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ISAIAH , 9
9:1 In earlier times he made the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali of small value, but after that he gave it glory, by the way of the sea, on the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the nations.
2 The people who went in the dark have seen a great light, and for those who were living in the land of the deepest night, the light is shining.
3 You have made them very glad, increasing their joy. They are glad before you as men are glad in the time of getting in the grain, or when they make division of the goods taken in war.
4 For by your hand the yoke on his neck and the rod on his back, even the rod of his cruel master, have been broken, as in the day of Midian.
5 For every boot of the man of war with his sounding step, and the clothing rolled in blood, will be for burning, food for the fire.
6 For to us a child has come, to us a son is given ; and the government has been placed in his hands ; and he has been named Wise Guide, Strong God, Father for ever, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his rule and of peace there will be no end, on the seat of David, and in his kingdom; to make it strong, supporting it with wise decision and righteousness, now and for ever. By the fixed purpose of the Lord of armies this will be done.
8 The Lord has sent a word to Jacob, and it has come on Israel ;
9 And all the people will have experience of it, even Ephraim and the men of Samaria, who say in the pride of their uplifted hearts,
10 The bricks have come down, but we will put up buildings of cut stone in their place : the sycamores are cut down, but they will be changed to cedars.
11 For this cause the Lord has made strong the haters of Israel, driving them on to make war against him ;
12 Aram on the east, and the Philistines on the west, who have come against Israel with open mouths. For all this his wrath is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
Prince of Peace
9:13 But the heart of the people was not turned to him who sent punishment on them, and they made no prayer to the Lord of armies.
14 For this cause the Lord took away from Israel head and tail, high and low, in one day.
15 The man who is honoured and responsible is the head, and the prophet who gives false teaching is the tail.
16 For the guides of this people are the cause of their wandering from the right way, and those who are guided by them come to destruction.
17 For this cause the Lord will have no pleasure in their young men, and no pity on their widows and the children without fathers : for they are all haters of God and evil-doers, and foolish words come from every mouth. For all this his wrath is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
9:18 For evil was burning like a fire ; the blackberries and thorns were burned up ; the thick woods took fire, rolling up in dark clouds of smoke.
19 The land was dark with the wrath of the Lord of armies : the people were like those who take men's flesh for food.
20 On the right a man was cutting off bits and was still in need ; on the left a man took a meal but had not enough ; no man had pity on his brother ; every man was making a meal of the flesh of his neighbour.
21 Manasseh was making a meal of Ephraim, and Ephraim of Manasseh ; and together they were attacking Judah. For all this his wrath is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
ISAIAH , 10
10:1 Cursed are those who make evil decisions, and the writers who make the records of their cruel acts :
2 Who do wrong to the poor in their cause, and take away the right of the crushed among my people, so that they may have the property of widows, and get under their power those who have no father.
3 And what will you do in the day of punishment, and in the destruction which is coming from far ? to whom will you go for help, and what will become of your glory ?
4 ... For all this his wrath is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
The Lord's anger
10:5 Ho ! Assyrian, the rod of my wrath, the instrument of my punishment !
6 I will send him against a nation of wrongdoers, and against the people of my wrath I will give him orders, to take their wealth in war, crushing them down like the dust in the streets.
7 But this is not what is in his mind, and this is not his design ; but his purpose is destruction, and the cutting off of more and more nations.
8 For he says, Are not all my captains kings ?
9 Will not the fate of Calno be like that of Carchemish ? is not Hamath as Arpad ? is not Samaria as Damascus ?
10 As my hand has come on the kingdoms of the images, whose pictured images were more in number than those of Jerusalem and Samaria ;
11 So, as I have done to Samaria and her images, I will do to Jerusalem and her images.
12 For this cause it will be that, when the purpose of the Lord against Mount Zion and Jerusalem is complete, I will send punishment on the pride of the heart of the king of Assyria, and on the glory of his uplifted eyes.
