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Isaiah 33 - Lighthouse Bible 2006

A Prayer in Deep Distress

1. Woe to you that plunder, and you were not plundered; and deal treacherously, and they did not deal treacherously with you! when you shall cease to plunder, you shall be plundered; and when you shall make an end of dealing treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with you.

2. O LORD, be gracious to us; we have waited for you: be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.

3. At the noise of the tumult the people fled; at the lifting up of yourself the nations were scattered.

4. And your spoil shall be gathered as the caterpillar gathers: as the running to and fro of locusts shall he run upon them.

5. The LORD is exalted; for he dwells on high: he has filled Zion with judgment and righteousness.

6. And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of your times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is his treasure.

7. Behold, their valiant ones shall cry outside: the ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly.

8. The highways lie waste, the traveling man ceases: he has broken the covenant, he has despised the cities, he regards no man.

9. The earth mourns and is exhausted: Lebanon is ashamed and cut down: Sharon is like a wilderness; and Bashan and Carmel shake off their fruits.

Impending Judgment on Zion

10. Now will I arise, says the LORD; now will I be exalted; now will I lift up myself.

11. You shall conceive chaff, you shall bring forth stubble: your breath, as fire, shall devour you.

12. And the people shall be as the burnings of lime: as thorns cut up shall they be burned in the fire.

13. Hear, you that are far off, what I have done; and, you that are near, acknowledge my might.

14. The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness has surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?

15. He that walks righteously, and speaks uprightly; he that despises the gain of oppressions, that shakes his hands from holding bribes, that stops his ears from hearing of blood, and shuts his eyes from seeing evil;

16. He shall dwell on high: his place of defense shall be the fortresses of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure.

The Land of the Majestic King

17. Your eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.

18. Your heart shall meditate on terror. Where is the scribe? where is the receiver of payments? where is he that counted the towers?

19. You shall not see a fierce people, a people of a deeper speech than you can discern; of a stammering tongue, that you cannot understand.

20. Look upon Zion, the city of our assemblies: your eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.

21. But there the glorious LORD will be to us a place of broad rivers and streams; in which shall go no galley with oars, neither shall splendid ships pass by there.

22. For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us.

23. Your cords are loosed; they could not well strengthen their mast, they could not spread the sail: then is the wealth of a great spoil divided; the lame take the prey.

24. And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity.

The Lighthouse Bible

David A. Plaisted (Standard Copyright License)