Isaiah 25

1Lord, you are my God. I honor you and praise your name. You have done amazing things. The words you said long ago are completely true. Everything has happened exactly as you said it would. 2You have destroyed the city. It was a city protected by strong walls. But now it is only a pile of rocks. The foreign palace has been destroyed. It will never be built again. 3People from powerful nations will honor you. Powerful people from strong cities will fear you. 4˻Lord˼ you are a safe place for poor people that have needs. Many problems begin to defeat these people, but you protect them. ˻Lord˼ you are like a house protecting people from floods and heat. Troubles are like terrible winds and rain. The rain hits the wall and runs down, but the people in the house are not hurt. 5The enemy shouts and makes noise. The terrible enemy shouts challenges. But you, ˻God,˼ will stop them. In the desert during the summer ˻plants wilt and fall to the ground˼. In the same way, you will defeat the enemy and force them to their knees. Thick clouds stop the summer heat. In the same way, you will stop the shouts of the terrible enemy. 6At that time, the Lord All-Powerful will give a feast for all the people on this mountain. At the feast, there will be the best foods and wines. The meat will be tender and good. 7But now, there is a veil covering all nations and people. This veil is called, “death.” 8But death will be destroyed forever. And the Lord my Master will wipe away every tear from every face. ˻In the past,˼ all of his people were sad. But God will take away that sadness from the earth. All of this will happen because the Lord said it would. 9At that time, people will say, ”Here is our God! He is the One we have been waiting for. He has come to save us. We have been waiting for our Lord. So we will rejoice and be happy when the Lord saves us.” 10The Lord’s power is on this mountain. And Moab will be defeated. The Lord will trample ˻(walk on)˼ the enemy. It will be like walking on straw in a pile of waste. 11The Lord will spread his arms like a person that is swimming. Then the Lord will gather all the things the people are proud of. The Lord will gather all the beautiful things they made. And he will throw those things away. 12The Lord will destroy the people’s high walls and safe places. The Lord will throw them down into the dust on the ground.

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