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Isaiah 33
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The Ground Under Our Feet Mourns

33Doom to you, Destroyer, not yet destroyed; And doom to you, Betrayer, not yet betrayed. When you finish destroying, your turn will come—destroyed! When you quit betraying, your turn will come—betrayed!H1945H7703H7703H898H898H8552H7703H7703H5239H898H898 2GOD, treat us kindly. You're our only hope. First thing in the morning, be there for us! When things go bad, help us out!H3068H2603H6960H2220H1242H3444H6256H6869 3You spoke in thunder and everyone ran. You showed up and nations scattered.H6963H1995H5971H5074H7427H1471H5310 4Your people, for a change, got in on the loot, picking the field clean of the enemy spoils.H7998H622H625H2625H4944H1357H8264 5GOD is supremely esteemed. His center holds. Zion brims over with all that is just and right.H3068H7682H7931H4791H4390H6726H4941H6666 6GOD keeps your days stable and secure— salvation, wisdom, and knowledge in surplus, and best of all, Zion's treasure, Fear-of-GOD.H2451H1847H530H6256H2633H3444H3374H3068H214 7But look! Listen! Tough men weep openly. Peacemaking diplomats are in bitter tears.H691H6817H2351H4397H7965H1058H4751 8The roads are empty— not a soul out on the streets. The peace treaty is broken, its conditions violated, its signers reviled.H4546H8074H5674H734H7673H6565H1285H3988H5892H2803H582 9The very ground under our feet mourns, the Lebanon mountains hang their heads, Flowering Sharon is a weed-choked gully, and the forests of Bashan and Carmel? Bare branches.H776H56H535H3844H2659H7060H8289H6160H1316H3760H5287 10"Now I'm stepping in," GOD says. "From now on, I'm taking over. The gloves come off. Now see how mighty I am.H6965H559H3068H7426H5375 11There's nothing to you. Pregnant with chaff, you produce straw babies; full of hot air, you self-destruct.H2029H2842H3205H7179H7307H784H398 12You're good for nothing but fertilizer and fuel. Earth to earth—and the sooner the better.H5971H4955H7875H6975H3683H3341H784 13"If you're far away, get the reports on what I've done, And if you're in the neighborhood, pay attention to my record.H8085H7350H6213H7138H3045H1369 14The sinners in Zion are rightly terrified; the godless are at their wit's end: 'Who among us can survive this firestorm? Who of us can get out of this purge with our lives?'"H2400H6726H6342H7461H270H2611H1481H398H784H1481H5769H4168 15The answer's simple: Live right, speak the truth, despise exploitation, refuse bribes, reject violence, avoid evil amusements.H1980H6666H1696H4339H3988H1215H4642H5287H3709H8551H7810H331H241H8085H1818H6105H5869H7200H7451 16This is how you raise your standard of living! A safe and stable way to live. A nourishing, satisfying way to live.H7931H4791H4869H4679H5553H3899H5414H4325H539

God Makes All the Decisions Here

17Oh, you'll see the king—a beautiful sight! And you'll take in the wide vistas of land.H5869H2372H4428H3308H7200H776H4801 18In your mind you'll go over the old terrors: "What happened to that Assyrian inspector who condemned and confiscated? And the one who gouged us of taxes? And that cheating moneychanger?"H3820H1897H367H5608H8254H5608H4026 19Gone! Out of sight forever! Their insolence nothing now but a fading stain on the carpet! No more putting up with a language you can't understand, no more sounds of gibberish in your ears.H7200H3267H5971H5971H6012H8193H8085H3932H3956H998 20Just take a look at Zion, will you? Centering our worship in festival feasts! Feast your eyes on Jerusalem, a quiet and permanent place to live. No more pulling up stakes and moving on, no more patched-together lean-tos.H2372H6726H7151H4150H5869H7200H3389H7600H5116H168H6813H3489H5331H5265H2256H5423 21Instead, GOD! GOD majestic, God himself the place in a country of broad rivers and streams, But rivers blocked to invading ships, off-limits to predatory pirates.H117H3068H4725H7342H3027H5104H2975H3212H1077H590H7885H117H6716H5674 22For GOD makes all the decisions here. GOD is our king. GOD runs this place and he'll keep us safe.H3068H8199H3068H2710H3068H4428H3467 23Ha! Your sails are in shreds, your mast wobbling, your hold leaking. The plunder is free for the taking, free for all— for weak and strong, insiders and outsiders.H2256H5203H3653H2388H8650H6566H5251H5706H4766H7998H2505H6455H962H957 24No one in Zion will say, "I'm sick." Best of all, they'll all live guilt-free.H7934H559H2470H5971H3427H5375H5771


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