The LORD is Exalted1 Woe to you, O destroyer never destroyed, O traitor never betrayed! When you have finished destroying, you will be destroyed. When you have finished betraying, you will be betrayed. 2 O LORD, be gracious to us! We wait for You. Be our strength every morning and our salvation in time of trouble. 3 The peoples flee the thunder of Your voice; the nations scatter when You rise. 4 Your spoil will be gathered as if by locusts; like a swarm of locusts men will pounce on it. 5 The LORD is exalted, for He dwells on high; He has filled Zion with justice and righteousness. 6 There will be times of security for you— a storehouse of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge. The fear of the LORD is Zion’s treasure. 7 Behold! Their warriors cry aloud in the streets; the envoys of peace weep bitterly. 8 The highways are deserted; travel has ceased. The treaty has been broken, the witnesses ▼
▼DSS; MT the citiesare despised, and human life is disregarded. 9 The land mourns [and] languishes; Lebanon is ashamed and decayed. Sharon is like a desert; Bashan and Carmel shake off their leaves. 10 “Now I will arise,” says the LORD. “Now I will lift Myself up. Now I will be exalted. 11 You conceive chaff; you give birth to stubble. Your breath is a fire that will consume you. 12 The peoples will be burned to ashes, like thorns cut down and set ablaze. 13 You who are far off, hear what I have done; you who are near, acknowledge My might.” 14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; trembling grips the ungodly: “Who of us can dwell with a consuming fire? Who of us can dwell with everlasting flames?” 15 He who walks righteously and speaks with sincerity, who refuses gain from extortion, whose hand never takes a bribe, who stops his ears against murderous plots and shuts his eyes tightly against evil— 16 he will dwell on the heights; his refuge will be the mountain fortress; his food will be provided [and] his water assured. 17 Your eyes will see the King in His beauty and behold a land that stretches afar. 18 Your mind will ponder the former terror: “Where is he who tallies? Where is he who weighs? Where is he who counts the towers?” 19 You will no longer see the insolent, a people whose speech is unintelligible, who stammer in a language that is not understood. 20 Look upon Zion, the city of our festivals. Your eyes will see Jerusalem, a peaceful pasture, a tent that does not wander; its tent pegs will not be pulled up, nor will any of its cords be loosened. 21 But there the Majestic One, our LORD, [will be] for us a place of rivers and wide canals, where no galley with oars will go, and majestic vessels will not pass. 22 For the LORD is our Judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our King. He will save us. 23 Your ropes are slack; they cannot secure the mast or spread the sail. Then an abundance of spoils will be divided, [and even] the lame will carry off plunder. 24 And no resident [of Zion] will say, “I am sick.” The people who dwell there will be forgiven their iniquity.
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