25[1-5] Yahweh, You are My God. I’ll lift You up! I’ll praise Your Name, for You’ve done wonderful things, things planned long ago, in complete faithfulness and truth. For You’ve made a city into a pile of rubble, a strong city into a ruin, a palace of foreigners to be no city at all. It’ll never be rebuilt. So a strong people will praise you. The cities of powerful nations will fear you. For You’ve been a stronghold to the poor and the needy in their trouble, a safe haven from the storm, a shade from the heat, when the dreaded evil ones blast us like a storm against the wall. You’ll bring down the noise of foreigners as the heat in the desert; as the heat by the shade of a cloud, the song of the dreaded evil ones will be silenced.
[6-8] In this mountain, Yahweh, the God of All Creation, will make all peoples a celebration of the best foods, a celebration of the best wines, of fat meats, and of the best made wines. God will destroy in this mountain the blanket of sin that covers all peoples, and the veil that is spread over the eyes of all nations. God has destroyed death forever! Yahweh God will wipe the tears away from every face and will take the shame of the people away from the earth! Yahweh has said it.
[9-12] It’ll be said then, “Look, this is our God, who we’ve waited for, who will save us! This is Yahweh, who we’ve waited for! We’ll be glad and celebrate in the saving grace of God!” For in this mountain the hand of Yahweh will rest.Moab(Jordan) will be stomped down in its place, like straw is stomped down in a pile of waste.Moab’s hands will spread out, like someone who swims spreads out their hands to swim, but their pride will fall along with the skill of their hands. God has brought the strong towers of your walls down, flat on the ground, even in the dust.
26[1-6] Then, this song will be sung in thelandofJudah(southernIsrael): “We’ve got a strong city. God gives us saving grace for walls and defenses. Open the gates, that the nation, which is good may enter, the one who keeps faith. You’ll keep whoever’s mind is faithful in perfect peace, because they trust in you. Trust in Yahweh forever; for in Yahweh, is an everlasting Rock. God has brought down those who live proudly, in the proud city and lays it low, even to the ground. God brings it even to the dust and feet will stomp it down; Yes, even the feet of the poor, and the steps of the needy.”
[7-10] Godly people act morally. You, who are upright, make the path of those who are good level. Yes, we’ve waited for You in the way of Your judgments, Yahweh. Your Name and Your fame are what we want. I’ve wanted You in the night in my soul. Yes, my spirit within me will search for You sincerely; for when Your judgments are in the earth, the people of the world will learn to be good. But even if grace is shown to the sinners, they won’t learn to be good. Even in a moral land, they‘ll do what’s wrong, and won’t see Yahweh’s beauty.
[11-15] Yahweh, Your hand is lifted up, yet they don’t see; but they’ll see your passion for the people, and be disappointed. Yes, fire will burn up your enemies. Yahweh, You’ll give us peace, for You’ve also planned all our works for us. Yahweh our God, other leaders besides You have had power over us, but by You only do we speak Your Name. They are dead and won’t live. You’ve judged them and destroyed them, and made everyone forget them. You’ve made our nation grow, O Yahweh. You’ve made our nation grow! We praise You! You’ve enlarged all the borders of the land.
[16-21] Yahweh, they only came to You when they were in trouble. They squalled a prayer when your judgment was on them. Like a pregnant woman, who nears the time of her delivery, is in pain and cries out in her birth pangs; so we’ve been before you, Yahweh. We’ve suffered. We’ve been in pain. We gave birth, it seems, only to wind. We’ve not saved ourselves in the earth; nor have the people of the world fallen. Your dead will live and along with my dead body, will arise. Awake and sing, you who live in the dust; for your dew is like the dew of herbs, and the earth will throw out the dead. Come, my people, enter into your houses, and shut your doors behind you. Hide yourself for a little while, until the judgment is past. Look, Yahweh comes out of heaven to punish the people of the earth for their sin. The earth will also show its blood, and will no longer hide its dead.
27[1-5] Then, Yahweh’s power and great strong weapon will punish the dragon (Leviathan), the piercing and curling snake; and will kill that sea monster. Then sing to her, “A beautiful garden! I, Yahweh, am its keeper. I’ll water it everyday. I’ll keep it night and day, so no one will damage it. Great anger isn’t in Me, but if I should find briers and thorns, I would destroy them! I would trample them down and burn them all up together. Or else let them come to Me for safety, that they may make peace with Me. Yes, let them make peace with Me.”
