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Passage Lookup: Isaiah 28-30

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Isaiah 28:1
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Woe(a) to that wreath, the pride of Ephraim's(b) drunkards, to the fading flower, his glorious beauty, set on the head of a fertile valley(c)— to that city, the pride of those laid low by wine!(d)
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Isaiah 28:2
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See, the Lord has one who is powerful(e) and strong. Like a hailstorm(f) and a destructive wind,(g) like a driving rain and a flooding(h) downpour, he will throw it forcefully to the ground.
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Isaiah 28:3
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That wreath, the pride of Ephraim's(i) drunkards, will be trampled(j) underfoot.
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Isaiah 28:4
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That fading flower, his glorious beauty, set on the head of a fertile valley,(k) will be like figs(l) ripe before harvest— as soon as people see them and take them in hand, they swallow them.
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Isaiah 28:5
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In that day(m) the Lord Almighty will be a glorious(n) crown,(o) a beautiful wreath for the remnant(p) of his people.
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Isaiah 28:6
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He will be a spirit of justice(q) to the one who sits in judgment,(r) a source of strength to those who turn back the battle(s) at the gate.
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Isaiah 28:7
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And these also stagger(t) from wine(u) and reel(v) from beer: Priests(w) and prophets(x) stagger from beer and are befuddled with wine; they reel from beer, they stagger when seeing visions,(y) they stumble when rendering decisions.
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Isaiah 28:8
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All the tables are covered with vomit(z) and there is not a spot without filth.
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Isaiah 28:9
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"Who is it he is trying to teach?(aa) To whom is he explaining his message?(ab) To children weaned(ac) from their milk,(ad) to those just taken from the breast?
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Isaiah 28:10
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For it is: Do this, do that, a rule for this, a rule for that[a]; a little here, a little there.(ae)"
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Isaiah 28:11
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Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues(af) God will speak to this people,(ag)
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Isaiah 28:12
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to whom he said, "This is the resting place, let the weary rest";(ah) and, "This is the place of repose"— but they would not listen.
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Isaiah 28:13
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So then, the word of the Lord to them will become: Do this, do that, a rule for this, a rule for that; a little here, a little there(ai)— so that as they go they will fall backward; they will be injured(aj) and snared and captured.(ak)
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Isaiah 28:14
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Therefore hear the word of the Lord ,(al) you scoffers(am) who rule this people in Jerusalem.
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Isaiah 28:15
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You boast, "We have entered into a covenant with death,(an) with the realm of the dead we have made an agreement. When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by,(ao) it cannot touch us, for we have made a lie(ap) our refuge and falsehood[b] our hiding place.(aq)"
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Isaiah 28:16
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So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion,(ar) a tested stone,(as) a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation;(at) the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.(au)
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Isaiah 28:17
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I will make justice(av) the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line;(aw) hail(ax) will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow(ay) your hiding place.
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Isaiah 28:18
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Your covenant with death will be annulled; your agreement with the realm of the dead will not stand.(az) When the overwhelming scourge sweeps by,(ba) you will be beaten down(bb) by it.
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Isaiah 28:19
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As often as it comes it will carry you away;(bc) morning after morning,(bd) by day and by night, it will sweep through." The understanding of this message will bring sheer terror.(be)
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Isaiah 28:20
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The bed is too short to stretch out on, the blanket too narrow to wrap around you.(bf)
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Isaiah 28:21
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The Lord will rise up as he did at Mount Perazim,(bg) he will rouse himself as in the Valley of Gibeon(bh)— to do his work,(bi) his strange work, and perform his task, his alien task.
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Isaiah 28:22
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Now stop your mocking,(bj) or your chains will become heavier; the Lord, the Lord Almighty, has told me of the destruction decreed(bk) against the whole land.(bl)
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Isaiah 28:23
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Listen(bm) and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say.
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Isaiah 28:24
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When a farmer plows for planting,(bn) does he plow continually? Does he keep on breaking up and working the soil?
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Isaiah 28:25
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When he has leveled the surface, does he not sow caraway and scatter cumin?(bo) Does he not plant wheat in its place,[c] barley(bp) in its plot,[d] and spelt(bq) in its field?
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Isaiah 28:26
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His God instructs him and teaches(br) him the right way.
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Isaiah 28:27
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Caraway is not threshed(bs) with a sledge,(bt) nor is the wheel of a cart rolled over cumin; caraway is beaten out with a rod,(bu) and cumin with a stick.
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Isaiah 28:28
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Grain must be ground to make bread; so one does not go on threshing it forever. The wheels of a threshing cart(bv) may be rolled over it, but one does not use horses to grind grain.
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Isaiah 28:29
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All this also comes from the Lord Almighty, whose plan is wonderful,(bw) whose wisdom is magnificent.(bx)
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Isaiah 29:1
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Woe(a) to you, Ariel, Ariel,(b) the city(c) where David settled! Add year to year and let your cycle of festivals(d) go on.
