Monday, July 2, 2018

Isaiah 30

I wrote the prior post on verse 1 before I had fully read this chapter. For a long time now I have stayed away from my New Testament roots. This perplexing concatenation of words needs a lot a teasing out.

Again JB writes in their notes that the Hebrew is unintelligible. Even the prophet implies that his words are not smooth. I am prepared to believe these scholars. So be prepared for something unintelligible. But imagine the juxtaposition of music with judgment, of rest with fire. Imagine deep and broad fire, prepared in advance as a seduction on behalf of the king, for his bride, the world. Yeah folks, its metaphor. Not without cost.

Hearing and seeing are a theme in Isaiah (v 20). Verse 26, again the euphemisms for moon and sun.

The song in the night (verse 29) reflects Psalm 42, a phrase from which my book was titled to reflect the music in the text  but it could be read as a whole offering in verse 29 (כליל) rather than in the night.

Ponder the contradictions, the juxtapositions of music and fire. Let us step through the fire and govern well, and insist that our governments do not build and prepare prisons and walls, but rather provide space for the exercise of the compassion of the people. If the Christians cannot figure this out, they should stay in the fire. Let them be part of the timber that was prepared for their king.

Isaiah 30 Fn Min Max Syll
ה֣וֹי בָּנִ֤ים סֽוֹרְרִים֙ נְאֻם־יְהוָ֔ה לַעֲשׂ֤וֹת עֵצָה֙ וְלֹ֣א מִנִּ֔י וְלִנְסֹ֥ךְ מַסֵּכָ֖ה וְלֹ֣א רוּחִ֑י
לְמַ֛עַן סְפ֥וֹת חַטָּ֖את עַל־חַטָּֽאת
1 B Ah rebellious children, an oracle of Yahweh, to do counsel, but not from me, to spill out a libation, but not my spirit,
so as to add sin on sin.
3d 4C 29
10
הַהֹלְכִים֙ לָרֶ֣דֶת מִצְרַ֔יִם וּפִ֖י לֹ֣א שָׁאָ֑לוּ
לָעוֹז֙ בְּמָע֣וֹז פַּרְעֹ֔ה וְלַחְס֖וֹת בְּצֵ֥ל מִצְרָֽיִם
2 They are going to descend to Egypt, but my mandate they have not asked,
to strengthen themselves with the strength of Pharaoh, and to take refuge in the shade of Egypt.
3e 4B 14
15
וְהָיָ֥ה לָכֶ֛ם מָע֥וֹז פַּרְעֹ֖ה לְבֹ֑שֶׁת
וְהֶחָס֥וּת בְּצֵל־מִצְרַ֖יִם לִכְלִמָּֽה
3 And it will be that for you, the strength of Pharaoh is to your shame,
and the refuge in the shade of Egypt, humiliation.
3d 4A 12
11
כִּֽי־הָי֥וּ בְצֹ֖עַן שָׂרָ֑יו
וּמַלְאָכָ֖יו חָנֵ֥ס יַגִּֽיעוּ
4 For his nobles were in Zoan,
and his messengers were joined in Xanas.
3e 4A 7
9
כֹּ֣ל הֹבִ֔ישׁ עַל־עַ֖ם לֹא־יוֹעִ֣ילוּ לָ֑מוֹ
לֹ֤א לְעֵ֙זֶר֙ וְלֹ֣א לְהוֹעִ֔יל כִּ֥י לְבֹ֖שֶׁת וְגַם־לְחֶרְפָּֽה
5 B All dried up over a people of no use to them, nor help,
and not to be of use, but for shame and also for a reproach.
3e 4C 10
18
מַשָּׂ֖א בַּהֲמ֣וֹת נֶ֑גֶב
בְּאֶרֶץ֩ צָרָ֨ה וְצוּקָ֜ה לָבִ֧יא וָלַ֣יִשׁ מֵהֶ֗ם אֶפְעֶה֙ וְשָׂרָ֣ף מְעוֹפֵ֔ף יִשְׂאוּ֩ עַל־כֶּ֨תֶף עֲיָרִ֜ים חֵֽילֵהֶ֗ם וְעַל־דַּבֶּ֤שֶׁת גְּמַלִּים֙ אֽוֹצְרֹתָ֔ם עַל־עַ֖ם לֹ֥א יוֹעִֽילוּ
6 A load about the beasts of the south.
In the land of trouble and distress, (great cat and codger cat are from them, asp and flying seraph) they will lift up on the shoulder of foals their wealth, and on the humps of camels their treasuries, to a people of no use.
