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The Prophets Before the Exile

(Category 8 of 16)

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Proclamation Against Tyre

23

1 The aburden1 against Tyre. Wail, you ships of Tarshish! For it is laid waste, So that there is no house, no harbor; From the land of 2Cyprus it is revealed to them.

2 Be still, you inhabitants of the coastland, You merchants of Sidon, 1Whom those who cross the sea have filled.
3 And on great waters the grain of Shihor, The harvest of 1the River, is her revenue; And ashe is a marketplace for the nations.

4 Be ashamed, O Sidon; For the sea has spoken, The strength of the sea, saying, “I do not labor, nor bring forth children; Neither do I rear young men, Nor bring up virgins.”
5 aWhen the report reaches Egypt, They also will be in agony at the report of Tyre.

6 Cross over to Tarshish; Wail, you inhabitants of the coastland!

CHAPTER 23 References

1 aJer. 25:22;
47:4; Ezek.
26—28; Amos
1:9; Zech. 9:2,
4 1oracle,
prophecy
1Heb. Kittim,
western
lands, especially
Cyprus
2 1So with
MT,Vg.; LXX,
Tg. passing
over the water;
DSS your
messengers
passing over
the sea
3 aEzek.
27:3–23 1The
Nile
5 aIs. 19:16
7 aIs. 22:2;
32:13
8 aEzek. 28:2,
12
9 aIs. 14:26
bJob 40:11, 12;
Is. 13:11; 24:4;
Dan. 4:37
1pollute
10 1The Nile
2restraint, lit.
belt
11 aZech. 9:2–4
12 aEzek.
26:13, 14; Rev.
18:22
13 aIs. 47:1
bPs. 72:9
14 aEzek.
27:25–30
17 aRev. 17:2
18 aEx. 28:36;
Zech. 14:20,
21 1choice

7 Is this your ajoyous city, Whose antiquity is from ancient days, Whose feet carried her far off to dwell?
8 Who has taken this counsel against Tyre, athe crowning city, Whose merchants are princes, Whose traders are the honorable of the earth?
9 The LORD of hosts has apurposed it, To 1bring to dishonor the bpride of all glory, To bring into contempt all the honorable of the earth.

10 Overflow through your land like 1the River, O daughter of Tarshish; There is no more 2strength.
11 He stretched out His hand over the sea, He shook the kingdoms; The LORD has given a commandment aagainst Canaan To destroy its strongholds.
12 And He said, “You will rejoice no more, O you oppressed virgin daughter of Sidon. Arise, across over to Cyprus; There also you will have no rest.”

13 Behold, the land of the aChaldeans, This people which was not; Assyria founded it for bwild beasts of the desert. They set up its towers, They raised up its palaces, And brought it to ruin.

14 aWail, you ships of Tarshish! For your strength is laid waste.

15 Now it shall come to pass in that day that Tyre will be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king. At the end of seventy years it will happen to Tyre as in the song of the harlot:

16 “Take a harp, go about the city, You forgotten harlot; Make sweet melody, sing many songs, That you may be remembered.”

17 And it shall be, at the end of seventy years, that the LORD will deal with Tyre. She will return to her hire, and acommit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the earth.
18 Her gain and her pay awill be set apart for the LORD; it will not be treasured nor laid up, for her gain will be for those who dwell before the LORD, to eat sufficiently, and for 1fine clothing.

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Impending Judgment on the Earth

24

1 Behold, the LORD makes the earth empty and makes it waste, Distorts its surface And scatters abroad its inhabitants.
2 And it shall be: As with the people, so with the apriest; As with the servant, so with his master; As with the maid, so with her mistress; bAs with the buyer, so with the seller; As with the lender, so with the borrower; As with the creditor, so with the debtor.
3 The land shall be entirely emptied and utterly plundered, For the LORD has spoken this word.

4 The earth mourns and fades away, The world languishes and fades away; The ahaughty1 people of the earth languish.
5 aThe earth is also defiled under its inhabitants, Because they have btransgressed the laws, Changed the ordinance, Broken the ceverlasting covenant.
6 Therefore athe curse has devoured the earth, And those who dwell in it are 1desolate. Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are bburned, And few men are left.

