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Isaiah 22 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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An Oracle Concerning Jerusalem

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 22:1 - The oracle concerning the valley of vision.
What do you mean that you have gone up,
all of you, to the housetops,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 22:2 - you who are full of shoutings,
tumultuous city, exultant town?
Your slain are not slain with the sword
or dead in battle.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 22:3 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 22:4 - Therefore I said:
“Look away from me;
let me weep bitter tears;
do not labor to comfort me
concerning the destruction of the daughter of my people.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 22:5 - For the Lord GOD of hosts has a day
of tumult and trampling and confusion
in the valley of vision,
a battering down of walls
and a shouting to the mountains.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 22:6 - And Elam bore the quiver
with chariots and horsemen,
and Kir uncovered the shield.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 22:7 - Your choicest valleys were full of chariots,
and the horsemen took their stand at the gates.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 22:8 - He has taken away the covering of Judah. In that day you looked to the weapons of the House of the Forest,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 22:9 - and you saw that the breaches of the city of David were many. You collected the waters of the lower pool,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 22:10 - and you counted the houses of Jerusalem, and you broke down the houses to fortify the wall.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 22:11 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 22:12 - In that day the Lord GOD of hosts
called for weeping and mourning,
for baldness and wearing sackcloth;
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 22:13 - and behold, joy and gladness,
killing oxen and slaughtering sheep,
eating flesh and drinking wine.
“Let us eat and drink,
for tomorrow we die.”
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 22:14 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 22:15 - Thus says the Lord GOD of hosts, “Come, go to this steward, to Shebna, who is over the household, and say to him:
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 22:16 - 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?
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 22:17 - Behold, the LORD will hurl you away violently, O you strong man. He will seize firm hold on you
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 22:18 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 22:19 - I will thrust you from your office, and you will be pulled down from your station.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 22:20 - In that day I will call my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 22:21 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 22:22 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 22:23 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 22:24 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 22:25 - 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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