Isaiah 22

English Standard Version

The oracle concerning the valley of vision. What do you mean that you have gone up, all of you, to the housetops, (Isa 13:1; Isa 22:5; Jer 21:13; Joe 3:12; Joe 3:14) you who are full of shoutings, tumultuous city, exultant town? Your slain are not slain with the sword or dead in battle. (Isa 32:13; La 4:9) All your leaders have fled together; without the bow they were captured. All of you who were found were captured, though they had fled far away. (Isa 1:10) Therefore I said: “Look away from me; let me weep bitter tears; do not labor to comfort me concerning the destruction of the daughter of my people.” (Jer 9:1; Mic 1:8) For the Lord God of hosts has a day of tumult and trampling and confusion in the valley of vision, a battering down of walls and a shouting to the mountains. (Isa 2:12; Isa 10:6; Isa 18:2; Isa 22:1; Isa 37:3; Mic 7:4) And Elam bore the quiver with chariots and horsemen, and Kir uncovered the shield. (2Ki 16:9; Isa 11:11) Your choicest valleys were full of chariots, and the horsemen took their stand at the gates. He has taken away the covering of Judah. In that day you looked to the weapons of the House of the Forest, (1Ki 10:17; Isa 30:1) and you saw that the breaches of the city of David were many. You collected the waters of the lower pool, (2Ch 32:5; Ne 3:16; Isa 22:5; Isa 22:10) 10 and you counted the houses of Jerusalem, and you broke down the houses to fortify the wall. 11 You made a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the old pool. But you did not look to him who did it, or see him who planned it long ago. (2Ki 20:20; 2Ki 25:4; 2Ch 32:3; Isa 5:12; Isa 7:3; Isa 22:9) 12 In that day the Lord God of hosts called for weeping and mourning, for baldness and wearing sackcloth; (2Sa 3:31; Isa 3:24; Joe 2:17) 13 and behold, joy and gladness, killing oxen and slaughtering sheep, eating flesh and drinking wine. “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” (Isa 56:12; 1Co 15:32) 14 The Lord of hosts has revealed himself in my ears: “Surely this iniquity will not be atoned for you until you die,” says the Lord God of hosts. (1Sa 3:14; Isa 5:9; Isa 22:13; Isa 27:9) 15 Thus says the Lord God of hosts, “Come, go to this steward, to Shebna, who is over the household, and say to him: (2Ki 18:18; 2Ki 18:26; 2Ki 18:37; 2Ki 19:2; Isa 36:3; Isa 36:11; Isa 36:22; Isa 37:2) 16 What have you to do here, and whom have you here, that you have cut out here a tomb for yourself, you who cut out a tomb on the height and carve a dwelling for yourself in the rock? (2Ch 16:14; Mt 27:60) 17 Behold, the Lord will hurl you away violently, O you strong man. He will seize firm hold on you (Da 3:21) 18 and whirl you around and around, and throw you like a ball into a wide land. There you shall die, and there shall be your glorious chariots, you shame of your master’s house. (Isa 36:9) 19 I will thrust you from your office, and you will be pulled down from your station. (Isa 22:25) 20 In that day I will call my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, (2Ki 18:18; 2Ki 18:26; 2Ki 18:37; 2Ki 19:2; Isa 36:3; Isa 37:2) 21 and I will clothe him with your robe, and will bind your sash on him, and will commit your authority to his hand. And he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. (Ge 45:8; Isa 22:20) 22 And I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David. He shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open. (Job 12:14; Isa 9:6; Re 3:7) 23 And I will fasten him like a peg in a secure place, and he will become a throne of honor to his father’s house. (Ec 12:11; Isa 33:20; Isa 54:2; Re 3:21) 24 And they will hang on him the whole honor of his father’s house, the offspring and issue, every small vessel, from the cups to all the flagons. 25 In that day, declares the Lord of hosts, the peg that was fastened in a secure place will give way, and it will be cut down and fall, and the load that was on it will be cut off, for the Lord has spoken.” (Isa 22:23)