Isaiah 51 - UPDV Updated Bible Version

Isaiah, Chapter 51

51:1 Listen to me, you+ who follow after righteousness, you+ who seek Yahweh: look to the rock from where you+ were cut, and to the hole of the pit from where you+ were dug.
51:2 Look to Abraham your+ father, and to Sarah who bore you+; for when he was but one I called him, and I blessed him, and made him many.
51:3 For Yahweh has comforted Zion; he has comforted all her waste places, and has made her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of Yahweh; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.
51:4 Attend to me, O my people; and give ear to me, O my nation: for a law will go forth from me, and I will establish my justice for a light of the peoples.
51:5 My righteousness is near, my salvation has gone forth, and my arms will judge the peoples; the isles will wait for me, and on my arm they will trust.
51:6 Lift up your+ eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath; for the heavens will vanish away like smoke, and the earth will wax old like a garment; and those who dwell in it will die in like manner: but my salvation will be forever, and my righteousness will not be abolished.
51:7 Listen to me, you+ who know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; don't be+ afraid of the reproach of common man, neither be+ dismayed at their revilings.
51:8 For the moth will eat them up like a garment, and the worm will eat them like wool; but my righteousness will be forever, and my salvation to all generations.
51:9 Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of Yahweh; awake, as in the days of old, the generations of ancient times. Is it not you who cut Rahab in pieces, who pierced the monster?
51:10 Is it not you who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep; who made the depths of the sea a way for the redeemed to pass over?
51:11 And the ransomed of Yahweh will return, and come with singing to Zion; and everlasting joy will be on their heads: they will obtain gladness and joy; [and] sorrow and sighing will flee away.
51:12 I, even I, am he who comforts you+: who are you, that you are afraid of common man who will die, and of the son of man who will be made as grass;
51:13 and have forgotten Yahweh your Maker, who stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and fear continually all the day because of the fury of the oppressor, when he makes ready to destroy? And where is the fury of the oppressor?
51:14 The captive exile will speedily be loosed; and he will not die [and go down] into the pit, neither will his bread fail.
51:15 For I am Yahweh your God, who stirs up the sea, so that its waves roar: Yahweh of hosts is his name.
51:16 And I have put my words in your mouth, and have covered you in the shadow of my hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say to Zion, You are my people.
51:17 Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, that have drank at the hand of Yahweh the cup of his wrath; you have drank the bowl of the cup of staggering, and drained it.
51:18 There is none to guide her among all the sons whom she has brought forth; neither is there any who takes her by the hand among all the sons who she has brought up.
51:19 These two things have befallen you, who will bemoan you? Desolation and destruction, and the famine and the sword; [with] whom shall I comfort you?
51:20 Your sons have fainted, they lie at the head of all the streets, as an antelope in a net; they are full of the wrath of Yahweh, the rebuke of your God.
51:21 Therefore now hear this, you afflicted, and drunk, but not with wine:
51:22 Thus says your Sovereign Yahweh, and your God who pleads the cause of his people, Look, I have taken out of your hand the cup of staggering, even the bowl of the cup of my wrath; you will no more drink it again:
51:23 and I will put it into the hand of those who afflict you and those who oppress you, who have said to your soul, Bow down, that we may go over; and you have laid your back as the ground, and as the street, to those who go over.

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