Isaías 33

1 Woe to you, destroyer, ¶ you who have not been destroyed! ¶ Woe to you, betrayer, ¶ you who have not been betrayed! ¶ When you stop destroying, ¶ you will be destroyed; ¶ when you stop betraying, ¶ you will be betrayed.

2 LORD, be gracious to us; ¶ we long for you. ¶ Be our strength every morning, ¶ our salvation in time of distress.

3 At the uproar of your army, the peoples flee; when you rise up, the nations scatter.

4 Your plunder, O nations, is harvested as by young locusts; like a swarm of locusts people pounce on it.

5 The LORD is exalted, for he dwells on high; ¶ he will fill Zion with his justice and righteousness.

6 He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; ¶ the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure. [^1]

7 Look, their brave men cry aloud in the streets; ¶ the envoys of peace weep bitterly.

8 The highways are deserted, no travelers are on the roads. ¶ The treaty is broken, ¶ its witnesses [^2] are despised, ¶ no one is respected.

9 The land dries up and wastes away, Lebanon is ashamed and withers; ¶ Sharon is like the Arabah, ¶ and Bashan and Carmel drop their leaves.

10 "Now will I arise," says the LORD. ¶ "Now will I be exalted; ¶ now will I be lifted up.

11 You conceive chaff, you give birth to straw; ¶ your breath is a fire that consumes you.

12 The peoples will be burned to ashes; like cut thornbushes they will be set ablaze."

13 You who are far away, hear what I have done; ¶ you who are near, acknowledge my power!

14 The sinners in Zion are terrified; trembling grips the godless: ¶ "Who of us can dwell with the consuming fire? ¶ Who of us can dwell with everlasting burning?"

15 Those who walk righteously and speak what is right, ¶ who reject gain from extortion ¶ and keep their hands from accepting bribes, ¶ who stop their ears against plots of murder ¶ and shut their eyes against contemplating evil —

16 they are the ones who will dwell on the heights, whose refuge will be the mountain fortress. ¶ Their bread will be supplied, ¶ and water will not fail them.

17 Your eyes will see the king in his beauty ¶ and view a land that stretches afar.

18 In your thoughts you will ponder the former terror: "Where is that chief officer? ¶ Where is the one who took the revenue? ¶ Where is the officer in charge of the towers?"

19 You will see those arrogant people no more, people whose speech is obscure, ¶ whose language is strange and incomprehensible.

20 Look on Zion, the city of our festivals; ¶ your eyes will see Jerusalem, ¶ a peaceful abode, a tent that will not be moved; ¶ its stakes will never be pulled up, ¶ nor any of its ropes broken.

21 There the LORD will be our Mighty One. It will be like a place of broad rivers and streams. ¶ No galley with oars will ride them, ¶ no mighty ship will sail them.

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

23 Your rigging hangs loose: ¶ The mast is not held secure, ¶ the sail is not spread. ¶ Then an abundance of spoils will be divided ¶ and even the lame will carry off plunder.

24 No one living in Zion will say, "I am ill"; and the sins of those who dwell there will be forgiven.