Isaiah 30

Judah Warned against Egyptian Alliance

Woe to the a rebellious children,” declares the  Lord,
“Who b execute a plan, but not Mine,
Lit pour out a drink offering
d make an alliance, but not of My Spirit,
In order to add sin to sin;
Who e proceed down to Egypt
Without f consulting
Lit My mouth
h To take refuge in the safety of Pharaoh
And to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt!
Therefore the safety of Pharaoh will be i your shame
And the shelter in the shadow of Egypt, your humiliation.
“For j their princes are at Zoan
And their ambassadors arrive at Hanes.
Everyone will be k ashamed because of a people who cannot profit them,
Who are l not for help or profit, but for shame and also for reproach.”

Or burden of
oracle concerning the n beasts of the o Negev. Through a land of p distress and anguish,
Lit them
where come lioness and lion, viper and r flying serpent,
They s carry their riches on the
Lit shoulders
backs of young donkeys
And their treasures on u camels’ humps,
To a people who cannot profit them;
Even Egypt, whose v help is vain and empty.
Therefore, I have called
Lit this one
M.T. reads They are Rahab (or arrogance), to remain
y Rahab who has been exterminated.”
Now go z write it on a tablet before them
And inscribe it on a scroll,
That it may
Lit be
serve in the time to come
So the versions; Heb Forever and ever
As a witness forever.
For this is a ac rebellious people ad false sons,
Sons who
Lit are not willing
refuse to af listen
To the
Or law
instruction of the  Lord;
10 Who say to the ah seers, “You must not see visions”;
And to the prophets, “You must not ai prophesy to us what is right,
aj Speak to us
Lit smooth things
pleasant words,
Prophesy illusions.
11 Get out of the way al turn aside from the path,
Lit Cause to cease from our presence the
an Let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.”

12 Therefore thus says the Holy One of Israel, ao Since you have rejected this word
And have put your trust in ap oppression and guile, and have relied on them,
13 Therefore this aq iniquity will be to you
Like a ar breach about to fall,
A bulge in a high wall,
Whose collapse comes as suddenly in an instant,
14 Whose collapse is like the smashing of a at potter’s jar,
Lit Crushed, it will not be spared
So ruthlessly shattered
That a sherd will not be found among its pieces
Lit snatch up
take fire from a hearth
Or to scoop water from a cistern.”

15 For thus the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord
 God, the Holy One of Israel, has said, “In
Lit returning
repentance and ay rest you will be saved,
In az quietness and trust is your strength.”
But you were not willing,
16 And you said, “No, for we will flee on ba horses,”
Therefore you shall flee!
And we will ride on swift horses,”
Therefore those who pursue you shall be swift.
17  bb One thousand will flee at the threat of one man;
You will flee at the threat of five,
Until you are left as a
Lit pole
flag on a mountain top
And as a signal on a hill.

God Is Gracious and Just

18 Therefore the  Lord
Lit waits
be longs to be gracious to you,
And therefore He
Lit is on high
waits on bg high to have compassion on you.
For the  Lord is a bh God of justice;
How blessed are all those who
Lit wait
bj long for Him.

M.T. reads A people will inhabit Zion, Jerusalem
O people in Zion bl inhabitant in Jerusalem, you will bm weep no longer. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will bn answer you.
20 Although the Lord has given you bo bread of privation and water of oppression, He, your Teacher will no longer bp hide Himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher. 21 Your ears will hear a word behind you,
Lit saying, “This
This is the br way, walk in it,” whenever you bs turn to the right or to the left.
22 And you will defile your graven bt images overlaid with silver, and your molten bu images plated with gold. You will scatter them as an impure thing, and say to
Lit it “Go out”
them, bw Be gone!”

23 Then He will bx give you rain for
Lit your
the seed which you will sow in the ground, and bread from the yield of the ground, and it will be
Lit fatness
rich and
Lit fat
plenteous; on that day cb your livestock will graze in a roomy pasture.
24 Also the oxen and the donkeys which work the ground will eat salted fodder, which
Lit one winnows
has been cd winnowed with shovel and fork.
25 On every lofty mountain and on ce every high hill there will be
Lit canals, streams of water
streams running with water on the day of the great cg slaughter, when the towers fall.
26  ch The light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven days, on the day ci the  Lord binds up the cj fracture of His people and ck heals the bruise
Lit of His blow
He has inflicted.
27 Behold cm the name of the  Lord comes from a
Lit distance
remote place;
co Burning is His anger and
Lit heaviness
dense is His
Lit uplifting
His lips are filled with cr indignation
And His tongue is like a cs consuming fire;
28 His ct breath is like an overflowing torrent,
Which cu reaches to the neck,
To cv shake the nations back and forth in a
Lit sifting of the worthless
And to put in the jaws of the peoples cx the bridle which
Lit misleads
leads to ruin.
29 You will have
Lit the song
songs as in the night when you keep the festival,
And gladness of heart as when one marches to the sound of the flute,
To go to the mountain of the  Lord, to the Rock of Israel.
30 And the  Lord will cause
Lit the majesty of His voice
His voice of authority to be heard,
And the
Lit descent
descending of His arm to be seen in fierce anger,
And in the flame of a consuming fire
In cloudburst, downpour and hailstones.
31 For dc at the voice of the  Lord dd Assyria will be terrified,
When He strikes with the de rod.
32 And every
Lit passing
blow of the
Lit staff of foundation
dh rod of punishment,
Which the  Lord will lay on him,
Will be with the music of di tambourines and lyres;
And in battles dj brandishing weapons, He will fight them.
33 For
I.e. the place of human sacrifice to Molech
dl Topheth has long been ready,
Indeed, it has been prepared for the king.
He has made it deep and large,
Lit Its pile
A pyre of fire with plenty of wood;
The dn breath of the  Lord, like a torrent of do brimstone, sets it afire.

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