The Bible Online: Book 23 Isaiah: 23:015:001 - 23:029:024


23:015:001 The burden of Moab. Because in the night Ar of Moab is laid
waste, and brought to silence; because in the night Kir of
Moab is laid waste, and brought to silence;

23:015:002 He is gone up to Bajith, and to Dibon, the high places, to
weep: Moab shall howl over Nebo, and over Medeba: on all their
heads shall be baldness, and every beard cut off.

23:015:003 In their streets they shall gird themselves with sackcloth: on
the tops of their houses, and in their streets, every one
shall howl, weeping abundantly.

23:015:004 And Heshbon shall cry, and Elealeh: their voice shall be heard
even unto Jahaz: therefore the armed soldiers of Moab shall
cry out; his life shall be grievous unto him.

23:015:005 My heart shall cry out for Moab; his fugitives shall flee unto
Zoar, an heifer of three years old: for by the mounting up of
Luhith with weeping shall they go it up; for in the way of
Horonaim they shall raise up a cry of destruction.

23:015:006 For the waters of Nimrim shall be desolate: for the hay is
withered away, the grass faileth, there is no green thing.

23:015:007 Therefore the abundance they have gotten, and that which they
have laid up, shall they carry away to the brook of the

23:015:008 For the cry is gone round about the borders of Moab; the
howling thereof unto Eglaim, and the howling thereof unto

23:015:009 For the waters of Dimon shall be full of blood: for I will
bring more upon Dimon, lions upon him that escapeth of Moab,
and upon the remnant of the land.

23:016:001 Send ye the lamb to the ruler of the land from Sela to the
wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter of Zion.

23:016:002 For it shall be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the
nest, so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon.

23:016:003 Take counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow as the night
in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; bewray not him
that wandereth.

23:016:004 Let mine outcasts dwell with thee, Moab; be thou a covert to
them from the face of the spoiler: for the extortioner is at
an end, the spoiler ceaseth, the oppressors are consumed out
of the land.

23:016:005 And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit
upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and
seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness.

23:016:006 We have heard of the pride of Moab; he is very proud: even of
his haughtiness, and his pride, and his wrath: but his lies
shall not be so.

23:016:007 Therefore shall Moab howl for Moab, every one shall howl: for
the foundations of Kirhareseth shall ye mourn; surely they are

23:016:008 For the fields of Heshbon languish, and the vine of Sibmah:
the lords of the heathen have broken down the principal plants
thereof, they are come even unto Jazer, they wandered through
the wilderness: her branches are stretched out, they are gone
over the sea.

23:016:009 Therefore I will bewail with the weeping of Jazer the vine of
Sibmah: I will water thee with my tears, O Heshbon, and
Elealeh: for the shouting for thy summer fruits and for thy
harvest is fallen.

23:016:010 And gladness is taken away, and joy out of the plentiful
field; and in the vineyards there shall be no singing, neither
shall there be shouting: the treaders shall tread out no wine
in their presses; I have made their vintage shouting to cease.

23:016:011 Wherefore my bowels shall sound like an harp for Moab, and
mine inward parts for Kirharesh.

23:016:012 And it shall come to pass, when it is seen that Moab is weary
on the high place, that he shall come to his sanctuary to
pray; but he shall not prevail.

23:016:013 This is the word that the LORD hath spoken concerning Moab
since that time.

23:016:014 But now the LORD hath spoken, saying, Within three years, as
the years of an hireling, and the glory of Moab shall be
contemned, with all that great multitude; and the remnant
shall be very small and feeble.

23:017:001 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from
being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

23:017:002 The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks,
which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

23:017:003 The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom
from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the
glory of the children of Israel, saith the LORD of hosts.

23:017:004 And in that day it shall come to pass, that the glory of Jacob
shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax

23:017:005 And it shall be as when the harvestman gathereth the corn, and
reapeth the ears with his arm; and it shall be as he that
gathereth ears in the valley of Rephaim.

