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Song of praise

    25:1     O Lord, you are my God ; I will give praise to you, I will give honour to your name ; for you have done great acts of power ; your purposes in the past have been made true and certain in effect. 2 For you have made a town a waste place: a strong town a mass of broken walls ; the tower of the men of pride has come to an end ; it will never be put up again. 3 For this cause will the strong people give glory to you, the town of the cruel ones will be in fear of you. 4 For you have been a strong place for the poor and the crushed in their trouble, a safe place from the storm, a shade from the heat, when the wrath of the cruel ones is like a winter storm. 5 As heat by the shade of a cloud, the noise of the men of pride has been made quiet by you; as heat by the shade of a cloud, the song of the cruel ones has been stopped.
    25:6 And in this mountain will the Lord of armies make for all peoples a feast of good things, a feast of wines long stored, of good things sweet to the taste, of wines long kept and tested. 7 And in this mountain he will put an end to the shade covering the face of all peoples, and the veil which is stretched over all nations. 8 He has put an end to death for ever ; and the Lord God will take away all weeping ; and he will put an end to the shame of his people in all the earth : for the Lord has said it.
    25:9 And in that day it will be said, See, this is our God; we have been waiting for him, and he will be our saviour : this is the Lord in whom is our hope; we will be glad and have delight in his salvation.
    25:10 For in this mountain will the hand of the Lord come to rest, and Moab will be crushed down in his place, even as the dry stems of the grain are crushed under foot in the waste place. 11 And if he puts out his hands, like a man stretching out his hands in swimming, the Lord will make low his pride, however expert his designs. 12 And the strong tower of your walls has been broken by him, made low, and crushed even to the dust.

Song of trust

    26:1     In that day will this song be made in the land of Judah : We have a strong town; he will make salvation our walls and towers. 2 Let the doors be open, so that the upright nation which keeps faith may come in. 3 The man whose heart is unmoved you will keep in peace, because his hope is in you. 4 Let your hope be in the Lord for ever : for the Lord Jah is an unchanging Rock. 5 For he has made low those who are lifted up, all the people of the town of pride : he makes it low, crushing it down to the earth ; he makes it low in the dust. 6 It will be crushed under the feet of the poor and the steps of those who are in need.
  7 The way of the good man is straight ; the road of the upright is made smooth by you. 8 We have been waiting for you, O Lord; the desire of our soul is for the memory of your name. 9 In the night the desire of my soul has been for you ; early will my spirit be searching for you ; for when your punishments come on the earth, the people of the world will get the knowledge of righteousness. 10 Even if you are kind to the evil-doer, he will not go after righteousness ; even in the land of the upright he will still go on in his wrongdoing, and will not see the glory of the Lord. 11 Lord, your hand is lifted up, but they do not see : let them see ... yes, your haters will be burned up in the fire. 12 Lord, you will give us peace: for all our works are the outcome of your purpose. 13 O Lord, our God, other lords than you have had rule over us; but in you only is our salvation, and no other name will we take on our lips. 14 The dead will not come back to life : their spirits will not come back to earth ; for this cause you have sent destruction on them, so that the memory of them is dead. 15 You have made the nation great, O Lord, you have made it great ; glory is yours : you have made wide the limits of the land.
  16 Lord, in trouble our eyes have been turned to you, we sent up a prayer when your punishment was on us. 17 As a woman with child, whose time is near, is troubled, crying out in her pain ; so have we been before you, O Lord. 18 We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have given birth to wind ; no salvation has come to the earth through us, and no children have come into the world. 19 Your dead will come back; their dead bodies will come to life again. Those in the dust, awaking from their sleep, will send out a song ; for your dew is a dew of light, and the earth will give birth to the shades.
  20 Come, my people, into your secret places, and let your doors be shut : keep yourself safe for a short time, till his wrath is over. 21 For the Lord is coming out of his place to send punishment on the people of the earth for their evil-doing : the earth will let the blood drained out on her be seen, and will keep her dead covered no longer.