[6-9] In days to come, Jacob will take root.Israelwill blossom and bud. They’ll fill the surface of the earth with fruit. Has God punishedIsraelas those who fought with them were punished? Or have they been destroyed like those who destroyed them were destroyed? In measure, when You send them out of their country, You’ll punish them and take them out with a rough blast like a strong and furious east wind. So, by this the sin of Jacob will be forgiven, and all their sins will be forgiven when they make all the stones of the ungodly altars as chalk stones that are beaten in pieces, so that the false worship of Asherim (fertility goddess, mother of Baal) and the incense altars will rise no more.
[10-13] For the fortified city is alone, a place deserted and empty, like the countryside. The calf will feed and lie down there, and eat its branches. When its branches are withered, they’ll be broken off. The women will come and set them on fire, for they’re a people of no understanding. So the God who made them won’t have compassion on them, and the One who formed them will show them no grace. Then Yahweh will gather you from the flowing stream of the Euphrates to the Nile of Egypt; and you’ll be gathered one by one, people ofIsrael. Then a great trumpet will be blown; and those who were ready to die in thelandofAssyria, and those who were outcasts in thelandofEgypt, will come; and they’ll worship Yahweh in the holy mountain atJerusalem.
28[1-4] Sorrow will come to the drunks of Ephraim (northernIsrael), whose crown of flowers are fading of their beauty, which is on the head of the fertile valley of those who are overcome with wine! Look, God has a very strong people waiting to attack. Like a storm of hail, a destroying storm, and like an overflowing flood of strong waters, they will throw them down to the earth with their power. The crown of pride of the drunks of Ephraim (northernIsrael) will be stomped under foot. The wonderful beauty is as fading flowers, which is on the head of the fertile valley, and will be like the first-ripe fig before the summer; which someone picks and eats as soon as they see it.
[5-8] Then Yahweh, the God of All Creation, will become a crown of glory, and a head dress of beauty, to the rest of God’s people; and a spirit of fairness to those who sit in judgment, and strength to those who turn back their enemies at the city gate. But the leaders are all drunk with wine, and stagger with their alcohol. The priest and the preacher are full of wine and alcohol and are confused. They can’t walk straight nor see what’s coming because of their drinking. They don’t make good decisions. All their tables are covered with nasty vomit and are full of filth.
[9-13] So to whom will God teach knowledge? To whom will God explain the message? Those who are weaned from breast milk? For it’s rule by rule, rule by rule; line by line, line by line; here a little, there a little. But God will speak to this nation with a strange people who speak in another language. God said, “This is the resting place. Give rest to those who are tired;” and “This is the place to refresh yourselves;” yet they wouldn’t listen. So the word of Yahweh will come to them rule by rule, rule by rule; line by line, line by line; here a little, there a little; that they may go, fall backward, be broken, trapped, and taken away.
[14-17] So hear the word of Yahweh, you who make fun of me, that rule this people inJerusalem. “Because you’ve said, ‘We’ve made a promise with death, and with Hell we’re in agreement. When terrible troubles pass through, it won’t come to us; for we’ve made lies our safe haven, and we’ve hidden ourselves with untruths.’” So this says Yahweh God, “Look, I lay inZion(Jerusalem) a stone for a foundation, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone to make sure the foundation is strong. Those who believe the truth will wait patiently. The measuring line will be fair, and the plumb line will be goodness. The hail will sweep away their lies, and the waters will overflow their hiding places.
[18-22] Your promise with death will be canceled, and your agreement with Hell won’t stand. When terrible troubles pass through, then you’ll be trampled down by it. It’ll take you as often as it passes through. Morning by morning it’ll come to you, by day and by night; You’ll be scared to death when you understand the message.” Your bed is too short to stretch out on, and the blanket is too narrow to wrap yourself in. Yahweh will get up as onMountPerazimand will be angry as in thevalleyofGibeon; Yahweh will do what needs to be done, an unusual work, and complete an extraordinary act. So don’t be making fun of me, or your punishment will be worse; for I’ve heard God, Yahweh, the God of All Creation, order destruction on the whole land.
