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Judgment by Fire and Sword

14 When you feast your eyes on this,
    your heart will leap for joy and be revived;
    your body will flourish and sprout like grass.[a]
    The mighty power[b] of Yahweh will be revealed,
    resting on his servants,
    but his fury will be shown to his enemies!
15 Look! Yahweh is coming as a raging fire
    and his chariots like a whirlwind[c]
    to unleash his anger with fiery fury
    and with the fiery lightning of his rebuke![d]
16 For with fire[e] and with his sword[f]
    Yahweh will judge[g] humanity—
    many will be the slain of Yahweh!

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  1. Isaiah 66:14 Or “Your bones (a metaphor for your inner being) will sprout like grass (flourish).” Some commentators view this as physical health and well-being.
  2. Isaiah 66:14 Or “hand,” a metaphor for his power and anointing.
  3. Isaiah 66:15 See 2 Kings 2:1-18; Ezek. 1:4-28.
  4. Isaiah 66:15 See Zech. 9:14; Heb. 12:29.
  5. Isaiah 66:16 See Jer. 23:29-32.
  6. Isaiah 66:16 See Heb. 4:12.
  7. Isaiah 66:16 Or “contend” or “plead.” See Amos 7:4-6.