Bible: Isaiah 34-66
The Lord Will Judge Edom
34:1 Come near, you nations, and listen!
Pay attention, you people!
The earth and everything it contains must listen,
the world and everything that lives in it. 1
34:2 For the
and furious with all their armies.
He will annihilate them and slaughter them.
34:3 Their slain will be left unburied, 2
their corpses will stink; 3
the hills will soak up their blood. 4
34:4 All the stars in the sky will fade away, 5
the sky will roll up like a scroll;
all its stars will wither,
like a leaf withers and falls from a vine
or a fig withers and falls from a tree. 6
Look, it now descends on Edom, 9
on the people I will annihilate in judgment.”
it is covered 10 with fat;
it drips 11 with the blood of young rams and goats
and is covered 12 with the fat of rams’ kidneys.
a bloody 15 slaughter in the land of Edom.
34:7 Wild oxen will be slaughtered 16 along with them,
as well as strong bulls. 17
Their land is drenched with blood,
their soil is covered with fat.
34:8 For the
a time when he will repay Edom for her hostility toward Zion. 19
34:9 Edom’s 20 streams will be turned into pitch
and her soil into brimstone;
her land will become burning pitch.
34:10 Night and day it will burn; 21
its smoke will ascend continually.
Generation after generation it will be a wasteland
and no one will ever pass through it again.
all kinds of wild birds 24 will settle in it.
the measuring line of ruin
34:12 Her nobles will have nothing left to call a kingdom
and all her officials will disappear. 28
34:13 Her fortresses will be overgrown with thorns;
thickets and weeds will grow 29 in her fortified cities.
Jackals will settle there;
ostriches will live there. 30
34:14 Wild animals and wild dogs will congregate there; 31
wild goats will bleat to one another. 32
Yes, nocturnal animals 33 will rest there
and make for themselves a nest. 34
they will hatch them and protect them. 37
Yes, hawks 38 will gather there,
each with its mate.
34:16 Carefully read the scroll of the
Not one of these creatures will be missing, 40
none will lack a mate. 41
and his own spirit gathers them. 43
34:17 He assigns them their allotment; 44
he measures out their assigned place. 45
They will live there 46 permanently;
they will settle in it through successive generations.
The Land and Its People Are Transformed
35:1 Let the desert and dry region be happy; 47
let the wilderness 48 rejoice and bloom like a lily!
35:2 Let it richly bloom; 49
let it rejoice and shout with delight! 50
It is given the grandeur 51 of Lebanon,
the splendor of Carmel and Sharon.
They will see the grandeur of the
the splendor of our God.
35:3 Strengthen the hands that have gone limp,
steady the knees that shake! 52
35:4 Tell those who panic, 53
“Be strong! Do not fear!
Look, your God comes to avenge!
With divine retribution he comes to deliver you.” 54
35:5 Then blind eyes will open,
deaf ears will hear.
35:6 Then the lame will leap like a deer,
the mute tongue will shout for joy;
for water will flow 55 in the desert,
streams in the wilderness. 56
35:7 The dry soil will become a pool of water,
the parched ground springs of water.
Where jackals once lived and sprawled out,
grass, reeds, and papyrus will grow.
35:8 A thoroughfare will be there –
it will be called the Way of Holiness. 57
The unclean will not travel on it;
it is reserved for those authorized to use it 58 –
fools 59 will not stray into it.
35:9 No lions will be there,
no ferocious wild animals will be on it 60 –
they will not be found there.
Those delivered from bondage will travel on it,
35:10 those whom the
They will enter Zion with a happy shout.
Unending joy will crown them, 62
happiness and joy will overwhelm 63 them;
grief and suffering will disappear. 64
Sennacherib Invades Judah
36:1 In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah’s reign, 65 King Sennacherib of Assyria marched up against all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them. 36:2 The king of Assyria sent his chief adviser 66 from Lachish to King Hezekiah in Jerusalem, 67 along with a large army. The chief adviser 68 stood at the conduit of the upper pool which is located on the road to the field where they wash and dry cloth. 69 36:3 Eliakim son of Hilkiah, the palace supervisor, accompanied by Shebna the scribe and Joah son of Asaph, the secretary, went out to meet him.
36:4 The chief adviser said to them, “Tell Hezekiah: ‘This is what the great king, the king of Assyria, says: “What is your source of confidence? 70 36:5 Your claim to have a strategy and military strength is just empty talk. 71 In whom are you trusting, that you would dare to rebel against me? 36:6 Look, you must be trusting in Egypt, that splintered reed staff. If someone leans on it for support, it punctures his hand and wounds him. That is what Pharaoh king of Egypt does to all who trust in him! 36:7 Perhaps you will tell me, ‘We are trusting in the
36:11 Eliakim, Shebna, and Joah said to the chief adviser, “Speak to your servants in Aramaic, 74 for we understand it. Don’t speak with us in the Judahite dialect 75 in the hearing of the people who are on the wall.” 36:12 But the chief adviser said, “My master did not send me to speak these words only to your master and to you. 76 His message is also for the men who sit on the wall, for they will eat their own excrement and drink their own urine along with you!” 77
36:13 The chief adviser then stood there and called out loudly in the Judahite dialect, 78 “Listen to the message of the great king, the king of Assyria. 36:14 This is what the king says: ‘Don’t let Hezekiah mislead you, for he is not able to rescue you! 36:15 Don’t let Hezekiah talk you into trusting in the
36:22 Eliakim son of Hilkiah, the palace supervisor, accompanied by Shebna the scribe and Joah son of Asaph, the secretary, went to Hezekiah with their clothes torn in grief 85 and reported to him what the chief adviser had said. 37:1 When King Hezekiah heard this, 86 he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth, and went to the
37:5 When King Hezekiah’s servants came to Isaiah, 37:6 Isaiah said to them, “Tell your master this: ‘This is what the
37:8 When the chief adviser heard the king of Assyria had departed from Lachish, he left and went to Libnah, where the king was campaigning. 98 37:9 The king 99 heard that King Tirhakah of Ethiopia 100 was marching out to fight him. 101 He again sent 102 messengers to Hezekiah, ordering them: 37:10 “Tell King Hezekiah of Judah this: ‘Don’t let your God in whom you trust mislead you when he says, “Jerusalem will not be handed over to the king of Assyria.” 37:11 Certainly you have heard how the kings of Assyria have annihilated all lands. 103 Do you really think you will be rescued? 104 37:12 Were the nations whom my predecessors 105 destroyed – the nations of Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the people of Eden in Telassar – rescued by their gods? 106 37:13 Where are the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, and the kings of Lair, 107 Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivvah?’”
37:14 Hezekiah took the letter 108 from the messengers and read it. 109 Then Hezekiah went up to the
37:21 Isaiah son of Amoz sent this message to Hezekiah: “This is what the
“The virgin daughter Zion 119
despises you – she makes fun of you;
shakes her head after you. 120
37:23 Whom have you taunted and hurled insults at?
At whom have you shouted
and looked so arrogantly? 121
At the Holy One of Israel! 122
37:24 Through your messengers you taunted the sovereign master, 123
‘With my many chariots I climbed up
the high mountains,
the slopes of Lebanon.
I cut down its tall cedars
and its best evergreens.
I invaded its most remote regions, 124
its thickest woods.
37:25 I dug wells
and drank water. 125
With the soles of my feet I dried up
all the rivers of Egypt.’37:26 126
Certainly you must have heard! 127
Long ago I worked it out,
in ancient times I planned 128 it,
and now I am bringing it to pass.
The plan is this:
Fortified cities will crash
into heaps of ruins. 129
37:27 Their residents are powerless; 130
they are terrified and ashamed.
They are as short-lived as plants in the field
or green vegetation. 131
They are as short-lived as grass on the rooftops 132
when it is scorched by the east wind. 133
37:28 I know where you live
and everything you do
and how you rage against me. 134
37:29 Because you rage against me
and the uproar you create has reached my ears, 135
I will put my hook in your nose, 136
and my bridle between your lips,
and I will lead you back
the way you came.”37:30 137
“This will be your reminder that I have spoken the truth: 138 This year you will eat what grows wild, 139 and next year 140 what grows on its own. But the year after that 141 you will plant seed and harvest crops; you will plant vines and consume their produce. 142 37:31 Those who remain in Judah will take root in the ground and bear fruit. 143
37:32 “For a remnant will leave Jerusalem;
survivors will come out of Mount Zion.
The intense devotion of the
37:33 So this is what the
‘He will not enter this city,
nor will he shoot an arrow here. 145
He will not attack it with his shielded warriors, 146
nor will he build siege works against it.
37:34 He will go back the way he came –
he will not enter this city,’ says the
37:35 I will shield this city and rescue it for the sake of my reputation and because of my promise to David my servant.”’” 147
The Lord Hears Hezekiah’s Prayer
38:1 In those days Hezekiah was stricken with a terminal illness. 157 The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz visited him and told him, “This is what the
Hezekiah’s Song of Thanks
38:9 This is the prayer of King Hezekiah of Judah when he was sick and then recovered from his illness:
38:10 “I thought, 167
‘In the middle of my life 168 I must walk through the gates of Sheol,
I am deprived 169 of the rest of my years.’
38:11 “I thought,
‘I will no longer see the
I will no longer look on humankind with the inhabitants of the world. 171
like a shepherd’s tent.
I rolled up my life like a weaver rolls cloth; 174
from the loom he cuts me off. 175
You turn day into night and end my life. 176
38:13 I cry out 177 until morning;
like a lion he shatters all my bones;
you turn day into night and end my life. 178
38:14 Like a swallow or a thrush I chirp,
I coo 179 like a dove;
my eyes grow tired from looking up to the sky. 180
O sovereign master, 181 I am oppressed;
help me! 182
38:15 What can I say?
He has decreed and acted. 183
I will walk slowly all my years because I am overcome with grief. 184
38:16 O sovereign master, your decrees can give men life;
may years of life be restored to me. 185
Restore my health 186 and preserve my life.’
38:17 “Look, the grief I experienced was for my benefit. 187
For you removed all my sins from your sight. 190
38:18 Indeed 191 Sheol does not give you thanks;
death does not 192 praise you.
Those who descend into the pit do not anticipate your faithfulness.
38:19 The living person, the living person, he gives you thanks,
as I do today.
