1 Woe to the destroyer, and you have not been destroyed; and the betrayer, and they
have not betrayed you. When you stop destroying, you shall be destroyed. When you stop
betraying, they shall betray you.
2 O Jehovah, be gracious to us; we have waited for You. Be their arm every morning;
our salvation also in the time of trouble.
3 At the sound of the tumult the people have fled; at the lifting up of Yourself the
nations have been scattered.
4 And your spoils shall be gathered as the locust gathers; as the running to and fro of
locusts he shall run upon them.
5 Jehovah is exalted, for He dwells on high. He has filled Zion with justice and
6 Wisdom and knowledge shall be the steadfastness of your times, and the strength of
salvation; the fear of Jehovah is His treasure.
7 Behold, their mighty ones shall cry outside; the messengers of peace shall weep
8 The highways lie waste, the traveler ceases. He has broken the covenant. He has
despised the cities. He has had regard for no man.
9 The earth mourns and has grown feeble. Lebanon is ashamed and withers; Sharon is
like a wilderness; Bashan and Carmel are shaken out like empty fruit trees.
10 Now I will arise, says Jehovah; now I will be exalted; now I will lift up Myself.
11 You shall conceive chaff, you shall bring forth stubble; your breath, like fire, shall
12 And the people shall be like the burnings of lime; like thorns cut up they shall be
burned in the fire.
13 You who are far off, hear what I have done; and you who are near, perceive and
know My might.
14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; trembling has taken hold of the hypocrites. Who
among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with
15 He who walks righteously and speaks with equity; he who despises the gain of oppressions, who shakes his hands free from holding bribes, who stops his ear from hearing of blood, and shuts his eyes from seeing evil;
16 he shall dwell on high; his refuge shall be the strongholds of rocks; bread shall be
given him; his waters shall be sure.
17 Your eyes shall see the King in His beauty; they shall behold the land that is very far
18 Your heart shall muse on terror. Where is the scribe? Where is the one who weighs?
Where is the one who counts the towers?
19 You shall not see a fierce people, a people of unintelligible speech that you cannot
perceive; of a stammering tongue that you cannot understand.
20 Look upon Zion, the city of our appointed meetings; your eyes shall see Jerusalem, a quiet home, a tent that shall not be taken down; not one of its stakes shall ever be removed, nor shall any of its cords be broken.
21 But there the glorious Jehovah will be to us a place of broad rivers and streams, in
which no galley with oars shall go, nor shall majestic ships pass by.
22 For Jehovah is our Judge, Jehovah is our Lawgiver, Jehovah is our King; He will save
23 Your ropes are loosened, they could not hold the base of the mast, they could not
spread the sail. Then the prey of a great plunder is divided; the lame take the spoils.
24 And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick; the iniquity of the people who dwell there
shall be taken away.