Salvation and Judgment on That Day
25 Lord, you are my God;(A)
I will exalt you. I will praise your name,
for you have accomplished wonders,
plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.
2 For you have turned the city into a pile of rocks,(B)
a fortified city, into ruins;
the fortress of barbarians(C) is no longer a city;
it will never be rebuilt.
3 Therefore, a strong people will honor you.
The cities of violent nations will fear you.
4 For you have been a stronghold for the poor person,
a stronghold for the needy(D) in his distress,
a refuge from storms and a shade from heat.(E)
When the breath of the violent
is like a storm against a wall,
5 like heat in a dry land,
you will subdue the uproar of barbarians.
As the shade of a cloud cools the heat of the day,
so he will silence the song of the violent.
6 On this mountain,[a](F)
the Lord of Armies will prepare for all the peoples a feast of choice meat,(G)
a feast with aged wine, prime cuts of choice meat,[b] fine vintage wine.
7 On this mountain
he will destroy the burial shroud,
the shroud over all the peoples,
the sheet covering all the nations;(H)
8 he will destroy death forever.(I)
The Lord God will wipe away the tears
from every face(J)
and remove his people’s disgrace(K)
from the whole earth,
for the Lord has spoken.
9 On that day it will be said,
“Look, this is our God;
we have waited for him, and he has saved us.
This is the Lord; we have waited for him.
Let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”(L)
10 For the Lord’s power will rest on this mountain.
But Moab(M) will be trampled in his place[c]
as straw is trampled in a dung pile.
11 He will spread out his arms in the middle of it,
as a swimmer spreads out his arms to swim.
His pride will be brought low,
along with the trickery of his hands.(N)
12 The high-walled fortress will be brought down,
thrown to the ground, to the dust.(O)
The Song of Judah
26 On that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:
We have a strong city.
Salvation is established as walls and ramparts.(P)
2 Open the gates
so a righteous nation can come in—
one that remains faithful.
3 You will keep the mind that is dependent on you
in perfect peace,(Q)
for it is trusting in you.
4 Trust in the Lord forever,
because in the Lord, the Lord himself, is an everlasting rock!(R)
5 For he has humbled those who live in lofty places—
an inaccessible city.(S)
He brings it down; he brings it down to the ground;
he throws it to the dust.
6 Feet trample it,
the feet of the humble,
the steps of the poor.
God’s People Vindicated
7 The path of the righteous is level;(T)
you clear a straight path for the righteous.
8 Yes, Lord, we wait for you
in the path of your judgments.
Our desire is for your name and renown.(U)
9 I long for you in the night;(V)
yes, my spirit within me diligently seeks you,
for when your judgments are in the land,
the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
10 But if the wicked man is shown favor,
he does not learn righteousness.
In a righteous land he acts unjustly
and does not see the majesty of the Lord.
11 Lord, your hand is lifted up to take action,
but they do not see it.
Let them see your zeal for your people
and be put to shame.
Let fire consume your adversaries.
12 Lord, you will establish peace for us,
for you have also done all our work for us.
13 Lord our God, lords other than you have owned[d] us,
but we remember your name alone.(W)
14 The dead do not live;
departed spirits do not rise up.
Indeed, you have punished and destroyed them;
you have wiped out all memory of them.(X)
15 You have added to the nation, Lord.(Y)
You have added to the nation; you are honored.
You have expanded all the borders of the land.(Z)
16 Lord, they went to you in their distress;(AA)
they poured out whispered prayers
because your discipline fell on them.[e]
17 As a pregnant woman about to give birth
writhes and cries out in her pains,(AB)
so we were before you, Lord.
18 We became pregnant, we writhed in pain;
we gave birth to wind.
We have won no victories on earth,
and the earth’s inhabitants have not fallen.
20 Go, my people, enter your rooms
and close your doors behind you.
Hide for a little while until the wrath has passed.(AD)
21 For look, the Lord is coming from his place(AE)
to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity.(AF)
The earth will reveal the blood shed on it
and will no longer conceal her slain.
27 On that day the Lord with his relentless, large, strong sword will bring judgment on Leviathan,(AG) the fleeing serpent—Leviathan, the twisting serpent. He will slay the monster that is in the sea.(AH)
The Lord’s Vineyard
2 On that day
sing about a desirable vineyard:(AI)
3 I am the Lord, who watches over it
to water it regularly.
So that no one disturbs it,
I watch over it night and day.
4 I am not angry.
If only there were thorns and briers(AJ) for me to battle,
I would trample them
and burn them to the ground.
5 Or let it take hold of my strength;
let it make peace with me—
make peace with me.
6 In days to come, Jacob will take root.(AK)
Israel will blossom and bloom(AL)
and fill the whole world with fruit.
7 Did the Lord strike Israel
as he struck the one who struck Israel?(AM)
Was Israel killed like those killed by the Lord?
