30 “Ah, nstubborn children,” declares the Lord,
o“who carry out a plan, but not mine,
2 qwho set out to go down to Egypt,
3 rTherefore shall the protection of Pharaoh turn to your shame,
4 For though his officials are at sZoan
through va people that cannot profit them,
the adder and the zflying fiery serpent,
7 Egypt's ahelp is worthless and empty;
b“Rahab who sits still.”
8 And now, go, cwrite it before them on a tablet
as a witness forever.2
9 dFor they are a rebellious people,
speak to us gsmooth things,
and trust in hoppression and perverseness
ilike a breach in a high wall, bulging out, and about to collapse,
14 and its breaking is jlike that of a potter's vessel
“No! We will flee upon mhorses”;
17 nA thousand shall flee at the threat of one;
18 Therefore the Lord owaits to be gracious to you,
and therefore he pexalts himself to show mercy to you.
qblessed are all those who wait for him.
19 For a people shall dwell rin Zion, in Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. As soon as he hears it, he answers you. 20 And though the Lord give you the sbread of adversity and the swater of affliction, tyet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. 21 uAnd your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is vthe way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left. 22 Then you will defile your carved idols overlaid with silver and your gold-plated metal images. wYou will scatter them as unclean things. You will say to them, “Be gone!”
23 xAnd he will give yrain for the seed with which you sow the ground, and bread, the produce of the ground, which will be rich and plenteous. zIn that day your livestock will graze in large pastures, 24 and athe oxen and the donkeys that work the ground will eat seasoned fodder, which has been winnowed with shovel and fork. 25 And bon every lofty mountain and every high hill there will be brooks running with water, in the day of the great slaughter, cwhen the towers fall. 26 dMoreover, the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day when ethe Lord binds up fthe brokenness of his people, and heals the wounds inflicted by his blow.
burning with his anger, and in thick rising smoke;4
and to place on the jaws of the peoples ia bridle that leads astray.
29 You shall have a song as in the night when a holy feast is kept, and gladness of heart, jas when one sets out to the sound of the flute to go to kthe mountain of the Lord, to lthe Rock of Israel. 30 And the Lord mwill cause his majestic voice to be heard and the descending blow of his arm to be seen, in furious anger nand a flame of devouring fire, with a cloudburst oand storm and hailstones. 31 The Assyrians will be terror-stricken at the voice of the Lord, pwhen he strikes with his rod. 32 And every stroke of the appointed staff that the Lord lays on them qwill be to the sound of tambourines and lyres. rBattling with brandished arm, he will fight with them. 33 For sa burning place5 has long been prepared; indeed, for the king it is made ready, tits pyre made deep and wide, with fire and wood in abundance; uthe breath of the Lord, like a stream of sulfur, kindles it.
31 Woe to vthose who go down to Egypt for help
who wtrust in chariots because they are many
but xdo not look to the Holy One of Israel
2 And yyet he is wise and brings disaster;
zhe does not call back his words,
but awill arise against the house of the evildoers
and against the helpers of bthose who work iniquity.
and their horses care flesh, and not spirit.
d“As a lion or a young lion growls over his prey,
eso the Lord of hosts will come down
to fight6 on Mount Zion and on its hill.
5 fLike birds hovering, so the Lord of hosts
6 gTurn to him from whom people7 have hdeeply revolted, O children of Israel. 7 For in that day ieveryone shall cast away his idols of silver and his idols of gold, which your hands have sinfully made for you.
8 j“And the Assyrian shall fall by a sword, not of man;
and his young men shall be kput to forced labor.
9 lHis rock shall pass away in terror,
declares the Lord, whose mfire is in Zion,
and whose nfurnace is in Jerusalem.
32 Behold, oa king will reign in righteousness,
2 pEach will be like a hiding place from the wind,
qlike streams of water in a dry place,
3 rThen the eyes of those who see will not be closed,
sand the tongue of the stammerers will hasten to speak distinctly.
5 tThe fool will no more be called noble,
6 For uthe fool speaks folly,
vto leave the craving of the hungry unsatisfied,
7 As for the scoundrel—whis devices are evil;
11 Tremble, you women ywho are at ease,
zstrip, and make yourselves bare,
aand tie sackcloth around your waist.
12 bBeat your breasts for the pleasant fields,
13 cfor the soil of my people
dyes, for all the joyous houses
ea joy of wild donkeys,
15 until fthe Spirit is poured upon us from on high,
and gthe wilderness becomes a fruitful field,
17 hAnd the effect of righteousness will be peace,
and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust8 forever.
19 iAnd it will hail when the forest falls down,
jand the city will be utterly laid low.
20 kHappy are you who sow beside all waters,
33 lAh, you destroyer,
2 O Lord, be gracious to us; mwe wait for you.
3 nAt the tumultuous noise peoples flee;
oas locusts leap, it is leapt upon.
