America The Beautiful/Daughter of Zion
2Ti 2:24-26 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all [men], apt to teach, patient,
In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
And [that] they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
America was great because She prided Herself in keeping and preserving for posterity and lasting heritage the unique stories and memories of the people who made America who She may be, is or were or shall be. In prose, text and film, etc. She endeavored to cherish that which is each individual’s right to be free.
And while it may be the war heroes, law enforcers and government leaders/agents, high profile activists, and wealthy philanthropists who make this "freedom" possible, it is not they who make America great or noteworthy. Nor are they worthy to receive high praises and accolades. For to do so, or demand such, is to defeat the purpose of the American Dream.
It is the losers, the failures, the victims and the survivors of the American Dream gone awry, who are victims of the empty, serpentine promises of the former, who are noteworthy and their lower to middle class dramas and struggles that were and remain interesting and worth the Quill’s Ink or the Projectors Film. In recent years, somehow we’ve lost sight of that and Her heart has been afflicted and tarnished, by the greed and envy of those with no right to be either envious nor greedy.
Their job is to be stoic and immovable. When they are not the former, they have no right to be the latter and must be removed.
G-d is for America because however much people suffered and might be taken advantage of, G-d’s Spirit and Hand remained forever available and outstretched to them in the same context.
He was ever mindful of their pure thoughts and intentions, and forgave the reasons why they strayed in ignorance and duplicity. Ever considering, as G-d, not man, the reasons for their decisions, actions, and reasons for trespass against a nation that verily can be, for the greater part, their enemy and the enemy of G-d.
So, while the Whore in America may have only taken interest in Her citizens hardships and trials only to reap an reward as a consequence, the story told and enjoyed were as Jewels and true riches reaped up in Heaven as well as in the Earth unto the Great Day when every man, woman and child shall receive their due.
This is the greatness Madame Rodham were trying to relate when she put her foot in her mouth and proclaimed Us, "Stupid." When it were clearly she, who, as a woman, were running for President!
The "Fool," the "Loser," the "Dreamer," and the "Failure," these are they who made and make America great. Imagine how wonderful the Whole might be, were we led forth in Righteousness unfeigned, loving neighbor and stranger alike, springing as calves from the stall to dance in fields of Glory, as in the days of a newly "discovered" America; in all Holy fear and godly humility, seeking to please our G-d according to His Word and Command, Kingdom Come, Will be done.
Avoiding that which makes failures of dreamers, and perfecting that which exalts both self and nation, is an Highway for our G-d.
Everybody knows Eastwood should be Governor instead of Schwarzenegger, perhaps Giuliani instead of McCain as President, Solomon instead of Jeroboam as King of the Twelve Tribes, Judah’s leader in Charge of America’s Military decisions and undertakings, and Israel in charge of Her Government. Owning this knowledge and acting with the same in your heart is sufficient means of turning America back into that which She rightly ought to be ~The Land of the Free, Home of the Brave.
Nothing else will bring Us back to ourselves and rebirth the foundational ideas and solutions to the problems we must grapple with in order to aright our wayward ship from off its wayward course, back into an mode and sea worthiness upon the intended course navigable by the Almighty’s WindScapes and Weathering’s Wisdom.
Treat the idiotic ruse that America has become in popular media as what you may, what it may be good for, an source of amusement and entertainment until an better one be born from our collective intent and effort to improve what we’ve made worse of our own waywardness and error. This ruse fashioned by those who never comprehend these truths, who are America’s real enemy and nemesis- your Nixon’s, Reagan’s, JFK’s, Schwarzenegger’s, Obama’s, and McCain’s, etc.
By contrast Bin Laden and Saddam seem an Laurel and Hardy team hiding out in the desert for the world’s incomprehension of their comedic genius! More saintly and holy, albeit completely without Yankee ingenuity than all our leaders combined these days.
And now Mr Laurel is of course all alone, without his hefty companion, forsaken by his compatriots, wandering about muttering empty, speechless one-liners to the four winds…
He needs saving not capturing!
Sons of the Desert indeed!
