Isaiah 23; Isaiah 24; Isaiah 25; Isaiah 26; Isaiah 27

1 An oracle against Tyre: Wail, ships of Tarshish, for your haven has been destroyed. Word has reached them from the land of Cyprus. 2 Mourn, inhabitants of the coastland, you merchants of Sidon; your agents have crossed the sea 3 on many waters. Tyre's revenue was the grain from Shihor- the harvest of the Nile. She was the merchant among the nations. 4 Be ashamed Sidon, the stronghold of the sea, for the sea has spoken: "I have not been in labor or given birth. I have not raised young men [or] brought up young women." 5 When the news reaches Egypt, they will be in anguish over the news about Tyre. 6 Cross over to Tarshish; wail, inhabitants of the coastland! 7 Is this your jubilant [city], whose origin was in ancient times, whose feet have taken her to settle far away? 8 Who planned this against Tyre, the bestower of crowns, whose traders are princes, whose merchants are the honored ones of the earth? 9 The Lord of Hosts planned it, to desecrate all [its] glorious beauty, to disgrace all the honored ones of the earth. 10 Overflow your land like the Nile, daughter of Tarshish; there is no longer anything to restrain [you]. 11 He stretched out His hand over the sea; He made kingdoms tremble. The Lord has commanded that the Canaanite fortresses be destroyed. 12 He said, "You will not rejoice any more, ravished young woman, daughter of Sidon. Get up and cross over to Cyprus- even there you will have no rest!" 13 Look at the land of Chaldeans- a people who no longer exist. Assyria destined it for wild beasts. They set up their siege towers and stripped its palaces. They made it a ruin. 14 Wail, ships of Tarshish, because your fortress is destroyed! 15 On that day Tyre will be forgotten for 70 years-the life span of one king. At the end of 70 years, what the song [says] about the prostitute will happen to Tyre: 16 Pick up [your] harp, stroll through the city, prostitute forgotten [by men]. Play skillfully, sing many a song, and you will be thought of again. 17 And at the end of the 70 years, the Lord will restore Tyre and she will go back into business, prostituting herself with all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the earth. 18 But her profits and wages will be dedicated to the Lord. They will not be stored or saved, for her profit will go to those who live in the Lord's presence, to provide them with ample food and sacred clothing.
1 Look, the Lord is stripping the earth bare and making it desolate. He will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants: 2 people and priest alike, servant and master, female servant and mistress, buyer and seller, lender and borrower, creditor and debtor. 3 The earth will be stripped completely bare and will be totally plundered, for the Lord has spoken this message. 4 The earth mourns and withers; the world wastes away and withers; the exalted people of the earth waste away. 5 The earth is polluted by its inhabitants, for they have transgressed teachings, overstepped decrees, and broken the everlasting covenant. 6 Therefore a curse has consumed the earth, and its inhabitants have become guilty; the earth's inhabitants have been burned, and only a few survive. 7 The new wine mourns; the vine withers. All the carousers now groan. 8 The joyful tambourines have ceased. The noise of the jubilant has stopped. The joyful lyre has ceased. 9 They no longer sing and drink wine; beer is bitter to those who drink it. 10 The city of chaos is shattered; every house is closed to entry. 11 In the streets they cry for wine. All joy grows dark; earth's rejoicing goes into exile. 12 Only desolation remains in the city; its gate has collapsed in ruins. 13 For this is how it will be on earth among the nations: like a harvested olive tree, like a gleaning after a grape harvest. 14 They raise their voices, they sing out; they proclaim in the west the majesty of the Lord. 15 Therefore in the east honor the Lord! In the islands of the west [honor] the name of the Lord, the God of Israel. 16 From the ends of the earth we hear songs: The Splendor of the Righteous One. But I said, "I waste away! I waste away! Woe is me." The treacherous act treacherously; the treacherous deal very treacherously. 17 Terror, pit, and snare [await] you who dwell on the earth. 18 Whoever flees at the sound of terror will fall into a pit, and whoever escapes from the pit will be caught in a snare. For the windows are opened from above, and the foundations of the earth are shaken. 19 The earth is completely devastated; the earth is split open; the earth is violently shaken. 20 The earth staggers like a drunkard and sways like a hut. Earth's rebellion weighs it down, and it falls, never to rise again. 21 On that day the Lord will punish the host of heaven above and kings of the earth below. 22 They will be gathered together like prisoners in a pit. They will be confined to a dungeon; after many days they will be punished. 23 The moon will be put to shame and the sun disgraced, because the Lord of Hosts will reign as king on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, and He will [display His] glory in the presence of His elders.