7 aThe new wine fails, the vine languishes, All the merry-hearted sigh.
8 The mirth aof the tambourine ceases, The noise of the jubilant ends, The joy of the harp ceases.
9 They shall not drink wine with a song; Strong drink is bitter to those who drink it.
10 The city of confusion is broken down; Every house is shut up, so that none may go in.
11 There is a cry for wine in the streets, All joy is darkened, The mirth of the land is gone.
12 In the city desolation is left, And the gate is stricken with destruction.
13 When it shall be thus in the midst of the land among the people,

CHAPTER 24 References

2 aHos. 4:9
bEzek. 7:12,
13
4 aIs. 25:11
1proud
5 aGen. 3:17;
Num. 35:33;
Is. 9:17; 10:6
bIs. 59:12
c1 Chr.
16:14–19; Ps.
105:7–12
6 aMal. 4:6 bIs.
9:19 1Or held
guilty
7 aIs. 16:8–10;
Joel 1:10, 12
8 aIs. 5:12, 14;
Jer. 7:34; 16:9;
25:10; Ezek.
26:13; Hos.
2:11; Rev.
18:22
13 a[Is. 17:5, 6;
27:12] 15 aIs. 25:3
bMal. 1:11
16 aIs. 21:2;
33:1; Jer. 3:20;
5:11 1Lit.
Leanness to
me, leanness
to me
17 aJer. 48:43;
Amos 5:19
18 aGen. 7:11
bPs. 18:7; 46:2;
Is. 2:19, 21;
13:13 1Lit.
taken
19 aJer. 4:23
20 aIs. 19:14;
24:1; 28:7
1stagger
21 aPs. 76:12
22 1dungeon
23 aIs. 13:10;
60:19; Ezek.
32:7; Joel
2:31; 3:15
bRev. 19:4, 6
c[Heb. 12:22]

ISAIAH 24:23

aIt shall be like the shaking of an olive tree, Like the gleaning of grapes when the vintage is done.

14 They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing; For the majesty of the LORD They shall cry aloud from the sea.
15 Therefore aglorify the LORD in the dawning light, bThe name of the LORD God of Israel in the coastlands of the sea.
16 From the ends of the earth we have heard songs: “Glory to the righteous!” But I said, 1“I am ruined, ruined! Woe to me! aThe treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously, Indeed, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously.”

17 aFear and the pit and the snare Are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth.
18 And it shall be That he who flees from the noise of the fear Shall fall into the pit, And he who comes up from the midst of the pit Shall be 1caught in the snare; For athe windows from on high are open, And bthe foundations of the earth are shaken.

19 aThe earth is violently broken, The earth is split open, The earth is shaken exceedingly.
20 The earth shall areel1 to and fro like a drunkard, And shall totter like a hut; Its transgression shall be heavy upon it, And it will fall, and not rise again.

21 It shall come to pass in that day That the LORD will punish on high the host of exalted ones, And on the earth athe kings of the earth.
22 They will be gathered together, As prisoners are gathered in the 1pit, And will be shut up in the prison; After many days they will be punished.
23 Then the amoon will be disgraced And the sun ashamed; For the LORD of hosts will breign On cMount Zion and in Jerusalem

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ISAIAH 25:1

And before His elders, gloriously.

Praise to God

25

1 O LORD,You are my God. aI will exalt You, I will praise Your name, bFor You have done wonderful things; cYour counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.
2 For You have made aa city a ruin, A fortified city a ruin, A palace of foreigners to be a city no more; It will never be rebuilt.
3 Therefore the strong people will aglorify You; The city of the 1terrible nations will fear You.
4 For You have been a strength to the poor, A strength to the needy in his distress, aA refuge from the storm, A shade from the heat; For the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.
5 You will reduce the noise of aliens, As heat in a dry place; As heat in the shadow of a cloud, The song of the terrible ones will be 1diminished.

6 And in athis mountain bThe LORD of hosts will make for call people A feast of 1choice pieces, A feast of 2wines on the lees, Of fat things full of marrow, Of well-refined wines on the lees.
7 And He will destroy on this mountain The surface of the covering cast over all people, And athe veil that is spread over all nations.
8 He will aswallow up death forever, And the Lord GOD will bwipe away tears from all faces; The rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth; For the LORD has spoken.

9 And it will be said in that day: “Behold, this is our God; aWe have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the LORD; We have waited for Him; bWe will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.”