Our leaders and governing agents have become as pathetic in word and deed as our Hollywood starlets, who for all their fame, may barely stumble out of bed, flash a boob for Paparazzi and sign an autograph for an deluded fan. It’s verily funny and entertaining in a ridiculous, retarded fashion, but it is the result of corruption and weakening of our nation’s will, heart, mind and strength.
If the supposed terrorist threat from Afghanistan or Iraq were of any real consequence, and we had been acting in Holy intent, these things would not have been born and thrived in disease in our own nation.
I remain convinced that what we did in Iraq was no more interrupt a nation in the midst of trying to recover themselves and build something worthy of our friendship rather than otherwise. And if not, then Saddam was only taught to govern his people by our government’s example and guidance, not to mention our financial help and prompting promises.
Whether I am mistaken or not, we surely were no example of righteousness in government or global outreach.
And it is because animals, being just that, animals, feel foolish and powerless. And the only way for them to be empowered apart from their due share in the L-RD, is to be employed by the Beast whose Head and Tail is the evil one.
It all mirrors what happened with my home, and Judgment begins at the House of the L-RD.
I felt as though I were the Prodigal Son returning from a long wayward journey and while I were gone, the men and strength of my house had corrupted themselves and become willing servants of the Ba’al, or our Enemy within and were as foolish beasts as a consequence who had to force and deceive all as a means of surviving that which they brought upon themselves and the House.
There was no Lawful alternative available to anyone, nor reason to be mindful of the Law.
Our Nation’s banks and financial institutions in general did a huge amount of damage to many of our citizens financial welfare in the past 14 years or so, during our nation’s panic of general wartime absurdity. Fortunately for they, they may easily fix their books, or go bankrupt and call off all debts, and the small individuals who trusted in the same are shown little consideration, and fall away, one by one into general depression, despondency and dependency upon an government that cares more for the State Street Banker’s pains and losses, than for the average every day citizen’s, strains, stains and crosses…
Numbers are a fantastic realm I have a lot of trouble grasping.
Asps seem best suited in the financial field, and no one gets a fair shake.
I prefer the simplicity in G-d to the business of the world.
Shiite happens, and I wouldn’t think to blame anyone at all, just to hope for the best in the future, and to be of use to one another now, as we couldn’t then.
We may have been as children then concerning these matters, foolishly trusting that which should not be trusted, at least I were, and I enjoyed being one, but now I have left off childish affairs and affectations, for the most part and am endeavoring to be godly in all affairs worldly and heavenly minded.
So, for the lost opportunities and chances let us cease to weep and make the most of what is the now and the future.
I have been robbed of my inheritance and wronged severely by family and friends, members of mine own house in the past so many years.
These things happen, the Word must be fulfilled in every whit.
I rejoice with little and with much.
The L-RD giveth and the L-RD taketh away. Blessed be the Name of the L-RD.
I was unaware of whom I were at that point, and were as a lamb led into a madhouse. Trusting and gullible, I walked into every snare and temptation believing the same to be the love, tolerance and acceptance of my very own kindred. However, it were as Jesus returned unto Nazareth and a family who could no longer stand his presence.
They wished me ill and wanted me gone from day one and allowed me every freedom to do myself in, or make it look as if that were the case. Sending the town’s "welcome wagon," unclean whore everyone "knew" but I, in the guise of an everyday mother and good woman who fronted a tale of woe, complete with marriage gone loveless and cold, strictly business and for show. Heaped upon me gifts, tributes nonesuch and flatteries without end all seemingly but for the pleasure of my company or so it seemed. She being a victim and shrine prostitute since her youth, knowing no more than to do what she were told by men of calculating interest, who would all profit obscenely thereby, lying and deceiving any and all takers with the ease of a true demon’s slave too terrified and trapped to do otherwise, empowered only by the same willingness, punished when unwilling or unable to perform.
And my brethren, men of my own house, accomplices to this, trapped by the same, who willingly afflict one another, terrorized their "lives" long, at the end of lives all too short.
All rather than welcome and serve a brother in holiness and sincerity unto Salvation.
The stuff of filthy animals, beasts with badges, thieves as thick as, with none conscience- it’s all an wicked game to one as to all.