13 For he has said, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my knowledge, for I am wise : and I have taken away the limits of the peoples' lands, and the stores of their wealth have become mine ; and I have made towns low in the dust, sending destruction on those living in them ;
14 And I have put my hands on the wealth of the peoples, as on the place where a bird has put her eggs ; and as a man may take the eggs from which a bird has gone, so I have taken all the earth for myself : and not a wing was moved, and not a mouth gave out a sound.
10:15 Will the axe say high-sounding words against him who is using it, or the blade be full of pride against him who is cutting with it ? As if a rod had the power of shaking him who is using it, or as if a stick might take up him who is not wood.
16 For this cause the Lord, the Lord of armies, will make his fat become wasted ; and in his inner parts a fire will be lighted like a burning flame.
17 And the light of Israel will be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame : wasting and burning up his thorns in one day.
18 And he will put an end to the glory of his woods and of his planted fields, soul and body together ; and it will be as when a man is wasted by disease.
19 And the rest of the trees of his wood will be small in number, so that a child may put them down in writing.
10:20 And it will be in that day that the rest of Israel, and those of Jacob who have come safely through these troubles, will no longer go for help to him whose rod was on their back, but their faith will be in the Lord, the Holy One of Israel.
21 The rest, even the rest of Jacob, will come back to the Strong God.
22 For though your people, O Israel, are as the sand of the sea, only a small number will come back : for the destruction is fixed, overflowing in righteousness.
23 For the Lord, the Lord of armies, is about to make destruction complete in all the land.
10:24 For this cause the Lord, the Lord of armies, says, O my people living in Zion, have no fear of the Assyrian, even if his rod comes on your back, and his stick is lifted up as in Egypt.
25 For in a very short time my passion will be over, and my wrath will be turned to their destruction.
26 And the Lord of armies will be shaking a whip against him, as when he overcame Midian at the rock of Oreb : and his rod will be lifted up against them as it was against the Egyptians.
27 And in that day the weight which he put on your back will be taken away, and his yoke broken from off your neck.
10:28 He has gone up from Pene-Rimmon, he has come to Aiath ; he has gone past Migron, at Michmash he puts his forces in order.
29 They have gone across the mountain ; Geba will be our resting-place tonight, they say : Ramah is shaking with fear ; Gibeah of Saul has gone in flight.
30 Give a loud cry, daughter of Gallim ; let Laishah give ear ; let Anathoth give answer to her.
31 Madmenah has gone; the men of Gebim are putting their goods in a safe place.
32 This very day he is stopping at Nob ; he is shaking his hand against the mountain of the daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem.
10:33 See, the Lord, the Lord of armies, is cutting off his branches with a great noise, and his strong ones are falling and his high ones are coming down.
34 And he is cutting down the thick places of the wood with an axe, and Lebanon with its tall trees is coming down.
ISAIAH , 11
11:1 And there will come a rod out of the broken tree of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots will give fruit.
And the spirit of the Lord will be resting on him, the spirit of wisdom and good sense, the spirit of wise guiding and strength, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord ;
3 And he will not be guided in his judging by what he sees, or give decisions by the hearing of his ears :
4 But he will do right in the cause of the poor, and give wise decisions for those in the land who are in need ; and the rod of his mouth will come down on the cruel, and with the breath of his lips he will put an end to the evil-doer.
5 And righteousness will be the cord of his robe, and good faith the band round his breast.
Future hope of Israel
11:6 And the wolf will be living with the lamb, and the leopard will take his rest with the young goat ; and the lion will take grass for food like the ox ; and the young lion will go with the young ones of the herd ; and a little child will be their guide.
7 And the cow and the bear will be friends while their young ones are sleeping together.
8 And the child at the breast will be playing by the hole of the snake, and the older child will put his hand on the bright eye of the poison-snake.
9 There will be no cause of pain or destruction in all my holy mountain : for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the sea is covered by the waters.