3c 4C 7
51
וּמִצְרַ֕יִם הֶ֥בֶל וָרִ֖יק יַעְזֹ֑רוּ
לָכֵן֙ קָרָ֣אתִי לָזֹ֔את רַ֥הַב הֵ֖ם שָֽׁבֶת
7 And Egypt? Futile and empty their help.
Therefore I have proclaimed this. They are bold to cease.
3e 4B 10
12
עַתָּ֗ה בּ֣וֹא כָתְבָ֥הּ עַל־ל֛וּחַ אִתָּ֖ם וְעַל־סֵ֣פֶר חֻקָּ֑הּ
וּתְהִי֙ לְי֣וֹם אַחֲר֔וֹן לָעַ֖ד עַד־עוֹלָֽם
8 Now come, write upon a tablet with them, and in a record engrave it,
and it will be for the day to follow, for ever, for evermore.
3d 4B 16
12
כִּ֣י עַ֤ם מְרִי֙ ה֔וּא בָּנִ֖ים כֶּחָשִׁ֑ים
בָּנִ֕ים לֹֽא־אָב֥וּ שְׁמ֖וֹעַ תּוֹרַ֥ת יְהוָֽה
9 B For a people of provocation it is, children dissimulating,
children who will not consent to hear the instruction of Yahweh,
3e 4C 10
11
אֲשֶׁ֨ר אָמְר֤וּ לָֽרֹאִים֙ לֹ֣א תִרְא֔וּ וְלַ֣חֹזִ֔ים לֹ֥א תֶחֱזוּ־לָ֖נוּ נְכֹח֑וֹת
דַּבְּרוּ־לָ֣נוּ חֲלָק֔וֹת חֲז֖וּ מַהֲתַלּֽוֹת
10 Who said to the seer, You will not see, and to the visionary, You will not envision for us what is straightforward.
Speak for us smooth things. Envision delusions.
3e 4C 21
12
ס֚וּרוּ מִנֵּי־דֶ֔רֶךְ הַטּ֖וּ מִנֵּי־אֹ֑רַח
הַשְׁבִּ֥יתוּ מִפָּנֵ֖ינוּ אֶת־קְד֥וֹשׁ יִשְׂרָאֵֽל
11 C Turn aside from the way. Bend from the path.
Make the Holy One of Israel cease from before us.
3e 4C 10
13
לָכֵ֗ן כֹּ֤ה אָמַר֙ קְד֣וֹשׁ יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל יַ֥עַן מָֽאָסְכֶ֖ם בַּדָּבָ֣ר הַזֶּ֑ה
וַֽתִּבְטְחוּ֙ בְּעֹ֣שֶׁק וְנָל֔וֹז וַתִּֽשָּׁעֲנ֖וּ עָלָֽיו
12 Therefore thus says the Holy One of Israel, Because you refuse in this matter,
and trust in oppression and drift, and you lean upon it,
3e 4C 20
17
לָכֵ֗ן יִֽהְיֶ֤ה לָכֶם֙ הֶעָוֺ֣ן הַזֶּ֔ה כְּפֶ֣רֶץ נֹפֵ֔ל נִבְעֶ֖ה בְּחוֹמָ֣ה נִשְׂגָּבָ֑ה
אֲשֶׁר־פִּתְאֹ֥ם לְפֶ֖תַע יָב֥וֹא שִׁבְרָֽהּ
13 Therefore this iniquity will be for you as a breach pending a fall, simmering upon the wall, set on high,
that suddenly, suddenly comes its breaking.
