Isaiah 23-27 Young’s Literal Translation

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The Oracle concerning Tyre

23 1  The Burden of Tyre. Howl, ye ships of Tarshish, For it hath been destroyed, Without house, without entrance, From the land of Chittim it was revealed to them. 2  Be silent, ye inhabitants of the isle, Trader of Zidon, passing the sea, they filled thee. 3  And in many waters 'is' the seed of Sihor, The harvest of the brook 'is' her increase, And she is a mart of nations. 4  Be ashamed, O Zidon; for the sea spake, The strength of the sea, saying: 'I have not been pained, nor have I brought forth, Nor have I nourished young men, 'nor' brought up virgins.' 5  As 'at' the report of Egypt they are pained, So 'at' the report of Tyre. 6  Pass over to Tarshish, howl, ye inhabitants of the isle, 7  Is this your exulting one? From the days of old 'is' her antiquity, Carry her do her own feet afar off to sojourn. 8  Who hath counselled this against Tyre, The crowning one, whose traders 'are' princes, Her merchants the honoured of earth?' 9  Jehovah of Hosts hath counselled it, To pollute the excellency of all beauty, To make light all the honoured of earth. 10  Pass through thy land as a brook, Daughter of Tarshish, there is no more a girdle. 11  His hand He hath stretched out over the sea, He hath caused kingdoms to tremble, Jehovah hath charged concerning the merchant one, To destroy her strong places. 12  And He saith, 'Thou dost not add any more to exult, O oppressed one, virgin daughter of Zidon, To Chittim arise, pass over, Even there—there is no rest for thee.' 13  Lo, the land of the Chaldeans—this people was not, Asshur founded it for the Ziim, They raised its watch-towers, They lifted up her palaces,—He hath appointed her for a ruin! 14  Howl, ye ships of Tarshish, For your strength hath been destroyed.

15  And it hath come to pass, in that day, That forgotten is Tyre seventy years, According to the days of one king. At the end of seventy years there is to Tyre as the song of the harlot. 16  Take a harp, go round the city, O forgotten harlot, play well, Multiply song that thou mayest be remembered. 17  And it hath come to pass, At the end of seventy years Jehovah inspecteth Tyre, And she hath repented of her gift, That she committed fornication With all kingdoms of the earth on the face of the ground. 18  And her merchandise and her gift have been holy to Jehovah, Not treasured up nor stored, For to those sitting before Jehovah is her merchandise, To eat to satiety, and for a lasting covering!

The LORD's Judgment on the Earth

24 1  Lo, Jehovah is emptying the land, And is making it waste, And hath overturned 'it on' its face, And hath scattered its inhabitants. 2  And it hath been—as a people so a priest, As the servant so his master, As the maid-servant so her mistress, As the buyer so the seller, As the lender so the borrower, As the usurer so he who is lifting 'it' on himself. 3  Utterly emptied is the land, and utterly spoiled, For Jehovah hath spoken this word: 4  Mourned, faded hath the land, Languished, faded hath the world, Languished have they—the high place of the people of the land. 5  And the land hath been defiled under its inhabitants, Because they have transgressed laws, They have changed a statute, They have made void a covenant age-during. 6  Therefore a curse hath consumed the land, And the inhabitants in it are become desolate, Therefore consumed have been inhabitants of the land, And few men have been left. 7  Mourned hath the new wine, languished the vine, Sighed have all the joyful of heart. 8  Ceased hath the joy of tabrets, Ceased hath the noise of exulting ones, Ceased hath the joy of a harp. 9  With a song they drink not wine, Bitter is strong drink to those drinking it. 10  It was broken down—a city of emptiness, Shut hath been every house from entrance. 11  A cry over the wine 'is' in out-places, Darkened hath been all joy, Removed hath been the joy of the land. 12  Left in the city 'is' desolation, And 'with' wasting is the gate smitten.

