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Isaiah 30 (New American Standard)

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Judah Warned against Egyptian Alliance

1 "Woe to the 1rebellious children," declares the LORD, "Who 2execute a plan, but not Mine, And a3make an alliance, but not of My Spirit, In order to add sin to sin; 2 Who 4proceed down to Egypt Without 5consulting bMe, 6To take refuge in the safety of Pharaoh And to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt! 3 "Therefore the safety of Pharaoh will be 7your shame And the shelter in the shadow of Egypt, your humiliation. 4 "For 8their princes are at Zoan And their ambassadors arrive at Hanes. 5 "Everyone will be 9ashamed because of a people who cannot profit them, Who are 10not for help or profit, but for shame and also for reproach." 6 The coracle concerning the 11beasts of the 12Negev. Through a land of 13distress and anguish, From dwhere come lioness and lion, viper and 14flying serpent, They 15carry their riches on the ebacks of young donkeys And their treasures on 16camels' humps, To a people who cannot profit them; 7 Even Egypt, whose 17help is vain and empty. Therefore, I have called fher "g18Rahab who has been exterminated." 8 Now go, 19write it on a tablet before them And inscribe it on a scroll, That it may hserve in the time to come iAs a witness forever . 9 For this is a 20rebellious people, 21false sons, Sons who jrefuse to 22listen To the kinstruction of the LORD; 10 Who say to the 23seers, "You must not see visions"; And to the prophets, "You must not 24prophesy to us what is right, 25Speak to us lpleasant words, Prophesy illusions. 11 "Get out of the way, 26turn aside from the path, m27Let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel." 12 Therefore thus says the Holy One of Israel, "28Since you have rejected this word And have put your trust in 29oppression and guile, and have relied on them, 13 Therefore this 30iniquity will be to you Like a 31breach about to fall, A bulge in a high wall, Whose collapse comes 32suddenly in an instant, 14 Whose collapse is like the smashing of a 33potter's jar, nSo ruthlessly shattered That a sherd will not be found among its pieces To otake fire from a hearth Or to scoop water from a cistern." 15 For thus the Lord pGOD, the Holy One of Israel, has said, "In qrepentance and 34rest you will be saved, In 35quietness and trust is your strength." But you were not willing, 16 And you said, "No, for we will flee on 36horses," Therefore you shall flee! "And we will ride on swift horses," Therefore those who pursue you shall be swift. 17 37One thousand will flee at the threat of one man; You will flee at the threat of five, Until you are left as a rflag on a mountain top And as a signal on a hill.

God Is Gracious and Just

18 Therefore the LORD s38longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He twaits on 39high to have compassion on you. For the LORD is a 40God of justice; How blessed are all those who u41long for Him. 19 vO people in Zion, 42inhabitant in Jerusalem, you will 43weep no longer. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will 44answer you. 20 Although the Lord has given you 45bread of privation and water of oppression, He, your Teacher will no longer 46hide Himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher. 21 Your ears will hear a word behind you, "wThis is the 47way, walk in it," whenever you 48turn to the right or to the left. 22 And you will defile your graven 49images overlaid with silver, and your molten 50images plated with gold. You will scatter them as an impure thing, and say to xthem, "51Be gone!" 23 Then He will 52give you rain for ythe seed which you will sow in the ground, and bread from the yield of the ground, and it will be zrich and aaplenteous; on that day 53your livestock will graze in a roomy pasture. 24 Also the oxen and the donkeys which work the ground will eat salted fodder, which bbhas been 54winnowed with shovel and fork. 25 On every lofty mountain and on 55every high hill there will be ccstreams running with water on the day of the great 56slaughter, when the towers fall. 26 57The light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven days, on the day 58the LORD binds up the 59fracture of His people and 60heals the bruise ddHe has inflicted. 27 Behold, 61the name of the LORD comes from a eeremote place; 62Burning is His anger and ffdense is His ggsmoke; His lips are filled with 63indignation And His tongue is like a 64consuming fire; 28 His 65breath is like an overflowing torrent, Which 66reaches to the neck, To 67shake the nations back and forth in a hhsieve, And to put in the jaws of the peoples 68the bridle which iileads to ruin. 29 You will have jjsongs as in the night when you keep the festival, And gladness of heart as when one marches to the sound of the flute, To go to the mountain of the LORD, to the Rock of Israel. 30 And the LORD will cause kkHis voice of authority to be heard, And the lldescending of His arm to be seen in fierce anger, And in the flame of a consuming fire In cloudburst, downpour and hailstones. 31 For 69at the voice of the LORD 70Assyria will be terrified, When He strikes with the 71rod. 32 And every mmblow of the nn72rod of punishment, Which the LORD will lay on him, Will be with the music of 73tambourines and lyres; And in battles, 74brandishing weapons, He will fight them. 33 For oo75Topheth has long been ready, Indeed, it has been prepared for the king. He has made it deep and large, ppA pyre of fire with plenty of wood; The 76breath of the LORD, like a torrent of 77brimstone, sets it afire.
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