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Isaiah 51 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

The Lord Will Save His People

51 Listen to me, you people who pursue what is right and seek the Lord.

Look to the rock from which you were cut
    and to the quarry from which you were dug.
Look to Abraham, your ancestor,
    and to Sarah, from whom you are descended.
When I called Abraham, he was childless.
    I blessed him and gave him many descendants.
So the Lord will comfort Zion.
    He will comfort all those who live among its ruins.
    He will make its desert like Eden.
    He will make its wilderness like the garden of the Lord.
        Joy and gladness will be found in it,
            thanksgiving and the sound of singing.

Pay attention to me, my people.
Open your ears to hear me, my nation.
    My teachings will go out from me.
    My justice will become a light for the people.
My righteousness is near.
My salvation is on the way.
I will bring justice to people.
    The coastlands put their hope in me,
        and they wait eagerly for me.
Look at the sky.
Look at the earth below.
    The sky will vanish like smoke.
    The earth will wear out like clothing,
        and those who live there will die like flies.
But my salvation will last forever,
    and my righteousness will never fail.

Listen to me, you people who know righteousness,
    you people who have my teachings in your hearts.
Don’t be afraid of being insulted by people.
Don’t be discouraged by their ridicule.
    Moths will eat them like clothing.
    Worms will devour them like wool.
But my righteousness will last forever,
    and my salvation will last throughout every generation.

Wake up! Wake up! Clothe yourself with strength, O Lord!
Wake up as you did in days long past, as in generations long ago.
Didn’t you cut Rahab[a] into pieces and stab the serpent?
10 Didn’t you dry up the sea, the water of the great ocean?
    You made a road in the depths of the sea
        so that the people reclaimed by the Lord
            might pass through it.
11     The people ransomed by the Lord will return.
        They will come to Zion singing with joy.
            Everlasting happiness will be on their heads as a crown.
                They will be glad and joyful.
                They will have no sorrow or grief.

12 I alone am the one who comforts you.
Why, then, are you afraid of mortals, who must die,
    of humans, who are like grass?
13 Why have you forgotten the Lord, your Creator?
    He stretched out the heavens
        and laid the foundations of the earth.
Why should you live in constant fear of the fury
    of those who oppress you,
    of those who are ready to destroy you?
Where is the fury of those who oppress you?
14 Chained prisoners will be set free.
    They will not die in prison.
    They will not go without food.
15 I am the Lord your God who stirs up the sea
    and makes its waves roar.
        My name is the Lord of Armies.
16 I put my words in your mouth
    and sheltered you in the palm of my hand.
I stretched out the heavens,
    laid the foundations of the earth,
        and said to Zion, “You are my people.”

Wake Up, Jerusalem

17 Wake up! Wake up!
Stand up, Jerusalem!
    You drank from the cup in the Lord’s hand.
        That cup was filled with his anger.
    You drank from the bowl, the cup that makes people stagger,
        and you drained it!
18 From all the children she gave birth to,
    there was no one to guide her.
From all the children she raised,
    there was no one to take her by the hand.
19 Twice as many disasters have happened to you.
    Who will feel sorry for you?
Violence, destruction, famine, and war have happened to you.
    Who will comfort you?
20 Your children have fainted.
    They lie sleeping at every street corner.
    They are like an antelope caught in a net.
    They experience the anger of the Lord,
        the fury of your God.

21 Listen to this, you humble people
    who are drunk but not from wine.
22 The Lord your God defends his people.

This is what your master says:

I’m taking from your hand the cup that makes people stagger,
    the bowl, the cup of my fury.
        You will never drink from it again.
23 I will put it in the hands of those who made you suffer.
    They said to you, “Lie down so that we can walk over you.”
        So you made your back like the ground
            and like a street for them to cross.

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 51:9 Rahab is the name of a demonic creature who opposes God.
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

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Isaiah 51 New International Version (NIV)

Everlasting Salvation for Zion

51 “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness
    and who seek the Lord:
Look to the rock from which you were cut
    and to the quarry from which you were hewn;
look to Abraham, your father,
    and to Sarah, who gave you birth.
When I called him he was only one man,
    and I blessed him and made him many.
The Lord will surely comfort Zion
    and will look with compassion on all her ruins;
he will make her deserts like Eden,
    her wastelands like the garden of the Lord.
Joy and gladness will be found in her,
    thanksgiving and the sound of singing.

“Listen to me, my people;
    hear me, my nation:
Instruction will go out from me;
    my justice will become a light to the nations.
My righteousness draws near speedily,
    my salvation is on the way,
    and my arm will bring justice to the nations.
The islands will look to me
    and wait in hope for my arm.
Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
    look at the earth beneath;
the heavens will vanish like smoke,
    the earth will wear out like a garment
    and its inhabitants die like flies.
But my salvation will last forever,
    my righteousness will never fail.

“Hear me, you who know what is right,
    you people who have taken my instruction to heart:
Do not fear the reproach of mere mortals
    or be terrified by their insults.
For the moth will eat them up like a garment;
    the worm will devour them like wool.
But my righteousness will last forever,
    my salvation through all generations.”

Awake, awake, arm of the Lord,
    clothe yourself with strength!
Awake, as in days gone by,
    as in generations of old.
Was it not you who cut Rahab to pieces,
    who pierced that monster through?
10 Was it not you who dried up the sea,
    the waters of the great deep,
who made a road in the depths of the sea
    so that the redeemed might cross over?
11 Those the Lord has rescued will return.
    They will enter Zion with singing;
    everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
    and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

12 “I, even I, am he who comforts you.
    Who are you that you fear mere mortals,
    human beings who are but grass,
13 that you forget the Lord your Maker,
    who stretches out the heavens
    and who lays the foundations of the earth,
that you live in constant terror every day
    because of the wrath of the oppressor,
    who is bent on destruction?
For where is the wrath of the oppressor?
14     The cowering prisoners will soon be set free;
they will not die in their dungeon,
    nor will they lack bread.
15 For I am the Lord your God,
    who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar
    the Lord Almighty is his name.
16 I have put my words in your mouth
    and covered you with the shadow of my hand
I who set the heavens in place,
    who laid the foundations of the earth,
    and who say to Zion, ‘You are my people.’”

The Cup of the Lord’s Wrath

17 Awake, awake!
    Rise up, Jerusalem,
you who have drunk from the hand of the Lord
    the cup of his wrath,
you who have drained to its dregs
    the goblet that makes people stagger.
18 Among all the children she bore
    there was none to guide her;
among all the children she reared
    there was none to take her by the hand.
19 These double calamities have come upon you—
    who can comfort you?
ruin and destruction, famine and sword
    who can[a] console you?
20 Your children have fainted;
    they lie at every street corner,
    like antelope caught in a net.
They are filled with the wrath of the Lord,
    with the rebuke of your God.

21 Therefore hear this, you afflicted one,
    made drunk, but not with wine.
22 This is what your Sovereign Lord says,
    your God, who defends his people:
“See, I have taken out of your hand
    the cup that made you stagger;
from that cup, the goblet of my wrath,
    you will never drink again.
23 I will put it into the hands of your tormentors,
    who said to you,
    ‘Fall prostrate that we may walk on you.’
And you made your back like the ground,
    like a street to be walked on.”

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 51:19 Dead Sea Scrolls, Septuagint, Vulgate and Syriac; Masoretic Text / how can I
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