Isaiah 33

The Judgment of God

1Woe a  to you, O destroyer,
While you were not destroyed;
And he b  who is treacherous, while others did not deal treacherously with him.
As soon as you finish destroying c  you will be destroyed;
As soon as you cease to deal treacherously, others will d  deal treacherously with you.
2O  Lord e  be gracious to us; we have f  waited for You.
Some versions read our
Lit arm
i  strength every morning,
Our salvation also in the j  time of distress.
3At the sound of the tumult k  peoples flee;
At the l  lifting up of Yourself nations disperse.
4Your spoil is gathered as the caterpillar gathers;
As locusts rushing about men rush about on it.
5The  Lord is m  exalted, for He dwells on high;
He has n  filled Zion with justice and righteousness.
6And He will be the
Or faithfulness
p  stability of your times,
A q  wealth of salvation, wisdom and r  knowledge;
The s  fear of the  Lord is his treasure.
7Behold, their brave men cry in
Lit the outside
the streets,
Lit messengers
v  ambassadors of peace weep bitterly.
8The highways are desolate
Lit he who passes along the way
the x  traveler has ceased,
He has y  broken the covenant, he has despised the cities,
He has no regard for man.
9 z  The land mourns and pines away,
aa  Lebanon is shamed and withers;
ab  Sharon is like a desert plain,
And Bashan and Carmel
Lit shake off
lose their foliage.
10Now ad  I will arise,” says the  Lord,
Now I will be exalted, now I will be lifted up.
11“You have ae  conceived
Lit dry grass
chaff, you will give birth to stubble;
So one ancient version; M.T. reads Your breath will
My ah  breath will consume you like a fire.
12The peoples will be burned to lime,
ai  Like cut thorns which are burned in the fire.

13You who are far away aj  hear what I have done;
And you who are near
Lit know
acknowledge My might.”
14 al  Sinners in Zion are terrified;
am  Trembling has seized the godless.
Who among us can live with an  the consuming fire?
Who among us can live with
Lit everlasting
continual ap  burning?”
15He who aq  walks righteously and speaks with sincerity,
He who rejects
Lit gain of extortioners
unjust gain
And shakes his hands so that they hold no bribe;
He who stops his ears from hearing about bloodshed
And as  shuts his eyes from looking upon evil;
16He will dwell on the heights,
at  His refuge will be the
Lit stronghold of rock
impregnable rock;
av  His bread will be given him,
His water will be sure.

17Your eyes will see aw  the King in His beauty;
They will behold ax  a far-distant land.
18Your heart will meditate on ay  terror:
Where is az  he who counts?
Where is he who weighs?
Where is he who counts the towers?”
19You will no longer see a fierce people,
A people of
Lit deepness of lip
bb  unintelligible speech
Lit from hearing
which no one comprehends,
Of a stammering tongue
Lit there is no understanding
which no one understands.
20 be  Look upon Zion, the city of our appointed feasts;
Your eyes will see Jerusalem, an bf  undisturbed habitation,
bg  A tent which will not be folded;
Its stakes will never be pulled up,
Nor any of its cords be torn apart.
21But there the majestic One, the  Lord, will be for us
A place of bh  rivers and wide canals
On which no boat with oars will go,
And on which no mighty ship will pass
22For the  Lord is our bi  judge,
The  Lord is bj  our lawgiver,
The  Lord is bk  our king;
bl  He will save us—
23Your tackle hangs slack;
It cannot hold the base of its mast firmly,
Nor spread out the sail.
Then the bm  prey of an abundant spoil will be divided;
bn  The lame will take the plunder.
24And no resident will say, “I am bo  sick”;
The people who dwell
Lit in it
there will be bq  forgiven their iniquity.

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