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The book of the prophet Isaiah, chapter 27, New English Translation and King James Version

Chapter 27

New English Translation


   1 At that time the LORD will punish with his destructive, great, and powerful sword Leviathan the fast-moving serpent, Leviathan the squirming serpent; he will kill the sea monster.
   2 When that time comes, sing about a delightful vineyard!
   3 I, the LORD, protect it; I water it regularly. I guard it night and day, so no one can harm it.
   4 I am not angry. I wish I could confront some thorns and briers! Then I would march against them for battle; I would set them all on fire,
   5 unless they became my subjects and made peace with me; let them make peace with me.
   6 The time is coming when Jacob will take root; Israel will blossom and grow branches. The produce will fill the surface of the world.
   7 Has the LORD struck down Israel like he did their oppressors? Has Israel been killed like their enemies?
   8 When you summon her for divorce, you prosecute her; he drives her away with his strong wind in the day of the east wind.
   9 So in this way Jacob's sin will be forgiven, and this is how they will show they are finished sinning: They will make all the stones of the altars like crushed limestone, and the Asherah poles and the incense altars will no longer stand.
   10 For the fortified city is left alone; it is a deserted settlement and abandoned like the desert. Calves graze there; they lie down there and eat its branches bare.
   11 When its branches get brittle, they break; women come and use them for kindling. For these people lack understanding, therefore the one who made them has no compassion on them; the one who formed them has no mercy on them.
   12 At that time the LORD will shake the tree, from the Euphrates River to the Stream of Egypt. Then you will be gathered up one by one, O Israelites. 13 At that time a large trumpet will be blown, and the ones lost in the land of Assyria will come, as well as the refugees in the land of Egypt. They will worship the LORD on the holy mountain in Jerusalem.

King James Version


   1 In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.
   2 In that day sing ye unto her, A vineyard of red wine.
   3 I the LORD do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day.
   4 Fury is not in me: who would set the briers and thorns against me in battle? I would go through them, I would burn them together.
   5 Or let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me; and he shall make peace with me.
   6 He shall cause them that come of Jacob to take root: Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit.
   7 ¶ Hath he smitten him, as he smote those that smote him? or is he slain according to the slaughter of them that are slain by him?
   8 In measure, when it shooteth forth, thou wilt debate with it: he stayeth his rough wind in the day of the east wind.
   9 By this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged; and this is all the fruit to take away his sin; when he maketh all the stones of the altar as chalkstones that are beaten in sunder, the groves and images shall not stand up.
   10 Yet the defenced city shall be desolate, and the habitation forsaken, and left like a wilderness: there shall the calf feed, and there shall he lie down, and consume the branches thereof.
   11 When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off: the women come, and set them on fire: for it is a people of no understanding: therefore he that made them will not have mercy on them, and he that formed them will shew them no favour.
   12 ¶ And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall beat off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of Israel.
   13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.
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