8 You disputed with Israel
by banishing and driving her away.[h]
He removed her with his severe storm
on the day of the east wind.
9 Therefore Jacob’s iniquity(AN) will be atoned for in this way,
and the result of the removal of his sin will be this:(AO)
when he makes all the altar stones
like crushed bits of chalk,
no Asherah poles or incense altars will remain standing.
10 For the fortified city will be desolate,
pastures deserted and abandoned like a wilderness.
Calves will graze there,
and there they will spread out and strip its branches.
11 When its branches dry out, they will be broken off.
Women will come and make fires with them,
for they are not a people with understanding.(AP)
Therefore their Maker(AQ) will not have compassion on them,
and their Creator will not be gracious to them.
12 On that day(AR)
the Lord will thresh grain from the Euphrates River
as far as the Wadi of Egypt,(AS)
and you Israelites will be gathered one by one.
13 On that day
a great trumpet(AT) will be blown,
and those lost in the land of Assyria will come,
as well as those dispersed in the land of Egypt;
and they will worship the Lord
at Jerusalem on the holy mountain.
Woe to Samaria
28 Woe to the majestic crown of Ephraim’s drunkards,(AU)
and to the fading flower of its beautiful splendor,
which is on the summit above the rich valley.
Woe to those overcome with wine.
2 Look, the Lord has a strong and mighty one(AV)—
like a devastating hail storm,
like a storm with strong flooding water.
He will bring it across the land with his hand.
3 The majestic crown of Ephraim’s drunkards
will be trampled underfoot.
4 The fading flower of his beautiful splendor,
which is on the summit above the rich valley,
will be like a ripe fig before the summer harvest.(AW)
Whoever sees it will swallow it
while it is still in his hand.
5 On that day
the Lord of Armies will become a crown of beauty
and a diadem of splendor(AX)
to the remnant of his people,
6 a spirit of justice
to the one who sits in judgment,(AY)
to those who repel attacks at the city gate.
7 Even these stagger because of wine
and stumble under the influence of beer:
priest and prophet stagger because of beer,
they are confused by wine.(AZ)
They stumble because of beer,
they are muddled in their visions,
they stumble in their judgments.
8 Indeed, all their tables are covered with vomit;
there is no place without a stench.
9 Who is he trying to teach?
Who is he trying to instruct?
Infants[i] just weaned from milk?
Babies[j] removed from the breast?
10 “Law after law, law after law,
line after line, line after line,
a little here, a little there.”[k]
11 For he will speak to this people
with stammering speech
and in a foreign language.(BA)
12 He had said to them:
“This is the place of rest;
let the weary rest;(BB)
this is the place of repose.”
But they would not listen.
13 The word of the Lord will come to them:
“Law after law, law after law,
line after line, line after line,
a little here, a little there,”
so they go stumbling backward,
to be broken, trapped, and captured.(BC)
- 25:1 : Ex 15:2; Ps 118:28; Is 7:13; 44:17
- 25:2 : Is 17:1; 26:5
- 25:2 : Col 3:11
- 25:4 : Mt 11:29
- 25:4 : Is 4:6; 32:2
- 25:6 : Is 2:2-4
- 25:6 : Is 24:23; Rv 19:9
- 25:7 : 2Co 3:15-16; Eph 4:18
- 25:8 : Hs 13:14; 1Co 15:54; Rv 21:4
- 25:8 : Is 30:19; 35:10; 51:11; 65:19; Rv 7:17; 21:4
- 25:8 : Ps 89:50-51; Is 51:7; 54:4; Mt 5:11; 1Pt 4:14
- 25:9 : Is 35:1-2,10; 66:10
- 25:10 : Nm 24:17; Is 15:1
- 25:11 : Is 2:10-12,15-17; 16:6,14
- 25:10-12 : Is 26:5-6
- 26:1 : Is 60:18
- 26:3 : Is 26:12; 27:5; 57:19; 66:12
- 26:4 : Ps 73:26; Is 17:10; 30:29; 44:8
- 26:5-6 : Is 25:10-12
- 26:7 : Ps 27:11
- 26:8 : Ex 3:15
- 26:9 : Ps 77:2; 84:2; 119:20,81
- 26:13 : Jn 10:25
- 26:14 : Jb 18:17; Ps 9:6
- 26:15 : Is 9:3
- 26:15 : Is 33:17; 54:2-3
- 26:16 : Is 37:3; Hs 5:15
- 26:17 : Is 13:8
- 26:19 : Is 25:8; Ezk 37:1-14; Dn 12:2; Hs 13:14; Mt 11:5; Lk 7:22; Jn 8:51
- 26:20 : Is 10:5,25; 13:5; 34:2; 66:14
- 26:21 : Mc 1:3
- 26:21 : Is 13:11
