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Isaiah 8 1 Again the LORD said to me, "Make a large signboard and clearly write this name on it: Maher-shalal-hash-baz. "
Isaiah 8 2 I asked Uriah the priest and Zechariah son of Jeberekiah, both known as honest men, to testify that I had written it before the child was conceived.
Isaiah 8 3 Then I slept with my wife, and she became pregnant and had a son. And the LORD said, "Call him Maher-shalal-hash-baz.
Isaiah 8 4 This name prophesies that within a couple of years, before this child is old enough to say `Papa' or `Mama,' the king of Assyria will invade both Damascus and Samaria and carry away their riches."
Isaiah 8 5 Then the LORD spoke to me again and said,
Isaiah 8 6 "The people of Judah have rejected my gentle care and are rejoicing over what will happen to King Rezin and King Pekah.
Isaiah 8 7 Therefore, the Lord will overwhelm them with a mighty flood from the Euphrates River--the king of Assyria and all his mighty armies.
Isaiah 8 8 This flood will overflow all its channels and sweep into Judah. It will submerge Immanuel's land from one end to the other.
Isaiah 8 9 "The Assyrians will cry, `Do your best to defend yourselves, but you will be shattered! Listen all you nations. Prepare for battle--and die! Yes, die!
Isaiah 8 10 Call your councils of war, develop your strategies, prepare your plans of attack--and then die! For God is with us! '"
Isaiah 8 11 The LORD has said to me in the strongest terms: "Do not think like everyone else does.
Isaiah 8 12 Do not be afraid that some plan conceived behind closed doors will be the end of you.
Isaiah 8 13 Do not fear anything except the LORD Almighty. He alone is the Holy One. If you fear him, you need fear nothing else.
Isaiah 8 14 He will keep you safe. But to Israel and Judah he will be a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall. And for the people of Jerusalem he will be a trap that entangles them.
Isaiah 8 15 Many of them will stumble and fall, never to rise again. Many will be captured."
Isaiah 8 16 I will write down all these things as a testimony of what the LORD will do. I will entrust it to my disciples, who will pass it down to future generations.
Isaiah 8 17 I will wait for the LORD to help us, though he has turned away from the people of Israel. My only hope is in him.
Isaiah 8 18 I and the children the LORD has given me have names that reveal the plans the LORD Almighty has for his people.
Isaiah 8 19 So why are you trying to find out the future by consulting mediums and psychics? Do not listen to their whisperings and mutterings. Can the living find out the future from the dead? Why not ask your God?
Isaiah 8 20 "Check their predictions against my testimony," says the LORD. "If their predictions are different from mine, it is because there is no light or truth in them.
Isaiah 8 21 My people will be led away as captives, weary and hungry. And because they are hungry, they will rage and shake their fists at heaven and curse their king and their God.
Isaiah 8 22 Wherever they look, there will be trouble and anguish and dark despair. They will be thrown out into the darkness."
Isaiah 9 1 Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever. The land of Zebulun and Naphtali will soon be humbled, but there will be a time in the future when Galilee of the Gentiles, which lies along the road that runs between the Jordan and the sea, will be filled with glory.
Isaiah 9 2 The people who walk in darkness will see a great light--a light that will shine on all who live in the land where death casts its shadow.
Isaiah 9 3 Israel will again be great, and its people will rejoice as people rejoice at harvesttime. They will shout with joy like warriors dividing the plunder.
Isaiah 9 4 For God will break the chains that bind his people and the whip that scourges them, just as he did when he destroyed the army of Midian with Gideon's little band.
Isaiah 9 5 In that day of peace, battle gear will no longer be issued. Never again will uniforms be bloodstained by war. All such equipment will be burned.
Isaiah 9 6 For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. And the government will rest on his shoulders. These will be his royal titles: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9 7 His ever expanding, peaceful government will never end. He will rule forever with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David. The passionate commitment of the LORD Almighty will guarantee this!
Isaiah 9 8 The Lord has spoken out against that braggart Israel,
Isaiah 9 9 and the people of Israel and Samaria will soon discover it. In their pride and arrogance they say,
Isaiah 9 10 "Our land lies in ruins now, but we will rebuild it better than before. We will replace the broken bricks with cut stone, the fallen sycamore trees with cedars."
Isaiah 9 11 The LORD will reply to their bragging by bringing Rezin's enemies, the Assyrians, against them--
Isaiah 9 12 along with Arameans from the east and Philistines from the west. With bared fangs, they will devour Israel. But even then the LORD's anger will not be satisfied. His fist is still poised to strike.
Isaiah 9 13 For after all this punishment, the people will still not repent and turn to the LORD Almighty.
Isaiah 9 14 Therefore, in a single day, the LORD will destroy both the head and the tail, the palm branch and the reed.
Isaiah 9 15 The leaders of Israel are the head, and the lying prophets are the tail.
Isaiah 9 16 For the leaders of the people have led them down the path of destruction.
Isaiah 9 17 That is why the Lord has no joy in the young men and no mercy on even the widows and orphans. For they are all hypocrites, speaking wickedness with lies. But even then the LORD's anger will not be satisfied. His fist is still poised to strike.
Isaiah 9 18 This wickedness is like a brushfire. It burns not only briers and thorns but the forests, too. Its burning sends up vast clouds of smoke.
Isaiah 9 19 The land is blackened by the fury of the LORD Almighty. The people are fuel for the fire, and no one spares anyone else.
Isaiah 9 20 They fight against their own neighbors to steal food, but they will still be hungry. In the end they will even eat their own children.
