The Bible in Its Traditions

Isaiah 33:1–9

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Woe to thee that spoilest, and thou wast not spoiled; and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee! When thou hast ceased to spoil, thou shalt be spoiled; and when thou art weary with dealing treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee.

Woe to you who plunder! Will you yourselves not also be plundered? And woe to you who despise! Will you yourselves not also be despised? When you will have completed your plundering, you will be plundered. When, out of fatigue, you will have ceased acting with contempt, you will be treated with contempt.

WOE to you that plunder, but you shall not plunder, and let no one deal treacherously among you; for when you seek to plunder, they will plunder you; and when you seek to deal treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with you.

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O YHWH, be gracious unto us; we have waited for Thee; be Thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.

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At the noise of the tumult the peoples are fled; at the lifting up of Thyself the nations are scattered.

By reason of the terrible sound the nations were dismayed for fear of thee, and the heathen were scattered.

From the voice of the Angel, the people fled. And from your exultation, the nations were scattered.

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And your spoil is gathered as the caterpillar gathereth; as locusts leap do they leap upon it.

And now shall the spoils of your small and great be gathered: as if one should gather locusts, so shall they mock you.

Henceforth your spoil shall be gathered like the gathering of the caterpillar; as a swarm of locusts when it is gathered together.

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YHWH is exalted, for He dwelleth on high; He hath filled Zion with justice and righteousness.

The God who dwells on high is holy: Sion is filled with judgement and righteousness.

The Lord has been magnified, because he has lived on high. He has filled Zion with judgment and justice.

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And the stability of thy times shall be a hoard of salvation--wisdom and knowledge, and the fear of YHWH which is His treasure.

They shall be delivered up to the law: our salvation is our treasure: there are wisdom and knowledge and piety toward the Lord; these are the treasures of righteousness.

And faith shall be the stability of your times, and your salvation in a place of refuge; wisdom and knowledge and the reverence of the LORD is his treasure.

Behold, their valiant ones cry without; the ambassadors of peace weep bitterly.

Behold now, these shall be terrified with fear of you: those whom ye feared shall cry out because of you: messengers shall be sent, bitterly weeping, entreating for peace.

If he should be seen by them they shall howl violently; the ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly.

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The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceaseth; he hath broken the covenant, he hath despised the cities, he regardeth not man.

For the ways of these shall be made desolate: the terror of the nations has been made to cease, and the covenant with these is taken away, and ye shall by no means deem them men.

The roads have become desolate. Travelers have ceased along the paths. The covenant has been nullified. He has tossed aside cities. He has disregarded men.

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The land mourneth and languisheth; Lebanon is ashamed, it withereth; Sharon is like a wilderness; and Bashan and Carmel are clean bare.

The earth has mourned and languished. Lebanon has been confounded and desecrated. And Sharon has become like a desert. And Bashan and Carmel have been struck together.

The earth mourns and languishes; Lebanon is ashamed and confounded; Sharon has become like a desert plain; and Bashan and Carmel are desolate.