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Isaiah 22 (New American Standard)

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The Valley of Vision

1 The aoracle concerning the 1valley of vision. What is the matter with you now, that you have all gone up to the 2housetops? 2 You who were full of noise, You boisterous town, you 3exultant city; Your slain were 4not slain with the sword, Nor bdid they die in battle. 3 5All your rulers have fled together, And have been captured cwithout the bow; All of you who were found were taken captive together, dThough they had fled far away. 4 Therefore I say, "Turn your eyes away from me, Let me 6weep bitterly, Do not etry to comfort me concerning the destruction of the daughter of my people." 5 7For the Lord fGOD of hosts has a 8day of panic, 9subjugation and confusion 10In the valley of vision, A breaking down of walls And a crying gto the mountain. 6 11Elam took up the quiver With the chariots, hinfantry and horsemen; And 12Kir uncovered the shield. 7 Then your choicest valleys were full of chariots, And the horsemen took up fixed positions at the gate. 8 And He removed the idefense of Judah. In that day you jdepended on the weapons of the 13house of the forest, 9 And you saw that the breaches In the wall of the city of David were many; And you 14collected the waters of the lower pool. 10 Then you counted the houses of Jerusalem And tore down houses to fortify the wall. 11 And you made a reservoir 15between the two walls For the waters of the 16old pool. But you did not kdepend on Him who made it, Nor did you ltake into consideration Him who planned it long ago. 12 Therefore in that day the Lord mGOD of hosts called you to 17weeping, to wailing, To 18shaving the head and to wearing sackcloth. 13 Instead, there is 19gaiety and gladness, Killing of cattle and slaughtering of sheep, Eating of meat and drinking of wine: "20Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we may die." 14 But the LORD of hosts revealed Himself nto me, "Surely this 21iniquity 22shall not be oforgiven you 23Until you die," says the Lord pGOD of hosts. 15 Thus says the Lord qGOD of hosts, "Come, go to this steward, To 24Shebna, who is in charge of the royal household, 16 'What right do you have here, And whom do you have here, That you have 25hewn a tomb for yourself here, You who hew a tomb on the height, You who carve a resting place for ryourself in the rock? 17 'Behold, the LORD is about to hurl you headlong, O man. And He is about to grasp you firmly 18 And roll you tightly like a ball, To be 26cast into a vast country; There you will die And there your splendid chariots will be, You shame of your master's house.' 19 "I will 27depose you from your office, And sI will pull you down from your station. 20 "Then it will come about in that day, That I will summon My servant 28Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, 21 And I will clothe him with your tunic And tie your sash securely about him. I will entrust him with your tauthority, And he will become a 29father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. 22 "Then I will set 30the key of the 31house of David on his shoulder, When he opens no one will shut, When he shuts no one will 32open. 23 "I will drive him like a 33peg in a firm place, And he will become a 34throne of glory to his father's house. 24 "So they will hang on him all the glory of his father's house, offspring and uissue, all the least of vessels, from bowls to all the jars. 25 "In that day," declares the LORD of hosts, "the 35peg driven in a firm place will give way; it will even 36break off and fall, and the load hanging on it will be cut off, for the 37LORD has spoken."
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