Isaiah 9 21 Manasseh will feed on Ephraim, Ephraim will feed on Manasseh, and both will devour Judah. But even then the LORD's anger will not be satisfied. His fist is still poised to strike.
Isaiah 10 1 Destruction is certain for the unjust judges, for those who issue unfair laws.
Isaiah 10 2 They deprive the poor, the widows, and the orphans of justice. Yes, they rob widows and fatherless children!
Isaiah 10 3 What will you do when I send desolation upon you from a distant land? To whom will you turn for help? Where will your treasures be safe?
Isaiah 10 4 I will not help you. You will stumble along as prisoners or lie among the dead. But even then the LORD's anger will not be satisfied. His fist is still poised to strike.
Isaiah 10 5 "Destruction is certain for Assyria, the whip of my anger. Its military power is a club in my hand.
Isaiah 10 6 Assyria will enslave my people, who are a godless nation. It will plunder them, trampling them like dirt beneath its feet.
Isaiah 10 7 But the king of Assyria will not know that it is I who sent him. He will merely think he is attacking my people as part of his plan to conquer the world.
Isaiah 10 8 He will say, `Each of my princes will soon be a king, ruling a conquered land.
Isaiah 10 9 We will destroy Calno just as we did Carchemish. Hamath will fall before us as Arpad did. And we will destroy Samaria just as we did Damascus.
Isaiah 10 10 Yes, we have finished off many a kingdom whose gods were far greater than those in Jerusalem and Samaria.
Isaiah 10 11 So when we have defeated Samaria and her gods, we will destroy Jerusalem with hers.'"
Isaiah 10 12 After the Lord has used the king of Assyria to accomplish his purposes in Jerusalem, he will turn against the king of Assyria and punish him--for he is proud and arrogant.
Isaiah 10 13 He boasts, "By my own power and wisdom I have won these wars. By my own strength I have captured many lands, destroyed their kings, and carried off their treasures.
Isaiah 10 14 By my greatness I have robbed their nests of riches and gathered up kingdoms as a farmer gathers eggs. No one can even flap a wing against me or utter a peep of protest."
Isaiah 10 15 Can the ax boast greater power than the person who uses it? Is the saw greater than the person who saws? Can a whip strike unless a hand is moving it? Can a cane walk by itself?
Isaiah 10 16 Listen now, king of Assyria! Because of all your evil boasting, the Lord, the LORD Almighty, will send a plague among your proud troops, and a flaming fire will ignite your glory.
Isaiah 10 17 The LORD, the Light of Israel and the Holy One, will be a flaming fire that will destroy them. In a single night he will burn those thorns and briers, the Assyrians.
Isaiah 10 18 Assyria's vast army is like a glorious forest, yet it will be destroyed. The LORD will completely destroy Assyria's warriors, and they will waste away like sick people in a plague.
Isaiah 10 19 Only a few from all that mighty army will survive--so few that a child could count them!
Isaiah 10 20 Then at last those left in Israel and Judah will trust the LORD, the Holy One of Israel. They will no longer depend on the Assyrians, who would destroy them.
Isaiah 10 21 A remnant of them will return to the Mighty God.
Isaiah 10 22 But though the people of Israel are as numerous as the sand on the seashore, only a few of them will return at that time. The LORD has rightly decided to destroy his people.
Isaiah 10 23 Yes, the Lord, the LORD Almighty, has already decided to consume them.
Isaiah 10 24 So this is what the Lord, the LORD Almighty, says: "My people in Jerusalem, do not be afraid of the Assyrians when they oppress you just as the Egyptians did long ago.
Isaiah 10 25 It will not last very long. In a little while my anger against you will end, and then my anger will rise up to destroy them."
Isaiah 10 26 The LORD Almighty will beat them with his whip, as he did when Gideon triumphed over the Midianites at the rock of Oreb, or when the LORD's staff was raised to drown the Egyptian army in the sea.
Isaiah 10 27 In that day the LORD will end the bondage of his people. He will break the yoke of slavery and lift it from their shoulders.
Isaiah 10 28 Look, the mighty armies of Assyria are coming! They are now at Aiath, now at Migron. They are storing some of their equipment at Micmash.
Isaiah 10 29 They are crossing the pass and are staying overnight at Geba. Fear strikes the city of Ramah. All the people of Gibeah--the city of Saul--are running for their lives.
Isaiah 10 30 Well may you scream in terror, you people of Gallim! Shout out a warning to Laishah, for the mighty army comes. Poor Anathoth, what a fate is yours!
Isaiah 10 31 There go the people of Madmenah, all fleeing. And the citizens of Gebim are preparing to run.
Isaiah 10 32 But the enemy stops at Nob for the rest of that day. He shakes his fist at Mount Zion in Jerusalem.
Isaiah 10 33 But look! The Lord, the LORD Almighty, will chop down the mighty tree! He will destroy all that vast army of Assyria--officers and high officials alike.
Isaiah 10 34 The Mighty One will cut down the enemy as an ax cuts down the forest trees in Lebanon.
Isaiah 11 1 Out of the stump of David's family will grow a shoot--yes, a new Branch bearing fruit from the old root.
Isaiah 11 2 And the Spirit of the LORD will rest on him--the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.
Isaiah 11 3 He will delight in obeying the LORD. He will never judge by appearance, false evidence, or hearsay.
Isaiah 11 4 He will defend the poor and the exploited. He will rule against the wicked and destroy them with the breath of his mouth.
Isaiah 11 5 He will be clothed with fairness and truth.
Isaiah 11 6 In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together; the leopard and the goat will be at peace. Calves and yearlings will be safe among lions, and a little child will lead them all.
