God's judgments against the enemies of Zion. The consternation of sinners, and privileges of the godly.
1 Woe to 1thee that spoilest, and thou wast not spoiled; and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee! 2when thou shalt cease to spoil, thou shalt be spoiled; and when thou shalt make an end to deal treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee.
2 O Lord, 1be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: 2be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.
3 1At the noise of the tumult the people fled; 2at the lifting up of thyself the nations were scattered.
4 And 1your spoil shall be gathered like the gathering of the caterpiller: as the running to and fro of locusts shall he run upon them.
5 1The Lord is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: he hath 2filled Zion with judgment and righteousness.
6 And 1wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of asalvation: 2the fear of the Lord is his treasure.
7 Behold, their avaliant ones shall cry without: 1the ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly.
8 1The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceaseth: he hath broken the covenant, he hath despised the cities, he regardeth no man.
9 1The earth mourneth and languisheth: Lebanon is ashamed and ahewn down: 2Sharon is like a wilderness; and Bashan and Carmel shake off their fruits.
10 Now 1will I rise, saith the Lord; now will I be exalted; now will I lift up myself.
11 Ye 1shall conceive chaff, ye shall bring forth stubble: your breath, as fire, shall devour you.
12 And the people shall be as the burnings of lime: 1as thorns cut up shall they be burned in the fire.
13 ¶ Hear, 1ye that are far off, what I have done; and, ye that are near, acknowledge my might.
14 1The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised 2the hypocrites. 3Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?
15 He that 1walketh arighteously, and speaketh buprightly; he that despiseth the gain of coppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of dblood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;
16 1He shall dwell on ahigh: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; 2his waters shall be sure.
17 Thine eyes shall 1see the king in his beauty: they shall behold athe land that is very far off.
18 Thine heart shall meditate terror. 1Where is the scribe? where is the areceiver? where is he that counted the towers?
19 1Thou shalt not see a fierce people, a people 2of a deeper speech than thou canst perceive; of a astammering tongue, that thou canst not understand.
20 1Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; 2not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.
21 But 1there the glorious Lord will be unto us a place aof broad rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby.
22 For the Lord is our 1judge, the Lord is 2our alawgiver, the Lord is 3our king; he will save us.
23 aThy tacklings are loosed; they could not well strengthen their mast, they could not spread the sail: then 1is the prey of a great spoil divided; the lame take the prey.
24 1And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity.