Isaiah 23-27 Darby’s Translation

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The Oracle concerning Tyre

23 1  The burden of Tyre. Howl, ye ships of Tarshish! for it is laid waste, so that there is no house, none entering in. From the land of Chittim it is revealed to them. 2  Be still, ye inhabitants of the isle! The merchants of Sidon, that pass over the sea, have replenished thee. 3  And on great waters, the seed of Shihor, the harvest of the Nile, was her revenue; and she was the market of the nations. 4  Be thou ashamed, Sidon, for the sea hath spoken, the strength of the sea, saying, I have not travailed nor brought forth, neither have I nourished young men [nor] brought up virgins. 5  —When the report came into Egypt, they were sorely pained at the news of Tyre. 6  Pass over to Tarshish; howl, ye inhabitants of the coast! 7  Is this your joyous [city], whose antiquity is of ancient days? Her feet shall carry her afar off to sojourn. 8  Who hath purposed this against Tyre, the distributor of crowns, whose merchants were princes, whose dealers were the honourable of the earth? 9  Jehovah of hosts hath purposed it, to profane the pride of all glory, to bring to nought all the honourable of the earth. 10  Overflow thy land like the Nile, daughter of Tarshish: there is no more restraint. 11  He hath stretched out his hand over the sea, he shaketh the kingdoms. Jehovah hath given a commandment concerning Canaan, to destroy the strongholds thereof, 12  and hath said, Thou shalt no more exult, [thou] oppressed virgin, daughter of Sidon: get thee up, pass over to Chittim; even there shalt thou have no rest. 13  Behold the land of the Chaldeans: this people did not exist; the Assyrian founded it for the dwellers in the desert: they set up their towers, they destroyed the palaces thereof; he brought it to ruin. 14  Howl, ships of Tarshish! for your fortress is laid waste.

15  And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king. At the end of seventy years it shall be for Tyre as the harlot's song. 16  Take a harp, go about the city, thou forgotten harlot! Make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered. 17  And it shall come to pass at the end of seventy years, that Jehovah will visit Tyre; and she will return to her hire, and will commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the earth upon the face of the ground. 18  And her merchandise and her hire shall be holy to Jehovah: it shall not be treasured nor laid up; for her merchandise shall be for them that dwell before Jehovah, to eat and be sufficed, and for excellent clothing.

The LORD's Judgment on the Earth

24 1  Behold, Jehovah maketh the land empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad its inhabitants. 2  And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with him from whom usury is taken. 3  The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled; for Jehovah hath spoken this word. 4  The land mourneth, it fadeth away; the world languisheth, it fadeth away: the haughty people of the land do languish. 5  And the land is polluted under the inhabitants thereof; for they have violated the laws, changed the statute, broken the everlasting covenant. 6  Therefore doth the curse devour the earth, and they that dwell therein are held guilty; therefore the inhabitants of the earth are consumed, and few men are left. 7  The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all that were merry-hearted do sigh; 8  the mirth of tambours ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth. 9  They do not drink wine with a song; strong drink is bitter to them that drink it. 10  The city of solitude is broken down; every house is shut up, so that none entereth in. 11  There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone; 12  desolation remaineth in the city, and the gate is smitten,—a ruin.

13  For so will it be in the midst of the land among the peoples, as the shaking of an olive-tree, as the grape-gleanings when the vintage is done. 14  These shall lift up their voice, they shall shout for the majesty of Jehovah, they shall cry aloud from the sea. 15  Therefore glorify Jehovah in the east, the name of Jehovah, the God of Israel, in the isles of the west.

16  From the end of the earth have we heard songs: Glory to the righteous! And I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me! The treacherous have dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous have dealt very treacherously. 17  Fear, and the pit, and the snare are upon thee, inhabitant of the land. 18  And it shall come to pass, [that] he who fleeth from the sound of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare; for the windows on high are open, and the foundations of the earth shake. 19  The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is completely dissolved, the earth is violently moved. 20  The earth reeleth to and fro like a drunkard, and is shaken like a night hut; and its transgression is heavy upon it; and it falleth and shall not rise again. 21  And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] Jehovah will punish the host of the high ones on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. 22  And they shall be brought together, [as] an assemblage of prisoners for the pit, and shall be shut up in prison, and after many days shall they be visited. 23  And the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed; for Jehovah of hosts shall reign on mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients in glory.

Praise for the LORD's Favor

25 1  Jehovah, thou art my God: I will exalt thee; I will celebrate thy name, for thou hast done wonderful things; counsels of old [which are] faithfulness [and] truth. 2  For thou hast made of the city a heap, of the fortified town a ruin, the palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built up. 3  Therefore shall the mighty people glorify thee, the city of terrible nations shall fear thee. 4  For thou hast been a fortress to the poor, a fortress for the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat: for the blast of the terrible ones [has been] as the storm [against] a wall. 5  Thou hast subdued the tumult of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; [as] the heat, by the shadow of a cloud, [so] the song of the terrible ones is brought low.

