Isaiah 51

Israel Exhorted

1 a  Listen to me, you who b  pursue righteousness,
Who seek the  Lord:
Look to the c  rock from which you were hewn
And to the
Lit excavation of a pit
quarry from which you were dug.
2Look to e  Abraham your father
And to Sarah who gave birth to you in pain;
When he f  was but one I called him,
Then I blessed him and multiplied him.”
3Indeed g  the  Lord will comfort Zion;
He will comfort all her h  waste places.
And her i  wilderness He will make like j  Eden,
And her desert like the k  garden of the  Lord;
l  Joy and gladness will be found in her,
Thanksgiving and sound of a melody.

4 m  Pay attention to Me, O My people,
And give ear to Me, O My
Or people
For a o  law will go forth from Me,
And I will
Lit cause to rest
set My q  justice for a r  light of the peoples.
5“My s  righteousness is near, My salvation has gone forth,
And My t  arms will judge the peoples;
The u  coastlands will wait for Me,
And for My v  arm they will wait expectantly.
6 w  Lift up your eyes to the sky,
Then look to the earth beneath;
For the x  sky will vanish like smoke,
And the y  earth will wear out like a garment
And its inhabitants will die
Or like gnats
in like manner;
But My aa  salvation will be forever,
And My righteousness will not
Lit be broken
7 ac  Listen to Me, you who know righteousness,
A people in whose ad  heart is My law;
Do not fear the ae  reproach of man,
Nor be dismayed at their revilings.
8“For the af  moth will eat them like a garment,
And the ag  grub will eat them like wool.
But My ah  righteousness will be forever,
And My salvation to all generations.”

9 ai  Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the  Lord;
Awake as in the aj  days of old, the generations of long ago.
ak  Was it not You who cut Rahab in pieces,
Who pierced the al  dragon?
10Was it not You who am  dried up the sea,
The waters of the great deep;
Who made the depths of the sea a pathway
For the an  redeemed to cross over?
11So the ao  ransomed of the  Lord will return
And come with joyful shouting to Zion,
And ap  everlasting joy will be on their heads.
They will obtain gladness and joy,
And aq  sorrow and sighing will flee away.

12“I, even I, am He who ar  comforts you.
Who are you that you are afraid of as  man who dies
And of the son of man who is made at  like grass,
13That you have au  forgotten the  Lord your Maker,
Who av  stretched out the heavens
And laid the foundations of the earth,
That you aw  fear continually all day long because of the fury of the oppressor,
As he makes ready to destroy?
But where is the fury of the ax  oppressor?

Lit one in chains
az  exile will soon be set free, and will not die in the dungeon, ba  nor will his bread be lacking.
15“For I am the  Lord your God, who bb  stirs up the sea and its waves roar (the  Lord of hosts is His name). 16“I have bc  put My words in your mouth and have bd  covered you with the shadow of My hand, to
Lit plant
bf  establish the heavens, to found the earth, and to say to Zion, ‘You are My people.’”
17 bg  Rouse yourself! Rouse yourself! Arise, O Jerusalem,
You who have bh  drunk from the  Lord’s hand the cup of His anger;
Lit bowl of the cup of reeling
chalice of reeling you have
Lit drunk
drained to the dregs.
18There is bk  none to guide her among all the sons she has borne,
Nor is there one to take her by the hand among all the sons she has reared.
19These two things have befallen you;
Who will mourn for you?
The bl  devastation and destruction, famine and sword;
How shall I comfort you?
20Your sons have fainted,
They bm  lie helpless at the head of every street,
Like an bn  antelope in a net,
Full of the wrath of the  Lord,
The bo  rebuke of your God.

21Therefore, please hear this, you bp  afflicted,
Who are bq  drunk, but not with wine:
22Thus says your Lord, the  Lord, even your God
Who br  contends for His people,
Behold, I have taken out of your hand the bs  cup of reeling,
Lit bowl of the cup of
chalice of My anger;
You will never drink it again.
23“I will bu  put it into the hand of your tormentors,
Who have said to
Lit your soul
you, ‘ bw  Lie down that we may walk over you.’
You have even made your back like the ground
And like the street for those who walk over it.”

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