In that day, seven women shall take hold of one man, saying,
“We will eat our own food
And wear our own clothes;
Only let us be called by your name—
Take away our disgrace!”
aFor the interpretation of this verse, cf. 28.5. For “radiance,” cf. Septuagint and the Syriac ṣemḥa, and for “splendor,” cf. the meaning of peri in 10.12.In that day,
The radiance of the LORD
Will lend beauty and glory,
And the splendor of bEmendation yields “my Lord”; cf. the parallelism (in reverse order) in 3.17.the land-b
[Will give] dignity and majesty,
To the survivors of Israel.
And those who remain in Zion
And are left in Jerusalem—
All who are inscribed for life in Jerusalem—
Shall be called holy.
When my Lord has washed away
The filth of cEmendation yields “Daughter Zion,” i.e., Zion personified; cf. 1.8 and note.the daughters of Zion,-c
And from Jerusalem’s midst
Has rinsed out her infamy—
In a spirit of judgment
And in a spirit of purging—
the LORD will createdEmendation yields “spread”; cf. Ps. 105.39. over the whole shrine and meeting place of Mount Zion cloud by day and smoke with a glow of flaming fire by night. Indeed, over eEmendation yields “His whole shrine.”all the glory-e shall hang a canopy,
which shall serve as a pavilion for shade from heat by day and as a shelter for protection against drenching rain.
aSee note j at 5.30.The people that walked in darkness
Have seen a brilliant light;
On those who dwelt in a land of gloom
Light has dawned.
You have magnified that nation,
Have given it great joy;
They have rejoiced before You
As they rejoice at reaping time,
As they exult
When dividing spoil.
For the yoke that they bore
And the stick on their back—
The rod of their taskmaster—
You have broken as on the day of Midian.bSee Judg. 7–8.
Truly, all the boots put on cMeaning of Heb. uncertain; emendation yields “in wickedness”; cf. Targum.to stamp with-c
And all the garments donned in infamy
Have been fed to the flames,
Devoured by fire.
For a child has been born to us,
A son has been given us.
And authority has settled on his shoulders.
He has been named
“The Mighty God is planning grace;dAs in 25.1.
The Eternal Father, a peaceable ruler”—
In token of abundant authority
And of peace without limit
Upon David’s throne and kingdom,
That it may be firmly established
In justice and in equity
Now and evermore.
The zeal of the LORD of Hosts
Shall bring this to pass.
eSeptuagint reads “Let loose pestilence”; cf. Amos 4.10. In vv. 7–20 Isaiah alludes to and builds upon Amos 4.10–12.Let loose a word-e against Jacob
And it fell upon Israel.
But all the people notedf1QIsa reads “shouted.”—
Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria—
In arrogance and haughtiness:
“Bricks have fallen—
We’ll rebuild with dressed stone;
Sycamores have been felled—
We’ll grow cedars instead!”
So the LORD let gEmendation yields “its enemies.”the enemies of Rezin-g
Triumph over it
And stirred up its foes—
Aram from the east
And Philistia from the west—
Who devoured Israel
With greedy mouths.
Yet His anger has not turned back,
And His arm is outstretched still.
For the people has not turned back
To Him who struck it
And has not sought
The LORD of Hosts.
So the LORD will cut off from Israel
Head and tail,
Palm branch and reed,
In a single day.
Elders hEmendation yields “who practice partiality.”and magnates-h—
Such are the heads;
Prophets who give false instruction,
Such are the tailsiEmendation yields “palm branches”; the elders and the prophets are the leaders, the people are the led; cf. 3.1–2, 12.
That people’s leaders have been misleaders,
So they that are led have been confused.
That is why my Lord
Will not sparejCf. Arabic samuḥa. 1QIsa reads yḥmw. their youths,
Nor show compassion
To their orphans and widows;
For all are ungodly and wicked,
And every mouth speaks impiety.
Already wickedness has blazed forth like a fire
Devouring thorn and thistle.
It has kindled the thickets of the wood,
kMeaning of Heb. uncertain.Which have turned into billowing smoke.-k
lMoved down from v. 16 for clarity.Yet His anger has not turned back,
And His arm is outstretched still.-l
By the fury of the LORD of Hosts,
The earth was shaken.mCf. note at 5.25.
Next, the people became like devouring fire:
No man spared his countryman.
They snatched on the right, but remained hungry,
And consumed on the left without being sated.
