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A Sign Against Egypt and Cush 20:1 In the year that the commander in chief, who was sent by Sargon the king of Assyria, came to Ashdod and fought against it and captured it—
2 at that time the Lord spoke by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, “Go, and loose the sackcloth from your waist and take off your sandals from your feet,” and he did so, walking naked and barefoot.
3 Then the Lord said, “As my servant Isaiah has walked naked and barefoot for three years as a sign and a portent against Egypt and Cush,
4 so shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptian captives and the Cushite exiles, both the young and the old, naked and barefoot, with buttocks uncovered, the nakedness of Egypt.
5 Then they shall be dismayed and ashamed because of Cush their hope and of Egypt their boast.
6 And the inhabitants of this coastland will say in that day, ‘Behold, this is what has happened to those in whom we hoped and to whom we fled for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria! And we, how shall we escape?’”
Fallen, Fallen Is Babylon 21:1 The oracle concerning the wilderness of the sea.As whirlwinds in the Negeb sweep on,it comes from the wilderness,from a terrible land.
2 A stern vision is told to me;the traitor betrays,and the destroyer destroys.Go up, O Elam;lay siege, O Media;all the sighing she has causedI bring to an end.
3 Therefore my loins are filled with anguish;pangs have seized me,like the pangs of a woman in labor;I am bowed down so that I cannot hear;I am dismayed so that I cannot see.
4 My heart staggers; horror has appalled me;the twilight I longed forhas been turned for me into trembling.
5 They prepare the table,they spread the rugs,they eat, they drink.Arise, O princes;oil the shield!
6 For thus the Lord said to me:“Go, set a watchman;let him announce what he sees.
7 When he sees riders, horsemen in pairs,riders on donkeys, riders on camels,let him listen diligently,very diligently.”
8 Then he who saw cried out:“Upon a watchtower I stand, O Lord,continually by day,and at my post I am stationedwhole nights.
9 And behold, here come riders,horsemen in pairs!”And he answered,“Fallen, fallen is Babylon;and all the carved images of her godshe has shattered to the ground.”
10 O my threshed and winnowed one,what I have heard from the Lord of hosts,the God of Israel, I announce to you.
11 The oracle concerning Dumah.One is calling to me from Seir,“Watchman, what time of the night?Watchman, what time of the night?”
12 The watchman says:“Morning comes, and also the night.If you will inquire, inquire;come back again.”
13 The oracle concerning Arabia.In the thickets in Arabia you will lodge,O caravans of Dedanites.
14 To the thirsty bring water;meet the fugitive with bread,O inhabitants of the land of Tema.
15 For they have fled from the swords,from the drawn sword,from the bent bow,and from the press of battle.
16 For thus the Lord said to me, “Within a year, according to the years of a hired worker, all the glory of Kedar will come to an end.
17 And the remainder of the archers of the mighty men of the sons of Kedar will be few, for the Lord, the God of Israel, has spoken.”
An Oracle Concerning Jerusalem 22:1 The oracle concerning the valley of vision.What do you mean that you have gone up,all of you, to the housetops,
2 you who are full of shoutings,tumultuous city, exultant town?Your slain are not slain with the swordor dead in battle.
3 All your leaders have fled together;without the bow they were captured.All of you who were found were captured,though they had fled far away.
4 Therefore I said:“Look away from me;let me weep bitter tears;do not labor to comfort meconcerning the destruction of the daughter of my people.”
5 For the Lord God of hosts has a dayof tumult and trampling and confusionin the valley of vision,a battering down of wallsand a shouting to the mountains.
6 And Elam bore the quiverwith chariots and horsemen,and Kir uncovered the shield.
7 Your choicest valleys were full of chariots,and the horsemen took their stand at the gates.
8 He has taken away the covering of Judah.
In that day you looked to the weapons of the House of the Forest,
9 and you saw that the breaches of the city of David were many. You collected the waters of the lower pool,
10 and you counted the houses of Jerusalem, and you broke down the houses to fortify the wall.
11 You made a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the old pool. But you did not look to him who did it, or see him who planned it long ago.
12 In that day the Lord God of hostscalled for weeping and mourning,for baldness and wearing sackcloth;
13 and behold, joy and gladness,killing oxen and slaughtering sheep,eating flesh and drinking wine.“Let us eat and drink,for tomorrow we die.”
14 The Lord of hosts has revealed himself in my ears:“Surely this iniquity will not be atoned for you until you die,”says the Lord God of hosts.
15 Thus says the Lord God of hosts, “Come, go to this steward, to Shebna, who is over the household, and say to him:
16 What have you to do here, and whom have you here, that you have cut out here a tomb for yourself, you who cut out a tomb on the height and carve a dwelling for yourself in the rock?
17 Behold, the Lord will hurl you away violently, O you strong man. He will seize firm hold on you
18 and whirl you around and around, and throw you like a ball into a wide land. There you shall die, and there shall be your glorious chariots, you shame of your master’s house.
19 I will thrust you from your office, and you will be pulled down from your station.
20 In that day I will call my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah,
21 and I will clothe him with your robe, and will bind your sash on him, and will commit your authority to his hand. And he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah.
22 And I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David. He shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.
