Isaiah 51
International Standard Version

Deliverance for Zion

1“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness,

you who seek the LORD!

Look to the rock from which you were cut,

to the quarry from which you were hewn.

2Look to Abraham your father,

and to Sarah who gave you birth.

For when he was only one person I called him,

but I made him fruitfula and made him many.

3For the LORD will have compassion on Zion,

have compassion on all her ruins.

He will make her wilderness like Eden,

and her deserts like the garden of the LORD.

Joy and gladness will be found in her,

thanksgiving, and the sound of singing.b

Sorrow and sighing will flee away.c

4“Pay attention to me, my people!

Listen to me, my nation!

For instructiond will go out from me,

and my justice will become a light for the nations.e

I will quickly bring 5my deliverance near;

my salvation is on the way.

His armf will bring justice tog the nations;h

the coastlands will hope for him,i

and they will wait for his arm.j

6“Lift up your eyes, youk heavens

and look to the earth beneath;

and see who created these.l

Its inhabitants will die just like this;m

but my salvation will be forever,

and my deliverance will never fail.

7Listen to me, you who know righteousness,

you people who have my instructionn in their hearts.

Don’t fear the insults of mortals,

and don’t be dismayed at their hateful words.o

8For moths will eat them up just like a garment,

and worms will devour them like wool;

but my deliverance will lastp forever,

and my salvation to all generations.

9“Awake! Awake! Clothe yourself with strength,

you armq of the LORD!

Awake, as in days gone by,

as in generations of long ago.

Was it not you who split apartr Rehob,s

who pierced that sea monster through?t

10Was it not you who dried up the sea,

the waters of the great deep,

who made a road inu the depths of the sea

so that the redeemed could cross over?”

A Promise of Return to the Land

11“The scattered onesv of the LORD will return,

and they will enter Zion with singing.

Everlasting joy will be upon their heads;

they will attain joy and gladness,

andw sorrow and sighing will flee away.x

12“I—yes, I—am the one who comforts you.

Who are you, that you are so afraid of humans who will die,

descendants of merey men, who have been madez like grass?

13As a result, you have forgotten the LORD who made you,

who stretched out the heavens

and laid the earth’s foundations,

and you live in constant fear every day

because of the oppressor’s fury,

since he’s ready to destroy.

Now where is theaa oppressor’s fury?

14Distressbb will quickly be set free.

He won’t die in the Pit,cc

nor will he lack food.”

A Promise of Restoration

15“For I am the LORD your God,

who churns up the sea, so that its waves roar,

‘The LORD of the Heavenly Armies is his name.’

16I have put my words in your mouth

and have covered you with the shadow of my hand,

so that I could plant the heavens

and lay the earth’s foundations,

to say to Zion, ‘You are my people.’

17“Awake, Awake!

Stand up, Jerusalem,

you who have drunk from the LORD’s hand

from the cup that isdd his anger.

You have drunk to the dregs

the cup that makes you stagger,ee

and have drained it.

18There is no one to guide youff

out of all the children she bore,

no one to take her by the hand

out of all the children she brought up.

19“These twin things have come upon you

(who can feel sorry for you?):

ruin and destruction,

famine and the sword—

who can console you?

20Your children have fainted.

They lie at the head of every street,

like antelope caught in a trap,

filled with the anger of the LORD

and the rebuke of your God.

21Now listen to this, you afflicted one,

made drunk, but not with wine:

22This is what your Lord, the LORD,gg says,

yourhh God, who defends his people’s cause:

“See, I have taken from your hand the cup that made you stagger.ii

And you will never again drink to the dregs the cup that is my anger.

23But I will put it into the hands of those who tormented and oppressed you,jj

those who said to you,

‘Lie down,kk so we can step over you,’

so that you had to make your back like the ground,

and like a street for them to walk over.”


Footnotes:
a 51:2 So 1QIsaa; MT reads blessed him; LXX reads blessed him and loved him
b 51:3 Or music
c 51:3 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX lack this line; cf Isa 51:11
d 51:4 Or For the Law
e 51:4 Lit. peoples
f 51:5 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab reads My arms; or My arm; MT LXX read My arms
g 51:5 The verb is pl. in 1QIsaa MT
h 51:5 Lit. peoples
i 51:5 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab MT LXX read me
j 51:5 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab MT LXX read my arm
k 51:6 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read to the
l 51:6 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsab MT LXX read for the heavens will vanish like smoke, and the earth will wear out like a garment
m 51:6 Or like gnats
n 51:7 Or Law
o 51:7 So 1QIsaa 1QIsab; spelling differs from MT; LXX reads contempt
p 51:8 Lit. be
q 51:9 i.e. the Messiah
r 51:9 So 1QIsaa 4QIsac Vulg (cf. Job 26:12). MT LXXmss read cut in pieces
s 51:9 So 1QIsaa MT qere reads Rahab
t 51:9 So 1QIsaa 4QIsac MT Vulg; LXX lacks Was it…through?
u 51:10 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX lack in
v 51:11 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read ransomed ones; 1QIsaa corrector wrote redeemed then erased and wrote scattered ones
w 51:11 So 1QIsaa 4QIsac LXX; MT LXX lack and
x 51:11 So 1QIsaa MTms (sing.); cf Isa 51:3; MT (pl.)
y 51:12 1QIsaa MT LXX lack mere
z 51:12 So 1QIsaa; MT reads are made; LXX reads will be dried up
aa 51:13 So 1QIsaa; 1QIsaa omitted oppressor’s…the then inserted the missing lines at the top of column 43
bb 51:14 So 1QIsaa; MT reads The cowering one; LXX lacks Distress
cc 51:14 i.e. the realm of punishment in the afterlife
dd 51:17 Lit. hand, the cup of
ee 51:17 Lit. the cup of staggering
ff 51:18 So 1QIsaa; MT reads no one to guide her; LXX reads no one who comforted you
gg 51:21 1QIsaa MT; MTms lacks LORD
hh 51:22 So 1QIsaa; MT reads and your
ii 51:22 Lit. the cup of staggering
jj 51:23 So 1QIsaa; MT reads tormented you; LXX reads harmed you and humiliated you
kk 51:23 Lit.bow down



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