|Isaiah 33:14-17 |
14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness has surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? [For those who die still sinning: "Wail for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as destruction from the Almighty," Isa 13:6; "For behold, the day comes that shall burn like an oven, and all the proud, yes, and all who do wickedly, will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch." Mal 4:1. "Behold, they shall be as stubble, the fire shall burn them; they shall not even deliver themselves from the power of the flame; here is no coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before. Isa 47:14]
15 He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, he who despises the gain of oppression, who keeps his hands from taking bribes, who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, and shuts his eyes from seeing evil; [These are those who die on the inward cross of self-denial, purified while alive on the earth.]
16 He will dwell on high; his place of defense will be the fortress of rocks; bread will be given him; his waters will be sure.
17 Your eyes will see the king in his beauty; they will behold the land that is very far off.