The vision of Isaiah, the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, [and] Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth, for the Lord has spoken, "I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against Me.
The ox knows his owner, and the donkey his master's crib, [but] Israel does not know, My people do not consider."
Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children who are corrupters, they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel to anger, they have gone away backward.
Why should you be stricken anymore? You will revolt more and more, the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.
From the sole of the foot even to the head [there is] no soundness in it; [but] wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores, they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.
Your country [is] desolate, your cities [are] burned with fire, your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and [it is] desolate, as overthrown by strangers.
Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination to Me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I am not able; [it is] iniquity, even the solemn meeting.
And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide My eyes from you, indeed, when you make many prayers, I will not hear, your hands are full of blood.
Wash yourself, make yourself clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes; cease to do evil;
Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow."
"Come now, and let us reason together," the Lord says, "Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be as wool."
If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good of the land.
But if you refuse and rebel, you will be devoured with the sword, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken [it].
How the faithful city has become a harlot! It was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.
Your silver has become dross, your wine mixed with water.
Your princes [are] rebellious, and companions of thieves, everyone loves gifts, and follows after rewards, they do not judge the fatherless, neither does the cause of the widow come to them.
Therefore the Lord says, the Lord of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel, "Ah, I will ease Myself of My adversaries, and avenge Myself of My enemies.
And I will turn My hand upon you, and purely purge away your dross, and take away all your tin.
And I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning, afterward you will be called, 'The city of righteousness, the faithful city.'"
Zion will be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.
And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners [will be] together, and those who forsake the Lord will be consumed.
For they will be ashamed of the oaks which you have desired, and you will be confounded for the gardens that you have chosen.
For you will be as an oak whose leaf fades, and as a garden that has no water.
And the strong will be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark, and they will both burn together, and none will quench [them].
The word that Isaiah, the son of Amoz, saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
And it will come to pass in the last days, [that] the mountain of the Lord's House will be established in the top of the mountains, and will be exalted above the hills; and all nations will flow to it.
And many people will go and say, "Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the House of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths," for out of Zion will go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
And He will judge among the nations, and will rebuke many people, and they will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks, nation will not lift up sword against nation, neither will they learn war anymore.
O house of Jacob, come, and let us walk in the light of the Lord.
Therefore You have forsaken Your people, the house of Jacob, because they are replenished from the east, and [are] soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers.
Their land also is full of silver and gold, neither [is there any] end of their treasures; their land is also full of horses, neither [is there any] end of their chariots.
Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made.
And the mean man bows down, and the great man humbles himself, therefore do not forgive them.
Enter into the rock, and hide in the dust, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of His majesty.
The lofty looks of man will be humbled, and the haughtiness of men will be bowed down, and the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.
For the day of the Lord of hosts [will be] upon every [one who is] proud and lofty, and upon every [one who is] lifted up; and he will be brought low.
And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, [that are] high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan,
And upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills [that are] lifted up,
And upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall,
And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures.
And the loftiness of man will be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men will be made low, and the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.
And the idols, He will utterly abolish.
And they will go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of His majesty, when He arises to terribly shake the earth.
In that day a man will cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made [each one] for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats;
To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of His majesty, when He arises to terribly shake the earth.
Cease from man, whose breath [is] in his nostrils, for wherein is he to be accounted of?
For, behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, takes away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water,
The mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient,
The captain of fifty, and the honorable man, and the counselor, and the cunning artificer, and the eloquent orator.
And I will give children [to be] their princes, and babes will rule over them.
And the people will be oppressed, everyone by another, and everyone by his neighbor, the child will behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honorable.
When a man will take hold of his brother of the house of his father, [saying], "You have clothing, be our ruler, and [let] this ruin [be] under your hand."
In that day he will swear, saying, "I will not be a healer; for in my house [is] neither bread or clothing, do not make me a ruler of the people."
For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah has fallen, because their tongue and their doings [are] against the Lord, to provoke the eyes of His glory.
The show of their countenance witnesses against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they do not hide [it]. Woe to their soul! For they have rewarded evil to themselves.
Say to the righteous, that [it will be] well [with him], for they will eat the fruit of their doings.
The Lord stands up to plead, and stands to judge the people.
The Lord will enter into judgment with the ancients of His people, and the princes thereof, for you have eaten up the vineyard; the spoil of the poor [is] in your houses.
"What do you mean [that] you beat My people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor?" Says the Lord God of hosts.
Moreover the Lord says, "Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing [as] they go, and making a tinkling with their feet.
Therefore the Lord will strike the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion with a scab, and the Lord will discover their secret parts."
In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of [their] tinkling ornaments [about their feet], and [their] cauls, and [their] crescents,
The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers,
The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings,
The rings, and nose jewels,
The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins,
The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the veils.
And it will come to pass, [that] instead of sweet smell there will be stink; and a rent instead of a girdle; and baldness instead of well set hair; and a girding of sackcloth instead of a stomacher; [and] burning instead of beauty.
Your men will fall by the sword, and your mighty in the war.
And her gates will lament and mourn; and she, [being] desolate, will sit upon the ground.
And in that day seven women will take hold of one man, saying, "We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel, only let us be called by your name, to take away our reproach."
In that day the branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth [will be] excellent and beautiful for those who have escaped of Israel.
And it will come to pass, [that he who is] left in Zion, and [he who] remains in Jerusalem, will be called holy, [even] everyone who is written among the living in Jerusalem.
When the Lord will have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and will have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the Spirit of Judgment, and by the Spirit of Burning.
And the Lord will create upon every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night, for a defense [will be] upon all the glory.
Now I will sing to my wellbeloved, a song of my beloved touching His vineyard. My wellbeloved has a vineyard in a very fruitful hill.
And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, between Me and My vineyard.
What could have been done more to My vineyard, that I have not done in it? Therefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, did it bring forth wild grapes?
And now go; I will tell you what I will do to My vineyard, I will take away the hedge thereof, and it will be eaten up; [and] break down the wall thereof, and it will be trodden down.
And I will lay it waste, it will not be pruned, nor dug; but there will come up briers and thorns, I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.
For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts [is] the house of Israel, and the men of Judah His pleasant plant, and He looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.
Woe to those who join house to house, [who] lay field to field, until [there is] no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth!
"In My ears" [said] the Lord of hosts, "Of a truth many houses will be desolate, [even] great and fair, without inhabitant."
Indeed, ten acres of vineyard will yield one bath, and the seed of a homer will yield an ephah.
Woe to those who rise up early in the morning, [that] they may follow strong drink; who continue until night, [until] wine inflames them!
And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts, but they do not regard the work of the Lord, neither consider the operation of His hands.
Therefore My people have gone into captivity, because [they have] no knowledge, and their honorable men [are] famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.
Therefore Hell has enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure, and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he who rejoices, will descend into it.
And the mean man will be brought down, and the mighty man will be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty will be humbled.
But the Lord of hosts will be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy will be sanctified in righteousness.
Then the lambs will feed after their manner, and strangers will eat the waste places of the fat ones.
Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope.
Who say, "Let Him make speed, [and] hasten His work, that we may see [it], and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near and come, that we may know [it]!"
Woe to [those who are] mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink.
Who justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!
Therefore as the fire devours the stubble, and the flame consumes the chaff, [so] their root will be as rottenness, and their blossom will go up as dust, because they have cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
Therefore the anger of the Lord is kindled against His people, and He has stretched forth His hand against them, and Has struck them, and the hills trembled, and their carcasses [were] torn in the midst of the streets. For all this, His anger is not turned away, but His hand [is] stretched out still.
And He will lift up an ensign to the nations from afar, and will hiss to them from the end of the earth, and, behold, they will come swiftly with speed.
None will be weary or stumble among them; none will slumber or sleep; neither will the girdle of their loins be loosed, nor the latchet of their shoes be broken.
Whose arrows [are] sharp, and all their bows bent, their horses' hoofs will be counted like flint, and their wheels like a whirlwind.
Their roaring [will be] like a lion, they will roar like young lions, indeed, they will roar, and lay hold of the prey, and will carry [it] away safe, and none will deliver [it].
And in that day they will roar against them like the roaring of the sea, and if [one] looks to the land, behold darkness [and] sorrow, and the light is darkened in the heavens thereof.
In the year that king Uzziah died, I also saw the Lord sitting upon a Throne, high and lifted up, and His hem filled the temple.
Above it stood the seraphims, each one had six wings; he covered his face with two, and he covered his feet with two, and he flew with two.
And one cried to another, and said, "Holy, holy, holy, [is] the Lord of hosts, the whole earth [is] full of His glory."
And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him who cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
Then I said, "Woe [is] me! For I am undone; because I [am] a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips, for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts."
Then one of the seraphims flew to me, having a live coal in his hand, [which] he had taken with the tongs from off the altar.
And he laid [it] upon my mouth, and said, "Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged."
Then I said, "Lord, how long?" And He answered, "Until the cities are wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land is utterly desolate,
And the Lord has removed men far away, and [there is] a great forsaking in the midst of the land.
But yet in it [will be] a tenth, and [it] will return, and will be eaten, as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance [is] in them, when they cast [their leaves, so] the holy seed [will be] the substance thereof."
And it came to pass in the days of Ahaz, the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, [that] Rezin, the king of Syria, and Pekah, the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up toward Jerusalem to war against it, but could not prevail against it.
And it was told to the house of David, saying, "Syria is settled with Ephraim. And his heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the wood are moved with the wind."
Then the Lord said to Isaiah, "Go forth now to meet Ahaz, you, and Shearjashub your son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fuller's field;
And say to him, 'Take heed, and be quiet; do not fear, neither be fainthearted, for the two tails of these smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin with Syria, and of the son of Remaliah.'
Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah, have taken evil counsel against you, saying,
'Let us go up against Judah, and vex it, and let us make a breach therein for us, and set a king in the midst of it, [even] the son of Tabeal.'"
Thus the Lord God says, "It will not stand, neither will it come to pass.
For the head of Syria [is] Damascus, and the head of Damascus [is] Rezin; and within sixty five years Ephraim will be broken, that it is not a people.
And the head of Ephraim [is] Samaria, and the head of Samaria [is] Remaliah's son. If you will not believe, surely you will not be established."
Moreover the Lord spoke again to Ahaz, saying,
"Ask a sign of the Lord your God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above."
But Ahaz said, "I will not ask, neither will I tempt the Lord."
He will eat butter and honey, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.
For before the child will know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that you abhor will be forsaken of both her kings.
The Lord will bring upon you, and upon your people, and upon your father's house, days that have not come, from the day that Ephraim departed from Judah; [even] the king of Assyria.
And it will come to pass in that day, [that] the Lord will hiss for the fly that [is] in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee that [is] in the land of Assyria.
And they will come, and all of them will rest in the desolate valleys, and in the holes of the rocks, and upon all thorns, and upon all bushes.
In the same day the Lord will shave whom is hired with a razor, [namely], by them beyond the river, by the king of Assyria, the head, and the hair of the feet, and it will also consume the beard.
And it will come to pass in that day, [that] a man will nourish a young cow, and two sheep;
And it will come to pass, they will give for the abundance of milk, [that] he will eat butter, for everyone who is left in the land will eat butter and honey.
And it will come to pass in that day, [that] every place will be, where there were a thousand vines at a thousand silverlings, it will [even] be for briers and thorns.
[Men] will come there with arrows and with bows; because all the land will become briers and thorns.
And [on] all hills that will be dug with the mattock, there the fear of briers and thorns will not come there, but it will be for the sending forth of oxen, and for the treading of lesser cattle."
Moreover the Lord said to me, "Take a great roll, and write in it with a man's pen concerning Mahershalalhashbaz."
And I took faithful witnesses to me to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah, the son of Jeberechiah.
And I went to the prophetess; and she conceived, and bore a son. Then the Lord said to me, "Call his name Mahershalalhashbaz.
For before the child will have knowledge to cry, 'My father, and my mother,' the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria will be taken away before the king of Assyria."
The Lord spoke also to me again, saying,
"Forasmuch as this people refuses the waters of Shiloah that go softly, and rejoice in Rezin and Remaliah's son;
Now therefore, behold, the Lord brings up the waters of the river upon them, strong and many, [even] the king of Assyria, and all his glory, and he will come up over all his channels, and go over all his banks.
And he will pass through Judah; he will overflow and go over, he will reach [even] to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings will fill the breadth of your land, O Immanuel.
Associate yourselves, O you people, and you will be broken in pieces; and give ear, all you of far countries, gird yourselves, and you will be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and you will be broken in pieces.
Take counsel together, and it will come to nothing; speak the word, and it will not stand, for God [is] with us."
For the Lord spoke thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying,
"Do not say, a conspiracy, to all [those to] whom this people will say, a conspiracy; neither fear their fear, nor be afraid.
Sanctify the Lord of hosts Himself; and [let] Him [be] your fear, and [let] Him [be] your dread.
And He will be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offense to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
And many among them will stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared and taken."
Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.
And when they will say to you, "Seek those who have familiar spirits, and wizards who peep, and who mutter, should a people not seek to their God? For the living to the dead?"
To the law and to the testimony, if they do not speak according to this word, [it is] because [there is] no light in them.
And they will pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry, and it will come to pass, that when they will be hungry, they will fret themselves, and curse their king and their God, and look upward.
Nevertheless the dimness [will] not [be] such as [was] in her vexation, when at first He lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict [her by] the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.
You have multiplied the nation, [and] not increased the joy, they joy before you according to the joy in harvest, [and] as [men] rejoice when they divide the spoil.
For you have broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian.
For every battle of the warrior [is] with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but [this] will be with burning [and] fuel of fire.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of [his] government and peace [there will be] no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from now on even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it has lit upon Israel.
And all the people will know, [even] Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria, that say in the pride and stoutness of heart,
The bricks have fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones, the sycamores are cut down, but we will change [them into] cedars.
Therefore the Lord will set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and join his enemies together;
The Syrians before, and the Philistines behind; and they will devour Israel with open mouth. For all this, His anger is not turned away, but His hand [is] stretched out still.
For the people do not turn to Him who strikes them, neither do they seek the Lord of hosts.
Therefore the Lord will cut off head and tail from Israel, branch and rush, in one day.
And he will snatch on the right hand, and be hungry; and he will eat on the left hand, and they will not be satisfied, they will eat, every man, the flesh of his own arm.