Isaiah 11 7 The cattle will graze among bears. Cubs and calves will lie down together. And lions will eat grass as the livestock do.
Isaiah 11 8 Babies will crawl safely among poisonous snakes. Yes, a little child will put its hand in a nest of deadly snakes and pull it out unharmed.
Isaiah 11 9 Nothing will hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain. And as the waters fill the sea, so the earth will be filled with people who know the LORD.
Isaiah 11 10 In that day the heir to David's throne will be a banner of salvation to all the world. The nations will rally to him, for the land where he lives will be a glorious place.
Isaiah 11 11 In that day the Lord will bring back a remnant of his people for the second time, returning them to the land of Israel from Assyria, Lower Egypt, Upper Egypt, Ethiopia, Elam, Babylonia, Hamath, and all the distant coastlands.
Isaiah 11 12 He will raise a flag among the nations for Israel to rally around. He will gather the scattered people of Judah from the ends of the earth.
Isaiah 11 13 Then at last the jealousy between Israel and Judah will end. They will not fight against each other anymore.
Isaiah 11 14 They will join forces to swoop down on Philistia to the west. Together they will attack and plunder the nations to the east. They will occupy all the lands of Edom, Moab, and Ammon.
Isaiah 11 15 The LORD will make a dry path through the Red Sea. He will wave his hand over the Euphrates River, sending a mighty wind to divide it into seven streams that can easily be crossed.
Isaiah 11 16 He will make a highway from Assyria for the remnant there, just as he did for Israel long ago when they returned from Egypt.
Isaiah 12 1 In that day you will sing: "Praise the LORD! He was angry with me, but now he comforts me.
Isaiah 12 2 See, God has come to save me. I will trust in him and not be afraid. The LORD GOD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation."
Isaiah 12 3 With joy you will drink deeply from the fountain of salvation!
Isaiah 12 4 In that wonderful day you will sing: "Thank the LORD! Praise his name! Tell the world what he has done. Oh, how mighty he is!
Isaiah 12 5 Sing to the LORD, for he has done wonderful things. Make known his praise around the world.
Isaiah 12 6 Let all the people of Jerusalem shout his praise with joy! For great is the Holy One of Israel who lives among you."
Isaiah 13 1 Isaiah son of Amoz received this message concerning the destruction of Babylon:
Isaiah 13 2 "See the flags waving as the enemy attacks. Cheer them on, O Israel! Wave to them as they march against Babylon to destroy the palaces of the high and mighty.
Isaiah 13 3 I, the LORD, have assigned this task to these armies, and they will rejoice when I am exalted. I have called them to satisfy my anger."
Isaiah 13 4 Hear the noise on the mountains! Listen, as the armies march! It is the noise and the shout of many nations. The LORD Almighty has brought them here to form an army.
Isaiah 13 5 They came from countries far away. They are the LORD's weapons; they carry his anger with them and will destroy the whole land.
Isaiah 13 6 Scream in terror, for the LORD's time has arrived--the time for the Almighty to destroy.
Isaiah 13 7 Every arm is paralyzed with fear. Even the strongest hearts melt
Isaiah 13 8 and are afraid. Fear grips them with terrible pangs, like those of a woman about to give birth. They look helplessly at one another as the flames of the burning city reflect on their faces.
Isaiah 13 9 For see, the day of the LORD is coming--the terrible day of his fury and fierce anger. The land will be destroyed and all the sinners with it.
Isaiah 13 10 The heavens will be black above them. No light will shine from stars or sun or moon.
Isaiah 13 11 "I, the LORD, will punish the world for its evil and the wicked for their sin. I will crush the arrogance of the proud and the haughtiness of the mighty.
Isaiah 13 12 Few will be left alive when I have finished my work. People will be as scarce as gold--more rare than the gold of Ophir.
Isaiah 13 13 For I will shake the heavens, and the earth will move from its place. I, the LORD Almighty, will show my fury and fierce anger."
Isaiah 13 14 Everyone will run until exhausted, rushing back to their own lands like hunted deer, wandering like sheep without a shepherd.
Isaiah 13 15 Anyone who is captured will be run through with a sword.
Isaiah 13 16 Their little children will be dashed to death right before their eyes. Their homes will be sacked and their wives raped by the attacking hordes.
Isaiah 13 17 For I will stir up the Medes against Babylon, and no amount of silver or gold will buy them off.
Isaiah 13 18 The attacking armies will shoot down the young people with arrows. They will have no mercy on helpless babies and will show no compassion for the children.
Isaiah 13 19 Babylon, the most glorious of kingdoms, the flower of Chaldean culture, will be devastated like Sodom and Gomorrah when God destroyed them.
Isaiah 13 20 Babylon will never rise again. Generation after generation will come and go, but the land will never again be lived in. Nomads will refuse to camp there, and shepherds will not allow their sheep to stay overnight.
Isaiah 13 21 Wild animals of the desert will move into the ruined city. The houses will be haunted by howling creatures. Ostriches will live among the ruins, and wild goats will come there to dance.
Isaiah 13 22 Hyenas will howl in its fortresses, and jackals will make their dens in its palaces. Babylon's days are numbered; its time of destruction will soon arrive.
Isaiah 14 1 But the LORD will have mercy on the descendants of Jacob. Israel will be his special people once again. He will bring them back to settle once again in their own land. And people from many different nations will come and join them there and become a part of the people of Israel.
Isaiah 14 2 The nations of the world will help the LORD's people to return, and those who come to live in their land will serve them. Those who captured Israel will be captured, and Israel will rule over its enemies.
