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Jehovah’s Witnesses

Online Bible



Isaiah 33:1-24


  • Judgment and hope for the righteous (1-24)

    • Jehovah is Judge, Lawgiver, and King (22)

    • No one will say: “I am sick” (24)

33  Woe to you, you destroyer who has not been destroyed;+ You betrayer who has not been betrayed! When you finish destroying, you will be destroyed.+ When you finish betraying, you will be betrayed. 2   O Jehovah, show us favor.+ Our hope is in you. Become our arm*+ every morning,
Yes, our salvation in the time of distress.+
3   At the sound of turmoil peoples flee. When you rise up, nations scatter.+ 4   As the voracious locusts gather, so your spoil will be gathered;
People will rush on it like swarms of locusts.
5   Jehovah will be exalted,
For he resides in the heights above. He will fill Zion with justice and righteousness.
6   He is the stability of your times;
An abundance of salvation,+ wisdom, knowledge, and the fear of Jehovah+ —This is his treasure.
7   Look! Their heroes cry out in the street;
The messengers of peace weep bitterly.
8   The highways are deserted;
There is no one traveling on the pathways. He* has broken the covenant;
He has rejected the cities;
He shows no regard for mortal man.+
9   The land mourns* and withers away. Leb′a·non is ashamed;+ it has decayed. Shar′on has become like the desert,
And Ba′shan and Car′mel shake off their leaves.+
10  “Now I will rise up,” says Jehovah,
“Now I will exalt myself;+ Now I will magnify myself.
11  You conceive dried grass and give birth to stubble. Your own spirit will consume you like a fire.+ 12  And peoples will become as the burnings of lime. As thorns cut down, they will be set ablaze with fire.+ 13  You who are far away, listen to what I will do! And you who are nearby, acknowledge my might! 14  The sinners in Zion are in dread;+ Trembling has seized the apostates: ‘Who of us can live where there is a consuming fire?+ Who of us can live with unquenchable flames?’ 15  The one who walks in continual righteousness,+ Who speaks what is upright,+ Who rejects dishonest, fraudulent gain,
Whose hands refuse a bribe rather than grabbing it,+ Who closes his ear to talk of bloodshed,
And who shuts his eyes to avoid seeing what is bad
16  —He will reside in the heights;
His secure refuge* will be in rocky strongholds,
His bread will be provided,
And his water supply will never fail.”+
17  Your eyes will behold a king in his splendor;
They will see a land far away.
18  In your heart you will recall* the terror: “Where is the secretary? Where is the one who weighed out the tribute?+ Where is the one who counted the towers?” 19  You will no more see the insolent people,
A people whose language is too obscure* to comprehend,
Whose stammering tongue you cannot understand.+
20  Behold Zion, the city of our festivals!+ Your eyes will see Jerusalem as a tranquil dwelling place,
A tent that will not be moved.+ Never will its tent pins be pulled out,
And none of its ropes will be torn apart.
21  But there the Majestic One, Jehovah,
Will be for us a region of rivers, of wide canals,
Where no galley fleet will go
And no majestic ships will pass by.
22  For Jehovah is our Judge,+ Jehovah is our Lawgiver,+ Jehovah is our King;+ He is the One who will save us.+ 23  Your ropes will hang loose;
They cannot hold up the mast nor spread the sail. At that time an abundance of spoil will be divided up;
Even the lame will take much plunder.+
24  And no resident* will say: “I am sick.”+ The people dwelling in the land will be pardoned for their error.+


Or “strength.”
Referring to the enemy.
Or possibly, “dries up.”
Or “secure height.”
Or “meditate on.”
Lit., “deep.”
Or “inhabitant.”