A father tells his sons about your faithfulness.
and we will celebrate with music 194
for the rest of our lives in the
Messengers from Babylon Visit Hezekiah
39:1 At that time Merodach-Baladan son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a gift to Hezekiah, for he heard that Hezekiah had been ill and had recovered. 39:2 Hezekiah welcomed 197 them and showed them his storehouse with its silver, gold, spices, and high-quality olive oil, as well as his whole armory and everything in his treasuries. Hezekiah showed them everything in his palace and in his whole kingdom. 198 39:3 Isaiah the prophet visited King Hezekiah and asked him, “What did these men say? Where do they come from?” Hezekiah replied, “They come from the distant land of Babylon.” 39:4 Isaiah 199 asked, “What have they seen in your palace?” Hezekiah replied, “They have seen everything in my palace. I showed them everything in my treasuries.” 39:5 Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Listen to the word of the
The Lord Returns to Jerusalem
40:1 “Comfort, comfort my people,”
says your 205 God.
that her time of warfare is over, 208
that her punishment is completed. 209
40:3 A voice cries out,
“In the wilderness clear a way for the
construct in the desert a road for our God.
40:4 Every valley must be elevated,
and every mountain and hill leveled.
The rough terrain will become a level plain,
the rugged landscape a wide valley.
40:5 The splendor 211 of the
and all people 212 will see it at the same time.
40:6 A voice says, “Cry out!”
Another asks, 215 “What should I cry out?”
and all their promises 218 are like the flowers in the field.
40:7 The grass dries up,
the flowers wither,
when the wind sent by the
Surely humanity 220 is like grass.
40:8 The grass dries up,
the flowers wither,
but the decree of our God is forever reliable.” 221
40:9 Go up on a high mountain, O herald Zion!
Shout out loudly, O herald Jerusalem! 222
Shout, don’t be afraid!
Say to the towns of Judah,
“Here is your God!”
40:10 Look, the sovereign
his military power establishes his rule. 224
Look, his reward is with him;
his prize goes before him. 225
40:11 Like a shepherd he tends his flock;
he gathers up the lambs with his arm;
he carries them close to his heart; 226
he leads the ewes along.
The Lord is Incomparable
40:12 Who has measured out the waters 227 in the hollow of his hand,
or carefully weighed 230 the soil of the earth,
or weighed the mountains in a balance,
or the hills on scales? 231
or gives him instruction as his counselor? 234
40:14 From whom does he receive directions? 235
or imparts knowledge to him,
or instructs him in skillful design? 238
40:15 Look, the nations are like a drop in a bucket;
they are regarded as dust on the scales.
40:16 Not even Lebanon could supply enough firewood for a sacrifice; 241
its wild animals would not provide enough burnt offerings. 242
40:17 All the nations are insignificant before him;
they are regarded as absolutely nothing. 243
40:18 To whom can you compare God?
To what image can you liken him?
40:19 A craftsman casts 244 an idol;
a metalsmith overlays it with gold
and forges silver chains for it.
40:20 To make a contribution one selects wood that will not rot; 245
he then seeks a skilled craftsman
to make 246 an idol that will not fall over.
40:21 Do you not know?
Do you not hear?
Has it not been told to you since the very beginning?
Have you not understood from the time the earth’s foundations were made?
40:22 He is the one who sits on the earth’s horizon; 247
its inhabitants are like grasshoppers before him. 248
He is the one who stretches out the sky like a thin curtain, 249
40:23 He is the one who reduces rulers to nothing;
he makes the earth’s leaders insignificant.
40:24 Indeed, they are barely planted;
yes, they are barely sown;
yes, they barely take root in the earth,
and then he blows on them, causing them to dry up,
and the wind carries them away like straw.
40:25 “To whom can you compare me? Whom do I resemble?”
says the Holy One. 252
40:26 Look up at the sky! 253
Who created all these heavenly lights? 254
He is the one who leads out their ranks; 255
he calls them all by name.
Because of his absolute power and awesome strength,
not one of them is missing.
40:27 Why do you say, Jacob,
Why do you say, Israel,
My God is not concerned with my vindication”? 257
40:28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
the creator of the whole earth. 258
He does not get tired or weary;
there is no limit to his wisdom. 259
40:29 He gives strength to those who are tired;
to the ones who lack power, he gives renewed energy.
40:30 Even youths get tired and weary;
even strong young men clumsily stumble. 260
40:31 But those who wait for the
they rise up as if they had eagles’ wings, 262
they run without growing weary,
they walk without getting tired.
The Lord Challenges the Nations
41:1 “Listen to me in silence, you coastlands! 263
Let the nations find renewed strength!
Let them approach and then speak;
let us come together for debate! 264
41:2 Who stirs up this one from the east? 265
He hands nations over to him, 268
and enables him to subdue 269 kings.
He makes them like dust with his sword,
like windblown straw with his bow. 270
41:3 He pursues them and passes by unharmed; 271
he advances with great speed. 272
41:4 Who acts and carries out decrees? 273
Who 274 summons the successive generations from the beginning?
and at the very end – I am the one. 275
41:5 The coastlands 276 see and are afraid;
the whole earth 277 trembles;
they approach and come.
41:6 They help one another; 278
one says to the other, ‘Be strong!’
41:7 The craftsman encourages the metalsmith,
the one who wields the hammer encourages 279 the one who pounds on the anvil.
He approves the quality of the welding, 280
and nails it down so it won’t fall over.”
The Lord Encourages His People
41:8 “You, my servant Israel,
Jacob whom I have chosen,
offspring of Abraham my friend, 281
41:9 you whom I am bringing back 282 from the earth’s extremities,
and have summoned from the remote regions –
I told you, “You are my servant.”
I have chosen you and not rejected you.
41:10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you!
Don’t be frightened, for I am your God! 283
I strengthen you –
yes, I help you –
yes, I uphold you with my saving right hand! 284
41:11 Look, all who were angry at you will be ashamed and humiliated;
41:12 When you will look for your opponents, 287 you will not find them;
your enemies 288 will be reduced to absolutely nothing.
41:13 For I am the
the one who takes hold of your right hand,
who says to you, ‘Don’t be afraid, I am helping you.’
41:14 Don’t be afraid, despised insignificant Jacob, 289
men of 290 Israel.
I am helping you,” says the
41:15 “Look, I am making you like 293 a sharp threshing sledge,
new and double-edged. 294
You will thresh the mountains and crush them;
you will make the hills like straw. 295
41:16 You will winnow them and the wind will blow them away;
the wind will scatter them.
You will rejoice in the
you will boast in the Holy One of Israel.
41:17 The oppressed and the poor look for water, but there is none;
their tongues are parched from thirst.
I, the God of Israel, will not abandon them.
41:18 I will make streams flow down the slopes
and produce springs in the middle of the valleys.
I will turn the desert into a pool of water
and the arid land into springs.
41:19 I will make cedars, acacias, myrtles, and olive trees grow in the wilderness;
I will make evergreens, firs, and cypresses grow together in the desert.
so they will pay attention and understand
and that the Holy One of Israel has brought it into being.” 300
The Lord Challenges the Pagan Gods
41:21 “Present your argument,” says the
41:22 “Let them produce evidence! Let them tell us what will happen!
Tell us about your earlier predictive oracles, 303
Or decree for us some future events!
41:23 Predict how future events will turn out, 306
so we might know you are gods.
Yes, do something good or bad,
so we might be frightened and in awe. 307
41:24 Look, you are nothing, and your accomplishments are nonexistent;
the one who chooses to worship you is disgusting. 308
41:25 I have stirred up one out of the north 309 and he advances,
one from the eastern horizon who prays in my name. 310
He steps on 311 rulers as if they were clay,
like a potter treading the clay.
41:26 Who decreed this from the beginning, so we could know?
Who announced it 312 ahead of time, so we could say, ‘He’s correct’?
Indeed, none of them decreed it!
Indeed, none of them announced it!
Indeed, no one heard you say anything!
41:27 I first decreed to Zion, ‘Look, here’s what will happen!’ 313
I sent a herald to Jerusalem. 314
41:28 I look, but there is no one,
among them there is no one who serves as an adviser,
that I might ask questions and receive answers.
41:29 Look, all of them are nothing, 315
their accomplishments are nonexistent;
their metal images lack any real substance. 31642:1
The Lord Commissions His Special Servant
“Here is my servant whom I support,
my chosen one in whom I take pleasure.
I have placed my spirit on him;
42:2 He will not cry out or shout;
he will not publicize himself in the streets. 320
42:3 A crushed reed he will not break,
a dim wick he will not extinguish; 321
he will faithfully make just decrees. 322
42:4 He will not grow dim or be crushed 323
before establishing justice on the earth;
42:5 This is what the true God, 326 the
the one who created the sky and stretched it out,
the one who fashioned the earth and everything that lives on it, 327
the one who gives breath to the people on it,
and life to those who live on it: 328
42:6 “I, the
I take hold of your hand.
42:7 to open blind eyes, 334
to release prisoners 335 from dungeons,
those who live in darkness from prisons.
The Lord Intervenes
42:8 I am the
I will not share my glory with anyone else,
or the praise due me with idols.
42:9 Look, my earlier predictive oracles have come to pass; 336
now I announce new events.
Before they begin to occur,
I reveal them to you.” 337
42:10 Sing to the
Praise him 338 from the horizon of the earth,
you who go down to the sea, and everything that lives in it, 339
you coastlands 340 and those who live there!
42:11 Let the desert and its cities shout out,
the towns where the nomads of Kedar live!
Let the residents of Sela shout joyfully;
let them shout loudly from the mountaintops.
42:12 Let them give the
let them praise his deeds in the coastlands. 342
like a warrior he inspires himself for battle; 343
he shouts, yes, he yells,
he shows his enemies his power. 344
42:14 “I have been inactive 345 for a long time;
I kept quiet and held back.
Like a woman in labor I groan;
I pant and gasp. 346
42:15 I will make the trees on the mountains and hills wither up; 347
I will dry up all their vegetation.
I will turn streams into islands, 348
and dry up pools of water. 349
42:16 I will lead the blind along an unfamiliar way; 350
I will guide them down paths they have never traveled. 351
I will turn the darkness in front of them into light,
and level out the rough ground. 352
This is what I will do for them.
I will not abandon them.
42:17 Those who trust in idols
will turn back and be utterly humiliated, 353
those who say to metal images, ‘You are our gods.’”
The Lord Reasons with His People
42:18 “Listen, you deaf ones!
