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Isaiah 26-29 NET

26:1 At that time this song will be sung in the land of Judah:

“We have a strong city!

The Lord’s deliverance, like walls and a rampart, makes it secure.

2 Open the gates so a righteous nation can enter—

one that remains trustworthy.

3 You keep completely safe the people who maintain their faith,

for they trust in you.

4 Trust in the Lord from this time forward,

even in Yah, the Lord, an enduring protector!

5 Indeed, the Lord knocks down those who live in a high place,

he brings down an elevated town;

he brings it down to the ground,

he throws it down to the dust.

6 It is trampled underfoot

by the feet of the oppressed,

by the soles of the poor.”

7 The way of the righteous is level,

the path of the righteous that you prepare is straight.

8 Yes, as your judgments unfold,

O Lord, we wait for you.

We desire your fame and reputation to grow.

9 I look for you during the night;

my spirit within me seeks you at dawn;

for when your judgments come upon the earth,

those who live in the world learn about justice.

10 If the wicked are shown mercy,

they do not learn about justice.

Even in a land where right is rewarded, they act unjustly;

they do not see the Lord’s majesty revealed.

11 O Lord, you are ready to act,

but they don’t even notice.

They will see and be put to shame by your angry judgment against humankind;

yes, fire will consume your enemies.

12 O Lord, you make us secure,

for even all we have accomplished you have done for us.

13 O Lord, our God,

masters other than you have ruled us,

but we praise your name alone.

14 The dead do not come back to life,

the spirits of the dead do not rise.

That is because you came in judgment and destroyed them,

you wiped out all memory of them.

15 You have made the nation larger, O Lord;

you have made the nation larger and revealed your splendor;

you have extended all the borders of the land.

16 O Lord, in distress they looked for you;

they uttered incantations because of your discipline.

17 As when a pregnant woman gets ready to deliver

and strains and cries out because of her labor pains,

so were we because of you, O Lord.

18 We were pregnant, we strained,

we gave birth, as it were, to wind.

We cannot produce deliverance on the earth;

no people are born to populate the world.

19 Your dead will come back to life;

your corpses will rise up.

Wake up and shout joyfully, you who live in the ground!

For you will grow like plants drenched with the morning dew,

and the earth will bring forth its dead spirits.

20 Go, my people! Enter your inner rooms!

Close your doors behind you!

Hide for a little while,

until his angry judgment is over.

21 For look, the Lord is coming out of the place where he lives

to punish the sin of those who live on the earth.

The earth will display the blood shed on it;

it will no longer cover up its slain.

27:1 At that time the Lord will punish

with his destructive, great, and powerful sword

Leviathan the fast-moving serpent,

Leviathan the squirming serpent;

he will kill the sea monster.

2 When that time comes,

sing about a delightful vineyard!

3 “I, the Lord, protect it;

I water it regularly.

I guard it night and day,

so no one can harm it.

4 I am not angry.

I wish I could confront some thorns and briers!

Then I would march against them for battle;

I would set them all on fire,

5 unless they became my subjects

and made peace with me;

let them make peace with me.”

6 The time is coming when Jacob will take root;

Israel will blossom and grow branches.

The produce will fill the surface of the world.

7 Has the Lord struck down Israel as he did their oppressors?

Has Israel been killed like their enemies?

8 When you summon her for divorce, you prosecute her;

he drives her away with his strong wind in the day of the east wind.

9 So in this way Jacob’s sin will be forgiven,

and this is how they will show they are finished sinning:

They will make all the stones of the altars

like crushed limestone,

and the Asherah poles and the incense altars will no longer stand.

10 For the fortified city is left alone;

it is a deserted settlement

and abandoned like the wilderness.

Calves graze there;

they lie down there

and eat its branches bare.

11 When its branches get brittle, they break;

women come and use them for kindling.

For these people lack understanding,

therefore the one who made them has no compassion on them;

the one who formed them has no mercy on them.