Manasseh, Ephraim; and Ephraim, Manasseh, [and] they together [will be] against Judah. For all this, His anger is not turned away, but His hand [is] stretched out still.
"Woe to those who decree unrighteous decrees, and who write grievousness [which] they have prescribed;
To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of My people, that widows may be their prey, and [that] they may rob the fatherless!
And what will you do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation [which] will come from afar? To whom will you flee for help? And where will you leave your glory?
Without Me they will bow down under the prisoners, and they will fall under the slain. For all this His anger is not turned away, but His hand [is] stretched out still.
O Assyrian, the rod of My anger, and the staff in their hand is My indignation.
I will send him against a hypocritical nation, and I will give him a charge against the people of My wrath, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets."
Howbeit He does not mean so, neither does His heart think so; but [it is] in His heart to destroy and cut off not a few nations.
For He says, "[Are] My princes not altogether kings?
[Is] not Calno as Carchemish? [Is] not Hamath as Arpad? [Is] not Samaria as Damascus?
As My hand has found the kingdoms of the idols, and whose graven images did excel those of Jerusalem and of Samaria;
Should I not, as I have done to Samaria and her idols, so do to Jerusalem and her idols?"
Therefore it will come to pass, [that] when the Lord has performed His whole work upon Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks.
For He says, "I have done [it] by the strength of My hand, and by My wisdom; for I am prudent, and I have removed the bounds of the people, and have robbed their treasures, and I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant [man].
And My hand has found the riches of the people as a nest, and as one gathers eggs [that are] left, I have gathered all the earth; and there were none that moved the wing, or opened the mouth, or peeped."
Should the axe boast itself against him who hews therewith? [Or] will the saw magnify itself against him who shakes it? As if the rod should shake [itself] against those who lift it up, [or] as if the staff should lift up [itself, as if it were] not wood.
Therefore the Lord, the Lord of hosts, will send leanness among His fat ones; and under His glory He will kindle a burning like the burning of a fire.
And the light of Israel will be for a fire, and His Holy One for a flame, and it will burn and devour his thorns and his briers in one day;
And will consume the glory of his forest, and of his fruitful field, both soul and body, and they will be as when a standardbearer faints.
And the rest of the trees of his forest will be few, that a child may write them.
And it will come to pass in that day, [that] the remnant of Israel, and such who have escaped of the house of Jacob, will no longer again stay upon him who struck them; but will stay upon the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.
For though Your people Israel are as the sand of the sea, [yet] a remnant of them will return, the consumption decreed will overflow with righteousness.
Therefore the Lord thus says, God of hosts, "O My people who dwell in Zion, do not be afraid of the Assyrian, he will strike you with a rod, and will lift up his staff against you, after the manner of Egypt.
For yet a very little while, and the indignation will cease, and My anger in their destruction.
And the Lord of hosts will stir up a scourge for him according to the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb, and [as] His rod [was] upon the sea, so He will lift it up after the manner of Egypt.
And it will come to pass in that day, [that] his burden will be taken away from off your shoulder, and his yoke from off your neck, and the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing.
He has come to Aiath, he has passed to Migron; he has laid up his carriages at Michmash.
They have gone over the passage, they have taken up their lodging at Geba; Ramah is afraid; Gibeah of Saul has fled.
Lift up your voice, O daughter of Gallim, cause it to be heard to Laish, O poor Anathoth.
Madmenah is removed; the inhabitants of Gebim gather themselves to flee.
As yet he will remain at Nob that day, he will shake his hand [against] the mount of the daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem.
Behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, will lop the bough with terror, and the high ones of stature [will be] hewn down, and the haughty will be humbled.
And He will cut down the thickets of the forest with iron, and Lebanon will fall by a mighty one.
And there will come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch will grow out of his roots.
And the Spirit of the Lord will rest upon him, the Spirit of Wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Might, the Spirit of Knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;
And will make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord, and he will not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears.
But with righteousness he will judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth, and he will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
And righteousness will be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
The wolf also will dwell with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child will lead them.
And the cow and the bear will feed; their young ones will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
And the sucking child will play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child will put his hand on the cockatrice' den.
And it will come to pass in that day, [that] the Lord will set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people, who will be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
And He will set up an ensign for the nations, and will assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
The envy also of Ephraim will depart, and the adversaries of Judah will be cut off, Ephraim will not envy Judah, and Judah will not vex Ephraim.
But they will fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they will spoil those of the east together, they will lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon will obey them.
And the Lord will utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with His mighty wind He will shake His hand over the river, and will strike it in the seven streams, and make [men] go over dryshod.
And there will be a highway for the remnant of His people, which will be left, from Assyria; like it was to Israel in the day that He came up out of the land of Egypt.
And in that day you will say, "O Lord, I will praise You, though You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comforted me.
Behold, God [is] my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid, for the Lord, the Sustainer of existence, [is] my strength and [my] song; He also has become my salvation.
Therefore with joy you will draw water out of the wells of salvation."
And in that day you will say, "Praise the Lord, call upon His name, declare His doings among the people, make mention that His name is Exalted.
Sing to the Lord; for He has done excellent things, this [is] known in all the earth.
The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah, the son of Amoz, saw.
Lift up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice to them, shake the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles.
I have commanded My sanctified ones, I have also called My mighty ones for My anger, [even] those who rejoice in My highness.
The noise of a multitude in the mountains, as of a great people; a tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together, the Lord of hosts musters the host of the battle.
They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, [even] the Lord, and the weapons of His indignation, to destroy the whole land.
Howl; for the day of the Lord [is] at hand; it will come as a destruction from the Almighty.
Therefore all hands will be faint, and every man's heart will melt.
And I will punish the world for [their] evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogance of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.
Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth will remove out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts, and in the day of His fierce anger.
And it will be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man takes up, every man will turn to his own people and flee, everyone into his own land.
Everyone who is found will be thrust through; and everyone who is joined [to them] will fall by the sword.
Their children also will be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses will be spoiled, and their wives ravished.
Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, who will not regard silver; and [as for] gold, they will not delight in it.
[Their] bows also will dash the young men to pieces; and they will have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eye will not spare children.
And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
It will never be inhabited, neither will it be dwelt in from generation to generation, neither will the Arabian pitch tent there; neither will the shepherds make their fold there.
But wild beasts of the desert will lie there; and their houses will be full of doleful creatures; and owls will dwell there, and satyrs will dance there.
And the wild beasts of the islands will cry in their desolate houses, and dragons in [their] pleasant palaces, and her time [is] near to come, and her days will not be prolonged.
For the Lord will have mercy on Jacob, and will still choose Israel, and set them in their own land, and the strangers will be joined with them, and they will cleave to the house of Jacob.
And the people will take them, and bring them to their place, and the house of Israel will possess them in the land of the Lord for servants and handmaids, and they will take them captives, whose captives they were; and they will rule over their oppressors.
And it will come to pass in the day that the Lord will give you rest from your sorrow, and from your fear, and from the hard bondage wherein you were made to serve,
That you will take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, "How has the oppressor ceased! The golden city ceased!"
The Lord has broken the staff of the wicked, [and] the scepter of the rulers.
He who struck the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he who ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, [and] none hinder.
The whole earth is at rest, [and] is quiet, they break forth into singing.
Indeed, the fir trees rejoice at you, [and] the cedars of Lebanon, [saying], "Since you are laid down, no feller has come up against us."
Hell from beneath is moved for you to meet [you] at your coming, it stirs up the dead for you, [even] all the chief ones of the earth; it has raised up all the kings of the nations from their thrones.
All will speak and say to you, "Have you also become weak as we [are]? Have you become like us?"
Your pomp is brought down to the grave, [and] the noise of your viols, the worm is spread under you, and the worms cover you.
How you have fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! [How] you are cut down to the ground, which weakened the nations!
For you have said in your heart, "I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God, I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north.
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High."
Yet you will be brought down to Hell, to the sides of the pit.
Those who see you will narrowly look upon you, [and] consider you, [saying, "Is] this the man who made the earth to tremble, who shook kingdoms;
[Who] made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; [who] did not open the house of his prisoners?"
All the kings of the nations, [even] all of them, lie in glory, everyone in his own house.
But you are cast out of your grave like an abominable branch, [and as] the raiment of those who are slain, thrust through with a sword, who go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcass trodden under feet.
You will not be joined with them in burial, because you have destroyed your land, [and] slain your people, the seed of evildoers will never be renowned.
Prepare slaughter for his children, for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities.
"For I will rise up against them," the Lord says of hosts, "And cut off from Babylon the name, and remnant, and son, and nephew," the Lord says.
"I will also make it a possession for the hedgehog, and pools of water, and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction," the Lord says of hosts.
The Lord of hosts has sworn, saying, "Surely as I have thought, so will it come to pass; and as I have purposed, [so] will it stand.
That I will break the Assyrian in My land, and tread him under foot upon My mountains, then his yoke will depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders.
This burden was in the year that king Ahaz died.
Do not rejoice, whole Palestina, because the rod of him who struck you is broken, for out of the serpent's root will come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit [will be] a fiery flying serpent.
And the firstborn of the poor will feed, and the needy will lie down in safety, and I will kill your root with famine, and he will slay your remnant.
Howl, O gate; cry, O city; whole Palestina, [are] dissolved, for a smoke will come from the north, and none [will be] alone in his appointed times.
The burden of Moab. Because in the night, Ar of Moab is laid waste, [and] brought to silence; because in the night, Kir of Moab is laid waste, [and] brought to silence;
He has gone up to Bajith, and to Dibon, the high places, to weep, Moab will howl over Nebo, and over Medeba, on all their heads [will be] baldness, [and] every beard cut off.
In their streets they will gird themselves with sackcloth, on the tops of their houses, and in their streets, everyone will howl, weeping abundantly.
And Heshbon will cry, and Elealeh, their voice will be heard [even] to Jahaz, therefore the armed soldiers of Moab will cry out; his life will be grievous to him.
My heart will cry out for Moab; his fugitives [will flee] to Zoar, a heifer of three years old, for by the mounting up of Luhith, they will go up with weeping; for in the way of Horonaim, they will raise up a cry of destruction.
For the waters of Nimrim will be desolate, for the hay has withered away, the grass fails, there is no green thing.
Therefore the abundance they have gotten, and that which they have laid up, they will carry away to the brook of the willows.
For the cry is gone around the borders of Moab; the howling thereof to Eglaim, and the howling thereof to Beerelim.
For the waters of Dimon will be full of blood, for I will bring more upon Dimon, lions upon him who escapes of Moab, and upon the remnant of the land.
Send the lamb to the ruler of the land from Sela to the wilderness, to the mount of the daughter of Zion.
For it will be, [that], as a wandering bird casts out of the nest, [so] the daughters of Moab will be at the fords of Arnon.
Take counsel, execute judgment; make your shadow as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; do not expose him who wanders.
Let My outcasts dwell with you, Moab; be a covert to them from the face of the spoiler, for the extortioner is at an end, the spoiler ceases, the oppressors are consumed out of the land.
And the throne will be established in mercy, and he will sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness.
We have heard of the pride of Moab; [he is] very proud, [even] of his haughtiness, and his pride, and his wrath, [but] his lies [will] not [be] so.
Therefore Moab will howl for Moab, everyone will howl, you will mourn for the foundations of Kirhareseth; surely [they are] stricken.
For the fields of Heshbon languish, [and] the vine of Sibmah, the lords of the heathen have broken down the principal plants thereof, they are brought [even] to Jazer, they wandered [through] the wilderness, her branches are stretched out, they are gone over the sea.
Therefore I will bewail with the weeping of Jazer, the vine of Sibmah, I will water with My tears, O Heshbon, and Elealeh, for the shouting for your summer fruits and for your harvest has fallen.
And gladness is taken away, and joy out of the plentiful field; and in the vineyards there will be no singing, neither will there be shouting, the treaders will tread out no wine in [their] presses; I have made [their vintage] shouting to cease.
Therefore My bowels will sound like a harp for Moab, and My inward parts for Kirharesh.
And it will come to pass, when it is seen that Moab is weary on the high place, that he will come to his sanctuary to pray; but he will not prevail.
This [is] the word that the Lord has spoken concerning Moab since that time.
The burden of Damascus. "Behold, Damascus is taken away from [being] a city, and it will be a ruinous heap.
The cities of Aroer [are] forsaken, they will be for flocks, which will lie down, and none will make [them] afraid.
The fortress also will cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria, they will be as the glory of the Children of Israel," the Lord says of hosts.
"And in that day it will come to pass, [that] the glory of Jacob will be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh will wax lean.
And it will be as when the harvestman gathers the corn, and reaps the ears with his arm; and it will be as he who gathers ears in the valley of Rephaim.
Yet gleaning grapes will be left in it, as the shaking of an olive tree, two [or] three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four [or] five in the utmost fruitful branches thereof," the Lord says, God of Israel.
At that day will a man look to his Maker, and his eyes will have respect to the Holy One of Israel.
And he will not look to the altars, the work of his hands, neither respect [that] which his fingers have made, either the groves, or the images.
In that day his strong cities will be as a forsaken bough, and an uppermost branch, which they left because of the Children of Israel, and there will be desolation.
Because you have forgotten the God of your salvation, and have not been mindful of the Rock of your strength, therefore you will plant pleasant plants, and will set it with strange slips.
In the day you will make your plant to grow, and in the morning you will make your seed flourish, [but] the harvest [will be] a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.
Woe to the multitude of many people, [who] make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, [who] make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!
The nations will rush like the rushing of many waters, but [God] will rebuke them, and they will flee far off, and will be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
And behold at evening trouble; [and] before the morning, he [is] not. This [is] the portion of those who spoil us, and the lot of those who rob us.
Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which [is] beyond the rivers of Ethiopia.
That sends ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of bulrushes upon the waters, [saying], "Go, swift messengers, to a nation scattered and peeled, to a people terrible from their beginning here; a nation meted out and trodden down, whose land the rivers have spoiled!"
All you inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see, when He lifts up an ensign on the mountains; and when He blows a Trumpet, hear.
For so the Lord said to me, "I will take My rest, and I will consider in My dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs, [and] like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest."
For before the harvest, when the bud is perfect, and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, He will both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks, and take away [and] cut down the branches.