Each devoured the flesh of his nMeaning of Heb. uncertain. Emendation yields “fellow”; cf. Targum.own kindred-n—
Manasseh Ephraim’s, and Ephraim Manasseh’s,oAlludes to the civil wars of 2 Kings 15.10, 14–16, 25.
And both of them against Judah!pCf. 7.1–9.
Yet His anger has not turned back,
And His arm is outstretched still.
But a shoot shall grow out of the stump of Jesse,
A twig shall sprout from his stock.
The spirit of the LORD shall alight upon him:
A spirit of wisdom and insight,
A spirit of counsel and valor,
A spirit of devotion and reverence for the LORD.
aLit. “His sensing [shall be]”; meaning of Heb. uncertain.He shall sense the truth-a by his reverence for the LORD:
He shall not judge by what his eyes behold,
Nor decide by what his ears perceive.
Thus he shall judge the poor with equity
And decide with justice for the lowly of the land.
He shall strike down a landbEmendation yields “the ruthless.” with the rod of his mouth
And slay the wicked with the breath of his lips.
Justice shall be the girdle of his loins,
And faithfulness the girdle of his waist.
The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
The leopard lie down with the kid;
c1QIsa reads: “The calf and the beast of prey shall feed”; so too the Septuagint.The calf, the beast of prey, and the fatling-c together,
With a little boy to herd them.
The cow and the bear shall graze,
Their young shall lie down together;
And the lion, like the ox, shall eat straw.
A babe shall play
Over a viper’s hole,
And an infant passdMeaning of Heb. uncertain. his hand
Over an adder’s den.
In all of eI.e., the Holy Land; cf. Exod. 15.17; Ps. 78.54.My sacred mount-e
Nothing evil or vile shall be done;
For the land shall be filled with devotion to the LORD
As water covers the sea.
In that day,
The stock of Jesse that has remained standing
Shall become a standard to peoples—
Nations shall seek his counsel
And his abode shall be honored.
In that day, my Lord will apply His hand again to redeeming the other partfI.e., the part outside the Holy Land; lit. “the rest that will remain.” of His people from Assyria—as also from Egypt, Pathros, Nubia, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and the coastlands.
He will hold up a signal to the nations
And assemble the banished of Israel,
And gather the dispersed of Judah
From the four corners of the earth.
Then Ephraim’s envy shall cease
And Judah’s harassment shall end;
Ephraim shall not envy Judah,
And Judah shall not harass Ephraim.
They shall pounce on the back of Philistia to the west,
And together plunder the peoples of the east;
Edom and Moab shall be subject to them
And the children of Ammon shall obey them.
The LORD will dry up the tongue of the Egyptian sea.—He will raise His hand over the Euphrates with the mightdMeaning of Heb. uncertain. of His wind and break it into seven wadis, so that it can be trodden dry-shod.
Thus there shall be a highway for the other partfI.e., the part outside the Holy Land; lit. “the rest that will remain.” of His people out of Assyria, such as there was for Israel when it left the land of Egypt.
The “Babylon” Pronouncement, a prophecy of Isaiah son of Amoz.
“Raise a standard upon a bare hill,
Cry aloud to them;
Wave a hand, and let them enter
The gates of the nobles!
I have summoned My purified guests
To execute My wrath;
Behold, I have called My stalwarts,
My proudly exultant ones.”aThe impending slaughter is spoken of as a sacrificial meal, for which the guests were notified to purify themselves ritually; cf. Zeph. 1.7.
Hark! a tumult on the mountains—
As ofbMeaning of Heb. uncertain. a mighty force;
Hark! an uproar of kingdoms,
The LORD of Hosts is mustering
A host for war.
They come from a distant land,
From the end of the sky—
The LORD with the weapons of His wrath—
To ravage all the earth!
For the day of the LORD is near;
It shall come like havoc from Shaddai.cTraditionally rendered “the Almighty.”
Therefore all hands shall grow limp,
And all men’s hearts shall sink;
And, overcome by terror,
They shall be seized by pangs and throes,
Writhe like a woman in travail.
They shall gaze at each other in horror,
Their faces dTaking the root lhb as a variant of bhl: others “shall be faces of flame.”livid with fright.-d
Lo! The day of the LORD is coming
With pitiless fury and wrath,
To make the earth a desolation,
To wipe out the sinners upon it.