In their mesmerizing cunning, they are far too stupid to work Justice or even protect those who might work good works; instead sabotaging the same, by demanding they become employed by the Beast unto eventual damnation or else be ostracized.
And so that which seemed and should have been, in most cases, acceptable and even righteous, were but so only on the surface and in delusion, while at the very heart were the blackest of the black intents of the Enemy, patiently enduring the presence of the righteous, hell intent on bringing each and every available soul down to hell with It.
Police in this realm were no more than whore’s yes men, skilled in deceiving and robbing rather than protecting and serving. Whores kept their whoredom secret, playing Moms by day in front of their children while by night they rode a nation’s worth of swine for power, riches and evermore influence over armed forces local, national and abroad…
Mic 2:2 And they covet fields, and take [them] by violence; and houses, and take [them] away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.
Mic 6:12 For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue [is] deceitful in their mouth.
Mat 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
When a foolish virgin’s lamp goes out, the wise virgins must and should be merciless toward her.
That is what keeps society and the kingdom out of hell’s grasp.
And what might a foolish virgin do to get revenge?
Women, most, do not really care and cannot really care about holiness and works sincere and perfect, because since the Fall it has been dog eat dog, pig-dog, camel-gnat, spider-bat, and it’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock’n’roll.
Good Shepherd? Lambs? G-d? What room have we for these in a nation convinced of its right to ownership, declaration of independence, globalization and demonization.
McCain picked a woman as a running mate because she is "wicked smart" and better at lying and manipulating than he. Not to mention a whole lot better looking than he, Obama, his own or Obama’s wife. No more than a glorified shrine prostitute.
That’s the mentality of the nation at this point, however. Lust is all people know and react upon. One just may not sit at home, in front of the television or computer, with a beer and masturbate to the face or body of Obama or McCain.
There is much less wrong with open whoredom, that is known to be so and offered knowingly to those who are as equally knowledgeable of the risk of what they are indulging in, than with whoredom hidden, kept under wraps and sold as otherwise, never being repented of nor regretted.
And once more, there is little wrong with the actual act of sex and whatever is done in love.
But the bitterness of an old whore does much damage when hidden and presented as otherwise.
Never would children suppose the "pedophile" who was snared in the set up were innocent and those who set it up blood guilty, long dead in trespass and sin.
But if you may, it is often merely the reverse of Jesus pleading on behalf of the adulteress, and those who wished to stone her.
In the fantastic realm of politics of the Beast, that which gets you off and satisfies your lust is all.
Virtue, honour, blessing, grace, humility, kindness, innocence, etc., none of these matter.
All that matters is a nice looking sepulcher uttering pleasing lies in beast speak. The end result hoped for, lambs served hams, damned on cams for indulging in scams in a perverse and gone hog wild land.
Now, at base, the mightiest of our nation’s "terrible ones" are exceedingly careful and concerned with upholding their fallen brethren’s honour. They all "cry into their beers" and hope against hope that some may escape the devil’s snares, turn away from and overcome temptation, but reality for such is an damnable maze of confusion and misgiving. One may hardly walk abroad freely in one’s own neighborhood without raising the ire and envy of an neighbor snared and trapped. One who may no longer enjoy that same at Liberty.
What freedom he may win is had at the price of beating an adversary, so he naturally has an greater investment in a Leader what will wage war without conscience and bring enemies he may fight under subjection unto his personal empowerment and prosperity unLawful rather than enjoy labour due him and serve those with the Divine Right to Liberty and the freedom to do no less than enjoy a daily stroll around one’s neighborhood. All Hell forbid you should enjoy companionship, and the right to fulfill the American Dream Lawfully, never mind G-d’s Will!
They are all blind guides working overtime to anticipate and thwart the real King’s next revelation from whatever corner of the globe it may arrive. And absolutely forbid Him in their own backyard.
So they move anyone they can’t tolerate to a ghost town uninhabited by any living souls, and let them walk through a mess they abandoned long ago, hoping to catch up later and make it seem otherwise, or as if they had an eye single unto the fulfillment of Scripture all along.