3e 4C 24
11
וּ֠שְׁבָרָהּ כְּשֵׁ֨בֶר נֵ֧בֶל יוֹצְרִ֛ים כָּת֖וּת לֹ֣א יַחְמֹ֑ל
וְלֹֽא־יִמָּצֵ֤א בִמְכִתָּתוֹ֙ חֶ֔רֶשׂ לַחְתּ֥וֹת אֵשׁ֙ מִיָּק֔וּד וְלַחְשֹׂ֥ף מַ֖יִם מִגֶּֽבֶא
14 ~ And he will break it as the breaking of a potter's jar beaten without pity,
and from its beating there will be not found a potsherd to take hold of fire from a burning mass, or to strip water from a marsh.
3c 4C 15
23
כִּ֣י כֹֽה־אָמַר֩ אֲדֹנָ֨י יְהוִ֜ה קְד֣וֹשׁ יִשְׂרָאֵ֗ל בְּשׁוּבָ֤ה וָנַ֙חַת֙ תִּוָּ֣שֵׁע֔וּן בְּהַשְׁקֵט֙ וּבְבִטְחָ֔ה תִּהְיֶ֖ה גְּבֽוּרַתְכֶ֑ם
וְלֹ֖א אֲבִיתֶֽם
15 B For thus says my Lord Yahweh, the Holy One of Israel, In returning and rest you will be saved. In quietness and trust will be your valour.
But you would not consent.
3e 4C 36
5
וַתֹּ֨אמְר֥וּ לֹא־כִ֛י עַל־ס֥וּס נָנ֖וּס עַל־כֵּ֣ן תְּנוּס֑וּן
וְעַל־קַ֣ל נִרְכָּ֔ב עַל־כֵּ֖ן יִקַּ֥לּוּ רֹדְפֵיכֶֽם
16 And you said, No, for by horse we will withdraw. So you will withdraw.
And, On the fleet we will ride. So the fleet will pursue you.
3d 4B 14
13
אֶ֣לֶף אֶחָ֗ד מִפְּנֵי֙ גַּעֲרַ֣ת אֶחָ֔ד מִפְּנֵ֛י גַּעֲרַ֥ת חֲמִשָּׁ֖ה תָּנֻ֑סוּ
עַ֣ד אִם־נוֹתַרְתֶּ֗ם כַּתֹּ֙רֶן֙ עַל־רֹ֣אשׁ הָהָ֔ר וְכַנֵּ֖ס עַל־הַגִּבְעָֽה
17 B One thousand, before the rebuke of one. Before the rebuke of five, you will withdraw,
till even you will be left as a mast on the top of the hill, and as a standard by a hillock.
3d 4B 22
19
וְלָכֵ֞ן יְחַכֶּ֤ה יְהוָה֙ לַֽחֲנַנְכֶ֔ם וְלָכֵ֥ן יָר֖וּם לְרַֽחֶמְכֶ֑ם
כִּֽי־אֱלֹהֵ֤י מִשְׁפָּט֙ יְהוָ֔ה אַשְׁרֵ֖י כָּל־ח֥וֹכֵי לֽוֹ
18 And Yahweh therefore will tarry, to be gracious to you, and therefore he will be exalted, to be compassionate with you.
For Yahweh is the God of judgment. Happy are all who tarry for him.
3e 4C 21
13
כִּי־עַ֛ם בְּצִיּ֥וֹן יֵשֵׁ֖ב בִּירֽוּשָׁלִָ֑ם
בָּכ֣וֹ לֹֽא־תִבְכֶּ֗ה חָנ֤וֹן יָחְנְךָ֙ לְק֣וֹל זַעֲקֶ֔ךָ כְּשָׁמְעָת֖וֹ עָנָֽךְ
19 For people in Zion will settle, in Jerusalem.
To weep, you will not weep. He will be gracious to you at the voice of your appeal. When he hears it, he will answer you.
3d 4C 11
22
וְנָתַ֨ן לָכֶ֧ם אֲדֹנָ֛י לֶ֥חֶם צָ֖ר וּמַ֣יִם לָ֑חַץ
וְלֹֽא־יִכָּנֵ֥ף עוֹד֙ מוֹרֶ֔יךָ וְהָי֥וּ עֵינֶ֖יךָ רֹא֥וֹת אֶת־מוֹרֶֽיךָ
20 Though my Lord give to you the bread of anguish and the water of restriction,
yet your instructor will not cover himself with his wings any more, and it will be that your eyes will see your instructor.
