But the LORD Almighty will be exalted1 by his justice,2 and the holy God will show himself holy3 by his righteousness.
Then sheep will graze as in their own pasture;4 lambs will feeda among the ruins of the rich.
Woe5 to those who draw sin along with cords6 of deceit, and wickedness7 as with cart ropes,
to those who say, "Let God hurry, let him hasten8 his work so we may see it. Let it approach, let the plan of the Holy One9 of Israel come, so we may know it."1020
Woe11 to those who call evil good12 and good evil,13 who put darkness for light and light for darkness,14 who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.1521
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes16 and clever in their own sight.
Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine17 and champions at mixing drinks,1823
who acquit the guilty for a bribe,19 but deny justice20 to the innocent.2124
Therefore, as tongues of fire22 lick up straw23 and as dry grass sinks down in the flames, so their roots will decay24 and their flowers blow away like dust;25 for they have rejected the law of the LORD Almighty and spurned the word26 of the Holy One27 of Israel.
Therefore the LORD's anger28 burns against his people; his hand is raised and he strikes them down. The mountains shake,29 and the dead bodies30 are like refuse31 in the streets.32 Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,33 his hand is still upraised.3426
He lifts up a banner35 for the distant nations, he whistles36 for those at the ends of the earth.37 Here they come, swiftly and speedily!