Isaiah Chapter 51  PDF  MSWord

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1“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek Yahweh: look to the rock you were cut from, and to the hole of the pit you were dug from.
  2Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you; for when he was but one man I called him, and I blessed him and made him many.
  3For Yahweh will comfort Zion; he will comfort all her waste places and will make her wilderness like Eden and her desert like the garden of Yahweh; joy and gladness will be found in it, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.
  4Attend to me, my people, and give ear to me, my nation; for a law will go out from me, and I will establish my justice as a light of the nations.
  5My righteousness is near, my salvation is gone forth and my arms will judge the peoples; the islands will put their hope in me, and in my strength they will trust.
  6Lift up your eyes to the heavens and look on the earth beneath; for the heavens will vanish away like smoke and the earth will grow old like a garment; and those who dwell in it will die in the same way: but my salvation will be forever, and my righteousness will not be abolished.
  7Listen to me, you who know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; do not fear the reproach of men, neither be dismayed at their insults.
  8For 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.”
  9Awake, awake, put on strength, 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 sea monster?
  10Isn’t it 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?
  11And the ransomed of Yahweh will return and will come to Zion with singing, and everlasting joy will be on their heads. Joy and gladness will overtake them. Sorrow and sighing will flee away.
  12“I, even I, am he who comforts you; who are you, that you are afraid of man who will die, and of the son of man who will be made as grass,
  13and 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?
  14The captive exile will speedily be freed, and he will not die and go down into the pit, neither will his bread fail.
  15For I am Yahweh your God, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar; Yahweh of Armies is his name.
  16I 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 tell Zion, ‘You are my people.’”
  17Wake yourself, wake yourself; stand up, O Jerusalem, you who have drunk from the hand of Yahweh the cup of his wrath; you who have drunk to the dregs the bowl, the cup that causes people to stagger.
  18There 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.
  19These two things have happened to you. Who will bemoan you? Desolation and destruction and the famine and the sword; how will I comfort you?
  20Your 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.
  21Therefore hear now this, you afflicted, and drunken, but not with wine:
  22This is what your Lord Yahweh, and your God who pleads the cause of his people, says: “Behold, 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:
  23and I will put it into the hand of those who afflict you, who have said to your soul, ‘Bow down, so that we may walk over you,’ and you have laid your back as the ground and as the street to those who walk over.”

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