Isaiah 51:3-23 NIV

3 The LORD will surely comfort1 Zion2 and will look with compassion on all her ruins;3 he will make her deserts like Eden,4 her wastelands5 like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness6 will be found in her, thanksgiving7 and the sound of singing.

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4 "Listen to me, my people;8 hear me,9 my nation: The law10 will go out from me; my justice11 will become a light to the nations.12

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5 My righteousness draws near speedily, my salvation13 is on the way,14 and my arm15 will bring justice to the nations. The islands16 will look to me and wait in hope17 for my arm.

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6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke,18 the earth will wear out like a garment19 and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation20 will last forever,21 my righteousness will never fail.22

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7 "Hear me, you who know what is right,23 you people who have my law in your hearts:24 Do not fear the reproach of men or be terrified by their insults.25

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8 For the moth will eat them up like a garment;26 the worm27 will devour them like wool. But my righteousness will last forever,28 my salvation through all generations."

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9 Awake, awake!29 Clothe yourself with strength,30 O arm31 of the LORD; awake, as in days gone by, as in generations of old.32 Was it not you who cut Rahab33 to pieces, who pierced that monster34 through?

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10 Was it not you who dried up the sea,35 the waters of the great deep,36 who made a road in the depths of the sea37 so that the redeemed38 might cross over?

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11 The ransomed39 of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with singing;40 everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy41 will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.42

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12 "I, even I, am he who comforts43 you. Who are you that you fear44 mortal men,45 the sons of men, who are but grass,46

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13 that you forget47 the LORD your Maker,48 who stretched out the heavens49 and laid the foundations of the earth, that you live in constant terror50 every day because of the wrath of the oppressor, who is bent on destruction? For where is the wrath of the oppressor?51

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14 The cowering prisoners will soon be set free;52 they will not die in their dungeon, nor will they lack bread.53

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15 For I am the LORD your God, who churns up the sea54 so that its waves roar55-- the LORD Almighty56 is his name.

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16 I have put my words in your mouth57 and covered you with the shadow of my hand58-- I who set the heavens in place, who laid the foundations of the earth,59 and who say to Zion, 'You are my people.60' "

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The Cup of the LORD's Wrath

17 Awake, awake!61 Rise up, O Jerusalem, you who have drunk from the hand of the LORD the cup62 of his wrath,63 you who have drained to its dregs64 the goblet that makes men stagger.65

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      18 Of all the sons66 she bore there was none to guide her;67 of all the sons she reared there was none to take her by the hand.68

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      19 These double calamities69 have come upon you-- who can comfort you?70-- ruin and destruction,71 famine72 and sword73-- who cana console you?

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        • a 51:19 - Dead Sea Scrolls, Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; Masoretic Text "/ how can I"
          20 Your sons have fainted; they lie at the head of every street,74 like antelope caught in a net.75 They are filled with the wrath76 of the LORD and the rebuke77 of your God.

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          21 Therefore hear this, you afflicted78 one, made drunk,79 but not with wine.

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          22 This is what your Sovereign LORD says, your God, who defends80 his people: "See, I have taken out of your hand the cup81 that made you stagger; from that cup, the goblet of my wrath, you will never drink again.

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          23 I will put it into the hands of your tormentors,82 who said to you, 'Fall prostrate83 that we may walk84 over you.' And you made your back like the ground, like a street to be walked over."85

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