Take notice, 354 you blind ones!
42:19 My servant is truly blind,
my messenger is truly deaf.
their ears are open, but do not hear.”
by magnifying his law and displaying it. 359
42:22 But these people are looted and plundered;
all of them are trapped in pits 360
and held captive 361 in prisons.
They were carried away as loot with no one to rescue them;
they were carried away as plunder, and no one says, “Bring that back!” 362
42:23 Who among you will pay attention to this?
Who will listen attentively in the future? 363
42:24 Who handed Jacob over to the robber?
Who handed Israel over to the looters? 364
Was it not the
They refused to follow his commands;
they disobeyed his law. 365
42:25 So he poured out his fierce anger on them,
along with the devastation 366 of war.
Its flames encircled them, but they did not realize it; 367
it burned against them, but they did notice. 368
The Lord Will Rescue His People
43:1 Now, this is what the
the one who created you, O Jacob,
and formed you, O Israel:
“Don’t be afraid, for I will protect 369 you.
I call you by name, you are mine.
43:2 When you pass through the waters, I am with you;
when you pass 370 through the streams, they will not overwhelm you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned;
the flames will not harm 371 you.
43:3 For I am the
the Holy One of Israel, 372 your deliverer.
I have handed over Egypt as a ransom price,
Ethiopia and Seba 373 in place of you.
43:4 Since you are precious and special in my sight, 374
and I love you,
I will hand over people in place of you,
nations in place of your life.
43:5 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
From the east I will bring your descendants;
from the west I will gather you.
43:6 I will say to the north, ‘Hand them over!’
and to the south, ‘Don’t hold any back!’
Bring my sons from distant lands,
and my daughters from the remote regions of the earth,
43:7 everyone who belongs to me, 375
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed – yes, whom I made!
The Lord Declares His Sovereignty
43:8 Bring out the people who are blind, even though they have eyes,
those who are deaf, even though they have ears!
43:9 All nations gather together,
the peoples assemble.
Who among them announced this?
Who predicted earlier events for us? 376
Let them produce their witnesses to testify they were right;
let them listen and affirm, ‘It is true.’
43:10 You are my witnesses,” says the
“my servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may consider 377 and believe in me,
and understand that I am he.
No god was formed before me,
and none will outlive me. 378
43:11 I, I am the
and there is no deliverer besides me.
43:12 I decreed and delivered and proclaimed,
and there was no other god among you.
You are my witnesses,” says the
43:13 From this day forward I am he;
no one can deliver from my power; 379
I will act, and who can prevent it?”
The Lord Will Do Something New
43:14 This is what the
“For your sake I send to Babylon
and make them all fugitives, 382
turning the Babylonians’ joyful shouts into mourning songs. 383
43:15 I am the
the one who created Israel, your king.”
43:16 This is what the
the one who made a road through the sea,
a pathway through the surging waters,
43:17 the one who led chariots and horses to destruction, 385
together with a mighty army.
They fell down, 386 never to rise again;
they were extinguished, put out like a burning wick:
43:18 “Don’t remember these earlier events; 387
don’t recall these former events.
43:19 “Look, I am about to do something new.
Yes, I will make a road in the desert
and paths 390 in the wilderness.
43:20 The wild animals of the desert honor me,
the jackals and ostriches,
because I put water in the desert
and streams in the wilderness,
to quench the thirst of my chosen people,
43:21 the people whom I formed for myself,
so they might praise me.” 391
The Lord Rebukes His People
43:22 “But you did not call for me, O Jacob;
you did not long 392 for me, O Israel.
43:23 You did not bring me lambs for your burnt offerings;
you did not honor me with your sacrifices.
I did not burden you with offerings;
I did not make you weary by demanding 393 incense.
43:24 You did not buy me aromatic reeds; 394
you did not present to me 395 the fat of your sacrifices.
Yet you burdened me with your sins;
you made me weary with your evil deeds. 396
43:25 I, I am the one who blots out your rebellious deeds for my sake;
your sins I do not remember.
43:26 Remind me of what happened! Let’s debate!
You, prove to me that you are right! 397
43:27 The father of your nation 398 sinned;
your spokesmen 399 rebelled against me.
43:28 So I defiled your holy princes,
and handed Jacob over to destruction,
and subjected 400 Israel to humiliating abuse.”
The Lord Will Renew Israel
44:1 “Now, listen, Jacob my servant,
Israel whom I have chosen!”
44:2 This is what the
the one who formed you in the womb and helps you:
“Don’t be afraid, my servant Jacob,
Jeshurun, 401 whom I have chosen!
44:3 For I will pour water on the parched ground 402
and cause streams to flow 403 on the dry land.
I will pour my spirit on your offspring
and my blessing on your children.
44:4 They will sprout up like a tree in the grass, 404
like poplars beside channels of water.
44:5 One will say, ‘I belong to the
and another will use 405 the name ‘Jacob.’
One will write on his hand, ‘The
and use the name ‘Israel.’” 406
The Absurdity of Idolatry
44:6 This is what the
their protector, 407 the
“I am the first and I am the last,
there is no God but me.
44:7 Who is like me? Let him make his claim! 408
Let him announce it and explain it to me –
since I established an ancient people – 409
let them announce future events! 410
44:8 Don’t panic! Don’t be afraid! 411
Did I not tell you beforehand and decree it?
You are my witnesses! Is there any God but me?
There is no other sheltering rock; 412 I know of none.
44:9 All who form idols are nothing;
the things in which they delight are worthless.
Their witnesses cannot see;
they recognize nothing, so they are put to shame.
44:10 Who forms a god and casts an idol
that will prove worthless? 413
44:11 Look, all his associates 414 will be put to shame;
the craftsmen are mere humans. 415
Let them all assemble and take their stand!
They will panic and be put to shame.
44:12 A blacksmith works with his tool 416
and forges metal over the coals.
He forms it 417 with hammers;
he makes it with his strong arm.
He gets hungry and loses his energy; 418
he drinks no water and gets tired.
44:13 A carpenter takes measurements; 419
he marks out an outline of its form; 420
he scrapes 421 it with chisels,
and marks it with a compass.
He patterns it after the human form, 422
like a well-built human being,
and puts it in a shrine. 423
44:14 He cuts down cedars
and acquires a cypress 424 or an oak.
He gets 425 trees from the forest;
he plants a cedar 426 and the rain makes it grow.
44:15 A man uses it to make a fire; 427
he takes some of it and warms himself.
Yes, he kindles a fire and bakes bread.
Then he makes a god and worships it;
he makes an idol and bows down to it. 428
44:16 Half of it he burns in the fire –
over that half he cooks 429 meat;
he roasts a meal and fills himself.
Yes, he warms himself and says,
‘Ah! I am warm as I look at the fire.’
44:17 With the rest of it he makes a god, his idol;
he bows down to it and worships it.
He prays to it, saying,
‘Rescue me, for you are my god!’
44:18 They do not comprehend or understand,
for their eyes are blind and cannot see;
their minds do not discern. 430
44:19 No one thinks to himself,
nor do they comprehend or understand and say to themselves:
‘I burned half of it in the fire –
yes, I baked bread over the coals;
I roasted meat and ate it.
With the rest of it should I make a disgusting idol?
Should I bow down to dry wood?’ 431
44:20 He feeds on ashes; 432
his deceived mind misleads him.
He cannot rescue himself,
nor does he say, ‘Is this not a false god I hold in my right hand?’ 433
44:21 Remember these things, O Jacob,
O Israel, for you are my servant.
I formed you to be my servant;
O Israel, I will not forget you! 434
44:22 I remove the guilt of your rebellious deeds as if they were a cloud,
the guilt of your sins as if they were a cloud. 435
Come back to me, for I protect 436 you.”
44:23 Shout for joy, O sky, for the
shout out, you subterranean regions 438 of the earth.
O mountains, give a joyful shout;
you too, O forest and all your trees! 439
he reveals his splendor through Israel. 441
The Lord Empowers Cyrus
44:24 This is what the
the one who formed you in the womb:
“I am the
who alone stretched out the sky,
who fashioned the earth all by myself, 443
44:25 who frustrates the omens of the empty talkers 444
and humiliates 445 the omen readers,
who overturns the counsel of the wise men 446
and makes their advice 447 seem foolish,
44:26 who fulfills the oracles of his prophetic servants 448
and brings to pass the announcements 449 of his messengers,
who says about Jerusalem, 450 ‘She will be inhabited,’
and about the towns of Judah, ‘They will be rebuilt,
her ruins I will raise up,’
44:27 who says to the deep sea, ‘Be dry!
I will dry up your sea currents,’
to carry out all my wishes 453
and to decree concerning Jerusalem, ‘She will be rebuilt,’
and concerning the temple, ‘It will be reconstructed.’” 454
45:1 This is what the
to Cyrus, whose right hand I hold 456
in order to subdue nations before him,
and disarm kings, 457
to open doors before him,
so gates remain unclosed:
45:2 “I will go before you
and level mountains. 458
Bronze doors I will shatter
and iron bars 459 I will hack through.
45:3 I will give you hidden treasures, 460
riches stashed away in secret places,
so you may recognize that I am the
the one who calls you by name, the God of Israel.
45:4 For the sake of my servant Jacob,
Israel, my chosen one,
I call you by name
and give you a title of respect, even though you do not recognize 461 me.
45:5 I am the
there is no God but me.
that there is no God but me;
I am the
45:7 I am 467 the one who forms light
and creates darkness; 468
the one who brings about peace
and creates calamity. 469
I am the
45:8 O sky, rain down from above!
Let the clouds send down showers 470 of deliverance!
and deliverance may sprout up 473 along with it.
The Lord Gives a Warning
45:9 One who argues with his creator is in grave danger, 475
one who is like a mere 476 shard among the other shards on the ground!
The clay should not say to the potter, 477
“What in the world 478 are you doing?
Your work lacks skill!” 479
45:10 Danger awaits one who says 480 to his father,
“What in the world 481 are you fathering?”
and to his mother,
“What in the world are you bringing forth?” 482
45:11 This is what the
the Holy One of Israel, 483 the one who formed him,
concerning things to come: 484
“How dare you question me 485 about my children!
How dare you tell me what to do with 486 the work of my own hands!
45:12 I made the earth,
I created the people who live 487 on it.
I give orders to all the heavenly lights. 490
45:13 It is me – I stir him up and commission him; 491
I will make all his ways level.
