Bible: Isaiah 60-66
Zion’s Future Splendor
60:1 “Arise! Shine! For your light arrives!
The splendor 1 of the
60:2 For, look, darkness covers the earth
and deep darkness covers 2 the nations,
his splendor 3 appears over you.
60:3 Nations come to your light,
kings to your bright light.
60:4 Look all around you! 4
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, 5
you will be excited and your heart will swell with pride. 6
For the riches of distant lands 7 will belong to you
and the wealth of nations will come to you.
60:6 Camel caravans will cover your roads, 8
young camels from Midian and Ephah.
All the merchants of Sheba 9 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. 11
They will go up on my altar acceptably, 12
and I will bestow honor on my majestic temple.
60:8 Who are these who float along 13 like a cloud,
who fly like doves to their shelters? 14
60:9 Indeed, the coastlands 15 look eagerly for me,
the large ships 16 are in the lead,
bringing your sons from far away,
along with their silver and gold,
to honor the
the Holy One of Israel, 18 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. 19
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. 20
60:12 Indeed, 21 nations or kingdoms that do not serve you will perish;
such nations will be totally destroyed. 22
60:13 The splendor of Lebanon will come to you,
its evergreens, firs, and cypresses together,
to beautify my palace; 23
I will bestow honor on my throne room. 24
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.’ 25
60:15 You were once abandoned
and despised, with no one passing through,
but I will make you 26 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. 27
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 30 bronze,
instead of stones, I will bring you 31 iron.
I will make prosperity 32 your overseer,
and vindication your sovereign ruler. 33
60:18 Sounds of violence 34 will no longer be heard in your land,
or the sounds of 35 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. 36
60:20 Your sun will no longer set;
your moon will not disappear; 37
your time 38 of sorrow will be over.
60:21 All of your people will be godly; 39
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. 40
60:22 The least of you will multiply into 41 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 47 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, 48
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, 49 instead of mourning,
They will be called oaks of righteousness, 52
trees planted by the
61:4 They will rebuild the perpetual ruins
and restore the places that were desolate; 54
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.’ 57
You will enjoy 58 the wealth of nations
61:7 Instead of shame, you will get a double portion; 61
instead of humiliation, they will rejoice over the land they receive. 62
Yes, 63 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; 64
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. 68
For he clothes me in garments of deliverance;
he puts on me a robe symbolizing vindication. 69
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. 70
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. 72
The Lord Takes Delight in Zion
62:1 “For the sake of Zion I will not be silent;
for the sake of Jerusalem 73 I will not be quiet,
until her vindication shines brightly 74
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.” 78
and your land will be married to him. 79
62:5 As a young man marries a young woman,
so your sons 80 will marry you.
As a bridegroom rejoices over a bride,
so your God will rejoice over you.
62:6 I 81 post watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem;
they should keep praying all day and all night. 82
You who pray to 83 the
62:7 Don’t allow him to rest until he reestablishes Jerusalem, 84
until he makes Jerusalem the pride 85 of the earth.
by his strong arm: 86
“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 87 will eat it,
and will praise the
Those who pick the grapes will drink the wine 88
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!’” 90
62:12 They will be called, “The Holy People,
the Ones Protected 91 by the
You will be called, “Sought After,
City Not Abandoned.”
The Victorious Divine Warrior
63:1 Who is this who comes from Edom, 92
dressed in bright red, coming from Bozrah? 93
who marches confidently 96 because of his great strength?
“It is I, the one who announces vindication,
and who is able to deliver!” 97
63:2 Why are your clothes red?
Why do you look like someone who has stomped on grapes in a vat? 98
63:3 “I have stomped grapes in the winepress all by myself;
no one from the nations joined me.
I stomped on them 99 in my anger;
I trampled them down in my rage.
Their juice splashed on my garments,
and stained 100 all my clothes.
63:4 For I looked forward to the day of vengeance,
and then payback time arrived. 101
63:5 I looked, but there was no one to help;
I was shocked because there was no one offering support. 102
So my right arm accomplished deliverance;
my raging anger drove me on. 103
63:6 I trampled nations in my anger,
I made them drunk 104 in my rage,
I splashed their blood on the ground.” 105
A Prayer for Divine Intervention
63:7 I will tell of the faithful acts of the
I will tell about all 106 the
the many good things he did for the family of Israel, 107
because of 108 his compassion and great faithfulness.
63:8 He said, “Certainly they will be my people,
children who are not disloyal.” 109
He became their deliverer.
63:9 Through all that they suffered, he suffered too. 110
The messenger sent from his very presence 111 delivered them.
