Isaiah 31-35

English: Village of below Mount Zion.

English: Village of below Mount Zion. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Isaiah 31-35

31[1-3] Sorrow will come to those who go down to Egypt for help, and rely on horses, and trust in their many war vehicles, and in their strong riders, but they don’t look to the Holy One of Israel to help them, and they don’t look for Yahweh! Yet You, God are wise also, and will bring disaster, and won’t take back your words, but will rise against the family of the evil-doers, and against the help of those who sin. Now the Egyptians are human beings, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit. When Yahweh comes in power, both those who help will trip, and those who are helped will fall, and they’ll all be destroyed together.

[4-7] Yahweh says this to me, “As the lion and the young lion growling over its prey, even if many warriors are called together against it, it won’t be upset at their voice, nor lower itself for their noise, so Yahweh, the God of All Creation will come down to fight on the heights of Mount Zion (Jerusalem). As a bird hovers, so Yahweh, the God of All Creation will protect Jerusalem. God will protect and save it. God will go over it and save it.” Come back to God from whom you’ve greatly rebelled, children of Israel. Then everyone will throw away their false gods of silver and gold, the sin which your own hands have made to worship.

[8-9] “The Assyrian will fall by war, but not of human beings; and the war, not of humanity, will destroy them. They will go from the war, and the young soldiers will be forced to work. Their stronghold will fall for their fear, and their rulers will be scared to death when they see the flag,” says Yahweh, whose light is in Zion(Jerusalem), and whose brightness is in Jerusalem.

32[1-8] Look, God’s Ruler will reign in goodness, and all the other rulers will rule fairly. Each one will be like a shelter from the storm winds, and like a flowing creek in a dry place, and like the shade of a large rock in a sun-scorched land. They’ll see clearly and listen carefully to their people. The reckless ones will know to do good, and those who stutter will know how to speak clearly. The stupid ones won’t be called honorable any more, nor will the useless ones be highly respected. The stupid ones will speak foolishly, and their heart will plan sin, using profanity, and speaking against Yahweh in error, to make the hungry have nothing to eat, and to make the thirsty have nothing to drink. These useless people are evil. They plan sinful things to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speak what’s right. But those who are honorable do honorable things; and will continue because they’re honorable.

[9-14] Get up, you women who have it easy! Listen to My voice! You careless women, listen to My words! About this time next year you’ll be troubled, you careless women; for the fruit will fail and the harvest won’t come. Shake in fear, you women who are at ease! Be troubled, you careless ones! Strip yourselves naked, and put on your mourning clothes. Beat your breasts in grief because the pleasant fields and the fruitful vines will all be gone. Thorns and briars will come up on My people’s land; yes, they’ll grow on all the happy houses in the happy city. Even the royal palace will be destroyed. The city that was full will be deserted. The forts and the watchtower will be for dens continually, a good place for wild donkeys, and a pasture for flocks.

[15-20] It will be this way until the Spirit’s poured on us from heaven, and the countryside becomes a fruitful field again, and the fruitful field is like a forest. Then there will be fairness in the countryside; and goodness in the fruitful field. The work of goodness will bring peace; and its effect will be quietness and confidence forever. My people will live in a peaceful place, in safe homes, and in quiet resting places. Though hail flattens the forest, and cities are nothing but ruins, you who plant your seeds beside all the little creeks, and who send out your cows and donkeys to graze will be blessed.

33[1-5] Sorrow will come to you who destroy, when no one destroyed you; and you who betray, when no one betrayed you! When you’ve finished destroying, you’ll be destroyed; and when you’ve finished your betrayals, you’ll be betrayed. Yahweh, be gracious to us. We’ve waited for you. Be our strength every morning, and our saving grace in the time of trouble. At the noise of the thunder, the peoples have run away, so when You lift yourself up, the nations will scatter. You will gather what You take as the caterpillar gathers and others will leap on it as the locusts leap. Yahweh is lifted up in praise, who lives in heaven. God has filled Zion(Jerusalem) with fairness and goodness.

[6-9] There’ll be stability in your times, much saving grace, wisdom, and knowledge. Treasure and respect Yahweh. Look, their brave ones cry outside; the messengers who tried to bring peace cry bitterly. The highways are deserted and those who travel stop. The promises of the treaty are broken and our cities are hated. No one cares about us. The land suffers and is deserted. The forests of Lebanon wither away. The Plain of Sharon is like a desert, and the trees of Bashan and Carmel are stripped bare.

[10-14] “Now I’ll arise,” says Yahweh; “Now I’ll lift myself up. Now I’ll be lifted up in praise. You’ll conceive chaff and bring forth stubble. Your breath is a fire that will burn you. The peoples will be like the burning of lime, like thorns that are cut down and burned in the fire. Listen, you who are far away, to what I’ve done; and, you who are near, tell of My strength.” The sinners in Zion(Jerusalem) are afraid. The godless ones are shaking in fear. Who among us can live through this burning fire? Who among us can live through this everlasting burning?

