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Isaías 30

Ay de la nación obstinada

1El Señor ha dictado esta sentencia:

«Ay de los hijos rebeldes
    que ejecutan planes que no son míos,
que hacen alianzas contrarias a mi Espíritu,
    que amontonan pecado sobre pecado,
que bajan a Egipto sin consultarme,
    que se acogen a la protección de Faraón,
    y se refugian bajo la sombra de Egipto.
¡La protección de Faraón será su vergüenza!
    ¡El refugiarse bajo la sombra de Egipto, su humillación!
Aunque en Zoán tengan funcionarios,
    y a Janés hayan llegado sus mensajeros,
todos quedarán avergonzados
    por culpa de un pueblo que les resulta inútil,
que no les brinda ninguna ayuda ni provecho,
    sino solo vergüenza y frustración».

Esta es la sentencia que se ha dictado contra los animales del Néguev:

Por tierra de dificultades y angustias,
    de leones y leonas,
    de víboras y serpientes voladoras,
llevan ellos a lomos de burro
    las riquezas de esa nación inútil,
    y sus tesoros, sobre jorobas de camellos.
La ayuda de Egipto no sirve para nada;
    por eso la llamo: «Rahab, la inmóvil».

Ve, pues, delante de ellos,
    y grábalo en una tablilla.
Escríbelo en un rollo de cuero,
    para que en los días venideros
    quede como un testimonio eterno.
Porque este es un pueblo rebelde;
    son hijos engañosos,
hijos que no quieren escuchar
    la ley del Señor.
10 A los videntes les dicen:
    «¡No tengáis más visiones!»,
y a los profetas:
    «¡No nos sigáis profetizando la verdad!
Decidnos cosas agradables,
    profetizad ilusiones.
11 ¡Apartaos del camino,
    retiraos de esta senda,
y dejad de enfrentarnos
    con el Santo de Israel!»

12 Así dice el Santo de Israel:

«Vosotros habéis rechazado esta palabra;
    habéis confiado en la opresión y en la perversidad,
    y os habéis apoyado en ellas.
13 Por eso vuestra iniquidad se alzará frente a vosotros
    como un muro alto y agrietado,
    a punto de derrumbarse:
    ¡de repente, en un instante, se desplomará!
14 Vuestra iniquidad quedará hecha pedazos,
    hecha añicos sin piedad, como vasija de barro:
    ni uno solo de sus pedazos servirá
    para sacar brasas del fuego
    ni agua de una cisterna».

15 Porque así dice el Señor omnipotente, el Santo de Israel:

«En el arrepentimiento y la calma está vuestra salvación,
    en la serenidad y la confianza está vuestra fuerza,
    ¡pero vosotros no lo queréis reconocer!
16 Os resistís y decís: “Huiremos a caballo”.
    ¡Por eso, así tendréis que huir!
Decís: “Cabalgaremos sobre caballos veloces”.
    ¡Por eso, veloces serán vuestros perseguidores!
17 Ante la amenaza de uno solo,
    mil de vosotros saldrán huyendo;
ante la amenaza de cinco,
    huiréis todos vosotros.
Quedaréis abandonados
    como un mástil en la cima de una montaña,
    como una señal sobre una colina».

18 Por eso el Señor os espera, para tener piedad de vosotros;
    por eso se levanta para mostraros compasión.
Porque el Señor es un Dios de justicia.
    ¡Dichosos todos los que en él esperan!

19 Pueblo de Sión, que habitas en Jerusalén, ya no llorarás más. ¡El Dios de piedad se apiadará de ti cuando clames pidiendo ayuda! Tan pronto como te oiga, te responderá. 20 Aunque el Señor te dé pan de adversidad y agua de aflicción, tu maestro no se esconderá más; con tus propios ojos lo verás. 21 Ya sea que te desvíes a la derecha o a la izquierda, tus oídos percibirán a tus espaldas una voz que te dirá: «Este es el camino; síguelo». 22 Entonces profanarás tus ídolos enchapados en plata y tus imágenes revestidas de oro; los arrojarás como cosa impura, y les dirás: «¡Fuera de aquí!»

