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PIB Isaiah 51-66

Isaiah 51-66 
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Isaiah 51

Isaiah 51 [1.] “Listen to me, you who follow after righteousness,
    you who seek Yahweh:
look to the rock you were cut from,
    and to the quarry you were dug from.
Look to Abraham your father,
    and to Sarah who bore you;
for when he was but one I called him,
    and I blessed him,
    and made him many.
For Yahweh has comforted Zion.
    He has comforted all her waste places,
    and has made her wilderness like Eden,
    and her desert like the garden of Yahweh.
Joy and gladness will be found therein,
    thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.

Isaiah 51 [4.] “Listen to me, my people;
    and hear me, my nation:
for a law will go out from me,
    and I will establish my justice for a light to the peoples.
My righteousness is near.
    My salvation has gone out,
    and my arms will judge the peoples.
The islands will wait for me,
    and they will trust my arm.
Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
    and look on the earth beneath;
for the heavens will vanish away like smoke,
    and the earth will wear out like a garment;
    and its inhabitants will die in the same way:
but my salvation will be forever,
    and my righteousness will not be abolished.

Isaiah 51 [7.] “Listen to me, you who know righteousness,
    the people in whose heart is my law:
Don’t fear the reproach of men,
    and don’t be dismayed at their insults.
For the moth will eat them up like a garment,
    and the worm will eat them like wool;
but my righteousness will be forever,
    and my salvation to all generations.”

Isaiah 51 [9.] Awake, awake, put on strength, arm of Yahweh!
    Awake, as in the days of old,
    the generations of ancient times.
Isn’t it you who cut Rahab in pieces,
    who pierced the monster?
Isn’t it you who dried up the sea,
    the waters of the great deep;
    who made the depths of the sea a way for the redeemed to pass over?
Those ransomed by Yahweh will return,
    and come with singing to Zion;
    and everlasting joy shall be on their heads.
They will obtain gladness and joy.
    Sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Isaiah 51 [12.] “I, even I, am he who comforts you.
    Who are you, that you are afraid of man who shall die,
    and of the son of man who will be made as grass?
Have you forgotten Yahweh your Maker,
    who stretched out the heavens,
    and laid the foundations of the earth?
Do you live in fear continually all day because of the fury of the oppressor,
    when he prepares to destroy?
    Where is the fury of the oppressor?
The captive exile will speedily be freed;
    and he will not die and go down into the pit,
    and his bread will not fail.
For I am Yahweh your God, who stirs up the sea,
    so that its waves roar:
    Yahweh of Armies is his name.
I have put my words in your mouth,
    and have covered you in the shadow of my hand,
that I may plant the heavens,
    and lay the foundations of the earth,
    and tell Zion, ‘You are my people.’”

Isaiah 51 [17.] Awake, awake!
    Stand up, Jerusalem,
    you who have drunk from Yahweh’s hand the cup of his wrath.
You have drunken the bowl of the cup of staggering,
    and drained it.
There is no one to guide her among all the sons to whom she has given birth;
    and there is no one who takes her by the hand among all the sons who she has brought up.
These two things have happened to you—
    who will grieve with you?—
desolation and destruction,
    and famine and the sword.
    How can I comfort you?

Isaiah 51 [20.] Your sons have fainted.
    They lie at the head of all the streets,
    like an antelope in a net.
They are full of the Yahweh’s wrath,
    the rebuke of your God.
Therefore now hear this, you afflicted,
    and drunken, but not with wine:
Thus says your Lord Yahweh,
    your God who pleads the cause of his people,
“Behold, I have taken out of your hand the cup of staggering,
    even the bowl of the cup of my wrath.
    You will not drink it any more:
and I will put it into the hand of those who afflict you,
    who have said to your soul, ‘Bow down, that we may walk over you;’
    and you have laid your back as the ground,
    like a street to those who walk over.”

Isaiah 52

Isaiah 52 [1.] Awake, awake! Put on your strength, Zion.
    Put on your beautiful garments, Jerusalem, the holy city:
    for from now on the uncircumcised and the unclean will no more come into you.
Shake yourself from the dust!
    Arise, sit up, Jerusalem!
    Release yourself from the bonds of your neck, captive daughter of Zion!
For Yahweh says, “You were sold for nothing;
    and you will be redeemed without money.”

Isaiah 52 [4.] For thus says the Lord Yahweh:

“My people went down at the first into Egypt to live there:
    and the Assyrian has oppressed them without cause.
“Now therefore, what do I do here,” says Yahweh,
    “seeing that my people are taken away for nothing?
Those who rule over them mock,” says Yahweh,
    “and my name is blasphemed continually all the day.
Therefore my people shall know my name.
    Therefore they shall know in that day that I am he who speaks.
    Behold, it is I.”

