Isaiah 22

1The sad message about the Valley of Vision: What is wrong with you people? Why are you hiding on your housetops? 2˻In the past,˼ this city was a very busy city. This city was very noisy— and very happy. ˻But now, things have changed.˼ Your people have been killed— but not with swords. The people died— but not while fighting. 3All of your leaders ran away together. But they have all been captured— and without bows. All the leaders ran far away together. But they have been captured. 4So I say, “Don’t look at me! Let me cry! Don’t rush to comfort me about the destruction of Jerusalem.” 5The Lord has chosen a special day. On that day there will be riots and confusion. People will trample ˻(walk on)˼ each other in the Valley of Vision. The city walls will be pulled down. The people in the valley will be shouting at the people in the city on the mountain. 6The horse soldiers from Elam will take their bags of arrows and ride to battle. The people from Kir will make noise with their shields. 7The armies will meet in your special valley. The valley will be filled with chariots. Horse soldiers will be put in front of the city gates. 8At that time, the people of Judah will want to use the weapons they keep at the Forest Palace. The enemy will pull down the walls protecting Judah. 9- 11The walls of the City of David will begin to crack, and you will see those cracks. So, you will count the houses, and you will use stones from the houses to fix the walls. You will make a place between the double walls for saving water from the old stream, and you will save the water. You will do all this to protect yourselves. But you will not trust the God who made all these things. You will not see the One ˻(God)˼ who made all these things long ago. 12So, my Master, the Lord All-Powerful, will tell the people to cry and be sad ˻for their dead friends˼. People will shave their heads and wear clothes of sadness. 13But look! The people are happy now. The people are rejoicing. ˻The people are saying˼: Kill the cattle and the sheep. We will celebrate. Eat your food and drink the wine. Eat and drink because tomorrow we die. 14The Lord All-Powerful said these things to me and I heard it with my ears: “You are guilty of doing wrong things. And I promise, you will die before this guilt is forgiven.” My Master, the Lord All-Powerful said those things. 15My Master, the Lord All-Powerful, told me these things: “Go to that servant Shebna. That servant is the palace manager. 16˻Ask that servant,˼ 'What are you doing here? Is any person from your family buried here? Why are you making a grave here?’” ˻Isaiah said,˼ “Look at this man! He is making his grave in a high place. This man is cutting into rock to make his grave. 17- 18“Man, the Lord will crush you. The Lord will roll you into ˻a small˼ ball and throw you far away into the open arms of another country. And there you will die.” ˻The Lord said,˼ “You are very proud of your chariots. But in that faraway land your new ruler will have better chariots. And your chariots will not look important in his palace. 19I will force you out of your important job here. Your new leader will take you away from your important job. 20At that time, I will call for my servant, Eliakim son of Hilkiah. 21I will take your robe and put it on that servant. I will give him your scepter. I will give him the important job you have. That servant will be like a father to the people of Jerusalem and Judah’s family. 22“I will put the key to David’s house around that man’s neck. If he opens a door, that door will stay opened. No person will be able to close it. If he closes a door, that door will stay closed. No person will be able to open it. 23That servant will be like a very honored chair in his father’s house. I will make him strong like a nail that is hammered into a very strong board. 24All the honored and important things of his father’s house will hang on him. All the adults and little children will depend on him. Those people will be like small dishes and large water bottles hanging on him. 25“At that time, the nail ˻(Shebna)˼ that is now hammered into a very strong board will become weak and it will break. That nail will fall to the ground and all the things hanging on that nail will be destroyed. Then everything I said in this message will happen.” ˻(Those things will happen because the Lord said them.)

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