The Eternal Covenant of Peace

54 (A)“Sing, O barren one, who did not bear;
    break forth into singing and cry aloud,
    you who have not been in labor!
For the children of (B)the desolate one (C)will be more
    than the children of her who is married,” says the Lord.
(D)“Enlarge the place of your tent,
    and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out;
do not hold back; lengthen your cords
    and strengthen your stakes.
(E)For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left,
    and your offspring will possess the nations
    and will people the desolate cities.

“Fear not, (F)for you will not be ashamed;
    be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced;
for you will forget the shame of your youth,
    and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.
(G)For your Maker is your husband,
    the Lord of hosts is his name;
(H)and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer,
    (I)the God of the whole earth he is called.
(J)For the Lord has called you
    like a wife deserted and grieved in spirit,
like a wife of youth when she is cast off,
    says your God.
(K)For a brief moment I deserted you,
    but with great compassion I will gather you.
(L)In overflowing anger for a moment
    I hid my face from you,
(M)but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,”
    says the Lord, your Redeemer.

“This is like (N)the days of Noah[a] to me:
    as I swore that the waters of Noah
    should no more go over the earth,
so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you,
    and will not rebuke you.
10 For the mountains may depart
    and the hills be removed,
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
    and (O)my covenant of peace shall not be removed,”
    says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

11 (P)“O afflicted one, storm-tossed and not comforted,
    behold, (Q)I will set your stones in antimony,
    (R)and lay your foundations with sapphires.[b]
12 I will make your pinnacles of agate,[c]
    your gates of carbuncles,[d]
    and all your wall of precious stones.
13 (S)All your children (T)shall be taught by the Lord,
    (U)and great shall be the peace of your children.
14 In righteousness you shall be established;
    you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear;
    and from terror, for it shall not come near you.
15 (V)If anyone stirs up strife,
    it is not from me;
whoever stirs up strife with you
    shall fall because of you.
16 Behold, I have created the smith
    who blows the fire of coals
    and produces a weapon for its purpose.
I have also created the ravager to destroy;
17     no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed,
    and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord
    (W)and their vindication[e] from me, declares the Lord.”

The Compassion of the Lord

55 (X)“Come, everyone who thirsts,
    come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
    (Y)come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
    without money and without price.
(Z)Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
    and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
    and delight yourselves in rich food.
Incline your ear, and come to me;
    (AA)hear, that your soul may live;
(AB)and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
    (AC)my steadfast, sure love for (AD)David.
(AE)Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples,
    (AF)a leader and commander for the peoples.
(AG)Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know,
    and (AH)a nation that did not know you shall run to you,
because of the Lord your God, and of the Holy One of Israel,
    (AI)for he has glorified you.

(AJ)“Seek the Lord while he may be found;
    call upon him while he is near;
let the wicked forsake his way,
    and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him,
    and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
(AK)For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

10 (AL)“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
    and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
    (AM)giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
    it shall not return to me empty,
but (AN)it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
    and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

12 (AO)“For you shall go out in joy
    and be led forth in peace;
(AP)the mountains and the hills before you
    shall break forth into singing,
    and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
13 (AQ)Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress;
    instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle;
and it shall make a name for the Lord,
    an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”

Salvation for Foreigners

56 Thus says the Lord:
“Keep justice, and do righteousness,
(AR)for soon my salvation will come,
    and my righteousness be revealed.
Blessed is the man who does this,
    and the son of man who holds it fast,
(AS)who keeps the Sabbath, not profaning it,
    and keeps his hand from doing any evil.”

Let not (AT)the foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord say,
    “The Lord will surely separate me from his people”;
and let not the eunuch say,
    “Behold, I am (AU)a dry tree.”
For thus says the Lord:
“To the eunuchs (AV)who keep my Sabbaths,
    who choose the things that please me
    and hold fast my covenant,
(AW)I will give in my house and within my walls
    a (AX)monument and a name
    better than sons and daughters;
(AY)I will give them an everlasting name
    that shall not be cut off.

“And (AZ)the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord,
    to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord,
    and to be his servants,
everyone (BA)who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it,
    and holds fast my covenant—
(BB)these I will bring to (BC)my holy mountain,
    and make them joyful in my house of prayer;
(BD)their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
    will be accepted on my altar;
for (BE)my house shall be called a house of prayer
    for all peoples.”
The Lord God,
    (BF)who gathers the outcasts of Israel, declares,
(BG)“I will gather yet others to him
    besides those already gathered.”

Israel's Irresponsible Leaders

(BH)All you beasts of the field, come to devour—
    all you beasts in the forest.
10 (BI)His watchmen are blind;
    they are all without knowledge;
they are all silent (BJ)dogs;
    they cannot bark,
dreaming, lying down,
    loving to slumber.
11 (BK)The dogs have a mighty appetite;
    they never have enough.
But (BL)they are shepherds who have no understanding;
    they have all turned to their own way,
    (BM)each to his own gain, one and all.
12 (BN)“Come,” they say, “let me get wine;
    let us fill ourselves with strong drink;
(BO)and tomorrow will be like this day,
    great beyond measure.”