But lo, they are deaf to Him, and do not even speak the language of those who may reveal His Intent anymore.
Isa 28:11-12 ¶ For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.
To whom he said, This [is] the rest [wherewith] ye may cause the weary to rest; and this [is] the refreshing: yet they would not hear.
1Cr 14:21 In the law it is written, With [men of] other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.
Does the L-RD intend to choose another nation in Israel’s place and cast them off forever? Nay, as we shall see. But Israel and Judah have indeed dealt very treacherously and must needs repent and turn to the L-RD, and ferociously fight against their inner urges and the easier route of serving the Ba’al.
It is an unfortunate verity that for the greater majority of mankind, some broad stroking one’s member while telling him how strong and tough he may be and how impressed she is with his prowess is all it takes to satisfy most monkeys brought low and delude them into thinking themselves kings of a jungle.
What is really admirable is that most whores who do so or would do so, despise the men they thus serve, and are painfully aware of what they’ve lost because of them, as foolish virgins whose store of inward oil/living water went dry long ago.
The Law was given to sustain the same, and mercifully aide those with really none right to the mercy at all.
Seven times burnt and dismayed they know nothing but submission, surrender and spite most hateful.
Why do you think there are so many lesbians? They want the company of that which they’ve lost inside.
Women, like G-d, miss the time when men were honourable, at least in their fantasies of what it may have been like, and what they have lost and at one time enjoyed in purity and with innocence lost.
A world in which Mom’s could be Mom’s, and Dad’s, Dad’s. And everyone got a fair "shake."
Then grand mum’s learned to bake and all went to hell in a hand basket, slowly and as comfortably as possible.
Men are not dumb, they are simply wrong. And willing to be so.
The only thing they have the right and more the sacred obligation to own is this fact, that they are wrong.
In starting each day from the humble stance of an child, with no real direction or authority of one’s own, we may fashion Justice and Mercy in our emerging thoughts and decisions in each moment according to the choices and opportunities what lay before us and are ours by right of
Torah portion or otherwise forbidden.
And even when we choose the wrong, as long as we are not harming anyone or taking advantage of anyone, we are justified in Him who never strays, nor chooses the wrong and always forgives them what do as long as they do not lack the same intentions toward neighbor and enemy alike, nor forsake Faith in Him.
People forget the reason men shine to the example of Barrabas and shun Jesus.
Jesus’ words and the L-RD’s revelations hurt more than taking bullets and losing limbs in war sometimes.
Hbr 4:12-16 For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things [are] naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Y’shua the Son of God, let us hold fast [our] profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
It hurts being known for what you are when you have worked hard and convinced people of what you are not and depend and must needs depend upon the latter rather than the former for survival…seven times as hard when the reality you exist in demands it, and there is a fine line between maintaining an effective balance that upholds the better while not necessarily condemning the worse than, or an dishonourable vessel for its error in compromised allegiance.
America is the only nation on earth to have achieved this miracle of government and must needs rekindle an authentic devotion to the same if we are to save ourselves from ourselves.
It may be the sweetest, most charming of realities when done right, but the worst and most blasphemous of betrayals when "gone south."
Personally, I’ve never known what it is to feel this, but I marvel at some who have mastered it. It’s an sense of awe coupled with sadness and incomprehension.
Few men enjoy doing what they are told to do unless they are sure of an reward pleasing. Saviours do what they are told to do with an knowledge afore act that they will most likely be ignored and hated, and at worst crucified for doing so.
And should one work and slave his whole life long to give something to Messiah, he may be offended by the reaction he may receive as an reward. The L-RD is not easy to please.
Y’shua may seem ungrateful and flippant about worldly gifts and such but he always appreciates the intent, love, knowledge and recognition of the L-RD in the Spirit, and recognizes the neglect of the same instantaneously and almost absent-mindedly.