12 At that time the Lord will shake the tree, from the Euphrates River to the Stream of Egypt. Then you will be gathered up one by one, O Israelites. 13 At that time a large trumpet will be blown, and the ones lost in the land of Assyria will come, as well as the refugees in the land of Egypt. They will worship the Lord on the holy mountain in Jerusalem.

28:1 The splendid crown of Ephraim’s drunkards is doomed,

the withering flower, its beautiful splendor,

situated at the head of a rich valley,

the crown of those overcome with wine.

2 Look, the Lord sends a strong, powerful one.

With the force of a hailstorm or a destructive windstorm,

with the might of a driving, torrential rainstorm,

he will knock that crown to the ground with his hand.

3 The splendid crown of Ephraim’s drunkards

will be trampled underfoot.

4 The withering flower, its beautiful splendor,

situated at the head of a rich valley,

will be like an early fig before harvest—

as soon as someone notices it,

he grabs it and swallows it.

5 At that time the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will become a beautiful crown

and a splendid diadem for the remnant of his people.

6 He will give discernment to the one who makes judicial decisions

and strength to those who defend the city from attackers.

7 Even these men stagger because of wine;

they stumble around because of beer—

priests and prophets stagger because of beer,

they are confused because of wine,

they stumble around because of beer;

they stagger while seeing prophetic visions,

they totter while making legal decisions.

8 Indeed, all the tables

are covered with vomit,

with filth, leaving no clean place.

9 Who is the Lord trying to teach?

To whom is he explaining a message?

To those just weaned from milk!

To those just taken from their mother’s breast!

10 Indeed, they will hear meaningless gibberish,

senseless babbling,

a syllable here, a syllable there.

11 For with mocking lips and a foreign tongue

he will speak to these people.

12 In the past he said to them,

“This is where security can be found.

Provide security for the one who is exhausted.

This is where rest can be found.”

But they refused to listen.

13 So the Lord’s message to them will sound like

meaningless gibberish,

senseless babbling,

a syllable here, a syllable there.

As a result, they will fall on their backsides when they try to walk,

and be injured, ensnared, and captured.

14 Therefore, listen to the Lord’s message,

you who mock,

you rulers of these people

who reside in Jerusalem.

15 For you say,

“We have made a treaty with death,

with Sheol we have made an agreement.

When the overwhelming judgment sweeps by

it will not reach us.

For we have made a lie our refuge,

we have hidden ourselves in a deceitful word.”

16 Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord, says:

“Look, I am laying a stone in Zion,

an approved stone,

set in place as a precious cornerstone for the foundation.

The one who maintains his faith will not panic.

17 I will make justice the measuring line,

fairness the plumb line;

hail will sweep away the unreliable refuge,

the floodwaters will overwhelm the hiding place.

18 Your treaty with death will be dissolved;

your agreement with Sheol will not last.

When the overwhelming judgment sweeps by,

you will be overrun by it.

19 Whenever it sweeps by, it will overtake you;

indeed, every morning it will sweep by,

it will come through during the day and the night.”

When this announcement is understood,

it will cause nothing but terror.

20 For the bed is too short to stretch out on,

and the blanket is too narrow to wrap around oneself.

21 For the Lord will rise up, as he did at Mount Perazim;

he will rouse himself, as he did in the Valley of Gibeon,

to accomplish his work,

his peculiar work,

to perform his task,

his strange task.

22 So now, do not mock,

or your chains will become heavier!

For I have heard a message about decreed destruction,

from the Sovereign Lord of Heaven’s Armies against the entire land.

23 Pay attention and listen to my message.

Be attentive and listen to what I have to say!

24 Does a farmer just keep on plowing at planting time?

Does he keep breaking up and harrowing his ground?

25 Once he has leveled its surface,

does he not scatter the seed of the caraway plant,

sow the seed of the cumin plant,

and plant the wheat, barley, and grain in their designated places?

26 His God instructs him;

he teaches him the principles of agriculture.