- 27:1 : Jb 3:8; 41:1,34; Ps 74:14; 104:26
- 27:1 : Is 51:9
- 27:2 : Ps 80:8; Is 5:7; Jr 2:21
- 27:4 : 2Sm 23:6; Is 10:17
- 27:6 : Is 37:31
- 27:6 : Is 35:1-2; Hs 14:5-6
- 27:7 : Is 10:12,17; 30:31-33; 31:8-9; 37:36-38
- 27:9 : Is 13:11
- 27:9 : Rm 11:27
- 27:11 : Ps 32:9; 49:20; Jr 4:22
- 27:11 : Jb 4:17; Ps 95:6; Pr 14:31; Is 17:7; 29:16; 44:2; 45:9,11; 51:13; 54:5; Hs 8:14
- 27:12 : Is 3:18; 7:18,20; 11:11; 24:21; Zch 12:8
- 27:12 : Gn 15:18
- 27:13 : Lv 25:9; 1Ch 15:24; Mt 24:31; 1Th 4:16; Rv 11:15
- 28:1 : Is 28:7; Hs 7:5
- 28:2 : Is 8:7; 40:10
- 28:4 : Hs 9:10; Mc 7:1; Nah 3:12
- 28:5 : Is 62:3
- 28:6 : 1Kg 3:28; Is 11:2; 32:1,15-16; Jn 5:30
- 28:7 : Is 5:11,22; 9:15; 22:13; 56:12; Hs 4:11
- 28:11-12 : Is 5:26-29; 33:19; 1Co 14:21
- 28:12 : Is 11:10; 30:15; 32:17-18; Jr 6:16; Mt 11:28-29
- 28:13 : Is 8:15; Mt 21:44
Law and Promise
10 For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse,(A) because it is written,(B) Everyone who does not do everything written in the book of the law is cursed.[a](C) 11 Now it is clear that no one is justified before God by the law, because the righteous will live(D) by faith.[b](E) 12 But the law is not based on faith; instead, the one who does these things will live by them.[c](F) 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us,(G) because it is written, Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.[d](H) 14 The purpose was that the blessing of Abraham would come to the Gentiles by Christ Jesus, so that we could receive the promised Spirit through faith.(I)
15 Brothers and sisters, I’m using a human illustration. No one sets aside or makes additions to a validated human will.[e] 16 Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say “and to seeds,” as though referring to many, but referring to one, and to your seed,[f](J) who is Christ. 17 My point is this: The law, which came 430 years later,(K) does not invalidate a covenant previously established by God[g] and thus cancel the promise. 18 For if the inheritance is based on the law, it is no longer based on the promise; but God has graciously given it to Abraham through the promise.
The Purpose of the Law
19 Why then was the law given?(L) It was added for the sake of transgressions[h] until the Seed to whom the promise was made would come. The law was put into effect through angels(M) by means of a mediator.(N) 20 Now a mediator is not just for one person alone, but God is one.(O) 21 Is the law therefore contrary to God’s promises? Absolutely not! For if the law had been granted with the ability to give life, then righteousness would certainly be on the basis of the law. 22 But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin’s power,[i](P) so that the promise might be given on the basis of faith(Q) in Jesus Christ to those who believe.(R)
- 3:10 : Jms 3:10
- 3:10 : Ac 15:15
- 3:10 : Dt 27:26; Rm 4:15
- 3:11 : Php 1:21
- 3:11 : Hab 2:4
- 3:12 : Lv 18:5
- 3:13 : 1Pt 2:24
- 3:13 : Dt 21:23; Ac 5:30
- 3:14 : Rm 4:16
- 3:16 : Gn 12:7; 13:15; 17:8; 24:7
- 3:17 : Gn 15:13; Ex 12:40; Ac 7:6
- 3:19 : Rm 4:15; 5:20
- 3:19 : Gn 16:7; Mt 13:49; Lk 1:11; Ac 5:19; Rv 14:6
- 3:19 : Heb 8:6
- 3:20 : Dt 6:4
- 3:22 : Rm 6:23
- 3:22 : Rm 3:22
- 3:22 : Mk 11:24; Jn 3:16; Ac 10:43; Rm 10:9; 1Pt 1:8-10
Security in God
For the choir director: on stringed instruments. Of David.
1 God, hear my cry;
pay attention to my prayer.(A)
2 I call to you from the ends of the earth
when my heart is without strength.(B)
Lead me to a rock that is high above me,(C)
3 for you have been a refuge for me,
a strong tower(D) in the face of the enemy.
4 I will dwell in your tent forever
and take refuge under the shelter of your wings.(E)Selah
5 God, you have heard my vows;(F)
you have given a heritage
to those who fear your name.(G)
6 Add days to the king’s life;
may his years span many generations.(H)
7 May he sit enthroned before God forever.(I)
Appoint faithful love and truth to guard him.(J)
8 Then I will continually sing of your name,(K)
fulfilling my vows day by day.(L)