The Righteous Will Live By Faith

1 I will stand at my watch post; I will remain stationed on the city wall. I will keep watching, so I can see what he says to me and can know how I should answer when he counters my argument.

1 I will (A)stand on my guard postAnd station myself on the rampart;And I will (B)keep watch to see (C)what He will speak to me,And how I may reply (a)when I am reproved.

1 I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.

1 I will stand at my guard postand station myself on the lookout tower.(A)I will watch to see what He will say to me(B)and what I should(a) reply about my complaint.

1 "I will stand at my guard post and station myself on a tower. I will wait and see what the LORD will say about me and what I will answer when he reprimands me."

God's Second Answer

2 The Lord responded: "Write down this message! Record it legibly on tablets, so the one who announces it may read it easily.

2 Then the Lord answered me and said,(D)Record the visionAnd inscribe it on tablets,That (b)the one who (c)reads it may run.

2 And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.

2 The Lord answered me:Write down this vision;(C)clearly inscribe it on tabletsso one may easily read it.(b)

2 When he answered, the LORD told me: "Write out the revelation, engraving it clearly on the tablets, so that a courier may run with it.

3 For the message is a witness to what is decreed; it gives reliable testimony about how matters will turn out. Even if the message is not fulfilled right away, wait patiently; for it will certainly come to pass -- it will not arrive late.

3 “For the vision is yet for the (E)appointed time;It (d)hastens toward the goal and it will not (e)fail.Though it tarries, (F)wait for it;For it will certainly come, it (G)will not delay.

3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

3 For the vision is yet for the appointed time;it testifies about the end and will not lie.Though it delays, wait for it,since it will certainly come and not be late.(D)

3 For the revelation pertains to an appointed time it speaks truthfully about the end. Though it delays, wait for it, because it will surely come about it will not be late!

4 Look, the one whose desires are not upright will faint from exhaustion, but the person of integrity will live because of his faithfulness.

4 “Behold, as for the (H)proud one,His soul is not right within him;But the (I)righteous will live by his (f)faith.

4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.

4 Look, his ego is inflated;(c)he is without integrity.But the righteous one will live by his faith.(d)(E)

4 "Notice their arrogance they have no inward uprightness but the righteous will live by their faith.

Doom On The Unrighteous

5 Indeed, wine will betray the proud, restless man! His appetite is as big as Sheol's; like death, he is never satisfied. He gathers all the nations; he seizes all peoples.

5 “Furthermore, (J)wine betrays the (K)haughty man,So that he does not (L)stay at home.He (M)enlarges his appetite like Sheol,And he is like death, never satisfied.He also gathers to himself all nationsAnd collects to himself all peoples.

5 Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people:

5 Moreover, wine(e) betrays;an arrogant man is never at rest.(f)He enlarges his appetite like Sheol,and like Death he is never satisfied.(F)He gathers all the nations to himself;he collects all the peoples for himself.

5 Moreover, just as wine leads astray the proud and powerful man, he remains restless; he has expanded his appetite like the afterlife or death itself, he is never satisfied. He gathers to himself all of the nations, taking captive all of the people for himself."

The Five Woe Oracles

6 "But all these nations will someday taunt him and ridicule him with proverbial sayings: 'The one who accumulates what does not belong to him is as good as dead (How long will this go on?) -- he who gets rich by extortion!'

6 “Will not all of these (N)take up a taunt-song against him,Even mockery and insinuations against himAnd say, ‘(O)Woe to him who increases what is not his—For how long—And makes himself (g)rich with loans?’

6 Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that increaseth that which is not his! how long? and to him that ladeth himself with thick clay!

6 Won’t all of these take up a taunt against him,with mockery and riddles about him?They will say:Woe to him who amasses what is not his—how much longer?—and loads himself with goods taken in pledge.(G)

6 "Will not all of these ridicule him with mocking scorn? They will say, "Woe to the one who hordes for himself what isn't his. How long will you enrich yourself by extortion?'

