Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not
of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may
add sin to sin:||
(30:1) "Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not
That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to
strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow
Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in
the shadow of Egypt your confusion.||
For his princes were at Zoan, and his ambassadors came to Hanes.||
They were all ashamed of a people that could not profit them, nor be an
help nor profit, but a shame, and also a reproach.||
The burden of the beasts of the south: into the land of trouble and
anguish, from whence come the young and old lion, the viper and fiery flying
they will carry their riches upon the shoulders of young asses, and their
treasures upon the bunches of camels, to a people that shall not profit
(30:6) "Fiery flying serpent"|
Among the many strange creatures mentioned in
the Bible that no longer seem to exist is the "fiery flying serpent."
(from the book of snakes by Conrad Gesner, 1589)
For the Egyptians shall help in vain, and to no purpose: therefore have I
cried concerning this, Their strength is to sit still.
Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it
may be for the time to come for ever and ever:
That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not
hear the law of the LORD:||
Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us
right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:||
Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of
Israel to cease from before us.||
Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word,
and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon:||
Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall,
swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant.||
And he shall break it as the breaking of the potters' vessel that is
broken in pieces; he shall not spare: so that there shall not be found in
the bursting of it a sherd to take fire from the hearth, or to take water
withal out of the pit.||
For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest
shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength:
and ye would not.||
(30:15) "In returning and rest shall ye be saved."|
What must you do to be saved?
But ye said, No; for we will flee upon horses; therefore shall ye flee:
and, We will ride upon the swift; therefore shall they that pursue you be
One thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one; at the rebuke of five shall
ye flee: till ye be left as a beacon upon the top of a mountain, and as an
ensign on an hill.||
And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and
therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD
is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.||
For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more:
he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall
hear it, he will answer thee.||
And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of
affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more,
but thine eyes shall see thy teachers:||
And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way,
walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.||
Ye shall defile also the covering of thy graven images of silver, and the
ornament of thy molten images of gold: thou shalt cast them away as a
menstruous cloth; thou shalt say unto it, Get thee hence.||
"Thou shalt cast them away as a menstruous cloth."
Then shall he give the rain of thy seed, that thou shalt sow the ground
withal; and bread of the increase of the earth, and it shall be fat and
plenteous: in that day shall thy cattle feed in large pastures.||
The oxen likewise and the young asses that ear the ground shall eat clean
provender, which hath been winnowed with the shovel and with the fan.||
And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill,
rivers and streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the
Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun,
and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day
that the LORD bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of
(30:26) "The light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the
light of the sun shall be sevenfold."|
This is one prophecy that will never come true. Since the moon has no light of its own, but only
reflects that of the sun, it could never shine like the sun. And the sun will not, at least not while there are humans to see
it, shine 7 times as bright as it does now.
(30:27-28a) "His lips are full of indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire:
And his breath, as an overflowing stream."
(30:28b) "There shall be a bridle in the
jaws of the people, causing them to err."
Behold, the name of the LORD cometh from far, burning with his anger, and
the burden thereof is heavy: his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue as
a devouring fire:
And his breath,
as an overflowing stream, shall reach to the midst of the neck, to sift
the nations with the sieve of vanity: and there shall be a bridle in the
jaws of the people, causing them to err.
Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and
gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain
of the LORD, to the mighty One of Israel.
And the LORD shall cause his glorious voice to be heard, and shall shew
the lighting down of his arm, with the indignation of his anger, and with
the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, and tempest, and hailstones.||
(30:30) "The LORD shall cause his glorious voice to be heard, and shall shew
the lighting down of his armwith the indignation of his anger, and with
the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, and tempest, and hailstones."
(30:31) "Through the voice of the LORD shall the Assyrian be beaten down."
For through the voice of the LORD shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which
smote with a rod.
And in every place where the grounded staff shall pass, which the LORD
shall lay upon him, it shall be with tabrets and harps: and in battles of
shaking will he fight with it.
For Tophet is ordained of old; yea, for the king it is prepared; he hath
made it deep and large: the pile thereof is fire and much wood; the breath of the LORD,
like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it.
(30:33) "The breath of the LORD, like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it."|
God has bad breath, "like a stream of
brimstone." Sometimes he even kindles a fire with it.