11:10 And in that day, the eyes of the nations will be turned to the root of Jesse which will be lifted up as the flag of the peoples ; and his resting-place will be glory.
11 And in that day the hand of the Lord will be stretched out the second time to get back the rest of his people, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the sea-lands.
12 And he will put up a flag as a sign to the nations, and he will get together those of Israel who had been sent away, and the wandering ones of Judah, from the four ends of the earth.
13 And the envy of Ephraim will be gone, and those who make trouble for Judah will come to an end : Ephraim will have no more envy of Judah, and there will be an end of Judah's hate for Ephraim.
14 And they will be united in attacking the Philistines on the west, and together they will take the goods of the children of the east: their hand will be on Edom and Moab ; and the children of Ammon will be under their rule.
15 And the Lord will make the tongue of the Egyptian sea completely dry ; and with his burning wind his hand will be stretched out over the River, and it will be parted into seven streams, so that men may go over it with dry feet.
16 And there will be a highway for the rest of his people from Assyria ; as there was for Israel in the day when he came up out of the land of Egypt.
ISAIAH , 12
12:1 And in that day you will say I will give praise to you, O Lord; for though you were angry with me, your wrath is turned away, and I am comforted.
God is my strength
12:2 See, God is my salvation ; I will have faith in the Lord, without fear : for the Lord Jah [God] is my strength and song ; and he has become my salvation.
12:3 So with joy will you get water out of the springs of salvation.
4 And in that day you will say, Give praise to the Lord, let his name be honoured, give word of his doings among the peoples, say that his name is lifted up.
5 Make a song to the Lord ; for he has done noble things : give news of them through all the earth.
6 Let your voice be sounding in a cry of joy, O daughter of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.
ISAIAH , 13
13:1 The word of the Lord about Babylon which Isaiah, the son of Amoz, saw.
2 Put up a flag on a clear mountain-top, make a loud outcry to them, give directions with the hand, so that they may go into the doors of the great ones.
3 I have given orders to my holy ones, I have sent out my men of war, those of mine who take pride in their power, to give effect to my wrath.
Oricle concerning Babylon
13:4 The noise of great numbers in the mountains, like the noise of a strong people ! The noise of the kingdoms of the nations meeting together ! The Lord of armies is numbering his forces for war.
5 They come from a far country, from the farthest part of heaven, even the Lord and the instruments of his wrath, with destruction for all the land.
13:6 Send out a cry of grief ; for the day of the Lord is near ; it comes as destruction from the Most High.
7 For this cause all hands will be feeble, and every heart of man be turned to water ;
8 Their hearts will be full of fear ; pains and sorrows will overcome them ; they will be in pain like a woman in childbirth ; they will be shocked at one another ; their faces will be like flames.
9 See, the day of the Lord is coming, cruel, with wrath and burning passion : to make the land a waste, driving the sinners in it to destruction.
10 For the stars of heaven and its bright armies will not give their light : the sun will be made dark in his journey through the heaven, and the moon will keep back her light.
11 And I will send punishment on the world for its evil, and on the sinners for their wrongdoing ; and I will put an end to all pride, and will make low the power of the cruel.
12 I will make men so small in number, that a man will be harder to get than gold, even the best gold of Ophir.
13 For this cause the heavens will be shaking, and the earth will be moved out of its place, in the wrath of the Lord of armies, and in the day of his burning passion.
14 And it will be that, like a roe in flight, and like wandering sheep, they will go every man to his people and to his land.
15 Everyone who is overtaken will have a spear put through him, and everyone who goes in flight will be put to the sword.
16 Their young children will be broken up before their eyes ; their goods will be taken away, and their wives made the property of others.
13:17 See, I am driving the Medes against them, who put no value on silver and have no pleasure in gold.
18 In their hands are bows and spears ; they are cruel, violently putting the young men to death, and crushing the young women ; they have no pity for children, and no mercy for the fruit of the body.