7 Your creditors will suddenly attack; those who terrify you will spring into action, and they will rob you.

7 “Will not (h)your creditors (P)rise up suddenly,And those who (i)collect from you awaken?Indeed, you will become plunder for them.

7 Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee, and awake that shall vex thee, and thou shalt be for booties unto them?

7 Won’t your creditors suddenly arise,and those who disturb you wake up?Then you will become spoil for them.(H)

7 Won't your creditors revolt unexpectedly? Won't those who make you tremble wake up? As a result, you'll become their prey!

8 Because you robbed many countries, all who are left among the nations will rob you. You have shed human blood and committed violent acts against lands, cities, and those who live in them.

8 “Because you have (Q)looted many nations,All the remainder of the peoples will loot you—Because of human bloodshed and violence (j)done to the land,To the town and all its inhabitants.

8 Because thou hast spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people shall spoil thee; because of men's blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.

8 Since you have plundered many nations,all the peoples who remain will plunder you—because of human bloodshedand violence against lands, cities,and all who live in them.(I)

8 Because you plundered many nations, all of their remnants will plunder you. Human blood has been shed, and violence has been done to the land, to the city, and to all who live in it."

9 The one who builds his house by unjust gain is as good as dead. He does this so he can build his nest way up high and escape the clutches of disaster.

9 “Woe to him who gets (R)evil gain for his houseTo (S)put his nest on high,To be delivered from the hand of calamity!

9 Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil!

9 Woe to him who dishonestly makeswealth for his house(g)to place his nest on high,to escape from the reach of disaster!(J)

9 "Woe to the one who amasses profit upon unjust profit in order to establish his household, so he can establish a secure place on the heights and escape from the power of evil.

10 Your schemes will bring shame to your house. Because you destroyed many nations, you will self-destruct.

10 “You have devised a (T)shameful thing for your houseBy cutting off many peoples;So you are (U)sinning against yourself.

10 Thou hast consulted shame to thy house by cutting off many people, and hast sinned against thy soul.

10 You have planned shame for your houseby wiping out many peoplesand sinning against your own self.

10 You have brought shame to yourself by killing many people you are forfeiting your own life.

11 For the stones in the walls will cry out, and the wooden rafters will answer back.

11 “Surely the (V)stone will cry out from the wall,And the rafter will answer it from the (k)framework.

11 For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it.

11 For the stones will cry out(K) from the wall,and the rafters will answer themfrom the woodwork.

11 Indeed, the stone will cry out from the wall and the rafter will respond from the woodwork."

12 The one who builds a city by bloodshed is as good as dead -- he who starts a town by unjust deeds.

12 “Woe to him who (W)builds a city with bloodshedAnd founds a town with (l)violence!

12 Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and stablisheth a city by iniquity!

12 Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshedand founds a town with injustice!(L)

12 "Woe to the one who founds a city upon bloodshed, and constructs a city by lawlessness.

13 Be sure of this! The Lord who commands armies has decreed: The nations' efforts will go up in smoke; their exhausting work will be for nothing.

13 “Is it not indeed from the Lord of hostsThat peoples (X)toil for fire,And nations grow weary for nothing?

13 Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labour in the very fire, and the people shall weary themselves for very vanity?

13 Is it not from the Lord of Hoststhat the peoples labor only to fuel the fireand countries exhaust themselves for nothing?(M)

13 Is it not because of the LORD of the Heavenly Armies that people grow tired putting out fires, and nations weary themselves over nothing?

14 For recognition of the Lord's sovereign majesty will fill the earth just as the waters fill up the sea.

14 “For the earth will be (Y)filledWith the knowledge of the glory of the Lord,As the waters cover the sea.

14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

14 For the earth will be filledwith the knowledge of the Lord’s glory,as the waters cover the sea.(N)

14 Indeed, the earth will be filled with knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as water fills the sea."

15 "You who force your neighbor to drink wine are as good as dead -- you who make others intoxicated by forcing them to drink from the bowl of your furious anger, so you can look at their genitals.

15 “Woe to you who make (m)your neighbors drink,Who mix in your venom even to make them drunkSo as to look on their nakedness!

