Isaiah 51

The  Lord’s Comfort for Zion

1 a  Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness,
you who seek the  Lord:
look to the rock from which you were hewn,
and to the quarry from which you were dug.
2Look to Abraham your father
and to Sarah who bore you;
for b  he was but one when I called him,
that I might bless him and multiply him.
3For the  Lord c  comforts Zion;
he comforts all her waste places
and makes her wilderness like d  Eden,
her desert like e  the garden of the  Lord;
f  joy and gladness will be found in her,
thanksgiving and the voice of song.
4 g  “Give attention to me, my people,
and give ear to me, my nation;
h  for a law
Or  for teaching; also verse 7
will go out from me,
and I will set my justice for a light to the peoples.
5 j  My righteousness draws near,
my salvation has gone out,
and my arms will judge the peoples;
k  the coastlands hope for me,
and for my arm they wait.
6 l  Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
and look at the earth beneath;
m  for the heavens vanish like smoke,
the earth will wear out like a garment,
and they who dwell in it will die in like manner;
Or  will die like gnats

o  but my salvation will be forever,
and my righteousness will never be dismayed.
7 p  Listen to me, you who know righteousness,
the people q  in whose heart is my law;
r  fear not the reproach of man,
nor be dismayed at their revilings.
8 s  For the moth will eat them up like a garment,
and the worm will eat them like wool;
t  but my righteousness will be forever,
and my salvation to all generations.”
9 u  Awake, awake, v  put on strength,
O w  arm of the  Lord;
awake, x  as in days of old,
the generations of long ago.
Was it not you who cut y  Rahab in pieces,
who pierced z  the dragon?
10 aa  Was it not you who dried up the sea,
the waters of the great deep,
who made the depths of the sea a way
for the redeemed to pass over?
11 ab  And the ransomed of the  Lord shall return
and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain gladness and joy,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
12 “I, I am he ac  who comforts you;
who are you that you are afraid of ad  man who dies,
of the son of man who is made ae  like grass,
13and have forgotten the  Lord, your Maker,
af  who stretched out the heavens
and ag  laid the foundations of the earth,
and you fear continually all the day
because of the wrath of ah  the oppressor,
when he sets himself to destroy?
And where is the wrath of ai  the oppressor?
14 aj  He who is bowed down shall speedily be released;
he shall not die and go down ak  to the pit,
neither shall his bread be lacking.
15I am the  Lord your God,
al  who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar
the  Lord of hosts is his name.
16 am  And I have put my words in your mouth
an  and covered you in the shadow of my hand,
ao  establishing
Or planting
the heavens
and aq  laying the foundations of the earth,
and saying to Zion, ‘You are my people.’”
17 ar  Wake yourself, wake yourself,
stand up, O Jerusalem,
as  you who have drunk from the hand of the  Lord
the cup of his wrath,
who have drunk to the dregs
the bowl, at  the cup of staggering.
18 au  There is none to guide her
among all the sons she has borne;
there is none to take her by the hand
among all the sons she has brought up.
19 av  These two things have happened to you—
who will console you?—
devastation and destruction, famine and sword;
who will comfort you?
Dead Sea Scroll, Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate; Masoretic Text how shall I comfort you

20 ax  Your sons have fainted;
they lie at the head of every street
like an ay  antelope az  in a net;
they are full of the wrath of the  Lord,
the rebuke of your God.
21 ba  Therefore hear this, you who are afflicted,
who are drunk, but not with wine:
22Thus says your Lord, the  Lord,
your God bb  who pleads the cause of his people:
Behold, I have taken from your hand bc  the cup of staggering;
the bowl of my wrath you shall drink no more;
23 bd  and I will put it into the hand of your tormentors,
be  who have said to you,
Bow down, that we may pass over’;
and bf  you have made your back like the ground
and like the street for them to pass over.”
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