Isaiah 52 [7.] How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news,
    who publishes peace,
    who brings good news,
    who proclaims salvation,
    who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
Your watchmen lift up their voice,
    together they sing;
    for they shall see eye to eye, when Yahweh returns to Zion.
Break out into joy,
    sing together, you waste places of Jerusalem;
    for Yahweh has comforted his people.
    He has redeemed Jerusalem.
Yahweh has made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations;
    and all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Isaiah 52 [11.] Depart, depart, go out from there; touch no unclean thing!
    Go out from among her!
    Cleanse yourselves, you who carry Yahweh’s vessels.
For you shall not go out in haste,
    neither shall you go by flight:
for Yahweh will go before you;
    and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.
Behold, my servant will deal wisely.
    He will be exalted and lifted up,
    and will be very high.
Just as many were astonished at you
    (his appearance was marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men),
so he will cleanse[a] many nations.
    Kings will shut their mouths at him:
    for they will see that which had not been told them;
    and they will understand that which they had not heard. 

Footnotes:

a. Isaiah 52:15 or, sprinkle.

Isaiah 53

Isaiah 53 [1.] Who has believed our message?
    To whom has the arm of Yahweh been revealed?
For he grew up before him as a tender plant,
    and as a root out of dry ground.
He has no good looks or majesty.
    When we see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised,
    and rejected by men;
a man of suffering,
    and acquainted with disease.
He was despised as one from whom men hide their face;
    and we didn’t respect him.

Isaiah 53 [4.] Surely he has borne our sickness,
    and carried our suffering;
yet we considered him plagued,
    struck by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions.
    He was crushed for our iniquities.
The punishment that brought our peace was on him;
    and by his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray.
    Everyone has turned to his own way;
    and Yahweh has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed,
    yet when he was afflicted he didn’t open his mouth.
As a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
    and as a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
    so he didn’t open his mouth.
He was taken away by oppression and judgment;
    and as for his generation,
    who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living
    and stricken for the disobedience of my people?
They made his grave with the wicked,
    and with a rich man in his death;
although he had done no violence,
    nor was any deceit in his mouth.

Isaiah 53 [10.] Yet it pleased Yahweh to bruise him.
    He has caused him to suffer.
When you make his soul an offering for sin,
    he will see his offspring.[a]
He will prolong his days,
    and Yahweh’s pleasure will prosper in his hand.
After the suffering of his soul,
    he will see the light[b] and be satisfied.
My righteous servant will justify many by the knowledge of himself;
    and he will bear their iniquities.
Therefore will I give him a portion with the great,
    and he will divide the plunder with the strong;
because he poured out his soul to death,
    and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
    and made intercession for the transgressors. 

Footnotes:

a. Isaiah 53:10 or, seed
b. Isaiah 53:11 So read the Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint. Masoretic Text omits “the light”.

Isaiah 54

Isaiah 54 [1.] “Sing, barren, you who didn’t give birth;
    break out into singing, and cry aloud, you who did not travail with child:
    for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife,” says Yahweh.
“Enlarge the place of your tent,
    and let them stretch out the curtains of your habitations;
    don’t spare: lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes.
For you will spread out on the right hand and on the left;
    and your offspring[a] will possess the nations,
    and settle in desolate cities.

Isaiah 54 [4.] “Don’t be afraid; for you will not be ashamed.
    Don’t be confounded; for you will not be disappointed.
For you will forget the shame of your youth;
    and the reproach of your widowhood you shall remember no more.
For your Maker is your husband; Yahweh of Armies is his name.
    The Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer.
    He will be called the God of the whole earth.
For Yahweh has called you as a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit,
    even a wife of youth, when she is cast off,” says your God.

Isaiah 54 [7.] “For a small moment have I forsaken you;
    but with great mercies will I gather you.
In overflowing wrath I hid my face from you for a moment;
    but with everlasting loving kindness I will have mercy on you,” says Yahweh your Redeemer.
“For this is like the waters of Noah to me;
    for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah will no more go over the earth,
    so have I sworn that I will not be angry with you, nor rebuke you.
For the mountains may depart,
    and the hills be removed;
but my loving kindness will not depart from you,
    and my covenant of peace will not be removed,”
    says Yahweh who has mercy on you.

Isaiah 54 [11.] “You afflicted, tossed with storms, and not comforted,
    behold, I will set your stones in beautiful colors,
    and lay your foundations with sapphires.
I will make your pinnacles of rubies,
    your gates of sparkling jewels,
    and all your walls of precious stones.
All your children will be taught by Yahweh;
    and your children’s peace will be great.
In righteousness you will be established.
    You will be far from oppression,
    for you will not be afraid;
    and far from terror,
    for it shall not come near you.
Behold, they may gather together, but not by me.
    Whoever gathers together against you will fall because of you.

Isaiah 54 [16.] “Behold, I have created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame,
    and forges a weapon for his work;
    and I have created the destroyer to destroy.
No weapon that is formed against you will prevail;
    and you will condemn every tongue that rises against you in judgment.
This is the heritage of Yahweh’s servants,
    and their righteousness is of me,” says Yahweh. 

Footnotes:

a. Isaiah 54:3 or, seed.

