The Bible in Its Traditions

Isaiah 22:1–14

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The burden concerning the Valley of Vision. What aileth thee now, that thou art wholly gone up to the housetops,

THE WORD OF THE VALLEY OF SION. What has happened to thee, that now ye are all gone up to the housetops which help you not?

The burden of the valley of vision. What does it mean to you, then, that each of you have even climbed to the rooftops?

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Thou that art full of uproar, a tumultuous city, a joyous town? Thy slain are not slain with the sword, nor dead in battle.

The city is filled with shouting men: thy slain are not slain with swords, nor are thy dead those who have died in battle.

Filled with clamor, a busy city, an exultant city: your dead have not been slain by the sword, nor did they die in battle.

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All thy rulers are fled together, without the bow they are bound; all that are found of thee are bound together, they are fled afar off.

All thy princes have fled, and thy captives are tightly bound, and the mighty men in thee have fled far away.

All your leaders have fled together, and they have been bound by hardship. All who were found were chained together. They have fled far away.

Therefore said I: 'Look away from me, I will weep bitterly; strain not to comfort me, for the destruction of the daughter of my people.'

Therefore I said, Let me alone, I will weep bitterly; labour not to comfort me for the breach of the daughter of my people.

For this reason, I said: “Depart from me. I will weep bitterly. Make no attempt to console me, over the devastation of the daughter of my people.”

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For it is a day of trouble, and of trampling, and of perplexity, from YHWH, the GOD of hosts, in the Valley of Vision; Kir shouting, and Shoa at the mount.

For it is a day of trouble, and of destruction, and of treading down, and there is perplexity sent from the Lord of hosts: they wander in the valley of Sion; they wander from the least to the greatest on the mountains.

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And Elam bore the quiver, with troops of men, even horsemen; and Kir uncovered the shield.

And the Elamites took their quivers, and there were men mounted on horses, and there was a gathering for battle.

And Elam took up the quiver and the chariot of the horseman; and he stripped the wall of the shield.

And it came to pass, when thy choicest valleys were full of chariots, and the horsemen set themselves in array at the gate,

And it shall be that thy choice valleys shall be filled with chariots, and horsemen shall block up thy gates.

And your elect valleys will be filled with chariots, and the horsemen will position themselves at the gates.

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And the covering of Judah was laid bare, that thou didst look in that day to the armour in the house of the forest.

And they shall uncover the gates of Juda, and they shall look in that day on the choice houses of the city.

And the defenses of Judah shall be laid bare, and you shall see on that day the armour of the house of the forest.

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And ye saw the breaches of the city of David, that they were many; and ye gathered together the waters of the lower pool.

And they shall uncover the secret places of the houses of the citadel of David: and they saw that they were many, and that one had turned the water of the old pool into the city;

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10  And ye numbered the houses of Jerusalem, and ye broke down the houses to fortify the wall;

10  and that they had pulled down the houses of Jerusalem, to fortify the wall of the city.

10  And you have numbered the houses of Jerusalem. And you have destroyed the houses in order to fortify the wall.

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11  ye made also a basin between the two walls for the water of the old pool--but ye looked not unto Him that had done this, neither had ye respect unto Him that fashioned it long ago.

11  And ye procured to yourselves water between the two walls within the ancient pool: but ye looked not to him that made it from the beginning, and regarded not him that created it.

11  And you have made a pit between two walls for the waters of the ancient fish-pool. But you have not gazed upward to him who made it, and you have not considered, even from a distance, its Maker.

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12  And in that day did YHWH, the GOD of hosts, call to weeping, and to lamentation, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth;

12  And the Lord, the Lord of hosts, called in that day for weeping, and lamentation, and baldness, and for girding with sackcloth

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13  And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen and killing sheep, eating flesh and drinking wine--'Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we shall die!'

13  but they engaged in joy and gladness, slaying calves, and killing sheep, so as to eat flesh, and drink wine; saying, Let us eat and drink; for to-morrow we die.

13  But behold: gladness and rejoicing, the killing of calves and the slaughter of rams, the eating of meat and the drinking of wine: “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we will die.”

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14  And YHWH of hosts revealed Himself in mine ears: Surely this iniquity shall not be expiated by you till ye die, saith YHWH, the GOD of hosts.

14  And these things are revealed in the ears of the Lord of hosts: for this sin shall not be forgiven you, until ye die.

14  And it was revealed in my ears by the LORD of hosts, saying, Surely this iniquity shall not be purged from you till you die, says the LORD God of hosts.