19 And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beautiful town which is the pride of the Chaldaeans, will be like God's destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
20 People will never be living in it again, and it will have no more men from generation to generation: the Arab will not put up his tent there ; and those who keep sheep will not make it a resting-place for their flocks.
21 But the beasts of the waste land will have their holes there; and the houses will be full of crying jackals, and ostriches will have their place there, and evil spirits will be dancing there.
22 And wolves will be answering one another in their towers, and jackals in their houses of pleasure : her time is near, and her days of power will quickly be ended.
ISAIAH , 14
14:1 For the Lord will have mercy on Jacob, and will again make Israel his special people, and will put them in their land ; and the man from a strange country will take his place among them and be joined to the family of Jacob.
2 And the people will take them with them to their place : and the children of Israel will give them a heritage in the Lord's land as men-servants and women-servants, making them prisoners whose prisoners they were ; and they will be rulers over their masters.
3 And it will be, in the day when the Lord gives you rest from your sorrow, and from your trouble, and from the hard yoke which they had put on you,
4 That you will take up this bitter song against the king of Babylon, and say, How has the cruel overseer come to an end ! He who was lifted up in pride is cut off ;
5 The stick of the evil-doers, the rod of the rulers, is broken by the Lord ;
6 He whose rod was on the peoples with an unending wrath, ruling the nations in passion, with an uncontrolled rule.
7 All the earth is at rest and is quiet : they are bursting into song.
8 Even the trees of the wood are glad over you, the trees of Lebanon, saying, From the time of your fall no wood-cutter has come up against us with an axe.
9 The underworld is moved at your coming : the shades of the dead are awake before you, even the strong ones of the earth ; all the kings of the world have got up from their seats.
10 They all make answer and say to you, Have you become feeble like us ? have you been made even as we are ?
11 Your pride has gone down into the underworld, and the noise of your instruments of music ; the worms are under you, and your body is covered with them.
Taunt against Babylon
14:12 How great is your fall from heaven, O shining one, son of the morning ! How are you cut down to the earth, low among the dead bodies !
13 For you said in your heart, I will go up to heaven, I will make my seat higher than the stars of God; I will take my place on the mountain of the meeting-place of the gods, in the inmost parts of the north.
14 I will go higher than the clouds ; I will be like the Most High.
14:15 But you will come down to the underworld, even to its inmost parts.
16 Those who see you will be looking on you with care, they will be in deep thought, saying, Is this the troubler of the earth, the shaker of kingdoms ?
17 Who made the world a waste, overturning its towns ; who did not let his prisoners loose from the prison-house.
18 All the kings of the earth are at rest in glory, every man in his house,
19 But you, like a birth before its time, are stretched out with no resting-place in the earth ; clothed with the bodies of the dead who have been put to the sword, who go down to the lowest parts of the underworld ; a dead body, crushed under foot.
20 As for your fathers, you will not be united with them in their resting-place, because you have been the cause of destruction to your land, and of death to your people;
The seed of the evil-doer will have no place in the memory of man.
21 Make ready a place of death for his children, because of the evil-doing of their father ; so that they may not come up and take the earth for their heritage, covering the face of the world with waste places.
4:22 For I will come up against them, says the Lord of armies, cutting off from Babylon name and offspring, son and son's son, says the Lord.
23 And I will make you a heritage for the hedgehog, and pools of water : and I will go through it with the brush of destruction, says the Lord of armies.
14:24 The Lord has taken an oath, saying, My design will certainly come about, and my purpose will be effected :
25 To let the Assyrian be broken in my land, and crushed under foot on my mountains : there will his yoke be taken away from them, and his rule over them come to an end.
26 This is the purpose for all the earth : and this is the hand stretched out over all nations.
27 For it is the purpose of the Lord of armies, and who will make it of no effect ? when his hand is stretched out, by whom may it be turned back ?
