The Bible in Its Traditions

Isaiah 37:21–29

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21  Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent unto Hezekiah, saying: 'Thus saith YHWH, the God of Israel: Whereas thou hast prayed to Me against Sennacherib king of Assyria,

21  And Esaias the son of Amos was sent to Ezekias, and said to him, Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, I have heard thy prayer to me concerning Sennacherim king of the Assyrians.

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22  this is the word which YHWH hath spoken concerning him: The virgin daughter of Zion hath despised thee and laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee.

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23  Whom hast thou taunted and blasphemed? And against whom hast thou exalted thy voice? Yea, thou hast lifted up thine eyes on high, even against the Holy One of Israel!

23  Whom have you insulted? And whom have you blasphemed? And against whom have you lifted up your voice and raised up your eyes on high? Against the Holy One of Israel!

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24  By thy servants hast thou taunted YHWH, and hast said: With the multitude of my chariots am I come up to the height of the mountains, to the innermost parts of Lebanon; and I have cut down the tall cedars thereof, and the choice cypress-trees thereof; and I have entered into his farthest height, the forest of his fruitful field.

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25  I have digged and drunk water, and with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of Egypt.

25  and I have made a bridge, and dried up the waters, and every pool of water.

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26  Hast thou not heard? Long ago I made it, in ancient times I fashioned it; now have I brought it to pass, yea, it is done; that fortified cities should be laid waste into ruinous heaps.

26  Have you not heard what I have done to it in past times? In ancient times, I formed it. And now I have brought it forth. And it has been made so that the hills and the fortified cities would fight together, unto its destruction.

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27  Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed and confounded; they were as the grass of the field, and as the green herb, as the grass on the housetops, and as a field of corn before it is grown up.

27  I weakened their hands, and they withered; and they became as dry grass on the house-tops, and as grass.

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28  But I know thy sitting down, and thy going out, and thy coming in, and thy raging against Me.

28  But now I know thy rest, and thy going out, and thy coming in.

28  I know your habitation, and your arrival, and your departure, and your madness against me.

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29  Because of thy raging against Me, and for that thine uproar is come up into Mine ears, therefore will I put My hook in thy nose, and My bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the way by which thou camest.

29  When you became angry against me, your arrogance rose up to my ears. Therefore, I will place a ring in your nose, and a bit between your lips. And I will turn you back on the road by which you arrived.

29  Because you have dared in my presence and your blasphemous words have come up into my ears, therefore I will put a hook in your nose and a bit between your lips, and I will cause you to return by the way by which you came.