They will be left together to the fowls of the mountains, and to the beasts of the earth, and the fowls will summer upon them, and all the beasts of the earth will winter upon them.
The burden of Egypt. "Behold, the Lord rides upon a swift cloud, and will come into Egypt, and the idols of Egypt will be moved at His presence, and the heart of Egypt will melt in the midst of it.
And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians, and they will fight, everyone against his brother, and everyone against his neighbor; city against city, [and] kingdom against kingdom.
And the spirit of Egypt will fail in the midst thereof; and I will destroy the counsel thereof, and they will seek the idols, and the charmers, and those who have familiar spirits, and the wizards.
And I will give the Egyptians over into the hand of a cruel lord; and a fierce king will rule over them," the Lord says, the Lord of hosts.
And the waters will fail from the sea, and the river will be wasted and dried up.
And they will turn the rivers far away; [and] the brooks of defense will be emptied and dried up, the reeds and flags will wither.
The paper reeds by the brooks, by the mouth of the brooks, and everything sown by the brooks will wither, be driven away, and be no [more].
The fishers also will mourn, and all those who cast angle into the brooks will lament, and those who spread nets upon the waters will languish.
Moreover those who work in fine flax, and those who weave networks, will be confounded.
And they will be broken in the purposes thereof, all who make sluices [and] ponds for fish.
Surely the princes of Zoan [are] fools, the counsel of the wise counselors of Pharaoh has become brutish, how do you say to Pharaoh, "I [am] the son of the wise, the son of ancient kings?"
Where [are] they? Where [are] your wise [men]? And let them tell you now, and let them know what the Lord of hosts has purposed upon Egypt.
The princes of Zoan have become fools, the princes of Noph are deceived; they have also seduced Egypt, [even those who are] the stay of the tribes thereof.
The Lord has mingled a perverse spirit in the midst thereof, and they have caused Egypt to err in every work thereof, as a drunk [man] staggers in his vomit.
Neither will there be [any] work for Egypt, which the head or tail, branch or rush, may do.
In that day Egypt will be like women, and it will be afraid and fear because of the shaking of the hand of the Lord of hosts, which He shakes over it.
And the land of Judah will be a terror to Egypt, everyone who makes mention thereof will be afraid in himself, because of the counsel of the Lord of hosts, which He has determined against it.
In that day five cities in the land of Egypt will speak the language of Canaan, and swear to the Lord of hosts; one will be called, "The city of destruction."
In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the Lord.
And it will be for a sign and for a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt, for they will cry to the Lord because of the oppressors, and He will send them a savior, and a great one, and he will deliver them.
And the Lord will be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day, and will make sacrifice and oblation; indeed, they will vow a vow to the Lord, and perform [it].
And the Lord will strike Egypt, He will strike and heal [it], and they will return [even] to the Lord, and He will be entreated of them, and will heal them.
In that day there will be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian will come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians will serve with the Assyrians.
In that day Israel will be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, [even] a blessing in the midst of the land.
Whom the Lord of hosts will bless, saying, "Blessed [is] Egypt, My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.
In the year that Tartan came to Ashdod (when Sargon, the king of Assyria sent him), and fought against Ashdod, and took it;
So will the king of Assyria lead the Egyptians away prisoners, and the Ethiopians captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, even with [their] buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.
And they will be afraid and ashamed of Ethiopia, their expectation, and of Egypt their glory.
And the inhabitant of this isle will say in that day, 'Behold, such [is] our expectation, where we flee for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria, and how will we escape?'"
The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds in the south pass through; [so] it comes from the desert, from a terrible land.
A grievous vision is declared to me; the treacherous dealer deals treacherously, and the spoiler spoils. Go up, O Elam, besiege, O Media; I have made all the sighing thereof to cease.
Therefore my loins are filled with pain, pangs have taken hold upon me, as the pangs of a woman who travails, I was bowed down at the hearing [of it]; I was dismayed at the seeing [of it].
My heart panted, fearfulness frightened me, he has turned the night of my pleasure into fear to me.
Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink, arise, you princes, [and] anoint the shield.
For thus the Lord has said to me, "Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he sees."
And he saw a chariot [with] a couple of horsemen, a chariot of donkeys, [and] a chariot of camels; and he listened diligently with much heed.
And he cried, "A lion, my Lord, I stand continually upon the watchtower in the daytime, and I am set in my ward entire nights.
And, behold, a chariot of men comes here, [with] a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, "Babylon has fallen, has fallen; and He has broken all the graven images of her gods to the ground."
O my threshing, and the corn of my floor, that which I have heard of the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, I have declared to you.
The burden of Dumah. He calls to me out of Seir, "Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?"
The watchman said, "The morning comes, and also the night, if you will inquire, inquire, return, come."
The burden upon Arabia. In the forest in Arabia you will lodge, O you traveling companies of Dedanim.
The inhabitants of the land of Tema brought water to him who was thirsty, they prevented him who fled with their bread.
For they fled from the swords, from the drawn sword, and from the bent bow, and from the grievousness of war.
For thus the Lord has said to me, "Within a year, according to the years of a hireling, and all the glory of Kedar will fail.
And the residue of the number of archers, the mighty men of the children of Kedar, will be diminished, for the Lord God of Israel has spoken [it]."
The burden of the valley of vision. What ails you now, that you have wholly gone up to the housetops?
You who are full of stirs, a tumultuous city, a joyous city, your slain [men are] not slain with the sword, nor dead in battle.
All your rulers have fled together, they are bound by the archers, all who are found in you are bound together, [who] have fled from afar.
Therefore I said, "Look away from me; I will weep bitterly, do not labor to comfort me, because of the spoiling of the daughter of my people.
For [it is] a day of trouble, and of treading down, and of perplexity by the Lord God of hosts in the valley of vision, breaking down the walls, and of crying to the mountains."
And Elam bore the quiver with chariots of men [and] horsemen, and Kir uncovered the shield.
And it will come to pass, [that] your choicest valleys will be full of chariots, and the horsemen will set themselves in array at the gate.
And he discovered the covering of Judah, and you looked in that day to the armor of the house of the forest.
You have also seen the breaches of the city of David, that they are many, and you gathered the waters of the lower pool together.
And you have numbered the houses of Jerusalem, and you have broken down the houses to fortify the wall.
You also made a ditch between the two walls for the water of the old pool, but you have not looked to the Maker thereof, neither had respect to Him who fashioned it long ago.
And in that day the Lord God of hosts called to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth.
And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine, let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we will die.
And it was revealed in my ears by the Lord of hosts, "Surely this iniquity will not be purged from you until you die," the Lord says, God of hosts.
Thus the Lord says, God of hosts, "Go, get to this treasurer, [even] to Shebna, which [is] over the house, [and say],
'What do you have here? And whom do you have here, that you have hewed out a sepulcher here, [as] he who hews him out a sepulcher on high, [and] that graves a habitation for himself in a rock?'"
Behold, the Lord will carry you away with a mighty captivity, and will surely cover you.
He will surely violently turn and toss you [like] a ball into a large country, there you will die, and there the chariots of your glory [will be] the shame of your lord's house.
And I will clothe him with your robe, and strengthen him with your girdle, and I will commit your government into his hand, and he will be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah.
And I will lay upon the key of the house of David his shoulder; so he will open, and none will shut; and he will shut, and none will open.
And I will fasten him [as] a nail in a sure place; and he will be for a glorious throne to his father's house.
And they will hang all the glory of his father's house upon him, the offspring and the issue, all vessels of small quantity, from the vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of flagons.
The burden of Tyre. Howl, you ships of Tarshish; for it is laid waste, so that there is no house, no entering in, it is revealed to them from the land of Chittim.
Be still, you inhabitants of the isle; you whom the merchants of Sidon, who pass over the sea, have replenished.
And by great waters, the seed of Sihor, the harvest of the river, [is] her revenue; and she is a mart of nations.
Be ashamed, O Sidon, for the sea has spoken, [even] the strength of the sea, saying, "I do not travail, nor bring forth children, neither do I nourish up young men, [nor] bring up virgins."
As at the report concerning Egypt, [so] will they be sorely pained at the report of Tyre.
Pass over to Tarshish; howl, you inhabitants of the isle.
[Is] this your joyous [city], whose antiquity [is] of ancient days? Her own feet will carry her to sojourn afar off.
Who has taken this counsel against Tyre, the crowning [city], whose merchants [are] princes, whose traffickers [are] the honorable of the earth?
The Lord of hosts has purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, [and] to bring all the honorable of the earth into contempt.
Pass through your land as a river, O daughter of Tarshish, [there is] no more strength.
He stretched out His hand over the sea, He shook the kingdoms, the Lord has given a commandment against the merchant [city], to destroy the strongholds thereof.
And He said, "You will no longer rejoice, O you oppressed virgin, daughter of Sidon, arise, pass over to Chittim; there you will also have no rest."
Behold the land of the Chaldeans; this people was not, [until] the Assyrian founded it for those who dwell in the wilderness, they set up the towers thereof, they raised up the palaces thereof; [and] he brought it to ruin.
Howl, you ships of Tarshish, for your strength is laid waste.
And it will come to pass in that day, that Tyre will be forgotten for seventy years, according to the days of one king, after the end of seventy years, Tyre will sing as a harlot.
Take a harp, go about the city, you harlot who have been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that you may be remembered.
And it will come to pass after the end of seventy years, that the Lord will visit Tyre, and she will turn to her hire, and will commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth.
And her merchandise and her hire will be holiness to the Lord, it will not be treasured or laid up; for her merchandise will be for those who dwell before the Lord, to eat sufficiently, and for durable clothing.
Behold, the Lord makes the earth empty, and makes it waste, and turns it upside down, and scatters the inhabitants abroad thereof.
And it will be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him.
The land will be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled, for the Lord has spoken this word.
The earth mourns [and] fades away, the world languishes [and] fades away, the haughty people of the earth languish.
The earth is also defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.
Therefore has the curse devoured the earth, and those who dwell therein are desolate, therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.
The new wine mourns, the vine languishes, all those rejoicing sigh.
The mirth of tabrets ceases, the noise of those who rejoice ends, the joy of the harp ceases.
They will not drink wine with a song; strong drink will be bitter to those who drink it.
The city of confusion is broken down, every house is shut up, that no man may come in.
[There is] a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone.
Desolation is left in the city, and the gate is struck with destruction.
When thus it will be in the midst of the land among the people, [there will be] as the shaking of an olive tree, [and] as the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done.
They will lift up their voice, they will sing for the majesty of the Lord, they will cry aloud from the sea.
Therefore glorify the Lord in the fires, [even] the name of the Lord God of Israel in the isles of the sea.
We have heard songs from the uttermost part of the earth, [even] glory to the righteous. But I said, "My leanness, my leanness, woe to me! The treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously; indeed, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously.
Fear, and the pit, and the snare, [are] upon you, O inhabitant of the earth."
And it will come to pass, [that] he who flees from the noise of the fear will fall into the pit; and he who comes up out of the midst of the pit will be taken in the snare, for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth shake.
The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is cleanly dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.
The earth will reel here and there like a drunkard, and will be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof will be heavy upon it; and it will fall, and not rise again.
And it will come to pass in that Day, [that] the Lord will punish the host of the high ones [that are] on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.
And they will be gathered together, [as] prisoners are gathered in the pit, and will be shut up in the prison, and they will be visited after many days.
Then the moon will be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the Lord of hosts will reign in Mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before His ancients gloriously.
O Lord, You [are] my God; I will exalt You, I will praise Your name; for You have done wonderful [things; Your] counsels of old [are] faithfulness [and] truth.
For You have made of a city a heap; [of] a defensed city a ruin, a palace of strangers to be no city; it will never be built.
Therefore the strong people will glorify You, the city of the terrible nations will fear You.
For You have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones [is] as a storm [against] the wall.
You will bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; [even] the heat with the shadow of a cloud, the branch of the terrible ones will be brought low.
And in this mountain the Lord of hosts will make a feast of fat things to all people, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.
And it will be said in that Day, "Behold, this [is] our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us, this [is] the Lord; we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation."
For in this mountain the hand of the Lord will rest, and Moab will be trodden down under Him, even as straw is trodden down for the dunghill.
And He will spread forth His hands in the midst of them, as he who swims spreads forth [his hands] to swim, and He will bring down their pride together with the spoils of their hands.
And He will bring down the fortress of the high fort of your walls, lay low, [and] bring to the ground, [even] to the dust.
In that Day this song will be sung in the land of Judah; "We have a strong city; [God] will appoint salvation [for] walls and bulwarks.
Open the gates, that the righteous nation which keeps the truth may enter in.
You will keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] preserved [on You], because he trusts in You.
Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord, the Sustainer of existence, [is] everlasting strength.
For He brings down those who dwell on high; the lofty city, He lays it low; He lays it low, [even] to the ground; He brings it [even] to the dust.
The foot will tread it down, [even] the feet of the poor, [and] the steps of the needy.
The way of the just [is] uprightness, You, Most Upright, weigh the path of the just.
Indeed, in the way of Your judgments, O Lord, have we waited for You; the desire of [our] soul [is] to Your name, and to the remembrance of You.
With my soul have I desired You in the night; indeed, with my spirit within me will I seek You early, for when Your judgments [are] in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
Let favor be shown to the wicked, [yet] he will not learn righteousness, he will deal unjustly in the land of uprightness, and will not behold the majesty of the Lord.
Lord, [when] Your hand is lifted up, they will not see, [but] they will see, and be ashamed for [their] envy at the people; indeed, the fire of Your enemies will devour them.
Lord, You will ordain peace for us, for You also have done all our works in us.
O Lord our God, [other] lords beside You have had dominion over us, [but] by You only we will make mention of Your name.
[They are] dead, they will not live; [they are] deceased, they will not rise, therefore You have visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish.
You have increased the nation, O Lord, You have increased the nation, You are glorified, You had removed [it] far [to] all the ends of the earth.
Lord, they have visited You in trouble, they poured out a prayer [when] Your chastening [was] upon them.
Like as a woman with child, [who] draws near the time of her delivery, is in pain, [and] cries out in her pangs; so have we been in Your sight, O Lord.
Come, my people, enter into your chambers, and shut your doors about you, hide yourself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation has overpast.
For, behold, the Lord comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity, the earth also will disclose her blood, and will no longer cover her slain."
