The Judgment of God
1 Woe to R1208 you, O destroyer,
While you were not destroyed;
And he who R1209 is treacherous, while others did not deal treacherously with him.
As soon as you finish destroying, you R1210 will be destroyed;
As soon as you cease to deal treacherously, others will deal R1211 treacherously with you.
2 O LORD, be R1212 gracious to us; we have waited R1213 for You.
Be their F483 strength R1214 F484 every morning,
Our salvation also in the time R1215 of distress.
3 At the sound of the tumult peoples R1216 flee;
At the lifting R1217 up of Yourself nations disperse.
4 Your spoil is gathered as the caterpillar gathers;
As locusts rushing about men rush about on it.
5 The LORD is exalted, R1218 for He dwells on high;
He has filled R1219 Zion with justice and righteousness.
6 And He will be the stability R1220 F485 of your times,
A wealth R1221 of salvation, wisdom and knowledge; R1222
The fear R1223 of the LORD is his treasure.
7 Behold, their brave men cry in the F486 streets,
The ambassadors R1224 F487 of peace weep bitterly.
8 The highways are desolate, the F488 traveler R1225 has ceased,
He has broken R1226 the covenant, he has despised the cities,
He has no regard for man.
9 The R1227 land mourns and pines away,
Lebanon R1228 is shamed and withers;
Sharon R1229 is like a desert plain,
And Bashan and Carmel lose F489 their foliage.
10 "Now I R1230 will arise," says the LORD,
"Now I will be exalted, now I will be lifted up.
11 "You have conceived R1231 chaff, F490 you will give birth to stubble;
My F491 breath R1232 will consume you like a fire.
12 "The peoples will be burned to lime,
Like R1233 cut thorns which are burned in the fire.
13 "You who are far away, hear R1234 what I have done;
And you who are near, acknowledge F492 My might."
14 Sinners R1235 in Zion are terrified;
Trembling R1236 has seized the godless.
"Who among us can live with the R1237 consuming fire?
Who among us can live with continual F493 burning?" R1238
15 He who walks R1239 righteously and speaks with sincerity,
He who rejects unjust F494 gain
And shakes his hands so that they hold no bribe;
He who stops his ears from hearing about bloodshed
And shuts R1240 his eyes from looking upon evil;
16 He will dwell on the heights,
His R1241 refuge will be the impregnable F495 rock;
His R1242 bread will be given him,
His water will be sure.
17 Your eyes will see the R1243 King in His beauty;
They will behold a R1244 far-distant land.
18 Your heart will meditate on terror: R1245
"Where is he R1246 who counts?
Where is he who weighs?
Where is he who counts the towers?"
19 You will no longer see a fierce people,
A people of unintelligible R1247 F496 speech which F497 no one comprehends,
Of a stammering tongue which F498 no one understands.
20 Look R1248 upon Zion, the city of our appointed feasts;
Your eyes will see Jerusalem, an undisturbed R1249 habitation,
A R1250 tent which will not be folded;
Its stakes will never be pulled up,
Nor any of its cords be torn apart.
21 But there the majestic One, the LORD, will be for us
A place of rivers R1251 and wide canals
On which no boat with oars will go,
And on which no mighty ship will pass--
22 For the LORD is our judge, R1252
The LORD is our R1253 lawgiver,
The LORD is our R1254 king;
He R1255 will save us--
23 Your tackle hangs slack;
It cannot hold the base of its mast firmly,
Nor spread out the sail.
Then the prey R1256 of an abundant spoil will be divided;
The R1257 lame will take the plunder.
24 And no resident will say, "I am sick"; R1258
The people who dwell there F499 will be forgiven R1259 their iniquity.
F483: Some versions read our
F484: Lit arm
F485: Or faithfulness
F486: Lit the outside
F487: Lit messengers
F488: Lit he who passes along the way
F489: Lit shake off
F490: Lit dry grass
F491: So one ancient version; M.T. reads Your breath will
F492: Lit know
F493: Lit everlasting
F494: Lit gain of extortioners
F495: Lit stronghold of rock
F496: Lit deepness of lip
F497: Lit from hearing
F498: Lit there is no understanding
F499: Lit in it
R1208: Isaiah 10:6; 21:2
R1209: Isaiah 24:16; 48:8
R1210: Isaiah 10:12; 14:25; 31:8; Habakkuk 2:8
R1211: Jeremiah 25:12-14; Matthew 7:2
R1212: Isaiah 30:18,19
R1213: Isaiah 25:9
R1214: Isaiah 40:10; 51:5; 59:16
R1215: Isaiah 37:3
R1216: Isaiah 17:13; 21:15
R1217: Isaiah 10:33; 17:13; 59:16-18; Jeremiah 25:30,31
R1218: Psalms 97:9
R1219: Isaiah 1:26; 28:6; 32:16
R1220: Isaiah 33:20
R1221: Isaiah 45:17; 51:6
R1222: Isaiah 11:9
R1223: 2 Kings 18:7; Psalms 112:1-3; Isaiah 11:3; Matthew 6:33
R1224: 2 Kings 18:18,37
R1225: Isaiah 35:8
R1226: Isaiah 24:5
R1227: Isaiah 3:26; 24:4; 29:2
R1228: Isaiah 2:13; 10:34
R1229: Isaiah 35:2; 65:10
R1230: Psalms 12:5; Isaiah 2:19,21
R1231: Psalms 7:14; Isaiah 26:18; 59:4; James 1:15
R1232: Isaiah 1:31
R1233: 2 Samuel 23:6,7; Isaiah 10:17; 27:4
R1234: Psalms 48:10; Isaiah 49:1
R1235: Isaiah 1:28
R1236: Isaiah 32:11
R1237: Isaiah 30:27,30; Hebrews 12:29
R1238: Isaiah 9:18,19; 10:16; 47:14
R1239: Psalms 15:2; 24:4; Isaiah 58:6-11
R1240: Psalms 119:37
R1241: Isaiah 25:4
R1242: Isaiah 49:10
R1243: Isaiah 6:5; 24:23; 33:21,22
R1244: Isaiah 26:15
R1245: Isaiah 17:14
R1246: 1 Corinthians 1:20
R1247: Deuteronomy 28:49,50; Isaiah 28:11; Jeremiah 5:15
R1248: Psalms 48:12
R1249: Psalms 46:5; 125:1,2; Isaiah 32:18
R1250: Isaiah 54:2
R1251: Isaiah 41:18; 43:19,20; 48:18; 66:12
R1252: Isaiah 2:4; 11:4; 16:5; 51:5
R1253: Isaiah 1:10; 51:4,7; James 4:12
R1254: Psalms 89:18; Isaiah 33:17; Zechariah 9:9
R1255: Isaiah 25:9; 35:4; 49:25,26; 60:16
R1256: 2 Kings 7:16
R1257: 2 Kings 7:8; Isaiah 35:6
R1258: Isaiah 30:26; 58:8; Jeremiah 30:17
R1259: Isaiah 40:2; 44:22; Jeremiah 50:20; Micah 7:18,19; 1 John 1:7-9