23:017:006 Yet gleaning grapes shall be left in it, as the shaking of an
olive tree, two or three berries in the top of the uppermost
bough, four or five in the outmost fruitful branches thereof,
saith the LORD God of Israel.

23:017:007 At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall
have respect to the Holy One of Israel.

23:017:008 And he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands,
neither shall respect that which his fingers have made, either
the groves, or the images.

23:017:009 In that day shall his strong cities be as a forsaken bough,
and an uppermost branch, which they left because of the
children of Israel: and there shall be desolation.

23:017:010 Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast
not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt
thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange

23:017:011 In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the
morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest
shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.

23:017:012 Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like
the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that
make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!

23:017:013 The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but
God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall
be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and
like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.

23:017:014 And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning he
is not. This is the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot
of them that rob us.

23:018:001 Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the
rivers of Ethiopia:

23:018:002 That sendeth ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of
bulrushes upon the waters, saying, Go, ye swift messengers, to
a nation scattered and peeled, to a people terrible from their
beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden down, whose
land the rivers have spoiled!

23:018:003 All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth,
see ye, when he lifteth up an ensign on the mountains; and
when he bloweth a trumpet, hear ye.

23:018:004 For so the LORD said unto me, I will take my rest, and I will
consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs,
and like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.

23:018:005 For afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect, and the sour
grape is ripening in the flower, he shall both cut off the
sprigs with pruning hooks, and take away and cut down the

23:018:006 They shall be left together unto the fowls of the mountains,
and to the beasts of the earth: and the fowls shall summer
upon them, and all the beasts of the earth shall winter upon

23:018:007 In that time shall the present be brought unto the LORD of
hosts of a people scattered and peeled, and from a people
terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and
trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the
place of the name of the LORD of hosts, the mount Zion.

23:019:001 The burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORD rideth upon a swift
cloud, and shall come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall
be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in
the midst of it.

23:019:002 And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they
shall fight every one against his brother, and every one
against his neighbour; city against city, and kingdom against

23:019:003 And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst thereof; and I
will destroy the counsel thereof: and they shall seek to the
idols, and to the charmers, and to them that have familiar
spirits, and to the wizards.

23:019:004 And the Egyptians will I give over into the hand of a cruel
lord; and a fierce king shall rule over them, saith the Lord,
the LORD of hosts.

23:019:005 And the waters shall fail from the sea, and the river shall be
wasted and dried up.

23:019:006 And they shall turn the rivers far away; and the brooks of
defence shall be emptied and dried up: the reeds and flags
shall wither.

23:019:007 The paper reeds by the brooks, by the mouth of the brooks, and
every thing sown by the brooks, shall wither, be driven away,
and be no more.

23:019:008 The fishers also shall mourn, and all they that cast angle
into the brooks shall lament, and they that spread nets upon
the waters shall languish.

23:019:009 Moreover they that work in fine flax, and they that weave
networks, shall be confounded.

23:019:010 And they shall be broken in the purposes thereof, all that
make sluices and ponds for fish.

23:019:011 Surely the princes of Zoan are fools, the counsel of the wise
counsellors of Pharaoh is become brutish: how say ye unto
Pharaoh, I am the son of the wise, the son of ancient kings?

23:019:012 Where are they? where are thy wise men? and let them tell thee
now, and let them know what the LORD of hosts hath purposed
upon Egypt.

23:019:013 The princes of Zoan are become fools, the princes of Noph are
deceived; they have also seduced Egypt, even they that are the
stay of the tribes thereof.

23:019:014 The LORD hath mingled a perverse spirit in the midst thereof:
and they have caused Egypt to err in every work thereof, as a
drunken man staggereth in his vomit.

23:019:015 Neither shall there be any work for Egypt, which the head or
tail, branch or rush, may do.

23:019:016 In that day shall Egypt be like unto women: and it shall be
afraid and fear because of the shaking of the hand of the LORD
of hosts, which he shaketh over it.