In that Day the Lord, with His sore and great and strong sword, will punish leviathan, the piercing serpent, even leviathan, that crooked serpent; and He will slay the dragon that [is] in the sea.
In that Day, sing to her, a vineyard of red wine.
I the Lord keep it; I will water it every moment, unless [any] hurt it, I will keep it night and day.
Fury [is] not in Me, who would set the briers [and] thorns against Me in battle? I would go through them, I would burn them together.
Or let him take hold of My strength, [that] he may make peace with Me; [and] he will make peace with Me.
He will cause those who come of Jacob to take root, Israel will blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit.
Has he struck him, as he struck those who struck him? [Or] is he slain according to the slaughter of those who are slain by him?
In measure, when it shoots forth, you will debate with it, he removes his rough wind in the day of the east wind.
By this therefore, the iniquity of Jacob will be purged; and this [is] all the fruit to take away his sin; when he makes all the stones of the altar as chalkstones that are beaten in sunder, the groves and images will not stand up.
Yet the defensed city [will be] desolate, [and] the habitation forsaken, and left like a wilderness, there the calf will feed, and there he will lie down, and consume the branches thereof.
When the boughs thereof have withered, they will be broken off, the women come, [and] set them on fire, for it [is] a people of no understanding, therefore He who made them will not have mercy on them, and He who formed them will show them no favor.
And it will come to pass in that Day, [that] the Lord will beat out from the channel of the river to the stream of Egypt, and you will be gathered one by one, O you Children of Israel.
And it will come to pass in that Day, [that] the Great Trumpet will be blown, and those who were ready to perish in the land of Assyria will come, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and will worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem.
Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty [is] a fading flower, which [are] on the head of the fat valleys of those who are overcome with wine!
Behold, the Lord has a mighty and strong one, [which] as a tempest of hail [and] a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, will cast down to the earth with the hand.
The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, will be trodden under feet.
And the glorious beauty, which [is] on the head of the fat valley, will be a fading flower, [and] as the hasty fruit before the summer; which [when] he who looks upon it sees, he eats it up while it is still in his hand.
In that Day the Lord of hosts will be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, to the residue of His people,
And for a Spirit of Judgment to Him who sits in judgment, and for strength to those who turn the battle to the gate.
But they also have erred through wine, and they stray through strong drink; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they stray through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble [in] judgment.
For all tables are full of vomit [and] filthiness, [so that there is] no [clean] place.
Whom will He teach knowledge? And whom will He make to understand doctrine? [Those who are] weaned from the milk, [and] drawn from the breasts.
For with stammering lips and another tongue will He speak to this people.
But the word of the Lord was to them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, [and] there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.
From the time that it goes forth it will take you, for it will pass over morning by morning, by day and by night, and it will be a vexation only [to] understand the report."
For the bed is shorter than that [a man] can stretch himself [on it], and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself [in it].
For the Lord will rise up as [in] Mount Perazim, He will be wroth as [in] the valley of Gibeon, that He may do His work, His strange work; and bring His act to pass, His strange act.
Now therefore do not be mockers, unless your bands are made strong, for I have heard from the Lord God of hosts a consumption, even determined upon the whole earth.
Give ear, and hear my voice; listen, and hear my speech.
Does the plowman plow all day to sow? Does he open and break the clods of his ground?
When he has made the face thereof plain, does he not cast the fitches abroad, and scatter the cummin, and cast in the principal wheat and the appointed barley and the rie in their place?
For his God instructs him to discretion, [and] teaches him.
For the fitches are not threshed with a threshing instrument, neither is a cart wheel turned about upon the cummin; but the fitches are beaten out with a staff, and the cummin with a rod.
Bread [corn] is bruised; because he will not ever be threshing it, nor break [it with] the wheel of his cart, nor bruise it [with] his horsemen.
This also comes forth from the Lord of hosts, [who] is wonderful in counsel, [and] excellent in working.
Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city [where] David dwelt! Add year to year; let them kill sacrifices.
Yet I will distress Ariel, and there will be heaviness and sorrow, and it will be to me as Ariel.
And I will camp against you round about, and will lay siege against you with a mount, and I will raise forts against you.
And you will be brought down, [and] will speak out of the ground, and your speech will be low out of the dust, and your voice will be as of one who has a familiar spirit, out of the ground, and your speech will whisper out of the dust.
Moreover the multitude of your strangers will be like small dust, and the multitude of the terrible ones [will be] as chaff that passes away, indeed, it will be at an instant suddenly.
You will be visited of the Lord of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire.
And the multitude of all the nations that fight against Ariel, even all that fight against her and her munition, and that distress her, will be as a dream of a night vision.
It will even be as when a hungry [man] dreams, and, behold, he eats; but he awakes, and his soul is empty, or as when a thirsty man dreams, and, behold, he drinks; but he awakes, and, behold, [he is] faint, and his soul has appetite, so will the multitude of all the nations be, that fight against Mount Zion.
And the vision of all has become to you as the words of a book that is sealed, which [men] deliver to one who is learned, saying, "Read this, I pray you," and he says, "I cannot; for it [is] sealed."
Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, [even] a marvelous work and a wonder, for the wisdom of their wise [men] will perish, and the understanding of their prudent [men] will be hidden."
Woe to those who seek deep to hide their counsel from the Lord, and their works are in the dark, and they say, "Who sees us? And who knows us?"
Surely your turning of things upside down will be esteemed as the potter's clay, for will the work say of him who made it, "He did not make me?" Or will the thing framed say of him who framed it, "He had no understanding?"
[Is] it not still a very little while, and Lebanon will be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field will be esteemed as a forest?
And in that day the deaf will hear the words of the Book, and the eyes of the blind will see out of obscurity, and out of darkness.
The meek also will increase [their] joy in the Lord, and the poor among men will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
For the terrible one is brought to nothing, and the scorner is consumed, and all who watch for iniquity are cut off.
Who make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him who reproves in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nothing.
Therefore the Lord thus says, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob, "Jacob will not now be ashamed, neither will his face now wax pale.
But when he sees his children, the work of My hands, in the midst of him, they will sanctify My name, and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and will fear the God of Israel.
Those also who erred in spirit will come to understanding, and those who murmured will learn doctrine."
"Woe to the rebellious children," the Lord says, "Who take counsel, but not of Me; and who cover with a covering, but not of My Spirit, that they may add sin to sin.
Who walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at My mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt!"
Therefore the strength of Pharaoh will be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt, [your] confusion.
For his princes were at Zoan, and his ambassadors came to Hanes.
They were all ashamed of a people [who] could not profit them, nor be a help or profit, but a shame, and also a reproach.
The burden of the beasts of the south, into the land of trouble and anguish, from where the young and old lion [come], the viper and fiery flying serpent, they will carry their riches upon the shoulders of young donkeys, and their treasures upon the bunches of camels, to a people [who] will not profit [them].
For the Egyptians will help in vain, and to no purpose, therefore I have cried concerning this, "Their strength [is] to sit still."
Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a Book, that it may be for the time to come forever and ever.
That this [is] a rebellious people, lying children, children [who] will not hear the law of the Lord.
Who say to the seers, "Do not see;" and to the prophets, "Do not prophesy to us right things, speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceits.
Get out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us."
Therefore the Holy One of Israel thus says, "Because you despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon.
Therefore this iniquity will be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking comes suddenly at an instant."
And He will break it as the breaking of the potters' vessel that is broken in pieces; He will not spare, so that a shard will not be found in the bursting of it to take fire from the hearth, or to take water [altogether] out of the pit.
For thus the Lord God says, the Holy One of Israel; "In returning and rest you will be saved; in quietness and in confidence will be your strength, and you would not.
But you said, 'No; for we will flee upon horses;' therefore you will flee, and, 'We will ride upon the swift;' therefore will those who pursue you be swift.
One thousand [will flee] at the rebuke of one; you will flee at the rebuke of five, until you are left as a beacon upon the top of a mountain, and as an ensign on a hill."
And therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you, and therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy upon you, for the Lord [is] a God of judgment, blessed [are] all those who wait for Him.
For the people will dwell in Zion at Jerusalem, you will no longer weep, He will be very gracious to you at the voice of your cry; when He will hear it, He will answer you.
And [though] the Lord gives you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet your teachers will not be removed into a corner anymore, but your eyes will see your teachers.
And your ears will hear a word behind you, saying, "This [is] the way, walk in it, when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left."
You will also defile the covering of your graven images of silver, and the ornament of your molten images of gold, you will cast them away as a menstruous cloth; you will say to it, "Get from here."
Then He will give the rain of your seed, that you will sow the ground altogether; and bread of the increase of the earth, and it will be fat and plenteous, in that day your cattle will feed in large pastures.
The oxen likewise and the young donkeys that ear the ground will eat clean provender, which has been winnowed with the shovel and with the fan.
And there will be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers [and] streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.
Moreover the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be sevenfold, as the light of for seven days, in the day that the Lord binds up the breach of His people, and heals the stroke of their wound.
Behold, the name of the Lord comes from afar, burning [with] His anger, and the burden [thereof is] heavy, His lips are full of indignation, and His tongue as a devouring fire.
And His breath, as an overflowing stream, will reach to the midst of the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of vanity, and [there will be] a bridle in the jaws of the people, causing [them] to err.
You will have a song, as in the night [when] a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goes with a pipe to come into the mountain of the Lord, to the Mighty One of Israel.
And the Lord will cause His glorious voice to be heard, and will show the lighting down of His arm, with the indignation of [His] anger, and [with] the flame of a devouring fire, [with] scattering, and tempest, and hailstones.
For through the voice of the Lord, the Assyrian will be beaten down, [who] struck with a rod.
And [in] every place where the grounded staff will pass, which the Lord will lay upon him, [it] will be with tabrets and harps, and He will fight with in battles of shaking it.
For Tophet [is] ordained of old; indeed, it is prepared for the king; He has made [it] deep [and] large, the pile thereof [is] fire and much wood; the breath of the Lord, like a stream of brimstone, kindles it.
Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because [they are] many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they do not look to the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the Lord!
Yet He also [is] wise, and will bring evil, and will not call back His words, but will arise against the house of the evildoers, and against the help of those who work iniquity.
Now the Egyptians [are] men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit. When the Lord will stretch out His hand, both he who helps will fall, and he who is helped will fall down, and they all will fail together.
For thus the Lord has spoken to me, "As the lion and the young lion roaring on his prey, when a multitude of shepherds is called forth against him, [he] will not be afraid of their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them, so will the Lord of hosts come down to fight for Mount Zion, and for the hill thereof."
As birds flying, so will the Lord of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending, He will also deliver [it; and] passing over, He will preserve it.
Turn to [Him from] whom the Children of Israel have deeply revolted.
"For in that day every man will cast away his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which your own hands have made to you [for] a sin.
Then the Assyrian will fall with the sword, not of a mighty man; and the sword, not of a mean man, will devour him, but he will flee from the sword, and his young men will be discomfited.
And he will pass over to his stronghold for fear, and his princes will be afraid of the ensign," the Lord says, whose fire [is] in Zion, and His furnace in Jerusalem.
Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule in judgment.
And a man will be as a hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.
And the eyes of those who see will not be dim, and the ears of those who hear will listen.
The heart also of the rash will understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers will be ready to speak plainly.
The vile person will no longer be called liberal, nor the churl said [to be] bountiful.
For the vile person will speak villainy, and his heart will work iniquity, to practice hypocrisy, and to utter error against the Lord, to make the soul of the hungry empty, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
The instruments also of the churl [are] evil, he devises wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speak right.
But the liberal devises liberal things; and he will stand by liberal things.
Rise up, you women who are at ease; hear my voice, you careless daughters; give ear to my speech.
You will be troubled for many days and years, you careless women, for the vintage will fail, the gathering will not come.
Tremble, you women who are at ease; be troubled, you careless ones, strip and make bare, and gird [sackcloth] upon [your] loins.
They will lament for the teats, for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine.
Thorns [and] briers will come up upon the land of My people; indeed, upon all the houses of joy [in] the joyous city.
Because the palaces will be forsaken; the multitude of the city will be left; the forts and towers will be for dens forever, a joy of wild donkeys, a pasture of flocks;
Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness is a fruitful field, and the fruitful field is counted for a forest.
Then judgment will dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness will remain in the fruitful field.
And the work of righteousness will be peace; and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.
And My people will dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places;
When it will hail, coming down on the forest; and the city will be low in a low place.
Blessed [are] you who sows beside all waters, who sends forth the feet of the ox and the donkey [there].
Woe to you who spoil, and you [were] not spoiled; and deal treacherously, and they did not deal treacherously with you! When you will cease to spoil, you will be spoiled; [and] when you will make an end to deal treacherously, they will deal treacherously with you.
O Lord, be gracious to us; we have waited for You, be their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.
At the noise of the tumult, the people fled; at the lifting up of Yourself, the nations were scattered.
And Your spoil will be gathered [like] the gathering of the caterpillar, as the running here and there of locusts, He will run upon them.
The Lord is Exalted; for He dwells on high, He has filled Zion with judgment and righteousness.
And wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times, [and] strength of salvation, the fear of the Lord [is] his treasure.
Behold, their valiant ones will cry outside, the ambassadors of peace will weep bitterly.
The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceases, he has broken the covenant, he has despised the cities, he regards no man.
The earth mourns [and] languishes, Lebanon is ashamed [and] hewn down, Sharon is like a wilderness; and Bashan and Carmel shake off [their fruits].
"Now I will rise," the Lord says; "Now I will be exalted; now I will lift Myself up.
You will conceive chaff, you will bring forth stubble, your breath, [as] fire, will devour you.
And the people will be [as] the burnings of lime, [as] thorns cut up they will be burned in the fire.
Hear, you [who are] afar off, what I have done; and, you [who are] near, acknowledge My might."
The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness has surprised the hypocrites. Who among us will dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us will dwell with everlasting burnings?
He who walks righteously, and speaks uprightly; he who despises the gain of oppressions, who shakes his hands from holding of bribes, who stops his ears from hearing of blood, and shuts his eyes from seeing evil;
He will dwell on high, his place of defense [will be] the munitions of rocks, bread will be given to him; his waters [will be] sure.
Your eyes will see the king in his beauty, they will behold the land that is very far off.
Your heart will meditate terror. Where [is] the scribe? Where [is] the receiver? Where [is] he who counted the towers?
