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Isaiah 30:9-13

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30:9 For these are rebellious people –

they are lying children,

children unwilling to obey the Lord’s law. 1 

30:10 They 2  say to the visionaries, “See no more visions!”

and to the seers, “Don’t relate messages to us about what is right! 3 

Tell us nice things,

relate deceptive messages. 4 

30:11 Turn aside from the way,

stray off the path. 5 

Remove from our presence the Holy One of Israel.” 6 

30:12 For this reason this is what the Holy One of Israel says:

“You have rejected this message; 7 

you trust instead in your ability to oppress and trick, 8 

and rely on that kind of behavior. 9 

30:13 So this sin will become your downfall.

You will be like a high wall

that bulges and cracks and is ready to collapse;

it crumbles suddenly, in a flash. 10 

1 tn Or perhaps, “instruction” (so NASB, NIV, NRSV); NCV, TEV “teachings.”

2 tn Heb “who” (so NASB, NRSV). A new sentence was started here in the translation for stylistic reasons.

3 tn Heb “Do not see for us right things.”

4 tn Heb “Tell us smooth things, see deceptive things.”

5 sn The imagery refers to the way or path of truth, as revealed by God to the prophet.

6 sn See the note on the phrase “the Holy One of Israel” in 1:4.

7 tn The sentence actually begins with the word “because.” In the Hebrew text vv. 12-13 are one long sentence.

8 tn Heb “and you trust in oppression and cunning.”

9 tn Heb “and you lean on it”; NAB “and depend on it.”

10 tn The verse reads literally, “So this sin will become for you like a breach ready to fall, bulging on a high wall, the breaking of which comes suddenly, in a flash.” Their sin produces guilt and will result in judgment. Like a wall that collapses their fall will be swift and sudden.



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