23:019:017 And the land of Judah shall be a terror unto Egypt, every one
that maketh mention thereof shall be afraid in himself,
because of the counsel of the LORD of hosts, which he hath
determined against it.

23:019:018 In that day shall five cities in the land of Egypt speak the
language of Canaan, and swear to the LORD of hosts; one shall
be called, The city of destruction.

23:019:019 In that day shall there be an altar to the LORD in the midst
of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to
the LORD.

23:019:020 And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the LORD of
hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry unto the LORD
because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a saviour,
and a great one, and he shall deliver them.

23:019:021 And the LORD shall be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall
know the LORD in that day, and shall do sacrifice and
oblation; yea, they shall vow a vow unto the LORD, and perform

23:019:022 And the LORD shall smite Egypt: he shall smite and heal it:
and they shall return even to the LORD, and he shall be
intreated of them, and shall heal them.

23:019:023 In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria,
and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into
Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians.

23:019:024 In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with
Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land:

23:019:025 Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt
my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine

23:020:001 In the year that Tartan came unto Ashdod, (when Sargon the
king of Assyria sent him,) and fought against Ashdod, and took

23:020:002 At the same time spake the LORD by Isaiah the son of Amoz,
saying, Go and loose the sackcloth from off thy loins, and put
off thy shoe from thy foot. And he did so, walking naked and

23:020:003 And the LORD said, Like as my servant Isaiah hath walked naked
and barefoot three years for a sign and wonder upon Egypt and
upon Ethiopia;

23:020:004 So shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians
prisoners, and the Ethiopians captives, young and old, naked
and barefoot, even with their buttocks uncovered, to the shame
of Egypt.

23:020:005 And they shall be afraid and ashamed of Ethiopia their
expectation, and of Egypt their glory.

23:020:006 And the inhabitant of this isle shall say in that day, Behold,
such is our expectation, whither we flee for help to be
delivered from the king of Assyria: and how shall we escape?

23:021:001 The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds in the
south pass through; so it cometh from the desert, from a
terrible land.

23:021:002 A grievous vision is declared unto me; the treacherous dealer
dealeth treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth. Go up, O
Elam: besiege, O Media; all the sighing thereof have I made to

23:021:003 Therefore are my loins filled with pain: pangs have taken hold
upon me, as the pangs of a woman that travaileth: I was bowed
down at the hearing of it; I was dismayed at the seeing of it.

23:021:004 My heart panted, fearfulness affrighted me: the night of my
pleasure hath he turned into fear unto me.

23:021:005 Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise,
ye princes, and anoint the shield.

23:021:006 For thus hath the LORD said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let
him declare what he seeth.

23:021:007 And he saw a chariot with a couple of horsemen, a chariot of
asses, and a chariot of camels; and he hearkened diligently
with much heed:

23:021:008 And he cried, A lion: My lord, I stand continually upon the
watchtower in the daytime, and I am set in my ward whole

23:021:009 And, behold, here cometh a chariot of men, with a couple of
horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is
fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken
unto the ground.

23:021:010 O my threshing, and the corn of my floor: that which I have
heard of the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, have I declared
unto you.

23:021:011 The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman,
what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?

23:021:012 The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if
ye will enquire, enquire ye: return, come.

23:021:013 The burden upon Arabia. In the forest in Arabia shall ye
lodge, O ye travelling companies of Dedanim.

23:021:014 The inhabitants of the land of Tema brought water to him that
was thirsty, they prevented with their bread him that fled.

23:021:015 For they fled from the swords, from the drawn sword, and from
the bent bow, and from the grievousness of war.

23:021:016 For thus hath the LORD said unto me, Within a year, according
to the years of an hireling, and all the glory of Kedar shall

23:021:017 And the residue of the number of archers, the mighty men of
the children of Kedar, shall be diminished: for the LORD God
of Israel hath spoken it.

