|Woe to you, destroyer, |
who yourself have not been destroyed;
you treacherous one,
with whom none has dealt treacherously!
When you have ceased to destroy,
you will be destroyed;
and when you have made an end of dealing treacherously,
you will be dealt with treacherously.
|A prayer for help. Is.33.1-9|
|O LORD, be gracious to us; we wait for thee. |
Be our arm every morning,
our salvation in the time of trouble.
|At the thunderous noise peoples flee, |
at the lifting up of thyself nations are scattered;
|and spoil is gathered as the caterpillar gathers; |
as locusts leap, men leap upon it.
|The LORD is exalted, for he dwells on high; |
he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness;
|and he will be the stability of your times, |
abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge;
the fear of the LORD is his treasure.
|Behold, the valiant ones cry without; |
the envoys of peace weep bitterly.
|The highways lie waste, |
the wayfaring man ceases.
Covenants are broken,
witnesses are despised,
there is no regard for man.
|The land mourns and languishes; |
Lebanon is confounded and withers away;
Sharon is like a desert;
and Bashan and Carmel shake off their leaves.
|"Now I will arise," says the LORD, |
"now I will lift myself up;
now I will be exalted.
|The LORD warns his enemies. Is.33.10-16|
|You conceive chaff, you bring forth stubble; |
your breath is a fire that will consume you.
|And the peoples will be as if burned to lime,|
like thorns cut down, that are burned in the fire."
|Hear, you who are far off, what I have done; |
and you who are near, acknowledge my might.
|The sinners in Zion are afraid; |
trembling has seized the godless:
"Who among us can dwell with the devouring fire?
Who among us can dwell with everlasting burnings?"
|He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, |
who despises the gain of oppressions,
who shakes his hands, lest they hold a bribe,
who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed
and shuts his eyes from looking upon evil,
|he will dwell on the heights; |
his place of defense will be the fortresses of rocks;
his bread will be given him, his water will be sure.
|Your eyes will see the king in his beauty; |
they will behold a land that stretches afar.
|The glorious future. Is.33.17-24|
|Your mind will muse on the terror: |
"Where is he who counted, where is he who weighed the tribute?
Where is he who counted the towers?"
|You will see no more the insolent people, |
the people of an obscure speech which you cannot comprehend,
stammering in a tongue which you cannot understand.
|Look upon Zion, the city of our appointed feasts! |
Your eyes will see Jerusalem,
a quiet habitation, an immovable tent,
whose stakes will never be plucked up,
nor will any of its cords be broken.
|But there the LORD in majesty will be for us |
a place of broad rivers and streams,
where no galley with oars can go,
nor stately ship can pass.
|For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our ruler, |
the LORD is our king; he will save us.
|Your tackle hangs loose; |
it cannot hold the mast firm in its place,
or keep the sail spread out.
Then prey and spoil in abundance will be divided;
even the lame will take the prey.
|And no inhabitant will say, "I am sick"; |
the people who dwell there will be forgiven their iniquity.
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