Deliverance of Israel

    27:1     In that day the Lord, with his great and strong and cruel sword, will send punishment on Leviathan, the quick-moving snake, and on Leviathan, the twisted snake ; and he will put to death the dragon which is in the sea. 2 In that day it will be said, A vine-garden of delight, make a song about it. 3 I, the Lord, am watching it ; I will give it water at all times : I will keep it night and day, for fear that any damage comes to it. 4 My passion is over: if the thorns were fighting against me, I would make an attack on them, and they would be burned up together. 5 Or let him put himself under my power, and make peace with me. 6 In days to come Jacob will take root : Israel will put out buds and flowers ; and the face of the world will be full of fruit. 7 Is his punishment like the punishment of those who overcame him ? or are his dead as great in number as those he put to the sword ? 8 Your anger against her has been made clear by driving her away ; he has taken her away with his storm-wind in the day of his east wind. 9 So by this will the sin of Jacob be covered, and this is all the fruit of taking away his punishment ; when all the stones of the altar are crushed together, so that the wood pillars and the sun-images will not be put up again. 10 For the strong town is without men, an unpeopled living-place ; and she has become a waste land : there the young ox will take his rest, and its branches will be food for him. 11 When its branches are dry they will be broken off ; the women will come and put fire to them : for it is a foolish people ; for this cause he who made them will have no mercy on them, and he whose work they are will not have pity on them.
    27:12 And it will be in that day that the Lord will get together his grain, from the River to the stream of Egypt, and you will be got together with care, O children of Israel. 13 And it will be in that day that a great horn will be sounded ; and those who were wandering in the land of Assyria, and those who had been sent away into the land of Egypt, will come ; and they will give worship to the Lord in the holy mountain at Jerusalem.

Warning to Jerusalem

    28:1     Ho ! crown of pride of those who are given up to wine in Ephraim, and the dead flower of his glory which is on the head of those who are overcome by strong drink ! 2 See, the Lord has a strong and cruel one ; like a rain of ice, a storm of destruction, like the overflowing of a strong river, he will violently overcome them. 3 The crown of pride of those who are given up to wine in Ephraim will be crushed under foot ; 4 And the dead flower of his glory, which is on the head of the fertile valley, will be like the first early fruit before the summer ; which a man takes and puts in his mouth the minute he sees it. 5 In that day will the Lord of armies be a crown of glory, and a fair ornament, to the rest of his people ; 6 And a spirit of wisdom to the judge, and strength to those who keep back the attackers at the door of the town. 7 And further, these are uncertain through wine, and have gone out of the right way through strong drink : the priest and the prophet are uncertain through strong drink, they are overcome by wine, they have gone out of the way through strong drink ; their vision is false, they go wrong in their decisions. 8 For all the tables are covered with coughed-up food, so that there is not a clean place. 9 To whom will he give knowledge ? and to whom will he make clear the word ? Will it be to those who have newly given up milk, and who have only now been taken from the breast ? 10 For it is one rule after another ; one line after another ; here a little, there a little. 11 No, but with broken talk, and with a strange tongue, he will give his word to this people : 12 To whom he said, This is the rest, give rest to him who is tired ; and by this you may get new strength; but they would not give ear. 13 For this cause the word of the Lord will be to them rule after rule, line after line, here a little, there a little; so that they may go on their way, and falling back may be broken, and taken in the net.
  14 Give ear then to the word of the Lord, you men of pride, the rulers of this people in Jerusalem: 15 Because you have said, We have made death our friend, and with the underworld we have made an agreement ; when the overflowing waters come through they will not come near us ; for we are looking to false words for help, taking cover in what is untrue : 16 For this cause says the Lord God, See, I am placing in Zion as a base, a stone, a tested stone, an angle-stone which is certain and of great value: and he who has faith will not give way. 17 And I will make right decision the measuring-line, and righteousness the weight : and the ice-storm will take away the safe place of false words, and the secret place will be covered by the flowing waters. 18 And the help you were looking for from death will come to nothing, and your agreement with the underworld will be broken; when the overflowing waters come through, then you will be overcome by them. 19 Whenever they come through they will overtake you; for they will come through morning after morning, by day and by night : and the news will be nothing but fear. 20 For the bed is not long enough for a man to be stretched out on : and the cover is not wide enough for him to be covered with. 21 For the Lord will come up as on Mount Perazim, he will be moved to wrath as in the valley of Gibeon ; so that he may do his work -- strange is his work ; and give effect to his act -- unnatural is his act. 22 And now, take care that you do not make sport of him, or your bands will be made strong ; for I have had word from the Lord, the Lord of armies, of an end, of a complete end, which is to come on all the land.
  23 Let your ears be open to my voice ; give attention to what I say. 24 Is the ploughman for ever ploughing ? does he not get the earth ready and broken up for the seed ? 25 When the face of the earth has been levelled, does he not put in the different sorts of seed, and the grain in lines, and the barley in its place, and the spelt at the edge ? 26 For his God is his teacher, giving him the knowledge of these things. 27 For the grain of fitches are not crushed with a sharp instrument, and a cart-wheel is not rolled over the cummin ; but the grain of the fitches is hammered out with a stick, and of the cummin with a rod. 28 Is the grain for bread crushed ? He does not go on crushing it for ever, but he lets his cart-wheels and his horses go over it without crushing it. 29 This comes from the Lord of armies, purposing wonders, and wise in all his acts.

