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The Prophets Before the Exile

(Category 8 of 16)

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CHAPTER 31 References

1 aIs. 30:1, 2
bDeut. 17:16;
Ps. 20:7; Is.
2:7; 30:16 cIs.
9:13; Dan.
9:13; Amos
2 aNum. 23:19;
Jer. 44:29
3 aIs. 20:6
4 aNum. 24:9;
Hos. 11:10;
Amos 3:8
5 aDeut. 32:11;
Ps. 91:4
6 aHos. 9:9

The Folly of Not Trusting God


1 Woe to those awho go down to Egypt for help, And brely on horses, Who trust in chariots because they are many, And in horsemen because they are very strong, But who do not look to the Holy One of Israel, cNor seek the LORD!
2 Yet He also is wise and will bring disaster, And awill not 1call back His words, But will arise against the house of evildoers, And against the help of those who work iniquity.
3 Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; And their horses are flesh, and not spirit. When the LORD stretches out His hand, Both he who helps will fall, And he who is helped will fall down; They all will perish atogether. God Will Deliver Jerusalem
4 For thus the LORD has spoken to me:

a“As a lion roars, And a young lion over his prey (When a multitude of shepherds is summoned against him, He will not be afraid of their voice Nor be disturbed by their noise), So the LORD of hosts will come down To fight for Mount Zion and for its hill.
5 aLike birds flying about, So will the LORD of hosts defend Jerusalem. Defending, He will also deliver it; Passing over, He will preserve it.”

6 Return to Him against whom the children of Israel have adeeply revolted.

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7 For in that day every man shall athrow away his idols of silver and his idols of gold—bsin, which your own hands have made for yourselves.

8 “Then Assyria shall afall by a sword not of man, And a sword not of mankind shall bdevour him. But he shall flee from the sword, And his young men shall become forced labor.
9 aHe shall cross over to his stronghold for fear, And his princes shall be afraid of the banner,” Says the LORD, Whose fire is in Zion And whose furnace is in Jerusalem.

A Reign of Righteousness


1 Behold, aa king will reign in righteousness, And princes will rule with justice.
2 A man will be as a hiding place from the wind, And aa 1cover from the tempest, As rivers of water in a dry place, As the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.
3 aThe eyes of those who see will not be dim, And the ears of those who hear will listen.
4 Also the heart of the 1rash will aunderstand knowledge, And the tongue of the stammerers will be ready to speak plainly.

5 The foolish person will no longer be called 1generous, Nor the miser said to be bountiful;
6 For the foolish person will speak foolishness, And his heart will work ainiquity: To practice ungodliness, To utter error against the LORD, To keep the hungry unsatisfied, And he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
7 Also the schemes of the schemer are evil; He devises wicked plans To destroy the poor with alying words, Even when the needy speaks justice.
8 But a 1generous man devises generous things, And by generosity he shall stand.

Consequences of Complacency

9 Rise up, you women awho are at ease,

7 aIs. 2:20;
30:22 b1 Kin.
8 a2 Kin.
19:35, 36 bIs.
9 aIs. 37:37

CHAPTER 32 References

1 aPs. 45:1
2 aIs. 4:6
3 aIs. 29:18;
4 aIs. 29:24
5 1noble
6 aProv. 24:7–9
7 aJer. 5:26–28;
Mic. 7:3
8 1noble
9 aIs. 47:8;
Amos 6:1;
Zeph. 2:15
13 aIs. 7:23–25;
Hos. 9:6 bIs.
14 aIs. 27:10
15 a[Is. 11:2];
Ezek. 39:29;
[Joel 2:28] bPs. 107:35; Is.
17 aPs.
119:165; Is.
2:4; Rom.
14:17; James
18 aIs. 11:10;
14:3; 30:15;
[Hos. 2:18–23;
Zech. 2:5;
3:10] 19 aIs. 30:30
bZech. 11:2
20 a[Eccl.
11:1]; Is.
30:23, 24

CHAPTER 33 References

1 aIs. 21:2;
Hab. 2:8 bRev.


Hear my voice; You complacent daughters, Give ear to my speech.
10 In a year and some days You will be troubled, you complacent women; For the vintage will fail, The gathering will not come.
11 Tremble, you women who are at ease; Be troubled, you complacent ones; Strip yourselves, make yourselves bare, And gird sackcloth on your waists.

