God Answers the Prophet
1 I will stand R40 on my guard post
And station myself on the rampart;
And I will keep R41 watch to see what R42 He will speak to me,
And how I may reply when F18 I am reproved.
2 Then the LORD answered me and said,
"Record R43 the vision
And inscribe it on tablets,
That the F19 one who reads F20 it may run.
3 "For the vision is yet for the appointed R44 time;
It hastens F21 toward the goal and it will not fail. F22
Though it tarries, wait R45 for it;
For it will certainly come, it will R46 not delay.
4 "Behold, as for the proud R47 one,
His soul is not right within him;
But the righteous R48 will live by his faith. F23
5 "Furthermore, wine R49 betrays the haughty R50 man,
So that he does not stay R51 at home.
He enlarges R52 his appetite like Sheol,
And he is like death, never satisfied.
He also gathers to himself all nations
And collects to himself all peoples.
6 "Will not all of these take R53 up a taunt-song against him,
Even mockery and insinuations against him
And say, `Woe R54 to him who increases what is not his--
For how long--
And makes himself rich F24 with loans?'
7 "Will not your F25 creditors rise R55 up suddenly,
And those who collect F26 from you awaken?
Indeed, you will become plunder for them.
8 "Because you have looted R56 many nations,
All the remainder of the peoples will loot you--
Because of human bloodshed and violence done F27 to the land,
To the town and all its inhabitants.
9 "Woe to him who gets evil R57 gain for his house
To put R58 his nest on high,
To be delivered from the hand of calamity!
10 "You have devised a shameful R59 thing for your house
By cutting off many peoples;
So you are sinning R60 against yourself.
11 "Surely the stone R61 will cry out from the wall,
And the rafter will answer it from the framework. F28
12 "Woe to him who builds R62 a city with bloodshed
And founds a town with violence! F29
13 "Is it not indeed from the LORD of hosts
That peoples toil R63 for fire,
And nations grow weary for nothing?
14 "For the earth will be filled R64
With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD,
As the waters cover the sea.
15 "Woe to you who make your F30 neighbors drink,
Who mix in your venom even to make them drunk
So as to look on their nakedness!
16 "You will be filled with disgrace rather than honor.
Now you yourself drink R65 and expose F31 your own nakedness.
The cup R66 in the LORD'S right hand will come around to you,
And utter R67 disgrace will come upon your glory.
17 "For the violence R68 done F32 to Lebanon will overwhelm F33 you,
And the devastation of its beasts by F34 which you terrified them,
Because R69 of human bloodshed and violence R70 done F35 to the land,
To the town and all its inhabitants.
18 "What profit R71 is the idol F36 when its maker has carved it,
Or an F37 image, a teacher R72 of falsehood?
For its maker trusts R73 in his own handiwork
When he fashions speechless idols.
19 "Woe to him who says R74 to a piece of wood, `Awake!' R75
To a mute stone, `Arise!'
And that is your teacher?
Behold, it is overlaid with gold R76 and silver,
And there is no R77 breath at all inside it.
20 "But the LORD R78 is in His holy temple.
Let F38 all the earth be R79 silent before Him."
F18: Lit upon my reproof
F19: Or one may read it fluently
F20: Or is to proclaim it
F21: Lit pants
F22: Or lie
F23: Or faithfulness
F24: Lit heavy
F25: Lit those who bite you
F26: Lit violently shake you
F27: Lit of the land
F28: Lit wood
F29: Or injustice
F30: Lit his neighbor
F31: Lit show yourself uncircumcised; or stagger; so DSS and ancient versions
F32: Lit of Lebanon
F33: Lit cover
F34: Lit which terrified them
F35: Lit of the land
F36: Or a graven image
F37: Lit a cast metal image
F38: Lit Hush before Him, all the earth
R40: Isaiah 21:8
R41: Psalms 5:3
R42: Psalms 85:8
R43: Deuteronomy 27:8; Romans 15:4; Revelation 1:19
R44: Daniel 8:17,19; 10:14
R45: Psalms 27:14
R46: Ezekiel 12:25; Hebrews 10:37
R47: Psalms 49:18; Isaiah 13:11
R48: Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38
R49: Proverbs 20:1
R50: Proverbs 21:24
R51: 2 Kings 14:10
R52: Proverbs 27:20; 30:16; Isaiah 5:11-15
R53: Isaiah 14:4-10; Jeremiah 50:13
R54: Job 1:20:15-29; Habakkuk 2:12
R55: Proverbs 29:1
R56: Isaiah 33:1; Jeremiah 27:7; Zechariah 2:8
R57: Jeremiah 22:13; Ezekiel 22:27
R58: Jeremiah 49:16
R59: 2 Kings 9:26; Nahum 1:14; Habakkuk 2:16
R60: Jeremiah 26:19
R61: Joshua 24:27; Luke 19:40
R62: Micah 3:10; Nahum 3:1
R63: Isaiah 50:11; Jeremiah 51:58
R64: Psalms 22:27; Isaiah 11:9; Zechariah 14:9
R65: Lamentations 4:21
R66: Jeremiah 25:15,17
R67: Nahum 3:6
R68: Joel 3:19; Zechariah 11:1
R69: Psalms 55:23; Habakkuk 2:8
R70: Jeremiah 51:35; Habakkuk 2:8
R71: Isaiah 42:17; 44:9; Jeremiah 2:27,28
R72: Jeremiah 10:8,14; Zechariah 10:2
R73: Psalms 115:4,8
R74: Jeremiah 2:27,28; 10:3
R75: 1 Kings 18:26-29
R76: Psalms 135:15-18; Jeremiah 10:4,9,14
R77: Psalms 135:17
R78: Micah 1:2
R79: Zephaniah 1:7; Zechariah 2:13