Bible: Isaiah 50:7-51:16
50:7 But the sovereign
so I am not humiliated.
For that reason I am steadfastly resolved; 1
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! 2
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 5 his servant?
Whoever walks in deep darkness, 6
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! 11
This is what you will receive from me: 12
you will lie down in a place of pain. 13
There is Hope for the Future
51:1 “Listen to me, you who pursue godliness, 14
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. 17
When I summoned him, he was a lone individual, 18
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 21 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. 24
51:5 I am ready to vindicate, 25
I am ready to deliver, 26
I will establish justice among the nations. 27
The coastlands 28 wait patiently for me;
they wait in anticipation for the revelation of my power. 29
51:6 Look up at the sky!
Look at the earth below!
For the sky will dissipate 30 like smoke,
and the earth will wear out like clothes;
its residents will die like gnats.
But the deliverance I give 31 is permanent;
51:7 Listen to me, you who know what is right,
you people who are aware of my law! 34
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 35 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 41 a path through the depths of the sea,
so those delivered from bondage 42 could cross over?
51:11 Those whom the
they will enter Zion with a happy shout.
Unending joy will crown them, 43
happiness and joy will overwhelm 44 them;
grief and suffering will disappear. 45
51:12 “I, I am the one who consoles you. 46
Why are you afraid of mortal men,
of mere human beings who are as short-lived as grass? 47
51:13 Why do you forget 48 the
who stretched out the sky 49
and founded the earth?
Why do you constantly tremble all day long 50
at the anger of the oppressor,
when he makes plans to destroy?
Where is the anger of the oppressor? 51
51:14 The one who suffers 52 will soon be released;
he will not die in prison, 53
he will not go hungry. 54
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, 57
to establish 58 the sky and to found the earth,
to say to Zion, ‘You are my people.’” 59