Isaiah 19-24


Map of the Ancient Near East during the Amarna...

Map of the Ancient Near East during the Amarna period (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Isaiah 19-24

     19[1-4] This is the vision ofEgypt(historically, 701 B.C.). “Look, Yahweh rides on a fast vehicle covered in clouds, and comes toEgypt. The false gods ofEgyptwill shake in fear at the presence of God; and the heart ofEgyptwill fail them for fear. I’ll stir up the Egyptians against the Egyptians, and they’ll fight their own family and neighbors; city against city, and realm against realm. The spirit ofEgyptwill fail. I’ll destroy its counsel. They’ll look for the false gods, mediums, witches, and wizards. I’ll give the Egyptians into the power of a cruel leader. A fierce ruler will rule over them,” says God, Yahweh, the God of All Creation.

 

[5-10] The waters from the sea will dry up, and theNileRiverwill be ruined and dry up. All the waterways of the rivers will be ruined. The creeks ofEgyptwill be lowered and dry up. Their reeds and flags will wither away. The fields by the Nile, by the edge of the Nile, and all the planted fields of theNile, will become dry, and be blown away till they are gone. The fishermen will cry, and all those who fish in theNilewill be sad, and those who spread their nets on the waters will suffer. Also those who work in flax, and those who weave its white cloth, will be confused, and not know what to do. The foundations of their civilization will be destroyed. All those who work for money will be greatly depressed.

 

[11-15] The rulers of Zoan (Tanis, Egyptian Government) are complete idiots. The counsel of the wisest counselors of their Ruler has become stupid. How can you say to the Egyptian Ruler, “I am one of the wise, the follower of ancient rulers?” Where then are your wise ones? Let them tell you now; and let them know what Yahweh, the God of All Creation has planned forEgypt. The rulers of Zoan have become ungodly idiots. The rulers ofMemphis(ancient capital) believe lies. The leaders of the Egyptian people have causedEgyptto go astray. Yahweh has mixed a spirit of evil in it; and they’ve causedEgyptto go astray in everything it does, like a drunk staggers in vomit. Nor will there be any work forEgypt, which leader or people, preacher or wise ones, can do.

 

[16-20] Then the Egyptians will be very afraid. They’ll shake in fear because of the shaking of the hand of Yahweh, the God of All Creation, who shakes it over them. ThelandofJudah(southernIsrael) will become a terror toEgypt. Everyone who hears of it will be afraid, because of the plans of Yahweh, the God of All Creation, which is planned against it. But there will be five cities in thelandofEgyptthat speak the language ofCanaan(Hebrew), and worship Yahweh, the God of All Creation. One will be called “The City of Ruins (City of the Sun,Heliopolis, On?).” At that time, there will be an altar to Yahweh in the middle of thelandofEgypt, and a pillar to Yahweh at its border. It’ll be for a sign and for a witness to Yahweh, the God of All Creation in thelandofEgypt; for they’ll cry to Yahweh because of those who abuse them, who will send them a Savior and a Defender, who will save them.

 

[21-25] Yahweh will be known toEgypt, and the Egyptians will know Yahweh at that time. Yes, they’ll worship with sacrifice and offering, and will make promises to Yahweh, and do them. Yahweh will punishEgypt, both punishing it and healing it. They’ll come back to Yahweh, who will be prayed to by them, and who will heal them. At that time there’ll be a highway out ofEgyptto Assyria, and the Assyrian will come intoEgypt, and the Egyptian intoAssyria; and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians. Then,Israel,Egypt, and Assyria, will be in agreement with each other, a blessing in the middle of the earth; because Yahweh, the God of All Creation has blessed them, saying, “Blessed beEgypt, My people, Assyria, the work of My hands, andIsrael, My inheritance.”

 

20[1-6] When Tartan came to Ashdod, in the year (711B.C.) that Sargon the ruler of Assyria sent him, who fought against Ashdod and took it; at that time Yahweh spoke by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, “Go, and take off your clothes, and take off your shoes.” So he did this, walking naked and barefoot. Yahweh said, “As My worker Isaiah has walked naked and barefoot three years for a sign to Egypt and to Ethiopia, so the ruler of Assyria will lead away the prisoners of Egypt and the exiles of Ethiopia, young and old, barefoot and naked, with their butts uncovered, to the shame of Egypt. They’ll all be upset and confused, because they hoped inEthiopia, and counted onEgypt. The people of this land will say at that time, ‘Look, this is our hope, where we run away for help to be set free from the ruler ofAssyria. And now, how will we escape?’”