5 pThe Lord is exalted, for he dwells on high;
6 qand he will be the stability of your times,
the fear of the Lord is Zion's9 treasure.
rthe envoys of peace weep bitterly.
8 sThe highways lie waste;
tCovenants are broken;
cities10 are despised;
9 uThe land mourns and languishes;
10 v“Now I will arise,” says the Lord,
11 wYou conceive chaff; you give birth to stubble;
your breath is xa fire that will consume you.
xlike thorns cut down, that are burned in the fire.”
15 aHe who walks righteously and speaks uprightly,
band shuts his eyes from looking on evil,
chis bread will be given him; his water will be sure.
17 dYour eyes will behold the king in his beauty;
ethey will see a land that stretches afar.
18 fYour heart will muse on the terror:
“Where is he who counted, where is ghe who weighed the tribute?
Where is hhe who counted the towers?”
19 iYou will see no more the insolent people,
the people jof an obscure speech that you cannot comprehend,
kYour eyes will see Jerusalem,
an untroubled habitation, an limmovable tent,
a place of mbroad rivers and streams,
nwhere no galley with oars can go,
the Lord is our qking; he will save us.
rThen prey and spoil in abundance will be divided;
even sthe lame will take the prey.
24 And no inhabitant will say, t“I am sick”;
uthe people who dwell there will be forgiven their iniquity.
34 Draw near, vO nations, to hear,
and xthe stench of their corpses shall rise;
ythe mountains shall flow with their blood.
4 zAll the host of heaven shall rot away,
behold, it descends for judgment upon aEdom,
upon the people bI have devoted to destruction.
cFor the Lord has a sacrifice in Bozrah,
8 gFor the Lord has a day of vengeance,
10 Night and day iit shall not be quenched;
jits smoke shall go up forever.
kFrom generation to generation it shall lie waste;
13 oThorns shall grow over its strongholds,
It shall be the haunt of pjackals,
an abode for ostriches.15
14 qAnd wild animals shall meet with hyenas;
indeed, there the night bird16 settles
indeed, there rthe hawks are gathered,
17 sHe has cast the lot for them;
35 tThe wilderness and the dry land shall be glad;
uthe desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus;
vThe glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
yThey shall see the glory of the Lord,
3 zStrengthen the weak hands,
aBehold, your God
5 bThen the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
6 bthen shall the lame man leap like a deer,
cFor waters break forth in the wilderness,
7 dthe burning sand shall become a pool,
in the haunt of ejackals, where they lie down,
8 fAnd a highway shall be there,
gthe unclean shall not pass over it.
even if they are fools, they shall not go astray.17
10 hAnd the ransomed of the Lord shall return
ieverlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
36 jIn the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, kSennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and took them. 2 lAnd the king of Assyria sent the Rabshakeh18 from mLachish to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem, with a great army. And he stood nby the conduit of the upper pool on the highway to the Washer's Field. 3 And there came out to him oEliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and oShebna the secretary, and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder.
4 And the Rabshakeh said to them, “Say to Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the pgreat king, the king of Assyria: On what do you rest this trust of yours? 5 Do you think that mere words are strategy and power for war? In whom do you now trust, that you have rebelled against me? 6 qBehold, you are trusting in Egypt, that broken reed of a staff, which will pierce the hand of any man who leans on it. Such is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him. 7 But if you say to me, “We trust in the Lord our God,” is it not he rwhose high places and altars Hezekiah has removed, saying to Judah and to Jerusalem, “You shall worship before this altar”? 8 Come now, make a wager with my master the king of Assyria: I will give you two thousand horses, if you are able on your part to set riders on them. 9 How then can you repulse sa single captain among the least of my master's servants, when tyou trust in Egypt for chariots and for horsemen? 10 Moreover, is it without the Lord that I have come up against this land to destroy it? uThe Lord said to me, Go up against this land and destroy it.’”
11 Then Eliakim, Shebna, and Joah said to the Rabshakeh, “Please speak to your servants vin Aramaic, for we understand it. Do not speak to us in the language of Judah within the hearing of the people who are on the wall.” 12 But the Rabshakeh said, “Has my master sent me to speak these words to your master and to you, and not to the men sitting on the wall, who are doomed with you to eat their own dung and drink their own urine?”