The stars and constellations of heaven
Shall not give off their light;
The sun shall be dark when it rises,
And the moon shall diffuse no glow.
“And I will requite to the world its evil,
And to the wicked their iniquity;
I will put an end to the pride of the arrogant
And humble the haughtiness of tyrants.
I will make people scarcer than fine gold,
And men than gold of Ophir.”
Therefore eLit. “I will shake heaven.”shall heaven be shaken,-e
And earth leap out of its place,
At the fury of the LORD of Hosts
On the day of His burning wrath.
Then like gazelles that are chased,
And like sheep that no man gathers,
Each man shall turn back to his people,
They shall flee every one to his land.
All who remain shall be pierced through,
All who fMeaning of Heb. uncertain; emendation yields “flee.”are caught-f
Shall fall by the sword.
And their babes shall be dashed to pieces in their sight,
Their homes shall be plundered,
And their wives shall be raped.
I stir up the Medes against them,
Who do not value silver
Or delight in gold.
Their bows shall shatter the young;
They shall show no pity to infants,
They shall not spare the children.”
And Babylon, glory of kingdoms,
Proud splendor of the Chaldeans,
Shall become like Sodom and Gomorrah
Overturned by God.
Nevermore shall it be settled
Nor dwelt in through all the ages.
No Arab shall pitch his tent there,
No shepherds make flocks lie down there.
But beastsbMeaning of Heb. uncertain. shall lie down there,
And the houses be filled with owls;bMeaning of Heb. uncertain.
There shall ostriches make their home,
And there shall satyrs dance.
And jackalsbMeaning of Heb. uncertain. shall abide in its castles
And dragonsbMeaning of Heb. uncertain. in the palaces of pleasure.
Her hour is close at hand;
Her days will not be long.
aMeaning of vv. 1 and 2 uncertain.Dispatch as messenger
The ruler of the land,
From Sela in the wilderness
To the mount of Fair Zion:
“Like fugitive birds,
Like nestlings driven away,
Moab’s villagers linger
By the fords of the Arnon.
bMeaning of Heb. uncertain.Offer counsel.-b
At high noon make
Your shadow like night:
Conceal the outcasts,
Betray not the fugitives.
Let cHeb. “my outcasts, Moab.”Moab’s outcasts-c
Find asylum in you;
Be a shelter for them
Against the despoiler.”
For violence has vanished,
Rapine is ended,
And marauders have perished from this land.
And a throne shall be established in goodness
In the tent of David,
And on it shall sit in faithfulness
A ruler devoted to justice
And zealous for equity.d14.32, above, would read well here.
“We have heard of Moab’s pride—
Most haughty is he—
Of his pride and haughtiness and arrogance,
And of the iniquity in him.”eBaddaw is a suffixed form of the preposition bede: Nah. 2.13; Hab. 2.13; Job 39.25; with suffixes, Job 11.3, 41.4.
Ah, let Moab howl;
Let all in Moab howl!
For the raisin-cakesfJer. 48.36 has “men.” of Kir-hareseth
You shall moan most pitifully.
The vineyards of Heshbon are withered,
And the vines of Sibmah;
bMeaning of Heb. uncertain.Their tendrils spread
And reached to Jazer,
And strayed to the desert;
Their shoots spread out
And crossed the sea.
As I weep for Jazer,
So I weep for Sibmah’s vines;
O Heshbon and Elealeh,
I drench you with my tears.
gJer. 48.32 reads “A ravager has come down / Upon your fig and grape harvests.”Ended are the shouts
Over your fig and grain harvests.-g
Rejoicing and gladness
Are gone from the farm land;
In the vineyards no shouting
Or cheering is heard.
No more does the treader
Tread wine in the presses—
The shouts hLit. “I have silenced.”have been silenced.-h
Like a lyre my heart moans for Moab,
And my very soul for Kir-heres.
And when it has become apparent that Moab has gained nothing in the outdoor shrine, he shall come to pray in his temple—but to no avail.
That is the word that the LORD spoke concerning Moab long ago.
And now the LORD has spoken: In three years, fixed like the years of a hired laborer, Moab’s population, with all its huge multitude, shall shrink. Only a remnant shall be left, of no consequence.
It was the year that the TartanaAn Assyrian title meaning “General”; cf. 2 Kings 18.17 and note. came to Ashdod—being sent by King Sargon of Assyria—and attacked Ashdod and took it.
