Isaiah 60:2
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New International Version
See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you.

New Living Translation
Darkness as black as night covers all the nations of the earth, but the glory of the LORD rises and appears over you.

English Standard Version
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you.

New American Standard Bible
"For behold, darkness will cover the earth And deep darkness the peoples; But the LORD will rise upon you And His glory will appear upon you.

King James Bible
For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For look, darkness covers the earth, and total darkness the peoples; but the LORD will shine over you, and His glory will appear over you.

International Standard Version
For look! Darkness will cover the earth and thick darkness is over the people, but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you.

NET Bible
For, look, darkness covers the earth and deep darkness covers the nations, but the LORD shines on you; his splendor appears over you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Darkness now covers the earth, and thick darkness covers the nations. But the LORD dawns, and his glory appears over you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the peoples: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

King James 2000 Bible
For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon you, and his glory shall be seen upon you.

American King James Version
For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise on you, and his glory shall be seen on you.

American Standard Version
For, behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the peoples; but Jehovah will arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For behold darkness shall cover the earth, and a mist the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

Darby Bible Translation
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the peoples; but Jehovah will arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen on thee.

English Revised Version
For, behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the peoples: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD will arise upon thee, and his glory will be seen upon thee.

World English Bible
For, behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the peoples; but Yahweh will arise on you, and his glory shall be seen on you.

Young's Literal Translation
For, lo, the darkness doth cover the earth, And thick darkness the peoples, And on thee rise doth Jehovah, And His honour on thee is seen.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

60:1-8 As far as we have the knowledge of God in us, and the favour of God towards us, our light is come. And if God's glory is seen upon us to our honour, we ought, not only with our lips, but in our lives, to return its praise. We meet with nothing in the history of the Jews which can be deemed a fulfilment of the prophecy in this chapter; we must conclude it relates principally to future events. It predicts the purity and enlargement of the church. The conversion of souls is here described. They fly to Christ, to the church, to the word and ordinances, as doves to their own home; thither they fly for refuge and shelter, thither they fly for rest. What a pleasant sight to see poor souls hastening to Christ!

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth. As in Egypt a "thick darkness" covered the whole land at the word of Moses (Exodus 10:22), while still "the children of Israel had light in their dwellings," so now the world and "the nations' of the world lay in a deep obscurity, into which scarcely a ray of light penetrated, while on Israel there dawned a glory which streamed from the throne of God, and at once transfigured her, and gave her the appearance of an angel of the Most High. In the radiance of this light she was to stand up and show herself, and then great results would follow.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people,.... Like that which covered the land of Egypt, when there was light in Goshen: and this may be meant either of the darkness of ignorance, idolatry, superstition, false doctrine, and false worship, that should cover the far greater part of the nations of the world, before this light and glory should break out, as it does at this day; some parts of it being covered with Pagan darkness, others with Mahometan darkness, and others with Papal darkness; and a very small spot it is where the light of the Gospel is, and that clear, but among a very few; for the most part it is not clear nor dark, it is not day nor night; and this is the evening time, in which, ere long, it shall be light; see Zechariah 14:6 or else this may design the distress that the antichristian states will be in, when this light shall break forth; the kingdom of the beast will be full of darkness, distress, and confusion, Revelation 16:10,

but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee: as on the tabernacle of old, Leviticus 9:23 to which the allusion is, Isaiah 4:5 this shows that the light and glory of the Lord, in the preceding verse, design the Lord himself, and his gracious purpose, and the display of his glory in the Gospel now preached; and that it will be visible in the church, and taken notice of by others, and induce them, and even great personages, to come unto it, as follows: or "he shall be seen", or "appear", in "his glory upon thee"; so Ben Melech renders it, supposing that "in", is wanting; and so the sense is, that Christ shall appear in the glory of his person and of his offices, and especially his kingly office; and in the glory of his grace and righteousness, in the ministration of his word among his people. The Jews (r) apply this to the first coming of Christ, which belongs to his spiritual reign.

(r) T. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 99. 1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. darkness … earth—the rest of the earth: in contrast with "light … upon thee" (Isa 60:1). The earth will be afterwards enlightened through Israel (Isa 9:2).

be seen—conspicuously: so the Hebrew.

Isaiah 60:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Future Glory for Zion
1"Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. 2"For behold, darkness will cover the earth And deep darkness the peoples; But the LORD will rise upon you And His glory will appear upon you. 3"Nations will come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.…
Cross References
Colossians 1:13
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,

Psalm 102:16
For the LORD will rebuild Zion and appear in his glory.

Isaiah 2:5
Come, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the LORD.

Isaiah 4:5
Then the LORD will create over all of Mount Zion and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night; over everything the glory will be a canopy.

Isaiah 58:10
and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.

Isaiah 66:11
For you will nurse and be satisfied at her comforting breasts; you will drink deeply and delight in her overflowing abundance."

Jeremiah 13:16
Give glory to the LORD your God before he brings the darkness, before your feet stumble on the darkening hills. You hope for light, but he will turn it to utter darkness and change it to deep gloom.
Treasury of Scripture

For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise on you, and his glory shall be seen on you.

the darkness

Matthew 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind …

Matthew 23:19,24 You fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar …

John 8:55 Yet you have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, …

Acts 14:16 Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways.

Acts 17:23,30,31 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with …

Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and …

Romans 1:21-32 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, …

Ephesians 4:17-20 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you from now …

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, …

the Lord

Leviticus 9:23 And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, …

Numbers 16:19 And Korah gathered all the congregation against them to the door …

1 Kings 8:11 So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: …

Psalm 80:1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you that lead Joseph like a flock; …

Ezekiel 10:4 Then the glory of the LORD went up from the cherub, and stood over …

Habakkuk 3:3,4 God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His …

Haggai 2:7-9 And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall …

Malachi 4:2 But to you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise …

John 1:1,14,18 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the …

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the …

2 Corinthians 4:4-6 In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which …

Hebrews 1:2,3 Has in these last days spoken to us by his Son, whom he has appointed …

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