Isaiah 31-35 New American Standard Bible

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The Egyptians Are Men, Not God

31 1  Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help And rely on horses , And trust in chariots because they are many And in horsemen because they are very strong , But they do not look to the Holy One of Israel , nor seek the Lord ! 2  Yet He also is wise and will bring disaster And does not retract His words , But will arise against the house of evildoers And against the help of the workers of iniquity . 3  Now the Egyptians are men and not God , And their horses are flesh and not spirit ; So the Lord will stretch out His hand , And he who helps will stumble And he who is helped will fall , And all of them will come to an end together . 4  For thus says the Lord to me, "As the lion or the young lion growls over his prey , Against which a band of shepherds is called out, And he will not be terrified at their voice nor disturbed at their noise , So will the Lord of hosts come down to wage war on Mount Zion and on its hill ." 5  Like flying birds so the Lord of hosts will protect Jerusalem . He will protect and deliver it; He will pass over and rescue it.

6  Return to Him from whom you have deeply defected , O sons of Israel . 7  For in that day every man will cast away his silver idols and his gold idols , which your sinful hands have made for you as a sin . 8  And the Assyrian will fall by a sword not of man , And a sword not of man will devour him. So he will not escape the sword , And his young men will become forced laborers . 9  "His rock will pass away because of panic , And his princes will be terrified at the standard ," Declares the Lord , whose fire is in Zion and whose furnace is in Jerusalem .

The Righteous King

32 1  Behold , a king will reign righteously And princes will rule justly . 2  Each will be like a refuge from the wind And a shelter from the storm , Like streams of water in a dry country , Like the shade of a huge rock in a parched land . 3  Then the eyes of those who see will not be blinded , And the ears of those who hear will listen . 4  The mind of the hasty will discern the truth , And the tongue of the stammerers will hasten to speak clearly . 5  No longer will the fool be called noble , Or the rogue be spoken of as generous . 6  For a fool speaks nonsense , And his heart inclines toward wickedness : To practice ungodliness and to speak error against the Lord , To keep the hungry person unsatisfied And to withhold drink from the thirsty . 7  As for a rogue , his weapons are evil ; He devises wicked schemes To destroy the afflicted with slander e , Even though the needy one speaks what is right . 8  But the noble man devises noble plans ; And by noble plans he stands .

Women of Jerusalem Warned

9  Rise up, you women who are at ease , And hear my voice ; Give ear to my word , You complacent daughters . 10  Within a year and a few days You will be troubled , O complacent daughters; For the vintage is ended , And the fruit gathering will not come . 11  Tremble , you women who are at ease ; Be troubled , you complacent daughters; Strip , undress and put sackcloth on your waist , 12  Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields , for the fruitful vine , 13  For the land of my people in which thorns and briars shall come up; Yea , for all the joyful houses and for the jubilant city . 14  Because the palace has been abandoned , the populated city forsaken . Hill and watch-tower have become caves forever e , A delight for wild donkeys , a pasture for flocks ; 15  Until the Spirit is poured out upon us from on high , And the wilderness becomes a fertile field , And the fertile field is considered as a forest . 16  Then justice will dwell in the wilderness And righteousness will abide in the fertile field . 17  And the work of righteousness will be peace , And the service of righteousness , quietness and confidence forever e . 18  Then my people will live in a peaceful habitation , And in secure dwellings and in undisturbed resting places ; 19  And it will hail when the forest comes down , And the city will be utterly laid low . 20  How blessed will you be, you who sow beside all waters , Who let out freely the ox and the donkey .

The LORD Will Bring Salvation

33 1  Woe to you, O destroyer , While you were not destroyed ; And he who is treacherous , while others did not deal treacherously with him. As soon as you finish destroying , you will be destroyed ; As soon as you cease to deal treacherously , others will deal treacherously with you. 2  O Lord , be gracious to us; we have waited for You. Be their strength every morning , Our salvation also in the time of distress . 3  At the sound of the tumult peoples flee ; At the lifting up of Yourself nations disperse . 4  Your spoil is gathered as the caterpillar gathers ; As locusts rushing about men rush about on it. 5  The Lord is exalted , for He dwells on high ; He has filled Zion with justice and righteousness . 6  And He will be the stability of your times , A wealth of salvation , wisdom and knowledge ; The fear of the Lord is his treasure . 7  Behold , their brave men cry in the streets , The ambassadors of peace weep bitterly . 8  The highways are desolate , the traveler has ceased , He has broken the covenant , he has despised the cities , He has no regard for man . 9  The land mourns and pines away , Lebanon is shamed and withers ; Sharon is like a desert plain , And Bashan and Carmel lose their foliage. 10  "Now I will arise ," says the Lord , "Now I will be exalted , now I will be lifted up. 11  "You have conceived chaff , you will give birth to stubble ; My breath will consume you like a fire . 12  "The peoples will be burned to lime , Like cut thorns which are burned in the fire .

