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Jehovah’s Witnesses

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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Isaiah 25:1-12

25  O Jehovah, you are my God.*+ I exalt you,+ I laud your name,+ for you have done wonderful things,+ counsels+ from early times, in faithfulness,+ in trustworthiness.+  For you have made a city a pile of stones, a fortified town a crumbling ruin, a dwelling tower of strangers to be no city, which will not be rebuilt even to time indefinite.+  That is why those who are a strong people will glorify you; the town of the tyrannical nations, they will fear you.+  For you have become a stronghold to the lowly one, a stronghold to the poor one in the distress that he has,+ a refuge from the rainstorm,* a shade+ from the heat, when the blast* of the tyrannical ones is like a rainstorm against a wall.  Like the heat in a waterless country, the noise of strangers you subdue, the heat with the shadow of a cloud.+ The melody itself of the tyrannical ones becomes suppressed.+  And Jehovah of armies will certainly make for all the peoples,+ in this mountain,+ a banquet of well-oiled dishes,+ a banquet of [wine kept on] the dregs, of well-oiled dishes filled with marrow,+ of [wine+ kept on] the dregs, filtered.+  And in this mountain he will certainly swallow up the face of the envelopment that is enveloping over all the peoples,+ and the woven work that is interwoven upon all the nations.  He will actually swallow up death forever,+ and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will certainly wipe the tears from all faces.+ And the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth,*+ for Jehovah himself has spoken [it].  And in that day one will certainly say: “Look! This is our God.*+ We have hoped in him,+ and he will save us.+ This is Jehovah.+ We have hoped in him. Let us be joyful and rejoice in the salvation by him.”*+ 10  For the hand of Jehovah will settle down on this mountain,+ and Mo′ab must be trodden down+ in its place as when a straw heap is trodden down in a manure+ place. 11  And he must slap out* his hands in the midst of it* as when a swimmer slaps [them] out to swim, and he must abase its haughtiness+ with the tricky movements of his hands. 12  And the fortified city, with your high walls of security, he must lay low; he must abase [it], bring [it] into contact with the earth, to the dust.+

Footnotes

“My God.” Heb., ʼElo·hai′.
“You will deliver them from wicked men,” LXX. Compare 2Th 3:2.
Or, “spirit.” Heb., ru′ach; Gr., pneu′ma; Lat., spi′ri·tus. See Ge 1:2 ftn, “Force.”
Or, “the land.” Heb., ha·ʼa′rets.
“Our God.” Heb., ʼElo·heh′nu.
Lit., “in his salvation.”
Lit., “stretch out.”
Or, “him,” that is, “Moab.”