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Isaiah 24 - 27

Yahweh Will Empty the Earth

Behold, Yahweh empties the earth to destruction, eviscerates it, distorts its surface, and scatters its inhabitants.
2 And the people will be like the priest, the male slave like his master, the female slave like her mistress, the buyer like the seller, the lender like the borrower, the creditor like the debtor. 3 The earth will be completely emptied to destruction and completely plundered, for Yahweh has spoken this word. 4 The earth mourns and withers; the world languishes and withers; the exalted of the people of the earth languish. 5 The earth is also polluted by its inhabitants, for they trespassed laws, violated statutes, broke the everlasting covenant. 6 Therefore, a curse devours the earth, and those who inhabit it are held guilty. Therefore, the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men remain. 7
The new wine mourns;
The vine languishes;
All the glad of heart sigh.
The joy of tambourines ceases;
The rumbling of those exulting stops;
The joy of the harp ceases.
They do not drink wine with song;
Strong drink is bitter to those who drink it.
The city of chaos is broken down;
Every house is shut up so that none may enter.
There is an outcry in the streets concerning the wine;
All gladness turns to gloom.
The joy of the earth is taken away into exile.
Desolation remains in the city,
And the gate is struck down to ruins.
For thus it will be in the midst of the earth among the peoples,
As the shaking of an olive tree,
As the gleanings when the grape harvest is over.
They lift up their voices, they shout for joy;
They cry out from the west concerning the majesty of Yahweh.
Therefore glorify Yahweh in the east,
The name of Yahweh, the God of Israel,
In the coastlands of the sea.
From the ends of the earth we hear songs, “Glory to the Righteous One,”
But I say, “I waste away! I waste away! Woe is me!
The treacherous deal treacherously,
And the treacherous deal very treacherously.”
Panic and pit and pitfall
Are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth.
Then it will be that he who flees the sound of panic will fall into the pit,
And he who climbs out of the pit will be caught in the pitfall;
For the windows above are opened, and the foundations of the earth quake.
The earth is broken asunder;
The earth is split through;
The earth is shaken violently.
The earth reels to and fro like a drunkard
And it totters like a shack,
For its transgression is heavy upon it,
And it will fall, never to rise again.
So it will be in that day,
That Yahweh will punish the host of heights on high,
And the kings of the earth on earth.
They will be gathered together
Like prisoners in the pit,
And will be confined in prison;
And after many days they will be punished.
Then the moon will be humiliated and the sun ashamed,
For Yahweh of hosts will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem,
And His glory will be before His elders.

Yahweh Will Swallow Up Death

O Yahweh, You are my God;
I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name;
For You have worked wonders,
Counsels formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.
For You have made a city into a heap,
A fortified town into a ruin;
A palace of strangers is a city no more,
It will never be rebuilt.
Therefore a strong people will glorify You;
Towns of ruthless nations will fear You.
For You have been a strong defense for the poor,
A strong defense for the needy in his distress,
A refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat;
For the breath of the ruthless
Is like a rain storm against a wall.
Like heat in a dry land, You subdue the rumbling of strangers;
Like heat by the shadow of a cloud, the song of the ruthless is silenced.

And Yahweh of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain;
A banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow,
And refined, aged wine.
And on this mountain He will swallow up the covering which is over all peoples,
Even the veil which is stretched over all nations.
He will swallow up death for all time,
And Lord Yahweh will wipe tears away from all faces,
And He will remove the reproach of His people from all the earth;
For Yahweh has spoken.
And it will be said in that day,
“Behold, this is our God in whom we have hoped that He would save us.
This is Yahweh in whom we have hoped;
Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.”
For the hand of Yahweh will rest on this mountain,
And Moab will be trodden down in his place
As straw is trodden down in the water of a manure pile.
And he will spread out his hands in the middle of it
As a swimmer spreads out his hands to swim,
But Yahweh will lay low his lofty pride together with the trickery of his hands.
The unassailable fortifications of your walls He will bring down,
Lay low, and cast to the ground, even to the dust.

