Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens,(A) from there the Lord your God will gather(B) you and bring you back.(C)

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Unless the Lord Almighty
    had left us some survivors,(A)
we would have become like Sodom,
    we would have been like Gomorrah.(B)

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12 He will raise a banner(A) for the nations
    and gather(B) the exiles of Israel;(C)
he will assemble the scattered people(D) of Judah
    from the four quarters of the earth.(E)

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Nations(A) will come to your light,(B)
    and kings(C) to the brightness of your dawn.

“Lift up your eyes and look about you:
    All assemble(D) and come to you;
your sons come from afar,(E)
    and your daughters(F) are carried on the hip.(G)
Then you will look and be radiant,(H)
    your heart will throb and swell with joy;(I)
the wealth(J) on the seas will be brought to you,
    to you the riches of the nations will come.
Herds of camels(K) will cover your land,
    young camels of Midian(L) and Ephah.(M)
And all from Sheba(N) will come,
    bearing gold and incense(O)
    and proclaiming the praise(P) of the Lord.
All Kedar’s(Q) flocks will be gathered to you,
    the rams of Nebaioth will serve you;
they will be accepted as offerings(R) on my altar,(S)
    and I will adorn my glorious temple.(T)

“Who are these(U) that fly along like clouds,(V)
    like doves to their nests?
Surely the islands(W) look to me;
    in the lead are the ships of Tarshish,[a](X)
bringing(Y) your children from afar,
    with their silver and gold,(Z)
to the honor(AA) of the Lord your God,
    the Holy One(AB) of Israel,
    for he has endowed you with splendor.(AC)

10 “Foreigners(AD) will rebuild your walls,
    and their kings(AE) will serve you.
Though in anger I struck you,
    in favor(AF) I will show you compassion.(AG)
11 Your gates(AH) will always stand open,
    they will never be shut, day or night,
so that people may bring you the wealth of the nations(AI)
    their kings(AJ) led in triumphal procession.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 60:9 Or the trading ships

12 As a shepherd(A) looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness.(B)

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16 I have other sheep(A) that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock(B) and one shepherd.(C)

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