Isaiah 50:1–11

Israel’s Sin and the Servant’s Obedience

50 This is what the Lord says:

“Where is your mother’s certificate of divorcen

with which I sent her away?

Or to which of my creditors

did I sello you?

Because of your sinsp you were sold;q

because of your transgressions your mother was sent away.

When I came, why was there no one?

When I called, why was there no one to answer?r

Was my arm too shorts to deliver you?

Do I lack the strengtht to rescue you?

By a mere rebukeu I dry up the sea,v

I turn rivers into a desert;w

their fish rot for lack of water

and die of thirst.

I clothe the heavens with darknessx

and make sackclothy its covering.”

The Sovereign Lordz has given me a well-instructed tongue,a

to know the word that sustains the weary.b

He wakens me morning by morning,c

wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.d

The Sovereign Lorde has opened my ears;f

I have not been rebellious,g

I have not turned away.

I offered my back to those who beath me,

my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard;i

I did not hide my face

from mocking and spitting.j

Because the Sovereign Lordk helpsl me,

I will not be disgraced.

Therefore have I set my face like flint,m

and I know I will not be put to shame.n

He who vindicateso me is near.p

Who then will bring charges against me?q

Let us face each other!r

Who is my accuser?

Let him confront me!

It is the Sovereign Lords who helpst me.

Who will condemnu me?

They will all wear out like a garment;

the mothsv will eat them up.

10 Who among you fearsw the Lord

and obeysx the word of his servant?y

Let the one who walks in the dark,

who has no light,z

trusta in the name of the Lord

and rely on their God.

11 But now, all you who light fires

and provide yourselves with flaming torches,b

go, walk in the light of your firesc

and of the torches you have set ablaze.

This is what you shall receive from my hand:d

You will lie down in torment.e

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Isaiah 51:1–23

Everlasting Salvation for Zion

51 “Listenf to me, you who pursue righteousnessg

and who seekh the Lord:

Look to the rocki from which you were cut

and to the quarry from which you were hewn;

look to Abraham,j your father,

and to Sarah, who gave you birth.

When I called him he was only one man,

and I blessed him and made him many.k

The Lord will surely comfortl Zionm

and will look with compassion on all her ruins;n

he will make her deserts like Eden,o

her wastelandsp like the garden of the Lord.

Joy and gladnessq will be found in her,

thanksgivingr and the sound of singing.

“Listen to me, my people;s

hear me,t my nation:

Instructionu will go out from me;

my justicev will become a light to the nations.w

My righteousness draws near speedily,

my salvationx is on the way,y

and my armz will bring justice to the nations.

The islandsa will look to me

and wait in hopeb for my arm.

Lift up your eyes to the heavens,

look at the earth beneath;

the heavens will vanish like smoke,c

the earth will wear out like a garmentd

and its inhabitants die like flies.

But my salvatione will last forever,f

my righteousness will never fail.g

“Hear me, you who know what is right,h

you people who have taken my instruction to heart:i

Do not fear the reproach of mere mortals

or be terrified by their insults.j

For the moth will eat them up like a garment;k

the worml will devour them like wool.

But my righteousness will last forever,m

my salvation through all generations.”

Awake, awake,n armo of the Lord,

clothe yourself with strength!p

Awake, as in days gone by,

as in generations of old.q

Was it not you who cut Rahabr to pieces,

who pierced that monsters through?

10 Was it not you who dried up the sea,t

the waters of the great deep,u

who made a road in the depths of the seav

so that the redeemedw might cross over?

11 Those the Lord has rescuedx will return.

They will enter Zion with singing;y

everlasting joy will crown their heads.

Gladness and joyz will overtake them,

and sorrow and sighing will flee away.a

12 “I, even I, am he who comfortsb you.

Who are you that you fearc mere mortals,d

human beings who are but grass,e

13 that you forgetf the Lord your Maker,g

who stretches out the heavensh

and who lays the foundations of the earth,

that you live in constant terrori every day

because of the wrath of the oppressor,

who is bent on destruction?

For where is the wrath of the oppressor?j

14 The cowering prisoners will soon be set free;k

they will not die in their dungeon,

nor will they lack bread.l

15 For I am the Lord your God,

who stirs up the seam so that its waves roarn

the Lord Almightyo is his name.

16 I have put my words in your mouthp

and covered you with the shadow of my handq

I who set the heavens in place,

who laid the foundations of the earth,r

and who say to Zion, ‘You are my people.s’ ”

The Cup of the Lord’s Wrath

17 Awake, awake!t

Rise up, Jerusalem,

you who have drunk from the hand of the Lord

the cupu of his wrath,v

you who have drained to its dregsw

the goblet that makes people stagger.x

18 Among all the childreny she bore

there was none to guide her;z

among all the children she reared

there was none to take her by the hand.a

19 These double calamitiesb have come upon you—

who can comfort you?c

ruin and destruction,d faminee and swordf

who cana console you?

20 Your children

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Isaiah 52

52 Awake, awake,s Zion,

clothe yourself with strength!t

Put on your garments of splendor,u

Jerusalem, the holy city.v

The uncircumcisedw and defiledx

will not enter you again.y

Shake off your dust;z

rise up,a sit enthroned, Jerusalem.

Free yourself from the chains on your neck,b

Daughter Zion,c now a captive.

For this is what the Lord says:

“You were sold for nothing,d

and without moneye you will be redeemed.f

For this is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“At first my people went down to Egyptg to live;

lately, Assyriah has oppressed them.

“And now what do I have here?” declares the Lord.

“For my people have been taken away for nothing,

and those who rule them mock,a

declares the Lord.

“And all day long

my name is constantly blasphemed.i

Therefore my people will knowj my name;k

therefore in that dayl they will know

that it is I who foretoldm it.

Yes, it is I.”

How beautiful on the mountainsn

are the feet of those who bring good news,o

who proclaim peace,p

who bring good tidings,

who proclaim salvation,

who say to Zion,

“Your God reigns!”q

Listen! Your watchmenr lift up their voices;s

together they shout for joy.t

When the Lord returnsu to Zion,v

they will see it with their own eyes.

Burst into songs of joyw together,

you ruinsx of Jerusalem,

for the Lord has comfortedy his people,

he has redeemed Jerusalem.z

10 The Lord will lay bare his holy arma

in the sight of all the nations,b

and all the ends of the earthc will see

the salvationd of our God.

11 Depart,e depart, go out from there!

Touch no unclean thing!f

Come out from it and be pure,g

you who carry the articlesh of the Lord’s house.

12 But you will not leave in hastei

or go in flight;

for the Lord will go before you,j

the God of Israel will be your rear guard.k

The Suffering and Glory of the Servant

13 See, my servantl will act wiselyb;

he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.m

14 Just as there were many who were appalledn at himc

his appearance was so disfiguredo beyond that of any human being

and his form marred beyond human likenessp

15 so he will sprinkleq many nations,d

and kingsr will shut their mouthss because of him.

For what they were not told, they will see,

and what they have not heard, they will understand.t

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