23:022:001 The burden of the valley of vision. What aileth thee now, that
thou art wholly gone up to the housetops?

23:022:002 Thou that art full of stirs, a tumultuous city, joyous city:
thy slain men are not slain with the sword, nor dead in

23:022:003 All thy rulers are fled together, they are bound by the
archers: all that are found in thee are bound together, which
have fled from far.

23:022:004 Therefore said I, Look away from me; I will weep bitterly,
labour not to comfort me, because of the spoiling of the
daughter of my people.

23:022:005 For it is a day of trouble, and of treading down, and of
perplexity by the Lord GOD of hosts in the valley of vision,
breaking down the walls, and of crying to the mountains.

23:022:006 And Elam bare the quiver with chariots of men and horsemen,
and Kir uncovered the shield.

23:022:007 And it shall come to pass, that thy choicest valleys shall be
full of chariots, and the horsemen shall set themselves in
array at the gate.

23:022:008 And he discovered the covering of Judah, and thou didst look
in that day to the armour of the house of the forest.

23:022:009 Ye have seen also the breaches of the city of David, that they
are many: and ye gathered together the waters of the lower

23:022:010 And ye have numbered the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses
have ye broken down to fortify the wall.

23:022:011 Ye made also a ditch between the two walls for the water of
the old pool: but ye have not looked unto the maker thereof,
neither had respect unto him that fashioned it long ago.

23:022:012 And in that day did the Lord GOD of hosts call to weeping, and
to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth:

23:022:013 And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep,
eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for to
morrow we shall die.

23:022:014 And it was revealed in mine ears by the LORD of hosts, Surely
this iniquity shall not be purged from you till ye die, saith
the Lord GOD of hosts.

23:022:015 Thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts, Go, get thee unto this
treasurer, even unto Shebna, which is over the house, and say,

23:022:016 What hast thou here? and whom hast thou here, that thou hast
hewed thee out a sepulchre here, as he that heweth him out a
sepulchre on high, and that graveth an habitation for himself
in a rock?

23:022:017 Behold, the LORD will carry thee away with a mighty captivity,
and will surely cover thee.

23:022:018 He will surely violently turn and toss thee like a ball into a
large country: there shalt thou die, and there the chariots of
thy glory shall be the shame of thy lord's house.

23:022:019 And I will drive thee from thy station, and from thy state
shall he pull thee down.

23:022:020 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will call my
servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah:

23:022:021 And I will clothe him with thy robe, and strengthen him with
thy girdle, and I will commit thy government into his hand:
and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and
to the house of Judah.

23:022:022 And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his
shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall
shut, and none shall open.

23:022:023 And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall
be for a glorious throne to his father's house.

23:022:024 And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his father's
house, the offspring and the issue, all vessels of small
quantity, from the vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of

23:022:025 In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall the nail that is
fastened in the sure place be removed, and be cut down, and
fall; and the burden that was upon it shall be cut off: for
the LORD hath spoken it.

23:023:001 The burden of Tyre. Howl, ye ships of Tarshish; for it is laid
waste, so that there is no house, no entering in: from the
land of Chittim it is revealed to them.

23:023:002 Be still, ye inhabitants of the isle; thou whom the merchants
of Zidon, that pass over the sea, have replenished.

23:023:003 And by great waters the seed of Sihor, the harvest of the
river, is her revenue; and she is a mart of nations.

23:023:004 Be thou ashamed, O Zidon: for the sea hath spoken, even the
strength of the sea, saying, I travail not, nor bring forth
children, neither do I nourish up young men, nor bring up

23:023:005 As at the report concerning Egypt, so shall they be sorely
pained at the report of Tyre.

23:023:006 Pass ye over to Tarshish; howl, ye inhabitants of the isle.

23:023:007 Is this your joyous city, whose antiquity is of ancient days?
her own feet shall carry her afar off to sojourn.

23:023:008 Who hath taken this counsel against Tyre, the crowning city,
whose merchants are princes, whose traffickers are the
honourable of the earth?

