Isaiah 22

1The burden of the valley of vision. What troubles thee now, that thou have wholly gone up to the housetops? 2O thou that are full of shoutings, a tumultuous city, a joyous town. Thy slain are not slain with the sword, nor are they dead in battle. 3All thy rulers fled away together. They were bound by the archers. All who were found of thee were bound together; they fled afar off. 4Therefore I said, Look away from me. I will weep bitterly. Labor not to comfort me for the destruction of the daughter of my people. 5For it is a day of trouble, and of treading down, and of perplexity, from the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, in the valley of vision, a breaking down of the walls, and a crying to the mountains. 6And Elam bore the quiver, with chariots of men and horsemen, and Kir uncovered the shield. 7And it came to pass, that thy choicest valleys were full of chariots, and the horsemen set themselves in array at the gate. 8And he took away the covering of Judah, and thou looked in that day to the armor in the house of the forest. 9And ye saw the breaches of the city of David, that they were many. And to fortify the wall, ye gathered together the waters of the lower pool, 10and ye numbered the houses of Jerusalem, and ye broke down the houses. 11Ye also made a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the old pool. But ye did not look to him who had done this, nor had ye respect to him who purposed it long ago. 12And in that day the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, called for weeping, and for mourning, and for baldness, and for girding with sackcloth. 13And, behold, joy and gladness, slaying oxen and killing sheep, eating flesh and drinking wine. Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we shall die. 14And Jehovah of hosts revealed himself in my ears, Surely this iniquity shall not be forgiven you till ye die, says the Lord, Jehovah of hosts. 15Thus says the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, Go, get thee to this treasurer, even to Shebna, who is over the house, and say, 16What are thou doing here? And whom have thou here, that thou have hewed thee out here a sepulcher? Hewing him out a sepulcher on high, carving a habitation for himself in the rock! 17Behold, Jehovah, like a strong man, will hurl thee away violently. Yea, he will wrap thee up closely. 18He will surely wind thee round and round, tossing like a ball into a large country. There thou shall die, and there the chariots of thy glory shall be, thou shame of thy lord's house. 19And I will thrust thee from thine office, and thou shall be pulled down from thy station. 20And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will call my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah. 21And I will clothe him with thy robe, and strengthen him with thy belt. And I will commit thy government into his hand, and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah. 22And I will lay the key of the house of David upon his shoulder, and he shall open, and none shall shut, and he shall shut, and none shall open. 23And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place, and he shall be for a throne of glory to his father's house. 24And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his father's house, the offspring and the issue, every small vessel, from the cups even to all the flagons. 25In that day, says Jehovah of hosts, the nail that was fastened in a sure place shall give way, and it shall be hewn down, and fall. And the burden that was upon it shall be cut off, for Jehovah has spoken it.
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