Isaiah 51 (Today's New International Version)

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Everlasting Salvation for Zion

1 "Listen1 to me, you who pursue righteousness2 and who seek3 the LORD: Look to the rock4 from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn; 2 look to Abraham,5 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.6 3 The LORD will surely comfort7 Zion8 and will look with compassion on all her ruins;9 he will make her deserts like Eden,10 her wastelands11 like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness12 will be found in her, thanksgiving13 and the sound of singing. 4 "Listen to me, my people;14 hear me,15 my nation: Instruction16 will go out from me; my justice17 will become a light to the nations.18 5 My righteousness draws near speedily, my salvation19 is on the way,20 and my arm21 will bring justice to the nations. The islands22 will look to me and wait in hope23 for my arm. 6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke,24 the earth will wear out like a garment25 and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation26 will last forever,27 my righteousness will never fail.28 7 "Hear me, you who know what is right,29 you people who have taken my instruction to heart:30 Do not fear the reproach of mere mortals or be terrified by their insults.31 8 For the moth will eat them up like a garment;32 the worm33 will devour them like wool. But my righteousness will last forever,34 my salvation through all generations." 9 Awake, awake,35 arm36 of the LORD, clothe yourself with strength!37 Awake, as in days gone by, as in generations of old.38 Was it not you who cut Rahab39 to pieces, who pierced that monster40 through? 10 Was it not you who dried up the sea,41 the waters of the great deep,42 who made a road in the depths of the sea43 so that the redeemed44 might cross over? 11 Those the LORD has rescued45 will return. They will enter Zion with singing;46 everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy47 will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.48 12 "I, even I, am he who comforts49 you. Who are you that you fear50 mere mortals,51 human beings, who are but grass,52 13 that you forget53 the LORD your Maker,54 who stretched out the heavens55 and laid the foundations of the earth, that you live in constant terror56 every day because of the wrath of the oppressor, who is bent on destruction? For where is the wrath of the oppressor?57 14 The cowering prisoners will soon be set free;58 they will not die in their dungeon, nor will they lack bread.59 15 For I am the LORD your God, who stirs up the sea60 so that its waves roar61-- the LORD Almighty62 is his name. 16 I have put my words in your mouth63 and covered you with the shadow of my hand64-- I who set the heavens in place, who laid the foundations of the earth,65 and who say to Zion, 'You are my people.66' "

The Cup of the LORD's Wrath

17 Awake, awake!67 Rise up, Jerusalem, you who have drunk from the hand of the LORD the cup68 of his wrath,69 you who have drained to its dregs70 the goblet that makes people stagger.71 18 Among all the children72 she bore there was none to guide her;73 among all the children she reared there was none to take her by the hand.74 19 These double calamities75 have come upon you-- who can comfort you?76-- ruin and destruction,77 famine78 and sword79-- who cana console you? 20 Your children have fainted; they lie at every street corner,80 like antelope caught in a net.81 They are filled with the wrath82 of the LORD, with the rebuke83 of your God. 21 Therefore hear this, you afflicted84 one, made drunk,85 but not with wine. 22 This is what your Sovereign LORD says, your God, who defends86 his people: "See, I have taken out of your hand the cup87 that made you stagger; from that cup, the goblet of my wrath, you will never drink again. 23 I will put it into the hands of your tormentors,88 who said to you, 'Fall prostrate89 that we may walk90 on you.' And you made your back like the ground, like a street to be walked on."91
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