Judah Warned against Egyptian Alliance1 “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;
2 Who e proceed down to Egypt
Without f consulting ▼
▼ Lit My mouthMe,
h To take refuge in the safety of Pharaoh
And to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt!
3 “Therefore 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.
5 “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.”
6 The ▼
▼ Or burden oforacle concerning the n beasts of the o Negev. Through a land of p distress and anguish,
▼ Lit themwhere come lioness and lion, viper and r flying serpent,
They s carry their riches on the ▼
▼ Lit shouldersbacks of young donkeys
And their treasures on u camels’ humps,
To a people who cannot profit them;
7 Even Egypt, whose v help is vain and empty.
Therefore, I have called ▼
▼ Lit this oneher
▼ M.T. reads They are Rahab (or arrogance), to remain, y “Rahab who has been exterminated.”
8 Now go z write it on a tablet before them
And inscribe it on a scroll,
That it may ▼
▼ Lit beserve in the time to come
▼ So the versions; Heb Forever and everAs a witness forever.
9 For this is a ac rebellious people ad false sons,
Sons who ▼
▼ Lit are not willingrefuse to af listen
To the ▼
▼ Or lawinstruction 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 thingspleasant words,
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 sparedSo ruthlessly shattered
That a sherd will not be found among its pieces
▼ Lit snatch uptake fire from a hearth
Or to scoop water from a cistern.”
15 For thus the Lord ▼
▼ Heb YHWH, usually rendered LordGod, the Holy One of Israel, has said, “In ▼
▼ Lit returningrepentance 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 poleflag on a mountain top
And as a signal on a hill.
God Is Gracious and Just18 Therefore the Lord ▼
▼ Lit waits, be longs to be gracious to you,
And therefore He ▼
▼ Lit is on highwaits 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, JerusalemO 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 yourthe seed which you will sow in the ground, and bread from the yield of the ground, and it will be ▼
▼ Lit fatnessrich and ▼
▼ Lit fatplenteous; 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 winnowshas 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 waterstreams 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 blowHe has inflicted. 27 Behold cm the name of the Lord comes from a ▼
▼ Lit distanceremote place;
co Burning is His anger and ▼
▼ Lit heavinessdense is His ▼
▼ Lit upliftingsmoke;
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 worthlesssieve,
And to put in the jaws of the peoples cx the bridle which ▼
▼ Lit misleadsleads to ruin.
29 You will have ▼
▼ Lit the songsongs 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 voiceHis voice of authority to be heard,
And the ▼
▼ Lit descentdescending 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 passingblow 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 pileA 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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