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Isaiah 30-32 NET

30:1 “The rebellious children are as good as dead,” says the Lord,

“those who make plans without consulting me,

who form alliances without consulting my Spirit,

and thereby compound their sin.

2 They travel down to Egypt

without seeking my will,

seeking Pharaoh’s protection,

and looking for safety in Egypt’s protective shade.

3 But Pharaoh’s protection will bring you nothing but shame

and the safety of Egypt’s protective shade nothing but humiliation.

4 Though his officials are in Zoan

and his messengers arrive at Hanes,

5 all will be put to shame

because of a nation that cannot help them,

who cannot give them aid or help,

but only shame and disgrace.”

6 This is an oracle about the animals in the Negev:

Through a land of distress and danger,

inhabited by lionesses and roaring lions,

by snakes and darting adders,

they transport their wealth on the backs of donkeys,

their riches on the humps of camels,

to a nation that cannot help them.

7 Egypt is totally incapable of helping.

For this reason I call her

“Proud one who is silenced.”

8 Now go, write it down on a tablet in their presence

inscribe it on a scroll

so that it might be preserved for a future time

as an enduring witness.

9 For these are rebellious people—

they are lying children,

children unwilling to obey the Lord’s law.

10 They say to the visionaries, “See no more visions!”

and to the seers, “Don’t relate messages to us about what is right!

Tell us nice things;

relate deceptive messages.

11 Turn aside from the way;

stray off the path.

Remove from our presence the Holy One of Israel.”

12 For this reason this is what the Holy One of Israel says:

“You have rejected this message;

you trust instead in your ability to oppress and trick,

and rely on that kind of behavior.

13 So this sin will become your downfall.

You will be like a high wall

that bulges and cracks and is ready to collapse;

it crumbles suddenly, in a flash.

14 It shatters in pieces like a clay jar,

so shattered to bits that none of it can be salvaged.

Among its fragments one cannot find a shard large enough

to scoop a hot coal from a fire

or to skim off water from a cistern.”

15 For this is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel says:

“If you repented and patiently waited for me, you would be delivered;

if you calmly trusted in me, you would find strength,

but you are unwilling.

16 You say, ‘No, we will flee on horses,’

so you will indeed flee.

You say, ‘We will ride on fast horses,’

so your pursuers will be fast.

17 One thousand will scurry at the battle cry of one enemy soldier;

at the battle cry of five enemy soldiers you will all run away,

until the remaining few are as isolated

as a flagpole on a mountaintop

or a signal flag on a hill.”

18 For this reason the Lord is ready to show you mercy;

he sits on his throne, ready to have compassion on you.

Indeed, the Lord is a just God;

all who wait for him in faith will be blessed.

19 For people will live in Zion;

in Jerusalem you will weep no more.

When he hears your cry of despair, he will indeed show you mercy;

when he hears it, he will respond to you.

20 The Lord will give you distress to eat

and suffering to drink;

but your teachers will no longer be hidden;

your eyes will see them.

21 You will hear a word spoken behind you, saying,

“This is the correct way, walk in it,”

whether you are heading to the right or the left.

22 You will desecrate your silver-plated idols

and your gold-plated images.

You will throw them away as if they were a menstrual rag,

saying to them, “Get out!”

23 He will water the seed you plant in the ground,

and the ground will produce crops in abundance.

At that time your cattle will graze in wide pastures.

24 The oxen and donkeys used in plowing

will eat seasoned feed winnowed with a shovel and pitchfork.

25 On every high mountain

and every high hill

there will be streams flowing with water,

at the time of great slaughter when the fortified towers collapse.

26 The light of the full moon will be like the sun’s glare,

and the sun’s glare will be seven times brighter,

like the light of seven days,

when the Lord binds up his people’s fractured bones

and heals their severe wound.

27 Look, the name of the Lord comes from a distant place

in raging anger and awesome splendor.

He speaks angrily,

and his word is like destructive fire.

28 His battle cry overwhelms like a flooding river

that reaches one’s neck.

He shakes the nations in a sieve that isolates the chaff;

he puts a bit into the mouth of the nations and leads them to destruction.

29 You will sing

as you do in the evening when you are celebrating a festival.