23:023:009 The LORD of hosts hath purposed it, to stain the pride of all
glory, and to bring into contempt all the honourable of the

23:023:010 Pass through thy land as a river, O daughter of Tarshish:
there is no more strength.

23:023:011 He stretched out his hand over the sea, he shook the kingdoms:
the LORD hath given a commandment against the merchant city,
to destroy the strong holds thereof.

23:023:012 And he said, Thou shalt no more rejoice, O thou oppressed
virgin, daughter of Zidon: arise, pass over to Chittim; there
also shalt thou have no rest.

23:023:013 Behold the land of the Chaldeans; this people was not, till
the Assyrian founded it for them that dwell in the wilderness:
they set up the towers thereof, they raised up the palaces
thereof; and he brought it to ruin.

23:023:014 Howl, ye ships of Tarshish: for your strength is laid waste.

23:023:015 And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be
forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king:
after the end of seventy years shall Tyre sing as an harlot.

23:023:016 Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been
forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou
mayest be remembered.

23:023:017 And it shall come to pass after the end of seventy years, that
the LORD will visit Tyre, and she shall turn to her hire, and
shall commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world
upon the face of the earth.

23:023:018 And her merchandise and her hire shall be holiness to the
LORD: it shall not be treasured nor laid up; for her
merchandise shall be for them that dwell before the LORD, to
eat sufficiently, and for durable clothing.

23:024:001 Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste,
and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the
inhabitants thereof.

23:024:002 And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as
with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so
with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as
with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of
usury, so with the giver of usury to him.

23:024:003 The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for
the LORD hath spoken this word.

23:024:004 The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and
fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.

23:024:005 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof;
because they have transgressed the laws, changed the
ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.

23:024:006 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that
dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the
earth are burned, and few men left.

23:024:007 The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the
merryhearted do sigh.

23:024:008 The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice
endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth.

23:024:009 They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be
bitter to them that drink it.

23:024:010 The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up,
that no man may come in.

23:024:011 There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is
darkened, the mirth of the land is gone.

23:024:012 In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with

23:024:013 When thus it shall be in the midst of the land among the
people, there shall be as the shaking of an olive tree, and as
the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done.

23:024:014 They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the
majesty of the LORD, they shall cry aloud from the sea.

23:024:015 Wherefore glorify ye the LORD in the fires, even the name of
the LORD God of Israel in the isles of the sea.

23:024:016 From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, even
glory to the righteous. But I said, My leanness, my leanness,
woe unto me! the treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously;
yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously.

23:024:017 Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant
of the earth.

23:024:018 And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise
of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out
of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the
windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the
earth do shake.

23:024:019 The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean
dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.

23:024:020 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be
removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be
heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.

23:024:021 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall
punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the
kings of the earth upon the earth.

23:024:022 And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered
in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many
days shall they be visited.

23:024:023 Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when
the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem,
and before his ancients gloriously.

23:025:001 O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy
name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old
are faithfulness and truth.

23:025:002 For thou hast made of a city an heap; of a defenced city a
ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be

23:025:003 Therefore shall the strong people glorify thee, the city of
the terrible nations shall fear thee.

23:025:004 For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the
needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from
the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm
against the wall.

23:025:005 Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a
dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the
branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low.

23:025:006 And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all
people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of
fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.

23:025:007 And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering
cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all

23:025:008 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will
wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his
people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD
hath spoken it.

23:025:009 And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have
waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have
waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

23:025:010 For in this mountain shall the hand of the LORD rest, and Moab
shall be trodden down under him, even as straw is trodden down
for the dunghill.

23:025:011 And he shall spread forth his hands in the midst of them, as
he that swimmeth spreadeth forth his hands to swim: and he
shall bring down their pride together with the spoils of their

23:025:012 And the fortress of the high fort of thy walls shall he bring
down, lay low, and bring to the ground, even to the dust.