In his love and mercy he protected 112 them;
he lifted them up and carried them throughout ancient times. 113
so he turned into an enemy
and fought against them.
63:11 His people remembered the ancient times. 116
Where is the one who brought them up out of the sea,
along with the shepherd of 117 his flock?
Where is the one who placed his holy Spirit among them, 118
63:12 the one who made his majestic power available to Moses, 119
who divided the water before them,
gaining for himself a lasting reputation, 120
63:13 who led them through the deep water?
Like a horse running on flat land 121 they did not stumble.
63:14 Like an animal that goes down into a valley to graze, 122
so the Spirit of the
In this way 123 you guided your people,
gaining for yourself an honored reputation. 124
63:15 Look down from heaven and take notice,
from your holy, majestic palace!
Where are your zeal 125 and power?
Do not hold back your tender compassion! 126
63:16 For you are our father,
though Abraham does not know us
and Israel does not recognize us.
you have been called our protector from ancient times. 127
and make our minds stubborn so that we do not obey you? 130
Return for the sake of your servants,
the tribes of your inheritance!
but then our adversaries knocked down 133 your holy sanctuary.
63:19 We existed from ancient times, 134
but you did not rule over them,
they were not your subjects. 135
The mountains would tremble 138 before you!
64:2 As when fire ignites dry wood,
or fire makes water boil,
let your adversaries know who you are, 139
and may the nations shake at your presence!
64:3 When you performed awesome deeds that took us by surprise, 140
you came down, and the mountains trembled 141 before you.
64:4 Since ancient times no one has heard or perceived, 142
no eye has seen any God besides you,
who intervenes for those who wait for him.
who observe your commandments. 145
Look, you were angry because we violated them continually.
How then can we be saved? 146
64:6 We are all like one who is unclean,
all our so-called righteous acts are like a menstrual rag in your sight. 147
We all wither like a leaf;
our sins carry us away like the wind.
64:7 No one invokes 148 your name,
or makes an effort 149 to take hold of you.
For you have rejected us 150
and handed us over to our own sins. 151
64:8 Yet, 152
We are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the product of your labor. 153
Do not hold our sins against us continually! 154
Take a good look at your people, at all of us! 155
64:10 Your chosen 156 cities have become a desert;
Zion has become a desert,
Jerusalem 157 is a desolate ruin.
64:11 Our holy temple, our pride and joy, 158
the place where our ancestors praised you,
has been burned with fire;
all our prized possessions have been destroyed. 159
64:12 In light of all this, 160 how can you still hold back,
How can you be silent and continue to humiliate us?
The Lord Will Distinguish Between Sinners and the Godly
65:1 “I made myself available to those who did not ask for me; 161
I appeared to those who did not look for me. 162
I said, ‘Here I am! Here I am!’
to a nation that did not invoke 163 my name.
65:2 I spread out my hands all day long
to my rebellious people,
who lived in a way that is morally unacceptable,
and who did what they desired. 164
65:3 These people continually and blatantly offend me 165
as they sacrifice in their sacred orchards 166
and burn incense on brick altars. 167
65:4 They sit among the tombs 168
and keep watch all night long. 169
They eat pork, 170
and broth 171 from unclean sacrificial meat is in their pans.
65:5 They say, ‘Keep to yourself!
Don’t get near me, for I am holier than you!’
These people are like smoke in my nostrils,
like a fire that keeps burning all day long.
65:6 Look, I have decreed: 172
I will not keep silent, but will pay them back;
I will pay them back exactly what they deserve, 173
65:7 for your sins and your ancestors’ sins,” 174 says the
“Because they burned incense on the mountains
and offended 175 me on the hills,
I will punish them in full measure.” 176
65:8 This is what the
“When 177 juice is discovered in a cluster of grapes,
someone says, ‘Don’t destroy it, for it contains juice.’ 178
So I will do for the sake of my servants –
I will not destroy everyone. 179
65:9 I will bring forth descendants from Jacob,
and from Judah people to take possession of my mountains.
My chosen ones will take possession of the land; 180
my servants will live there.
65:10 Sharon 181 will become a pasture for sheep,
they will belong to my people, who seek me. 184
65:11 But as for you who abandon the
and forget about worshiping at 185 my holy mountain,
who prepare a feast for the god called ‘Fortune,’ 186
and fill up wine jugs for the god called ‘Destiny’ 187 –
65:12 I predestine you to die by the sword, 188
all of you will kneel down at the slaughtering block, 189
because I called to you, and you did not respond,
I spoke and you did not listen.
