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The Jewish Study Bible Contextualizes the Hebrew Bible with accompanying scholarly text on Jewish traditions and history.

Chapter 2

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The word that Isaiah son of Amoz prophesied concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

1 2In the days to come, The Mount of the LORD's House Shall stand firm above the mountains And tower above the hills; And all the nations Shall gaze on it with joy. 3And the many peoples shall go and say: “Come, Let us go up to the Mount of the LORD, To the House of the God of Jacob; That He may instruct us in His ways, And that we may walk in His paths.” For instruction shall come forth f I.e., oracles will be obtainable. from Zion, The word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 4Thus He will judge among the nations And arbitrate for the many peoples, And they shall beat their swords into plowshares a More exactly, the iron points with which wooden plows were tipped. And their spears into pruning hooks: Nation shall not take up Sword against nation; They shall never again know b Cf. Judg. 3.2 . war.

5O House of Jacob! Come, let us walk By the light of the LORD. 6For you have forsaken [the ways of] your people, O House of Jacob! c‐ Emendation yields “For they are full of divination / and have abundance of soothsay‐ing, / Like Philistines / And like alien folk.” For they are full [of practices] from the East, And of soothsaying like the Philistines; They abound in customs d Cf. Targum; lit. “children.” of the aliens. ‐c Emendation yields “For they are full of divination / and have abundance of soothsay‐ing, / Like Philistines / And like alien folk.” 7Their land is full of silver and gold, There is no limit to their treasures; Their land is full of horses, There is no limit to their chariots. 8And their land is full of idols; They bow down to the work of their hands, To what their own fingers have wrought. 9But man shall be humbled, And mortal brought low— e‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Emendation yields “And their idols with them”; cf. vv. 17–21 . Oh, do not forgive them! ‐e Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Emendation yields “And their idols with them”; cf. vv. 17–21 .

10Go deep into the rock, Bury yourselves in the ground, Before the terror of the LORD And His dread majesty! 11Man's haughty look shall be brought low, And the pride of mortals shall be humbled. None but the LORD shall be Exalted in that day.

12For the LORD of Hosts has ready a day Against all that is proud and arrogant, Against all that is lofty—so that it is brought low: 13Against all the cedars of Lebanon, Tall and stately, And all the oaks of Bashan; 14Against all the high mountains And all the lofty hills; 15Against every soaring tower And every mighty wall; 16Against all the a‐ Probably a type of large ship. ships of Tarshish ‐a Probably a type of large ship. And all the gallant barks. 17Then man's haughtiness shall be humbled And the pride of man brought low. None but the LORD shall be Exalted in that day.

18As for idols, they shall vanish completely. 19And men shall enter caverns in the rock And hollows in the ground— Before the terror of the LORD And His dread majesty, When He comes forth to overawe the earth. 20On that day, men shall fling away, To the b‐ Exact meaning of Heb. uncertain. flying foxes ‐b Exact meaning of Heb. uncertain. and the bats, The idols of silver And the idols of gold Which they made for worshiping. 21And they shall enter the clefts in the rocks And the crevices in the cliffs, Before the terror of the LORD And His dread majesty, When He comes forth to overawe the earth.

22Oh, cease to glorify man, Who has only a breath in his nostrils! For by what does he merit esteem?

Notes:

f I.e., oracles will be obtainable.

a More exactly, the iron points with which wooden plows were tipped.

b Cf. Judg. 3.2 .

c‐c Emendation yields “For they are full of divination / and have abundance of soothsay‐ing, / Like Philistines / And like alien folk.”

d Cf. Targum; lit. “children.”

e‐e Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Emendation yields “And their idols with them”; cf. vv. 17–21 .

a‐a Probably a type of large ship.

b‐b Exact meaning of Heb. uncertain.

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