Yahweh’s Judgment and Help

1 Ah, destroyer, and yourself not destroyed! And treacherous one, and no one has dealt treacherously with him! When you {cease} destroying, you will be destroyed. When you stop dealing treacherously, one will deal treacherously with you.
2 Yahweh, be gracious to us, we wait for you. Be our arm in the mornings, indeed our salvation in [the] time of trouble.
3 At [the] sound of tumult, peoples fled; because of your exaltation, nations scattered.
4 And your spoil is gathered, [as] the gathering of the locust, as a swarm of locusts storming on it.
5 Yahweh [is] exalted, for [he] dwells [on] high; he filled Zion [with] justice and righteousness,
6 and he will be the security of your times, an abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge. The fear of Yahweh [is] his treasure.
7 Look! Their heroes cry out [in the] street; [the] messengers of peace weep bitterly.
8 Highways are deserted; [the] traveler [on the] road ceases. One breaks a treaty, he rejects [the] cities, he does not hold man in high regard.
9 [The] land mourns; it languishes. Lebanon feels abashed; it withers. Sharon is like the desert, and Bashan and Carmel {are losing their leaves}.
10 "Now I will arise," says Yahweh. "Now I will lift myself up proudly; now I will raise myself.
11 You conceive dry grass, you bring forth stubble; your breath [is] a fire; it will consume you.
12 And [the] peoples will be burning [to] lime-- they are burned [like] thorns [that have been] cut down in the fire.
13 [You who are] far away, hear what I have done; and [you who are] near, know my might!"
14 Sinners are afraid in Zion; trembling has seized [the] godless: "Who of us can {live} [with] devouring fire? Who of us can {live} [with] everlasting consuming hearths?"
15 He who walks [in] righteousness and speaks uprightness, who rejects [the] gain of extortion, who {refuses} [a] bribe, who stops up his ears from hearing {bloodshed} and shuts his eyes from seeing evil.
16 That one will live [on the] heights; [the] fortresses of rocks [will be] his refuge. His food [will] be given; his waters [will] endure.
17 Your eyes will see [the] king in his beauty; they will see a {distant land}.
18 Your {mind} will meditate [on the] terror: "Where [is the] one who counted? Where [is the] one who weighed out? Where [is the] one who counted the towers?"
19 You will not see [the] insolent people, [the] people {whose language is too obscure to understand}, [whose] stammering of tongue {cannot be understood}.
20 Look [on] Zion, the city of our appointed festivals! Your eyes will see Jerusalem, an undisturbed settlement, a tent {that is not moved}. No one will ever pull out its tent pegs, and none of its ropes will be torn in two.
21 Rather, there Yahweh [will be] mighty for us, a place of rivers [and] {broad streams}, a galley ship with oars cannot go in it, and a mighty ship cannot pass through it.
22 For Yahweh [is] our judge; Yahweh [is] our lawgiver. Yahweh [is] our king; he [is the one who] will save us.
23 Your riggings hang slack; they do not hold the base of their mast firm, they do not spread out [the] sail. Then [the] prey of spoil [in] abundance will be divided; [the] lame will take plunder.
24 And no inhabitant will say, "I am sick"; the people who live in it, [their] iniquity [will be] taken away.