 

21[1- 5] This is the vision of the countryside by the water (Babylon). As tornados in the South sweep through, it comes from the countryside, from an awesome land. A terrible vision is told to me. The unfaithful ones have been unfaithful, and others destroy. Go up,Elam(Iran); attack! I’ve stopped Media from sighing. So I am filled with suffering. Pains have taken hold of me, like the pains of childbirth. I am in so much pain that I can’t hear. I so am upset that I can’t see. My heart skips, I’m so afraid. The evening that I wanted has made me shake in fear instead. They set the table and watch. They eat and drink. Rise up, you rulers, rub oil on the shields!

 

[6-10] For God said to me, “Go, put a guard on watch and let him tell what he sees. When he sees a troop, riding in pairs, a troop of donkeys, a troop of camels, he needs to listen carefully and pay attention.” The guard cried like a lion, “God, I stand continually on the watchtower day and night, staying at my post. Look, here comes a troop of soldiers, riding in pairs.Babylonhas fallen; and all its false gods are broken on the ground.” My people, you’ll be separated like the grain on the floor of the barn! What I’ve heard from Yahweh, the God of All Creation, the God ofIsrael, I’ve told to you.

 

[11-12] This is the vision of Dumah (el-Gof, Dumat el-Gandel?). Someone calls to me out of Seir (Edom, Arab nations), “Guard, what time of night is it? Guard, what time of night is it?” The guard said, “The morning comes, though it’s still night. If you must ask, then ask. Come back later.”

 

[13-17] This is the vision onArabia(715 B.C.). You’ll stay in theforestofArabia, you people of Dedanites. They brought water to the thirsty. The people of thelandofTeima(Arabian Peninsula) met those who are running away with their bread. For they run away from the weapons, from the drawn weapons, and from the heat of battle. For God said to me, “Within a year, as a worker bound by contract would count it, all the power of Kedar (a Bedouin tribe) will fail, and what’s left of them, the strong soldiers of Kedar, will be few; for Yahweh, the God of Israel, has spoken it.”

 

22[1-3] This is the word of the valley of vision. What troubles you now, that you’ve all gone up to the rooftops to watch? You that are full of shouting, a noisy city, a happy town; your dead aren’t killed with the weapons, nor are they killed in battle. All your rulers run away together. They were caught by their enemies. All who were found in you were tied together. They run away, far away.

 

[4-8] So I said, “Don’t look at me. Let me cry. Don’t try to comfort me for the destruction of the city of my people.           For it’s a day of trouble, and of breaking down, and of confusion, from God, Yahweh, the God of All Creation, in the valley of vision; a breaking down of the walls, and a crying to the mountains.”Elamcarried their weapons, with vehicles of soldiers and riders; and the soldiers of Kir lifted their shields. Your best valleys were full of vehicles, and the riders set themselves in order at the gate.Judah(southernIsrael) couldn’t defend itself; and you looked then to the weapons in the palace of the forest (ofLebanon).

 

[9-13] You saw the broken walls of the city ofDavid, that they were many; and you stored up the waters of the lower pool. You counted the houses ofJerusalem, and broke down the houses to make the wall strong. You also made a storage area between the two walls for the water of the old pool. But you didn’t look to the One who had done this, nor did you respect the One who planned it long ago. Then, God, Yahweh, the God of All Creation, called you to cry, to mourn, to cut your hair, and to dress in mourning clothes. Look, now happiness and gladness, killing cows and sheep, eating meat and drinking wine. You say, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we’ll die.”

 

[14-19] Yahweh, the God of All Creation, spoke clearly to me, “Without a doubt, this sin won’t be forgiven you until you die,” says God, Yahweh, the God of All Creation. God, Yahweh, the God of All Creation says, “Go to this treasurer, even to Shebna, who is over the house, and say, ‘What are you doing here? Who has sent you here to dig out a grave for yourself?’ Why have you cut out a grave on this mountain, chiseling a hole in the rock?” Look, Yahweh will catch you and violently throw you away. Yes, God will grab hold of you tightly, and without a doubt, wind you around and around, and throw you like a ball into a large land. There you’ll die, and the vehicles of your victory will be there, and you will be the shame of your leader’s house. I’ll throw you out of office and you’ll be pulled down from your position.

 

[20-25] Then I’ll call My worker Eliakim, the descendant of Hilkiah, who I’ll put in your place and make strong. Eliakim will have power over your government, who will be a ruler to the people ofJerusalem, and to the family ofJudah(southernIsrael). I’ll give Eliakim the power of the family of David, who will open, and no one will shut; and who will shut, and no one will open. Eliakim will be like a nail that won’t come out of its place, whose family will hold it in honor. Everyone in the family, from the least to the greatest, will hang their hopes on Eliakim, like pots on a peg, who they’ll bring down.  “Then,” says Yahweh, the God of All Creation, “the nail that was hammered in place will fall out. It’ll come loose, and fall and everything that was on it will come loose and fall off, too, for Yahweh has spoken it.”