Isaiah 55

Isaiah 55 [1.] “Come, everyone who thirsts, to the waters!
    Come, he who has no money, buy, and eat!
    Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Why do you spend money for that which is not bread,
    and your labor for that which doesn’t satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat that which is good,
    and let your soul delight itself in richness.
Turn your ear, and come to me.
    Hear, and your soul will live:
    and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
Behold, I have given him for a witness to the peoples,
    a leader and commander to the peoples.
Behold, you shall call a nation that you don’t know;
    and a nation that didn’t know you shall run to you,
    because of Yahweh your God,
    and for the Holy One of Israel;
    for he has glorified you.”

Isaiah 55 [6.] Seek Yahweh while he may be found.
    Call on him while he is near.
Let the wicked forsake his way,
    and the unrighteous man his thoughts.
Let him return to Yahweh, and he will have mercy on him;
    and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

Isaiah 55 [8.] “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    and your ways are not my ways,” says Yahweh.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways,
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.
For as the rain comes down and the snow from the sky,
    and doesn’t return there, but waters the earth,
    and makes it grow and bud,
    and gives seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
so is my word that goes out of my mouth:
    it will not return to me void,
    but it will accomplish that which I please,
    and it will prosper in the thing I sent it to do.
For you shall go out with joy,
    and be led out with peace.
The mountains and the hills will break out before you into singing;
    and all the trees of the fields will clap their hands.
Instead of the thorn the cypress tree will come up;
    and instead of the brier the myrtle tree will come up:
and it will make a name for Yahweh,
    for an everlasting sign that will not be cut off.” 

Isaiah 56

Isaiah 56 [1.] Yahweh says,

“Maintain justice,
    and do what is right;
for my salvation is near,
    and my righteousness will soon be revealed.
Blessed is the man who does this,
    and the son of man who holds it fast;
who keeps the Sabbath without profaning it,
    and keeps his hand from doing any evil.”

Isaiah 56 [3.] Let no foreigner, who has joined himself to Yahweh, speak, saying,
    “Yahweh will surely separate me from his people.”
    Do not let the eunuch say, “Behold, I am a dry tree.”

Isaiah 56 [4.] For Yahweh says, “To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
    and choose the things that please me,
    and hold fast to my covenant:
I will give them in my house and within my walls a memorial and a name better than of sons and of daughters.
    I will give them an everlasting name, that will not be cut off.
Also the foreigners who join themselves to Yahweh,
    to serve him,
and to love Yahweh’s name,
    to be his servants,
everyone who keeps the Sabbath from profaning it,
    and holds fast my covenant;
I will bring these to my holy mountain,
    and make them joyful in my house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar;
    for my house will be called a house of prayer for all peoples.”
The Lord Yahweh, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, says,
    “I will yet gather others to him,
    besides his own who are gathered.”

Isaiah 56 [9.] All you animals of the field,
    come to devour,
    all you animals in the forest.
His watchmen are blind.
    They are all without knowledge.
They are all mute dogs.
    They can’t bark;
    dreaming, lying down, loving to slumber.
Yes, the dogs are greedy.
    They can never have enough.
They are shepherds who can’t understand.
    They have all turned to their own way,
    each one to his gain, from every quarter.
“Come,” say they, “I will get wine,
    and we will fill ourselves with strong drink;
    and tomorrow will be as today,
    great beyond measure.” 

Isaiah 57

Isaiah 57 [1.] The righteous perish,
    and no one lays it to heart.
Merciful men are taken away,
    and no one considers that the righteous is taken away from the evil.
He enters into peace.
    They rest in their beds,
    each one who walks in his uprightness.

Isaiah 57 [3.] “But draw near here, you sons of a sorceress,
    you offspring[a] of adulterers and prostitutes.
Whom do you mock?
    Against whom do you make a wide mouth,
    and stick out your tongue?
Aren’t you children of disobedience,
    and offspring[b] of falsehood,
you who inflame yourselves among the oaks,
    under every green tree;
who kill the children in the valleys,
    under the clefts of the rocks?
Among the smooth stones of the valley is your portion;
    they, they are your lot.
You have even poured a drink offering to them.
    You have offered an offering.
    Shall I be appeased for these things?

Isaiah 57 [7.] On a high and lofty mountain you have set your bed.
    You also went up there to offer sacrifice.
You have set up your memorial behind the doors and the posts;
    for you have exposed yourself to someone besides me,
    and have gone up;
you have enlarged your bed,
    and made you a covenant with them.
    You loved what you saw on their bed.
You went to the king with oil,
    and increased your perfumes,
and sent your ambassadors far off,
    and degraded yourself even to Sheol.[c]
You were wearied with the length of your ways;
    yet you didn’t say, ‘It is in vain.’
You found a reviving of your strength;
    therefore you weren’t faint.

Isaiah 57 [11.] “Whom have you dreaded and feared,
    so that you lie,
    and have not remembered me, nor laid it to your heart?
Haven’t I held my peace for a long time,
    and you don’t fear me?
I will declare your righteousness;
    and as for your works, they will not benefit you.
When you cry,
    let those whom you have gathered deliver you;
but the wind will take them.
    a breath will carry them all away:
but he who takes refuge in me will possess the land,
    and will inherit my holy mountain.”

