25 O Lord, you are my God! 1
I will exalt you in praise, I will extol your fame. 2
For you have done extraordinary things,
and executed plans made long ago exactly as you decreed. 3
2 Indeed, 4 you have made the city 5 into a heap of rubble,
the fortified town into a heap of ruins;
the fortress of foreigners 6 is no longer a city,
it will never be rebuilt.
3 So a strong nation will extol you;
the towns of 7 powerful nations will fear you.
4 For you are a protector for the poor,
a protector for the needy in their distress,
a shelter from the rainstorm,
a shade from the heat.
Though the breath of tyrants 8 is like a winter rainstorm, 9
5 like heat 10 in a dry land,
you humble the boasting foreigners. 11
Just as the shadow of a cloud causes the heat to subside, 12
so he causes the song of tyrants to cease. 13
6 The Lord who commands armies will hold a banquet for all the nations on this mountain. 14
At this banquet there will be plenty of meat and aged wine –
tender meat and choicest wine. 15
7 On this mountain he will swallow up
the shroud that is over all the peoples, 16
the woven covering that is over all the nations; 17
8 he will swallow up death permanently. 18
The sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from every face,
and remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth.
Indeed, the Lord has announced it! 19
9 At that time they will say, 20
“Look, here 21 is our God!
We waited for him and he delivered us.
Here 22 is the Lord! We waited for him.
Let’s rejoice and celebrate his deliverance!”
10 For the Lord’s power will make this mountain secure. 23
Moab will be trampled down where it stands, 24
as a heap of straw is trampled down in 25 a manure pile.
11 Moab 26 will spread out its hands in the middle of it, 27
just as a swimmer spreads his hands to swim;
the Lord 28 will bring down Moab’s 29 pride as it spreads its hands. 30
12 The fortified city (along with the very tops of your 31 walls) 32 he will knock down,
he will bring it down, he will throw it down to the dusty ground. 33
26 At that time 1 this song will be sung in the land of Judah:
“We have a strong city!
The Lord’s 2 deliverance, like walls and a rampart, makes it secure. 3
2 Open the gates so a righteous nation can enter –
one that remains trustworthy.
3 You keep completely safe the people who maintain their faith,
for they trust in you. 4
4 Trust in the Lord from this time forward, 5
even in Yah, the Lord, an enduring protector! 6
5 Indeed, 7 the Lord knocks down those who live in a high place,
he brings down an elevated town;
he brings it down to the ground, 8
he throws it down to the dust.
6 It is trampled underfoot
by the feet of the oppressed,
by the soles of the poor.”
7 The way of the righteous is level,
the path of the righteous that you make is straight. 10
8 Yes, as your judgments unfold, 11
O Lord, we wait for you.
We desire your fame and reputation to grow. 12
9 I 13 look for 14 you during the night,
my spirit within me seeks you at dawn,
for when your judgments come upon the earth,
those who live in the world learn about justice. 15
10 If the wicked are shown mercy,
they do not learn about justice. 16
Even in a land where right is rewarded, they act unjustly; 17
they do not see the Lord’s majesty revealed.
11 O Lord, you are ready to act, 18
but they don’t even notice.
They will see and be put to shame by your angry judgment against humankind, 19
yes, fire will consume your enemies. 20
12 O Lord, you make us secure, 21
for even all we have accomplished, you have done for us. 22
13 O Lord, our God,
masters other than you have ruled us,
but we praise your name alone.
14 The dead do not come back to life,
the spirits of the dead do not rise. 23
That is because 24 you came in judgment 25 and destroyed them,
you wiped out all memory of them.
15 You have made the nation larger, 26 O Lord,
you have made the nation larger and revealed your splendor, 27
you have extended all the borders of the land.
16 O Lord, in distress they looked for you;
they uttered incantations because of your discipline. 28
17 As when a pregnant woman gets ready to deliver
and strains and cries out because of her labor pains,
so were we because of you, O Lord.
18 We were pregnant, we strained,
we gave birth, as it were, to wind. 29
We cannot produce deliverance on the earth;
people to populate the world are not born. 30 19 31
Your dead will come back to life;
your corpses will rise up.
Wake up and shout joyfully, you who live in the ground! 32
For you will grow like plants drenched with the morning dew, 33
and the earth will bring forth its dead spirits. 34
20 Go, my people! Enter your inner rooms!
Close your doors behind you!
Hide for a little while,
until his angry judgment is over! 35
21 For look, the Lord is coming out of the place where he lives, 36
to punish the sin of those who live on the earth.
The earth will display the blood shed on it;
it will no longer cover up its slain. 37
27 At that time 1 the Lord will punish
with his destructive, 2 great, and powerful sword
Leviathan the fast-moving 3 serpent,
Leviathan the squirming serpent;
he will kill the sea monster. 4
2 When that time comes, 5
sing about a delightful vineyard! 6
3 I, the Lord, protect it; 7
I water it regularly. 8
I guard it night and day,
so no one can harm it. 9
4 I am not angry.
I wish I could confront some thorns and briers!
Then I would march against them 10 for battle;
I would set them 11 all on fire,
5 unless they became my subjects 12
and made peace with me;
let them make peace with me. 13
6 The time is coming when Jacob will take root; 14
Israel will blossom and grow branches.
The produce 15 will fill the surface of the world. 16
7 Has the Lord struck down Israel like he did their oppressors? 17
Has Israel been killed like their enemies? 18
8 When you summon her for divorce, you prosecute her; 19
he drives her away 20 with his strong wind in the day of the east wind. 21
9 So in this way Jacob’s sin will be forgiven, 22
and this is how they will show they are finished sinning: 23
They will make all the stones of the altars 24
like crushed limestone,
and the Asherah poles and the incense altars will no longer stand. 25
10 For the fortified city 26 is left alone;
it is a deserted settlement
and abandoned like the desert.
Calves 27 graze there;
they lie down there
and eat its branches bare. 28
11 When its branches get brittle, 29 they break;
women come and use them for kindling. 30
For these people lack understanding, 31
therefore the one who made them has no compassion on them;
the one who formed them has no mercy on them.
12 At that time 32 the Lord will shake the tree, 33 from the Euphrates River 34 to the Stream of Egypt. Then you will be gathered up one by one, O Israelites. 35 13 At that time 36 a large 37 trumpet will be blown, and the ones lost 38 in the land of Assyria will come, as well as the refugees in 39 the land of Egypt. They will worship the Lord on the holy mountain in Jerusalem. 40