Isaiah 30

Judah Warned against Egyptian Alliance

1Woe 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;
2Who 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!
3Therefore the safety of Pharaoh will be i  your shame
And the shelter in the shadow of Egypt, your humiliation.
4“For j  their princes are at Zoan
And their ambassadors arrive at Hanes.
5Everyone 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;
7Even 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.”
8Now 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.
9For 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;
10Who 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.
11Get 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.”

12Therefore 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,
13Therefore 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,
14Whose 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.”

15For 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,
16And 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

18Therefore 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.
20Although 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. 21Your 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.
22And 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!”

23Then 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.
24Also 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.
25On 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.
27Behold 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;
28His 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.
29You 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.
30And 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.
31For dc  at the voice of the  Lord dd  Assyria will be terrified,
When He strikes with the de  rod.
32And 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.
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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