 

23[1-5] This is the vision ofTyre(Lebanon). Scream, shipmates of Tarshish (Spain)!Tyrehas been destroyed, and there’s no more houses, and no where for the ships to dock. They’re told even from thelandofKittim(Chittim,Cyprus). Be quiet, you people of the coast, whom the merchants ofSidonwho go over the sea have made rich. On theShihorRiver, the grain harvest of theNile, was its pay. It was the market of nations. Be ashamed,Sidon; for the sea has spoken, the stronghold of the sea is saying, “I haven’t had the pain of childbirth, nor nursed any young, nor brought up any children.”Tyreis gone, as if it never was a city. When the news comes toEgypt, they’ll be very upset at the report ofTyre.

 

[6-10] Go to Tarshish (Spain)! Scream, you people of the coast! Is this your happy city, which is very old, and sent its people far away?  Who has planned this againstTyre, who gives crowns to rulers, whose traders are rulers, who are known all over the earth? Yahweh, the God of All Creation has planned it, to bring down the pride of all who are well known, to bring dishonor on all those who are honored in the earth. Go through your land like the Nile, city ofTarshish(Spain). Nothing will hold you back any more.

[11-14] God’s hand has stretched out over the sea and shaken the realms. Yahweh has orderedCanaan’s strongholds to be destroyed. God said, “You’ll won’t celebrate any more, city ofSidon. Get up and go over to Kittim (Chittim,Cyprus), but you won’t have any rest there.” Look at the land of the Chaldeans (Babylonians,Iraq), whose people isn’t there any more. The Assyrians made it a place for the animals that live in the countryside. They set up their war machines and overthrew its palaces, making it a ruin. Scream, you shipmates of Tarshish (Spain), for your stronghold is destroyed!

 

[15-18] ThenTyrewill be forgotten for seventy years, which is equal to the life of one ruler. After the end of seventy years,Tyrewill be like in the song of the prostitute. “Take a harp and go around the city, you prostitute who has been forgotten. Sing sweet songs. Make many melodies, so that you’ll be remembered. After the end of seventy years, Yahweh will visitTyre, and it will get back to work, but will be unfaithful with all the countries on the face of the earth. Its merchandise and wages will be set aside for Yahweh. It won’t be kept or stored; its merchandise will be for those who live for Yahweh, for their food and clothes.

 

24[1-5] Look, Yahweh empties the earth, and destroys it, turns it upside down, and scatters its people. As with the people, so it’ll be with the preachers; as with the worker, so it’ll be with the employer; as with the buyer, so it’ll be with the seller; as with the lender, so it’ll be with the borrower; as with the saver, so it’ll be with the banker. The earth will be completely emptied and completely destroyed; for Yahweh has spoken this word. The earth mourns and slowly dies. The world suffers and slowly dies. The proud people of the earth will suffer. The earth also has been polluted by its people, because they’ve violated the laws, broken the rules, and broken their promise to God, which was to have been forever.

 

[6-10] So the curse has destroyed the earth, and those who live in it are guilty. So the people of the earth are burned, and few human beings are left. The new wine is gone and the vine withers. All the merry-hearted are sad. The joy of the tambourines stops. The sound of those who celebrate ends. The happiness of the harp stops. They won’t drink their wine singing a song. Alcoholic drinks will be bitter to those who drink it. The confused city is broken down. Every house is shut up, so that no one will come in.

 

[11-15] There is crying in the streets because the wine is gone. All happiness is gone. The joy of the land is gone. The city is deserted, and the gate is destroyed. The people of the earth will be shaken like an olive tree, and picked over like when the harvest is done. They’ll cry out in the West and shout for their amazement of Yahweh. They’ll cry out from across the sea. So make Yahweh well-known in the East, even the name of Yahweh, the God of Israel, in the nations across the sea!

 

[16-19] From the farthest part of the earth have we heard songs, praising the righteous! But I said, “I have no hope! I have no hope! Sorrow is mine!” The unfaithful have been unfaithful. Yes, the unfaithful have done very wrong. Fear, the pit, and a trap will catch you people of the earth. Those who run from the noise of those who scream in fear will fall into the pit; and those who come out of the pit will be caught in a trap; for the windows of heaven are opened, and the evil people of the earth will shake in fear. The earth is completely broken and will be torn apart when it is violently shaken.

 

[20-23] The earth will stagger like a drunk, and will sway like a shed in a storm. Its disobedience will pull it down, and it’ll fall and not get up. Then Yahweh will punish the evil forces in the heavens above, and the rulers of the peoples on the earth. They’ll be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in a pit, and will be shut up in prison; and after many days they’ll be judged. Then the moon will be darkened, and the sun won’t shine; for Yahweh, the God of All Creation will reign onMountZion(Jerusalem), and inJerusalem; whose great light will shine in the presence of the leaders of the people.

 

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