Isaïe (NAB) 12

Thanksgiving and Praise

12 1 On that day, you will say: I give you thanks, O LORD; though you have been angry with me, your anger has abated, and you have consoled me. 2 God indeed is my savior; I am confident and unafraid. My strength and my courage is the LORD, and he has been my savior.3 With joy you will draw water at the fountain of salvation,4 and say on that day: Give thanks to the LORD, acclaim his name; among the nations make known his deeds, proclaim how exalted is his name.5 Sing praise to the LORD for his glorious achievement; let this be known throughout all the earth.6 Shout with exultation, O city of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel!

Proclamation against Babylon

13 1 An oracle concerning Babylon; a vision of Isaiah, son of Amoz.2 Upon the bare mountains set up a signal; cry out to them, Wave for them to enter the gates of the volunteers. 3 I have commanded my dedicated soldiers, I have summoned my warriors, eager and bold to carry out my anger. 4 Listen! the rumble on the mountains: that of an immense throng! Listen! the noise of kingdoms, nations assembled! The LORD of hosts is mustering an army for battle.5 They come from a far-off country, and from the end of the heavens, The LORD and the instruments of his wrath, to destroy all the land.6 Howl, for the day of the LORD is near; as destruction from the Almighty it comes. 7 Therefore all hands fall helpless, the bows of the young men fall from their hands. Every man's heart melts8 in terror. Pangs and sorrows take hold of them, like a woman in labor they writhe; They look aghast at each other, their faces aflame.9 Lo, the day of the LORD comes, cruel, with wrath and burning anger; To lay waste the land and destroy the sinners within it!10 The stars and constellations of the heavens send forth no light; The sun is dark when it rises, and the light of the moon does not shine.11 Thus I will punish the world for its evil and the wicked for their guilt. I will put an end to the pride of the arrogant, the insolence of tyrants I will humble.12 I will make mortals more rare than pure gold, men, than gold of Ophir. 13 For this I will make the heavens tremble and the earth shall be shaken from its place, At the wrath of the LORD of hosts on the day of his burning anger.14 Like a hunted gazelle, or a flock that no one gathers, Every man shall turn to his kindred and flee to his own land.15 Everyone who is caught shall be run through; to a man, they shall fall by the sword.16 Their infants shall be dashed to pieces in their sight; their houses shall be plundered and their wives ravished.17 I am stirring up against them the Medes, who think nothing of silver and take no delight in gold.18 The fruit of the womb they shall not spare, nor shall they have eyes of pity for children.19 And Babylon, the jewel of kingdoms, the glory and pride of the Chaldeans, Shall be overthrown by God like Sodom and like Gomorrah.20 She shall never be inhabited, nor dwelt in, from age to age; The Arab shall not pitch his tent there, nor shepherds couch their flocks.21 But wildcats shall rest there and owls shall fill the houses; There ostriches shall dwell, and satyrs shall dance. 22 Desert beasts shall howl in her castles, and jackals in her luxurious palaces. Her time is near at hand and her days shall not be prolonged.

Restoration of Judah

14 1 When the LORD has pity on Jacob and again chooses Israel and settles them on their own soil, the aliens will join them and be counted with the house of Jacob.2 The house of Israel will take them and bring them along to its place, and possess them as male and female slaves on the Lord's soil, making captives of its captors and ruling over its oppressors.