23 El Señor te enviará lluvia para la semilla que siembres en la tierra, y el alimento que produzca la tierra será suculento y abundante. En aquel día tu ganado pacerá en extensas praderas. 24 Los bueyes y los burros que trabajan la tierra comerán el mejor forraje, aventado con bieldo y horquilla. 25 En el día de la gran masacre, cuando caigan las torres, habrá arroyos y corrientes de agua en toda montaña alta y en toda colina elevada. 26 Cuando el Señor ponga una venda en la fractura de su pueblo y sane las heridas que le causó, brillará la luna como el sol, y será la luz del sol siete veces más intensa, como la luz de siete días enteros.

27 ¡Mirad! El nombre del Señor viene de lejos,
    con ardiente ira y densa humareda.
Sus labios están llenos de furor;
    su lengua es como un fuego consumidor.
28 Su aliento es cual torrente desbordado
    que llega hasta el cuello,
para zarandear a las naciones
    en la zaranda destructora.
Pone en las quijadas de los pueblos
    un freno que los desvía.
29 Vosotros cantaréis como en noche de fiesta solemne;
    vuestro corazón se alegrará,
como cuando uno sube con flautas
    a la montaña del Señor,
    a la Roca de Israel.
30 El Señor hará oír su majestuosa voz,
    y descargará su brazo:
con rugiente ira y llama de fuego consumidor,
    con aguacero, tormenta y granizo.
31 La voz del Señor quebrantará a Asiria;
    la golpeará con su bastón.
32 Cada golpe que el Señor descargue sobre ella
    con su vara de castigo
será al son de panderos y de arpas;
    agitando su brazo, peleará contra ellos.
33 Porque Tofet[a] está preparada desde hace tiempo;
    está dispuesta incluso para el rey.
Se ha hecho una pira de fuego profunda y ancha,
    con abundancia de fuego y leña;
el soplo del Señor la encenderá
    como un torrente de azufre ardiente.

Notas al pie

  1. 30:33 Tofet. Lugar de incineración, cercano a Jerusalén.

New International Reader's Version

Isaiah 30

The Lord Will Judge His Stubborn People

1“How terrible it will be for these stubborn children of mine!”
    announces the Lord.
“How terrible for those who carry out plans that did not come from me!
    Their agreement with Egypt did not come from my Spirit.
    So they pile up one sin on top of another.
They go down to Egypt
    without asking me for advice.
They look to Pharaoh to help them.
    They ask Egypt to keep them safe.
But looking to Pharaoh will only bring them shame.
    Asking Egypt for help will bring them dishonor.
Their officials have gone to the city of Zoan.
    Their messengers have arrived in Hanes.
But the people of Judah will be put to shame.
    That’s because they are trusting in a nation that is useless to them.
Egypt will not bring them any help or advantage.
    Instead, it will bring them shame and dishonor.”

Here is a prophecy the Lord gave me about the animals in the Negev Desert.

Judah’s messengers carry their riches on the backs of donkeys.
    They carry their treasures on the humps of camels.
    They travel through a land of danger and suffering.
It’s a land filled with lions.
    Poisonous snakes are also there.
The messengers travel to a nation
    that can’t do them any good.
They travel to Egypt, whose help is totally useless.
    That’s why I call it Rahab the Do-Nothing.