Isaiah 14 3 In that wonderful day when the LORD gives his people rest from sorrow and fear, from slavery and chains,
Isaiah 14 4 you will taunt the king of Babylon. You will say, "The mighty man has been destroyed. Yes, your insolence is ended.
Isaiah 14 5 For the LORD has crushed your wicked power and broken your evil rule.
Isaiah 14 6 You persecuted the people with unceasing blows of rage and held the nations in your angry grip. Your tyranny was unrestrained.
Isaiah 14 7 But at last the land is at rest and is quiet. Finally it can sing again!
Isaiah 14 8 Even the trees of the forest--the cypress trees and the cedars of Lebanon--sing out this joyous song: `Your power is broken! No one will come to cut us down now!'
Isaiah 14 9 "In the place of the dead there is excitement over your arrival. World leaders and mighty kings long dead are there to see you.
Isaiah 14 10 With one voice they all cry out, `Now you are as weak as we are!
Isaiah 14 11 Your might and power are gone; they were buried with you. All the pleasant music in your palace has ceased. Now maggots are your sheet and worms your blanket.'
Isaiah 14 12 "How you are fallen from heaven, O shining star, son of the morning! You have been thrown down to the earth, you who destroyed the nations of the world.
Isaiah 14 13 For you said to yourself, `I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God's stars. I will preside on the mountain of the gods far away in the north.
Isaiah 14 14 I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High.'
Isaiah 14 15 But instead, you will be brought down to the place of the dead, down to its lowest depths.
Isaiah 14 16 Everyone there will stare at you and ask, `Can this be the one who shook the earth and the kingdoms of the world?
Isaiah 14 17 Is this the one who destroyed the world and made it into a wilderness? Is this the king who demolished the world's greatest cities and had no mercy on his prisoners?'
Isaiah 14 18 "The kings of the nations lie in stately glory in their tombs,
Isaiah 14 19 but you will be thrown out of your grave like a worthless branch. Like a corpse trampled underfoot, you will be dumped into a mass grave with those killed in battle. You will descend to the pit.
Isaiah 14 20 You will not be given a proper burial, for you have destroyed your nation and slaughtered your people. Your son will not succeed you as king.
Isaiah 14 21 Kill the children of this sinner! Do not let them rise and conquer the land or rebuild the cities of the world."
Isaiah 14 22 This is what the LORD Almighty says: "I, myself, have risen against him! I will destroy his children and his children's children, so they will never sit on his throne.
Isaiah 14 23 I will make Babylon into a desolate land, a place of porcupines, filled with swamps and marshes. I will sweep the land with the broom of destruction. I, the LORD Almighty, have spoken!"
Isaiah 14 24 The LORD Almighty has sworn this oath: "It will all happen as I have planned. It will come about according to my purposes.
Isaiah 14 25 I will break the Assyrians when they are in Israel; I will trample them on my mountains. My people will no longer be their slaves.
Isaiah 14 26 I have a plan for the whole earth, for my mighty power reaches throughout the world.
Isaiah 14 27 The LORD Almighty has spoken--who can change his plans? When his hand moves, who can stop him?"
Isaiah 14 28 This message came to me the year King Ahaz died:
Isaiah 14 29 Do not rejoice, you Philistines, that the king who attacked you is dead. For even though that whip is broken, his son will be worse than his father ever was. From that snake a poisonous snake will be born, a fiery serpent to destroy you!
Isaiah 14 30 I will feed the poor in my pasture; the needy will lie down in peace. But as for you, I will wipe you out with famine. I will destroy the few who remain.
Isaiah 14 31 Weep, you Philistine cities, for you are doomed! Melt in fear, for everyone will be destroyed. A powerful army is coming out of the north. Each soldier rushes forward ready to fight.
Isaiah 14 32 What should we tell the enemy messengers? Tell them that the LORD has built Jerusalem, and that the poor of his people will find refuge in its walls.
Isaiah 15 1 This message came to me concerning Moab: In one night your cities of Ar and Kir will be destroyed.
Isaiah 15 2 Your people in Dibon will mourn at their temples and shrines, weeping for the fate of Nebo and Medeba. They will shave their heads in sorrow and cut off their beards.
Isaiah 15 3 They will wear sackcloth as they wander the streets. From every home will come the sound of weeping.
Isaiah 15 4 The cries from the cities of Heshbon and Elealeh will be heard far away, even in Jahaz! The bravest warriors of Moab will cry out in utter terror.
Isaiah 15 5 My heart weeps for Moab. Its people flee to Zoar and Eglath-shelishiyah. Weeping, they climb the road to Luhith. Their crying can be heard all along the road to Horonaim.
Isaiah 15 6 Even the waters of Nimrim are dried up! The grassy banks are scorched, and the tender plants are gone.
Isaiah 15 7 The desperate refugees take only the possessions they can carry and flee across the Ravine of Willows.
Isaiah 15 8 The whole land of Moab is a land of weeping from one end to the other--from Eglaim to Beer-elim.
Isaiah 15 9 The stream near Dibon runs red with blood, but I am still not finished with Dibon! Lions will hunt down the survivors, both those who try to run and those who remain behind.
Isaiah 16 1 Moab's refugees at Sela send lambs to Jerusalem as a token of alliance with the king of Judah.
Isaiah 16 2 The women of Moab are left like homeless birds at the shallow crossings of the Arnon River.
Isaiah 16 3 "Help us," they cry. "Defend us against our enemies. Protect us from their relentless attack. Do not betray us.
