63 Who is this coming from Edom [34:5], from the city of Bozrah, ·dressed in red [or in crimson-stained garments; C Edom means “red”]? Who is this dressed in ·fine clothes [honorable clothing; or royal garments] and marching forward with his great power?
He says, “I, the Lord, speak ·what is right [in righteousness]. I ·have the power [am mighty] to save you.”
2 Someone asks, “Why are your clothes bright red as if you had ·walked [stomped; trodden] on the grapes to make wine?”
3 The Lord answers, “I have ·walked [stomped; trodden] in the winepress alone, and no one among the nations ·helped [L was with] me. I was angry and ·walked [stomped; trod] on the nations and crushed them because of my anger. Blood splashed on my clothes, and I stained all my clothing. 4 ·I chose a time to punish people [L …for the day of vengeance was in my heart], and the ·time [year] has come for me to ·save [redeem]. 5 I looked around, but I saw no one to help me. I was ·surprised [shocked; appalled] that no one supported me [59:16]. So ·I used my own power to save my people [L my own arm accomplished salvation/victory]; my own ·anger [wrath] ·supported [sustained; upheld] me. 6 While I was angry, I ·walked on the [trampled] nations. In my ·anger [wrath] I ·punished them [made them drunk; 49:26; 51:23] and poured their ·blood [L juice] on the ·ground [earth].”
The Lord’s Kindness to His People
7 I will tell about the Lord’s ·kindness [lovingkindness; loyalty; covenant love] and praise him for everything he has done. I will praise the Lord for the many good things he has given us and for his goodness to the ·people [L house] of Israel. ·He has shown great mercy to us […according to his compassion] and ·has been very kind to us [according to his great lovingkindness/loyalty/covenant love]. 8 He said, “[L Surely] These are my people; my children will not ·lie to [deal falsely with; betray] me.” So he saved them. 9 When they ·suffered [were distressed/afflicted], he ·suffered [was distressed/afflicted] also. ·He sent his own angel to save them [L The angel/messenger of his presence/face saved them; Ex. 14:19]. Because of his love and kindness, he saved them. ·Since long ago [L All the days of old] he has ·picked [lifted] them up and carried them [Deut. 32:10–12]. 10 But they ·turned [rebelled] against him [Ex. 15:24; Num. 14:11; Ps. 78:17] and ·made his Holy Spirit very sad [grieved his Holy Spirit; Ps. 78:40]. So he became their enemy, and he fought against them.
11 But then his people remembered ·what happened long ago [L the days of old], in the days of Moses and the Israelites with him. Where is the Lord who brought the people ·through [up out of] the sea [Ex. 14:19–22], with the ·leaders of his people [L shepherds of the flock; C probably Moses, Aaron and the tribal leaders]? Where is the one who put his ·Holy Spirit [or holy spirit] among them, 12 who led Moses by the right hand with his ·wonderful power [L glorious arm], who divided the water before them [Ex. 14:21] to make ·his name famous [a reputation/name for himself] forever, 13 who led the people through the ·deep waters [depths]? Like a horse walking ·through a desert [in the wilderness], the people did not stumble. 14 Like cattle that go down to the valley, the Spirit of the Lord gave ·the people a place to rest [them rest]. Lord, that is the way you led your people, and by this you ·won [made] for yourself ·wonderful fame [a glorious reputation/name].
A Prayer for Help
15 Lord, look down from the heavens and see; look at us from your ·wonderful [glorious] and holy ·home [abode] in heaven. Where is your ·strong love [zeal] and power? Why are you ·keeping [holding back] your ·love [tenderness] and ·mercy [compassion] from us? 16 You are our father. [L …though] Abraham doesn’t know ·we are his children [L us], and Israel doesn’t recognize us. Lord, you are our father. ·You are called [or Your name is] “·the one who has always saved us [our redeemer from of old].” 17 Lord, why are you making us wander from your ways? Why do you make ·us stubborn [L our hearts hard] so that we don’t ·honor [fear] you? For our sake come back to us, your servants, ·who belong to you [L the tribes of your inheritance]. 18 Your ·people [or holy people] had ·your Temple [possession of your holy place; or possession of a land] for a while, but now our enemies have ·walked on your holy place and crushed it [trampled down your sanctuary]. 19 We have become like people you never ruled over, like those who have never ·worn [been called by] your name.
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