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Isaiah 29:2
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Yet I will besiege Ariel;(e) she will mourn and lament,(f) she will be to me like an altar hearth.[a](g)
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Isaiah 29:3
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I will encamp against you on all sides; I will encircle(h) you with towers and set up my siege works(i) against you.
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Isaiah 29:4
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Brought low, you will speak from the ground; your speech will mumble(j) out of the dust.(k) Your voice will come ghostlike(l) from the earth; out of the dust your speech will whisper.(m)
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Isaiah 29:5
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But your many enemies will become like fine dust,(n) the ruthless(o) hordes like blown chaff.(p) Suddenly,(q) in an instant,
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Isaiah 29:6
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the Lord Almighty will come(r) with thunder(s) and earthquake(t) and great noise, with windstorm and tempest(u) and flames of a devouring fire.(v)
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Isaiah 29:7
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Then the hordes of all the nations(w) that fight against Ariel,(x) that attack her and her fortress and besiege her, will be as it is with a dream,(y) with a vision in the night—
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Isaiah 29:8
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as when a hungry person dreams of eating, but awakens(z) hungry still; as when a thirsty person dreams of drinking, but awakens faint and thirsty still.(aa) So will it be with the hordes of all the nations that fight against Mount Zion.(ab)
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Isaiah 29:9
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Be stunned and amazed,(ac) blind yourselves and be sightless;(ad) be drunk,(ae) but not from wine,(af) stagger,(ag) but not from beer.
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Isaiah 29:10
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The Lord has brought over you a deep sleep:(ah) He has sealed your eyes(ai) (the prophets);(aj) he has covered your heads (the seers).(ak)
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Isaiah 29:11
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For you this whole vision(al) is nothing but words sealed(am) in a scroll. And if you give the scroll to someone who can read, and say, "Read this, please," they will answer, "I can't; it is sealed."
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Isaiah 29:12
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Or if you give the scroll to someone who cannot read, and say, "Read this, please," they will answer, "I don't know how to read."
Isaiah 29:13
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The Lord says: "These people(an) come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips,(ao) but their hearts are far from me.(ap) Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.[b](aq)
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Isaiah 29:14
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Therefore once more I will astound these people with wonder upon wonder;(ar) the wisdom of the wise(as) will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.(at)"
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Isaiah 29:15
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Woe to those who go to great depths to hide(au) their plans from the Lord , who do their work in darkness and think, "Who sees us?(av) Who will know?"(aw)
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Isaiah 29:16
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You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the clay!(ax) Shall what is formed say to the one who formed(ay) it, "You did not make me"? Can the pot say to the potter,(az) "You know nothing"?(ba)
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Isaiah 29:17
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In a very short time,(bb) will not Lebanon(bc) be turned into a fertile field(bd) and the fertile field seem like a forest?(be)
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Isaiah 29:18
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In that day(bf) the deaf(bg) will hear the words of the scroll, and out of gloom and darkness(bh) the eyes of the blind will see.(bi)
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Isaiah 29:19
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Once more the humble(bj) will rejoice in the Lord ; the needy(bk) will rejoice in the Holy One(bl) of Israel.
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Isaiah 29:20
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The ruthless(bm) will vanish,(bn) the mockers(bo) will disappear, and all who have an eye for evil(bp) will be cut down—
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Isaiah 29:21
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those who with a word make someone out to be guilty, who ensnare the defender in court(bq) and with false testimony(br) deprive the innocent of justice.(bs)
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Isaiah 29:22
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Therefore this is what the Lord , who redeemed(bt) Abraham,(bu) says to the descendants of Jacob: "No longer will Jacob be ashamed;(bv) no longer will their faces grow pale.(bw)
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Isaiah 29:23
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When they see among them their children,(bx) the work of my hands,(by) they will keep my name holy;(bz) they will acknowledge the holiness of the Holy One(ca) of Jacob, and will stand in awe of the God of Israel.
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Isaiah 29:24
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Those who are wayward(cb) in spirit will gain understanding;(cc) those who complain will accept instruction."(cd)
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Isaiah 30:1
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"Woe(a) to the obstinate children,"(b) declares the Lord , "to those who carry out plans that are not mine, forming an alliance,(c) but not by my Spirit, heaping sin upon sin;
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Isaiah 30:2
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who go down to Egypt(d) without consulting(e) me; who look for help to Pharaoh's protection,(f) to Egypt's shade for refuge.(g)
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Isaiah 30:3
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But Pharaoh's protection will be to your shame, Egypt's shade(h) will bring you disgrace.(i)
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Isaiah 30:4
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Though they have officials in Zoan(j) and their envoys have arrived in Hanes,
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Isaiah 30:5
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everyone will be put to shame because of a people(k) useless(l) to them, who bring neither help(m) nor advantage, but only shame and disgrace.(n)"
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Isaiah 30:6
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A prophecy(o) concerning the animals of the Negev:(p) Through a land of hardship and distress,(q) of lions(r) and lionesses, of adders and darting snakes,(s) the envoys carry their riches on donkeys'(t) backs, their treasures(u) on the humps of camels, to that unprofitable nation,
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Isaiah 30:7
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to Egypt, whose help is utterly useless.(v) Therefore I call her Rahab(w) the Do-Nothing.