He will rebuild my city;
he will send my exiled people home,
but not for a price or a bribe,”
The Lord is the Nations’ Only Hope
45:14 This is what the
along with the Sabeans, those tall men,
will be brought to you 494 and become yours.
They will walk behind you, coming along in chains. 495
They will bow down to you
and pray to you: 496
there is no other God!’”
45:15 Yes, you are a God who keeps hidden,
O God of Israel, deliverer!
45:16 They will all be ashamed and embarrassed;
those who fashion idols will all be humiliated. 499
45:17 Israel will be delivered once and for all by the
you will never again be ashamed or humiliated. 501
45:18 For this is what the
the one who created the sky –
he is the true God, 502
the one who formed the earth and made it;
he established it,
he did not create it without order, 503
he formed it to be inhabited –
“I am the
45:19 I have not spoken in secret,
in some hidden place. 504
I did not tell Jacob’s descendants,
‘Seek me in vain!’ 505
I am the
the one who speaks honestly,
who makes reliable announcements. 506
45:20 Gather together and come!
Approach together, you refugees from the nations!
Those who carry wooden idols know nothing,
those who pray to a god that cannot deliver.
45:21 Tell me! Present the evidence! 507
Let them consult with one another!
Who predicted this in the past?
Who announced it beforehand?
Was it not I, the
I have no peer, there is no God but me,
a God who vindicates and delivers; 508
there is none but me.
45:22 Turn to me so you can be delivered, 509
all you who live in the earth’s remote regions!
For I am God, and I have no peer.
45:23 I solemnly make this oath 510 –
what I say is true and reliable: 511
‘Surely every knee will bow to me,
every tongue will solemnly affirm; 512
45:24 they will say about me,
All who are angry at him will cower before him. 514
45:25 All the descendants of Israel will be vindicated by the
and will boast in him. 515
The Lord Carries His People
46:1 Bel 516 kneels down,
Nebo 517 bends low.
Their images weigh down animals and beasts. 518
Your heavy images are burdensome to tired animals. 519
46:2 Together they bend low and kneel down;
they are unable to rescue the images; 520
46:3 “Listen to me, O family of Jacob, 523
all you who are left from the family of Israel, 524
you who have been carried from birth, 525
you who have been supported from the time you left the womb. 526
46:4 Even when you are old, I will take care of you, 527
even when you have gray hair, I will carry you.
I made you and I will support you;
I will carry you and rescue you. 528
46:5 To whom can you compare and liken me?
Tell me whom you think I resemble, so we can be compared!
46:6 Those who empty out gold from a purse
and weigh out silver on the scale 529
hire a metalsmith, who makes it into a god.
They then bow down and worship it.
46:7 They put it on their shoulder and carry it;
they put it in its place and it just stands there;
it does not 530 move from its place.
Even when someone cries out to it, it does not reply;
it does not deliver him from his distress.
46:8 Remember this, so you can be brave! 531
Think about it, you rebels! 532
46:9 Remember what I accomplished in antiquity! 533
Truly I am God, I have no peer; 534
I am God, and there is none like me,
46:10 who announces the end from the beginning
and reveals beforehand 535 what has not yet occurred,
who says, ‘My plan will be realized,
I will accomplish what I desire,’
46:11 who summons an eagle 536 from the east,
from a distant land, one who carries out my plan.
Yes, I have decreed, 537
yes, I will bring it to pass;
I have formulated a plan,
yes, I will carry it out.
46:12 Listen to me, you stubborn people, 538
you who distance yourself from doing what is right. 539
46:13 I am bringing my deliverance near, it is not far away;
I am bringing my salvation near, 540 it does not wait.
I will save Zion; 541
I will adorn Israel with my splendor.” 542
Babylon Will Fall
47:1 “Fall down! Sit in the dirt,
O virgin 543 daughter Babylon!
Sit on the ground, not on a throne,
O daughter of the Babylonians!
Indeed, 544 you will no longer be called delicate and pampered.
47:2 Pick up millstones and grind flour!
Remove your veil,
strip off your skirt,
expose your legs,
cross the streams!
47:3 Let your private parts be exposed!
Your genitals will be on display! 545
I will get revenge;
I will not have pity on anyone,” 546
47:4 says our protector –
the Holy One of Israel. 547
47:5 “Sit silently! Go to a hiding place, 548
O daughter of the Babylonians!
Indeed, 549 you will no longer be called ‘Queen of kingdoms.’
47:6 I was angry at my people;
I defiled my special possession
and handed them over to you.
You showed them no mercy; 550
you even placed a very heavy burden on old people. 551
47:7 You said,
‘I will rule forever as permanent queen!’ 552
You did not think about these things; 553
you did not consider how it would turn out. 554
47:8 So now, listen to this,
O one who lives so lavishly, 555
who lives securely,
who says to herself, 556
‘I am unique! No one can compare to me! 557
I will never have to live as a widow;
I will never lose my children.’ 558
47:9 Both of these will come upon you
suddenly, in one day!
You will lose your children and be widowed. 559
You will be overwhelmed by these tragedies, 560
despite 561 your many incantations
and your numerous amulets. 562
47:10 You were complacent in your evil deeds; 563
you thought, 564 ‘No one sees me.’
Your self-professed 565 wisdom and knowledge lead you astray,
when you say, ‘I am unique! No one can compare to me!’ 566
47:11 Disaster will overtake you;
you will not know how to charm it away. 567
Destruction will fall on you;
you will not be able to appease it.
Calamity will strike you suddenly,
before you recognize it. 568
and your many incantations,
which you have faithfully recited 571 since your youth!
Maybe you will be successful 572 –
maybe you will scare away disaster. 573
47:13 You are tired out from listening to so much advice. 574
Let them take their stand –
the ones who see omens in the sky,
who gaze at the stars,
who make monthly predictions –
let them rescue you from the disaster that is about to overtake you! 575
47:14 Look, they are like straw,
which the fire burns up;
they cannot rescue themselves
from the heat 576 of the flames.
There are no coals to warm them,
no firelight to enjoy. 577
47:15 They will disappoint you, 578
those you have so faithfully dealt with since your youth. 579
Each strays off in his own direction, 580
leaving no one to rescue you.”
The Lord Appeals to the Exiles
48:1 Listen to this, O family of Jacob, 581
you who are called by the name ‘Israel,’
and are descended from Judah, 582
who take oaths in the name of the
and invoke 583 the God of Israel –
but not in an honest and just manner. 584
48:2 Indeed, they live in the holy city; 585
they trust in 586 the God of Israel,
whose name is the
48:3 “I announced events beforehand, 587
I issued the decrees and made the predictions; 588
suddenly I acted and they came to pass.
48:4 I did this 589 because I know how stubborn you are.
Your neck muscles are like iron
and your forehead like bronze. 590
48:5 I announced them to you beforehand;
before they happened, I predicted them for you,
so you could never say,
‘My image did these things,
my idol, my cast image, decreed them.’
48:6 You have heard; now look at all the evidence! 591
Will you not admit that what I say is true? 592
From this point on I am announcing to you new events
that are previously unrevealed and you do not know about. 593
48:7 Now they come into being, 594 not in the past;
before today you did not hear about them,
so you could not say,
‘Yes, 595 I know about them.’
48:8 You did not hear,
you do not know,
you were not told beforehand. 596
For I know that you are very deceitful; 597
you were labeled 598 a rebel from birth.
48:9 For the sake of my reputation 599 I hold back my anger;
48:10 Look, I have refined you, but not as silver;
I have purified you 602 in the furnace of misery.
48:11 For my sake alone 603 I will act,
for how can I allow my name to be defiled? 604
I will not share my glory with anyone else! 605
48:12 Listen to me, O Jacob,
Israel, whom I summoned!
I am the one;
I am present at the very beginning
and at the very end. 606
48:13 Yes, my hand founded the earth;
my right hand spread out the sky.
I summon them;
they stand together.
48:14 All of you, gather together and listen!
Who among them 607 announced these things?
he will exert his power against the Babylonians. 609
48:15 I, I have spoken –
yes, I have summoned him;
I lead him and he will succeed. 610
48:16 Approach me! Listen to this!
From the very first I have not spoken in secret;
when it happens, 611 I am there.”
So now, the sovereign
48:17 This is what the
the Holy One of Israel: 614
“I am the
who teaches you how to succeed,
who leads you in the way you should go.
48:18 If only you had obeyed my 615 commandments,
prosperity would have flowed to you like a river, 616
deliverance would have come to you like the waves of the sea. 617
48:19 Your descendants would have been as numerous as sand, 618
and your children 619 like its granules.
Their name would not have been cut off
and eliminated from my presence. 620
48:20 Leave Babylon!
Flee from the Babylonians!
Announce it with a shout of joy!
Make this known!
Proclaim it throughout the earth! 621
48:21 They do not thirst as he leads them through dry regions;
he makes water flow out of a rock for them;
he splits open a rock and water flows out.’ 623
48:22 There will be no prosperity for the wicked,” says the
Ideal Israel Delivers the Exiles
49:1 Listen to me, you coastlands! 624
Pay attention, you people who live far away!
he commissioned me when my mother brought me into the world. 626
49:2 He made my mouth like a sharp sword,
he hid me in the hollow of his hand;
he made me like a sharpened 627 arrow,
he hid me in his quiver. 628
49:3 He said to me, “You are my servant,
Israel, through whom I will reveal my splendor.” 629
49:4 But I thought, 630 “I have worked in vain;
I have expended my energy for absolutely nothing.” 631
my God will reward me. 632
49:5 So now the
the one who formed me from birth 633 to be his servant –
he did this 634 to restore Jacob to himself,
so that Israel might be gathered to him;
and I will be honored 635 in the
for my God is my source of strength 636 –
49:6 he says, “Is it too insignificant a task for you to be my servant,
to reestablish the tribes of Jacob,
I will make you a light to the nations, 639
so you can bring 640 my deliverance to the remote regions of the earth.”
49:7 This is what the
a servant of rulers:
“Kings will see and rise in respect, 646
princes will bow down,
because of the faithful
the Holy One of Israel who has chosen you.”
49:8 This is what the
“At the time I decide to show my favor, I will respond to you;
in the day of deliverance I will help you;
and to reassign the desolate property.
49:9 You will say 651 to the prisoners, ‘Come out,’
They will graze beside the roads;
on all the slopes they will find pasture.