Isaiah 16 4 Let our outcasts stay among you. Hide them from our enemies until the terror is past." When oppression and destruction have ceased and enemy raiders have disappeared,
Isaiah 16 5 then David's throne will be established by love. From that throne a faithful king will reign, one who always does what is just and right.
Isaiah 16 6 Is this Moab, the proud land we have heard so much about? Its pride and insolence are all gone now!
Isaiah 16 7 The entire land of Moab weeps. Yes, you people of Moab, mourn for the delicacies of Kir-hareseth.
Isaiah 16 8 Weep for the abandoned farms of Heshbon and the vineyards at Sibmah. The wine from those vineyards used to make the rulers of the nations drunk. Moab was once like a spreading grapevine. Her tendrils spread out as far as Jazer and trailed out into the desert. Her shoots once reached as far as the Dead Sea.
Isaiah 16 9 But now the enemy has completely destroyed that vine. So I wail and lament for Jazer and the vineyards of Sibmah. My tears will flow for Heshbon and Elealeh, for their summer fruits and harvests have all been destroyed.
Isaiah 16 10 Gone now is the gladness; gone is the joy of harvest. The happy singing in the vineyards will be heard no more. The treading out of grapes in the winepresses has ceased forever. I have ended all their harvest joys.
Isaiah 16 11 I will weep for Moab. My sorrow for Kir-hareseth will be very great.
Isaiah 16 12 On the hilltops the people of Moab will pray in anguish to their idols, but it will do them no good. They will cry to the gods in their temples, but no one will come to save them.
Isaiah 16 13 The LORD has already said this about Moab in the past.
Isaiah 16 14 But now the LORD says, "Within three years, without fail, the glory of Moab will be ended, and few of its people will be left alive."
Isaiah 17 1 This message came to me concerning Damascus: "Look, Damascus will disappear! It will become a heap of ruins.
Isaiah 17 2 The cities of Aroer will be deserted. Sheep will graze in the streets and lie down unafraid. There will be no one to chase them away.
Isaiah 17 3 The fortified cities of Israel will also be destroyed, and the power of Damascus will end. The few left in Aram will share the fate of Israel's departed glory," says the LORD Almighty.
Isaiah 17 4 "In that day the glory of Israel will be very dim, for poverty will stalk the land.
Isaiah 17 5 Israel will be abandoned like the grainfields in the valley of Rephaim after the harvest.
Isaiah 17 6 Only a few of its people will be left, like the stray olives left on the tree after the harvest. Only two or three remain in the highest branches, four or five out on the tips of the limbs. Yes, Israel will be stripped bare of people," says the LORD, the God of Israel.
Isaiah 17 7 Then at last the people will think of their Creator and have respect for the Holy One of Israel.
Isaiah 17 8 They will no longer ask their idols for help or worship what their own hands have made. They will never again bow down to their Asherah poles or burn incense on the altars they built.
Isaiah 17 9 Their largest cities will be as deserted as overgrown thickets. They will become like the cities the Amorites abandoned when the Israelites came here so long ago.
Isaiah 17 10 Why? Because you have turned from the God who can save you--the Rock who can hide you. You may plant the finest imported grapevines,
Isaiah 17 11 and they may grow so well that they blossom on the very morning you plant them, but you will never pick any grapes from them. Your only harvest will be a load of grief and incurable pain.
Isaiah 17 12 Look! The armies rush forward like waves thundering toward the shore.
Isaiah 17 13 But though they roar like breakers on a beach, God will silence them. They will flee like chaff scattered by the wind or like dust whirling before a storm.
Isaiah 17 14 In the evening Israel waits in terror, but by dawn its enemies are dead. This is the just reward of those who plunder and destroy the people of God.
Isaiah 18 1 Destruction is certain for the land of Ethiopia, which lies at the headwaters of the Nile. Its winged sailboats glide along the river,
Isaiah 18 2 and ambassadors are sent in fast boats down the Nile. Go home, swift messengers! Take a message to your land divided by rivers, to your tall, smooth-skinned people, who are feared far and wide for their conquests and destruction.
Isaiah 18 3 When I raise my battle flag on the mountain, let all the world take notice. When I blow the trumpet, listen!
Isaiah 18 4 For the LORD has told me this: "I will watch quietly from my dwelling place--as quietly as the heat rises on a summer day, or as the dew forms on an autumn morning during the harvest."
Isaiah 18 5 Even before you begin your attack, while your plans are ripening like grapes, the LORD will cut you off as though with pruning shears. He will snip your spreading branches.
Isaiah 18 6 Your mighty army will be left dead in the fields for the mountain birds and wild animals to eat. The vultures will tear at corpses all summer. The wild animals will gnaw at bones all winter.
Isaiah 18 7 But the time will come when the LORD Almighty will receive gifts from this land divided by rivers, from this tall, smooth-skinned people, who are feared far and wide for their conquests and destruction. They will bring the gifts to the LORD Almighty in Jerusalem, the place where his name dwells.
Isaiah 19 1 This message came to me concerning Egypt: Look! The LORD is advancing against Egypt, riding on a swift cloud. The idols of Egypt tremble. The hearts of the Egyptians melt with fear.
Isaiah 19 2 "I will make the Egyptians fight against each other--brother against brother, neighbor against neighbor, city against city, province against province.
Isaiah 19 3 The Egyptians will lose heart, and I will confuse their plans. They will plead with their idols for wisdom. They will call on spirits, mediums, and psychics to show them which way to turn.
Isaiah 19 4 I will hand Egypt over to a hard, cruel master, to a fierce king," says the Lord, the LORD Almighty.
