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Isaiah 29:15-24 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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15 Doom to you! You pretend to have the inside track. You shut God out and work behind the scenes, Plotting the future as if you knew everything, acting mysterious, never showing your hand. 15 Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the LORD, who do their work in darkness and think, "Who sees us? Who will know?"
16 You have everything backwards! You treat the potter as a lump of clay. Does a book say to its author, "He didn't write a word of me"? Does a meal say to the woman who cooked it, "She had nothing to do with this"? 16 You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the clay! Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, "He did not make me"? Can the pot say of the potter, "He knows nothing"?
17 And then before you know it, and without you having anything to do with it, Wasted Lebanon will be transformed into lush gardens, and Mount Carmel reforested. 17 In a very short time, will not Lebanon be turned into a fertile field and the fertile field seem like a forest?
18 At that time the deaf will hear word-for-word what's been written. After a lifetime in the dark, the blind will see. 18 In that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll, and out of gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see.
19 The castoffs of society will be laughing and dancing in God, the down-and-outs shouting praise to The Holy of Israel. 19 Once more the humble will rejoice in the LORD; the needy will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
20 For there'll be no more gangs on the street. Cynical scoffers will be an extinct species. Those who never missed a chance to hurt or demean will never be heard of again: 20 The ruthless will vanish, the mockers will disappear, and all who have an eye for evil will be cut down--
21 Gone the people who corrupted the courts, gone the people who cheated the poor, gone the people who victimized the innocent. 21 those who with a word make a man out to be guilty, who ensnare the defender in court and with false testimony deprive the innocent of justice.
22 And finally this, God's Message for the family of Jacob, the same God who redeemed Abraham: "No longer will Jacob hang his head in shame, no longer grow gaunt and pale with waiting. 22 Therefore this is what the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, says to the house of Jacob: "No longer will Jacob be ashamed; no longer will their faces grow pale.
23 For he's going to see his children, my personal gift to him - lots of children. And these children will honor me by living holy lives. In holy worship they'll honor the Holy One of Jacob and stand in holy awe of the God of Israel. 23 When they see among them their children, the work of my hands, they will keep my name holy; they will acknowledge the holiness of the Holy One of Jacob, and will stand in awe of the God of Israel.
24 Those who got off-track will get back on-track, and complainers and whiners learn gratitude." 24 Those who are wayward in spirit will gain understanding; those who complain will accept instruction."