Downfall of the King of Babylon

3 On the day the LORD relieves you of sorrow and unrest and the hard service in which you have been enslaved,4 you will take up this taunt-song against the king of Babylon: How the oppressor has reached his end! how the turmoil is stilled! 5 The LORD has broken the rod of the wicked, the staff of the tyrants6 That struck the peoples in wrath relentless blows; That beat down the nations in anger, with oppression unchecked.7 The whole earth rests peacefully, song breaks forth;8 The very cypresses rejoice over you, and the cedars of Lebanon: "Now that you are laid to rest, there will be none to cut us down."9 The nether world below is all astir preparing for your coming; It awakens the shades to greet you, all the leaders of the earth; It has the kings of all nations rise from their thrones.10 All of them speak out and say to you, "You too have become weak like us, you are the same as we.11 Down to the nether world your pomp is brought, the music of your harps. The couch beneath you is the maggot, your covering, the worm."12 How have you fallen from the heavens, O morning star, son of the dawn! How are you cut down to the ground, you who mowed down the nations! 13 You said in your heart: "I will scale the heavens; Above the stars of God I will set up my throne; I will take my seat on the Mount of Assembly, in the recesses of the North. 14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will be like the Most High!"15 Yet down to the nether world you go to the recesses of the pit!16 When they see you they will stare, pondering over you: "Is this the man who made the earth tremble, and kingdoms quake?17 Who made the world a desert, razed its cities, and gave his captives no release?18 All the kings of the nations lie in glory, each in his own tomb;19 But you are cast forth without burial, loathsome and corrupt, Clothed as those slain at sword-point, a trampled corpse. Going down to the pavement of the pit,20 you will never be one with them in the grave." For you have ruined your land, you have slain your people! Let him not be named forever, that scion of an evil race!21 Make ready to slaughter his sons for the guilt of their fathers; Lest they rise and possess the earth, and fill the breadth of the world with tyrants.
I will rise up against them, says the LORD of hosts, and cut off from Babylon name and remnant, progeny and offspring, says the LORD.23 I will make it a haunt of hoot owls and a marshland; I will sweep it with the broom of destruction, says the LORD of hosts.

An Oracle concerning Assyria

24 The LORD of hosts has sworn: As I have resolved, so shall it be; As I have proposed, so shall it stand:25 I will break the Assyrian in my land and trample him on my mountains; Then his yoke shall be removed from them, and his burden from their shoulder. 26 This is the plan proposed for the whole earth, and this the hand outstretched over all nations.27 The LORD of hosts has planned; who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out; who can turn it back?

An Oracle concerning Philistia

28 In the year that King Ahaz died, there came this oracle: 29 Rejoice not, O Philistia, not a man of you, that the rod which smote you is broken; For out of the serpent's root shall come an adder, its fruit shall be a flying saraph. 30 In my pastures the poor shall eat, and the needy lie down in safety; But I will kill your root with famine that shall slay even your remnant.31 Howl, O gate; cry out, O city! Philistia, all of you melts away! For there comes a smoke from the north, without a straggler in the ranks.32 What will one answer the messengers of the nation? "The LORD has established Zion, and in her the afflicted of his people find refuge."

An Oracle concerning Moab

15 1 Oracle on Moab: Laid waste in a night, Ar of Moab is destroyed; Laid waste in a night, Kir of Moab is destroyed.2 Up goes daughter Dibon to the high places to weep; Over Nebo and over Medeba Moab wails. Every head is shaved, every beard sheared off. 3 In the streets they wear sackcloth, lamenting and weeping; On the rooftops and in the squares everyone wails.4 Heshbon and Elealeh cry out, they are heard as far as Jahaz. At this the loins of Moab tremble, his soul quivers within him;5 The heart of Moab cries out, his fugitives reach Zoar (Eglath-shelishiyah). The ascent of Luhith they climb weeping; On the way to Horonaim they utter rending cries.6 The waters of Nimrim have become a waste; The grass is withered, new growth is gone, nothing is green.7 So now whatever they have acquired or stored away they carry across the Gorge of the Poplars,8 For the cry has gone round the land of Moab; As far as Eglaim the wailing, and to Beer-elim, the wail.9 The waters of Dimon are filled with blood, but I will bring still more upon Dimon: Lions for those who are fleeing from Moab and for those who remain in the land!

