Isaiah 27 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 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. 1 In that day, the LORD will punish with his sword, his fierce, great and powerful sword, Leviathan the gliding serpent, Leviathan the coiling serpent; he will slay the monster of the sea.
2 "At that same time, a fine vineyard will appear. There's something to sing about! 2 In that day-- "Sing about a fruitful vineyard:
3 I, God, tend it. I keep it well-watered. I keep careful watch over it so that no one can damage it. 3 I, the LORD, watch over it; I water it continually. I guard it day and night so that no one may harm it.
4 I'm not angry. I care. Even if it gives me thistles and thornbushes, I'll just pull them out and burn them up. 4 I am not angry. If only there were briers and thorns confronting me! I would march against them in battle; I would set them all on fire.
5 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." 5 Or else let them come to me for refuge; let them make peace with me, yes, let them make peace with me."
6 The days are coming when Jacob shall put down roots, Israel blossom and grow fresh branches, and fill the world with its fruit. 6 In days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will bud and blossom and fill all the world with fruit.
7 Has God knocked them to the ground as he knocked down those who hit them? Oh, no. Were they killed as their killers were killed? Again, no. 7 Has [the LORD] struck her as he struck down those who struck her? Has she been killed as those were killed who killed her?
8 He was hard on them all right. The exile was a harsh sentence. He blew them away on a fierce blast of wind. 8 By warfare and exile you contend with her-- with his fierce blast he drives her out, as on a day the east wind blows.
9 But the good news is that through this experience Jacob's guilt was taken away. The evidence that his sin is removed will be this: He will tear down the alien altars, take them apart stone by stone, And then crush the stones into gravel and clean out all the sex-and-religion shrines. 9 By this, then, will Jacob's guilt be atoned for, and this will be the full fruitage of the removal of his sin: When he makes all the altar stones to be like chalk stones crushed to pieces, no Asherah poles or incense altars will be left standing.
10 For there's nothing left of that pretentious grandeur. Nobody lives there anymore. It's unlivable. But animals do just fine, browsing and bedding down. 10 The fortified city stands desolate, an abandoned settlement, forsaken like the desert; there the calves graze, there they lie down; they strip its branches bare.
11 And it's not a bad place to get firewood. Dry twigs and dead branches are plentiful. It's the leavings of a people with no sense of God. So, the God who made them Will have nothing to do with them. He who formed them will turn his back on them. 11 When its twigs are dry, they are broken off and women come and make fires with them. For this is a people without understanding; so their Maker has no compassion on them, and their Creator shows them no favor.
12 At that time God will thresh from the River Euphrates to the Brook of Egypt, And you, people of Israel, will be selected grain by grain. 12 In that day the LORD will thresh from the flowing Euphrates to the Wadi of Egypt, and you, O Israelites, will be gathered up one by one.
13 At that same time a great trumpet will be blown, calling home the exiles from Assyria, Welcoming home the refugees from Egypt to come and worship God on the holy mountain, Jerusalem. 13 And in that day a great trumpet will sound. Those who were perishing in Assyria and those who were exiled in Egypt will come and worship the LORD on the holy mountain in Jerusalem.