You will not see a fierce people, a people of a deeper speech than you can perceive; of a stammering tongue, [that you can] not understand.
Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities, your eyes will see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle [that] will not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof will ever be removed, neither will any of the cords thereof be broken.
But there, the glorious Lord [will be] to us a place of broad rivers [and] streams; wherein no galley with oars will go, neither will gallant ship pass thereby.
For the Lord [is] our Judge, the Lord [is] our Lawgiver, the Lord [is] our King; He will save us.
Your tacklings are loosed; they could not strengthen their mast well, they could not spread the sail, then the prey of a great spoil is divided; the lame take the prey.
And the inhabitant will not say, "I am sick, the people who dwell therein [will be] forgiven [their] iniquity."
For the indignation of the Lord [is] upon all nations, and [His] fury upon all their armies, He has utterly destroyed them, He has delivered them to the slaughter.
For My sword will be bathed in heaven, behold, it will come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of My curse, to Judgment.
The sword of the Lord is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, [and] with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams, for the Lord has a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea.
And the unicorns will come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land will be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness.
For [it is] the Day of the Lord's Vengeance, [and] the year of recompenses for the controversy of Zion.
And the streams thereof will be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof will become burning pitch.
It will not be quenched night or day; the smoke thereof will go up forever, from generation to generation it will lie waste; none will pass through it forever and ever.
But the cormorant and the hedgehog will possess it; the owl also and the raven will dwell in it, and he will stretch out upon it the line of confusion, and the stones of emptiness.
They will call the nobles thereof to the kingdom, but none [will be] there, and all her princes will be nothing.
And thorns will come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof, and it will be a habitation of dragons, [and] a court for owls.
The wild beasts of the desert will also meet with the wild beasts of the island, and the satyr will cry to his fellow; the screech owl will also rest there, and find for herself a place of rest.
There the great owl will make her nest, and lay, and hatch, and gather under her shadow, there the vultures will also be gathered, everyone with her mate.
Seek out of the Book of the Lord, and read, not one of these will fail, none will want her mate, for My mouth it has commanded, and His Spirit it has gathered them.
And He has cast the lot for them, and His hand has divided it to them by line, they will possess it forever, from generation to generation they will dwell therein.
The wilderness and the solitary place will be glad for them; and the desert will rejoice, and blossom as the rose.
It will blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing, the glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they will see the glory of the Lord, [and] the excellency of our God.
Strengthen the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.
Say to those [who are] of a fearful heart, "Be strong, do not fear, behold, your God will come [with] vengeance, [even] God [with] a recompense; He will come and save you."
Then the eyes of the blind will be opened, and the ears of the deaf will be unstopped.
Then the lame [man] will leap as a hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing, for waters will break out in the wilderness, and streams in the desert.
And the parched ground will become a pool, and the thirsty land, springs of water, in the habitation of dragons, where each lays, [will be] grass with reeds and rushes.
And a highway will be there, and a way, and it will be called The Way of Holiness; the unclean will not pass over it; but it [will be] for those, the wayfaring men, though fools, will not err [therein].
No lion will be there, nor [any] ravenous beast will go up thereon, it will not be found there; but the redeemed will walk [there].
And the ransomed of the Lord will return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads, they will obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.
Now it came to pass in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah, [that] Sennacherib, king of Assyria, came up against all the defensed cities of Judah, and took them.
And the king of Assyria sent Rabshakeh from Lachish to Jerusalem to king Hezekiah with a great army. And he stood by the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fuller's field.
Then Eliakim came forth to him, Hilkiah's son, who was over the house, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, Asaph's son, the recorder.
And Rabshakeh said to them, "Say now to Hezekiah, 'Thus the great king says, the king of Assyria, 'What confidence [is] this wherein you trust?
I say, [say], (but [they are but] vain words) [I have] counsel and strength for war, now on whom do you trust, that you rebel against me?
Behold, you trust in the staff of this broken reed, on Egypt; whereon if a man leans, it will go into his hand, and pierce it, so [is] Pharaoh, king of Egypt, to all who trust in him.
But if you say to me, 'We trust in the Lord our God, [is it] not He, whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah has taken away,' and said to Judah and to Jerusalem, 'You will worship before this altar?'
Now therefore give pledges, I pray you, to my master, the king of Assyria, and I will give you two thousand horses, if you are able on your part to set riders upon them.
How then will you turn away the face of one captain of the least of my master's servants, and put your trust on Egypt for chariots and for horsemen?
And now have I come up without the Lord against this land to destroy it? The Lord said to me, 'Go up against this land, and destroy it.'"
Then Eliakim and Shebna and Joah said to Rabshakeh, "Speak, I pray you, to your servants in the Syrian language; for we understand [it], and do not speak to us in the Jews' language, in the ears of the people who [are] on the wall."
But Rabshakeh said, "Has my master sent me to your master and to you to speak these words? [Has he] not [sent me] to the men who sit upon the wall, that they may eat their own dung, and drink their own urine with you?"
Then Rabshakeh stood, and cried with a loud voice in the Jews' language, and said, "Hear the words of the great king, the king of Assyria.
Thus the king says, 'Do not let Hezekiah deceive you, for he will not be able to deliver you.
Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the Lord, saying, 'The Lord will surely deliver us, this city will not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.'
Do not listen to Hezekiah, for thus the king of Assyria says, 'Make [an agreement] with me [by] a present, and come out to me and eat, everyone of his vine, and everyone of his fig tree, and drink, everyone, the waters of his own cistern;
Until I come and take away to a land like your own land, a land of corn and wine, a land of bread and vineyards.'
[Beware] unless Hezekiah persuades you, saying, 'The Lord will deliver us.' Have any of the gods of the nations delivered his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria?
Where [are] the gods of Hamath and Arphad? Where [are] the gods of Sepharvaim? And have they delivered Samaria out of my hand?
Who [are they] among all the gods of these lands, that have delivered their land out of my hand, that the Lord should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand?"
But they held their peace, and did not answer him a word, for the king's commandment was, saying, "Do not answer him."
Then Eliakim came, the son of Hilkiah, who [was] over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, the son of Asaph, the recorder, to Hezekiah with [their] clothes rent, and told him the words of Rabshakeh.
And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard [it], that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the House of the Lord.
And he sent Eliakim, who [was] over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests covered with sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz.
And they said to him, "Thus Hezekiah says, 'This day [is] a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and of blasphemy, for the children are brought to the birth, and [there is] no strength to bring forth.
It may be the Lord your God will hear the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria, his master, has sent to reproach the living God, and will reprove the words which the Lord your God has heard, therefore lift up [your] prayer for the remnant that is left.'"
So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.
And Isaiah said to them, "Thus you will say to your master, 'Thus the Lord says, 'Do not be afraid of the words that you have heard, whereby the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me.
Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he will hear a rumor, and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.'"
So Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah, for he had heard that he had departed from Lachish.
And he heard it said concerning Tirhakah, king of Ethiopia, "He has come forth to make war with you." And when he heard [it], he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying,
"Thus you will speak to Hezekiah, king of Judah, saying, 'Do not let your God, in whom you trust, deceive you, saying, 'Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.'
Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands by destroying them utterly; and you will be delivered?
Have the gods of the nations delivered those whom my fathers have destroyed, [as] Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the children of Eden which [were] in Telassar?
Where [is] the king of Hamath, and the king of Arphad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah?'"
And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it, and Hezekiah went up to the House of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord.
And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord, saying,
"O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, who dwells [between] the cherubims, You [are] the God, [even] You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth, You have made heaven and earth.
Incline Your ear, O Lord, and hear; open Your eyes, O Lord, and see, and hear all the words of Sennacherib, who has sent to reproach the living God.
Of a truth, Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste to all the nations and their countries,
And have cast their gods into the fire, for they [were] no gods, but the work of men's hands, wood and stone, therefore they have destroyed them.
Now therefore, O Lord our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You [are] the Lord, [even] You only."
Then Isaiah, the son of Amoz, sent to Hezekiah, saying, "Thus the Lord says, God of Israel, 'Whereas you have prayed to Me against Sennacherib, king of Assyria.'"
This [is] the word which the Lord has spoken concerning him; "The virgin, the daughter of Zion, has despised you, [and] laughed you to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem has shaken her head at you.
Whom have you reproached and blasphemed? And against whom have you exalted [your] voice, and lifted up your eyes on high? [Even] against the Holy One of Israel.
You have reproached the Lord by your servants, and have said, 'By the multitude of my chariots, I have come up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon; and I will cut down the tall cedars thereof, [and] the choice fir trees thereof, and I will enter into the height of his border, [and] the forest of his Carmel.
I have dug, and drunk water; and with the sole of my feet, I have dried up all the rivers of the besieged places.'
Have you not heard long ago, [how] I have done it; [and] of ancient times, that I have formed it? Now I have brought it to pass, that you should lay waste to defensed cities [so they become] ruinous heaps.
Therefore their inhabitants [were] of small power, they were dismayed and confounded, they were [as] the grass of the field, and [as] the green herb, [as] the grass on the housetops, and [as corn] blasted before it is grown up.
But I know your abode, and your going out, and your coming in, and your rage against Me.
Because your rage against Me, and your tumult, has come up into My ears, therefore I will put My hook in your nose, and My bridle in your lips, and I will turn you back by the way by which you came.
And this [will be] a sign to you, 'You will eat [this] year such as grows of itself; and the second year, that which springs of the same, and in the third year sow, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruit thereof.
And the remnant that has escaped of the house of Judah will again take root downward, and bear fruit upward.
For out of Jerusalem, a remnant will go forth, and those who escape out of Mount Zion, the zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.'
Therefore the Lord thus says concerning the king of Assyria, 'He will not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shields, nor cast a bank against it.
By the way that he came, by the same he will return, and will not come into this city,' the Lord says.
For I will defend this city to save it for My own sake, and for My servant David's sake."
Then the angel of the Lord went forth, and struck a hundred and eighty five thousand in the camp of the Assyrians, and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they [were] all dead corpses.
So Sennacherib, king of Assyria, departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.
And it came to pass, as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer, his sons, struck him with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Armenia, and Esarhaddon, his son, reigned in his stead.
In those days, Hezekiah was sick to death. And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, came to him, and said to him, "Thus the Lord says, 'Set your house in order, for you will die, and not live.'"
Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the Lord,
And said, "Remember now, O Lord, I beseech You, how I have walked before You in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done [that which is] good in Your sight." And Hezekiah wept sore.
Then the word of the Lord came to Isaiah, saying,
"Go, and say to Hezekiah, 'Thus the Lord says, the God of David your father, 'I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears, behold, I will add fifteen years to your days.
And I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and I will defend this city.
And this [will be] a sign to you from the Lord, that the Lord will do this thing that He has spoken;
Behold, I will bring again the shadow of the degrees, which has gone down in the sun dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward.'" So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it had gone down.
The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick, and was recovered of his sickness.
I said in the cutting off of my days, I will go to the gates of the grave, I am deprived of the residue of my years.
I said, "I will not see the Lord, [even] the Lord, in the land of the living, I will no longer behold man with the inhabitants of the world.
My age has departed, and is removed from me as a shepherd's tent, I have cut off my life like a weaver, he will cut me off with pining sickness, from day [even] tonight, You will make an end of me.
I reckoned until morning, [that], as a lion, so He will break all my bones, from day [even] tonight You will make an end of me.
Like a crane [or] a swallow, so I chattered, I mourned as a dove, my eyes fail [with looking] upward, O Lord, I am oppressed; undertake for me.
What will I say? He has both spoken to me, and He Himself has done [it], I will go softly all my years in the bitterness of my soul.
O Lord, [men] live by these [things], and in all these [things is] the life of my spirit, so You will recover me, and make me live.
Behold, I had great bitterness for peace, but You have, in love to my soul, [delivered it] from the pit of corruption, for You have cast all my sins behind Your back.
For the grave cannot praise You, death can [not] celebrate You, those who go down into the pit cannot hope for Your truth.
The living, the living, he will praise You, as I [do] this day, the father to the children will make Your truth known.
The Lord [was ready] to save me, therefore we will sing my songs to the stringed instruments all the days of our life in the House of the Lord."
For Isaiah had said, "Let them take a lump of figs, and lay [it] for a plaister upon the boil, and he will recover."
Hezekiah also had said, "What [is] the sign that I will go up to the House of the Lord?"
At that time Merodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he had heard that he had been sick, and had recovered.
And Hezekiah was glad of them, and showed them the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armor, and all that was found in his treasures, there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah did not show them.
Then Isaiah the prophet came to king Hezekiah, and said to him, "What did these men say? And from where did they come to you?" And Hezekiah said, "They are brought from a far country to me, [even] from Babylon."
Then he said, "What have they seen in your house?" And Hezekiah answered, "They have seen all that [is] in my house, there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shown them."
Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, "Hear the word of the Lord of hosts.
'Behold, the days come, that all that [is] in your house, and [that] which your fathers have laid up in store until this day, will be carried to Babylon, nothing will be left,' the Lord says.
And of your sons who will issue from you, whom you will father, they will take away; and they will be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon."
Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, "Good [is] the word of the Lord which you have spoken." He said moreover, "For there will be peace and truth in my days."
"Comfort, comfort My people," says your God.
Every valley will be exalted, and every mountain and hill will be made low, and the crooked will be made straight, and the rough places plain.
The voice said, "Cry." And he said, "What will I cry?" All flesh [is] grass, and all the goodliness thereof [is] as the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades, because the Spirit of the Lord blows upon it, surely the people [are] grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.
O Zion, that brings good tidings, get up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that brings good tidings, lift up your voice with strength; lift [it] up, do not be afraid; say to the cities of Judah, "Behold your God!"
Behold, the Lord God will come with a strong [hand], and His arm will rule for Him, behold, His reward [is] with Him, and His work before Him.
Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or [being] His counselor has taught Him?
With whom did He take counsel, and [who] instructed Him, and taught Him in the path of judgment, and taught Him knowledge, and showed to Him the way of understanding?
Behold, the nations [are] as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance, behold, He takes up the isles as a very little thing.
And Lebanon [is] not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering.
The workman melts a graven image, and the goldsmith spreads it over with gold, and casts silver chains.
He who [is] so impoverished that he has no oblation chooses a tree [that] will not rot; he seeks to him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, [that] will not be moved.
Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told to you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
[It is] He who sits upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof [are] as grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens as a curtain, and spreads them out as a tent to dwell in.
Who brings the princes to nothing; He makes the judges of the earth as vanity.
Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who has created these [things], who brings out their host by number, He calls them all by names by the greatness of His might, for [He is] strong in power; not one fails.
He gives power to the faint; and to [those who have] no might, He increases strength.
Even the youths will faint and be weary, and the young men will utterly fall.
But those who wait upon the Lord will renew [their] strength; they will mount up with wings as eagles; they will run and not be weary; [and] they will walk and not faint.
Keep silence before Me, O islands; and let the people renew [their] strength, let them come near; then let them speak, let us come near together to judgment.
Who raised up the righteous [man] from the east, called him to his foot, gave the nations before him, and made [him] rule over kings? He gave [them] as the dust to his sword, [and] as driven stubble to his bow.
The isles saw [it], and feared; the ends of the earth were afraid, drew near and came.
They helped, everyone his neighbor; and [everyone] said to his brother, "Be of good courage."
[You] whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called you from the chief men thereof, and said to you, "You [are] My servant; I have chosen you, and not cast you away.
Do not fear; for I [am] with you, do not be dismayed; for I [am] your God, I will strengthen you; indeed, I will help you; indeed, I will uphold you with the right hand of My righteousness.
Behold, all those who were incensed against you will be ashamed and confounded, they will be as nothing; and those who strive with you will perish.
You will seek them and will not find them, [even] those who contended with you, those who war against you will be as nothing, and as a thing of nothing.
For I the Lord your God will hold your right hand, saying to you, 'Do not fear; I will help you.'
Do not fear, you worm Jacob, [and] you men of Israel; I will help you," the Lord says, "And your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
Behold, I will make you a sharp new threshing instrument having teeth, you will thresh the mountains, and beat [them] small, and will make the hills as chaff.
You will fan them, and the wind will carry them away, and the whirlwind will scatter them, and you will rejoice in the Lord, [and] will glory in the Holy One of Israel.
[When] the poor and needy seek water, and [there is] none, [and] their tongue fails for thirst, I the Lord will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them.
I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys, I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.
I will plant the cedar in the wilderness, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set the fir tree in the desert, [and] the pine, and the box tree together.
That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the Lord has done this, and the Holy One of Israel has created it.
Produce your cause," the Lord says; "Bring forth your strong [reasons]," says the King of Jacob.
"Let them bring [them] forth, and show Us what will happen, let them show the former things, what they [are], that We may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare Us things to come.
Show the things that are to come hereafter, that We may know that you [are] gods, indeed, do good, or do evil, that We may be dismayed, and behold [it] together.
Behold, you [are] of nothing, and your work of nothing, an abomination [is he who] chooses you.
I have raised up [one] from the north, and he will come, he will call upon My name from the rising of the sun, and he will come upon princes as [upon] mortar, and as the potter treads clay.
Who has declared from the beginning, that We may know? And beforetime, that We may say, '[He is] righteous?' Indeed, [there are] none who show, indeed, [there are] none who declare, indeed, [there are] none who hear your words.
The first [will say] to Zion, 'Behold, behold them, and I will give to Jerusalem one who brings good tidings.'
For I beheld, and [there was] no man; even among them, and [there was] no counselor, that, when I asked of them, could answer a word.
Behold My servant, whom I uphold; My elect, [in whom] My soul delights; I have put My Spirit upon him, he will bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
He will not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.
A bruised reed, he will not break, and the smoking flax, he will not quench, he will bring forth judgment to truth.
Thus God the Lord says, "He who created the heavens, and stretched them out; He who spread forth the earth, and that which comes out of it; He who gives breath to the people upon it, and spirit to those who walk therein.
I the Lord have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand, and will keep you, and give you for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;
To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, [and] those who sit in darkness out of the prison house.
I [am] the Lord, that [is] My name, and I will not give My glory to another, neither My praise to graven images.
Behold, the former things are brought to pass, and I declare new things, before they spring forth, I tell you of them."
Sing to the Lord a new song, [and] His praise from the end of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.
Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up [their voice], the villages [that] Kedar inhabits, let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains.
Let them give glory to the Lord, and declare His praise in the islands.
The Lord will go forth as a mighty man, He will stir up jealousy like a man of war, He will cry, indeed, roar; He will prevail against His enemies.
I have long time held My peace; I have been still, [and] refrained Myself, [now] I will cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once.
I will make mountains and hills waste, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools.
And I will bring the blind by a way [that] they did not know; I will lead them in paths [that] they have not known, I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. I will do these things to them, and not forsake them.
They will be turned back, they will be greatly ashamed, who trust in graven images, who say to the molten images, "You [are] our gods."
Hear, you deaf; and look, you blind, that you may see.
Who [is] blind, but My servant? Or deaf, as My messenger [whom] I sent? Who [is] blind as [he who is] perfect, and blind as the Lord's servant?
Seeing many things, but you do not observe; opening the ears, but he does not hear.
The Lord is well pleased for His righteousness' sake; He will magnify the law, and make [it] honorable.
But this [is] a people robbed and spoiled; all of them [are] snared in holes, and they are hidden in prison houses, they are for a prey, and none delivers; for a spoil, and none says, "Restore."
Who among you will give ear to this? [Who] will listen and hear for the time to come?
Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? Did the Lord not [do so], He against whom we have sinned? For they would not walk in His ways, neither were they obedient to His law.
Therefore He has poured upon him the fury of His anger, and the strength of battle, and it has set him on fire round about, yet he did not know; and it burned him, yet he did not lay [it] to heart.
For I [am] the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior, I gave Egypt [for] your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for you.
Since you were precious in My sight, you have been honorable, and I have loved you, therefore I will give men for you, and people for your life.
Do not fear, for I [am] with you, I will bring your seed from the east, and gather from the west;
I will say to the north, 'Give up;' and to the south, 'Do not keep back, bring My sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth;'
[Even] everyone who is called by My name, for I have created him for My glory, I have formed him; indeed, I have made him.
Bring forth the blind people who have eyes, and the deaf who have ears.
Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled, who among them can declare this, and show us former things? Let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified, or let them hear, and say, '[It is] truth.'"
I have declared, and have saved, and I have shown, when [there was] no strange [god] among you, therefore you [are] My witnesses," the Lord says, "That I [am] God.
Indeed, before the day [was] I [am] He; and [there are] none who can deliver out of My hand, I will work, and who will let it?"
Thus the Lord says, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; "For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all their nobles, and the Chaldeans, whose cry [is] in the ships.
I [am] the Lord, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King."
Thus the Lord says, who makes a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters;
Who brings forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they will lie down together, they will not rise, they are extinct, they are quenched as tow.
Do not remember the former things, neither consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing; now it will spring forth; will you not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, [and] rivers in the desert.
The beast of the field will honor Me, the dragons and the owls, because I give waters in the wilderness, [and] rivers in the desert, to give drink to My people, My chosen.
I have formed this people for Myself; they will show forth My praise.
But you have not called upon Me, O Jacob; but you have been weary of Me, O Israel.
You have not brought Me the small cattle of your burnt offerings; neither have you honored Me with your sacrifices. I have not caused you to serve with an offering, nor wearied you with incense.
You have bought Me no sweet cane with money, neither have you filled Me with the fat of your sacrifices, but you have made Me serve with your sins, you have wearied Me with your iniquities.
I, [even] I, [am] He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake, and will not remember your sins.
Put Me in remembrance, let us plead together, declare, that you may be justified.
Your first father has sinned, and your teachers have transgressed against Me.
Thus the Lord says who made you, and formed you from the womb, [who] will help you; "Do not fear, O Jacob, My servant; and you, Jesurun, whom I have chosen.
For I will pour water upon him who is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground, I will pour My Spirit upon your seed, and My blessing upon your offspring."
And they will spring up [as] among the grass, as willows by the water courses.
And who, as I, will call, and will declare it, and set it in order for Me, since I appointed the ancient people? And the things that are coming, and will come, let them show them.
Do not fear, neither be afraid, have I not told you from that time, and have declared [it]? You [are] even My witnesses. Is there a god beside Me? Indeed, [there is] no god; I do not know [any].
Those who make a graven image, all of them [are] vanity; and their delectable things will not profit; and they [are] their own witnesses; they do not see, nor know; that they may be ashamed.
Who has formed a god, or molten a graven image [that] is profitable for nothing?
Behold, all his fellows will be ashamed, and the workmen, they [are] of men, let them all be gathered together, let them stand up; [yet] they will fear, [and] they will be ashamed together.
The smith with the tongs both works in the coals, and fashions it with hammers, and works it with the strength of his arms, indeed, he is hungry, and his strength fails, he drinks no water, and is faint.
The carpenter stretches out [his] rule; he marks it out with a line; he fits it with planes, and he marks it out with the compass, and makes it after the figure of a man, according to the beauty of a man; that it may remain in the house.
He hews down cedars for himself, and takes the cypress and the oak, which he strengthens for himself among the trees of the forest, he plants an ash, and the rain nourishes [it].
Then it will be for a man to burn, for he will take thereof, and warm himself; indeed, he kindles [it], and bakes bread; indeed, he makes a god, and worships [it]; he makes it a graven image, and falls down thereto.
And the residue thereof he makes a god, [even] his graven image, he falls down to it, and worships [it], and prays to it, and says, "Deliver me; for you [are] my god."
And none considers in his heart, neither [is there] knowledge or understanding to say, "I have burned part of it in the fire; indeed, I have also baked bread upon the coals thereof; I have roasted flesh, and eaten [it], and will I make the residue thereof an abomination?" Will I fall down to the stock of a tree?
He feeds on ashes, a deceived heart has turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, "[Is there] not a lie in my right hand?"
Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for you [are] My servant, I have formed you; you [are] My servant, O Israel, you will not be forgotten of Me.
I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, your transgressions, and, as a cloud, your sins, return to Me; for I have redeemed you.
Who frustrates the tokens of the liars, and makes diviners mad; who turns wise [men] backward, and makes their knowledge foolish;
Who confirms the word of His servant, and performs the counsel of His messengers; who says to Jerusalem, "You will be inhabited;" and to the cities of Judah, "You will be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof."
Thus the Lord says to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open the two leaved gates before him; and the gates will not be shut;
I will go before you, and make the crooked places straight, I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron.
And I will give you the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, who calls [you] by your name, [am] the God of Israel.
For Jacob My servant's sake, and Israel My elect, I have even called you by your name, I have surnamed you, though you have not known Me.
I [am] the Lord, and [there are] none else, [there is] no god beside Me, I girded you, though you have not known Me.
I form the light, and create darkness, I make peace, and create evil, I the Lord do all these [things].
Woe to him who strives with his Maker! [Let] the potsherd [strive] with the potsherds of the earth. Should the clay say to him who fashions it, "What do you make?" Or your work, "He has no hands?"
Woe to him who says to [his] father, "What did you father?" Or to the woman, "What have you brought forth?"
I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways, he will build My city, and he will let My captives go, not for price or reward," the Lord says of hosts.
Thus the Lord says, "The labor of Egypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia and of the Sabeans, men of stature, will come over to you, and they will be yours, they will come after you; they will come over in chains, and they will prostrate to you, they will make supplication to you, [saying], 'Surely God [is] in you; and [there are] none else, [there is] no god.'"
Verily You [are] a God who hides Yourself, O God of Israel, the Savior.
They will be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them, they will go to confusion together [who are] makers of idols.
[But] Israel will be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation, you will not be ashamed or confounded, world without end.
For thus the Lord says, who created the heavens; God Himself who formed the earth and made it; He has established it, He did not create it in vain, He formed it to be inhabited, "I [am] the Lord; and [there are] none else."
I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth, I did not say to the seed of Jacob, "Seek Me in vain," I the Lord speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.
Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, you [who have] escaped of the nations, they have no knowledge who set up the wood of their graven image, and pray to a god [that] cannot save.
Tell [them] and bring [them] near; indeed, let them take counsel together, who has declared this from ancient time? [Who] has told it from that time? [Have] not I the Lord? And [there is] no god beside Me; a just God and a Savior; [there is] none beside Me.
Surely, [one] will say, "I have righteousness and strength in the Lord, [even] to Him will [men] come; and all who are incensed against Him will be ashamed."
All the seed of Israel will be justified in the Lord, and will glory.
Bel bows down, Nebo stoops, their idols were upon the beasts, and upon the cattle, your carriages [were] heavy loaden; [they are] a burden to the weary [beast].
They stoop, they bow down together; they could not deliver the burden, but themselves have gone into captivity.
Listen to Me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, who are borne [by Me] from the belly, who are carried from the womb.
They lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver in the balance, [and] hire a goldsmith; and he makes it a god, they fall down, indeed, they worship.
Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times [the things] that are not [yet] done, saying, "My counsel will stand, and I will do all My pleasure."
Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man who executes My counsel from a far country, indeed, I have spoken [it], I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed [it], I will also do it.
Listen to Me, you stouthearted, who [are] far from righteousness.
I bring near My righteousness; it will not be far off, and My salvation will not delay, and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel, My glory.
Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground, [there is] no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans, for you will no longer be called tender and delicate.
Take the millstones, and grind meal, uncover your locks, make the leg bare, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers.
Your nakedness will be uncovered, indeed, your shame will be seen, I will take vengeance, and I will not meet [you as] a man.
[As for] our Redeemer, the Lord of hosts [is] His name, the Holy One of Israel.
Sit silent, and get into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans, for you will no longer be called, The lady of kingdoms.
I was wroth with My people, I have polluted My inheritance, and given to them into your hand, you showed them no mercy; you have very heavily laid your yoke upon the ancient.
And you said, "I will be a lady forever," [so] that you did not lay these [things] to your heart, neither did you remember the latter end of it.
Therefore hear this now, [you who are] given to pleasures, who dwells carelessly, who says in your heart, "I [am], and none else beside me; I will not sit [as] a widow, neither will I know the loss of children."
But these two [things] will come to you in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood, they will come upon you in their perfection for the multitude of your sorceries, [and] for the great abundance of your enchantments.
For you have trusted in your wickedness, you have said, "None see me." Your wisdom and your knowledge, it has perverted you; and you have said in your heart, "I [am], and none else beside me."
Therefore evil will come upon you; you will not know from where it rises, and mischief will fall upon you; you will not be able to put it off, and desolation will come upon you suddenly, [which] you will not know.