3c 4B 15
20
וְאָזְנֶ֙יךָ֙ תִּשְׁמַ֣עְנָה דָבָ֔ר מֵֽאַחֲרֶ֖יךָ לֵאמֹ֑ר
זֶ֤ה הַדֶּ֙רֶךְ֙ לְכ֣וּ ב֔וֹ כִּ֥י תַאֲמִ֖ינוּ וְכִ֥י תַשְׂמְאִֽילוּ
21 And your ears will hear a word behind you, saying,
This is the way. Walk in it when you turn right or when you turn left.
3e 4C 16
18
וְטִמֵּאתֶ֗ם אֶת־צִפּוּי֙ פְּסִילֵ֣י כַסְפֶּ֔ךָ וְאֶת־אֲפֻדַּ֖ת מַסֵּכַ֣ת זְהָבֶ֑ךָ
תִּזְרֵם֙ כְּמ֣וֹ דָוָ֔ה צֵ֖א תֹּ֥אמַר לֽוֹ
22 And you will defile the overlay of your graven images of silver, and the ephod of your molten images of gold.
You will consecrate them like an infirmity. Go forth, you will say to it.
3e 4B 25
10
וְנָתַן֩ מְטַ֨ר זַרְעֲךָ֜ אֲשֶׁר־תִּזְרַ֣ע אֶת־הָאֲדָמָ֗ה וְלֶ֙חֶם֙ תְּבוּאַ֣ת הָֽאֲדָמָ֔ה וְהָיָ֥ה דָשֵׁ֖ן וְשָׁמֵ֑ן
יִרְעֶ֥ה מִקְנֶ֛יךָ בַּיּ֥וֹם הַה֖וּא כַּ֥ר נִרְחָֽב
23 And he will grant the rain of your seed that you will sow in the ground, and bread, the income of the ground, and it will be fat and stout.
your livestock will pasture in that day in a broad meadow.
3d 4B 35
12
וְהָאֲלָפִ֣ים וְהָעֲיָרִ֗ים עֹֽבְדֵי֙ הָֽאֲדָמָ֔ה בְּלִ֥יל חָמִ֖יץ יֹאכֵ֑לוּ
אֲשֶׁר־זֹרֶ֥ה בָרַ֖חַת וּבַמִּזְרֶֽה
24 And the droves and the foals, the servants of the ground, they will eat leavened fodder,
that has been winnowed with fragrance and with pitchfork.
3e 4B 23
11
וְהָיָ֣ה ׀ עַל־כָּל־הַ֣ר גָּבֹ֗הַ וְעַל֙ כָּל־גִּבְעָ֣ה נִשָּׂאָ֔ה פְּלָגִ֖ים יִבְלֵי־מָ֑יִם
בְּיוֹם֙ הֶ֣רֶג רָ֔ב בִּנְפֹ֖ל מִגְדָּלִֽים
25 And there will be over every haughty hill and over every hillock lifted up, productive streams of water,
in the day of abundant slaying when towers fall.
3e 4B 23
10
וְהָיָ֤ה אֽוֹר־הַלְּבָנָה֙ כְּא֣וֹר הַֽחַמָּ֔ה וְא֤וֹר הַֽחַמָּה֙ יִהְיֶ֣ה שִׁבְעָתַ֔יִם כְּא֖וֹר שִׁבְעַ֣ת הַיָּמִ֑ים
בְּי֗וֹם חֲבֹ֤שׁ יְהוָה֙ אֶת־שֶׁ֣בֶר עַמּ֔וֹ וּמַ֥חַץ מַכָּת֖וֹ יִרְפָּֽא
26 And the light of the white will become as the light of the warmth, and the light of the warmth will be seven times the light of seven days,
in the day that Yahweh binds the shattering of his people, and the wound of his defeat, heals.
