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Isaiah 63 (New International Version)

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God's Day of Vengeance and Redemption

1 Who is this coming from Edom,1 from Bozrah,2 with his garments stained crimson?3 Who is this, robed in splendor, striding forward in the greatness of his strength?4 "It is I, speaking in righteousness, mighty to save."5 2 Why are your garments red, like those of one treading the winepress?6 3 "I have trodden the winepress7 alone; from the nations no one was with me. I trampled8 them in my anger and trod them down in my wrath;9 their blood spattered my garments,10 and I stained all my clothing. 4 For the day of vengeance11 was in my heart, and the year of my redemption has come. 5 I looked, but there was no one12 to help, I was appalled that no one gave support; so my own arm13 worked salvation for me, and my own wrath sustained me.14 6 I trampled15 the nations in my anger; in my wrath I made them drunk16 and poured their blood17 on the ground."

Praise and Prayer

7 I will tell of the kindnesses18 of the LORD, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the LORD has done for us-- yes, the many good things19 he has done for the house of Israel, according to his compassion20 and many kindnesses. 8 He said, "Surely they are my people,21 sons who will not be false to me"; and so he became their Savior.22 9 In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel23 of his presence24 saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed25 them; he lifted them up and carried26 them all the days of old.27 10 Yet they rebelled28 and grieved his Holy Spirit.29 So he turned and became their enemy30 and he himself fought31 against them. 11 Then his people recalleda the days of old, the days of Moses and his people-- where is he who brought them through the sea,32 with the shepherd of his flock?33 Where is he who set his Holy Spirit34 among them, 12 who sent his glorious arm35 of power to be at Moses' right hand, who divided the waters36 before them, to gain for himself everlasting renown,37 13 who led38 them through the depths?39 Like a horse in open country, they did not stumble;40 14 like cattle that go down to the plain, they were given rest41 by the Spirit of the LORD. This is how you guided your people to make for yourself a glorious name. 15 Look down from heaven42 and see from your lofty throne,43 holy and glorious. Where are your zeal44 and your might? Your tenderness and compassion45 are withheld46 from us. 16 But you are our Father,47 though Abraham does not know us or Israel acknowledge48 us; you, O LORD, are our Father, our Redeemer49 from of old is your name. 17 Why, O LORD, do you make us wander50 from your ways and harden our hearts51 so we do not revere52 you? Return53 for the sake of your servants, the tribes that are your inheritance.54 18 For a little while55 your people possessed your holy place, but now our enemies have trampled56 down your sanctuary.57 19 We are yours from of old; but you have not ruled over them, they have not been called by your name.b58
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