Previously,bLit. “At that time.” the LORD had spoken to Isaiah son of Amoz, saying, “Go, untie the sackcloth from your loins and take your sandals off your feet,” which he had done, going naked and barefoot.
And now the LORD said, “It is a sign and a portent for Egypt and Nubia. Just as My servant Isaiah has gone naked and barefoot for three years,
so shall the king of Assyria drive off the captives of Egypt and the exiles of Nubia, young and old, naked and barefoot and with bared buttocks—to the shame of Egypt!
And they shall be dismayed and chagrined because of Nubia their hope and Egypt their boast.
In that day, the dwellers of this coastland shall say, ‘If this could happen to those we looked to, to whom we fled for help and rescue from the king of Assyria, how can we ourselves escape?’”
Ah, the proud crowns of the drunkards of Ephraim,
Whose glorious beauty is but wilted flowers
On the heads of men bloatedaGe is contracted from ge’e; cf. Ibn Ezra. with rich food,
Who are overcome by wine!
Lo, my Lord has something strong and mighty,
Like a storm of hail,
A shower of pestilence.
Something like a storm of massive, torrential rainbLit. “water.”
Shall be hurled with force to the ground.
Trampled underfoot shall be
The proud crowns of the drunkards of Ephraim,
The wilted flowers—
On the heads of men bloatedaGe is contracted from ge’e; cf. Ibn Ezra. with rich food—
That are his glorious beauty.
They shall be like an early fig
Before the fruit harvest;
Whoever sees it devours it
While it is still cEmendation yields “on the bough.”in his hand.-c
In that day, the LORD of Hosts shall become a crown of beauty and a diadem of glory for the remnant of His people,
and a spirit of judgment for him who sits in judgment and of valor for those who repel attacks at the gate.
But these are also muddled by wine
And dazed by liquor:
Priest and prophet
Are muddled by liquor;
They are confused by wine,
They are dazed by liquor;
They are muddled in their visions,
They stumble in judgment.
Yea, all tables are covered
With vomit and filth,
So that no space is left.
dThis is the drunkards’ reaction to Isaiah’s reproof.“To whom would he give instruction?
To whom expound a message?
To those newly weaned from milk,
Just taken away from the breast?
That same mutter upon mutter,
Murmur upon murmur,
Now here, now there!”
Truly, as one who speaks to that people in a stammering jargon and an alien tongue
is he who declares to them, “This is the resting place, let the weary rest;eI.e., do not embark on any political adventure at this time. this is the place of re
pose.” They refuse to listen.
To them the word of the LORD is:
“Mutter upon mutter,
Murmur upon murmur,
Now here, now there.”
And so they will march,fI.e., embark on the political adventure.
But they shall fall backward,
And be injured and snared and captured.
Hear now the word of the LORD,
You men of mockery,
gOr “composers of taunt-verses for that people.”Who govern that people-g
For you have said,
“We have made a covenant with Death,
Concluded a pact with Sheol.
When the sweeping flood passes through,
It shall not reach us;
For we have made falsehood our refuge,
Taken shelter in treachery.”
Thus said the Lord GOD:
“Behold, I will found in Zion,
Stone by stone,
hMeaning of Heb. uncertain.A tower of precious cornerstones,-h
He who trusts need not fear.
But I will apply judgment as a measuring line
And retributioniAs in 1.27; 5.16; 10.22. as weights;jI.e., I will make judgment and retribution My plan of action; cf. 34.11; 2 Kings 21.13.
Hail shall sweep away the refuge of falsehood,
And flood-waters engulf your shelter.
Your covenant with Death shall be annulled,
Your pact with Sheol shall not endure;
When the sweeping flood passes through,
You shall be its victims.
It shall catch you
Every time it passes through;
It shall pass through every morning,
Every day and every night.
And it shall be sheer horror
To grasp the message.”
The couch is too short for stretching out,
And the cover too narrow for curling up!
For the LORD will arise
As on the hill of Perazim,
He will rouse Himself
As in the vale of Gibeon,
To do His work—
Strange is His work!
And to perform His task—
Astounding is His task!kInstead of giving victory, as at Baal-perazim and Gibeon (cf. 2 Sam. 5.19–25; 1 Chron. 14.9–16), He will inflict punishment.
Therefore, refrain from mockery,
Lest your bonds be tightened.