12 People shall mourn upon their breasts For the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine.
13 aOn the land of my people will come up thorns and briers, Yes, on all the happy homes in bthe joyous city;
14 aBecause the palaces will be forsaken, The bustling city will be deserted. The forts and towers will become lairs forever, A joy of wild donkeys, a pasture of flocks—
15 Until athe Spirit is poured upon us from on high, And bthe wilderness becomes a fruitful field, And the fruitful field is counted as a forest.

The Peace of God’s Reign

16 Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, And righteousness remain in the fruitful field.
17 aThe work of righteousness will be peace, And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.
18 My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, In secure dwellings, and in quiet aresting places,
19 aThough hail comes down bon the forest, And the city is brought low in humiliation.

20 Blessed are you who sow beside all waters, Who send out freely the feet of athe ox and the donkey.

A Prayer in Deep Distress


1 Woe to you awho plunder, though you have not been plundered; And you who deal treacherously, though they have not dealt treacherously with you! bWhen you cease plundering,

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You will be cplundered; When you make an end of dealing treacherously, They will deal treacherously with you.

2 O LORD, be gracious to us; aWe have waited for You. Be 1their arm every morning, Our salvation also in the time of trouble.
3 At the noise of the tumult the people ashall flee; When You lift Yourself up, the nations shall be scattered;
4 And Your plunder shall be gathered Like the gathering of the caterpillar; As the running to and fro of locusts, He shall run upon them.

5 aThe LORD is exalted, for He dwells on high; He has filled Zion with justice and righteousness.
6 Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times, And the strength of salvation; The fear of the LORD is His treasure.

7 Surely their valiant ones shall cry outside, aThe ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly.
8 aThe highways lie waste, The traveling man ceases. bHe has broken the covenant, 1He has despised the 2cities, He regards no man.
9 aThe earth mourns and languishes, Lebanon is shamed and shriveled; Sharon is like a wilderness, And Bashan and Carmel shake off their fruits.

Impending Judgment on Zion

10 “Nowa I will rise,” says the LORD; “Now I will be exalted, Now I will lift Myself up.
11 aYou shall conceive chaff, You shall bring forth stubble; Your breath, as fire, shall devour you.
12 And the people shall be like the burnings of lime; aLike thorns cut up they shall be burned in the fire.
13 Hear, ayou who are afar off, what I have done; And you who are near, acknowledge My might.”

14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; Fearfulness has seized the hypocrites: “Who among us shall dwell with the devouring afire?

1 cIs. 10:12;
14:25; 31:8
2 aIs. 25:9;
26:8 1LXX
omits their;
Syr., Tg.,Vg.
3 aIs. 17:13
5 aPs. 97:9
7 a2 Kin.
18:18, 37
8 aJudg. 5:6
b2 Kin.
18:13–17 1Tg.
They have
been removed
from their
cities 2So
with MT,Vg.;
DSS witnesses;
omits cities
9 aIs. 24:4
10 aPs. 12:5; Is.
2:19, 21
11 a[Ps. 7:14;
Is. 26:18; 59:4;
James 1:15] 12 aIs. 9:18
13 aPs. 48:10;
Is. 49:1
14 aIs. 30:27,
30; Heb. 12:29
15 aPs. 15:2;
24:3, 4; Is.
58:6–11 bPs.
16 1Lit.
17 aPs. 27:4
18 a1 Cor. 1:20
19 a2 Kin.
19:32 bDeut.
28:49, 50; Is.
28:11; Jer.
5:15 1Unintelligible
20 aPs. 48:12
bPs. 46:5;
125:1; Is.
32:18 cIs.
37:33 dIs. 54:2
21 1ship
22 a[Acts
10:42] bIs.
1:10; 51:4, 7;
James 4:12
cPs. 89:18; Is.
25:9; 35:4;
Zech. 9:9
24 aIs. 40:2;
Jer. 50:20;
Mic. 7:18, 19;
1 John 1:7–9

Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?”
15 He who awalks righteously and speaks uprightly, He who despises the gain of oppressions, Who gestures with his hands, refusing bribes, Who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, And bshuts his eyes from seeing evil:
16 He will dwell on 1high; His place of defense will be the fortress of rocks; Bread will be given him, His water will be sure.

The Land of the Majestic King

17 Your eyes will see the King in His abeauty; They will see the land that is very far off.
18 Your heart will meditate on terror: a“Where is the scribe? Where is he who weighs? Where is he who counts the towers?”
19 aYou will not see a fierce people, bA people of obscure speech, beyond perception, Of a 1stammering tongue that you cannot understand.

