Bible: Isaiah 58-62

The Lord Desires Genuine Devotion

58:1Shout loudly! Don’t be quiet!

Yell as loud as a trumpet!

Confront my people with their rebellious deeds; 1 

confront Jacob’s family with their sin! 2 

58:2 They seek me day after day;

they want to know my requirements, 3 

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, 4  ‘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, 5 

you oppress your workers. 6 

58:4 Look, your fasting is accompanied by 7  arguments, brawls,

and fistfights. 8 

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? 9 

Do I want a day when people merely humble themselves, 10 

bowing their heads like a reed

and stretching out 11  on sackcloth and ashes?

Is this really what you call a fast,

a day that is pleasing to the Lord?

58:6 No, this is the kind of fast I want. 12 

I want you 13  to remove the sinful chains,

to tear away the ropes of the burdensome yoke,

to set free the oppressed, 14 

and to break every burdensome yoke.

58:7 I want you 15  to share your food with the hungry

and to provide shelter for homeless, oppressed people. 16 

When you see someone naked, clothe him!

Don’t turn your back on your own flesh and blood! 17 

58:8 Then your light will shine like the sunrise; 18 

your restoration will quickly arrive; 19 

your godly behavior 20  will go before you,

and the Lord’s splendor will be your rear guard. 21 

58:9 Then you will call out, and the Lord will respond;

you will cry out, and he will reply, ‘Here I am.’

You must 22  remove the burdensome yoke from among you

and stop pointing fingers and speaking sinfully.

58:10 You must 23  actively help the hungry

and feed the oppressed. 24 

Then your light will dispel the darkness, 25 

and your darkness will be transformed into noonday. 26 

58:11 The Lord will continually lead you;

he will feed you even in parched regions. 27 

He will give you renewed strength, 28 

and you will be like a well-watered garden,

like a spring that continually produces water.

58:12 Your perpetual ruins will be rebuilt; 29 

you will reestablish the ancient foundations.

You will be called, ‘The one who repairs broken walls,

the one who makes the streets inhabitable again.’ 30 

58:13 You must 31  observe the Sabbath 32 

rather than doing anything you please on my holy day. 33 

You must look forward to the Sabbath 34 

and treat the Lord’s holy day with respect. 35 

You must treat it with respect by refraining from your normal activities,

and by refraining from your selfish pursuits and from making business deals. 36 

58:14 Then you will find joy in your relationship to the Lord, 37 

and I will give you great prosperity, 38 

and cause crops to grow on the land I gave to your ancestor Jacob.” 39 

Know for certain that the Lord has spoken. 40 

Injustice Brings Alienation from God

59:1 Look, the Lord’s hand is not too weak 41  to deliver you;

his ear is not too deaf to hear you. 42 

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. 43 

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; 44 

no one sets forth his case truthfully.

They depend on false words 45  and tell lies;

they conceive of oppression 46 

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. 47 

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. 48 

59:7 They are eager to do evil, 49 

quick to shed innocent blood. 50 

Their thoughts are sinful;

they crush and destroy. 51 

59:8 They are unfamiliar with peace;

their deeds are unjust. 52 

They use deceitful methods,

and whoever deals with them is unfamiliar with peace. 53 

Israel Confesses its Sin

59:9 For this reason deliverance 54  is far from us 55 

and salvation does not reach us.

We wait for light, 56  but see only darkness; 57 

we wait for 58  a bright light, 59  but live 60  in deep darkness. 61 

59:10 We grope along the wall like the blind,

we grope like those who cannot see; 62 

we stumble at noontime as if it were evening.

Though others are strong, we are like dead men. 63 

59:11 We all growl like bears,

we coo mournfully like doves;

we wait for deliverance, 64  but there is none,

for salvation, but it is far from us.

59:12 For you are aware of our many rebellious deeds, 65 

and our sins testify against us;

indeed, we are aware of our rebellious deeds;

we know our sins all too well. 66 

59:13 We have rebelled and tried to deceive the Lord;

we turned back from following our God.

We stir up 67  oppression and rebellion;

we tell lies we concocted in our minds. 68 

59:14 Justice is driven back;

godliness 69  stands far off.

Indeed, 70  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.

The Lord watches and is displeased, 71 

for there is no justice.

The Lord Intervenes

59:16 He sees there is no advocate; 72 

he is shocked 73  that no one intervenes.

So he takes matters into his own hands; 74 

his desire for justice drives him on. 75 

59:17 He wears his desire for justice 76  like body armor, 77 

and his desire to deliver is like a helmet on his head. 78 

He puts on the garments of vengeance 79 

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. 80 

He repays the coastlands. 81 

59:19 In the west, people respect 82  the Lord’s reputation; 83 

in the east they recognize his splendor. 84 

For he comes like a rushing 85  stream

driven on by wind sent from the Lord. 86 

59:20A protector 87  comes to Zion,

to those in Jacob who repent of their rebellious deeds,” 88  says the Lord.

59:21As for me, this is my promise to 89  them,” says the Lord. “My spirit, who is upon you, and my words, which I have placed in your mouth, will not depart from your mouth or from the mouths of your children and descendants from this time forward,” 90  says the Lord.

Zion’s Future Splendor

60:1Arise! Shine! For your light arrives!

The splendor 91  of the Lord shines on you!

60:2 For, look, darkness covers the earth

and deep darkness covers 92  the nations,

but the Lord shines on you;

his splendor 93  appears over you.