16 1 Send them forth, hugging the earth like reptiles, from Sela across the desert, to the mount of daughter Zion.2 Like flushed birds, like startled nestlings, Are the daughters of Moab at the fords of the Arnon. 3 Offer counsel, take their part: at high noon let your shadow be like the night, To hide the outcasts, to conceal the fugitives. 4 Let the outcasts of Moab live with you, be their shelter from the destroyer. When the struggle is ended, the ruin complete, and they have done with trampling the land,5 A throne shall be set up in mercy, and on it shall sit in fidelity (in David's tent) A judge upholding right and prompt to do justice.
We have heard of the pride of Moab, how very proud he is, With his haughty, arrogant insolence that his empty words do not match.7 Therefore Moab wails for Moab, everywhere they wail; For the raisin cakes of Kir-hareseth they sigh, stricken with grief. 8 The terraced slopes of Heshbon languish, the vines of Sibmah, Whose clusters overpowered the lords of nations, While they reached as far as Jazer and scattered over the desert, And whose branches spread forth and extended over the sea. 9 Therefore I weep with Jazer for the vines of Sibmah; I water you with tears, Heshbon and Elealeh; For on your summer fruits and harvests the battle cry has fallen.10 From the orchards are taken away joy and gladness, In the vineyards there is no singing, no shout of joy; In the wine presses no one treads grapes, the vintage shout is stilled.11 Therefore for Moab my breast moans like a lyre, and my heart for Kir-hareseth.12 When Moab grows weary on the high places, he shall enter his sanctuary to pray, but it shall avail him nothing.
This is the word the LORD spoke against Moab in times past. 14 But now the LORD has spoken: In three years, like those of a hireling, the glory of Moab shall be degraded despite all its great multitude; there shall be a remnant, very small and weak.

An Oracle concerning Damascus

17 1 Oracle on Damascus: Lo, Damascus shall cease to be a city and become a ruin; 2 Her cities shall be forever abandoned, given over to flocks to lie in undisturbed.3 The fortress shall be lost to Ephraim and the kingdom to Damascus; The remnant of Aram shall have the same glory as the Israelites, says the LORD of hosts. 4 On that day The glory of Jacob shall fade, and his full body grow thin,5 Like the reaper's mere armful of stalks when he gathers the standing grain; Or as when one gleans the ears in the Valley of Rephaim. 6 Only a scattering of grapes shall be left! As when an olive tree has been beaten, Two or three olives remain at the very top, four or five on its fruitful branches, says the LORD, the God of Israel.
On that day man shall look to his maker, his eyes turned toward the Holy One of Israel.8 He shall not look to the altars, his handiwork, nor shall he regard what his fingers have made: the sacred poles or the incense stands.
On that day his strong cities shall be like those abandoned by the Hivites and Amorites When faced with the children of Israel: they shall be laid waste.10 For you have forgotten God, your savior, and remembered not the Rock, your strength. Therefore, though you plant your pagan plants and set out your foreign vine slips, 11 Though you make them grow the day you plant them and make your sprouts blossom on the next morning, The harvest shall disappear on the day of the grievous blow, the incurable blight.
Ah! the roaring of many peoples that roar like the roar of the seas! The surging of nations that surge like the surging of mighty waves! 13 But God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far away; Windswept, like chaff on the mountains, like tumbleweed in a storm.14 In the evening, they spread terror, before morning, they are gone! Such is the portion of those who despoil us, the lot of those who plunder us.

An Oracle concerning Ethiopia

18 1 Ah, land of buzzing insects, beyond the rivers of Ethiopia, 2 Sending ambassadors by sea, in papyrus boats on the waters! Go, swift messengers, to a nation tall and bronzed, To a people dreaded near and far, a nation strong and conquering, whose land is washed by rivers.3 All you who inhabit the world, who dwell on earth, When the signal is raised on the mountain, look! When the trumpet blows, listen!4 For thus says the LORD to me: I will quietly look on from where I dwell, Like the glowing heat of sunshine, like a cloud of dew at harvest time.5 Before the vintage, when the flowering is ended, and the blooms are succeeded by ripening grapes, Then comes the cutting of branches with pruning hooks and the discarding of the lopped-off shoots.6 They shall all be left to the mountain birds of prey, and to the beasts in the land; The birds of prey shall summer on them and on them all the beasts of the earth shall winter.7 Then will gifts be brought to the LORD of hosts from a people tall and bronzed, from a people dreaded near and far, a nation strong and conquering, whose land is washed by rivers-to Mount Zion where dwells the name of the LORD of hosts.