3e 4C 29
19
הִנֵּ֤ה שֵׁם־יְהוָה֙ בָּ֣א מִמֶּרְחָ֔ק בֹּעֵ֣ר אַפּ֔וֹ וְכֹ֖בֶד מַשָּׂאָ֑ה
שְׂפָתָיו֙ מָ֣לְאוּ זַ֔עַם וּלְשׁוֹנ֖וֹ כְּאֵ֥שׁ אֹכָֽלֶת
27 Behold the name of Yahweh comes from afar, kindled with his anger, glorious in its bearing.
His lips are full of indignation, and his tongue is as fire devouring.
3e 4C 19
15
וְרוּח֞וֹ כְּנַ֤חַל שׁוֹטֵף֙ עַד־צַוָּ֣אר יֶֽחֱצֶ֔ה לַהֲנָפָ֥ה גוֹיִ֖ם בְּנָ֣פַת שָׁ֑וְא
וְרֶ֣סֶן מַתְעֶ֔ה עַ֖ל לְחָיֵ֥י עַמִּֽים
28 And his spirit like a torrent overflowing, will reach half way up a neck, a wave offering of nations elevated in vain,
and a bridle from wandering, on the cheeks of the peoples.
3e 4C 25
11
הַשִּׁיר֙ יִֽהְיֶ֣ה לָכֶ֔ם כְּלֵ֖יל הִתְקַדֶּשׁ־חָ֑ג
וְשִׂמְחַ֣ת לֵבָ֗ב כַּֽהוֹלֵךְ֙ בֶּֽחָלִ֔יל לָב֥וֹא בְהַר־יְהוָ֖ה אֶל־צ֥וּר יִשְׂרָאֵֽל
29 The song will be yours as in the night of a holy festive sacrifice,
and gladness of heart, as one goes with a flute to enter to the hill of Yahweh, to the rock of Israel.
3e 4B 12
22
וְהִשְׁמִ֨יעַ יְהוָ֜ה אֶת־ה֣וֹד קוֹל֗וֹ וְנַ֤חַת זְרוֹעוֹ֙ יַרְאֶ֔ה בְּזַ֣עַף אַ֔ף וְלַ֖הַב אֵ֣שׁ אוֹכֵלָ֑ה
נֶ֥פֶץ וָזֶ֖רֶם וְאֶ֥בֶן בָּרָֽד
30 And Yahweh will make the splendour of his voice heard and the repose of his arm he will show, in the outrage of the anger, and the flame of a consuming fire,
smashing, and inundation, and hailstone.
3e 4C 29
10
כִּֽי־מִקּ֥וֹל יְהוָ֖ה יֵחַ֣ת אַשּׁ֑וּר
בַּשֵּׁ֖בֶט יַכֶּֽה
31 For from the voice of Yahweh Ashur will be dismayed.
He will strike with the sceptre.
3e 4B 8
5
וְהָיָ֗ה כֹּ֤ל מַֽעֲבַר֙ מַטֵּ֣ה מֽוּסָדָ֔ה אֲשֶׁ֨ר יָנִ֤יחַ יְהוָה֙ עָלָ֔יו בְּתֻפִּ֖ים וּבְכִנֹּר֑וֹת
וּבְמִלְחֲמ֥וֹת תְּנוּפָ֖ה נִלְחַם־בָּֽם
32 And anyone passing through the rod of the foundation to whom Yahweh has given rest, will be with timbrels and harps.
And with battles of a wave offering, he fights with them.
3e 4C 28
10
כִּֽי־עָר֤וּךְ מֵֽאֶתְמוּל֙ תָּפְתֶּ֔ה גַּם־הִ֛יא לַמֶּ֥לֶךְ הוּכָ֖ן הֶעְמִ֣יק הִרְחִ֑ב
מְדֻרָתָ֗הּ אֵ֤שׁ וְעֵצִים֙ הַרְבֵּ֔ה נִשְׁמַ֤ת יְהוָה֙ כְּנַ֣חַל גָּפְרִ֔ית בֹּעֲרָ֖ה בָּֽהּ
33 For seduction was previously arranged, even this for the king, prepared, deep, broad,
from a generation of fire and much timber. The breath of Yahweh, like a torrent of pitch, kindles it.
3d 4C 18
23