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1 Wo to thee that spoilest, And was not spoiled; Who dealest wickedly, And they dealt not wickedly with thee! When thou shalt have ceased to spoil, Thou shalt be spoiled; When thou shalt have ceased to deal wickedly, They shall deal wickedly with thee.

2 O Jehovah, have pity upon us; We have hoped in thee; Be thou, who hast been their arm in the morning, Our salvation also in the time of trouble.

3 At the voice of the tumult the people fled; At thy exaltation the nations were dispersed.

4 And your prey shall be gathered by your gathering of cater-pillars, Advancing thither, according to the running of locusts.

5 Jehovah is exalted, who dwelleth on high; He hath filled Zion with judgment And righteousness.

6 And the stability of thy times shall be Strength, salvation, wisdom, And knowledge; The fear of Jehovah is his treasure.

7 Behold, their messengers shall cry without; The ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly.

8 The roads are deserted, The traveler hath ceased; He hath violated the treaty, He hath despised the cities, He hath paid no regard to any man.

9 The earth hath mourned And languished; Lebanon is ashamed And hewn down; Sharon hath been made like a wilderness; Bashan And Carmel have been shaken.

10 Now will I arise, saith Jehovah; Now will I be exalted; Now will I lift up myself.

11 Ye shall conceive chaff; Ye shall bring forth stubble; The fire of your breath shall devour you.

12 And the peoples shall be the burnings of lime; 244244     Or, Burnt lime. As thorns cut up shall they be burnt in the fire.

13 Hear, ye that are far off, what I have done; Ye that are near, acknowledge my power.

14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; Terror hath seized the hypocrites. 245245     Or, The wicked. Which of us 246246     Or, Who instead of us? shall dwell with devouring fire? Which of us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?

15 He who walketh in righteousnesses And speaketh what is right; Who despiseth the gain from violence And calumny; Who shaketh his hands from accepting a bribe; Who stoppeth his ear, that he may not hear blood; Who shutteth his eyes, that he may not see evil.

16 He shall dwell in high places; Fortifications of rocks shall be his refuge; Bread shall be given to him, And his waters (shall be) sure.

17 Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty; They shall behold the land (that is) very far off.

18 Thine heart shall meditate terror. Where is the scribe? where is the weigher? Where is he who singleth out the principal houses?

19 The fierce people thou shalt not see, The people of a confused lip, so that thou canst not understand; Of a stammering tongue, so that thou canst not comprehend.

20 Look at Zion, the city of our solemnities; 247247     Or, Of our assemblies. Thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a peaceful habitation, A tent which shall not be carried away, The stakes of which shall never be removed, And of which none of the ropes shall be broken:

21 Thus, 248248     Or, For if. shall the mighty Jehovah there be to us, A place of streams, of broad rivers, Through which there shall not pass a ship with oars, And through which a splendid ship shall not pass.

22 For Jehovah is our Judge; Jehovah is our Lawgiver; Jehovah is our King; He himself will save us.

23 Thy cords were loosed, So that they did not fasten their mast, Nor spread the sail; Then was the prey of much spoil divided; The lame also seized the prey.

24 And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick; The people that dwell in it have been freed from iniquity.

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