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Isaiah 60 (New International Version)

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The Glory of Zion

1 "Arise,1 shine, for your light2 has come, and the glory3 of the LORD rises upon you. 2 See, darkness4 covers the earth and thick darkness5 is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you. 3 Nations6 will come to your light,7 and kings8 to the brightness of your dawn. 4 "Lift up your eyes and look about you: All assemble9 and come to you; your sons come from afar,10 and your daughters11 are carried on the arm.12 5 Then you will look and be radiant,13 your heart will throb and swell with joy;14 the wealth15 on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come. 6 Herds of camels16 will cover your land, young camels of Midian17 and Ephah.18 And all from Sheba19 will come, bearing gold and incense20 and proclaiming the praise21 of the LORD. 7 All Kedar's22 flocks will be gathered to you, the rams of Nebaioth will serve you; they will be accepted as offerings23 on my altar,24 and I will adorn my glorious temple.25 8 "Who are these26 that fly along like clouds,27 like doves to their nests? 9 Surely the islands28 look to me; in the lead are the ships of Tarshish,a29 bringing30 your sons from afar, with their silver and gold,31 to the honor32 of the LORD your God, the Holy One33 of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor.34 10 "Foreigners35 will rebuild your walls, and their kings36 will serve you. Though in anger I struck you, in favor37 I will show you compassion.38 11 Your gates39 will always stand open, they will never be shut, day or night, so that men may bring you the wealth of the nations40-- their kings41 led in triumphal procession. 12 For the nation or kingdom that will not serve42 you will perish; it will be utterly ruined.43 13 "The glory of Lebanon44 will come to you, the pine, the fir and the cypress together,45 to adorn the place of my sanctuary;46 and I will glorify the place of my feet.47 14 The sons of your oppressors48 will come bowing before you; all who despise you will bow down49 at your feet and will call you the City50 of the LORD, Zion51 of the Holy One52 of Israel. 15 "Although you have been forsaken53 and hated, with no one traveling54 through, I will make you the everlasting pride55 and the joy56 of all generations. 16 You will drink the milk of nations and be nursed57 at royal breasts. Then you will know58 that I, the LORD, am your Savior,59 your Redeemer,60 the Mighty One of Jacob.61 17 Instead of bronze I will bring you gold,62 and silver in place of iron. Instead of wood I will bring you bronze, and iron in place of stones. I will make peace63 your governor and righteousness your ruler.64 18 No longer will violence65 be heard in your land, nor ruin or destruction66 within your borders, but you will call your walls Salvation67 and your gates Praise.68 19 The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the LORD will be your everlasting light,69 and your God will be your glory.70 20 Your sun71 will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow72 will end. 21 Then will all your people be righteous73 and they will possess74 the land forever. They are the shoot I have planted,75 the work of my hands,76 for the display of my splendor.77 22 The least of you will become a thousand, the smallest a mighty nation.78 I am the LORD; in its time I will do this swiftly."79
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