13  "You who are far away , hear what I have done ; And you who are near , acknowledge My might ." 14  Sinners in Zion are terrified ; Trembling has seized the godless . "Who among us can live with the consuming fire ? Who among us can live with continual burning ?" 15  He who walks righteously and speaks with sincerity , He who rejects unjust e gain And shakes his hands so that they hold no bribe ; He who stops his ears from hearing about bloodshed And shuts his eyes from looking upon evil ; 16  He will dwell on the heights , His refuge will be the impregnable rock ; His bread will be given him, His water will be sure . 17  Your eyes will see the King in His beauty ; They will behold a far-distant land . 18  Your heart will meditate on terror : "Where is he who counts ? Where is he who weighs ? Where is he who counts the towers ?" 19  You will no longer see a fierce people , A people of unintelligible speech which no one comprehends , Of a stammering tongue which no one understands . 20  Look upon Zion , the city of our appointed feasts ; Your eyes will see Jerusalem , an undisturbed habitation , A tent which will not be folded ; Its stakes will never e be pulled up, Nor any of its cords be torn apart . 21  But there the majestic One, the Lord , will be for us A place of rivers and wide canals On which no boat with oars will go , And on which no mighty ship will pass - 22  For the Lord is our judge , The Lord is our lawgiver , The Lord is our king ; He will save us- 23  Your tackle hangs slack ; It cannot hold the base of its mast firmly , Nor spread out the sail . Then the prey of an abundant spoil will be divided ; The lame will take the plunder . 24  And no resident will say , "I am sick "; The people who dwell there will be forgiven their iniquity .

The LORD's Wrath upon the Nations

34 1  Draw near , O nations , to hear ; and listen , O peoples ! Let the earth and all it contains hear , and the world and all that springs from it. 2  For the Lord'S indignation is against all the nations , And His wrath against all their armies ; He has utterly destroyed them, He has given them over to slaughter . 3  So their slain will be thrown out, And their corpses will give off their stench , And the mountains will be drenched with their blood . 4  And all the host of heaven will wear away , And the sky will be rolled up like a scroll ; All their hosts will also wither away As a leaf withers from the vine , Or as one withers from the fig tree . 5  For My sword is satiated in heaven , Behold it shall descend for judgment upon Edom And upon the people whom I have devoted to destruction . 6  The sword of the Lord is filled with blood , It is sated with fat , with the blood of lambs and goats , With the fat of the kidneys of rams . For the Lord has a sacrifice in Bozrah And a great slaughter in the land of Edom . 7  Wild oxen will also fall with them And young bulls with strong ones ; Thus their land will be soaked with blood , And their dust become greasy with fat . 8  For the Lord has a day of vengeance , A year of recompense for the cause of Zion .

9  Its streams will be turned into pitch , And its loose earth into brimstone , And its land will become burning pitch . 10  It will not be quenched night or day ; Its smoke will go up forever . From generation to generation it will be desolate ; None will pass through it forever and ever . 11  But pelican and hedgehog will possess it, And owl and raven will dwell in it; And He will stretch over it the line of desolation And the plumb line of emptiness . 12  Its nobles -there is no one there Whom they may proclaim king - And all its princes will be nothing . 13  Thorns will come up in its fortified towers , Nettles and thistles in its fortified cities ; It will also be a haunt of jackals And an abode of ostriches . 14  The desert creatures will meet with the wolves , The hairy goat also will cry to its kind ; Yes , the night monster will settle there And will find herself a resting place . 15  The tree snake will make its nest and lay eggs there , And it will hatch and gather them under its protection . Yes , the hawks will be gathered there , Every one with its kind . 16  Seek from the book of the Lord , and read : Not one of these will be missing ; None e will lack its mate . For His mouth has commanded , And His Spirit has gathered them. 17  He has cast the lot for them, And His hand has divided it to them by line . They shall possess it forever e ; From generation to generation they will dwell in it.

The Glorious Future of Zion

35 1  The wilderness and the desert will be glad , And the Arabah will rejoice and blossom ; Like the crocus 2  It will blossom profusely And rejoice with rejoicing and shout of joy . The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, The majesty of Carmel and Sharon . They will see the glory of the Lord , The majesty of our God . 3  Encourage the exhausted , and strengthen the feeble e . 4  Say to those with anxious heart , "Take courage , fear not. Behold , your God will come with vengeance ; The recompense of God will come , But He will save you."

5  Then the eyes of the blind will be opened And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped . 6  Then the lame will leap like a deer , And the tongue of the mute will shout for joy . For waters will break forth in the wilderness And streams in the Arabah . 7  The scorched land will become a pool And the thirsty ground springs of water ; In the haunt of jackals , its resting place , Grass becomes reeds and rushes . 8  A highway will be there , a roadway , And it will be called the Highway of Holiness . The unclean will not travel on it, But it will be for him who walks that way , And fools will not wander on it. 9  No lion will be there , Nor will any vicious beast go up on it; These will not be found there . But the redeemed will walk there, 10  And the ransomed of the Lord will return And come with joyful shouting to Zion , With everlasting joy upon their heads . They will find gladness and joy , And sorrow and sighing will flee away .

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