God Will Swallow Up Death Forever1 O Lord, a you are my God;
b I will exalt you; I will praise your name,
for you have done wonderful things,
c plans formed of old, faithful and sure.
2 For you have made the city d a heap,
the fortified city a ruin;
the foreigners’ palace is a city no more;
it will never be rebuilt.
3 e Therefore strong peoples will glorify you;
cities of ruthless nations will fear you.
4 f For you have been a stronghold to the poor,
a stronghold to the needy in his distress,
g a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat;
h for the breath of the ruthless is like a storm against a wall,
5 i like heat in a dry place.
You subdue the noise of the foreigners;
as heat by the shade of a cloud,
so the song of the ruthless is put down.
6 j On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine,
k of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.
7 And he will swallow up l on this mountain
the covering that is cast over all peoples,
m the veil that is spread over all nations.
8 n He will swallow up death forever;
and o the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces,
and p the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth,
q for the Lord has spoken.
9 It will be said on that day,
“Behold, this is our God; r we have waited for him, that he might save us.
This is the Lord; we have waited for him;
s let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”
10 For the hand of the Lord will rest t on this mountain,
and u Moab shall be trampled down in his place,
as straw is trampled down in a dunghill. ▼
▼ The Hebrew words for dunghill and for the Moabite town Madmen (Jeremiah 48:2) sound alike
11 w And he will spread out his hands in the midst of it
as a swimmer spreads his hands out to swim,
but the Lord x will lay low his pompous pride together with the skill ▼
▼ Or in spite of the skillof his hands.
12 And the high fortifications of his walls he will bring down,
lay low, and cast to the ground, to the dust.
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