The Lord Will Restore Zion
1 The destroyer is as good as dead,1
you who have not been destroyed!
The deceitful one is as good as dead,2
the one whom others have not deceived!
When you are through destroying, you will be destroyed;
when you finish3 deceiving, others will deceive you!
2 Lord, be merciful to us! We wait for you.
Give us strength each morning!4 Deliver us when distress comes.5 3 The nations run away when they hear a loud noise;6 the nations scatter when you spring into action!7 4 Your plunder8 disappears as if locusts were eating it;9 they swarm over it like locusts!10 indeed,12 he lives in heaven;13
he fills Zion with justice and fairness.
6 He is your constant source of stability;14 he abundantly provides safety and great wisdom;15 he gives all this to those who fear him.16 7 Look, ambassadors17 cry out in the streets; messengers sent to make peace18 weep bitterly. there are no travelers.20 witnesses are despised,22 human life is treated with disrespect.23 9 The land24 dries up25 and withers away; the forest of Lebanon shrivels up26 and decays. Sharon27 is like the desert;28 Bashan and Carmel29 are parched.30
10 “Now I will rise up,” says the Lord.
“Now I will exalt myself;
now I will magnify myself.31
you give birth to chaff;
your breath is a fire that destroys you.33 12 The nations will be burned to ashes;34
like thorn bushes that have been cut down, they will be set on fire.
13 You who are far away, listen to what I have done!
You who are close by, recognize my strength!”
14 Sinners are afraid in Zion;
panic35 grips the godless.36 They say,37 ‘Who among us can coexist with destructive fire? Who among us can coexist with unquenchable38 fire?’ 15 The one who lives39 uprightly40
and speaks honestly;
the one who refuses to profit from oppressive measures
the one who does not plot violent crimes42 and does not seek to harm others43 – 16 This is the person who will live in a secure place;44 he will find safety in the rocky, mountain strongholds;45
he will have food
and a constant supply of water.
17 You will see a king in his splendor;46 you will see a wide land.47 18 Your mind will recall the terror you experienced,48 and you will ask yourselves,49 “Where is the scribe?
Where is the one who weighs the money?
Where is the one who counts the towers?”50 19 You will no longer see a defiant51 people whose language you do not comprehend,52 whose derisive speech you do not understand.53
20 Look at Zion, the city where we hold religious festivals!
You54 will see Jerusalem,55
a peaceful settlement,
its stakes will never be pulled up;
none of its ropes will snap in two.
21 Instead the Lord will rule there as our mighty king.57 Rivers and wide streams will flow through it;58 no war galley will enter;59 no large ships will sail through.60
22 For the Lord, our ruler,
the Lord, our commander,
the Lord, our king –
he will deliver us.
23 Though at this time your ropes are slack,61 the mast is not secured,62 and the sail63 is not unfurled, at that time you will divide up a great quantity of loot;64 even the lame will drag off plunder.65 24 No resident of Zion66 will say, “I am ill”;
the people who live there will have their sin forgiven.