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Isaiah 33

See commentary, Can You See What's Coming?, Isaiah 31-35     |     See Bible Dictionary

God's judgments against the enemies of the church.

33:1 Woe to you who destroy, but you weren’t destroyed;
and who betray, but nobody betrayed you!
When you have finished destroying, you will be destroyed;
and when you have made an end of betrayal, you will be betrayed.

33:2 Yahweh, be gracious to us. We have waited for you.
Be our strength every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.

33:3 At the noise of the thunder, the peoples have fled.
When you lift yourself up, the nations are scattered.

33:4 Your spoil will be gathered as the caterpillar gathers.
Men will leap on it as locusts leap.

33:5 Yahweh is exalted, for he dwells on high.
He has filled Zion with justice and righteousness.

33:6 There will be stability in your times,
abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge.
The fear of Yahweh is your treasure.

33:7 Behold, their valiant ones cry outside;
the ambassadors of peace weep bitterly.

33:8 The highways are desolate.
The traveling man ceases.
The covenant is broken.
He has despised the cities.
He doesn’t respect man.

33:9 The land mourns and languishes.
Lebanon is confounded and withers away.
Sharon is like a desert,
and Bashan and Carmel are stripped bare.

33:10 “Now I will arise,” says Yahweh;
“Now I will lift myself up.
Now I will be exalted.

33:11 You will conceive chaff.
You will bring forth stubble.
Your breath is a fire that will devour you.

33:12 The peoples will be like the burning of lime,
like thorns that are cut down and burned in the fire.

The consternation of sinners, and privileges of the godly.

33:13 Hear, you who are far off, what I have done;
and, you who are near, acknowledge my might.”

33:14 The sinners in Zion are afraid.
Trembling has seized the godless ones.
Who among us can live with the devouring fire?
Who among us can live with everlasting burning?

33:15 He who walks righteously, and speaks blamelessly;
He who despises the gain of oppressions,
who gestures with his hands, refusing to take a bribe,
who stops his ears from hearing of blood,
and shuts his eyes from looking at evil—

33:16 he will dwell on high.
His place of defense will be the fortress of rocks.
His bread will be supplied.
His waters will be sure.

33:17 Your eyes will see the king in his beauty.
They will see a distant land.

33:18 Your heart will meditate on the terror.
Where is he who counted?
Where is he who weighed?
Where is he who counted the towers?

33:19 You will no longer see the fierce people,
a people of a deep speech that you can’t comprehend,
with a strange language that you can’t understand.

33:20 Look at Zion, the city of our appointed festivals.
Your eyes will see Jerusalem, a quiet habitation,
a tent that won’t be removed.
Its stakes will never be plucked up,
nor will any of its cords be broken.

33:21 But there Yahweh will be with us in majesty,
a place of broad rivers and streams,
in which no galley with oars will go,
neither will any gallant ship pass by there.

33:22 For Yahweh is our judge.
Yahweh is our lawgiver.
Yahweh is our king.
He will save us.

33:23 Your rigging is untied.
They couldn’t strengthen the foot of their mast.
They couldn’t spread the sail.
Then the prey of a great spoil was divided.
The lame took the prey.

33:24 The inhabitant won’t say,

“I am sick.”
The people who dwell therein will be forgiven their iniquity.

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