An Oracle concerning Egypt

19 1 Oracle on Egypt: See, the LORD is riding on a swift cloud on his way to Egypt; The idols of Egypt tremble before him, the hearts of the Egyptians melt within them.2 I will rouse Egypt against Egypt: brother will war against brother, Neighbor against neighbor, city against city, kingdom against kindgom.3 The courage of the Egyptians ebbs away within them, and I will bring to nought their counsel; They shall consult idols and charmers, ghosts and spirits.4 I will deliver Egypt into the power of a cruel master, A harsh king who shall rule over them, says the Lord, the LORD of hosts. 5 The waters shall be drained from the sea, the river shall shrivel and dry up;6 Its streams shall become foul, and the canals of Egypt shall dwindle and dry up. Reeds and rushes shall wither away,7 and bulrushes on the bank of the Nile; All the sown land along the Nile shall dry up and blow away, and be no more.8 The fishermen shall mourn and lament, all who cast hook in the Nile; Those who spread their nets in the water shall pine away.9 The linen-workers shall be disappointed, the combers and weavers shall turn pale;10 The spinners shall be crushed, all the hired laborers shall be despondent.11 Utter fools are the princes of Zoan! the wisest of Pharaoh's advisers give stupid counsel. How can you say to Pharaoh, "I am a disciple of wise men, of ancient kings"? 12 Where then are your wise men? Let them tell you and make known What the LORD of hosts has planned against Egypt.13 The princes of Zoan have become fools, the princes of Memphis have been deceived. The chiefs of her tribes have led Egypt astray.14 The LORD has prepared among them a spirit of dizziness, And they have made Egypt stagger in whatever she does, as a drunkard staggers in his vomit.15 Egypt shall have no work to do for head or tail, palm branch or reed.
On that day the Egyptians shall be like women, trembling with fear, because of the LORD of hosts shaking his fist at them.17 And the land of Judah shall be a terror to the Egyptians. Every time they remember Judah, they shall stand in dread because of the plan which the LORD of hosts has in mind for them.

Egypt, Assyria, and Israel Blessed

18 On that day there shall be five cities in the land of Egypt speaking the language of Canaan and swearing by the LORD of hosts; one shall be called "City of the Sun." 19 On that day there shall be an altar to the LORD in the land of Egypt, and a sacred pillar to the LORD near the boundary.20 It shall be a sign and a witness to the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt, when they cry out to the LORD against their oppressors, and he sends them a savior to defend and deliver them.21 The LORD shall make himself known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the LORD in that day; they shall offer sacrifices and oblations, and fulfill the vows they make to the LORD.22 Although the LORD shall smite Egypt severely, he shall heal them; they shall turn to the LORD and he shall be won over and heal them.23 On that day there shall be a highway from Egypt to Assyria; the Assyrians shall enter Egypt, and the Egyptians enter Assyria, and Egypt shall serve Assyria.24 On that day Israel shall be a third party with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the land,25 when the LORD of hosts blesses it: "Blessed be my people Egypt, and the work of my hands Assyria, and my inheritance, Israel."

Isaiah Dramatizes the Conquest of Egypt and Ethiopia

20 1 In the year the general sent by Sargon, king of Assyria, fought against Ashdod and captured it,2 the LORD gave a warning through Isaiah, the son of Amoz: Go and take off the sackcloth from your waist, and remove the sandals from your feet. This he did, walking naked and barefoot. 3 Then the LORD said: Just as my servant Isaiah has gone naked and barefoot for three years as a sign and portent against Egypt and Ethiopia,4 so shall the king of Assyria lead away captives from Egypt, and exiles from Ethiopia, young and old, naked and barefoot, with buttocks uncovered (the shame of Egypt).5 They shall be dismayed and ashamed because of Ethiopia, their hope, and because of Egypt, their boast.6 The inhabitants of this coastland shall say on that day, "Look at our hope! We have fled here for help and deliverance from the king of Assyria; where can we flee now?"