27 Certainly caraway seed is not threshed with a sledge,

nor is the wheel of a cart rolled over cumin seed.

Certainly caraway seed is beaten with a stick

and cumin seed with a flail.

28 Grain is crushed,

though one certainly does not thresh it forever.

The wheel of one’s wagon rolls over it,

but his horses do not crush it.

29 This also comes from the Lord of Heaven’s Armies,

who gives supernatural guidance and imparts great wisdom.

29:1 Ariel is as good as dead—

Ariel, the town David besieged!

Keep observing your annual rituals;

celebrate your festivals on schedule.

2 I will threaten Ariel,

and she will mourn intensely

and become like an altar hearth before me.

3 I will lay siege to you on all sides;

I will besiege you with troops;

I will raise siege works against you.

4 You will fall;

while lying on the ground you will speak;

from the dust where you lie, your words will be heard.

Your voice will sound like a spirit speaking from the underworld;

from the dust you will chirp as if muttering an incantation.

5 But the horde of invaders will be like fine dust,

the horde of tyrants like chaff that is blown away.

It will happen suddenly, in a flash.

6 Judgment will come from the Lord of Heaven’s Armies,

accompanied by thunder, earthquake, and a loud noise,

by a strong gale, a windstorm, and a consuming flame of fire.

7 It will be like a dream, a night vision.

There will be a horde from all the nations that fight against Ariel,

those who attack her and her stronghold and besiege her.

8 It will be like a hungry man dreaming that he is eating,

only to awaken and find that his stomach is empty.

It will be like a thirsty man dreaming that he is drinking,

only to awaken and find that he is still weak and his thirst unquenched.

So it will be for the horde from all the nations

that fight against Mount Zion.

9 You will be shocked and amazed!

You are totally blind!

They are drunk, but not because of wine;

they stagger, but not because of beer.

10 For the Lord has poured out on you

a strong urge to sleep deeply.

He has shut your eyes (you prophets),

and covered your heads (you seers).

11 To you this entire prophetic revelation is like words in a sealed scroll. When they hand it to one who can read and say, “Read this,” he responds, “I can’t, because it is sealed.” 12 Or when they hand the scroll to one who can’t read and say, “Read this,” he says, “I can’t read.”

13 The Lord says,

“These people say they are loyal to me;

they say wonderful things about me,

but they are not really loyal to me.

Their worship consists of

nothing but man-made ritual.

14 Therefore I will again do an amazing thing for these people—

an absolutely extraordinary deed.

Wise men will have nothing to say,

the sages will have no explanations.”

15 Those who try to hide their plans from the Lord are as good as dead,

who do their work in secret and boast,

“Who sees us? Who knows what we’re doing?”

16 Your thinking is perverse!

Should the potter be regarded as clay?

Should the thing made say about its maker, “He didn’t make me”?

Or should the pottery say about the potter, “He doesn’t understand”?

17 In just a very short time

Lebanon will turn into an orchard,

and the orchard will be considered a forest.

18 At that time the deaf will be able to hear words read from a scroll,

and the eyes of the blind will be able to see through deep darkness.

19 The downtrodden will again rejoice in the Lord;

the poor among humankind will take delight in the Holy One of Israel.

20 For tyrants will disappear,

those who taunt will vanish,

and all those who love to do wrong will be eliminated—

21 those who bear false testimony against a person,

who entrap the one who arbitrates at the city gate

and deprive the innocent of justice by making false charges.

22 So this is what the Lord, the one who delivered Abraham, has said to the family of Jacob:

“Jacob will no longer be ashamed;

their faces will no longer show their embarrassment.

23 For when they see their children,

whom I will produce among them,

they will honor my name.

They will honor the Holy One of Jacob;

they will respect the God of Israel.

24 Those who stray morally will gain understanding;

those who complain will acquire insight.

The Scriptures quoted are from the NET Bible® copyright ©1996, 2019 used with permission from Biblical Studies Press, L.L.C. All rights reserved