Hypocrisy rebuked

    29:1     Ho ! Ariel, Ariel, the town against which David made war ; put year to year, let the feasts come round : 2 And I will send trouble on Ariel, and there will be weeping and cries of grief ; and she will be to me as Ariel. 3 And I will make war on you like David, and you will be shut in by earthworks, and I will make towers round you. 4 And you will be made low, and your voice will come out of the earth, and your words will be low out of the dust; and your voice will come out of the earth like that of a spirit, making bird-like noises out of the dust.
  5 And the army of your attackers will be like small dust, and all the cruel ones like dry stems gone before the wind ; suddenly it will come about. 6 The Lord of armies will come in with thunder and earth-shaking and great noise, with rushing wind and storm, and the flame of burning fire. 7 And all the nations making war on Ariel, and all those who are fighting against her and shutting her in with their towers, will be like a dream, like a vision of the night. 8 And it will be like a man desiring food, and dreaming that he is feasting ; but when he is awake there is nothing in his mouth : or like a man in need of water, dreaming that he is drinking ; but when he is awake he is feeble and his soul is full of desire : so will all the nations be which make war on Mount Zion. 9 Be surprised and full of wonder; let your eyes be covered and be blind : be overcome, but not with wine ; go with uncertain steps, but not because of strong drink. 10 For the Lord has sent on you a spirit of deep sleep ; and by him your eyes, the prophets, are shut, and your heads, the seers, are covered.
    29:11 And the vision of all this has become to you like the words of a book which is shut, which men give to one who has knowledge of writing, saying, Make clear to us what is in the book : and he says, I am not able to, for the book is shut : 12 And they give it to one without learning, saying, Make clear to us what is in the book : and he says, I have no knowledge of writing.
  13 And the Lord said, because this people come near to me with their mouths, and give honour to me with their lips, but their heart is far from me, and their fear of me is false, a rule given them by the teaching of men ; 14 For this cause I will again do a strange thing among this people, a thing to be wondered at : and the wisdom of their wise men will come to nothing, and the sense of their guides will no longer be seen. 15 Cursed are those who go deep to keep their designs secret from the Lord, and whose works are in the dark, and who say, Who sees us ? and who has knowledge of our acts ? 16 You are turning things upside down! Is the wet earth the same to you as the one who is forming it ? will the thing made say of him who made it, He made me not : or the thing formed say of him who gave it form, He has no knowledge ? 17 In a very short time Lebanon will become a fertile field, and the fertile field will seem like a wood. 18 And in that day those whose ears are stopped will be hearing the words of the book ; and the eyes of the blind will see through the mist and the dark. 19 And the poor will have their joy in the Lord increased, and those in need will be glad in the Holy One of Israel. 20 For the cruel one has come to nothing ; and those who make sport of the Lord are gone ; and those who are watching to do evil are cut off : 21 Who give help to a man in a wrong cause, and who put a net for the feet of him who gives decisions in the public place, taking away a man's right without cause.
    29:22 For this reason the Lord, the saviour of Abraham, says about the family of Jacob, Jacob will not now be put to shame, or his face be clouded with fear. 23 But when they, the children of Jacob, see the work of my hands among them, they will give honour to my name ; yes, they will give honour to the Holy One of Jacob, and go in fear of the God of Israel. 24 Those whose hearts were turned away from him will get knowledge, and those who made an outcry against him will give attention to his teaching.