Isaiah 57 [14.] He will say, “Build up, build up, prepare the way!
    Remove the stumbling-block out of the way of my people.”
For thus says the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity,
    whose name is Holy:
“I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also who is of a contrite and humble spirit,
    to revive the spirit of the humble,
    and to revive the heart of the contrite.
For I will not contend forever, neither will I be always angry;
    for the spirit would faint before me,
    and the souls whom I have made.
I was angry because of the iniquity of his covetousness, and struck him;
    I hid myself and was angry;
    and he went on backsliding in the way of his heart.
I have seen his ways, and will heal him:
    I will lead him also,
    and restore comforts to him and to his mourners.
I create the fruit of the lips:
    Peace, peace, to him who is far off and to him who is near,”
    says Yahweh; “and I will heal them.”

Isaiah 57 [20.] But the wicked are like the troubled sea;
    for it can’t rest, and its waters cast up mire and mud.
“There is no peace”, says my God,
    “for the wicked.” 

Isaiah 58

Isaiah 58 [1.] “Cry aloud, don’t spare.
    Lift up your voice like a trumpet.
Declare to my people their disobedience,
    and to the house of Jacob their sins.
Yet they seek me daily,
    and delight to know my ways.
As a nation that did righteousness,
    and didn’t forsake the ordinance of their God,
they ask of me righteous judgments.
    They delight to draw near to God.
‘Why have we fasted,’ say they, ‘and you don’t see?
    Why have we afflicted our soul, and you don’t notice?’
“Behold, in the day of your fast you find pleasure,
    and oppress all your laborers.

Isaiah 58 [4.] Behold, you fast for strife and contention,
    and to strike with the fist of wickedness.
    You don’t fast today so as to make your voice to be heard on high.
Is this the fast that I have chosen?
    A day for a man to humble his soul?
Is it to bow down his head like a reed,
    and to spread sackcloth and ashes under himself?
Will you call this a fast,
    and an acceptable day to Yahweh?

Isaiah 58 [6.] “Isn’t this the fast that I have chosen:
    to release the bonds of wickedness,
    to undo the straps of the yoke,
    to let the oppressed go free,
    and that you break every yoke?
Isn’t it to distribute your bread to the hungry,
    and that you bring the poor who are cast out to your house?
When you see the naked,
    that you cover him;
    and that you not hide yourself from your own flesh?
Then your light will break out as the morning,
    and your healing will appear quickly;
then your righteousness shall go before you;
    and Yahweh’s glory will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and Yahweh will answer;
    you will cry for help, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’

“If you take away from among you the yoke,
    finger pointing,
    and speaking wickedly;

Isaiah 58 [10.] and if you pour out your soul to the hungry,
    and satisfy the afflicted soul:
then your light will rise in darkness,
    and your obscurity will be as the noonday;
and Yahweh will guide you continually,
    and satisfy your soul in dry places,
    and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
    and like a spring of water,
    whose waters don’t fail.
Those who shall be of you shall build the old waste places;
    you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
and you shall be called Repairer of the Breach,
    Restorer of Paths with Dwellings.

Isaiah 58 [13.] “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath,
    from doing your pleasure on my holy day;
and call the Sabbath a delight,
    and the holy of Yahweh honorable;
    and shall honor it,
    not doing your own ways,
    nor finding your own pleasure,
    nor speaking your own words:
then you shall delight yourself in Yahweh;
    and I will make you to ride on the high places of the earth;
    and I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father:”
    for Yahweh’s mouth has spoken it. 

Isaiah 59

Isaiah 59 [1.] Behold, Yahweh’s hand is not shortened, that it can’t save;
    nor his ear dull, that it can’t hear.
But your iniquities have separated you and your God,
    and your sins have hidden his face from you,
    so that he will not hear.
For your hands are defiled with blood,
    and your fingers with iniquity.
Your lips have spoken lies.
    Your tongue mutters wickedness.
No one sues in righteousness,
    and no one pleads in truth.
They trust in vanity,
    and speak lies.
They conceive mischief,
    and give birth to iniquity.

Isaiah 59 [5.] They hatch adders’ eggs,
    and weave the spider’s web.
He who eats of their eggs dies;
    and that which is crushed breaks out into a viper.
Their webs won’t become garments.
    They won’t cover themselves with their works.
Their works are works of iniquity,
    and acts of violence are in their hands.
Their feet run to evil,
    and they hurry to shed innocent blood.
Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity.
    desolation and destruction are in their paths.
They don’t know the way of peace;
    and there is no justice in their ways.
They have made crooked paths for themselves;
    whoever goes in them doesn’t know peace.
Therefore is justice far from us,
    and righteousness doesn’t overtake us.
We look for light, but see darkness;
    for brightness, but we walk in obscurity.