Yahweh Will Establish Peace

In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:
“We have a strong city;
He sets up walls and ramparts for salvation.
Open the gates, that the righteous nation may enter,
The one that keeps faithfulness.
The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace
Because he trusts in You.
Trust in Yahweh forever,
For in Yah—Yahweh Himselfwe have an everlasting Rock.
For He has laid low those who settle on high, the exalted city;
He brings it low, He brings it low to the ground, He casts it to the dust.
The foot will trample it,
The feet of the afflicted, the steps of the poor.”

The way of the righteous is upright;
O Upright One, make the path of the righteous level.
Indeed, while following the way of Your judgments, O Yahweh,
We have hoped for You eagerly;
Your name—the memory of You—is the desire of our souls.
At night my soul longs for You,
Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You earnestly;
For when the earth experiences Your judgments,
The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
Though the wicked is shown favor,
He does not learn righteousness;
He deals unjustly in the land of uprightness,
And does not perceive the majesty of Yahweh.

O Yahweh, Your hand is raised up high, yet they do not behold it.
They behold Your zeal for the people and are put to shame;
Indeed, fire will devour Your adversaries.
Yahweh, You will establish peace for us,
Since You have also performed for us all our works.
O Yahweh our God, other masters besides You have ruled us;
But through You alone we bring Your name to remembrance.
The dead will not live; the departed spirits will not rise;
Therefore You have visited and destroyed them,
And You have made all remembrance of them perish.
You have increased the nation, O Yahweh;
You have increased the nation, You are glorified;
You have extended all the borders of the land.
O Yahweh, they visited You in distress;
They could only whisper a prayer;
Your chastening was upon them.
As the woman with child draws near to the time to give birth,
She writhes and cries out in her pangs of labor,
Thus were we before You, O Yahweh.
We were with child, we writhed in labor;
We gave birth, as it seems, only to wind.
We could not accomplish salvation for the earth,
And the inhabitants of the world were not born.
Your dead will live;
Their corpses will rise.
You who dwell in the dust, awake and shout for joy,
For your dew is as the dew of the dawn,
And the earth will give birth to the departed spirits.

Come, my people, enter into your rooms
And close your doors behind you;
Hide for a little while
Until indignation passes by.
For behold, Yahweh is about to come out from His place
To visit the iniquity of the inhabitants of the earth;
And the earth will reveal her bloodshed
And will no longer cover those of hers who were killed.

Yahweh Will Deliver Israel

In that day Yahweh will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent,
With His fierce and great and mighty sword,
Even Leviathan the twisted serpent;
And He will kill the dragon who lives in the sea.

In that day,
“A vineyard of delight, sing of it!
I, Yahweh, am its keeper;
I water it every moment.
Lest anyone damage it,
I keep it night and day.
I have no wrath.
Who would ever give Me briars and thorns in the battle?
I would step on them, I would burn them completely.
Or let him rely on My strong defense,
Let him make peace with Me,
Let him make peace with Me.”
In the days to come Jacob will take root,
Israel will blossom and bud,
And they will fill the whole world with produce.

Like the striking of Him who has struck them, has He struck them?
Or like the slaughter of those of His who were killed, have they been killed?
You contended with them by driving them away, by making them forlorn.
With His fierce wind He has expelled them on the day of the east wind.
Therefore through this, Jacob’s iniquity will be atoned for;
And this will be the whole fruit of the turning away of his sin:
When he makes all the altar stones like pulverized chalk stones,
When Asherim and incense altars will not stand.
For the fortified city is isolated,
A haunt forlorn and forsaken like the desert;
There the calf will graze,
And there it will lie down and feed on its twigs.
When its limbs are dry, they are broken off;
Women come and light a fire with them,
For they are not a people of discernment,
Therefore their Maker will not have compassion on them.
And their Creator will not be gracious to them.
12 And it will be in that day, that Yahweh will start His threshing from the flowing stream of the River to the brook of Egypt, and you will be gathered up one by one, O sons of Israel. 13 And it will be in that day, that a great trumpet will be blown, and those who were perishing in the land of Assyria and who were banished in the land of Egypt will come and worship Yahweh in the holy mountain at Jerusalem.