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Isaiah 33 - Easy To Read Version

A Prayer in Deep Distress

1. Look, you people make war and steal things from people, and those people never stole anything from you. You turn against people, and those people never turned against you. So when you stop stealing, other people will begin stealing from you. When you stop turning against people, other people will start turning against you.

2. “Lord, be kind to us.\par We have waited for your help.\par Lord, give us strength every morning.\par Save us when we are in trouble.\par

3. Your powerful voice scares people,\par and they run away from you.\par Your greatness causes the nations\par to run away.”\par

4. You people stole things in war. Those things will be taken from you. Many, many people will come and take your wealth. It will be like the times when locusts {\cf2\super [298]} come and eat all your crops.

5. The Lord is very great. He lives in a very high place. The Lord fills Zion {\cf2\super [299]} with fairness and goodness.

6. Jerusalem, you are rich—you are rich with wisdom and knowledge of God. You are rich with salvation. You respect the Lord and that makes you rich. So you can know that you will continue.

7. But listen! The messengers {\cf2\super [300]} are crying outside. The messengers that bring peace are crying very hard.

8. The roads are destroyed. No one is walking in the streets. People have broken the agreements they made. People refuse to believe the proof from witnesses. {\cf2\super [301]} No one respects other people.

9. The land is sick and dying. Lebanon {\cf2\super [302]} is dying and Sharon Valley {\cf2\super [303]} is dry and empty. Bashan {\cf2\super [304]} and Carmel {\cf2\super [305]} once grew beautiful plants—but now those plants have stopped growing.

Impending Judgment on Zion

10. The Lord says, “Now, I will stand and show my greatness. Now, I will become important to the people.

11. You people have done useless things. Those things are like hay and straw. They are worth nothing! Your spirit {\cf2\super [306]} will be like a fire and burn you.

12. People will be burned until their bones become lime. {\cf2\super [307]} The people will burn quickly like thorns and dry bushes.

13. “You people in faraway lands, hear about the things I have done. You people that are near me, learn about my power.”

14. The sinners in Zion {\cf2\super [308]} are afraid. The people that do wrong things shake with fear. They say, “Can any of us live through this fire that destroys? Who can live near this fire that burns forever?” {\cf2\super [309]}

15. Good, honest people that refuse to hurt others for money—\{they will live through that fire\}. Those people refuse to take bribes. They refuse to listen to plans to murder other people. They refuse to look at plans for doing bad things.

16. Those people will live safely in high places. They will be protected in high rock fortresses. Those people will always have food and water.

The Land of the Majestic King

17. Your eyes will see the King (God) in his beauty. You will see the great land.

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20. Look at Zion {\cf2\super [310]} , the city of our religious holidays. Look at Jerusalem—that beautiful place of rest. Jerusalem is like a tent that will never be moved. The pegs that hold her in place will never be pulled up. Her ropes will never be broken.

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24. No person living there will say, “I am sick.” The people living there are people whose sins are forgiven.

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