Unreliability of Egypt

    30:1     Ho ! uncontrolled children, says the Lord, who give effect to a purpose which is not mine, and who make an agreement, but not by my spirit, increasing their sin : 2 Who make a move to go down into Egypt, without authority from me ; who are looking to the strength of Pharaoh for help, and whose hope is in the shade of Egypt. 3 And the strength of Pharaoh will be your shame, and your hope in the shade of Egypt will come to nothing. 4 For his chiefs are at Zoan, and his representatives have come to Hanes. 5 For they have all come with offerings to a people of no use to them, in whom is no help or profit, but only shame and a bad name. 6 The word about the Beasts of the South. Through the land of trouble and grief, the land of the she-lion and the voice of the lion, of the snake and the burning winged snake, they take their wealth on the backs of young asses, and their stores on camels, to a people in whom is no profit. 7 For there is no use or purpose in the help of Egypt : so I have said about her, She is Rahab, who has come to an end.
7nbsp;8 Now go, put it in writing before them on a board, and make a record of it in a book, so that it may be for the future, a witness for all time to come. 9 For they are an uncontrolled people, false-hearted, who will not give ear to the teaching of the Lord : 10 Who say to the seers, See not ; and to the prophets, Do not give us word of what is true, but say false things to give us pleasure: 11 Get out of the good way, turning from the right road ; do not keep the Holy One of Israel before our minds. 12 For this cause the Holy One of Israel says, Because you will not give ear to this word, and are looking for help in ways of deceit and evil, and are putting your hope in them : 13 This sin will be to you like a crack in a high wall, causing its fall suddenly and in a minute. 14 And he will let it be broken as a potter's vessel is broken: it will be smashed to bits without mercy ; so that there will not be a bit in which one may take fire from the fireplace, or water from the spring.
  15 For the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, said, In quiet and rest is your salvation: peace and hope are your strength : but you would not have it so. 16 Saying, No, for we will go in flight on horses ; so you will certainly go in flight : and, We will go on the backs of quick-running beasts ; so those who go after you will be quick-footed. 17 A thousand will go in fear before one ; even before five you will go in flight : till you are like a pillar by itself on the top of a mountain, and like a flag on a hill. 18 For this cause the Lord will be waiting, so that he may be kind to you ; and he will be lifted up, so that he may have mercy on you ; for the Lord is a God of righteousness : there is a blessing on all whose hope is in him.
    30:19 O people, living in Zion, at Jerusalem, your weeping will be ended; he will certainly have mercy on you at the sound of your cry ; when it comes to his ear, he will give you an answer. 20 And though the Lord will give you the bread of trouble and the water of grief, you will no longer put your teacher on one side, but you will see your teacher : 21 And at your back, when you are turning to the right hand or to the left, a voice will be sounding in your ears, saying, This is the way in which you are to go. 22 And you will make unclean what is covering your pictured images of silver, and the plating of your images of gold : you will send them away as an unclean thing, saying, Be gone !
    30:23 And he will give rain for your seed, so that you may put it in the earth ; and you will have bread from the produce of the earth, good and more than enough for your needs : in that day the cattle will get their food in wide grass-lands. 24 And the oxen and the young asses which are used for ploughing, will have salted grain which has been made free from the waste with fork and basket. 25 And there will be rivers and streams of water on every tall mountain and on every high hill, in the day when great numbers are put to the sword, when the towers come down. 26 And the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be seven times greater, as the light of seven days, in the day when the Lord puts oil on the wounds of his people, and makes them well from the blows they have undergone.
  27 See, the name of the Lord is coming from far, burning with his wrath, with thick smoke going up : his lips are full of passion, and his tongue is like a burning fire : 28 And his breath is as an overflowing stream, coming up even to the neck, shaking the nations for their destruction, like the shaking of grain in a basket: and he will put a cord in the mouths of the people, turning them out of their way.
    30:29 You will have a song, as in the night when a holy feast is kept ; and you will be glad in heart, as when they go with music of the pipe to the mountain of the Lord, the Rock of Israel. 30 And the Lord will send out the sound of his great voice, and they will see his arm stretched out, with the heat of his wrath, and the flame of a burning fire ; with a cloud-burst, and storm, and a rain of ice. 31 For through the voice of the Lord the Assyrian will be broken, and the Lord's rod will be lifted up against him. 32 And every blow of the rod of his punishment, which the Lord will send on him, will be with the sound of music: and with the waving of his sword the Lord will make war against him. 30:33 For a place of fire has long been ready ; yes, it has been made ready for the king ; he has made it deep and wide: it is massed with fire and much wood; the breath of the Lord, like a stream of fire, puts a light to it.