14:28 In the year of the death of King Ahaz this word came to the prophet :
29 Be not glad, O Philistia, all of you, because the rod which was on you is broken : for out of the snake's root will come a poison-snake, and its fruit will be a winged poison-snake.
30 And the poorest of the land will have food, and those in need will be given a safe resting-place : but your seed will come to an end for need of food, and the rest of you will be put to the sword.
31 Send out a cry, O door ! Make sounds of sorrow, O town ! All your land has come to nothing, O Philistia ; for there comes a smoke out of the north, and everyone keeps his place in the line.
14:32 What answer, then, will my people give to the representatives of the nation ? That the Lord is the builder of Zion, and she will be a safe place for the poor of his people.
ISAIAH , 15
15:1 The word about Moab. For in a night Ar of Moab has become waste, and is seen no longer ; for in a night Kir of Moab has become waste, and is seen no longer.
2 The daughter of Dibon has gone up to the high places, weeping: Moab is sounding her cry of sorrow over Nebo, and over Medeba : everywhere the hair of the head and of the face is cut off.
3 In their streets they are covering themselves with haircloth : on the tops of their houses, and in their public places, there is crying and bitter weeping.
4 Heshbon is crying out, and Elealeh; their voice is sounding even to Jahaz : for this cause the heart of Moab is shaking ; his soul is shaking with fear.
5 My heart is crying out for Moab; her people go in flight to Zoar, and to Eglath-shelishiyah: for they go up with weeping by the slope of Luhith ; on the way to Horonaim they send up a cry of destruction.
6 The waters of Nimrim will become dry : for the grass is burned up, the young grass is coming to an end, every green thing is dead.
7 For this cause they will take away their wealth, and the stores they have got together, over the stream of the water-plants.
8 For the cry has gone round the limits of Moab ; as far as to Eglaim and Beer-elim.
9 For the waters of Dimon are full of blood : and I'm sending even more on Moab, a lion on those of Moab who go in flight, and on the rest of the land.
Oracle concerning Moab
ISAIAH , 16
16:1 And they will send ... to the mountain of the daughter of Zion.
2 For the daughters of Moab will be like wandering birds, like a place from which the young birds have gone in flight, at the ways across the Arnon.
3 Give wise directions, make a decision ; let your shade be as night in full day : keep safe those who are in flight ; do not give up the wandering ones.
4 Let those who have been forced out of Moab have a resting-place with you ; be a cover to them from him who is making waste their land : till the cruel ones are cut off, and wasting has come to an end, and those who take pleasure in crushing the poor are gone from the land.
5 Then a king's seat will be based on mercy, and one will be seated on it in the tent of David for ever ; judging uprightly, and quick to do righteousness.
Oracle concerning Damascus
16:6 We have had word of the pride of Moab, how great it is ; how he is lifted up in pride and passion: his high words about himself are false.
7 For this cause everyone in Moab will give cries of grief for Moab : crushed to the earth, they will be weeping for the men of Kir-hareseth.
16:8 For the fields of Heshbon are waste, the vine of Sibmah is dead ; the lords of nations were overcome by the produce of her vines ; her vine-plants went as far as Jazer, and came even to the waste land; her branches were stretched out to the sea.
9 For this cause my sorrow for the vine of Sibmah will be like the weeping for Jazer : my eyes are dropping water on you, O Heshbon and Elealeh ! For they are sounding the war-cry over your summer fruits and the getting in of your grain ;
10 And all joy is gone; no longer are they glad for the fertile field ; and in the vine-gardens there are no songs or sounds of joy : the crushing of grapes has come to an end, and its glad cry has been stopped.
11 For this cause the cords of my heart are sounding for Moab, and I am full of sorrow for Kir-heres.
12 And when Moab goes up to the high place, and makes prayer in the house of his god, it will have no effect.
13 This is the word which the Lord said about Moab in the past.
14 But now the Lord has said, In three years, the years of a servant working for payment, the glory of Moab, all that great people, will be turned to shame, and the rest of Moab will be very small and without honour.
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