Isaiah 2

1Isaiah son of Amoz saw this message about Judah and Jerusalem. 2In the last days, the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be on the highest of the mountains. It will be raised higher than all the hills. There will be a steady stream of people from all nations going there. 3Many people will go there. They will say, “Come! Let’s go up to the Lord’s mountain. Let’s go up to the temple of the God of Jacob. Then God will teach us his way of living. And we will follow him.” The teachings from God—the Lord’s message—will begin in Jerusalem on the mountain of Zion and go out to all the world. 4Then God will be a judge for the people of all nations. God will end the arguments for many people. Those people will stop using their weapons for fighting. They will make plows from their swords. And they will use their spears as tools for cutting plants. People will stop fighting against other people. People will never again train for war. 5Family of Jacob, you should follow the Lord. 6˻I say this to you˼ because you have left your people. Your people have become filled with the wrong ideas of the people in the east. Your people try to tell the future like the Philistines. Your people have completely accepted those strange ideas. 7Your land has been filled with silver and gold from other places. There are many, many treasures there. Your land has been filled with horses. There are many, many chariots there. 8Your land is full of statues that people worship. The people made those idols and the people worship them. 9People have become worse and worse. People have become very low. God, surely you will not forgive them, will you? 10Go hide in the dirt and behind the rocks! You should be afraid of the Lord and you should hide from his great power! 11Proud people will stop being proud. Those proud people will bow down to the ground with shame. At that time, only the Lord will still stand high. 12The Lord has a special day planned. On that day, the Lord will punish the proud and boastful people. Then those proud people will be made not important. 13˻Those proud people are like˼ tall cedar trees from Lebanon. ˻They are like˼ great oak trees from Bashan. ˻But God will punish those people˼. 14˻Those proud people are like˼ tall mountains and high hills. 15˻Those proud people are like˼ tall towers and high, very strong walls. ˻But God will punish those people˼. 16Those proud people are like great ships from Tarshish. (These ships are full of important things.) ˻But God will punish those proud people.˼ 17At that time, people will stop being proud. The people that are now proud will bow low to the ground. And at that time, only the Lord will stand high. 18All the idols ˻(false gods)˼ will be gone. 19People will hide behind rocks and in cracks in the ground. People will be afraid of the Lord and his great power. This will happen when the Lord stands to make the earth shake. 20At that time, people will throw away their gold and silver idols. (The people made those statues so the people could worship them.) The people will throw those statues into holes in the ground where bats and moles live. 21Then the people will hide in cracks in the rocks. They will do this because they will be afraid of the Lord and his great power. This will happen when the Lord stands to make the earth shake. 22You should stop trusting other people to save you. They are only people—and people die. ˻So, you should not think they are strong like God.˼

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