Isaiah 27:1-13


   On that day, Leviathan,
      the sea monster,
   will squirm and try to escape,
   but the Lord will kill him
      with a cruel, sharp sword.

Protection and Forgiveness

The Lord said:
2 At that time you must sing
      about a fruitful vineyard.
3 I, the Lord, will protect it
      and always keep it watered.
   I will guard it day and night
      to keep it from harm.
4 I am no longer angry.
      But if it produces thorns,
   I will go to war against it
      and burn it to the ground.
5 Yet if the vineyard depends
      on me for protection,
   it will become my friend
      and be at peace with me.
6 Someday Israel will take root
      like a vine.
   It will blossom and bear fruit
      that covers the earth.

7 I, the Lord, didn’t punish and kill
      the people of Israel
   as fiercely as I punished
      and killed their enemies.
8 I carefully measured out
      Israel’s punishment
   and sent the scorching heat
      to chase them far away.

9 There’s only one way
   that Israel’s sin and guilt
      can be completely forgiven:
   They must crush the stones
   of every pagan altar
      and place of worship.

The Lord Will Bring His People Together

10 Fortress cities are left
     like a desert
        where no one lives.
    Cattle walk through the ruins,
        stripping the trees bare.
11 When broken branches
        fall to the ground,
     women pick them up
        to feed the fire.
     But these people are so stupid
     that the God who created them
        will show them no mercy.
12 The time is coming when the Lord will shake the land between the Euphrates River and the border of Egypt, and one by one he will bring all of his people together. 13 A loud trumpet will be heard. Then the people of Israel who were dragged away to Assyria and Egypt will return to worship the Lord on his holy mountain in Jerusalem.

The Contemporary English Version, c1995 by the American Bible Society.
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