Stand now with your enchantments, and with the multitude of your sorceries, wherein you have labored from your youth; if so be, you will be able to profit, if so be, you may prevail.
You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels. Now let the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save you from [these things] that will come upon you.
Behold, they will be as stubble; the fire will burn them; they will not deliver themselves from the power of the flame, [there will] not [be] a coal to warm at, [nor] fire to sit before it.
Thus they will be to you with whom you have labored, [even] your merchants, from your youth, they will wander, everyone to his quarter; none will save you.
Hear this, O house of Jacob, who are called by the name of Israel, and are brought forth out of the waters of Judah, who swear by the name of the Lord, and make mention of the God of Israel, [but] not in truth, nor in righteousness.
For they call themselves of the holy city, and support themselves upon the God of Israel; The Lord of hosts [is] His name.
I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of My mouth, and I showed them; I did [them] suddenly, and they came to pass.
Because I knew that you [are] obstinate, and your neck [is] an iron sinew, and your brow brass;
I have even from the beginning declared [it] to you; before it came to pass I showed [it] you, unless you should say, "My idol has done them, and My graven image, and My molten image, has commanded them."
You have heard, see all this; and will you not declare [it]? I have shown you new things from this time, even hidden things, and you did not know them.
They are created now, and not from the beginning; even before the day when you did not hear them; unless you should say, "Behold, I knew them."
Indeed, you did not hear; indeed, you did not know; indeed, from that time [that] your ear was not opened, for I knew that you would deal very treacherously, and were called a transgressor from the womb.
For My name's sake I will defer My anger, and for My praise I will refrain for you, that I do not cut you off.
Behold, I have refined you, but not with silver; I have chosen you in the furnace of affliction.
My hand has also laid the foundation of the earth, and My right hand has spanned the heavens, [when] I call to them, they stand up together.
All you, assemble yourselves, and hear; which among them has declared these [things]? The Lord has loved him, He will do His pleasure on Babylon, and His arm [will be on] the Chaldeans.
I, [even] I, have spoken; indeed, I have called him, I have brought him, and he will make his way prosperous.
Come near Me, hear this; "I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there [am] I," and now the Lord God, and His Spirit, have sent me.
Thus the Lord says, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; "I [am] the Lord your God who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way [that] you should go."
O that you had listened to My commandments! Then your peace would have been as a river, and your righteousness as the waves of the sea.
Your seed also would have been as the sand, and the offspring of your bowels like the gravel thereof; his name should not have been cut off or destroyed from before Me.
Go forth of Babylon, flee from the Chaldeans, with a voice of singing declare, tell this, utter it [even] to the end of the earth; say, "The Lord has redeemed His servant Jacob."
And they did not thirst [when] He led them through the deserts, He caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them, He clave the rock also, and the waters gushed out.
"[There is] no peace," the Lord says, "To the wicked."
Listen, O isles, to me; and listen, you people, from afar; the Lord has called me from the womb; He has made mention of my name from the bowels of my mother.
And He has made my mouth like a sharp sword; He has hidden me in the shadow of His hand, and made me a polished shaft; He has hidden me in His quiver;
And said to me, "You [are] My servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified."
That you may say to the prisoners, "Go forth;" to those who [are] in darkness, "Show yourselves." They will feed in the ways, and their pastures [will be] in all high places.
They will not hunger or thirst; neither will the heat or sun strike them, for He who has mercy on them will lead them, He will guide them even by the springs of water.
And I will make all My mountains a way, and My highways will be exalted.
Behold, these will come from afar, and, look, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.
Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains, for the Lord has comforted His people, and will have mercy upon His afflicted.
But Zion said, "The Lord has forsaken me, and my Lord has forgotten me."
Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Indeed, they may forget, yet I will not forget you.
Behold, I have engraven you upon the palms of [My] hands; your walls [are] continually before Me.
Your children will make haste; your destroyers and those who made you waste will go forth of you.
Lift up your eyes round about, and behold, all these gather themselves together, [and] come to you. "[As] I live," the Lord says, "You will surely clothe yourself with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them [on you], as a bride [does]."
For your waste and your desolate places, and the land of your destruction, will even now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants, and those who swallowed you up will be far away.
The children which you will have, after you have lost the other, will say again in your ears, "The place [is] too strait for me, give place to me that I may dwell."
Then you will say in your heart, "Who has fathered me these, seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing here and there? And who has brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where [had] they [been]?"
Thus the Lord God says, "Behold, I will lift up My hand to the Gentiles, and set up My standard to the people, and they will bring your sons in [their] arms, and your daughters will be carried upon [their] shoulders.
And kings will be your nursing fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers, they will prostrate to you with [their] face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of your feet; and you will know that I [am] the Lord, for they will not be ashamed who wait for Me."
Should the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?
But thus the Lord says, "Even the captives of the mighty will be taken away, and the prey of the terrible will be delivered, for I will contend with him who contends with you, and I will save your children.
And I will feed those who oppress you with their own flesh; and they will be drunk with their own blood, as with sweet wine, and all flesh will know that I the Lord [am] your Savior and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob."
Thus the Lord says, "Where [is] the bill of your mother's divorcement, whom I have put away? Or which of My creditors [is it] to whom I have sold you? Behold, you have sold yourselves for your iniquities, and your mother is put away for your transgressions."
Therefore, when I came, [was there] no man? When I called, [were there] none to answer? Is My hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? Or do I have no power to deliver? Behold, at My rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness, their fish stink, because [there is] no water, and die for thirst.
I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering."
The Lord God has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to [him who is] weary, He wakens morning by morning, He wakens my ear to hear as the learned.
[He is] near who justifies me; who will contend with me? Let us stand together, who [is] my adversary? Let him come near me.
Who [is] among you who fears the Lord, who obeys the voice of His servant, who walks [in] darkness, and has no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God.
Behold, all you who kindle a fire, who encompass [yourselves] about with sparks, walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks [that] you have kindled. You will have this of my hand; you will lie down in sorrow.
Listen to Me, you who follows after righteousness, you who seek the Lord, look to the rock [from where] you are hewn, and to the hole of the pit [from where] you have dug.
Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah [who] bore you, for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.
For the Lord will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her waste places; and He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the Garden of the Lord; joy and gladness will be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.
Listen to Me, My people; and give ear to Me, O My nation, for a law will proceed from Me, and I will make My judgment to rest for a light of the people.
My righteousness [is] near; My salvation has gone forth, and My arms will judge the people; the isles will wait upon Me, and on My arm they will trust.
Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath, for the heavens will vanish away like smoke, and the earth will wax old like a garment, and those who dwell therein will die in like manner, but My salvation will be forever, and My righteousness will not be abolished.
Listen to Me, you who knows righteousness, the people in whose heart [is] My law; do not fear the reproach of men, neither be afraid of their revilings.
For the moth will eat them up like a garment, and the worm will eat them like wool, but My righteousness will be forever, and My salvation from generation to generation.
Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. [Are] You not it, who has cut Rahab, [and] wounded the dragon?
[Are] You not it, who has dried the sea, the waters of the great deep; who has made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over?
Therefore the redeemed of the Lord will return, and come with singing to Zion; and everlasting joy [will be] upon their head, they will obtain gladness and joy; [and] sorrow and mourning will flee away.
I, [even] I, [am] He who comforts you, who [are] you, that you should be afraid of a man [who] will die, and of the Son of man [who] will be made [as] grass;
And forget the Lord your Maker, who has stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and have feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? And where [is] the fury of the oppressor?
The captive exile hastens that he may be loosed, and that he should not die in the pit, nor that his bread should fail.
But I [am] the Lord your God, who divided the sea, whose waves roared, The Lord of hosts [is] His name.
And I have put My words in your mouth, and I have covered you in the shadow of My hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say to Zion, "You [are] My people."
Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which has drunk at the hand of the Lord the cup of His fury; you have drunk the dregs of the cup of trembling, [and] wrung [them] out.
[There are] none to guide her among all the sons [whom] she has brought forth; neither [are there any] who take her by the hand of all the sons [whom] she has brought up.
These two [things] are brought to you; who will be sorry for you? Desolation, and destruction, and the famine, and the sword, by whom will I comfort you?
Your sons have fainted, they lie at the head of all the streets, as a wild bull in a net, they are full of the fury of the Lord, the rebuke of your God.
Therefore now hear this, you afflicted, and drunk, but not with wine.
Thus your Lord, the Lord says, and your God [who] pleads the cause of His people, "Behold, I have taken the cup of trembling out of your hand, [even] the dregs of the cup of My fury; you will no longer drink it again."
But I will put it into the hand of those who afflict you; who have said to your soul, "Prostrate, that we may go over," and you have laid your body as the ground, and as the street, to those who went over.
Awake, awake; put on your strength, O Zion; put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city, for now on the uncircumcised and the unclean will no longer come into you.
Shake yourself from the dust; arise, [and] sit down, O Jerusalem, loose yourself from the bands of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion.
For thus the Lord says, "You have sold yourselves for nothing; and you will be redeemed without money."
For thus the Lord God says, "My people went down aforetime into Egypt to sojourn there; and the Assyrian oppressed them without cause."
"Now therefore, what do I have here," the Lord says, "That My people are taken away for nothing? Those who rule over them make them howl, the Lord says; and My name continually every day [is] blasphemed.
Your watchmen will lift up the voice; with the voice together they will sing, for they will see eye to eye, when the Lord will bring Zion again.
Break forth into joy, sing together, you waste places of Jerusalem, for the Lord has comforted His people, He has redeemed Jerusalem.
The Lord has made His holy arm bare in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God.
Depart, depart, go out from there, touch no unclean [thing]; go out of the midst of her; be clean, who bears the vessels of the Lord.
For you will not go out with haste, nor go by flight, for the Lord will go before you; and the God of Israel [will be] your rereward.
Behold, My servant will deal prudently, he will be exalted and extolled, and be very high.
As many were astonied at you; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men.
For he will grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground, he has no form or honor; and when we will see him, [there is] no beauty that we should desire him.
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief, and we hid as it were [our] faces from him; he was despised, and we did not esteem him.
But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth, he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he does not open his mouth.
And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither [was any] deceit in his mouth.
Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; He has put [him] to grief, when you will make his soul an offering for sin, he will see [his] seed, he will prolong [his] days, and the pleasure of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of your habitations, do not spare, lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes;
For you will break forth on the right hand and on the left; and your seed will inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.
Do not fear; for you will not be ashamed, neither be confounded; for you will not be put to shame, for you will forget the shame of your youth, and will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore.
For your Maker [is] your husband; the Lord of hosts [is] His name; and your Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; He will be called the God of the whole earth.
"For the Lord has called you as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when you were refused," says your God.
"I have forsaken you for a small moment; but I will gather you with great mercies.
In a little wrath I hid My Face from you for a moment; but I will have mercy on you with everlasting kindness," the Lord says, your Redeemer.
O you afflicted, tossed with tempest, [and] not comforted, behold, I will lay your stones with fair colors, and lay your foundations with sapphires.
And I will make your windows of agates, and your gates of carbuncles, and all your borders of pleasant stones.
And all your children [will be] taught of the Lord; and the peace of your children [will be] great.
You will be established in righteousness, you will be far from oppression; for you will not fear, and from terror; for it will not come near you.
Behold, they will surely gather together, [but] not by Me, whoever will gather together against you will fall for your sake.
Behold, I have created the smith who blows the coals in the fire, and who brings forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.
No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; and you will condemn every tongue [that] will rise against you in judgment. This [is] the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness [is] of Me," the Lord says.
Alas, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters, and he who has no money; come, buy, and eat; indeed, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Behold, I have given him [for] a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.
Behold, you will call a nation [that] you do not know, and nations [that] did not know you, will run to you because of the Lord your God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for He has glorified you.
Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.
Let the wicked forsake His way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts, and let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.
"For My thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways My ways," the Lord says.
"For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.
For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and does not return there, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater.
So will My word be, that goes forth out of My mouth, it will not return to Me void, but it will accomplish that which I please, and it will prosper [in the thing] where I sent it."
For you will go out with joy, and be led forth with peace, the mountains and the hills will break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field will clap [their] hands.
Instead of the thorn, the fir tree will come up, and instead of the brier, the myrtle tree will come up, and it will be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign [that] will not be cut off.
Thus the Lord says, "Keep judgment, and do justice, for My salvation [is] near to come, and My righteousness to be revealed."
Blessed [is] the man [who] does this, and the Son of man [who] lays hold on it; who keeps the sabbath from polluting it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil.
Neither let the son of the stranger, who has joined himself to the Lord, speak, saying, "The Lord has utterly separated me from His people," neither let the eunuch say, "Behold, I [am] a dry tree."
For thus the Lord says to the eunuchs who keep My sabbaths, and choose [the things] that please Me, and take hold of My covenant;
"Even to them I will give a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters in My House and within My walls, I will give them an everlasting name, that will not be cut off."
The Lord God who gathers the outcasts of Israel says, "Yet I will gather [others] to him, beside those who are gathered to him."
All you beasts of the field, come to devour, [indeed], all you beasts in the forest.
His watchmen [are] blind, they are all ignorant, they [are] all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.
Indeed, [they are] greedy dogs [which] can never have enough, and they [are] shepherds [that] cannot understand, they all look to their own way, everyone for his gain, from his quarter.
"Come, [they say], I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and tomorrow will be as this day, [and] much more abundant."
The righteous perish, and no man lays [it] to heart, and merciful men [are] taken away, none considering that the righteous are taken away from the evil [to come].
He will enter into peace, they will rest in their beds, [each one] walking [in] his uprightness.
But draw near here, you sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore.
Against whom do you sport yourselves? Against whom do you make a wide mouth, [and] draw out the tongue? [Are] you not children of transgression, a seed of falsehood,
Enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree, slaying the children in the valleys under the clifts of the rocks?
Among the smooth [stones] of the stream [is] your portion; they, they [are] your lot, even to them have you poured a drink offering, you have offered a meat offering. Should I receive comfort in these?
You have set your bed upon a lofty and high mountain, even there you went up to offer sacrifice.
You have set up your remembrance behind the doors also and the posts, for you have discovered [yourself to other] than Me, and have gone up; you have enlarged your bed, and made [a covenant] with them; you loved their bed where you saw [it].