23:026:001 In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We
have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and

23:026:002 Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the
truth may enter in.

23:026:003 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on
thee: because he trusteth in thee.

23:026:004 Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is
everlasting strength:

23:026:005 For he bringeth down them that dwell on high; the lofty city,
he layeth it low; he layeth it low, even to the ground; he
bringeth it even to the dust.

23:026:006 The foot shall tread it down, even the feet of the poor, and
the steps of the needy.

23:026:007 The way of the just is uprightness: thou, most upright, dost
weigh the path of the just.

23:026:008 Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O LORD, have we waited for
thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the
remembrance of thee.

23:026:009 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my
spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy
judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will
learn righteousness.

23:026:010 Let favour be shewed to the wicked, yet will he not learn
righteousness: in the land of uprightness will he deal
unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the LORD.

23:026:011 LORD, when thy hand is lifted up, they will not see: but they
shall see, and be ashamed for their envy at the people; yea,
the fire of thine enemies shall devour them.

23:026:012 LORD, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast
wrought all our works in us.

23:026:013 O LORD our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over
us: but by thee only will we make mention of thy name.

23:026:014 They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they
shall not rise: therefore hast thou visited and destroyed
them, and made all their memory to perish.

23:026:015 Thou hast increased the nation, O LORD, thou hast increased
the nation: thou art glorified: thou hadst removed it far unto
all the ends of the earth.

23:026:016 LORD, in trouble have they visited thee, they poured out a
prayer when thy chastening was upon them.

23:026:017 Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her
delivery, is in pain, and crieth out in her pangs; so have we
been in thy sight, O LORD.

23:026:018 We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it
were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance
in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world

23:026:019 Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they
arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is
as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.

23:026:020 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy
doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment,
until the indignation be overpast.

23:026:021 For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the
inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also
shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.

23:027:001 In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword
shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan
that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in
the sea.

23:027:002 In that day sing ye unto her, A vineyard of red wine.

23:027:003 I the LORD do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any
hurt it, I will keep it night and day.

23:027:004 Fury is not in me: who would set the briers and thorns against
me in battle? I would go through them, I would burn them

23:027:005 Or let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace
with me; and he shall make peace with me.

23:027:006 He shall cause them that come of Jacob to take root: Israel
shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with

23:027:007 Hath he smitten him, as he smote those that smote him? or is
he slain according to the slaughter of them that are slain by

23:027:008 In measure, when it shooteth forth, thou wilt debate with it:
he stayeth his rough wind in the day of the east wind.

23:027:009 By this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged; and
this is all the fruit to take away his sin; when he maketh all
the stones of the altar as chalkstones that are beaten in
sunder, the groves and images shall not stand up.

23:027:010 Yet the defenced city shall be desolate, and the habitation
forsaken, and left like a wilderness: there shall the calf
feed, and there shall he lie down, and consume the branches

23:027:011 When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken
off: the women come, and set them on fire: for it is a people
of no understanding: therefore he that made them will not have
mercy on them, and he that formed them will shew them no

23:027:012 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall
beat off from the channel of the river unto the stream of
Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of

23:027:013 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet
shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish
in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt,
and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.

23:028:001 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose
glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of
the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine!

23:028:002 Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a
tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty
waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the

23:028:003 The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden
under feet:

23:028:004 And the glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat
valley, shall be a fading flower, and as the hasty fruit
before the summer; which when he that looketh upon it seeth,
while it is yet in his hand he eateth it up.

23:028:005 In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory,
and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people,

23:028:006 And for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment,
and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate.

23:028:007 But they also have erred through wine, and through strong
drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have
erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine,
they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in
vision, they stumble in judgment.

23:028:008 For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there
is no place clean.

23:028:009 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to
understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and
drawn from the breasts.

23:028:010 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line
upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

23:028:011 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to
this people.

