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Isaiah 60 Modern English Version (MEV)

The Glory of Zion

60 Arise, shine, for your light has come,
    and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For the darkness shall cover the earth
    and deep darkness the peoples;
but the Lord shall rise upon you,
    and His glory shall be seen upon you.
The nations shall come to your light
    and kings to the brightness of your rising.

Lift up your eyes all around, and see:
    They all gather themselves together; they come to you;
your sons shall come from afar,
    and your daughters shall be carried at your side.
Then you shall see and be radiant,
    and your heart shall thrill and rejoice
because the abundance of the sea shall be converted to you,
    the wealth of the nations shall come to you.
The multitude of camels shall cover your land,
    the young camels of Midian and Ephah;
all those from Sheba shall come;
    they shall bring gold and incense
    and shall bear good news of the praises of the Lord.
All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together to you,
    the rams of Nebaioth shall minister to you;
they shall come up with acceptance on My altar,
    and I will glorify My glorious house.

Who are these who fly as a cloud
    and as the doves to their roosts?
Surely the coastlands shall wait for Me,
    and the ships of Tarshish shall come first,
to bring your sons from afar,
    their silver and their gold with them,
to the name of the Lord your God
    and to the Holy One of Israel
    because He has glorified you.

10 The sons of foreigners shall build up your walls,
    and their kings shall minister to you;
for in My wrath I struck you,
    but in My favor I have had mercy on you.
11 Therefore, your gates shall be open continually;
    they shall not be shut day nor night,
so that men may bring to you the wealth of the nations,
    and that their kings may be brought.
12 For the nation and kingdom that will not serve you shall perish,
    and those nations shall be utterly destroyed.

13 The glory of Lebanon shall come to you,
    the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box tree together,
to beautify the place of My sanctuary;
    and I will make the place of My feet glorious.
14 The sons also of those who afflicted you shall come bowing before you,
    and all those who despised you shall bow themselves down at the soles of your feet;
and they shall call you, The City of the Lord,
    the Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

15 Whereas you have been forsaken
    and hated so that no man went through you,
I will make you an eternal excellency,
    a joy of many generations.
16 You shall also suck the milk of the nations
    and suck the breast of kings;
then you shall know that I, the Lord, am your Savior
    and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
17 Instead of bronze I will bring gold,
    and instead of iron I will bring silver;
and instead of wood, bronze;
    and instead of stones, iron.
I will also make your officers peace
    and your exactors righteousness.
18 Violence shall no more be heard in your land,
    nor devastation or destruction within your borders;
but you shall call your walls Salvation
    and your gates Praise.
19 The sun shall no longer be your light by day,
    nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you;
but the Lord shall be an everlasting light to you
    and your God for your glory.
20 Your sun shall no more go down,
    nor shall your moon wane;
for the Lord shall be your everlasting light,
    and the days of your mourning shall end.
21 Then all your people shall be righteous;
    they shall inherit the land forever,
the branch of My planting,
    the work of My hands,
    that I may be glorified.
22 A little one shall become a thousand,
    and a small one a strong nation.
I, the Lord,
    will hasten it in its time.

Modern English Version (MEV)

The Holy Bible, Modern English Version. Copyright © 2014 by Military Bible Association. Published and distributed by Charisma House.

Isaiah 60 New International Version (NIV)

The Glory of Zion

60 “Arise, shine, for your light has come,
    and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth
    and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
    and his glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light,
    and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

“Lift up your eyes and look about you:
    All assemble and come to you;
your sons come from afar,
    and your daughters are carried on the hip.
Then you will look and be radiant,
    your heart will throb and swell with joy;
the wealth on the seas will be brought to you,
    to you the riches of the nations will come.
Herds of camels will cover your land,
    young camels of Midian and Ephah.
And all from Sheba will come,
    bearing gold and incense
    and proclaiming the praise of the Lord.
All Kedar’s flocks will be gathered to you,
    the rams of Nebaioth will serve you;
they will be accepted as offerings on my altar,
    and I will adorn my glorious temple.

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

10 “Foreigners will rebuild your walls,
    and their kings will serve you.
Though in anger I struck you,
    in favor I will show you compassion.
11 Your gates will always stand open,
    they will never be shut, day or night,
so that people may bring you the wealth of the nations
    their kings led in triumphal procession.
12 For the nation or kingdom that will not serve you will perish;
    it will be utterly ruined.

13 “The glory of Lebanon will come to you,
    the juniper, the fir and the cypress together,
to adorn my sanctuary;
    and I will glorify the place for my feet.
14 The children of your oppressors will come bowing before you;
    all who despise you will bow down at your feet
and will call you the City of the Lord,
    Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

15 “Although you have been forsaken and hated,
    with no one traveling through,
I will make you the everlasting pride
    and the joy of all generations.
16 You will drink the milk of nations
    and be nursed at royal breasts.
Then you will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior,
    your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
17 Instead of bronze I will bring you gold,
    and silver in place of iron.
Instead of wood I will bring you bronze,
    and iron in place of stones.
I will make peace your governor
    and well-being your ruler.
18 No longer will violence be heard in your land,
    nor ruin or destruction within your borders,
but you will call your walls Salvation
    and your gates Praise.
19 The sun will no more be your light by day,
    nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you,
for the Lord will be your everlasting light,
    and your God will be your glory.
20 Your sun will never set again,
    and your moon will wane no more;
the Lord will be your everlasting light,
    and your days of sorrow will end.
21 Then all your people will be righteous
    and they will possess the land forever.
They are the shoot I have planted,
    the work of my hands,
    for the display of my splendor.
22 The least of you will become a thousand,
    the smallest a mighty nation.
I am the Lord;
    in its time I will do this swiftly.”

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 60:9 Or the trading ships
New International Version (NIV)

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