And you went to the king with ointment, and increased your perfumes, and sent your messengers far off, and debased [yourself even] to Hell.
You are wearied in the greatness of your way; [yet] you did not say, "There is no hope," you have found the life of your hand; therefore you were not grieved.
And of whom have you been afraid or feared, that you have lied, and have not remembered Me, nor laid [it] to your heart? Have I not held My peace even of old, and you do not fear Me?
I will declare your righteousness, and your works; for they will not profit you.
When you cry, let your companies deliver you; but the wind will carry them all away; vanity will take [them], but he who puts his trust in Me will possess the land, and will inherit My holy mountain;
And will say, "Cast up, cast up, prepare the way, take up the stumblingblock out of the way of My people."
For thus says the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name [is] Holy; "I dwell in the high and holy [place], with him also [who is] of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
For I will not contend forever, neither will I always be wroth, for the spirit should fail before Me, and the souls [which] I have made."
I was wroth for the iniquity of his covetousness, and struck him, I hid Myself, and was wroth, and he went on backsliding in the way of his heart.
I have seen his ways, and will heal him, I will lead him also, and restore comforts to him and to his mourners.
I create the fruit of the lips; "Peace, peace to [him who is] far off, and to [him who is] near," the Lord says; "And I will heal him."
But the wicked [are] like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
"[There is] no peace," says my God, "To the wicked."
Cry aloud, do not spare, lift up your voice like a trumpet, and show My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.
Yet they seek Me daily, and delight to know My ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and did not forsake the ordinance of their God, they ask of Me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.
"Why have we fasted," [they say], "And You do not see? [Why] have we afflicted our soul, and You take no knowledge?" Behold, in the day of your fast you find pleasure, and exact all your labors.
Behold, you fast for strife and debate, and to strike with the fist of wickedness, you will not fast as [you do this] day, to make your voice to be heard on high.
[Is] this not the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke?
[Is it] not to deal your bread to the hungry, and that you bring the poor who are cast out to your house? When you see the naked, that you cover him; and that you do not hide yourself from your own flesh?
Then your light will break forth as the morning, and your health will spring forth speedily, and your righteousness will go before you; the glory of the Lord will be your rereward.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry, and He will say, "Here I [am]." If you take away the yoke from the midst of you, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;
And the Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and make your bones fat, and you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
And [those who will be] of you will build the old waste places, you will raise up the foundations of many generations; and you will be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.
If you turn away your foot from the sabbath, [from] doing your pleasure on My holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honorable; and will honor Him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking [your own] words.
But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hidden [His] Face from you, that He will not hear.
For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue has muttered perverseness.
None call for justice, nor [do any] plead for truth, they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.
They hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web, he who eats of their eggs dies, and that which is crushed breaks out into a viper.
Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood, their thoughts [are] thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction [are] in their paths.
Therefore judgment is far from us, neither does justice overtake us, we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, [but] we walk in darkness.
We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if [we had] no eyes, we stumble at noonday as in the night; [we are] in desolate places as dead [men].
We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves, we look for judgment, but [there is] none; for salvation, [but] it is far off from us.
For our transgressions are multiplied before You, and our sins testify against us, for our transgressions [are] with us; and [as for] our iniquities, we know them;
In transgressing and lying against the Lord, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
And judgment is turned away backward, and justice stands afar off, for truth has fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.
Indeed, truth fails; and he [who] departs from evil makes himself a prey, and the Lord saw [it], and it displeased Him that [there was] no judgment.
According to [their] deeds, accordingly He will repay, fury to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies; He will repay recompense to the islands.
"And the Redeemer will come to Zion, and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob," the Lord says.
Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For, behold, the darkness will cover the earth, and gross darkness, the people, but the Lord will arise upon you, and His glory will be seen upon you.
Lift up your eyes round about, and see, all of them gather themselves together, they come to you, your sons will come from afar, and your daughters will be nursed at [your] side.
Who [are] these [who] fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?
Surely the isles will wait for Me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring your sons from afar, their silver and their gold with them, to the name of the Lord your God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because He has glorified you.
And the sons of strangers will build up your walls, and their kings will minister to you, for I struck you in My wrath, but I have had mercy on you in My favor.
Therefore your gates will be open continually; they will not be shut day or night; that [men] may bring the forces of the Gentiles to you, and [that] their kings [may be] brought.
For the nation and kingdom that will not serve you will perish; indeed, [those] nations will be utterly wasted.
The glory of Lebanon will come to you, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of My sanctuary; and I will make the place of My feet glorious.
The sons also of those who afflicted you will come bending to you; and all those who despised you will prostrate down at the soles of your feet; and they will call you, The city of the Lord, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
Whereas you have been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through [you], I will make you an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.
You will also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and will suck the breast of kings, and you will know that I the Lord [am] your Savior and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron, I will also make your officers peace, and your exactors righteousness.
Your sun will no longer go down; neither will your moon withdraw itself, for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning will have ended.
Your people also [will be] all righteous, they will inherit the land forever, the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified.
The Spirit of the Lord God [is] upon me; because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the meek; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to [those who are] bound;
To appoint to those who mourn in Zion, to give beauty to them for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified.
And they will build the old wastes, they will raise up the former desolations, and they will repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.
And strangers will stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the sojourner [will be] your plowmen and your vinedressers.
But you will be named the Priests of the Lord, [men] will call you the Ministers of our God, you will eat the riches of the Gentiles, and you will boast yourselves in their glory.
For your shame [you will have] double; and [for] confusion they will rejoice in their portion, therefore they will possess the double in their land, everlasting joy will be to them.
For I the Lord love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
And their seed will be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people, all who see them will acknowledge them, that they [are] the seed [which] the Lord has blessed.
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul will be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks [himself] with ornaments, and as a bride adorns [herself] with her jewels.
For as the earth brings forth her bud, and as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.
For Zion's sake, I will not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake, I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof goes forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp [that] burns.
And the Gentiles will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory, and you will be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord will name.
You will also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
You will no longer be termed Forsaken; neither will your land be termed Desolate anymore, but you will be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah, for the Lord delights in you, and your land will be married.
For [as] a young man marries a virgin, [so] will your sons marry you, and [as] the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, [so] will your God rejoice over you.
I have set watchmen upon your walls, O Jerusalem, [which] will never hold their peace day or night, you who makes mention of the Lord, do not keep silence,
And give Him no rest until He establishes, and until He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
The Lord has sworn by His right hand, and by the arm of His strength, "Surely I will no longer give your corn [to be] meat for your enemies; and the sons of the stranger will not drink your wine, for the which you have labored.
But those who have gathered it will eat it, and praise the Lord; and those who have brought it together will drink it in the courts of My holiness."
Go through, go through the gates; prepare the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people.
Behold, the Lord has proclaimed to the end of the world, "Say to the daughter of Zion, 'Behold, your salvation comes; behold, His reward [is] with Him, and His work before Him.'"
And they will call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the Lord, and you will be called, Sought out, a city not forsaken.
Who [is] this who comes from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? This [that is] glorious in his apparel, traveling in the greatness of his strength? I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.
Why [are you] red in your apparel, and your garments like him who treads in the winefat?
I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people [there were] none with me, for I will tread them in my anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood will be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.
For the day of vengeance [is] in my heart, and the year of my redeemed has come.
And I looked, and [there were] none to help; and I wondered that [there were] none to uphold, therefore my own arm brought salvation to me; and my fury, it upheld me.
And I will tread down the people in my anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth.
I will mention the loving kindnesses of the Lord, [and] the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord has bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which He has bestowed on them according to His mercies, and according to the multitude of His loving kindnesses.
For He said, "Surely they [are] My people, children [who] will not lie," so He was their Savior.
In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the angel of His presence saved them, in His love and in His pity He redeemed them; and He bore them, and carried them all the days of old.
But they rebelled, and vexed His Holy Spirit, therefore He was turned to be their enemy, [and] He fought against them.
Then He remembered the days of old, Moses, [and] His people, [saying], "Where [is] He who brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of His flock? Where [is] He who put His Holy Spirit within him?
That led [them] by the right hand of Moses with His glorious arm, dividing the water before them, to make Himself an everlasting name?
That led them through the deep, as a horse in the wilderness, [that] they should not stumble?"
As a beast goes down into the valley, the Spirit of the Lord caused him to rest, so You led Your people, to make Yourself a glorious name.
Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of Your holiness and of Your glory, where [is] Your zeal and Your strength, the sounding of Your bowels and of Your mercies toward me? Are they restrained?
Doubtless You [are] our Father, though Abraham is ignorant of us, and Israel does not acknowledge us, You, O Lord, [are] our Father, our Redeemer; Your name [is] from everlasting.
O Lord, why have You made us to err from Your ways, [and] hardened our heart from Your fear? Return for Your servants' sake, the tribes of Your inheritance.
The people of Your holiness have possessed [it] but a little while, our adversaries have trodden down Your sanctuary.
We are [Yours], You never bore rule over them; they were not called by Your name.
Oh that You would rend the heavens, that You would come down, that the mountains might flow down at Your presence,
As [when] the melting fire burns, the fire causes the waters to boil, to make Your name known to Your adversaries, [that] the nations may tremble at Your presence!
You meet him who rejoices and works righteousness, [those who] remember You in Your ways, behold, You are wroth; for we have sinned, in those is continuance, and we will be saved.
But we are all as an unclean [thing], and all our righteousnesses [are] as filthy rags; and we all fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
And [there are] none who call upon Your name, who stirs up himself to take hold of You, for You have hidden Your Face from us, and have consumed us, because of our iniquities.
But now, O Lord, You [are] our Father; we [are] the clay, and You our potter; and we all [are] the work of Your hand.
Do not be wroth, very sore, O Lord, neither remember iniquity forever, behold, see, we beseech You, we [are] all Your people.
Your holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.
Our holy and our beautiful House, where our fathers praised You, is burned up with fire, and all our pleasant things are laid waste.
I am sought of [those who] did not ask [for Me]; I am found of [those who] did not seek Me, I said, "Behold Me, behold Me, to a nation [that] was not called by My name."
A people who provokes Me to anger continually to My Face; who sacrifices in gardens, and burns incense upon altars of brick;
Who remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, who eat swine's flesh, and broth of abominable [things is in] their vessels;
Who say, "Stand by yourself, do not come near me; for I am holier than you." These [are] a smoke in My nose, a fire that burns all the day.
Behold, [it is] written before Me, "I will not keep silence, but will recompense, even recompense into their bosom,
Your iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together," the Lord says, "Who have burned incense upon the mountains, and blasphemed Me upon the hills, therefore I will measure their former work into their bosom."
Thus the Lord says, "As the new wine is found in the cluster, and [one] says, 'Do not destroy it; for a blessing [is] in it,' so will I do for My servants' sakes, that I may not destroy them all.
And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of My mountains, and My elect will inherit it, and My servants will dwell there.
And Sharon will be a fold of flocks, and the valley of Achor a place for the herds to lie down in, for My people who have sought Me.
But you [are] those who forsake the Lord, who forget My holy mountain, who prepare a table for that troop, and who furnish the drink offering to that number.
Therefore I will number you to the sword, and you will all bow down to the slaughter, because when I called, you did not answer; when I spoke, you did not hear; but did evil before My eyes, and chose [that] wherein I did not delight."
Therefore the Lord God thus says, "Behold, My servants will eat, but you will be hungry, behold, My servants will drink, but you will be thirsty, behold, My servants will rejoice, but you will be ashamed.
Behold, My servants will sing for joy of heart, but you will cry for sorrow of heart, and will howl for vexation of spirit."
And you will leave your name for a curse to My chosen, for the Lord God will slay you, and call His servants by another name.
But be glad and rejoice forever [in that] which I create, for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.
And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in My people, and the voice of weeping will no longer be heard in her, nor the voice of crying.
There will no longer be an infant of days from there, nor an old man who has not filled his days, for the child will die a hundred years old; but the sinner [being] a hundred years old will be accursed.
And they will build houses, and inhabit [them]; and they will plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.
They will not build, and another inhabit; they will not plant, and another eat, for as the days of a tree [are] the days of My people, and My elect will long enjoy the work of their hands.
They will not labor in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they [are] the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them.
"And it will come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.
He who kills an ox [is as if] he slew a man; he who sacrifices a lamb, [as if] he cut off a dog's neck; he who offers an oblation, [as if he offered] swine's blood; he who burns incense, [as if] he blessed an idol. Indeed, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delights in their abominations.
I will also choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none answered; when I spoke, they did not hear, but they did evil before My eyes, and chose [that] in which I did not delight.
Hear the word of the Lord, you who tremble at His word; Your brethren who hated you, who cast you out for My name's sake, said, "Let the Lord be glorified, but He will appear to your joy, and they will be ashamed.
A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the Lord who renders recompense to His enemies.
Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.
Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Should the earth be made to bring forth in one day? [Or] will a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.
"Should I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth?" Says the Lord, "Will I cause to bring forth, and shut [the womb]?" Says your God.
Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all you who love her, rejoice for joy with her, all you who mourn for her.
That you may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that you may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory.
For thus the Lord says, "Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream, then you will suck, you will be borne upon [her] sides, and be dandled upon [her] knees.
As one whom his mother comforts, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted in Jerusalem."
And when you see [this], your heart will rejoice, and your bones will flourish like an herb, and the hand of the Lord will be known toward His servants, and [His] indignation toward His enemies.
For, behold, the Lord will come with fire, and with His chariots like a whirlwind, to render His anger with fury, and His rebuke with flames of fire.
For the Lord will judge all flesh by fire and by His sword, and the slain of the Lord will be many.
"Those who sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one [tree] in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, will be consumed together," the Lord says.
"For I [know] their works and their thoughts, it will come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they will come and see My glory.
And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those who escape of them to the nations, [to] Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, who draw the bow, [to] Tubal, and Javan, [to] the isles afar off, who have not heard My fame, neither have seen My glory; and they will declare My glory among the Gentiles.
And they will bring all your brethren [for] an offering to the Lord out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to My holy mountain Jerusalem," the Lord says, "As the Children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the House of the Lord.
And it will come to pass, [that] from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, all flesh will come to worship before Me, the Lord says.
And they will go forth, and look upon the carcasses of the men who have transgressed against Me, for their worm will not die, neither will their fire be quenched; and they will be a repulsion to all flesh."