Oracles concerning Babylon, Edom, and Arabia

21 1 Oracle on the wastelands by the sea: Like whirlwinds sweeping in waves through the Negeb, there comes from the desert, from the fearful land, 2 A cruel sight, revealed to me: the traitor betrays, the despoiler spoils. "Go up, Elam; besiege, O Media; I will put an end to all groaning!" 3 Therefore my loins are filled with anguish, pangs have seized me like those of a woman in labor; I am too bewildered to hear, too dismayed to look.4 My mind reels, shuddering assails me; My yearning for twilight has turned into dread.5 They set the table, spread out the rugs; they eat, they drink. Rise up, O princes, oil the shield! 6 For thus says my Lord to me: Go, station a watchman, let him tell what he sees.7 If he sees a chariot, a pair of horses, Someone riding an ass, someone riding a camel, Then let him pay heed, very close heed.8 Then the watchman cried, "On the watchtower, O my Lord, I stand constantly by day; And I stay at my post through all the watches of the night.9 Here he comes now: a single chariot, a pair of horses; He calls out and says, 'Fallen, fallen is Babylon, And all the images of her gods are smashed to the ground.'"10 O my people who have been threshed, beaten on my threshing floor! What I have heard from the LORD of hosts, The God of Israel, I have announced to you.
Oracle on Edom: They call to me from Seir, "Watchman, how much longer the night? Watchman, how much longer the night?" 12 The watchman replies, "Morning has come, and again night. If you will ask, ask; come back again."
Oracle on Arabia: In the thicket in the nomad country spend the night, O caravans of Dedanites. 14 Meet the thirsty, bring them water; you who dwell in the land of Tema, greet the fugitives with bread.15 They flee from the sword, from the whetted sword; From the taut bow, from the fury of battle.16 For thus says the Lord to me: In another year, like those of a hireling, all the glory of Kedar shall come to an end. 17 Few of Kedar's stalwart archers shall remain, for the LORD, the God of Israel, has spoken.

A Warning of Destruction of Jerusalem

22 1 Oracle of the Valley of Vision: What is the matter with you now, that you have gone up, all of you, to the housetops, 2 O city full of noise and chaos, O wanton town! Your slain are not slain with the sword, nor killed in battle.3 All your leaders fled away together, fled afar off; All who were in you were captured together, captured without the use of a bow.4 At this I say: Turn away from me, let me weep bitterly; Do not try to comfort me for the ruin of the daughter of my people.5 It is a day of panic, rout and confusion, from the Lord, the GOD of hosts, in the Valley of Vision. Walls crash; they cry for help to the mountains.6 Elam takes up the quivers, Aram mounts the horses, and Kir uncovers the shields. 7 Your choice valleys are filled with chariots, and horses are posted at the gates,8 and shelter over Judah is removed. On that day you looked to the weapons in the House of the Forest; 9 you saw that the breaches in the City of David were many; you collected the water of the lower pool.10 You numbered the houses of Jerusalem, tearing some down to strengthen the wall;11 you made a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the old pool. But you did not look to the city's Maker, nor did you consider him who built it long ago.12 On that day the Lord, the GOD of hosts, called on you To weep and mourn, to shave your head and put on sackcloth.13 But look! you feast and celebrate, you slaughter oxen and butcher sheep, You eat meat and drink wine: "Eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!"14 This reaches the ears of the LORD of hosts-- You shall not be pardoned this wickedness till you die, says the Lord, the GOD of hosts.

Denunciation of Self-Seeking Officials

15 Thus says the Lord, the GOD of hosts: Up, go to that official, Shebna, master of the palace, 16 Who has hewn for himself a sepulcher on a height and carved his tomb in the rock: "What are you doing here, and what people have you here, that here you have hewn for yourself a tomb?"17 The LORD shall hurl you down headlong, mortal man! He shall grip you firmly18 And roll you up and toss you like a ball into an open land To perish there, you and the chariots you glory in, you disgrace to your master's house!19 I will thrust you from your office and pull you down from your station.20 On that day I will summon my servant Eliakim, son of Hilkiah; 21 I will clothe him with your robe, and gird him with your sash, and give over to him your authority. He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah.22 I will place the key of the House of David on his shoulder; when he opens, no one shall shut, when he shuts, no one shall open. 23 I will fix him like a peg in a sure spot, to be a place of honor for his family;24 On him shall hang all the glory of his family: descendants and offspring, all the little dishes, from bowls to jugs. 25 On that day, says the LORD of hosts, the peg fixed in a sure spot shall give way, break off and fall, and the weight that hung on it shall be done away with; for the LORD has spoken.

An Oracle concerning Tyre

23 1 Oracle on Tyre: Wail, O ships of Tarshish, for your port is destroyed; From the land of the Kittim the news reaches them. 2 Silence! you who dwell on the coast, you merchants of Sidon, Whose messengers crossed the sea3 over the deep waters. The grain of Shihor, the harvest of the Nile, was her revenue, and she the merchant among nations. 4 Shame, O Sidon, fortress on the sea, for the sea has spoken: "I have not been in labor, nor given birth, nor raised young men, nor reared virgins." 5 When it is heard in Egypt they shall be in anguish at the news of Tyre.6 Pass over to Tarshish, wailing, you who dwell on the coast!7 Is this your wanton city, whose origin is from old, Whose feet have taken her to dwell in distant lands?8 Who has planned such a thing against Tyre, the bestower of crowns, Whose merchants are princes, whose traders are the earth's honored men?9 The LORD of hosts has planned it, to disgrace all pride of majesty, to degrade all the earth's honored men.10 Cross to your own land, O ship of Tarshish; the harbor is no more.11 His hand he stretches out over the sea, he shakes kingdoms; The LORD has ordered the destruction of Canaan's strongholds. 12 You shall exult no more, he says, you who are now oppressed, virgin daughter Sidon. Arise, pass over to the Kittim, even there you shall find no rest.13 (This people is the land of the Chaldeans, not Assyria.) She whom the impious founded, setting up towers for her, Has had her castles destroyed, and has been turned into a ruin. 14 Lament, O ships of Tarshish, for your haven is destroyed.15 On that day, Tyre shall be forgotten for seventy years. With the days of another king, at the end of seventy years, it shall be for Tyre as in the song about the harlot: 16 Take a harp, go about the city, O forgotten harlot; Pluck the strings skillfully, sing many songs, that they may remember you.17 At the end of the seventy years the LORD shall visit Tyre. She shall return to her hire and deal with all the world's kingdoms on the face of the earth.18 But her merchandise and her hire shall be sacred to the LORD. It shall not be stored up or laid away, but from her merchandise those who dwell before the LORD shall eat their fill and clothe themselves in choice attire.

Impending Judgment on the Earth

24 1 Lo, the LORD empties the land and lays it waste; he turns it upside down, scattering its inhabitants: 2 Layman and priest alike, servant and master, The maid as her mistress, the buyer as the seller, The lender as the borrower, the creditor as the debtor.3 The earth is utterly laid waste, utterly stripped, for the LORD has decreed this thing.4 The earth mourns and fades, the world languishes and fades; both heaven and earth languish.5 The earth is polluted because of its inhabitants, who have transgressed laws, violated statutes, broken the ancient covenant. 6 Therefore a curse devours the earth, and its inhabitants pay for their guilt; Therefore they who dwell on earth turn pale, and few men are left.7 The wine mourns, the vine languishes, all the merry-hearted groan.8 Stilled are the cheerful timbrels, ended the shouts of the jubilant, stilled is the cheerful harp.9 They cannot sing and drink wine; strong drink is bitter to those who partake of it.10 Broken down is the city of chaos, shut against entry, every house. 11 In the streets they cry out for lack of wine; all joy has disappeared and cheer has left the land.12 In the city nothing remains but ruin; its gates are battered and desolate.13 Thus it is within the land, and among the peoples, As with an olive tree after it is beaten, as with a gleaning when the vintage is done.14 These lift up their voice in acclaim; from the sea they proclaim the majesty of the LORD: 15 "For this, in the coastlands, give glory to the LORD! In the coastlands of the sea, to the name of the LORD, the God of Israel!"16 From the end of the earth we hear songs: "Splendor to the Just One!" But I said, "I am wasted, wasted away. Woe is me! The traitors betray: with treachery have the traitors betrayed!17 Terror, pit, and trap are upon you, inhabitant of the earth;18 He who flees at the sound of terror will fall into the pit; He who climbs out of the pit will be caught in the trap. For the windows on high will be opened and the foundations of the earth will shake.19 The earth will burst asunder, the earth will be shaken apart, the earth will be convulsed.20 The earth will reel like a drunkard, and it will sway like a hut; Its rebellion will weigh it down, until it falls, never to rise again."21 On that day the LORD will punish the host of the heavens in the heavens, and the kings of the earth on the earth. 22 They will be gathered together like prisoners into a pit; They will be shut up in a dungeon, and after many days they will be punished.23 Then the moon will blush and the sun grow pale, For the LORD of hosts will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, glorious in the sight of his elders.

