Isaiah Chapter 22 |
1The “Valley of Vision” Pronouncement.
What can have happened to you
That you have gone, all of you, up on the roofs,
2O you who were full of tumult,
You clamorous town,
You city so gay?
Your slain are not the slain of the sword
Nor the dead of battle.
3Your officers have all departed,
They fled far away;
Your survivors were all taken captive,
Taken captive without their bows.
4That is why I say, “Let me be,
I will weep bitterly.
Press not to comfort me
For the ruin of my poor people.”
5For my Lord God of Hosts had a day
Of tumult and din and confusion—
Kir raged in the Valley of Vision,
And Shoa on the hill;
6While Elam bore the quiver
In troops of mounted men,
And Kir bared the shield—
7And your choicest lowlands
Were filled with chariots and horsemen:
They stormed at Judah’s gateway
8And pressed beyond its screen.
You gave thought on that day
To the arms in the Forest House,
9And you took note of the many breaches
In the City of David.
10And you collected the water of the Lower Pool; and you counted the houses of Jerusalem and pulled houses down to fortify the wall;
11and you constructed a basin between the two walls for the water of the old pool.
But you gave no thought to Him who planned it,
You took no note of Him who designed it long before.
12My Lord God of Hosts summoned on that day
To weeping and lamenting,
To tonsuring and girding with sackcloth.
13Instead, there was rejoicing and merriment,
Killing of cattle and slaughtering of sheep,
Eating of meat and drinking of wine:
“Eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!”
14Then the Lord of Hosts revealed Himself to my ears:
“This iniquity shall never be forgiven you
Until you die,” said my Lord God of Hosts.
15Thus said my Lord God of Hosts: Go in to see that steward, that Shebna, in charge of the palace:
16What have you here, and whom have you here,
That you have hewn out a tomb for yourself here?—
O you who have hewn your tomb on high;
O you who have hollowed out for yourself an abode in the cliff!
17The Lord is about to shake you
Severely, fellow, and then wrap you around Himself.
18Indeed, He will wind you about Him as a headdress, a turban.
Off to a broad land!
There shall you die, and there shall be the chariots bearing your body,
O shame of your master’s house!
19For I will hurl you from your station
And you shall be torn down from your stand.
20And in that day, I will summon My servant Eliakim son of Hilkiah, 21and I will invest him with your tunic, gird him with your sash, and deliver your authority into his hand; and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and the men of Judah. 22I will place the keys of David’s palace on his shoulders; and what he unlocks none may shut, and what he locks none may open. 23He shall be a seat of honor to his father’s household. I will fix him as a peg in a firm place, 24on which all the substance of his father’s household shall be hung: the sprouts and the leaves—all the small vessels, from bowls to all sorts of jars.
25In that day—declares the Lord of Hosts—the peg fixed in a firm place shall give way: it shall be cut down and shall fall, and the weight it supports shall be destroyed. For it is the Lord who has spoken.