Isaiah 19 5 The waters of the Nile will fail to rise and flood the fields. The riverbed will be parched and dry.
Isaiah 19 6 The canals of the Nile will dry up, and the streams of Egypt will become foul with rotting reeds and rushes.
Isaiah 19 7 All the greenery along the riverbank will wither and blow away. All the crops will dry up, and everything will die.
Isaiah 19 8 The fishermen will weep for lack of work. Those who fish with hooks and those who use nets will all be unemployed.
Isaiah 19 9 The weavers will have no flax or cotton, for the crops will fail.
Isaiah 19 10 The weavers and all the workers will be sick at heart.
Isaiah 19 11 What fools are the counselors of Zoan! Their best counsel to the king of Egypt is stupid and wrong. Will they still boast of their wisdom? Will they dare tell Pharaoh about their long line of wise ancestors?
Isaiah 19 12 What has happened to your wise counselors, Pharaoh? If they are so wise, let them tell you what the LORD Almighty is going to do to Egypt.
Isaiah 19 13 The wise men from Zoan are fools, and those from Memphis are deluded. The leaders of Egypt have ruined the land with their foolish counsel.
Isaiah 19 14 The LORD has sent a spirit of foolishness on them, so all their suggestions are wrong. They cause the land of Egypt to stagger like a sick drunkard.
Isaiah 19 15 Nobody in Egypt, whether rich or poor, important or unknown, can offer any help.
Isaiah 19 16 In that day the Egyptians will be as weak as women. They will cower in fear beneath the upraised fist of the LORD Almighty.
Isaiah 19 17 Just to speak the name of Israel will strike deep terror in their hearts, for the LORD Almighty has laid out his plans against them.
Isaiah 19 18 In that day five of Egypt's cities will follow the LORD Almighty. They will even begin to speak the Hebrew language. One of these will be Heliopolis, the City of the Sun.
Isaiah 19 19 In that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the heart of Egypt, and there will be a monument to the LORD at its border.
Isaiah 19 20 It will be a sign and a witness to the LORD Almighty in the land of Egypt. When the people cry to the LORD for help against those who oppress them, he will send them a savior who will rescue them.
Isaiah 19 21 In that day the LORD will make himself known to the Egyptians. Yes, they will know the LORD and will give their sacrifices and offerings to him. They will make promises to the LORD and keep them.
Isaiah 19 22 The LORD will strike Egypt in a way that will bring healing. For the Egyptians will turn to the LORD, and he will listen to their pleas and heal them.
Isaiah 19 23 In that day Egypt and Assyria will be connected by a highway. The Egyptians and Assyrians will move freely between their lands, and they will worship the same God.
Isaiah 19 24 And Israel will be their ally. The three will be together, and Israel will be a blessing to them.
Isaiah 19 25 For the LORD Almighty will say, "Blessed be Egypt, my people. Blessed be Assyria, the land I have made. Blessed be Israel, my special possession!"
Isaiah 20 1 In the year when King Sargon of Assyria captured the Philistine city of Ashdod,
Isaiah 20 2 the LORD told Isaiah son of Amoz, "Take off all your clothes, including your sandals." Isaiah did as he was told and walked around naked and barefoot.
Isaiah 20 3 Then the LORD said, "My servant Isaiah has been walking around naked and barefoot for the last three years. This is a sign--a symbol of the terrible troubles I will bring upon Egypt and Ethiopia.
Isaiah 20 4 For the king of Assyria will take away the Egyptians and Ethiopians as prisoners. He will make them walk naked and barefoot, both young and old, their buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.
Isaiah 20 5 How dismayed will be the Philistines, who counted on the power of Ethiopia and boasted of their allies in Egypt!
Isaiah 20 6 They will say, `If this can happen to Egypt, what chance do we have? For we counted on Egypt to protect us from the king of Assyria.'"
Isaiah 21 1 This message came to me concerning the land of Babylonia: Disaster is roaring down on you from the desert, like a whirlwind sweeping in from the Negev.
Isaiah 21 2 I see an awesome vision: I see you plundered and destroyed. Go ahead, you Elamites and Medes, take part in the siege. Babylon will fall, and the groaning of all the nations she enslaved will end.
Isaiah 21 3 My stomach aches and burns with pain. Sharp pangs of horror are upon me, like the pangs of a woman giving birth. I grow faint when I hear what God is planning; I am blinded with dismay.
Isaiah 21 4 My mind reels; my heart races. The sleep I once enjoyed at night is now a faint memory. I lie awake, trembling.
Isaiah 21 5 Look! They are preparing a great feast. They are spreading rugs for people to sit on. Everyone is eating and drinking. Quick! Grab your shields and prepare for battle! You are being attacked!
Isaiah 21 6 Meanwhile, the Lord said to me, "Put a watchman on the city wall to shout out what he sees.
Isaiah 21 7 Tell him to sound the alert when he sees chariots drawn by horses and warriors mounted on donkeys and camels."
Isaiah 21 8 Then the watchman called out, "Day after day I have stood on the watchtower, my lord. Night after night I have remained at my post.
Isaiah 21 9 Now at last--look! Here come the chariots and warriors!" Then the watchman said, "Babylon is fallen! All the idols of Babylon lie broken on the ground!"
Isaiah 21 10 O my people, threshed and winnowed, I have told you everything the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, has said.
Isaiah 21 11 This message came to me concerning Edom: Someone from Edom keeps calling to me, "Watchman, how much longer until morning? When will the night be over?"
Isaiah 21 12 The watchman replies, "Morning is coming, but night will soon follow. If you wish to ask again, then come back and ask."
Isaiah 21 13 This message came to me concerning Arabia: O caravans from Dedan, hide in the deserts of Arabia.
Isaiah 21 14 O people of Tema, bring food and water to these weary refugees.
Isaiah 21 15 They have fled from drawn swords and sharp arrows and the terrors of war.
Isaiah 21 16 "But within a year," says the Lord, "all the glory of Kedar will come to an end.
Isaiah 21 17 Only a few of its courageous archers will survive. I, the LORD, the God of Israel, have spoken!"
Isaiah 22 1 This message came to me concerning Jerusalem: What is happening? Why is everyone running to the rooftops?
Isaiah 22 2 The whole city is in a terrible uproar. What do I see in this reveling city? Bodies are lying everywhere, killed by famine and disease.
Isaiah 22 3 All your leaders flee. They surrender without resistance. The people try to slip away, but they are captured, too.
Isaiah 22 4 Leave me alone to weep; do not try to comfort me. Let me cry for my people as I watch them being destroyed.
Isaiah 22 5 Oh, what a day of crushing trouble! What a day of confusion and terror the Lord, the LORD Almighty, has brought upon the Valley of Vision! The walls of Jerusalem have been broken, and cries of death echo from the mountainsides.
Isaiah 22 6 Elamites are the archers; Arameans drive the chariots. The men of Kir hold up the shields.
Isaiah 22 7 They fill your beautiful valleys and crowd against your gates.
Isaiah 22 8 Judah's defenses have been stripped away. You run to the armory for your weapons.
Isaiah 22 9 You inspect the walls of Jerusalem to see what needs to be repaired. You store up water in the lower pool.
Isaiah 22 10 You check the houses and tear some down to get stone to fix the walls.
Isaiah 22 11 Between the city walls, you build a reservoir for water from the old pool. But all your feverish plans are to no avail because you never ask God for help. He is the one who planned this long ago.
Isaiah 22 12 The Lord, the LORD Almighty, called you to weep and mourn. He told you to shave your heads in sorrow for your sins and to wear clothes of sackcloth to show your remorse.
Isaiah 22 13 But instead, you dance and play; you slaughter sacrificial animals, feast on meat, and drink wine. "Let's eat, drink, and be merry," you say. "What's the difference, for tomorrow we die."
Isaiah 22 14 The LORD Almighty has revealed to me that this sin will never be forgiven you until the day you die. That is the judgment of the Lord, the LORD Almighty.
Isaiah 22 15 Furthermore, the Lord, the LORD Almighty, told me to confront Shebna, the palace administrator, and to give him this message:
Isaiah 22 16 "Who do you think you are, building a beautiful tomb for yourself in the rock?
Isaiah 22 17 For the LORD is about to seize you and hurl you away. He is going to send you into captivity, you strong man!
Isaiah 22 18 He will crumple you up into a ball and toss you away into a distant, barren land. There you will die, and there your glorious chariots will remain, broken and useless. You are a disgrace to your master.
Isaiah 22 19 "Yes, I will drive you out of office," says the LORD. "I will pull you down from your high position.
Isaiah 22 20 And then I will call my servant Eliakim son of Hilkiah to replace you.
Isaiah 22 21 He will have your royal robes, your title, and your authority. And he will be a father to the people of Jerusalem and Judah.
Isaiah 22 22 I will give him the key to the house of David--the highest position in the royal court. He will open doors, and no one will be able to shut them; he will close doors, and no one will be able to open them.
Isaiah 22 23 He will bring honor to his family name, for I will drive him firmly in place like a tent stake.
Isaiah 22 24 He will be loaded down with responsibility, and he will bring honor to even the lowliest members of his family."
Isaiah 22 25 The LORD Almighty says: "When that time comes, I will pull out the stake that seemed so firm. It will come out and fall to the ground. Everything it supports will fall with it. I, the LORD, have spoken!"
Isaiah 23 1 This message came to me concerning Tyre: Weep, O ships of Tarshish, returning home from distant lands! Weep for your harbor at Tyre because it is gone! The rumors you heard in Cyprus are all true.
Isaiah 23 2 Mourn in silence, you people of the coast and you merchants of Sidon. Your traders crossed the sea,
Isaiah 23 3 sailing over deep waters. They brought you grain from Egypt and harvests from along the Nile. You were the merchandise mart of the world.
Isaiah 23 4 But now you are put to shame, city of Sidon, fortress on the sea. For the sea says, "Now I am childless; I have no sons or daughters."
Isaiah 23 5 When Egypt hears the news about Tyre, there will be great sorrow.
Isaiah 23 6 Flee now to Tarshish! Wail, you people who live by the sea!
Isaiah 23 7 How can this silent ruin be all that is left of your once joyous city? What a history was yours! Think of all the colonists you sent to distant lands.
Isaiah 23 8 Who has brought this disaster on Tyre, empire builder and chief trader of the world?
Isaiah 23 9 The LORD Almighty has done it to destroy your pride and show his contempt for all human greatness.
Isaiah 23 10 Come, Tarshish, sweep over your mother Tyre like the flooding Nile, for the city is defenseless.
Isaiah 23 11 The LORD holds out his hand over the seas. He shakes the kingdoms of the earth. He has spoken out against Phoenicia and depleted its strength.
Isaiah 23 12 He says, "Never again will you rejoice, O daughter of Sidon. Once you were a lovely city, but you will never again be strong. Even if you flee to Cyprus, you will find no rest."