20 aLook upon Zion, the city of our appointed feasts; Your eyes will see bJerusalem, a quiet home, A tabernacle that will not be taken down; cNot one of dits stakes will ever be removed, Nor will any of its cords be broken.
21 But there the majestic LORD will be for us A place of broad rivers and streams, In which no 1galley with oars will sail, Nor majestic ships pass by
22 (For the LORD is our aJudge, The LORD is our bLawgiver, cThe LORD is our King; He will save us);
23 Your tackle is loosed, They could not strengthen their mast, They could not spread the sail.

Then the prey of great plunder is divided; The lame take the prey.
24 And the inhabitant will not say, “I am sick”; aThe people who dwell in it will be forgiven their iniquity.

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Judgment on the Nations


1 Come anear, you nations, to hear; And heed, you people! bLet the earth hear, and all that is in it, The world and all things that come forth from it.
2 For the indignation of the LORD is against all nations, And His fury against all their armies; He has utterly destroyed them, He has given them over to the aslaughter.
3 Also their slain shall be thrown out; aTheir stench shall rise from their corpses, And the mountains shall be melted with their blood.
4 aAll the host of heaven shall be dissolved, And the heavens shall be rolled up like a scroll; bAll their host shall fall down As the leaf falls from the vine, And as cfruit falling from a fig tree.

5 “For aMy sword shall be bathed in heaven; Indeed it bshall come down on Edom, And on the people of My curse, for judgment.
6 The asword of the LORD is filled with blood, It is made 1overflowing with fatness, With the blood of lambs and goats, With the fat of the kidneys of rams. For bthe LORD has a sacrifice in Bozrah, And a great slaughter in the land of Edom.
7 The wild oxen shall come down with them, And the young bulls with the mighty bulls; Their land shall be soaked with blood, And their dust 1saturated with fatness.”

8 For it is the day of the LORD’s avengeance, The year of recompense for the cause of Zion.
9 aIts streams shall be turned into pitch, And its dust into brimstone; Its land shall become burning pitch.
10 It shall not be quenched night or day; aIts smoke shall ascend forever. bFrom generation to generation it shall lie waste; No one shall pass through it forever and ever.

CHAPTER 34 References

1 aPs. 49:1; Is.
41:1; 43:9
bDeut. 32:1;
Is. 1:2
2 aIs. 13:5
3 aJoel 2:20;
Amos 4:10
4 aPs. 102:26;
Is. 13:13;
Ezek. 32:7, 8;
Joel 2:31;
Matt. 24:29;
2 Pet. 3:10 bIs.
14:12 cRev.
5 aDeut. 32:41,
42; Jer. 46:10;
Ezek. 21:3–5
bIs. 63:1; Jer.
49:7, 8, 20;
35:1–15; Amos
1:11, 12;
Obad. 1–14;
Mal. 1:4
6 aIs. 66:16
bZeph. 1:7
1Lit. fat
7 1Lit. made
8 aIs. 63:4
9 aDeut. 29:23;
Ps. 11:6; Is.
10 aRev. 14:11;
18:18; 19:3 bIs.
13:20–22; 24:1;
34:10–15; Mal.
1:3, 4
11 aIs. 14:23;
Zeph. 2:14;
Rev. 18:2
b2 Kin. 21:13;
Lam. 2:8 1Or
owl 2Or
13 aIs. 32:13;
Hos. 9:6 bIs.
14 1Lit. howling
2Heb. lilith
16 a[Mal. 3:16]

CHAPTER 35 References

1 aIs. 32:15;
55:12 bIs.
41:19; 51:3
1desert 2Heb.
2 aIs. 32:15 bIs.
3 aJob 4:3, 4;
Heb. 12:12
1Lit. sinking
2tottering or


11 aBut the 1pelican and the 2porcupine shall possess it, Also the owl and the raven shall dwell in it. And bHe shall stretch out over it The line of confusion and the stones of emptiness.
12 They shall call its nobles to the kingdom, But none shall be there, and all its princes shall be nothing.

13 And athorns shall come up in its palaces, Nettles and brambles in its fortresses; bIt shall be a habitation of jackals, A courtyard for ostriches.
14 The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the 1jackals, And the wild goat shall bleat to its companion; Also 2the night creature shall rest there, And find for herself a place of rest.
15 There the arrow snake shall make her nest and lay eggs And hatch, and gather them under her shadow; There also shall the hawks be gathered, Every one with her mate.

