33:10 “I, the Lord, say: 1 ‘You and your people are saying 2 about this place, “It lies in ruins. There are no people or animals in it.” That is true. The towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem 3 will soon be desolate, uninhabited either by people or by animals. But happy sounds will again be heard in these places. 33:11 Once again there will be sounds 4 of joy and gladness and the glad celebrations of brides and grooms. 5 Once again people will bring their thank offerings to the temple of the Lord and will say, “Give thanks to the Lord who rules over all. For the Lord is good and his unfailing love lasts forever.” 6 For I, the Lord, affirm 7 that I will restore the land to what it was 8 in days of old.’ 9
33:12 “I, the Lord who rules over all, say: 10 ‘This place will indeed lie in ruins. There will be no people or animals in it. But there will again be in it and in its towns sheepfolds where shepherds can rest their sheep.
4 tn Heb “33:10 Thus says the
6 sn This is a common hymnic introduction to both individual songs of thanksgiving (e.g., Ps 118:1) and communal songs of thanksgiving (e.g., Ps 136 where it is a liturgical refrain accompanying a recital of Israel’s early history and of the
7 tn Heb “Oracle of the
8 tn Or “I will restore the fortunes of the land.”
10 tn Heb “Thus says Yahweh of armies.” For the explanation for the first person introduction see the translator’s notes on 33:2, 10. Verses 4, 10, 12 introduce three oracles, all under the answer to the