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The Jewish Study Bible Contextualizes the Hebrew Bible with accompanying scholarly text on Jewish traditions and history.

Chapter 33

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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.

1 2O LORD, be gracious to us! It is to You we have looked; e‐ Emendation yields “You have been our help.” Be their arm ‐e Emendation yields “You have been our help.” every morning, Also our deliverance in time of stress. 3At [Your] roaring, peoples have fled, Before Your majesty nations have scattered; 4And spoil f Heb. “your spoil.” was gathered as locusts are gathered, It g Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Emendation yields “booty”; cf. v. 23. was amassed h Taking §qq as a cognate of q§§. as grasshoppers are amassed. i Apparently for food; cf. Lev. 11.22.

5The LORD is exalted, He dwells on high! [Of old] He filled Zion With justice and righteousness. 6Faithfulness to j‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Your charge ‐j Meaning of Heb. uncertain. was [her] wealth, Wisdom and devotion [her] triumph, Reverence for the LORD—that was her k Heb. “his.” treasure. 7Hark! The Arielites a So a few manuscripts; cf. 29.1. cry aloud; Shalom's b I.e., Jerusalem's; cf. Salem (Heb. Shalem), Ps. 76.3. messengers weep bitterly. 8Highways are desolate, Wayfarers have ceased. A covenant has been renounced, Cities c 1QIsa reads “A pact.” rejected d‐ Emendation yields “an obligation.” Mortal man ‐d Emendation yields “an obligation.” despised. 9The land is wilted and withered; Lebanon disgraced and moldering, Sharon is become like a desert, And Bashan and Carmel are stripped bare. 10“Now I will arise,” says the LORD, “Now I will exalt Myself, now raise Myself high. 11You shall conceive hay, Give birth to straw; My e Heb. “your.” breath will devour you like fire. 12Peoples shall be burnings of lime, f Emendation yields “brambles”; cf. 32.13. Thorns cut down that are set on fire. 13Hear, you who are far, what I have done; You who are near, note My might.”

14Sinners 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?” 15He who walks in righteousness, Speaks uprightly, 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— 16Such a one shall dwell in lofty security, With inaccessible cliffs for his stronghold, With his food supplied And his drink assured.

17When your eyes behold g‐ Emendation yields “perfection of beauty”; cf. Ps. 50.2. a king in his beauty, ‐g Emendation yields “perfection of beauty”; cf. Ps. 50.2. When they contemplate the land round about, 18Your throat h As 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?” 19No more shall you see the barbarian folk, The people of speech too obscure to comprehend, So stammering of tongue that they are not understood. 20When 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. 21For 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— a‐ Brought 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. Their b Heb. “your.” ropes are slack, They cannot steady the sockets of their masts, They cannot spread a sail. ‐a Brought 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. 22For the LORD shall be our ruler, The LORD shall be our prince, The LORD shall be our king: He shall deliver us. 23Then c‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain; emendation yields “even a blind man shall divide much spoil.” shall indeed much spoil be divided, ‐c Meaning of Heb. uncertain; emendation yields “even a blind man shall divide much spoil.” Even the lame shall seize booty. 24And none who lives there shall say, “I am sick”; It shall be inhabited by folk whose sin has been forgiven.

Notes:

e‐e Emendation yields “You have been our help.”

f Heb. “your spoil.”

g Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Emendation yields “booty”; cf. v. 23.

h Taking §qq as a cognate of q§§.

i Apparently for food; cf. Lev. 11.22.

j‐j Meaning of Heb. uncertain.

k Heb. “his.”

a So a few manuscripts; cf. 29.1.

b I.e., Jerusalem's; cf. Salem (Heb. Shalem), Ps. 76.3.

c 1QIsa reads “A pact.”

d‐d Emendation yields “an obligation.”

e Heb. “your.”

f Emendation yields “brambles”; cf. 32.13.

g‐g Emendation yields “perfection of beauty”; cf. Ps. 50.2.

h As in 59.13 and elsewhere; others “heart.”

a‐a Brought 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.

b Heb. “your.”

c‐c Meaning of Heb. uncertain; emendation yields “even a blind man shall divide much spoil.”

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