The Lord's Comfort for Zion

51 (A)“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness,
    you who seek the Lord:
look to the rock from which you were hewn,
    and to the quarry from which you were dug.
Look to Abraham your father
    and to Sarah who bore you;
for (B)he was but one when I called him,
    that I might bless him and multiply him.
For the Lord (C)comforts Zion;
    he comforts all her waste places
and makes her wilderness like (D)Eden,
    her desert like (E)the garden of the Lord;
(F)joy and gladness will be found in her,
    thanksgiving and the voice of song.

(G)“Give attention to me, my people,
    and give ear to me, my nation;
(H)for a law[a] will go out from me,
    and I will set my justice for a light to the peoples.
(I)My righteousness draws near,
    my salvation has gone out,
    and my arms will judge the peoples;
(J)the coastlands hope for me,
    and for my arm they wait.
(K)Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
    and look at the earth beneath;
(L)for the heavens vanish like smoke,
    the earth will wear out like a garment,
    and they who dwell in it will die in like manner;[b]
(M)but my salvation will be forever,
    and my righteousness will never be dismayed.

(N)“Listen to me, you who know righteousness,
    the people (O)in whose heart is my law;
(P)fear not the reproach of man,
    nor be dismayed at their revilings.
(Q)For the moth will eat them up like a garment,
    and the worm will eat them like wool,
(R)but my righteousness will be forever,
    and my salvation to all generations.”

(S)Awake, awake, (T)put on strength,
    O (U)arm of the Lord;
awake, (V)as in days of old,
    the generations of long ago.
Was it not you who cut (W)Rahab in pieces,
    who pierced (X)the dragon?
10 (Y)Was it not you who dried up the sea,
    the waters of the great deep,
who made the depths of the sea a way
    for the redeemed to pass over?
11 (Z)And the ransomed of the Lord shall return
    and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
    they shall obtain gladness and joy,
    and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 51:4 Or for teaching; also verse 7
  2. Isaiah 51:6 Or will die like gnats

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