You will be happy like one who plays a flute

as he goes to the mountain of the Lord, the Rock who shelters Israel.

30 The Lord will give a mighty shout

and intervene in power,

with furious anger and flaming, destructive fire,

with a driving rainstorm and hailstones.

31 Indeed, the Lord’s shout will shatter Assyria;

he will beat them with a club.

32 Every blow from his punishing cudgel

with which the Lord will beat them

will be accompanied by music from the tambourine and harp,

and he will attack them with his weapons.

33 For the burial place is already prepared;

it has been made deep and wide for the king.

The firewood is piled high on it.

The Lord’s breath, like a stream flowing with brimstone,

will ignite it.

31:1 Those who go down to Egypt for help are as good as dead;

those who rely on war horses

and trust in Egypt’s many chariots

and in their many, many horsemen.

But they do not rely on the Holy One of Israel

and do not seek help from the Lord.

2 Yet he too is wise and he will bring disaster;

he does not retract his decree.

He will attack the wicked nation

and the nation that helps those who commit sin.

3 The Egyptians are mere humans, not God;

their horses are made of flesh, not spirit.

The Lord will strike with his hand;

the one who helps will stumble

and the one being helped will fall.

Together they will perish.

4 Indeed, this is what the Lord has said to me:

“The Lord will be like a growling lion,

like a young lion growling over its prey.

Though a whole group of shepherds gathers against it,

it is not afraid of their shouts

or intimidated by their yelling.

In this same way the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will descend

to do battle on Mount Zion and on its hill.

5 Just as birds hover over a nest,

so the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will protect Jerusalem.

He will protect and deliver it;

as he passes over he will rescue it.”

6 You Israelites! Return to the one you have so blatantly rebelled against! 7 For at that time every one will get rid of the silver and gold idols your hands sinfully made.

8 “Assyria will fall by a sword, but not one human made;

a sword not made by humankind will destroy them.

They will run away from this sword

and their young men will be forced to do hard labor.

9 They will surrender their stronghold because of fear;

their officers will be afraid of the Lord’s battle flag.”

This is what the Lord says—

the one whose fire is in Zion,

whose firepot is in Jerusalem.

32:1 Look, a king will promote fairness;

officials will promote justice.

2 Each of them will be like a shelter from the wind

and a refuge from a rainstorm;

like streams of water in a dry region

and like the shade of a large cliff in a parched land.

3 Eyes will no longer be blind

and ears will be attentive.

4 The mind that acts rashly will possess discernment,

and the tongue that stutters will speak with ease and clarity.

5 A fool will no longer be called honorable;

a deceiver will no longer be called principled.

6 For a fool speaks disgraceful things;

his mind plans out sinful deeds.

He commits godless deeds

and says misleading things about the Lord;

he gives the hungry nothing to satisfy their appetite

and gives the thirsty nothing to drink.

7 A deceiver’s methods are evil;

he dreams up evil plans

to ruin the poor with lies,

even when the needy are in the right.

8 An honorable man makes honorable plans;

his honorable character gives him security.

9 You complacent women,

get up and listen to me!

You carefree daughters,

pay attention to what I say!

10 In a year’s time

you carefree ones will shake with fear,

for the grape harvest will fail,

and the fruit harvest will not arrive.

11 Tremble, you complacent ones!

Shake with fear, you carefree ones!

Strip off your clothes and expose yourselves—

put sackcloth around your waists.

12 Mourn over the field,

over the delightful fields

and the fruitful vine.

13 Mourn over the land of my people,

which is overgrown with thorns and briers,

and over all the once-happy houses

in the city filled with revelry.

14 For the fortress is neglected;

the once-crowded city is abandoned.

Hill and watchtower

are permanently uninhabited.

Wild donkeys love to go there,

and flocks graze there.

15 This desolation will continue until new life is poured out on us from heaven.

Then the wilderness will become an orchard

and the orchard will be considered a forest.

16 Justice will settle down in the wilderness

and fairness will live in the orchard.

17 Fairness will produce peace

and result in lasting security.

18 My people will live in peaceful settlements,

in secure homes,

and in safe, quiet places.

19 Even if the forest is destroyed

and the city is annihilated,

20 you will be blessed,

you who plant seed by all the banks of the streams,

you who let your ox and donkey graze.

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