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The Future House of God

1The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

2In days to come

the mountain of the Lord’s house

shall be established as the highest of the mountains,

and shall be raised above the hills;

all the nations shall stream to it.

3Many peoples shall come and say,

“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,

to the house of the God of Jacob;

that he may teach us his ways

and that we may walk in his paths.”

For out of Zion shall go forth instruction,

and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

4He shall judge between the nations,

and shall arbitrate for many peoples;

they shall beat their swords into plowshares,

and their spears into pruning hooks;

nation shall not lift up sword against nation,

neither shall they learn war any more.

Judgment Pronounced on Arrogance

5O house of Jacob,

come, let us walk

in the light of the Lord!

6For you have forsaken the ways of your people,

O house of Jacob.

Indeed they are full of diviners from the east

and of soothsayers like the Philistines,

and they clasp hands with foreigners.

7Their land is filled with silver and gold,

and there is no end to their treasures;

their land is filled with horses,

and there is no end to their chariots.

8Their land is filled with idols;

they bow down to the work of their hands,

to what their own fingers have made.

9And so people are humbled,

and everyone is brought low—

do not forgive them!

10Enter into the rock,

and hide in the dust

from the terror of the Lord,

and from the glory of his majesty.

11The haughty eyes of people shall be brought low,

and the pride of everyone shall be humbled;

and the Lord alone will be exalted on that day.

12For the Lord of hosts has a day

against all that is proud and lofty,

against all that is lifted up and high;

13against all the cedars of Lebanon,

lofty and lifted up;

and against all the oaks of Bashan;

14against all the high mountains,

and against all the lofty hills;

15against every high tower,

and against every fortified wall;

16against all the ships of Tarshish,

and against all the beautiful craft.

17The haughtiness of people shall be humbled,

and the pride of everyone shall be brought low;

and the Lord alone will be exalted on that day.

18The idols shall utterly pass away.

19Enter the caves of the rocks

and the holes of the ground,

from the terror of the Lord,

and from the glory of his majesty,

when he rises to terrify the earth.

20On that day people will throw away

to the moles and to the bats

their idols of silver and their idols of gold,

which they made for themselves to worship,

21to enter the caverns of the rocks

and the clefts in the crags,

from the terror of the Lord,

and from the glory of his majesty,

when he rises to terrify the earth.

22Turn away from mortals,

who have only breath in their nostrils,

for of what account are they?

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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