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Jehovah’s Witnesses



Isaiah 27:1-13


  • Leviathan killed by Jehovah (1)

  • Song about Israel as a vineyard (2-13)

27  In that day Jehovah, with his harsh and great and strong sword,+ Will turn his attention to Le·viʹa·than,* the gliding serpent, To Le·viʹa·than, the twisting serpent, And he will kill the monster that is in the sea.   In that day sing to her:* “A vineyard of foaming wine!+   I, Jehovah, am safeguarding her.+ Every moment I water her.+ I safeguard her night and day, So that no one may harm her.+   There is no wrath in me.+ Who will confront me with thornbushes and weeds in the battle? I will trample them and set them on fire all together.   Otherwise, let him hold fast to my stronghold. Let him make peace with me; Peace let him make with me.”   In the coming days Jacob will take root, Israel will blossom and sprout,+ And they will fill the land with produce.+   Must he be struck with the stroke of the one striking him? Or must he be killed as with the slaughter of his slain?   With a startling cry you will contend with her when sending her away. He will expel her with his fierce blast in the day of the east wind.+   So in this way the error of Jacob will be atoned for,+ And this will be the full fruitage when his sin is taken away: He will make all the stones of the altar Like chalkstones that have been pulverized, And no sacred poles* or incense stands will be left.+ 10  For the fortified city will be deserted; The pastures will be forsaken and abandoned like a wilderness.+ There the calf will graze and lie down And will consume her branches.+ 11  When her twigs have dried up, Women will come and break them off, Making fires with them. For this people is without understanding.+ That is why their Maker will show them no mercy, And the One who formed them will show them no favor.+ 12  In that day Jehovah will beat out the fruit from the flowing stream of the River* to the Wadi* of Egypt,+ and you will be gathered up one after the other, O people of Israel.+ 13  In that day a great horn will be blown,+ and those who are perishing in the land of As·syrʹi·a+ and those dispersed in the land of Egypt+ will come and bow down to Jehovah in the holy mountain in Jerusalem.+


Apparently referring to Israel, here personified as a woman and likened to a vineyard.
That is, the Euphrates.