Israel's Futile Idolatry

57 The righteous man perishes,
    and no one lays it to heart;
(BP)devout men are taken away,
    while no one understands.
For the righteous man is taken away from calamity;
    (BQ)he enters into peace;
they rest (BR)in their beds
    who walk in their uprightness.
But you, draw near,
    sons of the sorceress,
    (BS)offspring of the adulterer and the loose woman.
Whom are you mocking?
    Against whom (BT)do you open your mouth wide
    and stick out your tongue?
Are you not children of (BU)transgression,
    (BV)the offspring of deceit,
you who burn with lust among (BW)the oaks,[f]
    under every green tree,
(BX)who slaughter your children in the valleys,
    under the clefts of the rocks?
Among the smooth stones of (BY)the valley is your portion;
    they, they, are your lot;
to them you have poured out a drink offering,
    you have brought a grain offering.
    Shall I relent for these things?
(BZ)On a high and lofty mountain
    you have set your bed,
    and there you went up to offer sacrifice.
Behind the door and the doorpost
    you have set up your memorial;
for, deserting me, (CA)you have uncovered your bed,
    you have gone up to it,
    (CB)you have made it wide;
and you have made a covenant for yourself with them,
    you have loved their bed,
    you have looked on nakedness.[g]
You journeyed to the king with oil
    and multiplied your perfumes;
(CC)you sent your envoys far off,
    and sent down even to Sheol.
10 You were wearied with the length of your way,
    (CD)but you did not say, “It is hopeless”;
you found new life for your strength,
    and so you were not faint.[h]

11 (CE)Whom did you dread and fear,
    (CF)so that you lied,
and did not remember me,
    did not lay it to heart?
(CG)Have I not held my peace, even for a long time,
    and you do not fear me?
12 I will declare your righteousness and your deeds,
    but they will not profit you.
13 (CH)When you cry out, let your collection of idols deliver you!
    The wind will carry them all off,
    a breath will take them away.
(CI)But he who takes refuge in me shall possess the land
    and shall inherit (CJ)my holy mountain.

Comfort for the Contrite

14 And it shall be said,
(CK)“Build up, build up, prepare the way,
    remove every obstruction from my people's way.”

Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 54:9 Some manuscripts For this is as the waters of Noah
  2. Isaiah 54:11 Or lapis lazuli
  3. Isaiah 54:12 Or jasper, or ruby
  4. Isaiah 54:12 Or crystal
  5. Isaiah 54:17 Or righteousness
  6. Isaiah 57:5 Or among the terebinths
  7. Isaiah 57:8 Or on a monument (see 56:5); Hebrew on a hand
  8. Isaiah 57:10 Hebrew and so you were not sick

Children and Parents

(A)Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. (B)“Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, (C)but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Bondservants and Masters

(D)Bondservants,[a] obey your earthly masters[b] with fear and trembling, (E)with a sincere heart, (F)as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as (G)people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, (H)knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, (I)whether he is a bondservant or is free. Masters, do the same to them, (J)and stop your threatening, knowing that (K)he who is both their Master[c] and yours is in heaven, and that (L)there is no partiality with him.

The Whole Armor of God

10 Finally, (M)be strong in the Lord and in (N)the strength of his might. 11 (O)Put on (P)the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against (Q)the schemes of the devil. 12 For (R)we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against (S)the rulers, against the authorities, against (T)the cosmic powers over (U)this present darkness, against (V)the spiritual forces of evil (W)in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore (X)take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in (Y)the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, (Z)having fastened on the belt of truth, and (AA)having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, (AB)as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up (AC)the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all (AD)the flaming darts of (AE)the evil one; 17 and take (AF)the helmet of salvation, and (AG)the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying (AH)at all times (AI)in the Spirit, (AJ)with all prayer and supplication. To that end, (AK)keep alert with all perseverance, making (AL)supplication for all the saints, 19 and (AM)also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth (AN)boldly to proclaim (AO)the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I (AP)am an ambassador (AQ)in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

Final Greetings

21 (AR)So that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, (AS)Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will tell you everything. 22 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may (AT)encourage your hearts.

23 (AU)Peace be to the brothers,[d] and (AV)love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Grace be with all who (AW)love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible.

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Footnotes

  1. Ephesians 6:5 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; also verse 6; likewise for bondservant in verse 8
  2. Ephesians 6:5 Or your masters according to the flesh
  3. Ephesians 6:9 Greek Lord
  4. Ephesians 6:23 Or brothers and sisters

O Lord, Do Not Delay

To the choirmaster. Of David, (A)for the memorial offering.

70 (B)Make haste, O God, to deliver me!
    O Lord, make haste to help me!
Let them be put to shame and confusion
    who seek my life!
Let them be turned back and brought to dishonor
    who delight in my hurt!
Let them turn back because of their shame
    who say, “Aha, Aha!”

May all who seek you
    rejoice and be glad in you!
May those who love your salvation
    say evermore, “God is great!”
But I am poor and needy;
    (C)hasten to me, O God!
You are my help and my deliverer;
    O Lord, do not delay!

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Whoever (A)plans to do evil
    will be called a schemer.

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