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Isaiah: Chapter 25

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O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you, I will praise your name; for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure. 2 For you have made the city a heap, the fortified city a ruin; the palace of aliens is a city no more, it will never be rebuilt. 3 Therefore strong peoples will glorify you; cities of ruthless nations will fear you. 4 For you have been a refuge to the poor, a refuge to the needy in their distress, a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat. When the blast of the ruthless was like a winter rainstorm, 5 the noise of aliens like heat in a dry place, you subdued the heat with the shade of clouds; the song of the ruthless was stilled.

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On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well‐aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well‐aged wines strained clear. 7 And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; 8 he will swallow up death forever. Then the Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken. 9 It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the LORD for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation. 10 For the hand of the LORD will rest on this mountain.

The Moabites shall be trodden down in their place as straw is trodden down in a dung‐pit. 11 Though they spread out their hands in the midst of it, as swimmers spread out their hands to swim, their pride will be laid low despite the struggle a Meaning of Heb uncertain of their hands. 12 The high fortifications of his walls will be brought down, laid low, cast to the ground, even to the dust.

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c Meaning of Heb uncertain

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25.1–5 : The first of three psalms of praise

(with 25.9–12; 26.1–6 ), cf. Ps 31.15; 86.2; 118.28 . In God's wise plan (cf. 9.5; 10.5–19; 14.24–27 ) the (unnamed) city, symbol of oppression, has been destroyed and the poor and needy vindicated.

25.6–10a : The banquet.

The description of the eschatological banquet is closely linked with 24.21–23 , referring to the banquet on Mount Sinai (Ex 24.11 ). The motif of the eschatological (or messianic) banquet is frequent in early Jewish (e.g., the Rule of the Community at Qumran; 1 Enoch 60.24 ) and in early Christian (Mt 8.11–12; 22.1–14 ) literatures.

7 :

Shroud, sheet, garments worn in time of mourning.

8 :

He will swallow up death, reversing the mythic image of death swallowing up everything; cf. 1 Cor 15.54–55 . The Lord God will wipe away the tears, cf. Rev 7.17; 21.4 .

9–10a :

A second, brief psalm of praise celebrating the day on which the hope and trust placed in God will be vindicated. For this basic attitude, see 30.18 . This mountain, Zion.

25.10b–12 : Doom of Moab.

Moab, or its capital Dibon, represented as a man being deliberately drowned in a cesspool. Perhaps intended as explanatory of the unnamed city of 25.2 .

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