Isaiah 9:8-21

God's Anger with Israel's Arrogance

8 The Lord sends a message against Jacob, And it falls on Israel.
9 And all the people know it, That is, 1Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria, Asserting in pride and in 2arrogance of heart:
10 "The bricks have fallen down, But we will 3rebuild with smooth stones; The sycamores have been cut down, But we will replace them with cedars."
11 Therefore the LORD raises against them adversaries from 4Rezin And spurs their enemies on,
12 The Arameans on the east and the 5Philistines on the west; And they 6devour Israel with gaping jaws. 7In spite of all this, His anger does not turn away And His hand is still stretched out.
13 Yet the people 8do not turn back to Him who struck them, Nor do they 9seek the LORD of hosts.
14 So the LORD cuts off 10head and tail from Israel, Both palm branch and bulrush 11in a single day.
15 The head is 12the elder and honorable * man, And the prophet who teaches 13falsehood is the tail.
16 14For those who guide this people are leading them astray; And those who are guided by them are brought to confusion.
17 Therefore * the Lord does 15not take pleasure in their young men, 16Nor does He have pity on their orphans or their widows; For every one of them is 17godless and an 18evildoer, And every 19mouth is speaking foolishness. 20In spite of all this, His anger does not turn away And His hand is still stretched out.
18 21For wickedness burns like a fire; It consumes briars and thorns; It even sets the thickets of the forest aflame And they roll upward in a column of smoke.
19 By the 22fury of the LORD of hosts the 23land is burned up, And the 24people are like fuel for the fire; No 25man spares his brother.
20 They slice off what is on the right hand but still are 26hungry, And they eat what is on the left hand but they are not satisfied; Each of them eats the 27flesh of his own arm.
21 Manasseh devours Ephraim, and Ephraim Manasseh, 28And together they are against Judah. 29In spite of all this, His anger does not turn away And His hand is still stretched out.
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