Thus the woman’s gift of two pennies into the Temple storehouse meant everything to him and he went out of his way to draw attention to it, while the Temple Itself, as grand as it may have been and the amount of labour exacted to erect the same were of far less consequence. It were all this woman had and all she could give for the general corruption of our way of life had left her destitute and wanting. And those who often had to be forced to labour building the Temple or were forced of their own hunger for glory or reward and in order to survive thereby; their intentions were divided and not as pure and grateful for what recognition they may have been due as this woman who wasn’t expecting any at all. Their actions and judgments more oft than not being the very reason she were afflicted and poor, and the whore were a whore, the chore were a chore and the bore a bore…
And the aforementioned balance is more oft than not achieved by the honour of dishonourable vessels obedient rather than the obedience of the righteous.
So it is with one’s spiritual growth and my own Way made possible by those who opposed the same but nevertheless were constrained in Spirit and by their own reaction faithful to one acting in faithfulness.
Most people want to "recover themselves," but until they are put in remembrance and see the Way available, they’ve little or no other option but to set the vehicle on "coast" and wait for the detour signs to reroute them.
I have known seemingly righteous individuals, overly zealous and sure of themselves, who, charging ahead, believing themselves to be in the right, have missed or failed to see all the signs laid in their path at the behest of the L-RD and rushed on to their own hurt as well as the hurt of any who may have followed their lead. While seemingly unrighteous individuals have with the L-RD’s intent in their hearts and minds rushed ahead in faithfulness, knowing what to look for and seen every sign, reacted in faith to the glory and good of any who may have profited from the vision they received from the L-RD. Left tracks, trail blazed; all that your and His Way might be easy. When we fail to see this, they have the right to rebuke us according to wisdom. They know they may not walk in the Way with you, but are faithful for the sake of any who might.
Any man may be Light and see by Day, but it takes a special sort of individual to see and stay true and faithful in the Dark, "seeing" by his "nightlight," and perhaps an even keener sight to see and follow that sort of lead for what it may be to the entire Day’s Light.
May Ours never go out!
A whore in one’s bed, a thorn in one’s side, a block that causes to stumble may not always be what it seems and is not necessarily to be condemned, nor something to be angry about, as Jonas learned the hard way, but just may be that single saving grace afforded you and is keeping you from a much greater fall than had you never stumbled and learned something in the first place.
I am reminded of an missionary who came to visit me. He had a scratch and bump upon his forehead, and when I inquired as to where he had got it, he said he had walked into a stop sign, and we enjoyed his joke, saying he "did not see the signs." It were more than a joke however, and he meant it quite literally and with some resignation and regret.
So while I may have been fooled and waylaid by a daughter fallen and trapped herself; I was also, because of her wisdom, saved from a much greater folly and fall. And perhaps she had no choice but to be what she had to be and do what she had to do in order to be where she had to be to save me. There was no way she could have fooled me if she had not really been, what she now had to "act" as, at one point in her past lost and mostly forgotten due to the price of what she was now forced to be to survive and save me. Behold, the Daughter of Zion.
Jer 31:22 How long wilt thou go about, O thou backsliding daughter? for the LORD hath created a new thing in the earth, A woman shall compass a man.
Recovery and then reformation. Perhaps both at once.
Government with Justice Predicted
See, a king will reign in righteousness,
and princes will rule with justice.
Each will be like a hiding place from the wind,
a covert from the tempest,
like streams of water in a dry place,
like the shade of a great rock in a weary land.
Then the eyes of those who have sight will not be closed,
and the ears of those who have hearing will listen.
The minds of the rash will have good judgment,
and the tongues of stammerer’s will speak readily and distinctly.
A fool will no longer be called noble,
nor a villain said to be honorable.
For fools speak folly,
and their minds plot iniquity:
to practice ungodliness,
to utter error concerning the LORD,
to leave the craving of the hungry unsatisfied,
and to deprive the thirsty of drink.
The villainies of villains are evil;
they devise wicked devices
to ruin the poor with lying words,
even when the plea of the needy is right.
But those who are noble plan noble things,
and by noble things they stand.
Complacent Women Warned of Disaster
Rise up, you women who are at ease, hear my voice;
you complacent daughters, listen to my speech.
In little more than a year
you will shudder, you complacent ones;
for the vintage will fail,
the fruit harvest will not come.
