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Zion Will Be Glorious

60 “People of Jerusalem, get up.
    Shine, because your light has come.
    The glory of the Lord will shine on you.
Darkness covers the earth.
    Thick darkness spreads over the nations.
But I will rise and shine on you.
    My glory will appear over you.
Nations will come to your light.
    Kings will come to the brightness of your new day.

“Look up. Look all around you.
    All your people are getting together to come back to you.
Your sons will come from far away.
    Your daughters will be carried on the hip like little children.
Then your face will glow with joy.
    Your heart will beat fast because you are so happy.
Wealth from across the ocean will be brought to you.
    The riches of the nations will come to you.
Herds of young camels will cover your land.
    They will come from Midian and Ephah.
They will also come from Sheba.
    They’ll carry gold and incense.
    And people will shout praises to me.
All of Kedar’s flocks will be gathered to you.
    The rams of Nebaioth will serve as your sacrifices.
I will accept them as offerings on my altar.
    That is how I will bring honor to my glorious temple.

“Whose ships are these that sail along like clouds?
    They fly like doves to their nests.
People from the islands are coming to me.
    The ships of Tarshish are out in front.
They are bringing your children back from far away.
    Your children are bringing their silver and gold with them.
They are coming to honor me.
    I am the Lord your God.
I am the Holy One of Israel.
    I have honored you.

10 “People from other lands will rebuild your walls.
    Their kings will serve you.
When I was angry with you, I struck you.
    But now I will show you my tender love.
11 Your gates will always stand open.
    They will never be shut, day or night.
Then people can bring you the wealth of the nations.
    Their kings will come along with them.
12 The nation or kingdom that will not serve you will be destroyed.
    It will be completely wiped out.

13 “Lebanon’s glorious trees will be brought to you.
    Its junipers, firs and cypress trees will be brought.
They will be used to make my temple beautiful.
    And I will bring glory to the place where my throne is.
14 The children of those who crush you will come and bow down to you.
    All those who hate you will kneel down at your feet.
Jerusalem, they will call you the City of the Lord.
    They will name you Zion, the City of the Holy One of Israel.

15 “You have been deserted and hated.
    No one even travels through you.
But I will make you into something to be proud of forever.
    You will be a place of joy for all time to come.
16 You will get everything you need from kings and nations.
    You will be like children who are nursing
    at their mother’s breasts.
Then you will know that I am the one who saves you.
    I am the Lord. I set you free.
    I am the Mighty One of Jacob.
17 Instead of bronze I will bring you gold.
    In place of iron I will give you silver.
Instead of wood I will bring you bronze.
    In place of stones I will give you iron.
I will make peace govern you.
    I will make godliness rule over you.
18 People will no longer harm one another in your land.
    They will not wipe out or destroy anything inside your borders.
You will call your walls Salvation.
    And you will name your gates Praise.
19 You will not need the light of the sun by day anymore.
    The bright light of the moon will no longer have to shine on you.
I will be your light forever.
    My glory will shine on you.
    I am the Lord your God.
20 Your sun will never set again.
    Your moon will never lose its light.
I will be your light forever.
    Your days of sorrow will come to an end.
21 Then all your people will do what is right.
    The land will belong to them forever.
They will be like a young tree I have planted.
    My hands have created them.
    They will show how glorious I am.
22 The smallest family among you will become a tribe.
    The smallest tribe will become a mighty nation.
I am the Lord.
    When it is the right time, I will act quickly.”

The Glory of Zion

60 “Arise,(A) shine, for your light(B) has come,
    and the glory(C) of the Lord rises upon you.
See, darkness(D) covers the earth
    and thick darkness(E) is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
    and his glory appears over you.
Nations(F) will come to your light,(G)
    and kings(H) to the brightness of your dawn.

“Lift up your eyes and look about you:
    All assemble(I) and come to you;
your sons come from afar,(J)
    and your daughters(K) are carried on the hip.(L)
Then you will look and be radiant,(M)
    your heart will throb and swell with joy;(N)
the wealth(O) on the seas will be brought to you,
    to you the riches of the nations will come.
Herds of camels(P) will cover your land,
    young camels of Midian(Q) and Ephah.(R)
And all from Sheba(S) will come,
    bearing gold and incense(T)
    and proclaiming the praise(U) of the Lord.
All Kedar’s(V) flocks will be gathered to you,
    the rams of Nebaioth will serve you;
they will be accepted as offerings(W) on my altar,(X)
    and I will adorn my glorious temple.(Y)

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

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

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

15 “Although you have been forsaken(BA) and hated,
    with no one traveling(BB) through,
I will make you the everlasting pride(BC)
    and the joy(BD) of all generations.
16 You will drink the milk of nations
    and be nursed(BE) at royal breasts.
Then you will know(BF) that I, the Lord, am your Savior,(BG)
    your Redeemer,(BH) the Mighty One of Jacob.(BI)
17 Instead of bronze I will bring you gold,(BJ)
    and silver in place of iron.
Instead of wood I will bring you bronze,
    and iron in place of stones.
I will make peace(BK) your governor
    and well-being your ruler.(BL)
18 No longer will violence(BM) be heard in your land,
    nor ruin or destruction(BN) within your borders,
but you will call your walls Salvation(BO)
    and your gates Praise.(BP)
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,(BQ)
    and your God will be your glory.(BR)
20 Your sun(BS) will never set again,
    and your moon will wane no more;
the Lord will be your everlasting light,
    and your days of sorrow(BT) will end.
21 Then all your people will be righteous(BU)
    and they will possess(BV) the land forever.
They are the shoot I have planted,(BW)
    the work of my hands,(BX)
    for the display of my splendor.(BY)
22 The least of you will become a thousand,
    the smallest a mighty nation.(BZ)
I am the Lord;
    in its time I will do this swiftly.”(CA)


  1. Isaiah 60:9 Or the trading ships