13 Then the Rabshakeh stood and called out in a loud voice in the language of Judah: “Hear the words of the great king, the king of Assyria! 14 Thus says the king: w‘Do not let Hezekiah deceive you, for he will not be able to deliver you. 15 Do not let Hezekiah make you trust in the Lord by saying, “The Lord will surely deliver us. This city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.” 16 Do not listen to Hezekiah. For thus says the king of Assyria: Make your peace with me19 and come out to me. Then each one of you will eat of his own vine, and each one of his own fig tree, and each one of you will drink the water of his own cistern, 17 until xI come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of grain and wine, a land of bread and vineyards. 18 Beware lest Hezekiah mislead you by saying, “The Lord will deliver us.” Has any of the gods of the nations delivered his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria? 19 yWhere are the gods of zHamath and zArpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim? aHave they delivered Samaria out of my hand? 20 bWho among all the gods of these lands have delivered their lands out of my hand, that the Lord should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand?’”
21 But they were silent and answered him not a word, for the king's command was, “Do not answer him.” 22 cThen Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and Shebna the secretary, and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder, came to Hezekiah with their clothes torn, and told him the words of the Rabshakeh.
37 dAs soon as King Hezekiah heard it, he tore his clothes and covered himself with sackcloth and went into the house of the Lord. 2 And he sent Eliakim, who was over the household, and Shebna the secretary, and the senior priests, covered with sackcloth, to the prophet eIsaiah the son of Amoz. 3 They said to him, “Thus says Hezekiah, ‘This day is a fday of distress, of rebuke, and of disgrace; gchildren have come to the point of birth, and there is no strength to bring them forth. 4 hIt may be that the Lord your God will hear the words of the Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to mock the living God, and will rebuke the words that the Lord your God has heard; therefore lift up your prayer for ithe remnant that is left.’”
5 When the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah, 6 Isaiah said to them, “Say to your master, ‘Thus says the Lord: Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the young men of the king of Assyria have reviled me. 7 Behold, jI will put a spirit in him, so that khe shall hear a rumor and return to his own land, and lI will make him fall by the sword in his own land.’”
8 The Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria fighting against mLibnah, for he had heard that the king had left mLachish. 9 Now the king heard concerning Tirhakah king of nCush,20 “He has set out to fight against you.” And when he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying, 10 “Thus shall you speak to Hezekiah king of Judah: o‘Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you by promising that Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria. 11 Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, devoting them to destruction. And shall you be delivered? 12 pHave the gods of the nations delivered them, the nations that my fathers destroyed, qGozan, rHaran, Rezeph, and the people of Eden who were in Telassar? 13 pWhere is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharvaim, the king of Hena, or the king of Ivvah?’”
14 Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord. 15 And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord: 16 “O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, senthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; tyou have made heaven and earth. 17 uIncline your ear, O Lord, and hear; open your eyes, O Lord, and see; and hear vall the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to mock the living God. 18 Truly, O Lord, wthe kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations and their lands, 19 and have cast their gods into the fire. For they were no gods, but the work of men's hands, wood and stone. Therefore they were destroyed. 20 So now, O Lord our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone are the Lord.”
21 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Because you have prayed to me concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria, 22 this is the word that the Lord has spoken concerning him:
xthe virgin daughter of Zion;
Against ythe Holy One of Israel!
and you have said, zWith my many chariots
ato cut down its tallest cedars,
26 d“‘Have you not heard
blighted21 before it is grown.
29 eBecause you have raged against me
and fI will turn you back on the way
30 “And this shall be the sign for you: this year you shall eat what grows of itself, and in the second year what springs from that. Then in the third year sow and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat their fruit. 31 And the surviving remnant of the house of Judah gshall again take root downward and bear fruit upward. 32 hFor out of Jerusalem shall go a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors. iThe zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
33 “Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the king of Assyria: He shall not come into this city or shoot an arrow there or come before it with a shield or jcast up a siege mound against it. 34 By the way that he came, by the same he shall return, and he shall not come into this city, declares the Lord. 35 kFor I will defend this city to save it, for my own sake and for lthe sake of my servant David.”
36 mAnd the angel of the Lord went out and struck down 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians. And when people arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies. 37 Then Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and returned home and lived at nNineveh. 38 And as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, Adrammelech and Sharezer, his sons, struck him down with the sword. And after they escaped into the land of oArarat, pEsarhaddon his son reigned in his place.
38 qIn those days Hezekiah became rsick and was at the point of death. And sIsaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him, and said to him, “Thus says the Lord: Set your house in order, for you shall die, you shall not recover.”22 2 Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, 3 and said, “Please, O Lord, remember how tI have walked before you in faithfulness and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
4 Then the word of the Lord came to Isaiah: 5 “Go and say to Hezekiah, Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will add ufifteen years to your life.23 6 vI will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and will defend this city.
7 “This shall be the sign to you from the Lord, that the Lord will do this thing that he has promised: 8 wBehold, I will make the shadow cast by the declining sun on the dial of Ahaz turn back ten steps.” So the sun turned back on the dial the ten steps by which it had declined.24
the Lord yin the land of the living;
zlike a shepherd's tent;
che cuts me off from the loom;
dfrom day to night you bring me to an end;
like a lion fhe breaks all my bones;
14 Like ga swallow or a crane I chirp;
hI moan like a dove.
iMy eyes are weary with looking upward.