49:10 They will not be hungry or thirsty;
the sun’s oppressive heat will not beat down on them, 654
for one who has compassion on them will guide them;
he will lead them to springs of water.
49:11 I will make all my mountains into a road;
I will construct my roadways.”
49:12 Look, they come from far away!
Look, some come from the north and west,
and others from the land of Sinim! 655
49:13 Shout for joy, O sky! 656
Rejoice, O earth!
Let the mountains give a joyful shout!
and shows compassion to the 657 oppressed.
The Lord Remembers Zion
49:14 “Zion said, ‘The
the sovereign master 658 has forgotten me.’
49:15 Can a woman forget her baby who nurses at her breast? 659
Can she withhold compassion from the child she has borne? 660
Even if mothers 661 were to forget,
I could never forget you! 662
49:16 Look, I have inscribed your name 663 on my palms;
your walls are constantly before me.
49:17 Your children hurry back,
while those who destroyed and devastated you depart.
49:18 Look all around you! 664
All of them gather to you.
As surely as I live,” says the
“you will certainly wear all of them like jewelry;
you will put them on as if you were a bride.
49:19 Yes, your land lies in ruins;
it is desolate and devastated. 665
But now you will be too small to hold your residents,
and those who devoured you will be far away.
49:20 Yet the children born during your time of bereavement
will say within your hearing,
‘This place is too cramped for us, 666
make room for us so we can live here.’ 667
49:21 Then you will think to yourself, 668
‘Who bore these children for me?
I was bereaved and barren,
dismissed and divorced. 669
Who raised these children?
Look, I was left all alone;
where did these children come from?’”
49:22 This is what the sovereign
“Look I will raise my hand to the nations;
I will raise my signal flag to the peoples.
They will bring your sons in their arms
and carry your daughters on their shoulders.
49:23 Kings will be your children’s 670 guardians;
their princesses will nurse your children. 671
With their faces to the ground they will bow down to you
and they will lick the dirt on 672 your feet.
Then you will recognize that I am the
those who wait patiently for me are not put to shame.
49:24 Can spoils be taken from a warrior,
or captives be rescued from a conqueror? 673
49:25 Indeed,” says the
“captives will be taken from a warrior;
spoils will be rescued from a conqueror.
I will oppose your adversary
and I will rescue your children.
49:26 I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh;
they will get drunk on their own blood, as if it were wine. 674
Then all humankind 675 will recognize that
I am the
50:1 This is what the
“Where is your mother’s divorce certificate
by which I divorced her?
Or to which of my creditors did I sell you? 678
Look, you were sold because of your sins; 679
because of your rebellious acts I divorced your mother. 680
50:2 Why does no one challenge me when I come?
Why does no one respond when I call? 681
Do I lack the power to rescue you?
Look, with a mere shout 684 I can dry up the sea;
I can turn streams into a desert,
so the fish rot away and die
from lack of water. 685
50:3 I can clothe the sky in darkness;
I can cover it with sackcloth.”
The Servant Perseveres
50:4 The sovereign
so that I know how to help the weary. 687
He wakes me up every morning;
he makes me alert so I can listen attentively as disciples do. 688
50:5 The sovereign
I have not rebelled,
I have not turned back.
50:6 I offered my back to those who attacked, 690
my jaws to those who tore out my beard;
I did not hide my face
from insults and spitting.
50:7 But the sovereign
so I am not humiliated.
For that reason I am steadfastly resolved; 691
I know I will not be put to shame.
50:8 The one who vindicates me is close by.
Who dares to argue with me? Let us confront each other! 692
50:9 Look, the sovereign
Who dares to condemn me?
Look, all of them will wear out like clothes;
a moth will eat away at them.
50:10 Who among you fears the
Who obeys 695 his servant?
Whoever walks in deep darkness, 696
should trust in the name of the
and rely on his God.
50:11 Look, all of you who start a fire
and among the flaming arrows you ignited! 701
This is what you will receive from me: 702
you will lie down in a place of pain. 703
There is Hope for the Future
51:1 “Listen to me, you who pursue godliness, 704
who seek the
Look at the rock from which you were chiseled,
51:2 Look at Abraham, your father,
and Sarah, who gave you birth. 707
When I summoned him, he was a lone individual, 708
51:3 Certainly the
he will console all her ruins.
He will make her wilderness like Eden,
her desert like the Garden of the
Happiness and joy will be restored to 711 her,
thanksgiving and the sound of music.
51:4 Pay attention to me, my people!
Listen to me, my people!
I will make my justice a light to the nations. 714
51:5 I am ready to vindicate, 715
I am ready to deliver, 716
I will establish justice among the nations. 717
The coastlands 718 wait patiently for me;
they wait in anticipation for the revelation of my power. 719
51:6 Look up at the sky!
Look at the earth below!
For the sky will dissipate 720 like smoke,
and the earth will wear out like clothes;
its residents will die like gnats.
But the deliverance I give 721 is permanent;
51:7 Listen to me, you who know what is right,
you people who are aware of my law! 724
Don’t be afraid of the insults of men;
don’t be discouraged because of their abuse!
51:8 For a moth will eat away at them like clothes;
a clothes moth will devour them like wool.
But the vindication I provide 725 will be permanent;
the deliverance I give will last.”
51:9 Wake up! Wake up!
Clothe yourself with strength, O arm of the
Wake up as in former times, as in antiquity!
51:10 Did you not dry up the sea,
the waters of the great deep?
Did you not make 731 a path through the depths of the sea,
so those delivered from bondage 732 could cross over?
51:11 Those whom the
they will enter Zion with a happy shout.
Unending joy will crown them, 733
happiness and joy will overwhelm 734 them;
grief and suffering will disappear. 735
51:12 “I, I am the one who consoles you. 736
Why are you afraid of mortal men,
of mere human beings who are as short-lived as grass? 737
51:13 Why do you forget 738 the
who stretched out the sky 739
and founded the earth?
Why do you constantly tremble all day long 740
at the anger of the oppressor,
when he makes plans to destroy?
Where is the anger of the oppressor? 741
51:14 The one who suffers 742 will soon be released;
he will not die in prison, 743
he will not go hungry. 744
51:15 I am the
who churns up the sea so that its waves surge.
Zion’s Time to Celebrate
I cover you with the palm of my hand, 747
to establish 748 the sky and to found the earth,
to say to Zion, ‘You are my people.’” 749
51:17 Wake up! Wake up!
Get up, O Jerusalem!
You drank from the cup the
which was full of his anger! 750
You drained dry
the goblet full of intoxicating wine. 751
51:18 There was no one to lead her
among all the children she bore;
there was no one to take her by the hand
among all the children she raised.
51:19 These double disasters confronted you.
But who feels sorry for you?
Destruction and devastation,
famine and sword.
But who consoles you? 752
51:20 Your children faint;
they lie at the head of every street
like an antelope in a snare.
They are left in a stupor by the
by the battle cry of your God. 753
51:21 So listen to this, oppressed one,
who is drunk, but not from wine!
51:22 This is what your sovereign master, 754 the
“Look, I have removed from your hand
the cup of intoxicating wine, 755
the goblet full of my anger. 756
You will no longer have to drink it.
51:23 I will put it into the hand of your tormentors 757
who said to you, ‘Lie down, so we can walk over you.’
You made your back like the ground,
and like the street for those who walked over you.”
52:1 Wake up! Wake up!
Clothe yourself with strength, O Zion!
Put on your beautiful clothes,
O Jerusalem, 758 holy city!
For uncircumcised and unclean pagans
will no longer invade you.
52:2 Shake off the dirt! 759
Get up, captive 760 Jerusalem!
Take off the iron chains around your neck,
O captive daughter Zion!
52:3 For this is what the
“You were sold for nothing,
and you will not be redeemed for money.”
52:4 For this is what the sovereign
“In the beginning my people went to live temporarily in Egypt;
Assyria oppressed them for no good reason.
52:5 And now, what do we have here?” 761 says the
“Indeed my people have been carried away for nothing,
those who rule over them taunt,” 762 says the
“and my name is constantly slandered 763 all day long.
52:6 For this reason my people will know my name,
‘Here I am.’”
52:7 How delightful it is to see approaching over the mountains 766
the feet of a messenger who announces peace,
a messenger who brings good news, who announces deliverance,
who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” 767
52:8 Listen, 768 your watchmen shout;
in unison they shout for joy,
for they see with their very own eyes 769
52:9 In unison give a joyful shout,
O ruins of Jerusalem!
he protects 770 Jerusalem.
in the sight of all the nations;
the entire 773 earth sees
our God deliver. 774
52:11 Leave! Leave! Get out of there!
Don’t touch anything unclean!
Get out of it!
Stay pure, you who carry the
52:12 Yet do not depart quickly
or leave in a panic. 776
the God of Israel is your rear guard.
The Lord Will Vindicate His Servant
52:13 “Look, my servant will succeed! 777
He will be elevated, lifted high, and greatly exalted 778 –
52:14 (just as many were horrified by the sight of you) 779
52:15 his form was so marred he no longer looked human 782 –
Kings will be shocked by his exaltation, 785
for they will witness something unannounced to them,
and they will understand something they had not heard about.
53:2 He sprouted up like a twig before God, 791
like a root out of parched soil; 792
he had no stately form or majesty that might catch our attention, 793
no special appearance that we should want to follow him. 794
53:3 He was despised and rejected by people, 795
one who experienced pain and was acquainted with illness;
people hid their faces from him; 796
he was despised, and we considered him insignificant. 797
53:4 But he lifted up our illnesses,
he carried our pain; 798
even though we thought he was being punished,
attacked by God, and afflicted for something he had done. 799
53:5 He was wounded because of 800 our rebellious deeds,
crushed because of our sins;
he endured punishment that made us well; 801
because of his wounds we have been healed. 802
53:6 All of us had wandered off like sheep;
each of us had strayed off on his own path,
53:7 He was treated harshly and afflicted, 804
but he did not even open his mouth.
Like a lamb led to the slaughtering block,
like a sheep silent before her shearers,
he did not even open his mouth. 805
53:8 He was led away after an unjust trial 806 –
but who even cared? 807
Indeed, he was cut off from the land of the living; 808
because of the rebellion of his own 809 people he was wounded.
53:9 They intended to bury him with criminals, 810
but he ended up in a rich man’s tomb, 811
because 812 he had committed no violent deeds,
nor had he spoken deceitfully.