The Lord said to me, “Go now.
    Write on a tablet for the people of Judah
    what I am about to say.
Also write it on a scroll.
    In days to come
    it will be a witness that lasts forever.
That’s because these people of Judah refuse to obey me.
    They are children who tell lies.
    They will not listen to what I want to teach them.
10 They say to the seers,
    ‘Don’t see any more visions!’
They say to the prophets,
    ‘Don’t give us any more visions of what is right!
Tell us pleasant things.
    Prophesy things we want to hear even if they aren’t true.
11 Get out of our way!
    Get off our path!
    Keep the Holy One of Israel away from us!’ ”

12 So the Holy One of Israel speaks. He says,

“You have turned your backs on what I have said.
    You have depended on telling people lies.
    You have crushed others.
13 Those sins are like cracks in a high wall.
    They get bigger and bigger.
Suddenly the wall breaks apart.
    Then it quickly falls down.
14 It breaks into small pieces like a clay pot.
    It breaks up completely.
Not one piece is left big enough
    for taking coals from a fireplace.
    Not one piece is left for dipping water out of a well.”

15 The Lord and King is the Holy One of Israel. He says,

“You will find peace and rest
    when you turn away from your sins and depend on me.
You will receive the strength you need
    when you stay calm and trust in me.
    But you do not want to do what I tell you to.
16 You said, ‘No. We’ll escape on horses.’
    So you will have to escape!
You said, ‘We’ll ride off on fast horses.’
    So those who chase you will use faster horses!
17 When one of them dares you to fight,
    a thousand of you will run away.
When five of them dare you,
    all of you will run away.
So few of you will be left that you will be
    like a flagpole on top of a mountain.
    You will be like only one banner on a hill.”

18 But the Lord wants to have mercy on you.
    So he will rise up to give you his tender love.
The Lord is a God who is always fair.
    Blessed are all those who wait for him to act!

19 People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you won’t weep anymore. When you cry out to the Lord for help, he will have mercy on you. As soon as he hears you, he’ll answer you. 20 He might treat you like prisoners. You might eat the bread of trouble. You might drink the water of suffering. But he will be your Teacher. He won’t hide himself anymore. You will see him with your own eyes. 21 You will hear your Teacher’s voice behind you. You will hear it whether you turn to the right or the left. It will say, “Here is the path I want you to take. So walk on it.” 22 Then you will get rid of the silver statues of your gods. You won’t have anything to do with the gold statues either. All of them are “unclean.” So you will throw them away like dirty rags. You will say to them, “Get away from us!”

23 The Lord will send rain on the seeds you plant in the ground. The crops that grow will be rich and plentiful. At that time your cattle will eat grass in rolling meadows. 24 The oxen and donkeys that work the soil will eat the finest feed and crushed grain. The farmers will use pitchforks and shovels to separate it from the straw. 25 At that time the towers of your enemies will fall down. Their soldiers will die. Streams of water will flow on every high mountain and hill. 26 The moon will shine like the sun. And the sunlight will be seven times brighter than usual. It will be like the light of seven full days. That will happen when the Lord bandages and heals the wounds and bruises he has brought on his people.

27 The Lord will come from far away
    in all his power and glory.
He will show his burning anger.
    Thick clouds of smoke will be all around him.
His mouth will speak angry words.
    The words from his tongue will be like a destroying fire.
28 His breath will be like a rushing flood
    that rises up to the neck.
He’ll separate out the nations he is going to destroy.
    He’ll place a bit in their jaws.
    It will lead them down the road to death.
29 You will sing
    as you do on the night you celebrate a holy feast.
Your hearts will be filled with joy.
    You will be as joyful as people playing their flutes
as they go up to the mountain of the Lord.
    He is the Rock of Israel.
30 The Lord will cause people to hear his powerful voice.
    He will make them see his arm coming down to punish them.
It will come down with burning anger and destroying fire.
    It will come down with rain, thunderstorms and hail.
31 The voice of the Lord will tear the Assyrians apart.
    He will strike them down with his scepter.
32 He will strike them
    with his club to punish them.
Each time he does, his people will celebrate
    with the music of harps and tambourines.
He will use his powerful arm
    to strike down the Assyrians in battle.
33 In the Valley of Ben Hinnom, Topheth has been prepared for a long time.
    It has been made ready for the king of Assyria.
Its fire pit has been made deep and wide.
    It has plenty of wood for the fire.
The breath of the Lord
    will be like a stream of burning sulfur.
    It will set the wood on fire.