13  When thus it is in the heart of the land, In the midst of the peoples, As the compassing of the olive, As gleanings when harvest hath been finished, 14  They—they lift up their voice, They sing of the excellency of Jehovah, They have cried aloud from the sea. 15  Therefore in prosperity honour ye Jehovah, In isles of the sea, the name of Jehovah, God of Israel.

16  From the skirt of the earth we heard songs, The desire of the righteous. And I say, 'Leanness 'is' to me, Leanness 'is' to me, wo 'is' to me.' Treacherous dealers dealt treacherously, Yea, treachery, treacherous dealers dealt treacherously. 17  Fear, and a snare, and a gin, 'Are' on thee, O inhabitant of the land. 18  And it hath come to pass, He who is fleeing from the noise of the fear Doth fall into the snare, And he who is coming up from the midst of the snare, Is captured by the gin, For windows on high have been opened, And shaken are foundations of the land. 19  Utterly broken down hath been the land, Utterly broken hath been the land, Utterly moved hath been the land. 20  Stagger greatly doth the land as a drunkard, And it hath been moved as a lodge, And heavy on it hath been its transgression, And it hath fallen, and addeth not to rise. 21  And it hath come to pass, in that day, Jehovah layeth a charge on the host of the high place in the high place, And on the kings of the land on the land. 22  And they have been gathered—A gathering of bound ones in a pit, And shut up they have been in a prison, And after a multitude of days are inspected. 23  And confounded hath been the moon, And ashamed hath been the sun, For reigned hath Jehovah of Hosts In mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, And over-against His elders—honour!

Praise for the LORD's Favor

25 1  O Jehovah, my God 'art' Thou, I exalt Thee, I confess Thy name, For Thou hast done a wonderful thing, Counsels of old, stedfastness, O stedfast One. 2  For Thou didst make of a city a heap, Of a fenced city a ruin, A high place of strangers from 'being' a city, To the age it is not built. 3  Therefore honour Thee do a strong people, A city of the terrible nations feareth Thee. 4  For Thou hast been a stronghold for the poor, A stronghold for the needy in his distress, A refuge from storm, a shadow from heat, When the spirit of the terrible 'is' as a storm—a wall. 5  As heat in a dry place, The noise of strangers Thou humblest, Heat with the shadow of a thick cloud, The singing of the terrible is humbled.

6  And made hath Jehovah of Hosts, For all the peoples in this mount, A banquet of fat things, a banquet of preserved things, Fat things full of marrow, preserved things refined. 7  And swallowed up hath He in this mountain The face of the wrapping that is wrapped over all the peoples, And of the covering that is spread over all the nations. 8  He hath swallowed up death in victory, And wiped hath the Lord Jehovah, The tear from off all faces, And the reproach of His people He turneth aside from off all the earth, For Jehovah hath spoken.

9  And 'one' hath said in that day, 'Lo, this 'is' our God, We waited for Him, and He saveth us, This 'is' Jehovah, we have waited for Him, We joy and rejoice in His salvation.' 10  For rest doth the hand of Jehovah on this mountain, And trodden down is Moab under Him, As trodden down is straw on a dunghill. 11  And he spread out his hands in its midst, As spread out doth the swimmer to swim; And He hath humbled his excellency With the machinations of his hands. 12  And the fortress of the high place of thy walls He hath bowed down—He hath made low, He hath caused 'it' to come to the earth,—unto dust.

A Song of Trust in the LORD's Protection

26 1  In that day sung is this song in the land of Judah: 'We have a strong city, Salvation He doth make walls and bulwark. 2  Open ye the gates, that enter may a righteous nation, Preserving stedfastness. 3  An imagination supported Thou fortifiest peace—peace! For in Thee it is confident. 4  Trust ye in Jehovah for ever, For in Jah Jehovah 'is' a rock of ages,

