O Lord, Be Gracious to Us

Isaiah 33

1 Woe to you a who plunder, though you have not been plundered;
And you who deal treacherously, though they have not dealt treacherously with you!
b When you cease plundering,
You will be c plundered;
When you make an end of dealing treacherously,
They will deal treacherously with you.

2 O LORD, be gracious to us;
d We have waited for You.
Be 1 their arm every morning,
Our salvation also in the time of trouble.
3 At the noise of the tumult the people e shall flee;
When You lift Yourself up, the nations shall be scattered;
4 And Your plunder shall be gathered
Like the gathering of the caterpillar;
As the running to and fro of locusts,
He shall run upon them.

5 f The LORD is exalted, for He dwells on high;
He has filled Zion with justice and righteousness.
6 Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times,
And the strength of salvation;
The fear of the LORD is His treasure.

7 Surely their valiant ones shall cry outside,
g The ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly.
8 h The highways lie waste,
The traveling man ceases.
i He has broken the covenant,
2 He has despised the 3 cities,
He regards no man.
9 j The earth mourns and languishes,
Lebanon is shamed and shriveled;
Sharon is like a wilderness,
And Bashan and Carmel shake off their fruits.

10 "Now k I will rise," says the LORD;
"Now I will be exalted,
Now I will lift Myself up.
11 l You shall conceive chaff,
You shall bring forth stubble;
Your breath, as fire, shall devour you.
12 And the people shall be like the burnings of lime;
m Like thorns cut up they shall be burned in the fire.

13 Hear, n you who are afar off, what I have done;
And you who are near, acknowledge My might."
14 The sinners in Zion are afraid;
Fearfulness has seized the hypocrites:
"Who among us shall dwell with the devouring o fire?
Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?"
15 He who p walks righteously and speaks uprightly,
He who despises the gain of oppressions,
Who gestures with his hands, refusing bribes,
Who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed,
And q shuts his eyes from seeing evil:
16 He will dwell on 4 high;
His place of defense will be the fortress of rocks;
Bread will be given him,
His water will be sure.

17 Your eyes will see the King in His r beauty;
They will see the land that is very far off.
18 Your heart will meditate on terror:
s "Where is the scribe?
Where is he who weighs?
Where is he who counts the towers?"
19 t You will not see a fierce people,
u A people of obscure speech, beyond perception,
Of a 5 stammering tongue that you cannot understand.
20 v Look upon Zion, the city of our appointed feasts;
Your eyes will see w Jerusalem, a quiet home,
A tabernacle that will not be taken down;
x Not one of y its stakes will ever be removed,
Nor will any of its cords be broken.
21 But there the majestic LORD will be for us
A place of broad rivers and streams,
In which no 6 galley with oars will sail,
Nor majestic ships pass by
22 (For the LORD is our z Judge,
The LORD is our a Lawgiver,
b The LORD is our King;
He will save us);

23 Your tackle is loosed,
They could not strengthen their mast,
They could not spread the sail.
Then the prey of great plunder is divided;
The lame take the prey.
24 And the inhabitant will not say, "I am sick";
c The people who dwell in it will be forgiven their iniquity.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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