CHAPTER 27 The Judgment and Deliverance of Israel 27 1On that day, The LORD will punish with his sword that is cruel, great, and strong, Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan the coiled serpent; he will slay the dragon[I] in the sea. 2[J] On that day— The pleasant vineyard, sing about it! 3I, the LORD, am its keeper, I water it every moment; Lest anyone harm it, night and day I guard it. 4I am not angry. But if I were to find briers and thorns, In battle I would march against it; I would burn it all. 5But if it holds fast to my refuge, it shall have peace with me; it shall have peace with me. 6In days to come Jacob shall take root, Israel shall sprout and blossom, covering all the world with fruit. 7[K] Was he smitten as his smiter was smitten? Was he slain as his slayer was slain? 8Driving out and expelling, he struggled against it, carrying it off with his cruel wind on a day of storm. 9This, then, shall be the expiation of Jacob’s guilt, this the result of removing his sin: He shall pulverize all the stones of the altars like pieces of chalk; no asherahs or incense altars shall stand. 10For the fortified city shall be desolate, an abandoned pasture, a forsaken wilderness; There calves shall graze, there they shall lie down, and consume its branches. 11When its boughs wither, they shall be broken off; and women shall come to kindle fires with them. For this is not an understanding people; therefore their maker shall not spare them; their creator shall not be gracious to them. 12On that day, The LORD shall beat out grain from the channel of the Euphrates to the Wadi of Egypt, and you shall be gleaned[L] one by one, children of Israel. 13On that day,[M] A great trumpet shall blow, and the lost in the land of Assyria and the outcasts in the land of Egypt Shall come and worship the LORD on the holy mountain, in Jerusalem.
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