Isaiah 51-66New King James Version (NKJV)
The Lord Comforts Zion
51 “Listen to Me, you who follow after righteousness,
3 For the Lord will comfort Zion,
4 “Listen to Me, My people;
7 “Listen to Me, you who know righteousness,
9 Awake, awake, put on strength,
10 Are You not the One who dried up the sea,
12 “I, even I, am He who comforts you.
God’s Fury Removed
17 Awake, awake!
21 Therefore please hear this, you afflicted,
God Redeems Jerusalem
52 Awake, awake!
3 For thus says the Lord:
“You have sold yourselves for nothing,
4 For thus says the Lord God:
“My people went down at first
7 How beautiful upon the mountains
11 Depart! Depart! Go out from there,
The Sin-Bearing Servant
13 Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently;
53 Who has believed our report?
4 Surely He has borne our griefs
7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him;
A Perpetual Covenant of Peace
54 “Sing, O barren,
4 “Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed;
9 “For this is like the waters of Noah to Me;
11 “O you afflicted one,
16 “Behold, I have created the blacksmith
An Invitation to Abundant Life
55 “Ho! Everyone who thirsts,
6 Seek the Lord while He may be found,
8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
10 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
12 “For you shall go out with joy,
Salvation for the Gentiles
56 Thus says the Lord:
“Keep justice, and do righteousness,
3 Do not let the son of the foreigner
6 “Also the sons of the foreigner
Israel’s Irresponsible Leaders
9 All you beasts of the field, come to devour,
Israel’s Futile Idolatry
57 The righteous perishes,
3 “But come here,
11 “And of whom have you been afraid, or feared,
Healing for the Backslider
14 And one shall say,
15 For thus says the High and Lofty One
19 “I create the fruit of the lips:
21 “There is no peace,”
Fasting that Pleases God
58 “Cry aloud, spare not;
“In fact, in the day of your fast you find pleasure,
6 “Is this not the fast that I have chosen:
“If you take away the yoke from your midst,
13 “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath,
Separated from God
59 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened,
4 No one calls for justice,
6 Their webs will not become garments,
9 Therefore justice is far from us,
The Redeemer of Zion
Then the Lord saw it, and it displeased Him
16 He saw that there was no man,
20 “The Redeemer will come to Zion,
21 “As for Me,” says the Lord, “this is My covenant with them: My Spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants’ descendants,” says the Lord, “from this time and forevermore.”
The Gentiles Bless Zion
60 Arise, shine;
4 “Lift up your eyes all around, and see:
8 “Who are these who fly like a cloud,
10 “The sons of foreigners shall build up your walls,
13 “The glory of Lebanon shall come to you,
15 “Whereas you have been forsaken and hated,
17 “Instead of bronze I will bring gold,
God the Glory of His People
19 “The sun shall no longer be your light by day,
The Good News of Salvation
61 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
4 And they shall rebuild the old ruins,
8 “For I, the Lord, love justice;
10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
Assurance of Zion’s Salvation
62 For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace,
6 I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem;
8 The Lord has sworn by His right hand
10 Go through,
11 Indeed the Lord has proclaimed
The Lord in Judgment and Salvation
63 Who is this who comes from Edom,
“I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.”
2 Why is Your apparel red,
3 “I have trodden the winepress alone,
God’s Mercy Remembered
7 I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the Lord
11 Then he remembered the days of old,
14 As a beast goes down into the valley,
A Prayer of Penitence
15 Look down from heaven,
64 Oh, that You would rend the heavens!
6 But we are all like an unclean thing,
8 But now, O Lord,
The Righteousness of God’s Judgment
65 “I was sought by those who did not ask for Me;
6 “Behold, it is written before Me:
8 Thus says the Lord:
“As the new wine is found in the cluster,
11 “But you are those who forsake the Lord,
13 Therefore thus says the Lord God:
“Behold, My servants shall eat,
The Glorious New Creation
17 “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth;
20 “No more shall an infant from there live but a few days,
24 “It shall come to pass
True Worship and False
66 Thus says the Lord:
“Heaven is My throne,
3 “He who kills a bull is as if he slays a man;
The Lord Vindicates Zion
5 Hear the word of the Lord,
6 The sound of noise from the city!
7 “Before she was in labor, she gave birth;
10 “Rejoice with Jerusalem,
12 For thus says the Lord:
“Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river,
The Reign and Indignation of God
14 When you see this, your heart shall rejoice,
17 “Those who sanctify themselves and purify themselves,
18 “For I know their works and their thoughts. It shall be that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come and see My glory. 19 I will set a sign among them; and those among them who escape I will send to the nations: to Tarshish and Pul[l] and Lud, who draw the bow, and Tubal and Javan, to the coastlands afar off who have not heard My fame nor seen My glory. And they shall declare My glory among the Gentiles. 20 Then they shall bring all your brethren for an offering to the Lord out of all nations, on horses and in chariots and in litters, on mules and on camels, to My holy mountain Jerusalem,” says the Lord, “as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the Lord. 21 And I will also take some of them for priests and Levites,” says the Lord.
