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The Lord Protects the Weak

25 O Yahweh, you are my Elohim.
    I will highly honor you; I will praise your name.
    You have done miraculous things.
    You have been completely reliable
        in carrying out your plans from long ago.
You have turned cities into ruins,
    fortified cities into piles of rubble,
        and foreigners’ palaces into cities that will never be rebuilt.
That is why strong people will honor you,
    and cities ruled by the world’s tyrants will fear you.
You have been a refuge for the poor,
    a refuge for the needy in their distress,
    a shelter from the rain, and shade from the heat.
    (A tyrant’s breath is like a rainstorm against a wall,
like heat in a dry land.)
    You calm the uproar of foreigners.
    The song of tyrants is silenced
        like heat that is reduced by the shadow of a cloud.

Death Will Be Swallowed Up

On this mountain Yahweh Tsebaoth will prepare for all people
    a feast with the best foods,
    a banquet with aged wines,
        with the best foods and the finest wines.
On this mountain he will remove
    the veil of grief covering all people
        and the mask covering all nations.
He will swallow up death forever.
    Adonay Yahweh will wipe away tears from every face,
    and he will remove the disgrace of his people from the whole earth.
        Yahweh has spoken.
On that day his people will say,
    “This is our Elohim; we have waited for him, and now he will save us.
    This is Yahweh; we have waited for him.
        Let us rejoice and be glad because he will save us.”

10 Yahweh’s power will be on this mountain.
    Moab will be trampled beneath him
        like straw that is trampled in a pile of manure.
11 The Moabites will stretch out their hands in the manure
    like swimmers who stretch out their hands to swim.
    The Lord will humble those arrogant people
        despite the movements of their hands.[a]
12 He will bring down Moab’s high fortified walls,
    level them, and throw them into the dust on the ground.

Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 25:11 Hebrew meaning of “despite the movements of their hands” uncertain.

Praise to the Lord

25 Lord, you are my God;(A)
    I will exalt you and praise your name,(B)
for in perfect faithfulness(C)
    you have done wonderful things,(D)
    things planned(E) long ago.
You have made the city a heap of rubble,(F)
    the fortified(G) town a ruin,(H)
the foreigners’ stronghold(I) a city no more;
    it will never be rebuilt.(J)
Therefore strong peoples will honor you;(K)
    cities of ruthless(L) nations will revere you.
You have been a refuge(M) for the poor,(N)
    a refuge for the needy(O) in their distress,
a shelter from the storm(P)
    and a shade from the heat.
For the breath of the ruthless(Q)
    is like a storm driving against a wall
    and like the heat of the desert.
You silence(R) the uproar of foreigners;(S)
    as heat is reduced by the shadow of a cloud,
    so the song of the ruthless(T) is stilled.

On this mountain(U) the Lord Almighty will prepare
    a feast(V) of rich food for all peoples,
a banquet of aged wine—
    the best of meats and the finest of wines.(W)
On this mountain he will destroy
    the shroud(X) that enfolds all peoples,(Y)
the sheet that covers all nations;
    he will swallow up death(Z) forever.
The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears(AA)
    from all faces;
he will remove his people’s disgrace(AB)
    from all the earth.
The Lord has spoken.(AC)

In that day(AD) they will say,

“Surely this is our God;(AE)
    we trusted(AF) in him, and he saved(AG) us.
This is the Lord, we trusted in him;
    let us rejoice(AH) and be glad in his salvation.”(AI)

10 The hand of the Lord will rest on this mountain;(AJ)
    but Moab(AK) will be trampled in their land
    as straw is trampled down in the manure.
11 They will stretch out their hands in it,
    as swimmers stretch out their hands to swim.
God will bring down(AL) their pride(AM)
    despite the cleverness[a] of their hands.
12 He will bring down your high fortified walls(AN)
    and lay them low;(AO)
he will bring them down to the ground,
    to the very dust.

Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 25:11 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.

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