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Pay attention to me, my people.
Listen to me, my people!
For[a] I will issue a decree,[b]
I will make my justice a light to the nations.[c]
I am ready to vindicate,[d]
I am ready to deliver,[e]
I will establish justice among the nations.[f]
The coastlands[g] wait patiently for me;
they wait in anticipation for the revelation of my power.[h]
Look up at the sky.
Look at the earth below.
For the sky will dissipate[i] like smoke,
and the earth will wear out like clothes;
its residents will die like gnats.
But the deliverance I give[j] is permanent;
the vindication I provide[k] will not disappear.[l]

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  1. Isaiah 51:4 tn Or “certainly.”
  2. Isaiah 51:4 tn Heb “instruction [or “a law”] will go out from me.”
  3. Isaiah 51:4 tn Heb “and my justice for a light to the nations I will cause to rest.”
  4. Isaiah 51:5 tn Heb “my righteousness [or “vindication”] is near.”
  5. Isaiah 51:5 tn Heb “my deliverance goes forth.”
  6. Isaiah 51:5 tn Heb “and my arms will judge [on behalf of] nations.”
  7. Isaiah 51:5 tn Or “islands” (NIV); TEV “Distant lands.”
  8. Isaiah 51:5 tn Heb “for my arm” (so NIV, NRSV).
  9. Isaiah 51:6 tn Heb “will be torn in pieces.” The perfect indicates the certitude of the event, from the Lord’s rhetorical perspective.
  10. Isaiah 51:6 tn Heb “my deliverance.” The same Hebrew word can also be translated “salvation” (so KJV, NAB, NASB, NIV, NRSV, NLT); cf. CEV “victory.”
  11. Isaiah 51:6 tn Heb “my righteousness [or “vindication”].”
  12. Isaiah 51:6 tn Heb “will not be shattered [or “dismayed”].”