22 “For as the new heavens and the new earth
24 “And they shall go forth and look
Jeremiah 1-6New King James Version (NKJV)
1 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, 2 to whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. 3 It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month.
The Prophet Is Called
4 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying:
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
6 Then said I:
“Ah, Lord God!
7 But the Lord said to me:
“Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’
9 Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me:
“Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.
11 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?”
And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.”
12 Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.”
13 And the word of the Lord came to me the second time, saying, “What do you see?”
And I said, “I see a boiling pot, and it is facing away from the north.”
14 Then the Lord said to me:
“Out of the north calamity shall break forth
17 “Therefore prepare yourself and arise,
God’s Case Against Israel
2 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
2 “Go and cry in the hearing of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord:
4 Hear the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob and all the families of the house of Israel. 5 Thus says the Lord:
“What injustice have your fathers found in Me,
9 “Therefore I will yet bring charges against you,” says the Lord,
14 “Is Israel a servant?
20 “For of old I have broken your yoke and burst your bonds;
23 “How can you say, ‘I am not polluted,
26 “As the thief is ashamed when he is found out,
29 “Why will you plead with Me?
31 “O generation, see the word of the Lord!
33 “Why do you beautify your way to seek love?
Israel Is Shameless
3 “They say, ‘If a man divorces his wife,
2 “Lift up your eyes to the desolate heights and see:
A Call to Repentance
6 The Lord said also to me in the days of Josiah the king: “Have you seen what backsliding Israel has done? She has gone up on every high mountain and under every green tree, and there played the harlot. 7 And I said, after she had done all these things, ‘Return to Me.’ But she did not return. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it. 8 Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also. 9 So it came to pass, through her casual harlotry, that she defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and trees. 10 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah has not turned to Me with her whole heart, but in pretense,” says the Lord.
11 Then the Lord said to me, “Backsliding Israel has shown herself more righteous than treacherous Judah. 12 Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say:
‘Return, backsliding Israel,’ says the Lord;
14 “Return, O backsliding children,” says the Lord; “for I am married to you. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion. 15 And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.
16 “Then it shall come to pass, when you are multiplied and increased in the land in those days,” says the Lord, “that they will say no more, ‘The ark of the covenant of the Lord.’ It shall not come to mind, nor shall they remember it, nor shall they visit it, nor shall it be made anymore.
17 “At that time Jerusalem shall be called The Throne of the Lord, and all the nations shall be gathered to it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem. No more shall they follow the dictates of their evil hearts.
18 “In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given as an inheritance to your fathers.
19 “But I said:
‘How can I put you among the children
“And I said:
‘You shall call Me, “My Father,”
21 A voice was heard on the desolate heights,
22 “Return, you backsliding children,
“Indeed we do come to You,
4 “If you will return, O Israel,” says the Lord,
3 For thus says the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem:
“Break up your fallow ground,
An Imminent Invasion
5 Declare in Judah and proclaim in Jerusalem, and say:
“Blow the trumpet in the land;
9 “And it shall come to pass in that day,” says the Lord,
10 Then I said, “Ah, Lord God!
11 At that time it will be said
13 “Behold, he shall come up like clouds,
14 O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness,
Sorrow for the Doomed Nation
19 O my soul, my soul!
22 “For My people are foolish,
23 I beheld the earth, and indeed it was without form, and void;
27 For thus says the Lord:
“The whole land shall be desolate;
30 “And when you are plundered,
31 “For I have heard a voice as of a woman in labor,
The Justice of God’s Judgment
5 “Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem;
3 O Lord, are not Your eyes on the truth?
4 Therefore I said, “Surely these are poor.
But these have altogether broken the yoke
7 “How shall I pardon you for this?
10 “Go up on her walls and destroy,
12 They have lied about the Lord,
14 Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts:
“Because you speak this word,
18 “Nevertheless in those days,” says the Lord, “I will not make a complete end of you. 19 And it will be when you say, ‘Why does the Lord our God do all these things to us?’ then you shall answer them, ‘Just as you have forsaken Me and served foreign gods in your land, so you shall serve aliens in a land that is not yours.’
20 “Declare this in the house of Jacob
26 ‘For among My people are found wicked men;
30 “An astonishing and horrible thing
Impending Destruction from the North
6 “O you children of Benjamin,
4 “Prepare war against her;
6 For thus has the Lord of hosts said:
“Cut down trees,
9 Thus says the Lord of hosts:
“They shall thoroughly glean as a vine the remnant of Israel;
10 To whom shall I speak and give warning,
16 Thus says the Lord:
“Stand in the ways and see,
21 Therefore thus says the Lord:
“Behold, I will lay stumbling blocks before this people,
22 Thus says the Lord:
“Behold, a people comes from the north country,
24 We have heard the report of it;
27 “I have set you as an assayer and a fortress among My people,
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