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Isaiah 30:8
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Go now, write it on a tablet(x) for them, inscribe it on a scroll,(y) that for the days to come it may be an everlasting witness.(z)
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Isaiah 30:9
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For these are rebellious(aa) people, deceitful(ab) children, children unwilling to listen to the Lord 's instruction.(ac)
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Isaiah 30:10
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They say to the seers,(ad) "See no more visions(ae)!" and to the prophets, "Give us no more visions of what is right! Tell us pleasant things,(af) prophesy illusions.(ag)
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Isaiah 30:11
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Leave this way,(ah) get off this path, and stop confronting(ai) us with the Holy One(aj) of Israel!"
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Isaiah 30:12
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Therefore this is what the Holy One(ak) of Israel says: "Because you have rejected this message,(al) relied on oppression(am) and depended on deceit,
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Isaiah 30:13
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this sin will become for you like a high wall,(an) cracked and bulging, that collapses(ao) suddenly,(ap) in an instant.
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Isaiah 30:14
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It will break in pieces like pottery,(aq) shattered so mercilessly that among its pieces not a fragment will be found for taking coals from a hearth or scooping water out of a cistern."
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Isaiah 30:15
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This is what the Sovereign(ar) Lord , the Holy One(as) of Israel, says: "In repentance and rest(at) is your salvation, in quietness and trust(au) is your strength, but you would have none of it.(av)
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Isaiah 30:16
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You said, ‘No, we will flee(aw) on horses.'(ax) Therefore you will flee! You said, ‘We will ride off on swift horses.' Therefore your pursuers will be swift!
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Isaiah 30:17
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A thousand will flee at the threat of one; at the threat of five(ay) you will all flee(az) away, till you are left(ba) like a flagstaff on a mountaintop, like a banner(bb) on a hill."
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Isaiah 30:18
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Yet the Lord longs(bc) to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.(bd) For the Lord is a God of justice.(be) Blessed are all who wait for him!(bf)
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Isaiah 30:19
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People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more.(bg) How gracious he will be when you cry for help!(bh) As soon as he hears, he will answer(bi) you.
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Isaiah 30:20
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Although the Lord gives you the bread(bj) of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers(bk) will be hidden(bl) no more; with your own eyes you will see them.
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Isaiah 30:21
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Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice(bm) behind you, saying, "This is the way;(bn) walk in it."
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Isaiah 30:22
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Then you will desecrate your idols(bo) overlaid with silver and your images covered with gold;(bp) you will throw them away like a menstrual(bq) cloth and say to them, "Away with you!(br)"
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Isaiah 30:23
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He will also send you rain(bs) for the seed you sow in the ground, and the food that comes from the land will be rich(bt) and plentiful.(bu) In that day(bv) your cattle will graze in broad meadows.(bw)
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Isaiah 30:24
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The oxen(bx) and donkeys that work the soil will eat fodder(by) and mash, spread out with fork(bz) and shovel.
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Isaiah 30:25
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In the day of great slaughter,(ca) when the towers(cb) fall, streams of water will flow(cc) on every high mountain and every lofty hill.
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Isaiah 30:26
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The moon will shine like the sun,(cd) and the sunlight will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven full days, when the Lord binds up the bruises of his people and heals(ce) the wounds he inflicted.
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Isaiah 30:27
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See, the Name(cf) of the Lord comes from afar, with burning anger(cg) and dense clouds of smoke; his lips are full of wrath,(ch) and his tongue is a consuming fire.(ci)
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Isaiah 30:28
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His breath(cj) is like a rushing torrent,(ck) rising up to the neck.(cl) He shakes the nations in the sieve(cm) of destruction; he places in the jaws of the peoples a bit(cn) that leads them astray.
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Isaiah 30:29
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And you will sing as on the night you celebrate a holy festival;(co) your hearts will rejoice(cp) as when people playing pipes(cq) go up to the mountain(cr) of the Lord , to the Rock(cs) of Israel.
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Isaiah 30:30
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The Lord will cause people to hear his majestic voice(ct) and will make them see his arm(cu) coming down with raging anger(cv) and consuming fire,(cw) with cloudburst, thunderstorm(cx) and hail.(cy)
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Isaiah 30:31
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The voice of the Lord will shatter Assyria;(cz) with his rod he will strike(da) them down.
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Isaiah 30:32
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Every stroke the Lord lays on them with his punishing club(db) will be to the music of timbrels(dc) and harps, as he fights them in battle with the blows of his arm.(dd)
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Isaiah 30:33
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Topheth(de) has long been prepared; it has been made ready for the king. Its fire pit has been made deep and wide, with an abundance of fire and wood; the breath(df) of the Lord , like a stream of burning sulfur,(dg) sets it ablaze.(dh)
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