Isaiah 59 [10.] We grope for the wall like the blind.
    Yes, we grope as those who have no eyes.
We stumble at noon as if it were twilight.
    Among those who are strong, we are like dead men.
We all roar like bears,
    and moan bitterly like doves.
We look for justice, but there is none;
    for salvation, but it is far off from us.

Isaiah 59 [12.] For our transgressions are multiplied before you,
    and our sins testify against us;
for our transgressions are with us,
    and as for our iniquities, we know them:
transgressing and denying Yahweh,
    and turning away from following our God,
    speaking oppression and revolt,
    conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
Justice is turned away backward,
    and righteousness stands far away;
for truth has fallen in the street,
    and uprightness can’t enter.

Isaiah 59 [15.] Yes, truth is lacking;
    and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey.
Yahweh saw it,
    and it displeased him that there was no justice.
He saw that there was no man,
    and wondered that there was no intercessor.
Therefore his own arm brought salvation to him;
    and his righteousness sustained him.
He put on righteousness as a breastplate,
    and a helmet of salvation on his head.
He put on garments of vengeance for clothing,
    and was clad with zeal as a mantle.
According to their deeds,
    he will repay as appropriate,
    wrath to his adversaries,
    recompense to his enemies;
    he will repay the islands their due.
So shall they fear Yahweh’s name from the west,
    and his glory from the rising of the sun;
for he will come as a rushing stream,
    which Yahweh’s breath drives.

Isaiah 59 [20.] “A Redeemer will come to Zion,
    and to those who turn from disobedience in Jacob,” says Yahweh.

Isaiah 59 [21.] “As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says Yahweh. “My Spirit who is on you, and my words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, nor out of the mouth of your offspring,[a] nor out of the mouth of your offspring’s offspring,” says Yahweh, “from henceforth and forever.” 

Footnotes:

a. Isaiah 59:21 or, seed.

Isaiah 60

Isaiah 60 [1.] “Arise, shine; for your light has come,
    and Yahweh’s glory has risen on you.
For, behold, darkness will cover the earth,
    and thick darkness the peoples;
but Yahweh will arise on you,
    and his glory shall be seen on you.
Nations will come to your light,
    and kings to the brightness of your rising.

Isaiah 60 [4.] “Lift up your eyes all around, and see:
    they all gather themselves together.
    They come to you.
Your sons will come from far away,
    and your daughters will be carried in arms.
Then you shall see and be radiant,
    and your heart will thrill and be enlarged;
because the abundance of the sea will be turned to you.
    The wealth of the nations will come to you.
A multitude of camels will cover you,
    the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah.
All from Sheba will come.
    They will bring gold and frankincense,
    and will proclaim the praises of Yahweh.
All the flocks of Kedar will be gathered together to you.
    The rams of Nebaioth will serve you.
They will be accepted as offerings on my altar;
    and I will beautify my glorious house.

Isaiah 60 [8.] “Who are these who fly as a cloud,
    and as the doves to their windows?
Surely the islands will wait for me,
    and the ships of Tarshish first,
to bring your sons from far,
    their silver and their gold with them,
for the name of Yahweh your God,
    and for the Holy One of Israel,
    because he has glorified you.

Isaiah 60 [10.] “Foreigners will build up your walls,
    and their kings will serve you:
for in my wrath I struck you,
    but in my favor have I had mercy on you.
Your gates also shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring to you the wealth of the nations, and their kings led captive.
For that nation and kingdom that will not serve you shall perish; yes, those nations shall be utterly wasted.

Isaiah 60 [13.] “The glory of Lebanon shall come to you, the cypress tree, the pine, and the box tree together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious.
The sons of those who afflicted you will come bowing to you;
    and all those who despised you will bow themselves down at the soles of your feet.
They will call you Yahweh’s City,
    The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 60 [15.] “Whereas you have been forsaken and hated,
    so that no one passed through you,
I will make you an eternal excellency,
    a joy of many generations.
You will also drink the milk of the nations,
    and will nurse from royal breasts.
Then you will know that I, Yahweh, am your Savior,
    your Redeemer,
    the Mighty One of Jacob.
For brass I will bring gold;
    for iron I will bring silver;
    for wood, brass,
    and for stones, iron.
I will also make peace your governor,
    and righteousness your ruler.
Violence shall no more be heard in your land,
    nor desolation or destruction within your borders;
but you will call your walls Salvation,
    and your gates Praise.
The sun will be no more your light by day;
    nor will the brightness of the moon give light to you,
but Yahweh will be your everlasting light,
    and your God will be your glory.

Isaiah 60 [20.] Your sun will not go down any more,
    nor will your moon withdraw itself;
for Yahweh will be your everlasting light,
    and the days of your mourning will end.
Then your people will all be righteous.
    They will inherit the land forever,
    the branch of my planting,
    the work of my hands,
    that I may be glorified.
The little one will become a thousand,
    and the small one a strong nation.
    I, Yahweh, will do this quickly in its time.” 