6  And in this mountain will Jehovah of hosts make unto all peoples a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. 7  And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the veil which veileth all the peoples, and the covering that is spread over all the nations. 8  He will swallow up death in victory. And the Lord Jehovah will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the reproach of his people will he take away from off all the earth: for Jehovah hath spoken.

9  And it shall be said in that day, Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is Jehovah, we have waited for him; we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation. 10  For in this mountain shall the hand of Jehovah rest, and Moab shall be trodden down under him, as straw is trodden down in the dunghill; 11  and he shall spread forth his hands in the midst of them, as he that swimmeth spreadeth them forth to swim; and he shall bring down their pride together with the plots of their hands. 12  And the fortress of the high defences of thy walls will he bring down, lay low, bring to the ground, into the dust.

A Song of Trust in the LORD's Protection

26 1  In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city; salvation doth he appoint for walls and bulwarks. 2  Open ye the gates, and the righteous nation which keepeth faithfulness shall enter in. 3  Thou wilt keep in perfect peace the mind stayed [on thee], for he confideth in thee. 4  Confide ye in Jehovah for ever; for in Jah, Jehovah, is the rock of ages.

5  For he bringeth down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, he layeth it low, he layeth it low to the ground, he bringeth it even to the dust. 6  The foot shall tread it down,—the feet of the afflicted, the steps of the poor. 7  The way of the just is uprightness: thou, the Upright, dost make the path of the just even. 8  Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O Jehovah, have we waited for thee; the desire of [our] soul is to thy name, and to thy memorial. 9  With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness. 10  If favour be shewn to the wicked, he doth not learn righteousness: in the land of uprightness he dealeth unjustly, and beholdeth not the majesty of Jehovah. 11  Jehovah, thy hand is lifted up, but they do not see: [yet] they shall see [thy] jealousy [for] the people, and be ashamed; yea, the fire which is for thine adversaries shall devour them.

12  Jehovah, thou wilt ordain peace for us; for thou also hast wrought all our works for us. 13  Jehovah our God, other lords than thee have had dominion over us; by thee only will we make mention of thy name. 14  [They are] dead, they shall not live; deceased, they shall not rise: for thou hast visited and destroyed them, and made all memory of them to perish. 15  Thou hast increased the nation, Jehovah, thou hast increased the nation: thou art glorified. Thou hadst removed [it] far [unto] all the ends of the earth. 16  Jehovah, in trouble they sought thee; they poured out [their] whispered prayer when thy chastening was upon them. 17  As a woman with child, that draweth near her delivery, is in travail, [and] crieth out in her pangs; so have we been before thee, Jehovah. 18  We have been with child, we have been in travail, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought the deliverance of the land, neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen. 19  Thy dead shall live, my dead bodies shall arise. Awake and sing in triumph, ye that dwell in dust; for thy dew is the dew of the morning, and the earth shall cast forth the dead.

20  Come, my people, enter into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee; hide thyself just for a little moment, until the indignation be past. 21  For behold, Jehovah cometh out of his place to visit the iniquity of the inhabitants of the earth upon them; and the earth shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.

The Deliverance and Ingathering of Israel

27 1  In that day Jehovah, with his sore and great and strong sword, will visit leviathan the fleeing serpent, and leviathan the crooked serpent; and he will slay the monster that is in the sea. 2  In that day [there shall be] a vineyard of pure wine; sing concerning it: 3  I Jehovah keep it, I will water it every moment; lest any harm it, I will keep it night and day. 4  Fury is not in me. Oh that I had briars [and] thorns in battle against me! I would march against them, I would burn them together. 5  Or let him take hold of my strength; let him make peace with me: [yea,] let him make peace with me. 6  In the future Jacob shall take root; Israel shall blossom and bud, and they shall fill the face of the world with fruit.

7  Hath he smitten him according to the smiting of those that smote him? Is he slain according to the slaughter of those slain by him? 8  In measure, when sending her away, didst thou contend with her: he hath taken [her] away with his rough wind in the day of the east wind. 9  By this, therefore, shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged; and this is all the fruit of the taking away of his sin: when he shall make all the stones of the altar as chalkstones that are crumbled in pieces,—the Asherahs and the sun-images shall not stand. 10  For the fortified city is solitary, a habitation abandoned and forsaken like a wilderness; there shall the calf feed, and there shall he lie down, and consume its boughs. 11  When its branches are withered they shall be broken off; women shall come [and] set them on fire. For it is a people of no intelligence; therefore he that made them will not have mercy on them, and he who formed them will shew them no favour. 12  And it shall come to pass in that day, that Jehovah shall beat out from the flood of the river unto the torrent of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by one, [ye] children of Israel. 13  And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] the great trumpet shall be blown; and they shall come that were perishing in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and they shall worship Jehovah in the holy mountain at Jerusalem.

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