Passage: Isaiah 25, 26, 27 (RSV)

Isaiah 25

1O LORD, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.
2For thou hast made the city a heap, the fortified city a ruin; the palace of aliens is a city no more, it will never be rebuilt.
3Therefore strong peoples will glorify thee; cities of ruthless nations will fear thee.
4For thou hast been a stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat; for the blast of the ruthless is like a storm against a wall,
5like heat in a dry place. Thou dost subdue the noise of the aliens; as heat by the shade of a cloud, so the song of the ruthless is stilled.
6On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of fat things, a feast of wine on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wine on the lees well refined.
7And he will destroy on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations.
8He will swallow up death for ever, and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth; for the LORD has spoken.
9It will be said on that day, "Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the LORD; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation."
10For the hand of the LORD will rest on this mountain, and Moab shall be trodden down in his place, as straw is trodden down in a dung-pit.
11And he will spread out his hands in the midst of it as a swimmer spreads his hands out to swim; but the LORD will lay low his pride together with the skill of his hands.
12And the high fortifications of his walls he will bring down, lay low, and cast to the ground, even to the dust.

Isaiah 26

1In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: "We have a strong city; he sets up salvation as walls and bulwarks.
2Open the gates, that the righteous nation which keeps faith may enter in.
3Thou dost keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusts in thee.
4Trust in the LORD for ever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.
5For he has brought low the inhabitants of the height, the lofty city. He lays it low, lays it low to the ground, casts it to the dust.
6The foot tramples it, the feet of the poor, the steps of the needy."
7The way of the righteous is level; thou dost make smooth the path of the righteous.
8In the path of thy judgments, O LORD, we wait for thee; thy memorial name is the desire of our soul.
9My soul yearns for thee in the night, my spirit within me earnestly seeks thee. For when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
10If favor is shown to the wicked, he does not learn righteousness; in the land of uprightness he deals perversely and does not see the majesty of the LORD.
11O LORD, thy hand is lifted up, but they see it not. Let them see thy zeal for thy people, and be ashamed. Let the fire for thy adversaries consume them.
12O LORD, thou wilt ordain peace for us, thou hast wrought for us all our works.
13O LORD our God, other lords besides thee have ruled over us, but thy name alone we acknowledge.
14They are dead, they will not live; they are shades, they will not arise; to that end thou hast visited them with destruction and wiped out all remembrance of them.
15But thou hast increased the nation, O LORD, thou hast increased the nation; thou art glorified; thou hast enlarged all the borders of the land.
16O LORD, in distress they sought thee, they poured out a prayer when thy chastening was upon them.
17Like a woman with child, who writhes and cries out in her pangs, when she is near her time, so were we because of thee, O LORD;
18we were with child, we writhed, we have as it were brought forth wind. We have wrought no deliverance in the earth, and the inhabitants of the world have not fallen.
19Thy dead shall live, their bodies shall rise. O dwellers in the dust, awake and sing for joy! For thy dew is a dew of light, and on the land of the shades thou wilt let it fall.
20Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until the wrath is past.
21For behold, the LORD is coming forth out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity, and the earth will disclose the blood shed upon her, and will no more cover her slain.

Isaiah 27

1In that day the LORD with his hard and great and strong sword will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan the twisting serpent, and he will slay the dragon that is in the sea.
2In that day: "A pleasant vineyard, sing of it!
3I, the LORD, am its keeper; every moment I water it. Lest any one harm it, I guard it night and day;
4I have no wrath. Would that I had thorns and briers to battle! I would set out against them, I would burn them up together.
5Or let them lay hold of my protection, let them make peace with me, let them make peace with me."
6In days to come Jacob shall take root, Israel shall blossom and put forth shoots, and fill the whole world with fruit.
7Has he smitten them as he smote those who smote them? Or have they been slain as their slayers were slain?
8Measure by measure, by exile thou didst contend with them; he removed them with his fierce blast in the day of the east wind.
9Therefore by this the guilt of Jacob will be expiated, and this will be the full fruit of the removal of his sin: when he makes all the stones of the altars like chalkstones crushed to pieces, no Ashe'rim or incense altars will remain standing.
10For the fortified city is solitary, a habitation deserted and forsaken, like the wilderness; there the calf grazes, there he lies down, and strips its branches.
11When its boughs are dry, they are broken; women come and make a fire of them. For this is a people without discernment; therefore he who made them will not have compassion on them, he that formed them will show them no favor.
12In that day from the river Euphra'tes to the Brook of Egypt the LORD will thresh out the grain, and you will be gathered one by one, O people of Israel.
13And in that day a great trumpet will be blown, and those who were lost in the land of Assyria and those who were driven out to the land of Egypt will come and worship the LORD on the holy mountain at Jerusalem.

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