to the Obstinate Nation
30:1 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD,
that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a
covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to
30:2 That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at
my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of
Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt!
30:3 Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame,
and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.
30:4 For his princes were at Zoan, and his ambassadors came
30:5 They were all ashamed of a people that could not
profit them, nor be an help nor profit, but a shame, and
also a reproach.
30:6 The burden of the beasts of the south: into the land
of trouble and anguish, from whence come the young and old
lion, the viper and fiery flying serpent, they will carry
their riches upon the shoulders of young asses, and their
treasures upon the bunches of camels, to a people that shall
not profit them.
30:7 For the Egyptians shall help in vain, and to no
purpose: therefore have I cried concerning this, Their
strength is to sit still.
30:8 Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it
in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and
30:9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children,
children that will not hear the law of the LORD:
30:10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets,
Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth
things, prophesy deceits:
30:11 Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path,
cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.
30:12 Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because
ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and
perverseness, and stay thereon:
30:13 Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach
ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking
cometh suddenly at an instant.
30:14 And he shall break it as the breaking of the potters'
vessel that is broken in pieces; he shall not spare: so that
there shall not be found in the bursting of it a sherd to
take fire from the hearth, or to take water withal out of
30:15 For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel;
In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in
confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.
30:16 But ye said, No; for we will flee upon horses;
therefore shall ye flee: and, We will ride upon the swift;
therefore shall they that pursue you be swift.
30:17 One thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one; at the
rebuke of five shall ye flee: till ye be left as a beacon
upon the top of a mountain, and as an ensign on an hill.
30:18 And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be
gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he
may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment:
blessed are all they that wait for him.
30:19 For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou
shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at
the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer
30:20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity,
and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be
removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy
30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying,
This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right
hand, and when ye turn to the left.
30:22 Ye shall defile also the covering of thy graven
images of silver, and the ornament of thy molten images of
gold: thou shalt cast them away as a menstruous cloth; thou
shalt say unto it, Get thee hence.
30:23 Then shall he give the rain of thy seed, that thou
shalt sow the ground withal; and bread of the increase of
the earth, and it shall be fat and plenteous: in that day
shall thy cattle feed in large pastures.
30:24 The oxen likewise and the young asses that ear the
ground shall eat clean provender, which hath been winnowed
with the shovel and with the fan.
30:25 And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon
every high hill, rivers and streams of waters in the day of
the great slaughter, when the towers fall.
30:26 Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light
of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as
the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD bindeth up
the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their
30:27 Behold, the name of the LORD cometh from far, burning
with his anger, and the burden thereof is heavy: his lips
are full of indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire:
30:28 And his breath, as an overflowing stream, shall reach
to the midst of the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve
of vanity: and there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the
people, causing them to err.
30:29 Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy
solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth
with a pipe to come into the mountain of the LORD, to the
mighty One of Israel.
30:30 And the LORD shall cause his glorious voice to be
heard, and shall shew the lighting down of his arm, with the
indignation of his anger, and with the flame of a devouring
fire, with scattering, and tempest, and hailstones.
30:31 For through the voice of the LORD shall the Assyrian
be beaten down, which smote with a rod.
30:32 And in every place where the grounded staff shall
pass, which the LORD shall lay upon him, it shall be with
tabrets and harps: and in battles of shaking will he fight
30:33 For Tophet is ordained of old; yea, for the king it
is prepared; he hath made it deep and large: the pile
thereof is fire and much wood; the breath of the LORD, like
a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it.