10 For on this mountain the hand of the LORD will rest, And aMoab shall be trampled down under Him,

CHAPTER 25 References

1 aEx. 15:2
bPs. 98:1
cNum. 23:19
2 aIs. 21:9;
23:13; Jer.
51:37
3 aIs. 24:15;
Rev. 11:13
1terrifying
4 aIs. 4:6
5 1humbled
6 a[Is. 2:2–4;
56:7] bProv.
9:2; Matt. 22:4
c[Dan. 7:14;
Matt. 8:11] 1Lit. fat
things 2wines
matured on
the sediment
7 a2 Cor. 3:15;
[Eph. 4:18] 8 a[Hos. 13:14;
1 Cor. 15:54;
Rev. 20:14] bIs. 30:19;
Rev. 7:17; 21:4
9 aGen. 49:18;
Is. 8:17; 26:8;
[Titus 2:13] bPs. 20:5
10 aIs. 16:14;
Jer. 48:1–47;
Ezek. 25:8–11;
Amos 2:1–3;
Zeph. 2:9
11 aIs. 24:4;
26:5
12 aIs. 26:5

CHAPTER 26 References

1 aIs. 2:11;
12:1 bIs. 60:18
2 aPs. 118:19,
20 1Or remains
faithful
3 aIs. 57:19;
[Phil. 4:6, 7] 4 aIs. 12:2;
45:17 1Or
Rock of Ages
5 aIs. 25:11, 12
1low
6 1trample
7 aPs. 37:23
1Or make
level
8 aIs. 64:5 bIs.
25:9; 33:2
9 aPs. 63:6;
Song 3:1; Is.
50:10; Luke
6:12
10 aEccl. 8:12;
[Rom. 2:4] bPs. 143:10

As straw is trampled down for the refuse heap.
11 And He will spread out His hands in their midst As a swimmer reaches out to swim, And He will bring down their apride Together with the trickery of their hands.
12 The afortress of the high fort of your walls He will bring down, lay low, And bring to the ground, down to the dust.

A Song of Salvation

26

1 In athat day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:

“We have a strong city; bGod will appoint salvation for walls and bulwarks.
2 aOpen the gates, That the righteous nation which 1keeps the truth may enter in.
3 You will keep him in perfect apeace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.
4 Trust in the LORD forever, aFor in YAH, the LORD, is 1everlasting strength.
5 For He brings 1down those who dwell on high, aThe lofty city; He lays it low, He lays it low to the ground, He brings it down to the dust.
6 The foot shall 1tread it down— The feet of the poor And the steps of the needy.”

7 The way of the just is uprightness; aO Most Upright, You 1weigh the path of the just.
8 Yes, ain the way of Your judgments, O LORD, we have bwaited for You; The desire of our soul is for Your name And for the remembrance of You.
9 aWith my soul I have desired You in the night, Yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early; For when Your judgments are in the earth, The inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

10 aLet grace be shown to the wicked, Yet he will not learn righteousness; In bthe land of uprightness he will deal unjustly,

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And will not behold the majesty of the LORD.
11 LORD, when Your hand is lifted up, athey will not see. But they will see and be ashamed For 1their envy of people; Yes, the fire of Your enemies shall devour them.

12 LORD,You will establish peace for us, For You have also done all our works 1in us.
13 O LORD our God, amasters besides You Have had dominion over us; But by You only we make mention of Your name.
14 They are dead, they will not live; They are deceased, they will not rise. Therefore You have punished and destroyed them, And made all their memory to aperish.
15 You have increased the nation, O LORD, You have aincreased the nation; You are glorified; You have expanded all the 1borders of the land.

16 LORD, ain trouble they have visited You, They poured out a prayer when Your chastening was upon them.
17 As aa woman with child Is in pain and cries out in her 1pangs, When she draws near the time of her delivery, So have we been in Your sight, O LORD.
18 We have been with child, we have been in pain; We have, as it were, 1brought forth wind; We have not accomplished any deliverance in the earth, Nor have athe inhabitants of the world fallen.

19 aYour dead shall live; Together with 1my dead body they shall arise. bAwake and sing, you who dwell in dust; For your dew is like the dew of herbs, And the earth shall cast out the dead.

