Isaiah 21

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The Book of the Prophet Isaiah

Chapter 22


The burden of the valley of vision. What aileth thee now, that thou art wholly gone up1 to the housetops?


Thou that art full of stirs, a tumultuous6 city, a joyous city: thy slain [men are] not slain with the sword, nor dead5 in battle.


All thy rulers are fled1 together, they are bound27 by the archers: all that are found12 in thee are bound27 together, [which] have fled1 from far.


Therefore said1 I, Look away3 from me; I will weep bitterly,17 labour55 not to comfort15 me, because of the spoiling of the daughter of my people.


For [it is] a day of trouble, and of treading down, and of perplexity by the Lord GOD of hosts in the valley of vision, breaking down47 the walls, and of crying to the mountains.


And Elam bare1 the quiver with chariots of men [and] horsemen, and Kir uncovered14 the shield.


And it shall come to pass, [that] thy choicest valleys shall be full1 of chariots, and the horsemen shall set1 themselves in array2 at the gate.


And he discovered17 the covering of Judah, and thou didst look55 in that day to the armour of the house of the forest.


Ye have seen1 also the breaches of the city of David, that they are many:1 and ye gathered together17 the waters of the lower pool.


And ye have numbered1 the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses have ye broken down4 to fortify15 the wall.


Ye made1 also a ditch between the two walls for the water of the old pool: but ye have not looked52 unto the maker6 thereof, neither had respect1 unto him that fashioned6 it long ago.


And in that day did the Lord GOD of hosts call4 to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding2 with sackcloth:


And behold joy and gladness, slaying2 oxen, and killing2 sheep, eating2 flesh, and drinking2 wine: let us eat2 and drink;2 for to morrow we shall die.4


And it was revealed8 in mine ears by the LORD of hosts, Surely this iniquity shall not be purged29 from you till ye die,4 saith1 the Lord GOD of hosts.


Thus saith1 the Lord GOD of hosts, Go,3 get3 thee unto this treasurer,6 [even] unto Shebna, which [is] over the house, [and say],


What hast thou here? and whom hast thou here, that thou hast hewed thee out1 a sepulchre here, [as] he that heweth him out6 a sepulchre on high, [and] that graveth6 an habitation for himself in a rock?


Behold, the LORD will carry thee away47 with a mighty captivity, and will surely2 cover6 thee.


He will surely2 violently turn4 and toss thee [like] a ball into a large 3027 country: there shalt thou die,4 and there the chariots of thy glory [shall be] the shame of thy lord's house.


And I will drive1 thee from thy station, and from thy state shall he pull thee down.4


And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will call1 my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah:


And I will clothe52 him with thy robe, and strengthen17 him with thy girdle, and I will commit4 thy government into his hand: and he shall be a father to the inhabitants6 of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah.


And the key of the house of David will I lay1 upon his shoulder; so he shall open,1 and none shall shut;6 and he shall shut,1 and none shall open.6


And I will fasten1 him [as] a nail in a sure12 place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father's house.


And they shall hang1 upon him all the glory of his father's house, the offspring and the issue, all vessels of small quantity, from the vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of flagons.


In that day, saith7 the LORD of hosts, shall the nail that is fastened7 in the sure12 place be removed,4 and be cut down,8 and fall;1 and the burden that [was] upon it shall be cut off:8 for the LORD hath spoken14 [it].

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