Bible: Isaiah 51-52
There is Hope for the Future
51:1 “Listen to me, you who pursue godliness, 1
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. 4
When I summoned him, he was a lone individual, 5
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 8 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. 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;
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.”
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 28 a path through the depths of the sea,
so those delivered from bondage 29 could cross over?
51:11 Those whom the
they will enter Zion with a happy shout.
Unending joy will crown them, 30
happiness and joy will overwhelm 31 them;
grief and suffering will disappear. 32
51:12 “I, I am the one who consoles you. 33
Why are you afraid of mortal men,
of mere human beings who are as short-lived as grass? 34
51:13 Why do you forget 35 the
who stretched out the sky 36
and founded the earth?
Why do you constantly tremble all day long 37
at the anger of the oppressor,
when he makes plans to destroy?
Where is the anger of the oppressor? 38
51:14 The one who suffers 39 will soon be released;
he will not die in prison, 40
he will not go hungry. 41
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, 44
to establish 45 the sky and to found the earth,
to say to Zion, ‘You are my people.’” 46
51:17 Wake up! Wake up!
Get up, O Jerusalem!
You drank from the cup the
which was full of his anger! 47
You drained dry
the goblet full of intoxicating wine. 48
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? 49
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. 50
51:21 So listen to this, oppressed one,
who is drunk, but not from wine!
51:22 This is what your sovereign master, 51 the
“Look, I have removed from your hand
the cup of intoxicating wine, 52
the goblet full of my anger. 53
You will no longer have to drink it.
51:23 I will put it into the hand of your tormentors 54
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, 55 holy city!
For uncircumcised and unclean pagans
will no longer invade you.
52:2 Shake off the dirt! 56
Get up, captive 57 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?” 58 says the
“Indeed my people have been carried away for nothing,
those who rule over them taunt,” 59 says the
“and my name is constantly slandered 60 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 63
the feet of a messenger who announces peace,
a messenger who brings good news, who announces deliverance,
who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” 64
52:8 Listen, 65 your watchmen shout;
in unison they shout for joy,
for they see with their very own eyes 66
52:9 In unison give a joyful shout,
O ruins of Jerusalem!
he protects 67 Jerusalem.
in the sight of all the nations;
the entire 70 earth sees
our God deliver. 71
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. 73
the God of Israel is your rear guard.
The Lord Will Vindicate His Servant
52:13 “Look, my servant will succeed! 74
He will be elevated, lifted high, and greatly exalted 75 –
52:14 (just as many were horrified by the sight of you) 76
52:15 his form was so marred he no longer looked human 79 –
Kings will be shocked by his exaltation, 82
for they will witness something unannounced to them,
and they will understand something they had not heard about.