Isaiah 61

Isaiah 61 [1.] The Lord Yahweh’s Spirit is on me;
    because Yahweh has anointed me to preach good news to the humble.
He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted,
    to proclaim liberty to the captives,
    and release to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of Yahweh’s favor,
    and the day of vengeance of our God;
    to comfort all who mourn;
to provide for those who mourn in Zion,
    to give to them a garland for ashes,
    the oil of joy for mourning,
    the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
that they may be called trees of righteousness,
    the planting of Yahweh,
    that he may be glorified.
They will rebuild the old ruins.
    They will raise up the places long devastated.
They will repair the ruined cities,
    that have been devastated for many generations.

Isaiah 61 [5.] Strangers will stand and feed your flocks,
    and foreigners will work your fields and your vineyards.
But you will be called Yahweh’s priests.
    Men will call you the servants of our God.
You will eat the wealth of the nations,
    and you will boast in their glory.
Instead of your shame you will have double.
    Instead of dishonor, they will rejoice in their portion.
Therefore in their land, they will possess double.
    Everlasting joy will be to them.
“For I, Yahweh, love justice.
    I hate robbery and iniquity.
I will give them their reward in truth,
    and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
Their offspring[a] will be known among the nations,
    and their offspring among the peoples.
All who see them will acknowledge them,
    that they are the offspring[b] which Yahweh has blessed.”

Isaiah 61 [10.] I will greatly rejoice in Yahweh!
    My soul will be joyful in my God;
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation.
    He has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
    as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
    and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
For as the earth produces its bud,
    and as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring up;
    so the Lord Yahweh will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations. 

Footnotes:

a. Isaiah 61:9 or, seed.
b. Isaiah 61:9 or, seed.

Isaiah 62

Isaiah 62 [1.] For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace,
    and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
until her righteousness shines out like the dawn,
    and her salvation like a burning lamp.
The nations will see your righteousness,
    and all kings your glory,
and you will be called by a new name,
    which Yahweh‘s mouth will name.
You will also be a crown of beauty in Yahweh‘s hand,
    and a royal diadem in your God‘s hand.
You will not be called Forsaken any more;
    nor will your land be called Desolate any more:
but you will be called Hephzibah,[a]
    and your land Beulah;[b]
for Yahweh delights in you,
    and your land will be married.

Isaiah 62 [5.] For as a young man marries a virgin,
    so your sons will marry you.
As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride,
    so your God will rejoice over you.
I have set watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem.
    They will never be silent day nor night.
You who call on Yahweh, take no rest,
    and give him no rest, until he establishes,
    and until he makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

Isaiah 62 [8.] Yahweh has sworn by his right hand,
    and by the arm of his strength,
“Surely I will no more give your grain to be food for your enemies;
    and foreigners will not drink your new wine, for which you have labored;
but those who have harvested it will eat it, and praise Yahweh;
    and those who have gathered it will drink it in the courts of my sanctuary.”

Isaiah 62 [10.] Go through, go through the gates!
    Prepare the way of the people!
Build up, build up the highway!
    Gather out the stones!
    Lift up a banner for the peoples.
Behold, Yahweh has proclaimed to the end of the earth,
    “Say to the daughter of Zion,
    ‘Behold, your salvation comes.
Behold, his reward is with him,
    and his recompense before him.’”
They will call them The holy people,
    Yahweh’s redeemed.
You will be called Sought out,
    A city not forsaken. 

Footnotes:

a. Isaiah 62:4 Hephibah means “I delight in her”.
b. Isaiah 62:4 Beulah means “married”

Isaiah 63

Isaiah 63 [1.] Who is this who comes from Edom,
    with dyed garments from Bozrah?
Who this who is glorious in his clothing,
    marching in the greatness of his strength?
“It is I who speak in righteousness,
    mighty to save.”
Why is your clothing red,
    and your garments like him who treads in the wine vat?

Isaiah 63 [3.] “I have trodden the wine press alone;
    and of the peoples, no one was with me:
Yes, I trod them in my anger,
    and trampled them in my wrath.
Their lifeblood is sprinkled on my garments,
    and I have stained all my clothing.
For the day of vengeance was in my heart,
    and the year of my redeemed has come.
I looked, and there was no one to help;
and I wondered that there was no one to uphold:
    therefore my own arm brought salvation to me;
    and my own wrath upheld me.
I trod down the peoples in my anger,
    and made them drunk in my wrath,
    and I poured out their lifeblood on the earth.”

Isaiah 63 [7.] I will tell of the loving kindnesses of Yahweh
    and the praises of Yahweh,
    according to all that Yahweh has given to us,
and the great goodness toward the house of Israel,
    which he has given to them according to his mercies,
    and according to the multitude of his loving kindnesses.
For he said, “Surely, they are my people,
    children who will not deal falsely;”
    so he became their Savior.
In all their affliction he was afflicted,
    and the angel of his presence saved them.
In his love and in his pity he redeemed them.
    He bore them,
    and carried them all the days of old.
But they rebelled,
    and grieved his holy Spirit.
Therefore he turned and became their enemy,
    and he himself fought against them.

