THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET
Isaiah 33 ©
The destruction of Sennacherib and his army is foretold, vs. 1, 3, 4. A prayer of the godly, 2. Joy in Zion for the overthrow of the Assyrians, 5. The miserable condition of Jerusalem before the Lord smote Sennacherib, 7, 8, 9. The Lord arises for the help of His people, 10. And derides the Assyrians, and stirs up everyone to admire and wonder at their destruction, 13. Teaching what ought to be done to obtain God’s blessing, 15. A further promise of victory and peace, 17, etc. Especially in the time of the Messiah, 20. A scorning speech of God to the Assyrians, 23. And a comfortable speech to the godly, 24.
WOE to thee 1that spoilest, and thou wast not spoiled; and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee! 2when thou shalt cease to spoil, 3thou shalt be spoiled; and when thou shalt make an end to deal treacherously, 4they shall deal treacherously with thee.
O LORD, be gracious 5unto us; 6we have waited for thee: be thou 7their arm 8every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.
9At the noise of the tumult 10the people fled; 11at the lifting up of thyself the nations were scattered.
12And 13your spoil shall be gathered 14like the gathering of the caterpiller: as the running to and fro of locusts shall he run 15upon them.
The LORD is exalted; for he dwelleth 16on high: 17he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness.
And wisdom and knowledge shall be 18the stability 19of thy times, and 20strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD 21is 22his treasure.
Behold, 23their 24valiant ones shall cry 25without: 26the ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly.
27The highways 28lie waste, the wayfaring man ceaseth: 29he hath broken 30the covenant, he hath despised 31the cities, he regardeth no man.
32The earth mourneth and languisheth: 33Lebanon is 34ashamed and 35hewn down: 36Sharon is like a wilderness; and 37Bashan and 38Carmel 39shake off their fruits.
Now will I 40rise, saith the LORD; now will I be 41exalted; now will I lift up myself.
42Ye shall conceive chaff, 43ye shall bring forth stubble: 44your breath, as fire, shall devour you.
And 45the people shall be as the burnings of lime: as thorns cut up shall they be burned in the fire.
¶ 46Hear, ye that are far off, 47what I have done; and, ye that are near, 48acknowledge my might.
49The sinners 50in Zion 51are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell 52with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?
53He thata walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth 54the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding 55of bribes, that stoppeth his ears 56from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from 57seeing evil;
He shall dwell 58on high: his place of defence shall be the munitionsb of rocks: 59bread shall be given him; his waters 60shall be sure.
61Thine eyes shall 62see 63the king in his beauty: 64they shall behold the land that is very far off.
65Thine heart 66shall meditate terror. 67Where 68is the scribe? where is 69the receiver? where is he 70that counted the towers?
Thou shalt 71not see 72a fierce people, a people of a deeper 73speech than thou canst 74perceive; of a 75stammering tongue, that thou canst not understand.
76Look upon Zion, 77the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, 78ac tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall 79ever 80be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.
But there the 81glorious LORD will be 82unto us a place 83of broad rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant 84ship 85pass thereby.
For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will 86save us.
87Thy tacklings 88are loosed; 89they could not well 90strengthen their mast, 91they could not spread the sail: 92then 93is the prey of a great spoil divided; 94the lame take the prey.
And 95the inhabitant shall not say, I am 96sick: the people that dwell therein 97shall be forgiven their iniquity.