5  For He bowed down the dwellers on high, A city set on high He maketh low, He maketh it low unto the earth, He causeth it to come unto the dust, 6  Tread it down doth a foot, Feet of the poor—steps of the weak. 7  The path for the righteous 'is' uprightness, O upright One, The path of the righteous Thou dost ponder. 8  Also, 'in' the path of Thy judgments, O Jehovah, we have waited 'for' Thee, To Thy name and to Thy remembrance 'Is' the desire of the soul. 9  'With' my soul I desired Thee in the night, Also, 'with' my spirit within me I seek Thee earnestly, For when Thy judgments 'are' on the earth, The inhabitants of the world have learned righteousness. 10  The wicked findeth favour, He hath not learned righteousness, In a land of straightforwardness he dealeth perversely, And seeth not the excellency of Jehovah. 11  O Jehovah, high 'is' Thy hand—they see not, They see the zeal of the people, and are ashamed, Also, the fire—Thine adversaries, consumeth them.

12  O Jehovah, Thou appointest peace to us, For, all our works also Thou hast wrought for us. 13  O Jehovah our God, lords have ruled us besides Thee, Only, by Thee we make mention of Thy name. 14  Dead—they live not, Rephaim, they rise not, Therefore Thou hast inspected and dost destroy them, Yea, thou destroyest all their memory. 15  Thou hast added to the nation, O Jehovah, Thou hast added to the nation, Thou hast been honoured, Thou hast put far off all the ends of earth. 16  O Jehovah, in distress they missed Thee, They have poured out a whisper, Thy chastisement 'is' on them. 17  When a pregnant woman cometh near to the birth, She is pained—she crieth in her pangs, So we have been from Thy face, O Jehovah. 18  We have conceived, we have been pained. We have brought forth as it were wind, Salvation we do not work in the earth, Nor do the inhabitants of the world fall. 19  'Thy dead live—My dead body they rise. Awake and sing, ye dwellers in the dust, For the dew of herbs 'is' thy dew, And the land of Rephaim thou causest to fall.

20  Come, My people, enter into thy inner chambers, And shut thy doors behind thee, Hide thyself shortly a moment till the indignation pass over. 21  For, lo, Jehovah is coming out of His place, To charge the iniquity of the inhabitant of the earth upon him, And revealed hath the earth her blood, Nor doth she cover any more her slain!'

The Deliverance and Ingathering of Israel

27 1  In that day lay a charge doth Jehovah, With his sword—the sharp, and the great, and the strong, On leviathan—a fleeing serpent, And on leviathan—a crooked serpent, And He hath slain the dragon that 'is' in the sea. 2  In that day, 'A desirable vineyard,' respond ye to her, 3  I, Jehovah, am its keeper, every moment I water it, Lest any lay a charge against it, Night and day I keep it! 4  Fury is not in Me; Who giveth Me a brier—a thorn in battle? I step into it, I burn it at once. 5  Or—he doth take hold on My strength, He doth make peace with Me, Peace he doth make with Me. 6  Those coming in He causeth to take root, Jacob doth blossom, and flourished hath Israel, And they have filled the face of the world 'with' increase.

7  As the smiting of his smiter hath He smitten him? As the slaying of his slain doth He slay? 8  In measure, in sending it forth, thou strivest with it, He hath taken away by His sharp wind, In the day of an east wind, 9  Therefore by this is the iniquity of Jacob covered, And this 'is' all the fruit—To take away his sin, in His setting all the stones of an altar, As chalkstones beaten in pieces, They rise not—shrines and images. 10  For the fenced city 'is' alone, A habitation cast out and forsaken as a wilderness, There doth the calf delight, And there it lieth down, And hath consumed its branches. 11  In the withering of its branch it is broken off, Women are coming in setting it on fire, For it 'is' not a people of understanding, Therefore pity it not doth its Maker, And its Former doth not favour it. 12  And it hath come to pass, in that day, Beat out doth Jehovah from the branch of the river, Unto the stream of Egypt, And ye are gathered one by one, O sons of Israel. 13  And it hath come to pass, in that day, It is blown with a great trumpet, And come in have those perishing in the land of Asshur, And those cast out in the land of Egypt, And have bowed themselves to Jehovah, In the holy mount—in Jerusalem!

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