53:10 Though the
once restitution is made, 813
he will see descendants and enjoy long life, 814
53:11 Having suffered, he will reflect on his work,
he will be satisfied when he understands what he has done. 815
for he carried their sins. 818
53:12 So I will assign him a portion with the multitudes, 819
he will divide the spoils of victory with the powerful, 820
because he willingly submitted 821 to death
and was numbered with the rebels,
when he lifted up the sin of many
and intervened 822 on behalf of the rebels.”
Zion Will Be Secure
54:1 “Shout for joy, O barren one who has not given birth!
Give a joyful shout and cry out, you who have not been in labor!
For the children of the desolate one are more numerous
than the children of the married woman,” says the
54:2 Make your tent larger,
stretch your tent curtains farther out! 823
Spare no effort,
lengthen your ropes,
and pound your stakes deep. 824
54:3 For you will spread out to the right and to the left;
your children will conquer 825 nations
and will resettle desolate cities.
54:4 Don’t be afraid, for you will not be put to shame!
Don’t be intimidated, 826 for you will not be humiliated!
You will forget about the shame you experienced in your youth;
you will no longer remember the disgrace of your abandonment. 827
54:5 For your husband is the one who made you –
He is called “God of the entire earth.”
54:6 “Indeed, the
like a wife who has been abandoned and suffers from depression, 830
like a young wife when she has been rejected,” says your God.
54:7 “For a short time I abandoned 831 you,
but with great compassion I will gather you.
but with lasting devotion I will have compassion on you,”
says your protector, 834 the
54:9 “As far as I am concerned, this is like in Noah’s time, 835
when I vowed that the waters of Noah’s flood 836 would never again cover the earth.
In the same way I have vowed that I will not be angry at you or shout at you.
54:10 Even if the mountains are removed
and the hills displaced,
my devotion will not be removed from you,
nor will my covenant of friendship 837 be displaced,”
54:11 “O afflicted one, driven away, 838 and unconsoled!
Look, I am about to set your stones in antimony
and I lay your foundation with lapis-lazuli.
54:12 I will make your pinnacles out of gems, 839
your gates out of beryl, 840
54:13 All your children will be followers of the
and your children will enjoy great prosperity. 843
54:14 You will be reestablished when I vindicate you. 844
You will not experience oppression; 845
indeed, you will not be afraid.
You will not be terrified, 846
for nothing frightening 847 will come near you.
54:15 If anyone dares to 848 challenge you, it will not be my doing!
Whoever tries to challenge you will be defeated. 849
54:16 Look, I create the craftsman,
who fans the coals into a fire
and forges a weapon. 850
I create the destroyer so he might devastate.
54:17 No weapon forged to be used against you will succeed;
you will refute everyone who tries to accuse you. 851
This is what the
I will vindicate them,” 852
The Lord Gives an Invitation
55:1 “Hey, 853 all who are thirsty, come to the water!
You who have no money, come!
Buy and eat!
Come! Buy wine and milk
without money and without cost! 854
55:2 Why pay money for something that will not nourish you? 855
Enjoy fine food! 860
55:3 Pay attention and come to me!
Listen, so you can live! 861
Then I will make an unconditional covenantal promise to 862 you,
just like the reliable covenantal promises I made to David. 863
55:4 Look, I made him a witness to nations, 864
a ruler and commander of nations.”
55:5 Look, you will summon nations 865 you did not previously know;
nations 866 that did not previously know you will run to you,
because of the
the Holy One of Israel, 867
for he bestows honor on you.
55:6 Seek the
call to him while he is nearby!
55:7 The wicked need to abandon their lifestyle 869
and sinful people their plans. 870
and to their God, for he will freely forgive them. 873
55:9 for just as the sky 879 is higher than the earth,
and my plans 882 superior to your plans.55:10 883
The rain and snow fall from the sky
and do not return,
but instead water the earth
and make it produce and yield crops,
and provide seed for the planter and food for those who must eat.
55:11 In the same way, the promise that I make
does not return to me, having accomplished nothing. 884
No, it is realized as I desire
and is fulfilled as I intend.” 885
55:12 Indeed you will go out with joy;
you will be led along in peace;
the mountains and hills will give a joyful shout before you,
and all the trees in the field will clap their hands.
55:13 Evergreens will grow in place of thorn bushes,
firs will grow in place of nettles;
they will be a monument to the
a permanent reminder that will remain. 887
The Lord Invites Outsiders to Enter
56:1 This is what the
“Promote 888 justice! Do what is right!
For I am ready to deliver you;
I am ready to vindicate you openly. 889
56:2 The people who do this will be blessed, 890
the people who commit themselves to obedience, 891
who observe the Sabbath and do not defile it,
who refrain from doing anything that is wrong. 892
56:3 No foreigner who becomes a follower of 893 the
The eunuch should not say,
‘Look, I am like a dried-up tree.’”
56:4 For this is what the
“For the eunuchs who observe my Sabbaths
and choose what pleases me
and are faithful to 895 my covenant,
56:5 I will set up within my temple and my walls a monument 896
that will be better than sons and daughters.
I will set up a permanent monument 897 for them that will remain.
56:6 As for foreigners who become followers of 898 the
who love the name of the
all who observe the Sabbath and do not defile it,
and who are faithful to 899 my covenant –
56:7 I will bring them to my holy mountain;
I will make them happy in the temple where people pray to me. 900
Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar,
for my temple will be known as a temple where all nations may pray.” 901
56:8 The sovereign
the one who gathers the dispersed of Israel:
“I will still gather them up.” 902
The Lord Denounces Israel’s Paganism
56:9 All you wild animals in the fields, come and devour,
all you wild animals in the forest!
56:10 All their watchmen 903 are blind,
they are unaware. 904
All of them are like mute dogs,
unable to bark.
They pant, 905 lie down,
and love to snooze.
56:11 The dogs have big appetites;
they are never full. 906
They are shepherds who have no understanding;
they all go their own way,
each one looking for monetary gain. 907
56:12 Each one says, 908
‘Come on, I’ll get some wine!
Let’s guzzle some beer!
Tomorrow will be just like today!
We’ll have everything we want!’ 909
57:1 The godly 910 perish,
but no one cares. 911
Honest people disappear, 912
57:2 Those who live uprightly enter a place of peace;
they rest on their beds. 919
57:3 But approach, you sons of omen readers,
you offspring of adulteresses and prostitutes! 920
57:4 At whom are you laughing?
At whom are you opening your mouth
and sticking out your tongue?
You are the children of rebels,
the offspring of liars, 921
57:5 you who practice ritual sex 922 under the oaks and every green tree,
who slaughter children near the streams under the rocky overhangs. 923
57:6 Among the smooth stones of the stream are the idols you love;
they, they are the object of your devotion. 924
You pour out liquid offerings to them,
you make an offering.
Because of these things I will seek vengeance. 925
57:7 On every high, elevated hill you prepare your bed;
you go up there to offer sacrifices.
57:8 Behind the door and doorpost you put your symbols. 926
and invite them into bed with you. 929
You purchase favors from them, 930
you love their bed,
along with many perfumes. 935
You send your messengers to a distant place;
you go all the way to Sheol. 936
57:10 Because of the long distance you must travel, you get tired, 937
but you do not say, ‘I give up.’ 938
You get renewed energy, 939
so you don’t collapse. 940
57:11 Whom are you worried about?
Whom do you fear, that you would act so deceitfully
and not remember me
or think about me? 941
Because I have been silent for so long, 942
you are not afraid of me. 943
57:12 I will denounce your so-called righteousness and your deeds, 944
but they will not help you.
57:13 When you cry out for help, let your idols 945 help you!
The wind blows them all away, 946
a breeze carries them away. 947
But the one who looks to me for help 948 will inherit the land
and will have access to 949 my holy mountain.”
57:14 He says, 950
“Build it! Build it! Clear a way!
Remove all the obstacles out of the way of my people!”
57:15 For this is what the high and exalted one says,
the one who rules 951 forever, whose name is holy:
“I dwell in an exalted and holy place,
but also with the discouraged and humiliated, 952
in order to cheer up the humiliated
and to encourage the discouraged. 953
57:16 For I will not be hostile 954 forever
or perpetually angry,
for then man’s spirit would grow faint before me, 955
the life-giving breath I created.
57:17 I was angry because of their sinful greed;
I attacked them and angrily rejected them, 956
yet they remained disobedient and stubborn. 957
57:18 I have seen their behavior, 958
but I will heal them and give them rest,
and I will once again console those who mourn. 959
57:19 I am the one who gives them reason to celebrate. 960
Complete prosperity 961 is available both to those who are far away and those who are nearby,”
57:20 But the wicked are like a surging sea
that is unable to be quiet;
its waves toss up mud and sand.
57:21 There will be no prosperity,” says my God, “for the wicked.”
The Lord Desires Genuine Devotion
58:1 “Shout loudly! Don’t be quiet!
Yell as loud as a trumpet!
Confront my people with their rebellious deeds; 962
confront Jacob’s family with their sin! 963
58:2 They seek me day after day;
they want to know my requirements, 964
like a nation that does what is right
and does not reject the law of their God.
They ask me for just decrees;
they want to be near God.
58:3 They lament, 965 ‘Why don’t you notice when we fast?
Why don’t you pay attention when we humble ourselves?’
Look, at the same time you fast, you satisfy your selfish desires, 966
you oppress your workers. 967
58:4 Look, your fasting is accompanied by 968 arguments, brawls,
and fistfights. 969
Do not fast as you do today,
trying to make your voice heard in heaven.
58:5 Is this really the kind of fasting I want? 970
Do I want a day when people merely humble themselves, 971
bowing their heads like a reed
and stretching out 972 on sackcloth and ashes?
Is this really what you call a fast,
a day that is pleasing to the
58:6 No, this is the kind of fast I want. 973
I want you 974 to remove the sinful chains,
to tear away the ropes of the burdensome yoke,
to set free the oppressed, 975
and to break every burdensome yoke.
58:7 I want you 976 to share your food with the hungry
and to provide shelter for homeless, oppressed people. 977
When you see someone naked, clothe him!
Don’t turn your back on your own flesh and blood! 978
58:8 Then your light will shine like the sunrise; 979
your restoration will quickly arrive; 980
your godly behavior 981 will go before you,
58:9 Then you will call out, and the
you will cry out, and he will reply, ‘Here I am.’