23 And I will fasten him like a peg in a secure place, and he will become a throne of honor to his father’s house.
24 And they will hang on him the whole honor of his father’s house, the offspring and issue, every small vessel, from the cups to all the flagons.
25 In that day, declares the Lord of hosts, the peg that was fastened in a secure place will give way, and it will be cut down and fall, and the load that was on it will be cut off, for the Lord has spoken.”
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12:1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,but he who hates reproof is stupid.
2 A good man obtains favor from the Lord,but a man of evil devices he condemns.
3 No one is established by wickedness,but the root of the righteous will never be moved.
4 An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.
5 The thoughts of the righteous are just;the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
6 The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,but the mouth of the upright delivers them.
7 The wicked are overthrown and are no more,but the house of the righteous will stand.
8 A man is commended according to his good sense,but one of twisted mind is despised.
9 Better to be lowly and have a servantthan to play the great man and lack bread.
10 Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast,but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.
11 Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.
12 Whoever is wicked covets the spoil of evildoers,but the root of the righteous bears fruit.
13 An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,but the righteous escapes from trouble.
14 From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good,and the work of a man’s hand comes back to him.
15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,but a wise man listens to advice.
16 The vexation of a fool is known at once,but the prudent ignores an insult.
17 Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence,but a false witness utters deceit.
18 There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
19 Truthful lips endure forever,but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,but those who plan peace have joy.
21 No ill befalls the righteous,but the wicked are filled with trouble.
22 Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,but those who act faithfully are his delight.
23 A prudent man conceals knowledge,but the heart of fools proclaims folly.
24 The hand of the diligent will rule,while the slothful will be put to forced labor.
25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,but a good word makes him glad.
26 One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor,but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
27 Whoever is slothful will not roast his game,but the diligent man will get precious wealth.
28 In the path of righteousness is life,and in its pathway there is no death.
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Give Thanks to the Lord, for He Is Good106:1 Praise the Lord!Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,for his steadfast love endures forever!
2 Who can utter the mighty deeds of the Lord,or declare all his praise?
3 Blessed are they who observe justice,who do righteousness at all times!
4 Remember me, O Lord, when you show favor to your people;help me when you save them,
5 that I may look upon the prosperity of your chosen ones,that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation,that I may glory with your inheritance.
6 Both we and our fathers have sinned;we have committed iniquity; we have done wickedness.
7 Our fathers, when they were in Egypt,did not consider your wondrous works;they did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love,but rebelled by the sea, at the Red Sea.
8 Yet he saved them for his name’s sake,that he might make known his mighty power.
9 He rebuked the Red Sea, and it became dry,and he led them through the deep as through a desert.
10 So he saved them from the hand of the foeand redeemed them from the power of the enemy.
11 And the waters covered their adversaries;not one of them was left.
12 Then they believed his words;they sang his praise.
13 But they soon forgot his works;they did not wait for his counsel.
14 But they had a wanton craving in the wilderness,and put God to the test in the desert;
15 he gave them what they asked,but sent a wasting disease among them.
16 When men in the camp were jealous of Mosesand Aaron, the holy one of the Lord,
17 the earth opened and swallowed up Dathan,and covered the company of Abiram.
18 Fire also broke out in their company;the flame burned up the wicked.
19 They made a calf in Horeband worshiped a metal image.
20 They exchanged the glory of Godfor the image of an ox that eats grass.
21 They forgot God, their Savior,who had done great things in Egypt,
22 wondrous works in the land of Ham,and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.
23 Therefore he said he would destroy them—had not Moses, his chosen one,stood in the breach before him,to turn away his wrath from destroying them.
24 Then they despised the pleasant land,having no faith in his promise.
25 They murmured in their tents,and did not obey the voice of the Lord.
26 Therefore he raised his hand and swore to themthat he would make them fall in the wilderness,
27 and would make their offspring fall among the nations,scattering them among the lands.
28 Then they yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor,and ate sacrifices offered to the dead;
29 they provoked the Lord to anger with their deeds,and a plague broke out among them.
30 Then Phinehas stood up and intervened,and the plague was stayed.
31 And that was counted to him as righteousnessfrom generation to generation forever.
32 They angered him at the waters of Meribah,and it went ill with Moses on their account,
33 for they made his spirit bitter,and he spoke rashly with his lips.
34 They did not destroy the peoples,as the Lord commanded them,
35 but they mixed with the nationsand learned to do as they did.
36 They served their idols,which became a snare to them.
37 They sacrificed their sonsand their daughters to the demons;
38 they poured out innocent blood,the blood of their sons and daughters,whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan,and the land was polluted with blood.
39 Thus they became unclean by their acts,and played the whore in their deeds.
40 Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people,and he abhorred his heritage;
41 he gave them into the hand of the nations,so that those who hated them ruled over them.
42 Their enemies oppressed them,and they were brought into subjection under their power.
43 Many times he delivered them,but they were rebellious in their purposesand were brought low through their iniquity.
44 Nevertheless, he looked upon their distress,when he heard their cry.
45 For their sake he remembered his covenant,and relented according to the abundance of his steadfast love.
46 He caused them to be pitiedby all those who held them captive.
47 Save us, O Lord our God,and gather us from among the nations,that we may give thanks to your holy nameand glory in your praise.
48 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,from everlasting to everlasting!And let all the people say, “Amen!”Praise the Lord!
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