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Isaiah

Chapters 23-25

Isaiah 23

1 This message came to me concerning Tyre: Wail, you trading ships of Tarshish, for the harbor and houses of Tyre are gone! The rumors you heard in Cyprus are all true. 

2 Mourn in silence, you people of the coast and you merchants of Sidon. Your traders crossed the sea, 

3 sailing over deep waters. They brought you grain from Egypt and harvests from along the Nile. You were the marketplace of the world. 

4 But now you are put to shame, city of Sidon, for Tyre, the fortress of the sea, says, “Now I am childless; I have no sons or daughters.” 

5 When Egypt hears the news about Tyre, there will be great sorrow. 

6 Send word now to Tarshish! Wail, you people who live in distant lands! 

7 Is this silent ruin all that is left of your once joyous city? What a long history was yours! Think of all the colonists you sent to distant places. 

8 Who has brought this disaster on Tyre, that great creator of kingdoms? Her traders were all princes, her merchants were nobles. 

9 The LORD of Heaven’s Armies has done it to destroy your pride and bring low all earth’s nobility. 

10Come, people of Tarshish, sweep over the land like the flooding Nile, for Tyre is defenseless. 

11 The LORD held out his hand over the sea and shook the kingdoms of the earth. He has spoken out against Phoenicia, ordering that her fortresses be destroyed. 

12 He says, “Never again will you rejoice, O daughter of Sidon, for you have been crushed. Even if you flee to Cyprus, you will find no rest.” 

13 Look at the land of Babylonia — the people of that land are gone! The Assyrians have handed Babylon over to the wild animals of the desert. They have built siege ramps against its walls, torn down its palaces, and turned it to a heap of rubble. 

14 Wail, you ships of Tarshish, for your harbor is destroyed! 

15 For seventy years, the length of a king’s life, Tyre will be forgotten. But then the city will come back to life as in the song about the prostitute: 

16 Take a harp and walk the streets, you forgotten harlot. Make sweet melody and sing your songs so you will be remembered again. 

17 Yes, after seventy years the LORD will revive Tyre. But she will be no different than she was before. She will again be a prostitute to all kingdoms around the world.

18 But in the end her profits will be given to the LORD . Her wealth will not be hoarded but will provide good food and fine clothing for the LORD ’s priests.

Isaiah 24

1 Look! The LORD is about to destroy the earth and make it a vast wasteland. He devastates the surface of the earth and scatters the people. 

2Priests and laypeople, servants and masters, maids and mistresses, buyers and sellers, lenders and borrowers, bankers and debtors—none will be spared.

3 The earth will be completely emptied and looted. The LORD has spoken!

4 The earth mourns and dries up, and the land wastes away and withers. Even the greatest people on earth waste away. 

5 The earth suffers for the sins of its people, for they have twisted God’s instructions, violated his laws, and broken his everlasting covenant. 

6 Therefore, a curse consumes the earth. Its people must pay the price for their sin. They are destroyed by fire, and only a few are left alive. 

7 The grapevines waste away, and there is no new wine. All the merrymakers sigh and mourn. 

8 The cheerful sound of tambourines is stilled; the happy cries of celebration are heard no more. The melodious chords of the harp are silent. 

9 Gone are the joys of wine and song; alcoholic drink turns bitter in the mouth. 

10 The city writhes in chaos; every home is locked to keep out intruders. 

11 Mobs gather in the streets, crying out for wine. Joy has turned to gloom. Gladness has been banished from the land. 

12 The city is left in ruins, its gates battered down. 

13 Throughout the earth the story is the same— only a remnant is left, like the stray olives left on the tree or the few grapes left on the vine after harvest. 

14 But all who are left shout and sing for joy. Those in the west praise the LORD ’s majesty. 

15In eastern lands, give glory to the LORD . In the lands beyond the sea, praise the name of the LORD, the God of Israel. 

16 We hear songs of praise from the ends of the earth, songs that give glory to the Righteous One! But my heart is heavy with grief. Weep for me, for I wither away. Deceit still prevails, and treachery is everywhere. 

17 Terror and traps and snares will be your lot, you people of the earth. 

18 Those who flee in terror will fall into a trap, and those who escape the trap will be caught in a snare. Destruction falls like rain from the heavens; the foundations of the earth shake. 

19 The earth has broken up. It has utterly collapsed; it is violently shaken. 

20 The earth staggers like a drunk. It trembles like a tent in a storm. It falls and will not rise again, for the guilt of its rebellion is very heavy. 

21 In that day the LORD will punish the gods in the heavens and the proud rulers of the nations on earth. 

22 They will be rounded up and put in prison. They will be shut up in prison and will finally be punished. 

23 Then the glory of the moon will wane, and the brightness of the sun will fade, for the LORD of Heaven’s Armies will rule on Mount Zion. He will rule in great glory in Jerusalem, in the sight of all the leaders of his people.

Isaiah 25

1 O LORD, I will honor and praise your name, for you are my God. You do such wonderful things! You planned them long ago, and now you have accomplished them. 

2 You turn mighty cities into heaps of ruins. Cities with strong walls are turned to rubble. Beautiful palaces in distant lands disappear and will never be rebuilt. 

3 Therefore, strong nations will declare your glory; ruthless nations will fear you. 

4 But you are a tower of refuge to the poor, O LORD, a tower of refuge to the needy in distress. You are a refuge from the storm and a shelter from the heat. For the oppressive acts of ruthless people are like a storm beating against a wall, 

5 or like the relentless heat of the desert. But you silence the roar of foreign nations. As the shade of a cloud cools relentless heat, so the boastful songs of ruthless people are stilled. 

6 In Jerusalem, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies will spread a wonderful feast for all the people of the world. It will be a delicious banquet with clear, well-aged wine and choice meat. 

7 There he will remove the cloud of gloom, the shadow of death that hangs over the earth. 

8 He will swallow up death forever! The Sovereign LORD will wipe away all tears. He will remove forever all insults and mockery against his land and people. The LORD has spoken! 

9 In that day the people will proclaim, “This is our God! We trusted in him, and he saved us! This is the LORD, in whom we trusted. Let us rejoice in the salvation he brings!”

10 For the LORD ’s hand of blessing will rest on Jerusalem. But Moab will be crushed. It will be like straw trampled down and left to rot. 

11 God will push down Moab’s people as a swimmer pushes down water with his hands. He will end their pride and all their evil works. 

12 The high walls of Moab will be demolished. They will be brought down to the ground, down into the dust.

Day 11Ashley Ervin