Isaiah 63 [11.] Then he remembered the days of old,
    Moses and his people, saying,
“Where is he who brought them up out of the sea with the shepherds of his flock?
    Where is he who put his Holy Spirit among them?”
Who caused his glorious arm to be at Moses’ right hand?
    Who divided the waters before them, to make himself an everlasting name?
Who led them through the depths,
    like a horse in the wilderness,
    so that they didn’t stumble?
As the livestock that go down into the valley,
    Yahweh’s Spirit caused them to rest.
    So you led your people, to make yourself a glorious name.

Isaiah 63 [15.] Look down from heaven,
    and see from the habitation of your holiness and of your glory.
Where are your zeal and your mighty acts?
    The yearning of your heart and your compassion is restrained toward me.
For you are our Father,
    though Abraham doesn’t know us,
    and Israel does not acknowledge us.
You, Yahweh, are our Father.
    Our Redeemer from everlasting is your name.
O Yahweh, why do you make us wander from your ways,
    and harden our heart from your fear?
Return for your servants’ sake,
    the tribes of your inheritance.
Your holy people possessed it but a little while.
    Our adversaries have trodden down your sanctuary.
We have become like those over whom you never ruled,
    like those who were not called by your name. 

Isaiah 64

Isaiah 64 [1.] Oh that you would tear the heavens,
    that you would come down,
    that the mountains might quake at your presence.
As when fire kindles the brushwood,
    and the fire causes the water to boil;
Make your name known to your adversaries,
    that the nations may tremble at your presence!
When you did awesome things which we didn’t look for,
    you came down, and the mountains quaked at your presence.
For from of old men have not heard,
    nor perceived by the ear,
    nor has the eye seen a God besides you,
    who works for him who waits for him.

Isaiah 64 [5.] You meet him who rejoices and does righteousness,
    those who remember you in your ways.
Behold, you were angry, and we sinned.
    We have been in sin for a long time.
    Shall we be saved?
For we have all become like one who is unclean,
    and all our righteousness is like a polluted garment.
We all fade like a leaf;
    and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
There is no one who calls on your name,
    who stirs himself up to take hold of you;
for you have hidden your face from us,
    and have consumed us by means of our iniquities.

Isaiah 64 [8.] But now, Yahweh, you are our Father.
    We are the clay, and you our potter.
    We all are the work of your hand.
Don’t be furious, Yahweh,
    and don’t remember iniquity forever.
Look and see, we beg you,
    we are all your people.
Your holy cities have become a wilderness.
    Zion has become a wilderness,
    Jerusalem a desolation.
Our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised you,
    is burned with fire;
    and all our pleasant places are laid waste.
Will you hold yourself back for these things, Yahweh?
    Will you keep silent, and punish us very severely? 

Isaiah 65

Isaiah 65 [1.] “I am inquired of by those who didn’t ask.
    I am found by those who didn’t seek me.
    I said, ‘See me, see me,’ to a nation that was not called by my name.
I have spread out my hands all day to a rebellious people,
    who walk in a way that is not good,
    after their own thoughts;
a people who provoke me to my face continually,
    sacrificing in gardens,
    and burning incense on bricks;
who sit among the graves,
    and spend nights in secret places;
who eat pig’s flesh,
    and broth of abominable things is in their vessels;

Isaiah 65 [5.] who say, ‘Stay by yourself,
    don’t come near to me,
    for I am holier than you.’
These are smoke in my nose,
    a fire that burns all day.
“Behold, it is written before me:
    I will not keep silence,
    but will repay,
    yes, I will repay into their bosom,
your own iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together”, says Yahweh,
    “who have burned incense on the mountains,
    and blasphemed me on the hills.
    Therefore I will first measure their work into their bosom.”

Isaiah 65 [8.] Yahweh says,

“As the new wine is found in the cluster,
    and one says, ‘Don’t destroy it, for a blessing is in it:’
so will I do for my servants’ sake,
    that I may not destroy them all.
I will bring offspring[a] out of Jacob,
    and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains.
My chosen will inherit it,
    and my servants will dwell there.

Isaiah 65 [10.] Sharon will be a fold of flocks,
    and the valley of Achor a place for herds to lie down in,
    for my people who have sought me.
“But you who forsake Yahweh,
    who forget my holy mountain,
    who prepare a table for Fortune,
    and who fill up mixed wine to Destiny;
I will destine you to the sword,
    and you will all bow down to the slaughter;
because when I called, you didn’t answer.
    When I spoke, you didn’t listen;
but you did that which was evil in my eyes,
    and chose that in which I didn’t delight.”

Isaiah 65 [13.] Therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh,

“Behold, my servants will eat,
    but you will be hungry;
behold, my servants will drink,
    but you will be thirsty.
Behold, my servants will rejoice,
    but you will be disappointed;
Behold, my servants will sing for joy of heart,
    but you will cry for sorrow of heart,
    and will wail for anguish of spirit.

