Bible: Isaiah 58-62
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; 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
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,
58:9 Then you will call out, and the
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
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
rather than doing anything you please on my holy day. 33
You must look forward to the Sabbath 34
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. 36
58:14 Then you will find joy in your relationship to the
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
Injustice Brings Alienation from God
59:1 Look, the
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
and salvation does not reach us.
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
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.
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
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
in the east they recognize his splendor. 84
For he comes like a rushing 85 stream
driven on by wind sent from the
59:20 “A protector 87 comes to Zion,
to those in Jacob who repent of their rebellious deeds,” 88 says the
59:21 “As for me, this is my promise to 89 them,” says the
Zion’s Future Splendor
60:1 “Arise! Shine! For your light arrives!
The splendor 91 of the
60:2 For, look, darkness covers the earth
and deep darkness covers 92 the nations,
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
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
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
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
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 splendor of your God will shine upon you. 126
60:20 Your sun will no longer set;
your moon will not disappear; 127
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
The Lord Will Rejuvenate His People
61:1 The spirit of the sovereign
to help 137 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, 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,
They will be called oaks of righteousness, 142
trees planted by the
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.
foreigners will work in your fields and vineyards.
61:6 You will be called, ‘the
servants of our God.’ 147
You will enjoy 148 the wealth of nations
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
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
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
and give his people reason to praise him in the sight of all the nations. 162
The Lord Takes Delight in Zion
62:1 “For 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
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.” 168
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
62:7 Don’t allow him to rest until he reestablishes Jerusalem, 174
until he makes Jerusalem the pride 175 of the earth.
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
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
“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
You will be called, “Sought After,
City Not Abandoned.”