23:028:012 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the
weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not

23:028:013 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept,
precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a
little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall
backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

23:028:014 Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that
rule this people which is in Jerusalem.

23:028:015 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and
with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge
shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have
made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid

23:028:016 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a
foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a
sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

23:028:017 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the
plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and
the waters shall overflow the hiding place.

23:028:018 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your
agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing
scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by

23:028:019 From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for
morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night:
and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.

23:028:020 For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on
it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in

23:028:021 For the LORD shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he shall be
wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his
strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act.

23:028:022 Now therefore be ye not mockers, lest your bands be made
strong: for I have heard from the Lord GOD of hosts a
consumption, even determined upon the whole earth.

23:028:023 Give ye ear, and hear my voice; hearken, and hear my speech.

23:028:024 Doth the plowman plow all day to sow? doth he open and break
the clods of his ground?

23:028:025 When he hath made plain the face thereof, doth he not cast
abroad the fitches, and scatter the cummin, and cast in the
principal wheat and the appointed barley and the rie in their

23:028:026 For his God doth instruct him to discretion, and doth teach

23:028:027 For the fitches are not threshed with a threshing instrument,
neither is a cart wheel turned about upon the cummin; but the
fitches are beaten out with a staff, and the cummin with a

23:028:028 Bread corn is bruised; because he will not ever be threshing
it, nor break it with the wheel of his cart, nor bruise it
with his horsemen.

23:028:029 This also cometh forth from the LORD of hosts, which is
wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working.

23:029:001 Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city where David dwelt! add ye
year to year; let them kill sacrifices.

23:029:002 Yet I will distress Ariel, and there shall be heaviness and
sorrow: and it shall be unto me as Ariel.

23:029:003 And I will camp against thee round about, and will lay siege
against thee with a mount, and I will raise forts against

23:029:004 And thou shalt be brought down, and shalt speak out of the
ground, and thy speech shall be low out of the dust, and thy
voice shall be, as of one that hath a familiar spirit, out of
the ground, and thy speech shall whisper out of the dust.

23:029:005 Moreover the multitude of thy strangers shall be like small
dust, and the multitude of the terrible ones shall be as chaff
that passeth away: yea, it shall be at an instant suddenly.

23:029:006 Thou shalt be visited of the LORD of hosts with thunder, and
with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and
the flame of devouring fire.

23:029:007 And the multitude of all the nations that fight against Ariel,
even all that fight against her and her munition, and that
distress her, shall be as a dream of a night vision.

23:029:008 It shall even be as when an hungry man dreameth, and, behold,
he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty: or as when a
thirsty man dreameth, and, behold, he drinketh; but he
awaketh, and, behold, he is faint, and his soul hath appetite:
so shall the multitude of all the nations be, that fight
against mount Zion.

23:029:009 Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry ye out, and cry: they are
drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong

23:029:010 For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep
sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your
rulers, the seers hath he covered.

23:029:011 And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a
book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned,
saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it
is sealed:

23:029:012 And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying,
Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned.

23:029:013 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me
with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have
removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is
taught by the precept of men:

23:029:014 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work
among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for
the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the
understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.

23:029:015 Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the
LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth
us? and who knoweth us?

23:029:016 Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as
the potter's clay: for shall the work say of him that made it,
He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that
framed it, He had no understanding?

23:029:017 Is it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned
into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be
esteemed as a forest?

23:029:018 And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and
the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of

23:029:019 The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the
poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.

23:029:020 For the terrible one is brought to nought, and the scorner is
consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off:

23:029:021 That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for
him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a
thing of nought.

23:029:022 Therefore thus saith the LORD, who redeemed Abraham,
concerning the house of Jacob, Jacob shall not now be ashamed,
neither shall his face now wax pale.

23:029:023 But when he seeth his children, the work of mine hands, in the
midst of him, they shall sanctify my name, and sanctify the
Holy One of Jacob, and shall fear the God of Israel.

23:029:024 They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding,
and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.

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