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October 1, 2007

Isaiah 22-23 - The Lord GOD of Hosts Has a Day

From today's Bible reading:

Isaiah 22:

The oracle concerning the valley of vision.

What do you mean that you have gone up,
all of you, to the housetops,
you who are full of shoutings,
tumultuous city, exultant town?

For the Lord GOD of hosts has a day
of tumult and trampling and confusion
in the valley of vision,
a battering down of walls
and a shouting to the mountains.

Your choicest valleys were full of chariots,
and the horsemen took their stand at the gates.

He has taken away the covering of Judah.

In that day you looked to the weapons of the House of the Forest, and you saw that the breaches of the city of David were many.
  • You collected the waters of the lower pool, and
  • you counted the houses of Jerusalem, and
  • you broke down the houses to fortify the wall.
  • You made a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the old pool.
But you did not look to him who did it, or see him who planned it long ago.

In that day the Lord GOD of hosts
called for weeping and mourning,
for baldness and wearing sackcloth;
and behold, joy and gladness,
killing oxen and slaughtering sheep,
eating flesh and drinking wine.

Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.

The LORD of hosts has revealed himself in my ears: Surely this iniquity will not be atoned for you until you die, says the Lord GOD of hosts.

Behold, the LORD will hurl you away violently, O you strong man.

Isaiah 23:

The oracle concerning Tyre.

Wail, O ships of Tarshish, for Tyre is laid waste, without house or harbor!

Be ashamed, O Sidon, for the sea has spoken,
the stronghold of the sea, saying:
I have neither labored nor given birth,
I have neither reared young men
nor brought up young women.

Who has purposed this
against Tyre, the bestower of crowns,
whose merchants were princes,
whose traders were the honored of the earth?

The LORD of hosts has purposed it,
to defile the pompous pride of all glory,
to dishonor all the honored of the earth.

Cross over your land like the Nile,
O daughter of Tarshish;
there is no restraint anymore.

He has stretched out his hand over the sea; he has shaken the kingdoms;
the LORD has given command concerning Canaan to destroy its strongholds.

Wail, O ships of Tarshish, for your stronghold is laid waste.

In that day Tyre will be forgotten for seventy years, like the days of one king.

At the end of seventy years, it will happen to Tyre as in the song of the prostitute:

“Take a harp;
go about the city,
O forgotten prostitute!
Make sweet melody;
sing many songs,
that you may be remembered.”

At the end of seventy years, the LORD will visit Tyre, and she will return to her wages and will prostitute herself with all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the earth.

Her merchandise and her wages will be holy to the LORD. It will not be stored or hoarded, but her merchandise will supply abundant food and fine clothing for those who dwell before the LORD.

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