Bible: Isaiah 51:1-8

There is Hope for the Future

51:1Listen to me, you who pursue godliness, 1 

who seek the Lord!

Look at the rock from which you were chiseled,

at the quarry 2  from which you were dug! 3 

51:2 Look at Abraham, your father,

and Sarah, who gave you birth. 4 

When I summoned him, he was a lone individual, 5 

but I blessed him 6  and gave him numerous descendants. 7 

51:3 Certainly the Lord will console Zion;

he will console all her ruins.

He will make her wilderness like Eden,

her desert like the Garden of the Lord.

Happiness and joy will be restored to 8  her,

thanksgiving and the sound of music.

51:4 Pay attention to me, my people!

Listen to me, my people!

For 9  I will issue a decree, 10 

I will make my justice a light to the nations. 11 

51:5 I am ready to vindicate, 12 

I am ready to deliver, 13 

I will establish justice among the nations. 14 

The coastlands 15  wait patiently for me;

they wait in anticipation for the revelation of my power. 16 

51:6 Look up at the sky!

Look at the earth below!

For the sky will dissipate 17  like smoke,

and the earth will wear out like clothes;

its residents will die like gnats.

But the deliverance I give 18  is permanent;

the vindication I provide 19  will not disappear. 20 

51:7 Listen to me, you who know what is right,

you people who are aware of my law! 21 

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 22  will be permanent;

the deliverance I give will last.”

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