Isaiah 23 13 Look at the land of Babylonia--the people of that land are gone! The Assyrians have handed Babylon over to the wild beasts. They have built siege ramps against its walls, torn down its palaces, and turned it into a heap of rubble.
Isaiah 23 14 Wail, O ships of Tarshish, for your home port is destroyed!
Isaiah 23 15 For seventy years, the length of a king's life, Tyre will be forgotten. But then the city will come back to life and sing sweet songs like a prostitute.
Isaiah 23 16 Long absent from her lovers, she will take a harp, walk the streets, and sing her songs, so that she will again be remembered.
Isaiah 23 17 Yes, after seventy years the LORD will revive Tyre. But she will be no different than she was before. She will return again to all her evil ways around the world.
Isaiah 23 18 But in the end her businesses will give their profits to the LORD. Her wealth will not be hoarded but will be used to provide good food and fine clothing for the LORD's priests.
Isaiah 24 1 Look! The LORD is about to destroy the earth and make it a vast wasteland. See how he is scattering the people over the face of the earth.
Isaiah 24 2 Priests and laypeople, servants and masters, maids and mistresses, buyers and sellers, lenders and borrowers, bankers and debtors--none will be spared.
Isaiah 24 3 The earth will be completely emptied and looted. The LORD has spoken!
Isaiah 24 4 The earth dries up, the crops wither, the skies refuse to rain.
Isaiah 24 5 The earth suffers for the sins of its people, for they have twisted the instructions of God, violated his laws, and broken his everlasting covenant.
Isaiah 24 6 Therefore, a curse consumes the earth and its people. They are left desolate, destroyed by fire. Few will be left alive.
Isaiah 24 7 All the joys of life will be gone. The grape harvest will fail, and there will be no wine. The merrymakers will sigh and mourn.
Isaiah 24 8 The clash of tambourines will be stilled; the happy cries of celebration will be heard no more. The melodious chords of the harp will be silent.
Isaiah 24 9 Gone are the joys of wine and song; strong drink now turns bitter in the mouth.
Isaiah 24 10 The city writhes in chaos; every home is locked to keep out looters.
Isaiah 24 11 Mobs gather in the streets, crying out for wine. Joy has reached its lowest ebb. Gladness has been banished from the land.
Isaiah 24 12 The city is left in ruins, with its gates battered down.
Isaiah 24 13 Throughout the earth the story is the same--like the stray olives left on the tree or the few grapes left on the vine after harvest, only a remnant is left.
Isaiah 24 14 But all who are left will shout and sing for joy. Those in the west will praise the LORD's majesty.
Isaiah 24 15 In eastern lands, give glory to the LORD. In the coastlands of the sea, praise the name of the LORD, the God of Israel.
Isaiah 24 16 Listen to them as they sing to the LORD from the ends of the earth. Hear them singing praises to the Righteous One! But my heart is heavy with grief. I am discouraged, for evil still prevails, and treachery is everywhere.
Isaiah 24 17 Terror and traps and snares will be your lot, you people of the earth.
Isaiah 24 18 Those who flee in terror will fall into a trap, and those who escape the trap will step into a snare. Destruction falls on you from the heavens. The world is shaken beneath you.
Isaiah 24 19 The earth has broken down and has utterly collapsed. Everything is lost, abandoned, and confused.
Isaiah 24 20 The earth staggers like a drunkard. It trembles like a tent in a storm. It falls and will not rise again, for its sins are very great.
Isaiah 24 21 In that day the LORD will punish the fallen angels in the heavens and the proud rulers of the nations on earth.
Isaiah 24 22 They will be rounded up and put in prison until they are tried and condemned.
Isaiah 24 23 Then the LORD Almighty will mount his throne on Mount Zion. He will rule gloriously in Jerusalem, in the sight of all the leaders of his people. There will be such glory that the brightness of the sun and moon will seem to fade away.
Isaiah 25 1 O LORD, I will honor and praise your name, for you are my God. You do such wonderful things! You planned them long ago, and now you have accomplished them.
Isaiah 25 2 You turn mighty cities into heaps of ruins. Cities with strong walls are turned to rubble. Beautiful palaces in distant lands disappear and will never be rebuilt.
Isaiah 25 3 Therefore, strong nations will declare your glory; ruthless nations will revere you.
Isaiah 25 4 But to the poor, O LORD, you are a refuge from the storm. To the needy in distress, you are a shelter from the rain and the heat. For the oppressive acts of ruthless people are like a storm beating against a wall,
Isaiah 25 5 or like the relentless heat of the desert. But you silence the roar of foreign nations. You cool the land with the shade of a cloud. So the boastful songs of ruthless people are stilled.
Isaiah 25 6 In Jerusalem, the LORD Almighty will spread a wonderful feast for everyone around the world. It will be a delicious feast of good food, with clear, well-aged wine and choice beef.
Isaiah 25 7 In that day he will remove the cloud of gloom, the shadow of death that hangs over the earth.
Isaiah 25 8 He will swallow up death forever! The Sovereign LORD will wipe away all tears. He will remove forever all insults and mockery against his land and people. The LORD has spoken!
Isaiah 25 9 In that day the people will proclaim, "This is our God. We trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, in whom we trusted. Let us rejoice in the salvation he brings!"
Isaiah 25 10 For the LORD's good hand will rest on Jerusalem. Moab will be crushed like trampled straw and left to rot.
Isaiah 25 11 God will push down Moab's people as a swimmer pushes down water with his hands. He will end their pride and all their evil works.
Isaiah 25 12 The high walls of Moab will be demolished and ground to dust.