You must 983 remove the burdensome yoke from among you
and stop pointing fingers and speaking sinfully.
58:10 You must 984 actively help the hungry
and feed the oppressed. 985
Then your light will dispel the darkness, 986
and your darkness will be transformed into noonday. 987
he will feed you even in parched regions. 988
He will give you renewed strength, 989
and you will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring that continually produces water.
58:12 Your perpetual ruins will be rebuilt; 990
you will reestablish the ancient foundations.
You will be called, ‘The one who repairs broken walls,
the one who makes the streets inhabitable again.’ 991
rather than doing anything you please on my holy day. 994
You must look forward to the Sabbath 995
and treat the
You must treat it with respect by refraining from your normal activities,
and by refraining from your selfish pursuits and from making business deals. 997
58:14 Then you will find joy in your relationship to the
and I will give you great prosperity, 999
and cause crops to grow on the land I gave to your ancestor Jacob.” 1000
Know for certain that the
Injustice Brings Alienation from God
59:1 Look, the
his ear is not too deaf to hear you. 1003
59:2 But your sinful acts have alienated you from your God;
your sins have caused him to reject you and not listen to your prayers. 1004
59:3 For your hands are stained with blood
and your fingers with sin;
your lips speak lies,
your tongue utters malicious words.
59:4 No one is concerned about justice; 1005
no one sets forth his case truthfully.
They depend on false words 1006 and tell lies;
they conceive of oppression 1007
and give birth to sin.
59:5 They hatch the eggs of a poisonous snake
and spin a spider’s web.
Whoever eats their eggs will die,
a poisonous snake is hatched. 1008
59:6 Their webs cannot be used for clothing;
they cannot cover themselves with what they make.
Their deeds are sinful;
they commit violent crimes. 1009
59:7 They are eager to do evil, 1010
quick to shed innocent blood. 1011
Their thoughts are sinful;
they crush and destroy. 1012
59:8 They are unfamiliar with peace;
their deeds are unjust. 1013
They use deceitful methods,
and whoever deals with them is unfamiliar with peace. 1014
Israel Confesses its Sin
and salvation does not reach us.
59:10 We grope along the wall like the blind,
we grope like those who cannot see; 1023
we stumble at noontime as if it were evening.
Though others are strong, we are like dead men. 1024
59:11 We all growl like bears,
we coo mournfully like doves;
we wait for deliverance, 1025 but there is none,
for salvation, but it is far from us.
59:12 For you are aware of our many rebellious deeds, 1026
and our sins testify against us;
indeed, we are aware of our rebellious deeds;
we know our sins all too well. 1027
59:13 We have rebelled and tried to deceive the
we turned back from following our God.
We stir up 1028 oppression and rebellion;
we tell lies we concocted in our minds. 1029
59:14 Justice is driven back;
godliness 1030 stands far off.
Indeed, 1031 honesty stumbles in the city square
and morality is not even able to enter.
59:15 Honesty has disappeared;
the one who tries to avoid evil is robbed.
for there is no justice.
The Lord Intervenes
59:16 He sees there is no advocate; 1033
he is shocked 1034 that no one intervenes.
So he takes matters into his own hands; 1035
his desire for justice drives him on. 1036
and his desire to deliver is like a helmet on his head. 1039
He puts on the garments of vengeance 1040
and wears zeal like a robe.
59:18 He repays them for what they have done,
dispensing angry judgment to his adversaries
and punishing his enemies. 1041
He repays the coastlands. 1042
in the east they recognize his splendor. 1045
For he comes like a rushing 1046 stream
driven on by wind sent from the
59:20 “A protector 1048 comes to Zion,
to those in Jacob who repent of their rebellious deeds,” 1049 says the
59:21 “As for me, this is my promise to 1050 them,” says the
Zion’s Future Splendor
60:1 “Arise! Shine! For your light arrives!
The splendor 1052 of the
60:2 For, look, darkness covers the earth
and deep darkness covers 1053 the nations,
his splendor 1054 appears over you.
60:3 Nations come to your light,
kings to your bright light.
60:4 Look all around you! 1055
They all gather and come to you –
your sons come from far away
and your daughters are escorted by guardians.
60:5 Then you will look and smile, 1056
you will be excited and your heart will swell with pride. 1057
For the riches of distant lands 1058 will belong to you
and the wealth of nations will come to you.
60:6 Camel caravans will cover your roads, 1059
young camels from Midian and Ephah.
All the merchants of Sheba 1060 will come,
bringing gold and incense
and singing praises to the
60:7 All the sheep of Kedar will be gathered to you;
the rams of Nebaioth will be available to you as sacrifices. 1062
They will go up on my altar acceptably, 1063
and I will bestow honor on my majestic temple.
60:8 Who are these who float along 1064 like a cloud,
who fly like doves to their shelters? 1065
60:9 Indeed, the coastlands 1066 look eagerly for me,
the large ships 1067 are in the lead,
bringing your sons from far away,
along with their silver and gold,
to honor the
the Holy One of Israel, 1069 for he has bestowed honor on you.
60:10 Foreigners will rebuild your walls;
their kings will serve you.
Even though I struck you down in my anger,
I will restore my favor and have compassion on you. 1070
60:11 Your gates will remain open at all times;
they will not be shut during the day or at night,
so that the wealth of nations may be delivered,
with their kings leading the way. 1071
60:12 Indeed, 1072 nations or kingdoms that do not serve you will perish;
such nations will be totally destroyed. 1073
60:13 The splendor of Lebanon will come to you,
its evergreens, firs, and cypresses together,
to beautify my palace; 1074
I will bestow honor on my throne room. 1075
60:14 The children of your oppressors will come bowing to you;
all who treated you with disrespect will bow down at your feet.
They will call you, ‘The City of the
Zion of the Holy One of Israel.’ 1076
60:15 You were once abandoned
and despised, with no one passing through,
but I will make you 1077 a permanent source of pride
and joy to coming generations.
60:16 You will drink the milk of nations;
you will nurse at the breasts of kings. 1078
Then you will recognize that I, the
60:17 Instead of bronze, I will bring you gold,
instead of iron, I will bring you silver,
instead of wood, I will bring you 1081 bronze,
instead of stones, I will bring you 1082 iron.
I will make prosperity 1083 your overseer,
and vindication your sovereign ruler. 1084
60:18 Sounds of violence 1085 will no longer be heard in your land,
or the sounds of 1086 destruction and devastation within your borders.
You will name your walls, ‘Deliverance,’
and your gates, ‘Praise.’
60:19 The sun will no longer supply light for you by day,
nor will the moon’s brightness shine on you;
the splendor of your God will shine upon you. 1087
60:20 Your sun will no longer set;
your moon will not disappear; 1088
your time 1089 of sorrow will be over.
60:21 All of your people will be godly; 1090
they will possess the land permanently.
I will plant them like a shoot;
they will be the product of my labor,
through whom I reveal my splendor. 1091
60:22 The least of you will multiply into 1092 a thousand;
the smallest of you will become a large nation.
When the right time comes, I the
The Lord Will Rejuvenate His People
61:1 The spirit of the sovereign
to help 1098 the brokenhearted,
to decree the release of captives,
and the freeing of prisoners,
61:2 to announce the year when the
the day when our God will seek vengeance, 1099
to console all who mourn,
61:3 to strengthen those who mourn in Zion,
by giving them a turban, instead of ashes,
oil symbolizing joy, 1100 instead of mourning,
They will be called oaks of righteousness, 1103
trees planted by the
61:4 They will rebuild the perpetual ruins
and restore the places that were desolate; 1105
they will reestablish the ruined cities,
the places that have been desolate since ancient times.
foreigners will work in your fields and vineyards.
61:6 You will be called, ‘the
servants of our God.’ 1108
You will enjoy 1109 the wealth of nations
61:7 Instead of shame, you will get a double portion; 1112
instead of humiliation, they will rejoice over the land they receive. 1113
Yes, 1114 they will possess a double portion in their land
and experience lasting joy.
61:8 For I, the
and hate robbery and sin.
I will repay them because of my faithfulness; 1115
I will make a permanent covenant with them.
61:9 Their descendants will be known among the nations,
their offspring among the peoples.
All who see them will recognize that
I will be overjoyed because of my God. 1119
For he clothes me in garments of deliverance;
he puts on me a robe symbolizing vindication. 1120
I look like a bridegroom when he wears a turban as a priest would;
I look like a bride when she puts on her jewelry. 1121
61:11 For just as the ground produces its crops
and a garden yields its produce,
so the sovereign
and give his people reason to praise him in the sight of all the nations. 1123
The Lord Takes Delight in Zion
62:1 “For the sake of Zion I will not be silent;
for the sake of Jerusalem 1124 I will not be quiet,
until her vindication shines brightly 1125
and her deliverance burns like a torch.”
62:2 Nations will see your vindication,
and all kings your splendor.
You will be called by a new name
62:3 You will be a majestic crown in the hand of the
a royal turban in the hand of your God.
62:4 You will no longer be called, “Abandoned,”
and your land will no longer be called “Desolate.”
and your land “Married.” 1129
and your land will be married to him. 1130
62:5 As a young man marries a young woman,
so your sons 1131 will marry you.
As a bridegroom rejoices over a bride,
so your God will rejoice over you.
62:6 I 1132 post watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem;
they should keep praying all day and all night. 1133
You who pray to 1134 the
62:7 Don’t allow him to rest until he reestablishes Jerusalem, 1135
until he makes Jerusalem the pride 1136 of the earth.
by his strong arm: 1137
“I will never again give your grain
to your enemies as food,
and foreigners will not drink your wine,
which you worked hard to produce.
62:9 But those who harvest the grain 1138 will eat it,
and will praise the
Those who pick the grapes will drink the wine 1139
in the courts of my holy sanctuary.”
62:10 Come through! Come through the gates!
Prepare the way for the people!
Build it! Build the roadway!
Remove the stones!
Lift a signal flag for the nations!
62:11 Look, the
“Say to Daughter Zion,
‘Look, your deliverer comes!
Look, his reward is with him
and his reward goes before him!’” 1141
62:12 They will be called, “The Holy People,
the Ones Protected 1142 by the
You will be called, “Sought After,
City Not Abandoned.”
The Victorious Divine Warrior
63:1 Who is this who comes from Edom, 1143
dressed in bright red, coming from Bozrah? 1144
who marches confidently 1147 because of his great strength?