1 Lord, You are my God; I will exalt You. I will praise Your name, for You have accomplished wonders, plans [formed] long ago, with perfect faithfulness. 2 For You have turned the city into a pile of rubble, a fortified city, into a ruin; the fortress of barbarians is no longer a city; it will never be rebuilt. 3 Therefore, a strong people will honor You. A city of violent people will fear You. 4 For You have been a stronghold for the poor, a stronghold for the humble person in his distress, a refuge from the rain, a shade from the heat. When the breath of the violent is like rain [against] a wall, 5 like heat in a dry land, You subdue the uproar of barbarians. As the shade of a cloud [cools] the heat of the day, [so] He stills the song of the violent. 6 The Lord of Hosts will prepare a feast for all the peoples on this mountain- a feast of aged wine, choice meat, finely aged wine. 7 On this mountain [He] will destroy the [burial] shroud, the shroud over all the peoples, the sheet covering all the nations; 8 He will destroy death forever. The Lord God will wipe away the tears from every face and remove His people's disgrace from the whole earth, for the Lord has spoken. 9 On that day it will be said, "Look, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He has saved us. This is the Lord; we have waited for Him. Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation." 10 For the Lord's power will rest on this mountain. But Moab will be trampled in his place as straw is trampled in a dung pile. 11 He will spread out his arms in the middle of it, as a swimmer spreads out [his arms] to swim. His pride will be brought low, along with the trickery of his hands. 12 The high-walled fortress will be brought down, thrown to the ground, to the dust.
1 On that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city. Salvation is established as walls and ramparts. 2 Open the gates so a righteous nation can come in- one that remains faithful. 3 You will keep in perfect peace the mind [that is] dependent [on You], for it is trusting in You. 4 Trust in the Lord forever, because in Yah, the Lord, is an everlasting rock! 5 For He has humbled those who live in lofty places- an inaccessible city. He brings it down; He brings it down to the ground; He throws it to the dust. 6 Feet trample it, the feet of the humble, the steps of the poor. 7 The path of the righteous is level; You clear a straight path for the righteous. 8 Yes, Lord, we wait for You in the path of Your judgments. Our desire is for Your name and renown. 9 I long for You in the night; yes, my spirit within me diligently seeks You, for when Your judgments are [in] the land, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. 10 [But if] the wicked is shown favor, he does not learn righteousness. In a righteous land he acts unjustly and does not see the majesty of the Lord. 11 Lord, Your hand is lifted up [to take action], but they do not see it. They will see [Your] zeal for [Your] people, and they will be put to shame. The fire for Your adversaries will consume them! 12 Lord, You will establish peace for us, for You have also done all our work for us. 13 Lord, our God, other lords than You have ruled over us, but we remember Your name alone. 14 The dead do not live; departed spirits do not rise up. Indeed, You have visited and destroyed them; You have wiped out all memory of them. 15 You have added to the nation, Lord. You have added to the nation; You are honored. You have expanded all the borders of the land. 16 Lord, they went to You in their distress; they poured out whispered [prayers because] Your discipline [fell] on them. 17 As a pregnant woman about to give birth writhes and cries out in her pains, so we were before You, Lord. 18 We became pregnant, we writhed in pain; we gave birth to wind. We have won no victories on earth, and the earth's inhabitants have not fallen. 19 Your dead will live; their bodies will rise. Awake and sing, you who dwell in the dust! For you will be covered with the morning dew, and the earth will bring forth the departed spirits. 20 Go, my people, enter your rooms and close your doors behind you. Hide for a little while until the wrath has passed. 21 For look, the Lord is coming from His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity. The earth will reveal the blood shed on it and will no longer conceal her slain.
1 On that day the Lord with His harsh, great, and strong sword, will bring judgment on Leviathan, the fleeing serpent-Leviathan, the twisting serpent. He will slay the monster that is in the sea. 2 On that day sing about a desirable vineyard: 3 I, the Lord, watch over it; I water it regularly. I guard it night and day so that no one disturbs it. 4 I am not angry, but if it produces thorns and briers for Me, I will fight against it, trample it, and burn it to the ground. 5 Or let it take hold of My strength; let it make peace with Me- make peace with Me. 6 In days to come, Jacob will take root. Israel will blossom and bloom and fill the whole world with fruit. 7 Did the Lord strike Israel as He struck the one who struck Israel? Was he killed like those killed by Him? 8 You disputed with her by banishing and driving her away. He removed [her] with His severe storm on the day of the east wind. 9 Therefore Jacob's iniquity will be purged in this way, and the result of the removal of his sin will be this: when he makes all the altar stones like crushed bits of chalk, no Asherah poles or incense altars will remain standing. 10 For the fortified city will be deserted, pastures abandoned and forsaken like a wilderness. Calves will graze there, and there they will spread out and strip its branches. 11 When its branches dry out, they will be broken off. Women will come and make fires with them, for they are not a people with understanding. Therefore their Maker will not have compassion on them, and their Creator will not be gracious to them. 12 On that day the Lord will thresh grain from the Euphrates River as far as the Wadi of Egypt, and you Israelites will be gathered one by one. 13 On that day a great trumpet will be blown, and those lost in the land of Assyria will come, as well as those dispersed in the land of Egypt; and they will worship the Lord at Jerusalem on the holy mountain.
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