Take Refuge from the Coming Judgment

20 Come, my people, aenter your chambers, And shut your doors behind you;

11 aIs. 5:12 1Or
Your zeal for
the people
12 1Or for us
13 a2 Chr. 12:8
14 aEccl. 9:5
15 aIs. 9:3 1Or
ends
16 aHos. 5:15
17 a[John
16:21] 1sharp
pains
18 aPs. 17:14
1given birth
to
19 a[Ezek.
37:1–14] b[Dan. 12:2] 1So with MT,
Vg.; Syr., Tg.
their dead
bodies; LXX
those in the
tombs
20 aEx. 12:22,
23 b[Ps. 30:5] 21 aMic. 1:3
1Or bloodshed

CHAPTER 27 References

1 aPs. 74:13,
14 bIs. 51:9
2 aIs. 5:1 bIs.
5:7 1So with
MT (Kittel’s
Biblia
Hebraica),
Bg.,Vg.; MT
(Biblia
Hebraica
Stuttgartensia),
some
Heb. mss.,
LXX delight;
Tg. choice
vineyard
3 aIs. 31:5
4 a2 Sam. 23:6
5 aIs. 25:4
bJob 22:21
6 aIs. 37:31
7 aIs. 10:12,
17; 30:30–33
1Lit. him
8 aJob 23:6
b[Ps. 78:38] 9 1Heb. Asherim,
Canaanite
deities
10 aIs. 5:6, 17;
32:14

ISAIAH 27:10

Hide yourself, as it were, bfor a little moment, Until the indignation is past.
21 For behold, the LORD acomes out of His place To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; The earth will also disclose her 1blood, And will no more cover her slain.

27

1 In that day the LORD with His severe sword, great and strong, Will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, aLeviathan that twisted serpent; And He will slay bthe reptile that is in the sea.

The Restoration of Israel

2 In that day asing to her, b“A vineyard of 1red wine!
3 aI, the LORD, keep it, I water it every moment; Lest any hurt it, I keep it night and day.
4 Fury is not in Me. Who would set abriers and thorns Against Me in battle? I would go through them, I would burn them together.
5 Or let him take hold aof My strength, That he may bmake peace with Me; And he shall make peace with Me.”

6 Those who come He shall cause ato take root in Jacob; Israel shall blossom and bud, And fill the face of the world with fruit.

7 aHas He struck 1Israel as He struck those who struck him? Or has He been slain according to the slaughter of those who were slain by Him?
8 aIn measure, by sending it away, You contended with it. bHe removes it by His rough wind In the day of the east wind.
9 Therefore by this the iniquity of Jacob will be covered; And this is all the fruit of taking away his sin: When he makes all the stones of the altar Like chalkstones that are beaten to dust, 1Wooden images and incense altars shall not stand.

10 Yet the fortified city will be adesolate, The habitation forsaken and left like a wilderness;

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ISAIAH 27:11

There the calf will feed, and there it will lie down And consume its branches.
11 When its boughs are withered, they will be broken off; The women come and set them on fire. For ait is a people of no understanding; Therefore He who made them will bnot have mercy on them, And cHe who formed them will show them no favor.

12 And it shall come to pass in that day That the LORD will thresh, From the channel of 1the River to the Brook of Egypt; And you will be agathered one by one, O you children of Israel.

13 aSo it shall be in that day: bThe great trumpet will be blown; They will come, who are about to perish in the land of Assyria, And they who are outcasts in the land of cEgypt, And shall dworship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.

11 aDeut.
32:28; Is. 1:3
bIs. 9:17
cDeut. 32:18;
Is. 43:1, 7;
44:2, 21, 24
12 a[Is. 11:11;
56:8] 1The Euphrates
13 aIs. 2:11
bLev. 25:9;
1 Chr. 15:24;
Matt. 24:31;
Rev. 11:15 cIs.
19:21, 22 d[Is.
2:3]; Zech.
14:16; [Heb.
12:22]

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PSALM 114

The Power of God in His Deliverance of Israel

1 WHEN aIsrael went out of Egypt, The house of Jacob bfrom a people 1of strange language,
2 aJudah became His sanctuary, And Israel His dominion.

3 aThe sea saw it and fled; bJordan turned back.
4 aThe mountains skipped like rams, The little hills like lambs.

PSALM 114 References

1 aEx. 12:51;
13:3 bPs. 81:5
1who spoke
unintelligibly
2 aEx. 6:7;
19:6; 25:8;
29:45, 46;
Deut. 27:9
3 aEx. 14:21;
Ps. 77:16
bJosh. 3:13–16
4 aEx. 19:18;
Judg. 5:5; Ps.
29:6; Hab. 3:6
5 aHab. 3:8
8 aEx. 17:6;
Num. 20:11;
Ps. 107:35

5 aWhat ails you, O sea, that you fled? O Jordan, that you turned back?
6 O mountains, that you skipped like rams? O little hills, like lambs?

7 Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, At the presence of the God of Jacob,
8 aWho turned the rock into a pool of water, The flint into a fountain of waters.

 
 

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