Tremble, you women who are at ease,
shudder, you complacent ones;
strip, and make yourselves bare,
and put sackcloth on your loins.
Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields,
for the fruitful vine,
for the soil of my people
growing up in thorns and briers;
yes, for all the joyous houses
in the jubilant city.
For the palace will be forsaken,
the populous city deserted;
the hill and the watchtower
will become dens forever,
the joy of wild asses,
a pasture for flocks;
until a spirit from on high is poured out on us,
and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field,
and the fruitful field is deemed a forest.
The Peace of God’s Reign
Then justice will dwell in the wilderness,
and righteousness abide in the fruitful field.
The effect of righteousness will be peace,
and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.
My people will abide in a peaceful habitation,
in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.
The forest will disappear completely,
and the city will be utterly laid low.
Happy will you be who sow beside every stream,
who let the ox and the donkey range freely.
A Prophecy of Deliverance from Foes
Ah, you destroyer,
who yourself have not been destroyed;
you treacherous one,
with whom no one has dealt treacherously!
When you have ceased to destroy,
you will be destroyed;
and when you have stopped dealing treacherously,
you will be dealt with treacherously.
O LORD, be gracious to us; we wait for you.
Be our arm every morning,
our salvation in the time of trouble.
At the sound of tumult, peoples fled;
before your majesty, nations scattered.
Spoil was gathered as the caterpillar gathers;
as locusts leap, they leaped upon it.
The LORD is exalted, he dwells on high;
he filled Zion with justice and righteousness;
he will be the stability of your times,
abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge;
the fear of the LORD is Zion’s treasure.
Listen! the valiant cry in the streets;
the envoys of peace weep bitterly.
The highways are deserted,
travelers have quit the road.
The treaty is broken,
its oaths are despised,
its obligation is disregarded.
The land mourns and languishes;
Lebanon is confounded and withers away;
Sharon is like a desert;
and Bashan and Carmel shake off their leaves.
"Now I will arise," says the LORD,
"now I will lift myself up;
now I will be exalted.
You conceive chaff, you bring forth stubble;
your breath is a fire that will consume you.
And the peoples will be as if burned to lime,
like thorns cut down, that are burned in the fire."
Hear, you who are far away, what I have done;
and you who are near, acknowledge my might.
The sinners in Zion are afraid;
trembling has seized the godless:
"Who among us can live with the devouring fire?
Who among us can live with everlasting flames?"
Those who walk righteously and speak uprightly,
who despise the gain of oppression,
who wave away a bribe instead of accepting it,
who stop their ears from hearing of bloodshed
and shut their eyes from looking on evil,
they will live on the heights;
their refuge will be the fortresses of rocks;
their food will be supplied, their water assured.
The Land of the Majestic King
Your eyes will see the king in his beauty;
they will behold a land that stretches far away.
Your mind will muse on the terror:
"Where is the one who counted?
Where is the one who weighed the tribute?
Where is the one who counted the towers?"
No longer will you see the insolent people,
the people of an obscure speech that you cannot comprehend,
stammering in a language that you cannot understand.
Look on Zion, the city of our appointed festivals!
Your eyes will see Jerusalem,
a quiet habitation, an immovable tent,
whose stakes will never be pulled up,
and none of whose ropes will be broken.
But there the LORD in majesty will be for us
a place of broad rivers and streams,
where no galley with oars can go,
nor stately ship can pass.
For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our ruler,
the LORD is our king; he will save us.
Your rigging hangs loose;
it cannot hold the mast firm in its place,
or keep the sail spread out.
Then prey and spoil in abundance will be divided;
even the lame will fall to plundering.
And no inhabitant will say, "I am sick";
the people who live there will be forgiven their iniquity.
Judgment on the Nations
Draw near, O nations, to hear;
O peoples, give heed!
Let the earth hear, and all that fills it;
the world, and all that comes from it.
For the LORD is enraged against all the nations,
and furious against all their hordes;
he has doomed them, has given them over for slaughter.
Their slain shall be cast out,
and the stench of their corpses shall rise;
the mountains shall flow with their blood.
