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Jehovah’s Witnesses

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

Isaiah 30:1-33

30  “Woe to the stubborn sons,”+ is the utterance of Jehovah, “[those disposed] to carry out counsel, but not that from me;+ and to pour out a libation,* but not with my spirit, in order to add sin to sin;+  those who are setting out to go down to Egypt+ and who have not inquired of my own mouth,+ to take shelter in the stronghold of Pharʹaoh and to take refuge in the shadow of Egypt!+  And the stronghold of Pharʹaoh must become even for YOU men a reason for shame,+ and the refuge in the shadow of Egypt a cause for humiliation.+  For his princes have come to be in Zoʹan+ itself, and his own envoys* reach even Haʹnes.  Every one will certainly become ashamed of a people that bring no benefit to one, that are of no help and bring no benefit, but are a reason for shame and also a cause for reproach.”+  The pronouncement against the beasts of the south:*+ Through* the land of distress+ and hard conditions, of the lion and the leopard growling,* of the viper and the flying fiery snake,+ on the shoulders of full-grown asses they carry their resources, and on the humps of camels+ their supplies. In behalf of the people they will prove of no benefit.  And the Egyptians are mere vanity, and they will help simply for nothing.+ Therefore I have called this one:* “Raʹhab+—they are for sitting still.”  “Now come, write it upon a tablet with them, and inscribe it even in a book,+ that it may serve for a future day, for a witness* to time indefinite.+  For it is a rebellious people,+ untruthful sons,+ sons who have been unwilling to hear the law of Jehovah;+ 10  who have said to the ones seeing, ‘YOU must not see,’ and to the ones having visions, ‘YOU must not envision for us any straightforward things.+ Speak to us smooth* things; envision deceptive things.+ 11  Turn aside from the way; deviate from the path.+ Cause the Holy One of Israel to cease just on account of us.’”+ 12  Therefore this is what the Holy One of Israel has said: “In view of YOUR rejecting of this word,+ and [since] YOU men trust in defrauding and in what is devious and YOU support yourselves on it,+ 13  therefore for YOU this error will become like a broken section about to fall down, a swelling out in a highly raised wall,+ the breakdown of which may come suddenly, in an instant.+ 14  And one will certainly break it as in the breaking of a large jar of the potters,+ crushed to pieces without one’s sparing [it], so that there cannot be found among its crushed pieces a fragment of earthenware with which to rake the fire from the fireplace or to skim water from a marshy place.”*+ 15  For this is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah, the Holy One of Israel,+ has said: “By coming back and resting YOU people will be saved. YOUR mightiness will prove to be simply in keeping undisturbed and in trustfulness.”+ But YOU were not willing.+ 16  And YOU proceeded to say: “No, but on horses we shall flee!”+ That is why YOU will flee. “And on swift [horses] we shall ride!”+ That is why those pursuing YOU will show themselves swift.+ 17  A thousand will tremble* on account of the rebuke of one;+ on account of the rebuke of five YOU will flee until YOU will have remained over like a mast on the top of a mountain and like a signal* on a hill.+ 18  And therefore Jehovah will keep in expectation of showing YOU favor,+ and therefore he will rise up to show YOU mercy.+ For Jehovah is a God of judgment.*+ Happy+ are all those keeping in expectation of him.+ 19  When the very people in Zion+ will dwell in Jerusalem,+ you* will by no means weep.+ He* will without fail show you favor at the sound of your outcry; as soon as he hears it he will actually answer you.+ 20  And Jehovah* will certainly give YOU people bread in the form of distress and water in the form of oppression;+ yet your Grand Instructor* will no longer hide himself, and your eyes must become [eyes] seeing your Grand Instructor.+ 21  And your own ears will hear a word behind you saying: “This is the way.+ Walk in it, YOU people,” in case YOU people should go to the right or in case YOU should go to the left.+ 22  And YOU people* must defile the overlaying of your* graven images of silver+ and the close-fitting covering of your molten+ statue of gold.+ You will scatter them.+ Like a menstruating woman, you will say to it: “Mere dirt!”+ 23  And he will certainly give the rain for your seed with which you sow the ground,+ and as the produce of the ground bread, which must become fat and oily.+ Your livestock will graze in that day in a spacious pasture.+ 24  And the cattle and the full-grown asses cultivating the ground will eat fodder seasoned with sorrel, which was winnowed with the shovel+ and with the fork. 25  And upon every high mountain and upon every elevated hill there must come to be streams,+ water ditches, in the day of the big slaughter when the towers fall.+ 26  And the light of the full moon must become as the light of the glowing [sun]; and the very light of the glowing [sun] will become seven times as much,+ like the light of seven days, in the day that Jehovah binds up the breakdown+ of his people and heals+ even the severe wound resulting from the stroke by him. 27  Look! The name of Jehovah is coming from far away, burning with his anger+ and with heavy clouds. As for his lips, they have become full of denunciation, and his tongue is like a devouring fire.+ 28  And his spirit* is like a flooding torrent that reaches clear to the neck,+ to swing the nations to and fro with a sieve+ of worthlessness; and a bridle+ that causes one to wander about will be in the jaws of the peoples.+ 29  YOU people will come to have a song+ like that in the night that one sanctifies oneself for a festival,+ and rejoicing of heart like that of one walking with a flute+ to enter into the mountain of Jehovah,+ to the Rock* of Israel.+ 30  And Jehovah will certainly make the dignity of his voice+ to be heard and will make the descending of his arm to be seen,+ in the raging of anger+ and the flame of a devouring fire+ [and] cloudburst and rainstorm+ and hailstones.+ 31  For because of the voice of Jehovah As·syrʹi·a will be struck with terror;+ he will strike [it] even with a staff.+ 32  And every swing of his rod of chastisement* that Jehovah will cause to settle down upon [As·syrʹi·a] will certainly prove to be with tambourines and with harps;+ and with battles of brandishing* he will actually fight against them.+ 33  For his Toʹpheth*+ is set in order from recent times; it is also prepared for the king himself.+ He has made its pile deep. Fire and wood are in abundance. The breath* of Jehovah, like a torrent of sulphur, is burning against it.+