60:3 Nations come to your light,

kings to your bright light.

60:4 Look all around you! 94 

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, 95 

you will be excited and your heart will swell with pride. 96 

For the riches of distant lands 97  will belong to you

and the wealth of nations will come to you.

60:6 Camel caravans will cover your roads, 98 

young camels from Midian and Ephah.

All the merchants of Sheba 99  will come,

bringing gold and incense

and singing praises to the Lord. 100 

60:7 All the sheep of Kedar will be gathered to you;

the rams of Nebaioth will be available to you as sacrifices. 101 

They will go up on my altar acceptably, 102 

and I will bestow honor on my majestic temple.

60:8 Who are these who float along 103  like a cloud,

who fly like doves to their shelters? 104 

60:9 Indeed, the coastlands 105  look eagerly for me,

the large ships 106  are in the lead,

bringing your sons from far away,

along with their silver and gold,

to honor the Lord your God, 107 

the Holy One of Israel, 108  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. 109 

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. 110 

60:12 Indeed, 111  nations or kingdoms that do not serve you will perish;

such nations will be totally destroyed. 112 

60:13 The splendor of Lebanon will come to you,

its evergreens, firs, and cypresses together,

to beautify my palace; 113 

I will bestow honor on my throne room. 114 

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 Lord,

Zion of the Holy One of Israel.’ 115 

60:15 You were once abandoned

and despised, with no one passing through,

but I will make you 116  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. 117 

Then you will recognize that I, the Lord, am your deliverer,

your protector, 118  the powerful ruler of Jacob. 119 

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 120  bronze,

instead of stones, I will bring you 121  iron.

I will make prosperity 122  your overseer,

and vindication your sovereign ruler. 123 

60:18 Sounds of violence 124  will no longer be heard in your land,

or the sounds of 125  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 Lord will be your permanent source of light

the splendor of your God will shine upon you. 126 

60:20 Your sun will no longer set;

your moon will not disappear; 127 

the Lord will be your permanent source of light;

your time 128  of sorrow will be over.

60:21 All of your people will be godly; 129 

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. 130 

60:22 The least of you will multiply into 131  a thousand;

the smallest of you will become a large nation.

When the right time comes, I the Lord will quickly do this! 132 

The Lord Will Rejuvenate His People

61:1 The spirit of the sovereign Lord is upon me,

because the Lord has chosen 133  me. 134 

He has commissioned 135  me to encourage 136  the poor,

to help 137  the brokenhearted,

to decree the release of captives,

and the freeing of prisoners,

61:2 to announce the year when the Lord will show his favor,

the day when our God will seek vengeance, 138 

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, 139  instead of mourning,

a garment symbolizing praise, 140  instead of discouragement. 141 

They will be called oaks of righteousness, 142 

trees planted by the Lord to reveal his splendor. 143 

61:4 They will rebuild the perpetual ruins

and restore the places that were desolate; 144 

they will reestablish the ruined cities,

the places that have been desolate since ancient times.

61:5 145 Foreigners will take care of 146  your sheep;

foreigners will work in your fields and vineyards.

61:6 You will be called, ‘the Lord’s priests,

servants of our God.’ 147 

You will enjoy 148  the wealth of nations

and boast about 149  the riches you receive from them. 150 

61:7 Instead of shame, you will get a double portion; 151 

instead of humiliation, they will rejoice over the land they receive. 152 

Yes, 153  they will possess a double portion in their land

and experience lasting joy.

61:8 For I, the Lord, love justice

and hate robbery and sin.

I will repay them because of my faithfulness; 154 

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

the Lord has blessed them.” 155 

61:10 I 156  will greatly rejoice 157  in the Lord;

I will be overjoyed because of my God. 158 

For he clothes me in garments of deliverance;

he puts on me a robe symbolizing vindication. 159 

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. 160 

61:11 For just as the ground produces its crops

and a garden yields its produce,

so the sovereign Lord will cause deliverance 161  to grow,

and give his people reason to praise him in the sight of all the nations. 162 

The Lord Takes Delight in Zion

62:1For the sake of Zion I will not be silent;

for the sake of Jerusalem 163  I will not be quiet,

until her vindication shines brightly 164 

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

that the Lord himself will give you. 165 

62:3 You will be a majestic crown in the hand of the Lord,

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.”

Indeed, 166  you will be called “My Delight is in Her,” 167 

and your land “Married.” 168 

For the Lord will take delight in you,

and your land will be married to him. 169 

62:5 As a young man marries a young woman,

so your sons 170  will marry you.

As a bridegroom rejoices over a bride,

so your God will rejoice over you.

62:6 I 171  post watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem;

they should keep praying all day and all night. 172 

You who pray to 173  the Lord, don’t be silent!

62:7 Don’t allow him to rest until he reestablishes Jerusalem, 174 

until he makes Jerusalem the pride 175  of the earth.

62:8 The Lord swears an oath by his right hand,

by his strong arm: 176 

“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 177  will eat it,

and will praise the Lord.

Those who pick the grapes will drink the wine 178 

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 Lord announces to the entire earth: 179 

“Say to Daughter Zion,

Look, your deliverer comes!

Look, his reward is with him

and his reward goes before him!’ 180 

62:12 They will be called, “The Holy People,

the Ones Protected 181  by the Lord.”

You will be called, “Sought After,

City Not Abandoned.”

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