[23-26] Listen and hear my voice! Listen, and hear what I say! Do farmers who plow to plant plow continually? Do they keep turning the soil and breaking it up? When they’ve leveled its surface, don’t they plant the dill, and scatter the cumin seed, and put the wheat in rows, the barley in its place, and the spelt in its place? For God teaches them how to do it right and teaches them good judgment.
[27-29] For the dill are not threshed with a sharp instrument, nor is a cart wheel run over the cumin; but the dill is beaten out with a stick, and the cumin with a stick. Bread flour must be ground; so they aren’t always threshing it. Though they may drive the wheels of a cart over it, the horses don’t grind it. This also comes from Yahweh, the God of All Creation, who is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in wisdom.
29[1-5] Sorrow will come to Ariel (Mt.Zion,Jerusalem)! Ariel, the city where David encamped! Add year to year; let the celebrations come around as usual; then I’ll trouble Ariel, and there’ll be mourning and crying. She will be to Me as a hearth on the altar. I’ll encamp against you all around, and will attack you with posted troops. I’ll raise a blockade against you. You’ll be brought down, and your ruins will speak. You’ll mumble out of the dust of the grave. Your voice will be as of ghost, out of a grave, and your speech will whisper out of the dust. But many of your enemies will be like fine dust, and the many of the ruthless ones like chaff that blows away. Yes, it’ll happen very quickly, very suddenly.
[6-9] The City will be visited by Yahweh, the God of All Creation, with thunder, earthquake, great noise, tornados and storms, and with the flame of a burning fire. The many nations that fight against Ariel (Mt.Zion,Jerusalem), even all who fight against it and its stronghold, and who trouble it, will be like a dream, like a vision of the night. It’ll be like when a hungry person dreams, and eats; but awakes, and is still hungry; or like when a thirsty person dreams, and drinks; but awakes, and is faint, and still thirsty. The many nations that fight againstMountZion(Jerusalem) will be like that. Stop and think! Blind yourselves and be blind! They’re drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink.
[10-14] For Yahweh has poured out on you a spirit of deep sleep, and has closed the eyes of the preachers; and has covered the heads of those who see the future. All visions have become to you like the words of a book that is closed, which people save for those who are educated, saying, “Read this, please;” and they say, “I can’t, for it’s closed” and the book is opened to one who isn’t educated, saying, “Read this, please;” and they say, “I can’t read.” God said, “Because these people say they love Me and honor Me with their words, but they’ve removed their heart far from Me, and their fear of Me is an order which has been taught by human beings; I’ll go on to do a wonderful work among these people, even a great and wonderful miracle; and the wisdom of their wisest ones will die, and the understanding of their sensible ones will be hidden.”
[15-19] Sorrow will come to those who try to hide what they do and say from Yahweh, and whose actions are done in secret, and who say, “Who sees us?” and “Who knows us?” You turn things upside down! Should the potter be thought to be like clay; that the thing made should say about the One who made it, “God didn’t make Me;” or the thing formed say of the One who formed it, “God doesn’t understand?” Isn’t it yet a very little while, andLebanonwill be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field will be thought of as a forest? Then the deaf will hear the Words of the Book, and the eyes of the blind will see out of the shadows and darkness. The humble also will be happy in Yahweh, and the poor among them will celebrate in the Holy One of Israel.
[20-24] For the ruthless is brought to nothing, and those who make fun of others stop, and all those who do evil are destroyed, who lie about others and send them to jail, and trap those who judge fairly in the gate, and who take away the innocent with unfairness and lies. So Yahweh, who saved Abraham, say this about the family of Jacob, “Israelwill no longer be ashamed, nor be afraid. But when they see their people, whom I will give them, living with them, they’ll praise My name. Yes, they’ll praise the Holy One of Jacob, and will stand in awe of the God of Israel. Those who err in jugment will come to understanding, and those who complain will be taught.”
30[1-5] “Sorrow will come to the rebellious people,” says Yahweh, “who take counsel, but not from Me; and who make an agreement, but not with My Spirit, that they may add sin to sin, who set out to go down into Egypt, and haven’t asked My advice; to strengthen themselves in the strength of the Egyptian Ruler, and to take safe haven in the shadow of Egypt! So the strength of the Egyptian Ruler will be your shame, and the safe haven in the shadow ofEgyptwill be your confusion. For their rulers are at Zoan, and their ambassadors have come to Hanes. They’ll all be ashamed because of a people that can’t help them, that aren’t any help and won’t benefit them, but will be a shame, and also a blame to them.”
