18 They know nothing, they understand(A) nothing;
    their eyes(B) are plastered over so they cannot see,
    and their minds closed so they cannot understand.
19 No one stops to think,
    no one has the knowledge or understanding(C) to say,
“Half of it I used for fuel;(D)
    I even baked bread over its coals,
    I roasted meat and I ate.
Shall I make a detestable(E) thing from what is left?
    Shall I bow down to a block of wood?”(F)
20 Such a person feeds on ashes;(G) a deluded(H) heart misleads him;
    he cannot save himself, or say,
    “Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?(I)

21 “Remember(J) these things, Jacob,
    for you, Israel, are my servant.(K)
I have made you, you are my servant;(L)
    Israel, I will not forget you.(M)
22 I have swept away(N) your offenses like a cloud,
    your sins like the morning mist.
Return(O) to me,
    for I have redeemed(P) you.”

23 Sing for joy,(Q) you heavens, for the Lord has done this;
    shout aloud, you earth(R) beneath.
Burst into song, you mountains,(S)
    you forests and all your trees,(T)
for the Lord has redeemed(U) Jacob,
    he displays his glory(V) in Israel.

Jerusalem to Be Inhabited

24 “This is what the Lord says—
    your Redeemer,(W) who formed(X) you in the womb:(Y)

I am the Lord,
    the Maker of all things,
    who stretches out the heavens,(Z)
    who spreads out the earth(AA) by myself,
25 who foils(AB) the signs of false prophets
    and makes fools of diviners,(AC)
who overthrows the learning of the wise(AD)
    and turns it into nonsense,(AE)
26 who carries out the words(AF) of his servants
    and fulfills(AG) the predictions of his messengers,

who says of Jerusalem,(AH) ‘It shall be inhabited,’
    of the towns of Judah, ‘They shall be rebuilt,’
    and of their ruins,(AI) ‘I will restore them,’(AJ)
27 who says to the watery deep, ‘Be dry,
    and I will dry up(AK) your streams,’
28 who says of Cyrus,(AL) ‘He is my shepherd
    and will accomplish all that I please;
he will say of Jerusalem,(AM) “Let it be rebuilt,”
    and of the temple,(AN) “Let its foundations(AO) be laid.”’

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17 I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned.(A) Keep away from them.(B) 18 For such people are not serving our Lord Christ,(C) but their own appetites.(D) By smooth talk and flattery they deceive(E) the minds of naive people. 19 Everyone has heard(F) about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.(G)

20 The God of peace(H) will soon crush(I) Satan(J) under your feet.

The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.(K)

21 Timothy,(L) my co-worker, sends his greetings to you, as do Lucius,(M) Jason(N) and Sosipater, my fellow Jews.(O)

22 I, Tertius, who wrote down this letter, greet you in the Lord.

23 Gaius,(P) whose hospitality I and the whole church here enjoy, sends you his greetings.

Erastus,(Q) who is the city’s director of public works, and our brother Quartus send you their greetings. [24] [a]

25 Now to him who is able(R) to establish you in accordance with my gospel,(S) the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery(T) hidden for long ages past, 26 but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings(U) by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from[b] faith(V) 27 to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.(W)

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 16:24 Some manuscripts include here May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you. Amen.
  2. Romans 16:26 Or that is