15 Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness!

15 Woe to him who gives his neighbors drink,pouring out your wrath(h)and even making them drunk,in order to look at their nakedness!

15 "Woe to the one who supplies his neighbor with a drink! You are forcing your bottle on him, making him drunk so you can see them naked.

16 But you will become drunk with shame, not majesty. Now it is your turn to drink and expose your uncircumcised foreskin! The cup of wine in the Lord's right hand is coming to you, and disgrace will replace your majestic glory!

16 “You will be filled with disgrace rather than honor.Now you yourself (Z)drink and (n)expose your own nakedness.The (AA)cup in the Lord’s right hand will come around to you,And (AB)utter disgrace will come upon your glory.

16 Thou art filled with shame for glory: drink thou also, and let thy foreskin be uncovered: the cup of the LORD'S right hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy glory.

16 You will be filled with disgrace instead of glory.You also—drink,and expose your uncircumcision!(i)The cup in the Lord’s right handwill come around to you,and utter disgrace will cover your glory.(O)

16 You are filled with dishonor instead of glory. So go ahead, drink and be naked! The LORD will turn against you, and utter disgrace will debase your reputation.

17 For you will pay in full for your violent acts against Lebanon; terrifying judgment will come upon you because of the way you destroyed the wild animals living there. You have shed human blood and committed violent acts against lands, cities, and those who live in them.

17 “For the (AC)violence (o)done to Lebanon will (p)overwhelm you,And the devastation of its beasts (q)by which you terrified them,(AD)Because of human bloodshed and (AE)violence (r)done to the land,To the town and all its inhabitants.

17 For the violence of Lebanon shall cover thee, and the spoil of beasts, which made them afraid, because of men's blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.

17 For your violence against Lebanonwill overwhelm you;the destruction of animals will terrify you(j)because of your human bloodshed and violenceagainst lands, cities, and all who live in them.

17 Indeed, the violence done to Lebanon will overtake you, and the destruction of the beasts will terrorize you because you shed human blood and did violence to the land, to the city, and to all who live in it."

The Message About Idols

18 What good is an idol? Why would a craftsman make it? What good is a metal image that gives misleading oracles? Why would its creator place his trust in it and make such mute, worthless things?

18 “What (AF)profit is the (s)idol when its maker has carved it,Or (t)an image, a (AG)teacher of falsehood?For its maker (AH)trusts in his own handiworkWhen he fashions speechless idols.

18 What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols?

18 What use is a carved idolafter its craftsman carves it?It is only a cast image, a teacher of lies.For the one who crafts its shape trusts in itand makes idols that cannot speak.

18 "Where is the benefit in owning a carved image, that motivates its maker to carve it? It is only a cast image a teacher that lies because the engraver entrusts himself to his carving, crafting speechless idols.

19 The one who says to wood, 'Wake up!' is as good as dead -- he who says to speechless stone, 'Awake!' Can it give reliable guidance? It is overlaid with gold and silver; it has no life's breath inside it.

19 “Woe to him who (AI)says to a piece of wood, ‘(AJ)Awake!’To a mute stone, ‘Arise!’And that is your teacher?Behold, it is overlaid with (AK)gold and silver,And there is (AL)no breath at all inside it.

19 Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it.

19 Woe to him who says to wood: Wake up!or to mute stone: Come alive!Can it teach?Look! It may be plated with gold and silver,yet there is no breath in it at all.

19 "Woe to the one who says to a tree, "Wake up!' or "Arise!' to a speechless stone. Idols like this can't teach, can they? Look, even though it is overlaid with gold and silver, there's no breath in it at all."

20 But the Lord is in his majestic palace. The whole earth is speechless in his presence!"

20 “But the (AM)Lord is in His holy temple.(u)Let all the earth (AN)be silent before Him.”

20 But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.

20 But the Lord is in His holy temple;let everyone on earthbe silent in His presence.(P)

20 "The LORD is in his holy Temple. All the earth be quiet in his presence."

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