You did evil before me; 190
you chose to do what displeases me.”
65:13 So this is what the sovereign
“Look, my servants will eat, but you will be hungry!
Look, my servants will drink, but you will be thirsty!
Look, my servants will rejoice, but you will be humiliated!
65:14 Look, my servants will shout for joy as happiness fills their hearts! 191
But you will cry out as sorrow fills your hearts; 192
you will wail because your spirits will be crushed. 193
65:15 Your names will live on in the curse formulas of my chosen ones. 194
but he will give his servants another name.
65:16 Whoever pronounces a blessing in the earth 195
will do so in the name of the faithful God; 196
whoever makes an oath in the earth
will do so in the name of the faithful God. 197
For past problems will be forgotten;
I will no longer think about them. 198
65:17 For look, I am ready to create
new heavens and a new earth! 199
The former ones 200 will not be remembered;
no one will think about them anymore. 201
65:18 But be happy and rejoice forevermore
over what I am about to create!
and her people to be a source of happiness. 204
65:19 Jerusalem will bring me joy,
and my people will bring me happiness. 205
The sound of weeping or cries of sorrow
will never be heard in her again.
65:20 Never again will one of her infants live just a few days 206
or an old man die before his time. 207
Indeed, no one will die before the age of a hundred, 208
anyone who fails to reach 209 the age of a hundred will be considered cursed.
65:21 They will build houses and live in them;
they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
65:22 No longer will they build a house only to have another live in it, 210
or plant a vineyard only to have another eat its fruit, 211
for my people will live as long as trees, 212
and my chosen ones will enjoy to the fullest what they have produced. 213
65:23 They will not work in vain,
or give birth to children that will experience disaster. 214
and their descendants. 215
65:24 Before they even call out, 216 I will respond;
while they are still speaking, I will hear.
65:25 A wolf and a lamb will graze together; 217
a lion, like an ox, will eat straw, 218
and a snake’s food will be dirt. 219
They will no longer injure or destroy
on my entire royal mountain,” 220 says the
66:1 This is what the
“The heavens are my throne
and the earth is my footstool.
Where then is the house you will build for me?
Where is the place where I will rest?
66:2 My hand made them; 221
that is how they came to be,” 222 says the
I show special favor 223 to the humble and contrite,
who respect what I have to say. 224
66:3 The one who slaughters a bull also strikes down a man; 225
the one who sacrifices a lamb also breaks a dog’s neck; 226
the one who presents an offering includes pig’s blood with it; 227
the one who offers incense also praises an idol. 228
They have decided to behave this way; 229
they enjoy these disgusting practices. 230
66:4 So I will choose severe punishment 231 for them;
I will bring on them what they dread,
because I called, and no one responded,
I spoke and they did not listen.
They did evil before me; 232
they chose to do what displeases me.”
66:5 Hear the word of the
you who respect what he has to say! 233
Your countrymen, 234 who hate you
and exclude you, supposedly for the sake of my name,
say, “May the
then we will witness your joy.” 235
But they will be put to shame.
66:6 The sound of battle comes from the city;
the sound comes from the temple!
It is the sound of the
66:7 Before she goes into labor, she gives birth!
Before her contractions begin, she delivers a boy!
66:8 Who has ever heard of such a thing?
Who has ever seen this?
Can a country 236 be brought forth in one day?
Can a nation be born in a single moment?
Yet as soon as Zion goes into labor she gives birth to sons!
66:9 “Do I bring a baby to the birth opening and then not deliver it?”
“Or do I bring a baby to the point of delivery and then hold it back?”
asks your God. 237
66:10 Be happy for Jerusalem
and rejoice with her, all you who love her!
Share in her great joy,
all you who have mourned over her!
you will feed with joy from her milk-filled breasts. 240
66:12 For this is what the
“Look, I am ready to extend to her prosperity that will flow like a river,
the riches of nations will flow into her like a stream that floods its banks. 241
You will nurse from her breast 242 and be carried at her side;
you will play on her knees.
66:13 As a mother consoles a child, 243
so I will console you,
and you will be consoled over Jerusalem.”
66:14 When you see this, you will be happy, 244
and you will be revived. 245
and his anger to his enemies. 246
66:15 For look, the
his chariots come like a windstorm, 247
to reveal his raging anger,
his battle cry, and his flaming arrows. 248
66:16 For the
with fire and his sword;
66:17 “As for those who consecrate and ritually purify themselves so they can follow their leader and worship in the sacred orchards, 251 those who eat the flesh of pigs and other disgusting creatures, like mice 252 – they will all be destroyed together,” 253 says the