The Lord will protect Jerusalem

    31:1     Cursed are those who go down to Egypt for help, and who put their faith in horses ; looking to war-carriages for salvation, because of their numbers ; and to horsemen, because they are very strong ; but they are not looking to the Holy One of Israel, or turning their hearts to the Lord ; 2 Though he is wise, and able to send evil, and his purpose will not be changed ; but he will go against the house of the evil-doers, and against those to whom they are looking for help. 3 For the Egyptians are men, and not God ; and their horses are flesh, and not spirit : and when the Lord's hand is stretched out, the helper and he who is helped will come down together. 4 For the Lord has said to me, As a lion, or a young lion, makes an angry noise over his food, and if a band of herdsmen come out against him, he will not be in fear of their voices, or give up his food for their noise : so the Lord of armies will come down to make war against Mount Zion and its hill. 5 Like birds with outstretched wings, so will the Lord of armies be a cover to Jerusalem ; he will be a cover and salvation for it, going over it he will keep it from danger.
    31:6 Come back to him who has been so deeply sinned against by the children of Israel. 7 For in that day they will all give up their images of silver and of gold, the sin which they made for themselves. 8 Then the Assyrian will come down by the sword, but not of man ; the sword, not of men, will be the cause of his destruction: and he will go in flight from the sword, and his young men will be put to forced work. 9 And his rock will come to nothing because of fear, and his chiefs will go in flight from the flag, says the Lord, whose fire is in Zion, and his altar in Jerusalem.

Women of Jerusalem warned

    32:1     See, a king will be ruling in righteousness, and chiefs will give right decisions. 2 And a man will be as a safe place from the wind, and a cover from the storm ; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shade of a great rock in a waste land. 3 And the eyes of those who see will not be shut, and those who have hearing will give ear to the word. 4 The man of sudden impulses will become wise in heart, and he whose tongue is slow will get the power of talking clearly. 5 The foolish man will no longer be named noble, and they will not say of the false man that he is a man of honour. 6 For the foolish man will say foolish things, having evil thoughts in his heart, working what is unclean, and talking falsely about the Lord, to keep food from him who is in need of it, and water from him whose soul is desiring it. 7 The designs of the false are evil, purposing the destruction of the poor man by false words, even when he is in the right. 8 But the noble-hearted man has noble purposes, and by these he will be guided.
  9 Give ear to my voice, you women who are living in comfort ; give attention to my words, you daughters who have no fear of danger. 10 In not much more than a year, you, who are not looking for evil, will be troubled : for the produce of the vine-gardens will be cut off, and there will be no getting in of the grapes. 11 Be shaking with fear, you women who are living in comfort ; be troubled, you who have no fear of danger: take off your robes and put on clothing of grief. 12 Have sorrow for the fields, the pleasing fields, the fertile vine ; 13 And for the land of my people, where thorns will come up ; even for all the houses of joy in the glad town. 14 For the fair houses will have no man living in them ; the town which was full of noise will become a waste ; the hill and the watchtower will be unpeopled for ever, a joy for the asses of the woods, a place of food for the flocks ; 15 Till the spirit comes on us from on high, and the waste land becomes a fertile field, and the fertile field is changed into a wood. 16 Then in the waste land there will be an upright rule, and righteousness will have its place in the fertile field. 17 And the work of righteousness will be peace ; and the effect of an upright rule will be to take away fear for ever. 18 And my people will be living in peace, in houses where there is no fear, and in quiet resting-places. 19 But the tall trees will come down with a great fall, and the town will be low in a low place. 32:20 Happy are you who are planting seed by all the waters, and sending out the ox and the ass.

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