At that time God will unsheathe his sword, his merciless, massive, mighty sword. He'll punish the serpent Leviathan as it flees, the serpent Leviathan thrashing in flight. He'll kill that old dragon that lives in the sea.
"At that same time, a fine vineyard will appear. There's something to sing about!
I, God, tend it. I keep it well-watered. I keep careful watch over it so that no one can damage it.
I'm not angry. I care. Even if it gives me thistles and thornbushes, I'll just pull them out and burn them up.
Let that vine cling to me for safety, let it find a good and whole life with me, let it hold on for a good and whole life."
The days are coming when Jacob shall put down roots, Israel blossom and grow fresh branches, and fill the world with its fruit.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)