O Lord, I am oppressed; jbe my pledge of safety!
kI walk slowly all my years
16 lO Lord, by these things men live,
17 mBehold, it was for my welfare
nbut in love you have delivered my life
nfor you have cast all my sins
18 oFor Sheol does not thank you;
pthe father makes known to the children
qat the house of the Lord.
21 rNow Isaiah had said, “Let them take a cake of figs and apply it to the boil, that he may recover.” 22 Hezekiah also had said, “What is the sign that I shall go up to the house of the Lord?”
39 sAt that time Merodach-baladan the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, tsent envoys with letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he heard that he had been sick and had recovered. 2 And Hezekiah welcomed them gladly. And he showed them his treasure house, uthe silver, the gold, the spices, the precious oil, his whole armory, all that was found in his storehouses. vThere was nothing in his house or in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them. 3 Then Isaiah the prophet came to King Hezekiah, and said to him, “What did these men say? And from where did they come to you?” Hezekiah said, “They have come to me from a far country, from Babylon.” 4 He said, “What have they seen in your house?” Hezekiah answered, “They have seen all that is in my house. There is nothing in my storehouses that I did not show them.”
5 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord of hosts: 6 wBehold, the days are coming, when all that is in your house, and that which your fathers have stored up till this day, shall be carried to Babylon. Nothing shall be left, says the Lord. 7 xAnd some of your own sons, who will come from you, whom you will father, shall be taken away, and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.” 8 Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the Lord that you have spoken is good.” For he thought, y“There will be peace and security in my days.”
40 zComfort, comfort my people, says your God.
2 aSpeak tenderly to Jerusalem,
d“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord;
emake straight in the desert a highway for our God.
4 fEvery valley shall be lifted up,
5 gAnd the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
hfor the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
And I said,29 “What shall I cry?”
iAll flesh is grass,
and all its beauty30 is like the flower of the field.
8 jThe grass withers, the flower fades,
O Jerusalem, herald of good news;32
10 lBehold, the Lord God comes with might,
mbehold, his reward is with him,
11 nHe will tend his flock like a shepherd;
ohe will gather the lambs in his arms;
phe will carry them in his bosom,
12 qWho has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand
sWho taught him the path of justice,
and are accounted tas the dust on the scales;
behold, he takes up uthe coastlands like fine dust.
nor are vits beasts enough for a burnt offering.
17 wAll the nations are as nothing before him,
18 xTo whom then will you liken God,
yor what likeness compare with him?
19 yAn idol! A craftsman casts it,
20 zHe who is too impoverished for an offering
chooses wood34 that will not rot;
21 aDo you not know? Do you not hear?
and its inhabitants are blike grasshoppers;
cwho stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
23 dwho brings princes to nothing,
eand the tempest carries them off like stubble.
25 fTo whom then will you compare me,
gHe who brings out their host by number,
h“My way is hidden from the Lord,
iand my right is disregarded by my God”?
The Lord is jthe everlasting God,
khis understanding is unsearchable.
31 but lthey who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings mlike eagles;
2 pWho stirred up one from the east
rHe gives up nations before him,
slike driven stubble with his bow.
4 tWho has performed and done this,
uI, the Lord, the first,
5 vThe coastlands have seen and are afraid;
7 wThe craftsman strengthens the goldsmith,
and they strengthen it with nails xso that it cannot be moved.
8 But you, Israel, ymy servant,
Jacob, zwhom I have chosen,
the offspring of Abraham, amy friend;
and called bfrom its farthest corners,
saying to you, “You are ymy servant,
zI have chosen you and not cast you off”;
I will uphold you with cmy righteous right hand.
11 dBehold, all who are incensed against you
12 eYou shall seek those who contend with you,
fthose who war against you
14 Fear not, you gworm Jacob,
your hRedeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
15 iBehold, I make of you a threshing sledge,
you shall thresh jthe mountains and crush them,
mAnd you shall rejoice in the Lord;
17 nWhen the poor and needy seek water,
18 oI will open rivers on the bare heights,
pI will make the wilderness a pool of water,
19 qI will put in the wilderness the cedar,
I will set in the desert rthe cypress,
that sthe hand of the Lord has done this,
22 Let them bring them, and ttell us
23 tTell us what is to come hereafter,
udo good, or do harm,
that we may be dismayed and terrified.36
24 Behold, vyou are nothing,
25 wI stirred up one from the north, and he has come,
26 zWho declared it from the beginning, that we might know,
and bI give to Jerusalem a herald of good news.
28 cBut when I look, there is no one;
29 dBehold, they are all a delusion;