[6-11] The vision of the animals of the South. Through the land of trouble and suffering, of the lioness and the lion, the snake and fiery flying dragon, they carry their riches on the shoulders of young donkeys, and their treasures on the humps of camels, to an unprofitable people. ForEgypthelps them for nothing, and to no good; So I’ve called them Rahab, who sits still. Now go, write it on a tablet for them, and put it in a book, so that it may be for the time to come forever and ever. For it’s a rebellious people, lying children, children who won’t hear the law of Yahweh; who tell the seers, “Don’t see!” and the preachers, “Don’t tell us what’s right. Tell us good things. Tell us lies. Get out of the way. Turn out of the path. Make the Holy One of Israel stop speaking to us.”
[12-14] So this says the Holy One of Israel, “Because you hate My Word, and trust in abuse and evil, and depend on it; So this sin will be to you like a broken wall ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, which breaks suddenly in an instant. God will break it as a potter’s vessel is broken, breaking it in pieces without sparing it, so that there won’t be found among the broken piece one good piece enough to take fire from the hearth, or to dip up water out of the well.”
[15-19] Yahweh God, the Holy One of Israel, says this as well, “You’ll be saved when you come back and rest. You’ll be quiet and confident in your strength.” You rejected, but you said, “No, we’ll go on horses;” So you’ll go; and, “We’ll ride on the fastest;” So those who chase you will be fast. One thousand will run at the threat of one. At the threat of five, you’ll run until you are left like a beacon on the top of a mountain, and like a flag on a hill. So Yahweh will wait, and be gracious to you; and God will be lifted up in praise, and have compassion on you, for Yahweh is a fair God. All those who wait for God will be happy. For the people will live inZionatJerusalem. You won’t cry any more. God will, without a doubt, be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. When God hears you, God will answer you.
[20-26] Though God may give you the food of hardship and the waters of trouble, yet your teachers won’t be hidden anymore, but your eyes will see your teachers; and when you turn to the right, and when you turn to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way. Walk in it.” You’ll ruin the overlaying of your false gods of silver, and the plating of your false gods of gold. You’ll throw them away as an unfit thing. You’ll tell it, “Go away!” Then God will give the rain for your seed, with which you’ll plant the ground; and food of the produce of the ground will be very good and very much. Then your livestock will feed in large pastures. The cows and the young donkeys that till the ground will eat good feed, which has been separated from the chaff with a shovel and fork. There’ll be brooks and creeks of water on every high mountain and hill in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall. Also the light of the moon will be like the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven days, in the day that Yahweh binds up the broken of the people of God, and heals all their wounds.
[27-30] Look, the Name of Yahweh comes from far away, burning with anger, and in thick rising smoke. God’s Word is full of rightful anger, and speaks to us as a burning fire. God’s breath is as an overflowing stream that reaches even to the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of destruction; and a bridle that leads to ruin will be in the jaws of the peoples. You’ll have a song, as in the night when a holy celebration is kept; and gladness of heart, as when someone goes with a flute to come to Yahweh’s mountain, toIsrael’s Rock. Yahweh will speak and be heard, and will be powerfully strong, with rightful anger and judgment, and the flame of a burning fire, with a blast, storm, and hailstones.
[31-33] For the Assyrian will be upset when they hear the voice of Yahweh, who will punish them with great punishment. Every stroke of the stick of punishment, which Yahweh will lay on them, will be with the sound of tambourines and harps. God will fight with them in battles with power. God has long had a place ready to burn up the ruler. God has piled it high and made it large with fire and much wood. Yahweh’s breath starts it like a stream of sulfur.
- Isaiah 31-35 (gofishministries.wordpress.com)
- Isaiah Chpters 1-6 (gofishministries.wordpress.com)
- Isaiah Chapters 7-12 (gofishministries.wordpress.com)
- Isaiah 13-18 (gofishministries.wordpress.com)
- Isaiah 19-22 (gofishministries.wordpress.com)
- Isaiah 49-55 (gofishministries.wordpress.com)
- Isaiah 55-60 (gofishministries.wordpress.com)
- Isaiah 61-66 (gofishministries.wordpress.com)