For I have heard a decree of destruction
From my Lord GOD of Hosts
Against all the land.
Give diligent ear to my words,
Attend carefully to what I say.
Does he who plows to sow
Plow all the time,
Breaking up and furrowing his land?
When he has smoothed its surface,
Does he not rather broadcast black cumin
And scatter cumin,
Or set wheat in a row,lIn some Near Eastern countries, wheat is actually planted rather than scattered.
Barley in a strip,
And emmer in a patch?
For He teaches him the right manner,
His God instructs him.
So, too, black cumin is not threshed with a threshing board,
Nor is the wheel of a threshing sledge rolled over cumin;
But black cumin is beaten out with a stick
And cumin with a rod.
It is cereal that is crushed.mEmendation yields “threshed.”
For nTaking lo as equivalent to lu.even if-n he threshes it thoroughly,
And the wheel of his sledge hMeaning of Heb. uncertain.and his horses overwhelm it,-h
He does not crush it.
That, too, is ordered by the LORD of Hosts;
His counsel is unfathomable,
His wisdom marvelous.
“Ah, Ariel,aA poetic name of Jerusalem; cf. 33.7. Ariel,
City where David camped!
Add year to year,
Let festivals come in their cycles!
And I will harass Ariel,
And there shall be sorrow and sighing.
bMeaning of Heb. uncertain.She shall be to Me like Ariel.-b
And I will camp against you cMeaning of Heb. uncertain. Septuagint reads “like David”; cf. v. 1.round about;-c
I will lay siege to you bMeaning of Heb. uncertain.with a mound,-b
And I will set up siegeworks against you.
And you shall speak from lower than the ground,
Your speech shall be humbler than the sod;
Your speech shall sound like a ghost’s from the ground,
Your voice shall chirp from the sod.
And like fine dust shall be
The multitude of dManuscript 1QIsa reads “haughty men.”your strangers;-d
And like flying chaff,
The multitude of tyrants.”
And suddenly, in an instant,
She shall be remembered of the LORD of Hosts
With roaring, and shaking, and deafening noise,
Storm, and tempest, and blaze of consuming fire.
Then, like a dream, a vision of the night,
Shall be the multitude of nations
That war upon Ariel,
And all her besiegers, and the siegeworks against her,
And those who harass her.
Like one who is hungry
And dreams he is eating,
But wakes to find himself empty;
And like one who is thirsty
And dreams he is drinking,
But wakes to find himself faint
And utterly parched—
So shall be all the multitude of nations
That war upon Mount Zion.
Act stupid and be stupefied!
Act blind and be blinded!
(They are drunk, but not from wine,
They stagger, but not from liquor.)
For the LORD has spread over you
A spirit of deep sleep,
And has shut your eyes, the prophets,
And covered your heads, the seers;
So that all prophecy has been to you
Like the words of a sealed document.
If it is handed to one who can read and he is asked to read it, he will say, “I can’t, because it is sealed”;
and if the document is handed to one who cannot read and he is asked to read it, he will say, “I can’t read.”
My Lord said:
Because that people has approached [Me] with its mouth
And honored Me with its lips,
But has kept its heart far from Me,
And its worship of Me has been
A commandment of men, learned by rote—
Truly, I shall further baffle that people
With bafflement upon bafflement;
And the wisdom of its wise shall fail,
And the prudence of its prudent shall vanish.
Ha! Those who would hide their plans
Deep from the LORD!
Who do their work in dark places
And say, “Who sees us, who takes note of us?”
eMeaning of first line uncertain; emendation yields “Should the potter be accounted / Like the jugs or like the clay?”How perverse of you!
Should the potter be accounted as the clay?-e
Should what is made say of its Maker,
“He did not make me,”
And what is formed say of Him who formed it,
fEmendation yields “He did not fashion me.”“He did not understand”?-f
Surely, in a little while,
Lebanon will be transformed into farm land,
And farm land accounted as mere brush.
In that day, the deaf shall hear even written words,
And the eyes of the blind shall see
Even in darkness and obscurity.
Then the humble shall have increasing joy through the LORD,
And the neediest of men shall exult
In the Holy One of Israel.
For the tyrant shall be no more,
The scoffer shall cease to be;
And those diligent for evil shall be wiped out,
Who cause men to lose their lawsuits,
Laying a snare for the arbiter at the gate,
And wronging by falsehood
Him who was in the right.
