Isaiah 30:1-17

Judah Warned against Egyptian Alliance

1 "Woe to the 1rebellious children," declares the LORD, "Who 2execute a plan, but not Mine, And 3make an alliance, but not of My Spirit, In order to add sin to sin;
2 Who 4proceed down to Egypt Without 5consulting Me, 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 oracle concerning the 11beasts of the 12Negev. Through a land of 13distress and anguish, From where come lioness and lion, viper and 14flying serpent, They 15carry their riches on the backs 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 her "18Rahab who has been exterminated."
8 Now go, 19write it on a tablet before them And inscribe it on a scroll, That it may serve in the time to come As a witness forever *.
9 For this is a 20rebellious people, 21false sons, Sons who refuse * to 22listen To the instruction 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 pleasant words, Prophesy illusions.
11 "Get out of the way, 26turn aside from the path, 27Let 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, So ruthlessly * shattered That a sherd will not be found among its pieces To take fire from a hearth Or to scoop water from a cistern."
15 For thus the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, has said, "In repentance 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 flag on a mountain top And as a signal on a hill.
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