All the host of heaven shall rot away,
and the skies roll up like a scroll.
All their host shall wither
like a leaf withering on a vine,
or fruit withering on a fig tree.
When my sword has drunk its fill in the heavens,
lo, it will descend upon Edom,
upon the people I have doomed to judgment.
The LORD has a sword; it is sated with blood,
it is gorged with fat,
with the blood of lambs and goats,
with the fat of the kidneys of rams.
For the LORD has a sacrifice in Bozrah,
a great slaughter in the land of Edom.
Wild oxen shall fall with them,
and young steers with the mighty bulls.
Their land shall be soaked with blood,
and their soil made rich with fat.
For the LORD has a day of vengeance,
a year of vindication by Zion’s cause.
The Return of the Redeemed to Zion
The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad,
the desert shall rejoice and blossom;
like the crocus
it shall blossom abundantly,
and rejoice with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see the glory of the LORD,
the majesty of our God.
Strengthen the weak hands,
and make firm the feeble knees.
Say to those who are of a fearful heart,
"Be strong, do not fear!
Here is your God.
He will come with vengeance,
with terrible recompense.
He will come and save you."
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
then the lame shall leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy.
For waters shall break forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert;
the burning sand shall become a pool,
and the thirsty ground springs of water;
the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp,
the grass shall become reeds and rushes.
A highway shall be there,
and it shall be called the Holy Way;
the unclean shall not travel on it,
but it shall be for God’s people;
no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray.
No lion shall be there,
nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it;
they shall not be found there,
but the redeemed shall walk there.
And the ransomed of the LORD shall return,
and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain joy and gladness,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
The Ingathering of the Dispersed
Arise, shine; for your light has come,
and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.
Who are these that fly like a cloud,
and like doves to their windows?
For the coastlands shall wait for me,
the ships of Tarshish first,
to bring your children from far away,
their silver and gold with them,
for the name of the LORD your God,
and for the Holy One of Israel,
because he has glorified you.
Foreigners shall build up your walls,
and their kings shall minister to you;
for in my wrath I struck you down,
but in my favor I have had mercy on you.
Your gates shall always be open;
day and night they shall not be shut,
so that nations shall bring you their wealth,
with their kings led in procession.
For the nation and kingdom
that will not serve you shall perish;
those nations shall be utterly laid waste.
The glory of Lebanon shall come to you,
the cypress, the plane, and the pine,
to beautify the place of my sanctuary;
and I will glorify where my feet rest.
The descendants of those who oppressed you
shall come bending low to you,
and all who despised you
shall bow down at your feet;
they shall call you the City of the LORD,
the Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
Whereas you have been forsaken and hated,
with no one passing through,
I will make you majestic forever,
a joy from age to age.
You shall suck the milk of nations,
you shall suck the breasts of kings;
and you shall know that I, the LORD, am your Savior
and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
Instead of bronze I will bring gold,
instead of iron I will bring silver;
instead of wood, bronze,
instead of stones, iron.
I will appoint Peace as your overseer
and Righteousness as your taskmaster.
Violence shall no more be heard in your land,
devastation or destruction within your borders;
you shall call your walls Salvation,
and your gates Praise.
Upon your walls, O Jerusalem,
I have posted sentinels;
all day and all night
they shall never be silent.
You who remind the LORD,
take no rest,
and give him no rest
until he establishes Jerusalem
and makes it renowned throughout the earth.
The LORD has sworn by his right hand
and by his mighty arm:
I will not again give your grain
to be food for your enemies,
and foreigners shall not drink the wine
for which you have labored;
but those who garner it shall eat it
and praise the LORD,
and those who gather it shall drink it
in my holy courts.
Go through, go through the gates,
prepare the way for the people;
build up, build up the highway,
clear it of stones,
lift up an ensign over the peoples.
The LORD has proclaimed
to the end of the earth:
Say to daughter Zion,
"See, your salvation comes;
his reward is with him,
and his recompense before him."
They shall be called, "The Holy People,
The Redeemed of the LORD";
and you shall be called, "Sought Out,
A City Not Forsaken."