“It is I, the one who announces vindication,
and who is able to deliver!” 1148
63:2 Why are your clothes red?
Why do you look like someone who has stomped on grapes in a vat? 1149
63:3 “I have stomped grapes in the winepress all by myself;
no one from the nations joined me.
I stomped on them 1150 in my anger;
I trampled them down in my rage.
Their juice splashed on my garments,
and stained 1151 all my clothes.
63:4 For I looked forward to the day of vengeance,
and then payback time arrived. 1152
63:5 I looked, but there was no one to help;
I was shocked because there was no one offering support. 1153
So my right arm accomplished deliverance;
my raging anger drove me on. 1154
63:6 I trampled nations in my anger,
I made them drunk 1155 in my rage,
I splashed their blood on the ground.” 1156
A Prayer for Divine Intervention
63:7 I will tell of the faithful acts of the
I will tell about all 1157 the
the many good things he did for the family of Israel, 1158
because of 1159 his compassion and great faithfulness.
63:8 He said, “Certainly they will be my people,
children who are not disloyal.” 1160
He became their deliverer.
63:9 Through all that they suffered, he suffered too. 1161
The messenger sent from his very presence 1162 delivered them.
In his love and mercy he protected 1163 them;
he lifted them up and carried them throughout ancient times. 1164
so he turned into an enemy
and fought against them.
63:11 His people remembered the ancient times. 1167
Where is the one who brought them up out of the sea,
along with the shepherd of 1168 his flock?
Where is the one who placed his holy Spirit among them, 1169
63:12 the one who made his majestic power available to Moses, 1170
who divided the water before them,
gaining for himself a lasting reputation, 1171
63:13 who led them through the deep water?
Like a horse running on flat land 1172 they did not stumble.
63:14 Like an animal that goes down into a valley to graze, 1173
so the Spirit of the
In this way 1174 you guided your people,
gaining for yourself an honored reputation. 1175
63:15 Look down from heaven and take notice,
from your holy, majestic palace!
Where are your zeal 1176 and power?
Do not hold back your tender compassion! 1177
63:16 For you are our father,
though Abraham does not know us
and Israel does not recognize us.
you have been called our protector from ancient times. 1178
and make our minds stubborn so that we do not obey you? 1181
Return for the sake of your servants,
the tribes of your inheritance!
but then our adversaries knocked down 1184 your holy sanctuary.
63:19 We existed from ancient times, 1185
but you did not rule over them,
they were not your subjects. 1186
The mountains would tremble 1189 before you!
64:2 As when fire ignites dry wood,
or fire makes water boil,
let your adversaries know who you are, 1190
and may the nations shake at your presence!
64:3 When you performed awesome deeds that took us by surprise, 1191
you came down, and the mountains trembled 1192 before you.
64:4 Since ancient times no one has heard or perceived, 1193
no eye has seen any God besides you,
who intervenes for those who wait for him.
who observe your commandments. 1196
Look, you were angry because we violated them continually.
How then can we be saved? 1197
64:6 We are all like one who is unclean,
all our so-called righteous acts are like a menstrual rag in your sight. 1198
We all wither like a leaf;
our sins carry us away like the wind.
64:7 No one invokes 1199 your name,
or makes an effort 1200 to take hold of you.
For you have rejected us 1201
and handed us over to our own sins. 1202
64:8 Yet, 1203
We are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the product of your labor. 1204
Do not hold our sins against us continually! 1205
Take a good look at your people, at all of us! 1206
64:10 Your chosen 1207 cities have become a desert;
Zion has become a desert,
Jerusalem 1208 is a desolate ruin.
64:11 Our holy temple, our pride and joy, 1209
the place where our ancestors praised you,
has been burned with fire;
all our prized possessions have been destroyed. 1210
64:12 In light of all this, 1211 how can you still hold back,
How can you be silent and continue to humiliate us?
The Lord Will Distinguish Between Sinners and the Godly
65:1 “I made myself available to those who did not ask for me; 1212
I appeared to those who did not look for me. 1213
I said, ‘Here I am! Here I am!’
to a nation that did not invoke 1214 my name.
65:2 I spread out my hands all day long
to my rebellious people,
who lived in a way that is morally unacceptable,
and who did what they desired. 1215
65:3 These people continually and blatantly offend me 1216
as they sacrifice in their sacred orchards 1217
and burn incense on brick altars. 1218
65:4 They sit among the tombs 1219
and keep watch all night long. 1220
They eat pork, 1221
and broth 1222 from unclean sacrificial meat is in their pans.
65:5 They say, ‘Keep to yourself!
Don’t get near me, for I am holier than you!’
These people are like smoke in my nostrils,
like a fire that keeps burning all day long.
65:6 Look, I have decreed: 1223
I will not keep silent, but will pay them back;
I will pay them back exactly what they deserve, 1224
65:7 for your sins and your ancestors’ sins,” 1225 says the
“Because they burned incense on the mountains
and offended 1226 me on the hills,
I will punish them in full measure.” 1227
65:8 This is what the
“When 1228 juice is discovered in a cluster of grapes,
someone says, ‘Don’t destroy it, for it contains juice.’ 1229
So I will do for the sake of my servants –
I will not destroy everyone. 1230
65:9 I will bring forth descendants from Jacob,
and from Judah people to take possession of my mountains.
My chosen ones will take possession of the land; 1231
my servants will live there.
65:10 Sharon 1232 will become a pasture for sheep,
they will belong to my people, who seek me. 1235
65:11 But as for you who abandon the
and forget about worshiping at 1236 my holy mountain,
who prepare a feast for the god called ‘Fortune,’ 1237
and fill up wine jugs for the god called ‘Destiny’ 1238 –
65:12 I predestine you to die by the sword, 1239
all of you will kneel down at the slaughtering block, 1240
because I called to you, and you did not respond,
I spoke and you did not listen.
You did evil before me; 1241
you chose to do what displeases me.”
65:13 So this is what the sovereign
“Look, my servants will eat, but you will be hungry!
Look, my servants will drink, but you will be thirsty!
Look, my servants will rejoice, but you will be humiliated!
65:14 Look, my servants will shout for joy as happiness fills their hearts! 1242
But you will cry out as sorrow fills your hearts; 1243
you will wail because your spirits will be crushed. 1244
65:15 Your names will live on in the curse formulas of my chosen ones. 1245
but he will give his servants another name.
65:16 Whoever pronounces a blessing in the earth 1246
will do so in the name of the faithful God; 1247
whoever makes an oath in the earth
will do so in the name of the faithful God. 1248
For past problems will be forgotten;
I will no longer think about them. 1249
65:17 For look, I am ready to create
new heavens and a new earth! 1250
The former ones 1251 will not be remembered;
no one will think about them anymore. 1252
65:18 But be happy and rejoice forevermore
over what I am about to create!
and her people to be a source of happiness. 1255
65:19 Jerusalem will bring me joy,
and my people will bring me happiness. 1256
The sound of weeping or cries of sorrow
will never be heard in her again.
65:20 Never again will one of her infants live just a few days 1257
or an old man die before his time. 1258
Indeed, no one will die before the age of a hundred, 1259
anyone who fails to reach 1260 the age of a hundred will be considered cursed.
65:21 They will build houses and live in them;
they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
65:22 No longer will they build a house only to have another live in it, 1261
or plant a vineyard only to have another eat its fruit, 1262
for my people will live as long as trees, 1263
and my chosen ones will enjoy to the fullest what they have produced. 1264
65:23 They will not work in vain,
or give birth to children that will experience disaster. 1265
and their descendants. 1266
65:24 Before they even call out, 1267 I will respond;
while they are still speaking, I will hear.
65:25 A wolf and a lamb will graze together; 1268
a lion, like an ox, will eat straw, 1269
and a snake’s food will be dirt. 1270
They will no longer injure or destroy
on my entire royal mountain,” 1271 says the
66:1 This is what the
“The heavens are my throne
and the earth is my footstool.
Where then is the house you will build for me?
Where is the place where I will rest?
66:2 My hand made them; 1272
that is how they came to be,” 1273 says the
I show special favor 1274 to the humble and contrite,
who respect what I have to say. 1275
66:3 The one who slaughters a bull also strikes down a man; 1276
the one who sacrifices a lamb also breaks a dog’s neck; 1277
the one who presents an offering includes pig’s blood with it; 1278
the one who offers incense also praises an idol. 1279
They have decided to behave this way; 1280
they enjoy these disgusting practices. 1281
66:4 So I will choose severe punishment 1282 for them;
I will bring on them what they dread,
because I called, and no one responded,
I spoke and they did not listen.
They did evil before me; 1283
they chose to do what displeases me.”
66:5 Hear the word of the
you who respect what he has to say! 1284
Your countrymen, 1285 who hate you
and exclude you, supposedly for the sake of my name,
say, “May the
then we will witness your joy.” 1286
But they will be put to shame.
66:6 The sound of battle comes from the city;
the sound comes from the temple!
It is the sound of the
66:7 Before she goes into labor, she gives birth!
Before her contractions begin, she delivers a boy!
66:8 Who has ever heard of such a thing?
Who has ever seen this?
Can a country 1287 be brought forth in one day?
Can a nation be born in a single moment?
Yet as soon as Zion goes into labor she gives birth to sons!
66:9 “Do I bring a baby to the birth opening and then not deliver it?”
“Or do I bring a baby to the point of delivery and then hold it back?”
asks your God. 1288
66:10 Be happy for Jerusalem
and rejoice with her, all you who love her!
Share in her great joy,
all you who have mourned over her!
you will feed with joy from her milk-filled breasts. 1291
66:12 For this is what the
“Look, I am ready to extend to her prosperity that will flow like a river,
the riches of nations will flow into her like a stream that floods its banks. 1292
You will nurse from her breast 1293 and be carried at her side;
you will play on her knees.
66:13 As a mother consoles a child, 1294
so I will console you,
and you will be consoled over Jerusalem.”
66:14 When you see this, you will be happy, 1295
and you will be revived. 1296
and his anger to his enemies. 1297
66:15 For look, the
his chariots come like a windstorm, 1298
to reveal his raging anger,
his battle cry, and his flaming arrows. 1299
66:16 For the
with fire and his sword;
66:17 “As for those who consecrate and ritually purify themselves so they can follow their leader and worship in the sacred orchards, 1302 those who eat the flesh of pigs and other disgusting creatures, like mice 1303 – they will all be destroyed together,” 1304 says the