Assuredly, thus said the LORD to the House of Jacob, gEmendation yields “Whose fathers He redeemed.”Who redeemed Abraham:-g
No more shall Jacob be shamed,
No longer his face grow pale.
For when he—that is, his children—behold what My hands have wrought in his midst, they will hallow My name.
Men will hallow the Holy One of Jacob
And stand in awe of the God of Israel.
And the confused shall acquire insight
And grumblers accept instruction.
Ha, you ravager who are not ravaged,
You betrayer who have not been betrayed!
When you have done ravaging, you shall be ravaged;
When you have finished betraying, you shall be betrayed.
O LORD, be gracious to us!
It is to You we have looked;
aEmendation yields “You have been our help.”Be their arm-a every morning,
Also our deliverance in time of stress.
At [Your] roaring, peoples have fled,
Before Your majesty nations have scattered;
And spoilbHeb. “your spoil.” was gathered as locusts are gathered,
ItcMeaning of Heb. uncertain. Emendation yields “booty”; cf. v. 23. was amasseddTaking ¾qq as a cognate of q¾¾. as grasshoppers are amassed.eApparently for food; cf. Lev. 11.22.
The LORD is exalted,
He dwells on high!
[Of old] He filled Zion
With justice and righteousness.
Faithfulness to fMeaning of Heb. uncertain.Your charge-f was [her] wealth,
Wisdom and devotion [her] triumph,
Reverence for the LORD—that was hergHeb. “his.” treasure.
Hark! The ArieliteshSo a few manuscripts; cf. 29.1. cry aloud;
Shalom’siI.e., Jerusalem’s; cf. Salem (Heb. Shalem), Ps. 76.3. messengers weep bitterly.
Highways are desolate,
Wayfarers have ceased.
A covenant has been renounced,
Citiesj1QIsa reads “A pact.” rejected
kEmendation yields “an obligation.”Mortal man-k despised.
The land is wilted and withered;
Lebanon disgraced and moldering,
Sharon is become like a desert,
And Bashan and Carmel are stripped bare.
“Now I will arise,” says the LORD,
“Now I will exalt Myself, now raise Myself high.
You shall conceive hay,
Give birth to straw;
MylHeb. “your.” breath will devour you like fire.
Peoples shall be burnings of lime,mEmendation yields “brambles”; cf. 32.13.
Thorns cut down that are set on fire.
Hear, you who are far, what I have done;
You who are near, note My might.”
Sinners in Zion are frightened,
The godless are seized with trembling:
“Who of us can dwell with the devouring fire:
Who of us can dwell with the never-dying blaze?”
He who walks in righteousness,
Spurns profit from fraudulent dealings,
Waves away a bribe instead of grasping it,
Stops his ears against listening to infamy,
Shuts his eyes against looking at evil—
Such a one shall dwell in lofty security,
With inaccessible cliffs for his stronghold,
With his food supplied
And his drink assured.
When your eyes behold nEmendation yields “perfection of beauty”; cf. Ps. 50.2.a king in his beauty,-n
When they contemplate the land round about,
Your throatoAs in 59.13 and elsewhere; others “heart.” shall murmur in awe,
“Where is one who could count? Where is one who could weigh?
Where is one who could count [all these] towers?”
No more shall you see the barbarian folk,
The people of speech too obscure to comprehend,
So stammering of tongue that they are not understood.
When you gaze upon Zion, our city of assembly,
Your eyes shall behold Jerusalem
As a secure homestead,
A tent not to be transported,
Whose pegs shall never be pulled up,
And none of whose ropes shall break.
For there the LORD in His greatness shall be for us
Like a region of rivers, of broad streams,
Where no floating vessels can sail
And no mighty craft can travel—
pBrought up from v. 23 for clarity. The passage means that the Lord will render Jerusalem as inaccessible to enemies as if it were surrounded by an impassable sea.TheirqHeb. “your.” ropes are slack,
They cannot steady the sockets of their masts,
They cannot spread a sail.-p
For the LORD shall be our ruler,
The LORD shall be our prince,
The LORD shall be our king:
He shall deliver us.
Then rMeaning of Heb. uncertain; emendation yields “even a blind man shall divide much spoil.”shall indeed much spoil be divided,-r
Even the lame shall seize booty.
And none who lives there shall say, “I am sick”;
It shall be inhabited by folk whose sin has been forgiven.