Isaiah 22

The Valley of Vision

Or burden of
oracle concerning the b valley of vision. What is the matter with you now, that you have all gone up to the c housetops?
You who were full of noise,
You boisterous town, you d exultant city;
Your slain were e not slain with the sword,
Lit dead in battle
did they die in battle.
g All your rulers have fled together,
And have been captured
Lit from a bow
without the bow;
All of you who were found were taken captive together,
So with ancient versions; Heb They fled far away
Though they had fled far away.
Therefore I say, “Turn your eyes away from me,
Let me j weep bitterly,
Do not
Lit insist
try to comfort me concerning the destruction of the daughter of my people.”
l For the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord
 God of hosts has a n day of panic o subjugation and confusion
p In the valley of vision,
A breaking down of walls
And a crying
Or against
to the mountain.
r Elam took up the quiver
With the chariots
Lit man
infantry and horsemen;
And t Kir uncovered the shield.
Then your choicest valleys were full of chariots,
And the horsemen took up fixed positions at the gate.
And He removed the
Lit screen, covering
defense of Judah.
In that day you
Or looked to, considered
depended on the weapons of the w house of the forest,
And you saw that the breaches
In the wall of the city of David were many;
And you x collected the waters of the lower pool.
10 Then you counted the houses of Jerusalem
And tore down houses to fortify the wall.
11 And you made a reservoir y between the two walls
For the waters of the z old pool.
But you did not
Or look to, consider
depend on Him who made it,
Nor did you
Lit see...Him
take into consideration Him who planned it long ago.

12 Therefore in that day the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord
 God of hosts called you to ad weeping, to wailing,
To ae shaving the head and to wearing sackcloth.
13 Instead, there is af gaiety and gladness,
Killing of cattle and slaughtering of sheep,
Eating of meat and drinking of wine:
ag Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we may die.”
14 But the  Lord of hosts revealed Himself
Lit in my ears
to me,
Surely this ai iniquity aj shall not be
Lit atoned for
forgiven you
al Until you die,” says the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord
 God of hosts.

15 Thus says the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord
 God of hosts, Come, go to this steward,
To ao Shebna, who is in charge of the royal household,
16 What right do you have here,
And whom do you have here,
That you have ap hewn a tomb for yourself here,
You who hew a tomb on the height,
You who carve a resting place for
Lit himself
yourself in the rock?
17 Behold, the  Lord is about to hurl you headlong, O man.
And He is about to grasp you firmly
18  And roll you tightly like a ball,
To be ar  cast into a vast country;
There you will die
And there your splendid chariots will be,
You shame of your master’s house.’
19 “I will as depose you from your office,
So with many ancient versions; Heb He
I will pull you down from your station.
20 Then it will come about in that day,
That I will summon My servant au Eliakim the son of Hilkiah,
21 And I will clothe him with your tunic
And tie your sash securely about him.
I will entrust him with your
Lit rule
And he will become a aw father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah.
22 Then I will set ax the key of the ay house of David on his shoulder,
When he opens no one will shut,
When he shuts no one will az open.
23 I will drive him like a ba peg in a firm place,
And he will become a bb throne of glory to his father’s house.

24 So they will hang on him all the glory of his father’s house, offspring and
Or perhaps, leaf
issue, all the least of vessels, from bowls to all the jars.
25 In that day,” declares the  Lord of hosts, “the bd peg driven in a firm place will give way; it will even be break off and fall, and the load hanging on it will be cut off, for the bf  Lord has spoken.”
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