Isaiah 2

Peace That Lasts Forever


1 This is the message that I was given about Judah and Jerusalem:
2 In the future, the mountain
    with the Lord’s temple
        will be the highest of all.
    It will reach above the hills;
        every nation will rush to it.
3 Many people will come and say,
        “Let’s go to the mountain
    of the Lord God of Jacob
        and worship in his temple.”

    The Lord will teach us his Law
    from Jerusalem,
        and we will obey him.
4 He will settle arguments
        between nations.
    They will pound their swords
    and their spears
        into rakes and shovels;
    they will never make war
        or attack one another.
5 People of Israel, let’s live
        by the light of the Lord.

Following Sinful Customs

6 Our Lord, you have deserted
        your people, Israel,
    because they follow customs
        of nations from the east.
    They worship Philistine gods
    and are close friends
        of foreigners.
7 They have endless treasures
        of silver and gold;
    they have countless horses
        and war chariots.
8 Everywhere in the country
    they worship the idols
        they have made.
9 And so, all of them
    will be ashamed and disgraced.
        Don’t help them!

A Day of Judgment

10 Every one of you,
     go hide among the rocks
        and in the ground,
    because the Lord is fearsome,
        marvelous, and glorious.
11 When the Lord comes,
     everyone who is proud
        will be made humble,
     and the Lord alone
        will be honored.
12 The Lord All-Powerful
        has chosen a day
     when those who are proud
     and conceited
        will be put down.

13 The tall and towering
     cedars of Lebanon
        will be destroyed.
     So will the oak trees of Bashan,
14 all high mountains and hills,
15    every strong fortress,
16 all the seagoing ships,
        and every beautiful boat.
17 When that day comes,
     everyone who is proud
        will be put down.
     Only the Lord will be honored.
18     Idols will be gone for good.

19 You had better hide
        in caves and holes—
     the Lord will be fearsome,
        marvelous, and glorious
     when he comes to terrify
        people on earth.

20 On that day everyone will throw
        to the rats and bats
     their idols of silver and gold
        they made to worship.
21 The Lord will be fearsome,
        marvelous, and glorious
     when he comes to terrify
        people on earth—
     they will hide in caves
        and in the hills.

22 Stop trusting the power
        of humans.
     They are all going to die,
        so how can they help?    

The Contemporary English Version, c1995 by the American Bible Society.
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