Isaiah 60:1-62:5Contemporary English Version (CEV)
A New Day for Jerusalem
60 Jerusalem, stand up! Shine! Your new day is dawning. The glory of the Lord shines brightly on you. 2 The earth and its people are covered with darkness, but the glory of the Lord is shining upon you. 3 Nations and kings will come to the light of your dawning day.
Crowds Are Coming to Jerusalem
The Lord said:
4 Open your eyes! Look around! Crowds are coming. Your sons are on their way from distant lands; your daughters are being carried like little children. 5 When you see this, your faces will glow; your hearts will pound and swell with pride.[a] Treasures from across the sea and the wealth of nations will be brought to you. 6 Your country will be covered with caravans of young camels from Midian and Ephah.[b] The people of Sheba[c] will bring gold and spices in praise of me, the Lord. 7 Every sheep of Kedar will come to you; rams from Nebaioth[d] will be yours as well. I will accept them as offerings and bring honor to my temple.
8 What is that sailing by like clouds or like doves flying home? 9 On those distant islands your people are waiting for me, the Lord.[e] Seagoing ships[f] lead the way to bring them home with their silver and gold. I, the holy Lord God of Israel, do this to honor your people, so they will honor me.
Jerusalem Will Be Rebuilt
The Lord said:
10 Jerusalem, your city walls will be rebuilt by foreigners; their rulers will become your slaves. I punished you in my anger; now I will be kind and treat you with mercy.
11 Your gates will be open day and night to let the rulers of nations lead their people to you with all their treasures. 12 Any nation or kingdom that refuses to serve you will be wiped out. 13 Wood from Lebanon’s best trees will be brought to you— the pines, the firs, and the cypress trees. It will be used in my temple to make beautiful the place where I rest my feet.
14 The descendants of enemies who hated and mistreated you will kneel at your feet. They will say, “You are Zion, the city of the Lord, the holy God of Israel.”
15 You were hated and deserted, rejected by everyone. But I will make you beautiful, a city to be proud of for all time to come. 16 You will drain the wealth of kings and foreign nations. You will know that I, the mighty Lord God of Israel, have saved and rescued you.
17 I will bring bronze and iron in place of wood and stone; in place of bronze and iron, I will bring gold and silver. I will appoint peace and justice as your rulers and leaders. 18 Violence, destruction, and ruin will never again be heard of within your borders. “Victory” will be the name you give to your walls; “Praise” will be the name you give to your gates.
19 You won’t need the light of the sun or the moon. I, the Lord your God, will be your eternal light and bring you honor. 20 Your sun will never set or your moon go down. I, the Lord, will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will come to an end. 21 Your people will live right and always own the land; they are the trees I planted to bring praise to me. 22 Even the smallest family will be a powerful nation. I am the Lord, and when the time comes, I will quickly do all this.
The Good News of Victory
61 The Spirit of the Lord God has taken control of me! The Lord has chosen and sent me to tell the oppressed the good news, to heal the brokenhearted, and to announce freedom for prisoners and captives. 2 This is the year when the Lord God will show kindness to us and punish our enemies.
The Lord has sent me to comfort those who mourn, 3 especially in Jerusalem. He sent me to give them flowers in place of their sorrow, olive oil in place of tears, and joyous praise in place of broken hearts. They will be called “Trees of Justice,” planted by the Lord to honor his name. 4 Then they will rebuild cities that have been in ruins for many generations.
5 They will hire foreigners to take care of their sheep and their vineyards. 6 But they themselves will be priests and servants of the Lord our God. The treasures of the nations will belong to them, and they will be famous.[g] 7 They were terribly insulted and horribly mistreated; now they will be greatly blessed and joyful forever.
The Lord Loves Justice
8 I, the Lord, love justice! But I hate robbery and injustice.[h] My people, I solemnly promise to reward you with an eternal agreement. 9 Your descendants will be known in every nation. All who see them will realize that they have been blessed, by me, the Lord.
Celebrate and Shout
10 I celebrate and shout because of my Lord God. His saving power and justice are the very clothes I wear. They are more beautiful than the jewelry worn by a bride or a groom. 11 The Lord will bring about justice and praise in every nation on earth, like flowers blooming in a garden.
Jerusalem Will Be Saved
62 Jerusalem, I will speak up for your good. I will never be silent till you are safe and secure, sparkling like a flame. 2 Your great victory will be seen by every nation and king; the Lord will even give you a new name. 3 You will be a glorious crown, a royal headband, for the Lord your God.
4 Your name will no longer be “Deserted and Childless,” but “Happily Married.” You will please the Lord; your country will be his bride. 5 Your people will take the land,[i] just as a young man takes a bride. The Lord will be pleased because of you, just as a husband is pleased with his bride.
60.5swell with pride: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
60.6Midian. . . Ephah: Midian was the ancestor of a nomadic tribe of the Arabian desert, east of the Gulf of Aqaba. Ephah was a clan within the tribe of Midian.
60.6Sheba: Perhaps a place in what is now southwest Arabia. The Queen of Sheba brought gifts to Solomon (1 Kings 10.1-13).
60.7Kedar. . . Nebaioth: Regions in northern Arabia.
60.9On. . . Lord: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
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