ears against murderous plots and shuts his eyes tightly against evil—
16This is the person who will live in a secure place; he will find safety in the rocky, mountain strongholds; he will have food and a constant supply of water. 16he will dwell on the heights; the mountain fortress will be his refuge; his food will be provided and his water assured.
17You will see a king in his splendor; you will see a wide land. 17Your eyes will see the King in His beauty and behold a land that stretches afar.
18Your mind will recall the terror you experienced, and you will ask yourselves, "Where is the scribe? Where is the one who weighs the money? Where is the one who counts the towers?" 18Your mind will ponder the former terror: “Where is he who tallies? Where is he who weighs? Where is he who counts the towers?”
19You will no longer see a defiant people whose language you do not comprehend, whose derisive speech you do not understand. 19You will no longer see the insolent, a people whose speech is unintelligible, who stammer in a language you cannot understand.
20Look at Zion, the city where we hold religious festivals! You will see Jerusalem, a peaceful settlement, a tent that stays put; its stakes will never be pulled up; none of its ropes will snap in two. 20Look upon Zion, the city of our appointed feasts. Your eyes will see Jerusalem, a peaceful pasture, a tent that does not wander; its tent pegs will not be pulled up, nor will any of its cords be broken.
21Instead the LORD will rule there as our mighty king. Rivers and wide streams will flow through it; no war galley will enter; no large ships will sail through. 21But there the Majestic One, our LORD, will be for us a place of rivers and wide canals, where no galley with oars will row, and no majestic vessel will pass.
22For the LORD, our ruler, the LORD, our commander, the LORD, our king--he will deliver us. 22For the LORD is our Judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our King. It is He who will save us.
23Though at this time your ropes are slack, the mast is not secured, and the sail is not unfurled, at that time you will divide up a great quantity of loot; even the lame will drag off plunder. 23Your ropes are slack; they cannot secure the mast or spread the sail. Then an abundance of spoils will be divided, and even the lame will carry off plunder.
24No resident of Zion will say, "I am ill"; the people who live there will have their sin forgiven. 24And no resident of Zion will say, “I am sick.” The people who dwell there will be forgiven of iniquity.
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