16 “Search from athe book of the LORD, and read: Not one of these shall fail; Not one shall lack her mate. For My mouth has commanded it, and His Spirit has gathered them.
17 He has cast the lot for them, And His hand has divided it among them with a measuring line. They shall possess it forever; From generation to generation they shall dwell in it.”

The Future Glory of Zion


1 The awilderness and the 1wasteland shall be glad for them, And the bdesert2 shall rejoice and blossom as the rose;
2 aIt shall blossom abundantly and rejoice, Even with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, The excellence of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the bglory of the LORD, The excellency of our God.

3 aStrengthen the 1weak hands, And make firm the 2feeble knees

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4 Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with avengeance, With the recompense of God; He will come and bsave you.”

5 Then the aeyes of the blind shall be opened, And bthe ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
6 Then the alame shall leap like a deer, And the btongue of the dumb sing. For cwaters shall burst forth in the wilderness, And streams in the desert.
7 The parched ground shall become a pool, And the thirsty land springs of water; In athe habitation of jackals, where each lay, There shall be grass with reeds and rushes.

8 A ahighway shall be there, and a road, And it shall be called the Highway of Holiness. bThe unclean shall not pass over it, But it shall be for others. Whoever walks the road, although a fool, Shall not go astray.
9 aNo lion shall be there, Nor shall any ravenous beast go up on it; It shall not be found there. But the redeemed shall walk there,
10 And the aransomed of the LORD shall return, And come to Zion with singing, With everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, And bsorrow and sighing shall flee away.

4 aIs. 34:8 bPs.
145:19; Is.
5 aIs. 29:18;
Matt. 9:27;
John 9:6, 7
b[Matt. 11:5] 6 aMatt. 11:5;
15:30; John
5:8, 9; Acts 8:7
bIs. 32:4; Matt.
9:32; 12:22 cIs.
41:18; [John
7:38] 7 aIs. 34:13
8 aIs. 19:23 bIs.
52:1; Joel
3:17; [Matt.
7:13, 14];
1 Pet. 1:15, 16;
Rev. 21:27
9 aLev. 26:6;
[Is. 11:7, 9];
Ezek. 34:25
10 aIs. 51:11
bIs. 25:8;
30:19; 65:19;
[Rev. 7:17;

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Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Death

1 I aLOVE the LORD, because He has heard My voice and my supplications.
2 Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.

3 aThe 1pains of death surrounded me, And the 2pangs of Sheol 3laid hold of me; I found trouble and sorrow.
4 Then I called upon the name of the LORD: “O LORD, I implore You, deliver my soul!”

5 aGracious is the LORD, and brighteous; Yes, our God is merciful.
6 The LORD preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me.
7 Return to your arest, O my soul, For bthe LORD has dealt bountifully with you.

8 aFor You have delivered my soul from death, My eyes from tears, And my feet from falling.
9 I will walk before the LORD aIn the land of the living.

PSALM 116 References

1 aPs. 18:1
3 aPs. 18:4–6
1Lit. cords
3Lit. found me
5 a[Ps. 103:8] b[Ezra 9:15];
Neh. 9:8; [Ps.
145:17; Jer.
12:1; Dan.
9:14] 7 a[Jer. 6:16;
Matt. 11:29] bPs. 13:6
8 aPs. 56:13
9 aPs. 27:13
10 a2 Cor. 4:13
11 aPs. 31:22
bRom. 3:4
14 aPs. 116:18
15 aPs. 72:14;
[Rev. 14:13] 16 aPs.
143:12 bPs.
17 aLev. 7:12;
Ps. 50:14;
19 aPs. 96:8
1Heb. Hallelujah

10 aI believed, therefore I spoke, “I am greatly afflicted.”
11 aI said in my haste, b“All men are liars.”

12 What shall I render to the LORD For all His benefits toward me?
13 I will take up the cup of salvation, And call upon the name of the LORD.
14 aI will pay my vows to the LORD Now in the presence of all His people.

15 aPrecious in the sight of the LORD Is the death of His saints.

16 O LORD, truly aI am Your servant; I am Your servant, bthe son of Your maidservant; You have loosed my bonds.
17 I will offer to You athe sacrifice of thanksgiving, And will call upon the name of the LORD.

18 I will pay my vows to the LORD Now in the presence of all His people,
19 In the acourts of the LORD’s house, In the midst of you, O Jerusalem.

1Praise the LORD!




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