[15-19] Those who act right, and say what’s right; Those who hate the money of abusers, who gesture with their hands, refusing to take a bribe, who won’t hear of blood, and won’t look at evil. These kinds of people will live in heaven. Their place of defense will be the fortress of rocks. Their food will be supplied. Their waters will be sure. Your eyes will see the Ruler’s beauty. They’ll see a distant land. Your heart will think about those things that used to scare you to death. Where are those who collected our money? Where are those who weighed our gold? Where are those who counted our defense towers? You won’t see those fierce people, who talked in languages you couldn’t understand.

[20-24] Look at Zion(Jerusalem), the city of our celebrations. Your eyes will see Jerusalem, a quiet place, a tent that won’t be removed. Its stakes won’t ever be pulled up, nor will any of its cords be broken. But Yahweh will be there with us in shining beauty, a place of wide rivers and creeks, in which no ship will go. For Yahweh is our judge. Yahweh is our lawgiver. Yahweh is our Ruler, who will save us. Your rigging is untied and the foot of your mast isn’t strong. You couldn’t even spread the sail. Everything that’s taken from you will be divided and even those who can’t walk will get something. The people won’t ever be sick and those who live there will be forgiven their sin.

34[1-5] Come near, you nations, to listen! Listen, you peoples. Let the earth and all it contains listen; the world, and everything that comes from it. Yahweh is enraged against all the nations, and very angry with all their armies. God has completely destroyed them and given them over for slaughter. Their dead will be thrown out, and the stench of their dead bodies will rise; and the mountains will be covered in their blood. All of the creations in the heavens will be destroyed. The sky will be rolled up like a scroll, and all its stars and planets will fall away, as a leaf falls from off a vine or a fig tree. For My weapon has taken what it wanted in the sky. Look, It’ll come down on Edom(Arab nations), and on the people I’ll punish, for judgment.

[6-10] Yahweh’s weapon is stained with blood. It’s covered with fat, with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams; for Yahweh has a sacrifice in Bozrah, And a great slaughter in the land of Edom(Arab nations). The wild cows will come down with them, and the young bulls along with the strong bulls; and their land will be drunken with blood, and their dust made greasy with fat. For Yahweh has a day of judgment, a year to repay them for the cause of Zion(Jerusalem). Its creeks will be turned into oil, its dust into sulfur, And its land will become burning oil. It won’t be put out night nor day and its smoke will go up forever. From generation to generation, it’ll be nothing but ruins. No one will go through it forever and ever.

[11-15] But the pelican and the heron will live there. The owl and the raven will live in it. God will totally destroy it, and make it completely empty. None of its leaders will rule there; and they’ll all be gone. Thorns will come up in its palaces, nettles and thistles in its fortresses; and it’ll be a place of dragons and ostriches. The wild animals of the desert will meet with the howling wolves, and the wild goats will cry out to each other. Yes, the night owl will settle there, and will find itself a place of rest. The arrow snake will make its nest there, and lay, hatch, and gather under its shade. Yes, the vultures will be gathered there, every one with its mate.

[16-17] Search in the Word of God, and read it. Not one of these things will be missing. None of them will lack its mate. For My mouth has spoken it, and My Spirit has gathered them. I’ve given them each their place and measured a share out to them. They’ll live there forever, from generation to generation.

35[1 The countryside and the dry land will be glad. The desert will celebrate and blossom like a rose. It’ll blossom fully, and celebrate with happiness and singing. The beauty of Lebanon will be given to it, the greatness of Carmel and Sharon. They’ll see Yahweh’s shining light, the beauty of our God. Strengthen the weak hands, and make the weak knees stand strong. Tell those who have a fearful heart, “Be strong. Don’t be afraid. Look, your God will come with judgment, God will give everyone what they deserve. God will come and save you.

[5-10] Then the eyes of the blind will see, and the ears of the deaf will hear. Those who can’t walk will jump like a deer, and the tongue of those who can’t speak will sing; creeks will flow out of the countryside, and creeks will come up in the desert. The burning sand will become a pool of water, and the thirsty ground creeks of water. Grass with reeds and rushes will come to the places where dragons lay. A highway will be there, a street that will be called The Holy Way. The unfit won’t go on it, but it’ll be for those who walk in the Way of God. Evil ungodly idiots won’t go there. No lion or any other hungry animal will go up on it. They won’t be found there; but those who are bought back from their hard work will walk there. Those Yahweh has bought back will come back, and come with singing to Zion(Jerusalem); and they’ll be happy forever. They’ll be glad and happy, and sorrow and sadness will go away.”


About mamaheartfilled

I am a mother of eight wonderfully challenging children and nine grandkids, of whom I am very proud. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. I have endeavored to paraphrase the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, for the last ten years or so and am working on a final edit, now. It is my hope that it will be of some use in the great commission of Christ. My ministry is primarily geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community around the world. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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