Isaiah 65 [15.] You will leave your name for a curse to my chosen;
    and the Lord Yahweh will kill you.
He will call his servants by another name,
    so that he who blesses himself in the earth will bless himself in the God of truth;
    and he who swears in the earth will swear by the God of truth;
because the former troubles are forgotten,
    and because they are hidden from my eyes.
“For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth;
    and the former things will not be remembered,
    nor come into mind.
But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create;
    for, behold, I create Jerusalem to be a delight,
    and her people a joy.
I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
    and delight in my people;
and the voice of weeping and the voice of crying
    will be heard in her no more.

Isaiah 65 [20.] “No more will there be an infant who only lives a few days,
    nor an old man who has not filled his days;
for the child will die one hundred years old,
    and the sinner being one hundred years old will be accursed.
They will build houses, and inhabit them.
    They will plant vineyards, and eat their fruit.
They will not build, and another inhabit.
    They will not plant, and another eat:
for the days of my people will be like the days of a tree,
    and my chosen will long enjoy the work of their hands.
They will not labor in vain,
    nor give birth for calamity;
for they are the offspring[b] of Yahweh’s blessed,
    and their descendants with them.
It will happen that, before they call, I will answer;
    and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

Isaiah 65 [25.] The wolf and the lamb will feed together,
    and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
    Dust will be the serpent’s food.
They will not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain,”
    says Yahweh. 

Footnotes:

a. Isaiah 65:9 or, seed.
b. Isaiah 65:23 or, seed.

Isaiah 66

Isaiah 66 [1.] Yahweh says,

“Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool.
    What kind of house will you build to me?
    Where will I rest?
For my hand has made all these things,
    and so all these things came to be,” says Yahweh:
“but to this man will I look,
    even to he who is poor and of a contrite spirit,
    and who trembles at my word.
He who kills an ox is as he who kills a man;
    he who sacrifices a lamb, as he who breaks a dog’s neck;
    he who offers an offering, as he who offers pig’s blood;
    he who burns frankincense, as he who blesses an idol.
Yes, they have chosen their own ways,
    and their soul delights in their abominations:
I also will choose their delusions,
    and will bring their fears on them;
because when I called, no one answered;
    when I spoke, they didn’t listen;
but they did that which was evil in my eyes,
    and chose that in which I didn’t delight.”

Isaiah 66 [5.] Hear Yahweh’s word,
    you who tremble at his word:
“Your brothers who hate you,
    who cast you out for my name’s sake, have said,
‘Let Yahweh be glorified,
    that we may see your joy;’
    but it is those who shall be disappointed.
A voice of tumult from the city,
    a voice from the temple,
    a voice of Yahweh that repays his enemies what they deserve.

Isaiah 66 [7.] “Before she travailed, she gave birth.
    Before her pain came, she delivered a son.
Who has heard of such a thing?
    Who has seen such things?
Shall a land be born in one day?
    Shall a nation be born at once?
For as soon as Zion travailed,
    she gave birth to her children.
Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to be delivered?” says Yahweh.
    “Shall I who cause to give birth shut the womb?” says your God.

Isaiah 66 [10.] “Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her, all you who love her.
    Rejoice for joy with her, all you who mourn over her;
that you may nurse and be satisfied at the comforting breasts;
    that you may drink deeply,
    and be delighted with the abundance of her glory.”
For Yahweh says, “Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river,
    and the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream;
    and you will nurse.
You will be carried on her side,
    and will be dandled on her knees.
As one whom his mother comforts,
    so will I comfort you.
    You will be comforted in Jerusalem.”

Isaiah 66 [14.] You will see it, and your heart shall rejoice,
    and your bones will flourish like the tender grass.
Yahweh’s hand will be known among his servants;
    and he will have indignation against his enemies.
For, behold, Yahweh will come with fire,
    and his chariots will be like the whirlwind;
to render his anger with fierceness,
    and his rebuke with flames of fire.
For Yahweh will execute judgment by fire and by his sword on all flesh;
    and those slain by Yahweh will be many.

Isaiah 66 [17.] “Those who sanctify themselves and purify themselves to go to the gardens, behind one in the middle, eating pig’s flesh, abominable things, and the mouse, they shall come to an end together,” says Yahweh.

Isaiah 66 [18.] “For I know their works and their thoughts. The time comes that I will gather all nations and languages, and they will come, and will see my glory.

Isaiah 66 [19.] “I will set a sign among them, and I will send those who escape of them to the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, who draw the bow, to Tubal and Javan, to far-away islands, who have not heard my fame, nor have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the nations. They shall bring all your brothers out of all the nations for an offering to Yahweh, on horses, in chariots, in litters, on mules, and on camels, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, says Yahweh, as the children of Israel bring their offering in a clean vessel into Yahweh’s house. Of them I will also select priests and Levites,” says Yahweh.

Isaiah 66 [22.] “For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me,” says Yahweh, “so your offspring[a] and your name shall remain. It shall happen that from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, all flesh will come to worship before me,” says Yahweh. “They will go out, and look at the dead bodies of the men who have transgressed against me; for their worm will not die, nor will their fire be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind.” 

Footnotes:


a. Isaiah 66:22 or, seed