1Woe to the rebelliouschildren,saith the LORD, that takecounsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may addsin to sin:2
That 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!3
Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.4
For his princes were at Zoan, and his ambassadorscame to Hanes.5
They were all ashamed of a people that could not profit them, nor be an help nor profit , but a shame, and also a reproach.6
The burden of the beasts of the south: into the land of trouble and anguish, from whence come the young and old lion, the viper and fieryflyingserpent, they will carry their riches upon the shoulders of young asses, and their treasures upon the bunches of camels, to a people that shall not profit them.
For the Egyptians shall help in vain, and to no purpose: therefore have I cried concerning this,Theirstrength is to sit still.8
Now go , write it before them in a table,a and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to comeforever and ever:9
That this is a rebelliouspeople,lyingchildren,children that will not hear the law of the LORD:10
Which say to the seers , See not; and to the prophets,Prophesy not unto us right things,speak unto us smooth things,prophesydeceits:11
Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.
Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppressionb and perverseness , and stay thereon:
Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall , swelling out in a highwall, whose breakingcomethsuddenly at an instant.14
And he shall break it as the breaking of the potters ' vessel that is broken in pieces ; he shall not spare : so that there shall not be found in the bursting of it a sherd to takefire from the hearth , or to takewater withal out of the pit.15
For thus saith the LordGOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved ; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.
But ye said , No; for we will flee upon horses; therefore shall ye flee : and, We will ride upon the swift; therefore shall they that pursue you be swift .
17Onethousand shall flee at the rebuke of one;at the rebuke of five shall ye flee : till ye be left as a beaconc upon the top of a mountain, and as an ensign on an hill.18
And therefore will the LORDwait , that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted , that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment:blessed are all they that wait for him.
For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more : he will be verygracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry ; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee.
And though the Lordgive you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction,d yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers :
And thine ears shall hear a wordbehind thee, saying , This is the way, walk ye in it , when ye turn to the right hand , and when ye turn to the left .
Ye shall defile also the covering of thy graven images of silver, and the ornament of thy molten images of gold: thou shalt cast them away as a menstruous cloth; thou shalt say unto it, Get thee hence .
Then shall he give the rain of thy seed, that thou shalt sow the ground withal; and bread of the increase of the earth, and it shall be fat and plenteous: in that day shall thy cattlefeed in largepastures.24
The oxen likewise and the young asses that ear the ground shall eatcleaneprovender, which hath been winnowed with the shovel and with the fan.25
And there shall be upon every highmountain, and upon every highhill,frivers and streams of waters in the day of the greatslaughter, when the towersfall .
Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of sevendays, in the day that the LORD bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.27
Behold, the name of the LORDcometh from far,burning with his anger, and the burdeng thereof is heavy: his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue as a devouringfire:28
And his breath, as an overflowingstream, shall reach to the midst of the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of vanity: and there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people, causing them to err .
Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holysolemnity is kept ; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the LORD, to the mighty One of Israel.30
And the LORD shall cause his glorioushvoice to be heard , and shall shew the lighting down of his arm, with the indignation of his anger, and with the flame of a devouringfire, with scattering, and tempest, and hailstones .
For through the voice of the LORD shall the Assyrian be beaten down , which smote with a rod.32
And in every place where the groundedstaff shall pass, which the LORD shall lay upon him, it shall be with tabrets and harps: and in battles of shaking will he fight with it.
For Tophet is ordained of old;i yea, for the king it is prepared ; he hath made it deep and large : the pile thereof is fire and muchwood; the breath of the LORD, like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it.