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The book of the prophet Isaiah, chapter 2, New English Translation and King James Version

Chapter 2

New English Translation


   The Future Glory of Jerusalem
   1 Here is the message about Judah and Jerusalem that was revealed to Isaiah son of Amoz.
   2 In the future the mountain of the LORD's temple will endure as the most important of mountains, and will be the most prominent of hills. All the nations will stream to it,
   3 many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the LORD's mountain, to the temple of the God of Jacob, so he can teach us his requirements, and we can follow his standards." For Zion will be the center for moral instruction; the LORD will issue edicts from Jerusalem.
   4 He will judge disputes between nations; he will settle cases for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nations will not take up the sword against other nations, and they will no longer train for war.
   5 O descendants of Jacob, come, let us walk in the LORD's guiding light.
   The LORD's Day of Judgment
   6 Indeed, O LORD, you have abandoned your people, the descendants of Jacob. For diviners from the east are everywhere; they consult omen readers like the Philistines do. Plenty of foreigners are around.
   7 Their land is full of gold and silver; there is no end to their wealth. Their land is full of horses; there is no end to their chariots.
   8 Their land is full of worthless idols; they worship the product of their own hands, what their own fingers have fashioned.
   9 Men bow down to them in homage, they lie flat on the ground in worship. Don't spare them!
   10 Go up into the rocky cliffs, hide in the ground. Get away from the dreadful judgment of the LORD, from his royal splendor!
   11 Proud men will be brought low, arrogant men will be humiliated; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day.
   12 Indeed, the LORD who commands armies has planned a day of judgment, for all the high and mighty, for all who are proud - they will be humiliated;
   13 for all the cedars of Lebanon, that are so high and mighty, for all the oaks of Bashan;
   14 for all the tall mountains, for all the high hills,
   15 for every high tower, for every fortified wall,
   16 for all the large ships, for all the impressive ships.
   17 Proud men will be humiliated, arrogant men will be brought low; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day.
   18 The worthless idols will be completely eliminated.
   19 They will go into caves in the rocky cliffs and into holes in the ground, trying to escape the dreadful judgment of the LORD and his royal splendor, when he rises up to terrify the earth.
   20 At that time men will throw their silver and gold idols, which they made for themselves to worship, into the caves where rodents and bats live,
   21 so they themselves can go into the crevices of the rocky cliffs and the openings under the rocky overhangs, trying to escape the dreadful judgment of the LORD and his royal splendor, when he rises up to terrify the earth.
   22 Stop trusting in human beings, whose life's breath is in their nostrils. For why should they be given special consideration?

King James Version


   1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
   2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
   3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
   4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
   5 O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.
   6 ¶ Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers.
   7 Their land also is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures; their land is also full of horses, neither is there any end of their chariots:
   8 Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made:
   9 And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not.
   10 ¶ Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty.
   11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.
   12 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:
   13 And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan,
   14 And upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up,
   15 And upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall,
   16 And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures.
   17 And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.
   18 And the idols he shall utterly abolish.
   19 And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.
   20 In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats;
   21 To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.
   22 Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?
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