Praise for Deliverance from Oppression

25 1 O LORD, you are my God, I will extol you and praise your name; For you have fulfilled your wonderful plans of old, faithful and true. 2 For you have made the city a heap, the fortified city a ruin; The castle of the insolent is a city no more, nor ever to be rebuilt.3 Therefore a strong people will honor you, fierce nations will fear you.4 For you are a refuge to the poor, a refuge to the needy in distress; Shelter from the rain, shade from the heat. As with the cold rain,5 as with the desert heat, even so you quell the uproar of the wanton.
On this mountain the LORD of hosts will provide for all peoples A feast of rich food and choice wines, juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines. 7 On this mountain he will destroy the veil that veils all peoples, The web that is woven over all nations;8 he will destroy death forever. The Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from all faces; The reproach of his people he will remove from the whole earth; for the LORD has spoken.9 On that day it will be said: "Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us! This is the LORD for whom we looked; let us rejoice and be glad that he has saved us!"10 For the hand of the LORD will rest on this mountain, but Moab will be trodden down as a straw is trodden down in the mire. 11 He will stretch forth his hands in Moab as a swimmer extends his hands to swim; He will bring low their pride as his hands sweep over them.12 The high-walled fortress he will raze, and strike it down level with the earth, with the very dust.

Judah's Song of Victory

26 1 On that day they will sing this song in the land of Judah: "A strong city have we; he sets up walls and ramparts to protect us.2 Open up the gates to let in a nation that is just, one that keeps faith.3 A nation of firm purpose you keep in peace; in peace, for its trust in you."4 Trust in the LORD forever! For the LORD is an eternal Rock.5 He humbles those in high places, and the lofty city he brings down; He tumbles it to the ground, levels it with the dust.6 It is trampled underfoot by the needy, by the footsteps of the poor.7 The way of the just is smooth; the path of the just you make level.8 Yes, for your way and your judgments, O LORD, we look to you; Your name and your title are the desire of our souls.9 My soul yearns for you in the night, yes, my spirit within me keeps vigil for you; When your judgment dawns upon the earth, the world's inhabitants learn justice.10 The wicked man, spared, does not learn justice; in an upright land he acts perversely, and sees not the majesty of the LORD.11 O LORD, your hand is uplifted, but they behold it not; Let them be shamed when they see your zeal for your people: let the fire prepared for your enemies consume them.12 O LORD, you mete out peace to us, for it is you who have accomplished all we have done.13 O LORD, our God, other lords than you have ruled us; it is from you only that we can call upon your name.14 Dead they are, they have no life, shades that cannot rise; For you have punished and destroyed them, and wiped out all memory of them.15 You have increased the nation, O LORD, increased the nation to your own glory, and extended far all the borders of the land.16 O LORD, oppressed by your punishment, we cried out in anguish under your chastising.17 As a woman about to give birth writhes and cries out in her pains, so were we in your presence, O LORD.18 We conceived and writhed in pain, giving birth to wind; Salvation we have not achieved for the earth, the inhabitants of the world cannot bring it forth.19 But your dead shall live, their corpses shall rise; awake and sing, you who lie in the dust. For your dew is a dew of light, and the land of shades gives birth.
Go, my people, enter your chambers, and close your doors behind you; Hide yourselves for a brief moment, until the wrath is past.21 See, the LORD goes forth from his place, to punish the wickedness of the earth's inhabitants; The earth will reveal the blood upon her, and no longer conceal her slain.

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