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Isaiah 33

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Jerusalem Will Be Safe
33
1 You defeated my people.
Now you're in for trouble!
You've never been destroyed,
but you will be destroyed;
you've never been betrayed,
but you will be betrayed.
When you have finished
destroying and betraying,
you will be destroyed
and betrayed in return.
33 Chapter recording
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1 Woe to thee that spoilest, and thou wast not spoiled; and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee! when thou shalt cease to spoil, thou shalt be spoiled; and when thou shalt make an end to deal treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee.

2 Please, Lord, be kind to us!
We depend on you.
Make us strong each morning,
and come to save us
when we are in trouble.
2 O LORD, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.
3 Nations scatter when you roar
and show your greatness.
n 33.3 greatness: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 3.
3 At the noise of the tumult the people fled; at the lifting up of thyself the nations were scattered.
4 We attack our enemies
like swarms of locusts;
o 33.4 locusts: Insects like grasshoppers that travel in swarms and cause great damage to crops.
we take everything
that belongs to them.
p 33.4 them: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 4.
4 And your spoil shall be gathered like the gathering of the caterpiller: as the running to and fro of locusts shall he run upon them.

5 You, Lord, are above all others,
and you live in the heavens.
You have brought justice
and fairness to Jerusalem;
5 The LORD is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness.
6 you are the foundation
on which we stand today.
You always save us and give
true wisdom and knowledge.
Nothing means more to us
q 33.6 Nothing ... us: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
than obeying you.
6 And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is his treasure.
salvation: Heb. salvations
The Lord Will Do Something
7 Listen! Our bravest soldiers
are running through the streets,
screaming for help.
r 33.7 Listen ... help: Or “The Lord heard our shouts and will come to help us.”
Our messengers hoped for peace,
but came home crying.
7 Behold, their valiant ones shall cry without: the ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly.
valiant...: or, messengers
8 No one travels anymore;
every road is empty.
Treaties are broken,
and no respect is shown
to any who keep promises.
s 33.8 to any ... promises: The Dead Sea Scrolls; the Standard Hebrew Text “to those in the cities.”
8 The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceaseth: he hath broken the covenant, he hath despised the cities, he regardeth no man.
9 Fields are dry and barren;
Mount Lebanon wilts
with shame.
Sharon Valley is a desert;
the forests of Bashan and Carmel
have lost their leaves.
9 The earth mourneth and languisheth: Lebanon is ashamed and hewn down: Sharon is like a wilderness; and Bashan and Carmel shake off their fruits.
hewn...: or, withered away

10 But the Lord says,
“Now I will do something
and be greatly praised.
10 Now will I rise, saith the LORD; now will I be exalted; now will I lift up myself.
11 Your deeds are straw
that will be set on fire
by your very own breath.
11 Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall bring forth stubble: your breath, as fire, shall devour you.
12 You will be burned to ashes
like thorns in a fire.
12 And the people shall be as the burnings of lime: as thorns cut up shall they be burned in the fire.
13 Everyone, both far and near,
come look at what I have done.
See my mighty power!”
13 Hear, ye that are far off, what I have done; and, ye that are near, acknowledge my might.
Punishment and Rewards
14 Those terrible sinners
on Mount Zion tremble
as they ask in fear,
“How can we possibly live
where a raging fire
never stops burning?”
14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?

15 But there will be rewards
for those who live right
and tell the truth,
for those who refuse
to take money by force
or accept bribes,
for all who hate murder
and violent crimes.
15 He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;
righteously: Heb. in righteousnesses
uprightly: Heb. uprightnesses
oppressions: or, deceits
blood: Heb. bloods
16 They will live in a fortress
high on a rocky cliff,
where they will have food
and plenty of water.
16 He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure.
high: Heb. heights, or, high places
The Lord Is Our King
17 With your own eyes
you will see the glorious King;
you will see his kingdom
reaching far and wide.
17 Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.
that...: Heb. of far distances
18 Then you will ask yourself,
“Where are those officials
who terrified us and forced us
to pay such heavy taxes?”
18 Thine heart shall meditate terror. Where is the scribe? where is the receiver? where is he that counted the towers?
receiver: Heb. weigher?
19 You will never again have to see
the proud people
who spoke
a strange and foreign language
you could not understand.
19 Thou shalt not see a fierce people, a people of a deeper speech than thou canst perceive; of a stammering tongue, that thou canst not understand.
stammering: or, ridiculous

20 Look to Mount Zion
where we celebrate
our religious festivals.
You will see Jerusalem,
secure as a tent
with pegs
that cannot be pulled up
and fastened with ropes
that can never be broken.
20 Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.
21 Our wonderful Lord
will be with us!
There will be deep rivers
and wide streams
safe from enemy ships.
t 33.21 safe ... ships: This probably means that Jerusalem will have a lot of water, without the danger of attacks from enemy ships.
21 But there the glorious LORD will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby.
of...: Heb. broad of spaces, or, hands
The Lord Is Our Judge
22 The Lord is our judge
and our ruler;
the Lord is our king
and will keep us safe.
22 For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us.
lawgiver: Heb. statutemaker
23 But your nation
u 33.23 your nation: Possibly Judah or Assyria.
is a ship
with its rigging loose,
its mast shaky,
and its sail not spread.

Someday even you that are lame
will take everything you want
from your enemies.
23 Thy tacklings are loosed; they could not well strengthen their mast, they could not spread the sail: then is the prey of a great spoil divided; the lame take the prey.
Thy...: or, They have forsaken thy tacklings
24 The Lord will forgive your sins,
and none of you will say,
“I feel sick.”
24 And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity.

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