I will lead the blind along an unfamiliar way; 1 I will guide them down paths they have never traveled. 2 I will turn the darkness in front of them into light, and level out the rough ground. 3 This is what I will do for them. I will not abandon them.
In Tahpanhes the day will be dark 1 when I break the yoke of Egypt there. Her confident pride will cease within her; a cloud will cover her, and her daughters will go into captivity.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may proclaim the virtues 1 of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
You also know that 1 the angels who did not keep within their proper domain 2 but abandoned their own place of residence, he has kept 3 in eternal chains 4 in utter 5 darkness, locked up 6 for the judgment of the great Day.
(But there is one who made the constellations Pleiades and Orion; he can turn the darkness into morning and daylight 1 into night. He summons the water of the seas and pours it out on the earth’s surface. The Lord is his name!
I can clothe the sky in darkness; I can cover it with sackcloth.”
On that day there will be no light – the sources of light in the heavens will congeal. 1
He said to me, “Do you see, son of man, what the elders of the house of Israel are doing in the dark, each in the chamber of his idolatrous images? 1 For they think, ‘The Lord does not see us! The Lord has abandoned the land!’”
As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his scattered sheep, so I will seek out my flock. I will rescue them from all the places where they have been scattered on a cloudy, dark day. 1
When I extinguish you, I will cover the sky; I will darken its stars. I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon will not shine. 1
You people of this generation, listen to what the Lord says. “Have I been like a wilderness to you, Israel? Have I been like a dark and dangerous land to you? 1 Why then do you 2 say, ‘We are free to wander. 3 We will not come to you any more?’
Now 1 look, the hand of the Lord is against 2 you, and you will be blind, unable to see the sun for a time!” Immediately mistiness 3 and darkness came over 4 him, and he went around seeking people 5 to lead him by the hand.
Moreover, 1 we 2 possess the prophetic word as an altogether reliable thing. 3 You do well if you pay attention 4 to this 5 as you would 6 to a light shining in a murky place, until the day dawns and the morning star 7 rises in your hearts. 8