Footnotes

Or, “form an alliance,” by pouring out a libation. Or, “interweave a covering.”
Or, “messengers.”
Lit., “Negeb.” Heb., neʹghev.
Or, “In; Into.”
“Growling,” by a correction; M, “from them.”
“One,” fem.
“For a witness,” TSyVg; Heb., la·ʽadhʹ, “forever.”
Or, “welcome; flattering.”
“To skim water from a marshy place.” See VT, Vol. VII, 1957, pp. 203-207.
“A thousand will tremble,” by a correction; M, “A thousand, one.”
“And like a signal.” Heb., wekhan·nesʹ.
“A God of judgment.” Heb., ʼElo·hehʹ mish·patʹ.
“You,” masc. sing.
“He,” MTVg; 1QIsa, “Jehovah.”
One of 134 scribal changes from YHWH to ʼAdho·naiʹ. See App 1B.
“Your Grand Instructor.” Lit., “your instructors.” Heb., Moh·reyʹkha, pl. to denote grandeur or excellence and thus with a sing. verb.
“You people,” MTSy; LXXVg, “you,” sing.
“Your,” sing., referring to each one’s, MVg; TSy, “your,” pl.
“And his spirit (breath).” Heb., weru·chohʹ; Gr., pneuʹma; Lat., spiʹri·tus.
“Rock of.” Heb., Tsur; TSy, “the Powerful One”; LXX, “the God”; Vg, “the Strong One.”
“Chastisement,” by a slight correction; M, “foundation.”
“With processions of the wave offering,” by slight corrections.
“His Topheth,” by a different vowel pointing; M, ­“Tophteh.”
“Breath of.” Heb., nish·mathʹ, as in Ge 2:7.