those who find joy in doing what is right, those who remember how you
want them to live. You were angry with us, but we went on sinning; in
spite of your great anger we have continued to do wrong since ancient
times.[m] 6 All of us have been sinful; even
56 The LORD says to his people, Do what is just and right, for soon I will
save you. 2 I will bless those who always observe the Sabbath and do not
misuse it. I will bless those who do nothing evil.
A foreigner who has joined the LORD's people should no
I will rebuild your foundations with precious stones.
I will build your towers with rubies,
your gates with stones that glow like fire,
and the wall around you with jewels.
I myself will teach your people
and give them prosperity and peace.
Now you will have more children
than a woman whose husband never left her.
Make the tent you live in larger;
lengthen its ropes and strengthen the pegs!
You will extend your boundaries on all sides;
your people will get back the land
that the other na
you will not be trying to escape.
The LORD your God will lead you
and protect you on every side.
The Suffering Servant
The LORD says,
My servant will succeed in his task;
he will be highly honored.[f]
Many people were shocked when they saw him;
I stretched out[d] the heavens
and laid the earth's foundations;
I say to Jerusalem, You are my people!
I have given you my teaching,
and I protect you with my hand.
The End of Jerusalem's Suffering
Jerusalem, wake up!
Rouse yourself and get up!
each of us going his own way.
But the LORD made the punishment fall on him,
the punishment all of us deserved.
He was treated harshly, but endured it humbly;
he never said a word.
Like a lamb about to be slaughtered,
like a sheep about to be sheared,
52 Jerusalem, be strong and great again!
Holy city of God, clothe yourself with splendor!
The heathen will never enter your gates again.
Shake yourself free, Jerusalem!
Rise from the dust and sit on your throne!
Undo the chains that bind you,
will be destroyed by your own plots.
The LORD himself will make this happen;
you will sufer a miserable fate.
Words of Comfort to Jerusalem
51 The LORD says,
Listen to me, you that want to be saved,
you that come to me for help.
Think of the rock from whi
Listen to me, you that know what is right,
who have my teaching fixed in your hearts.
Do not be afraid when people taunt and insult you;
they will vanish like moth-eaten clothing!
But the deliverance I bring will last forever;
my victory will endure f
Am I too weak to save them?
I can dry up the sea with a command
and turn rivers into a desert,
so that the fish in them die for lack of water.
I can make the sky turn dark,
as if it were in mourning for the dead.
The Obedience of the LORD's Servant
and give you the blessings I promised to David.
I made him a leader and commander of nations,
and through him I showed them my power.
Now you will summon foreign nations;
at one time they did not know you,
but now they will come running to join you!
near and far! I will heal my people.
But evil people are like the restless
sea, whose waves never stop rolling in, bringing filth and muck.
no safety for sinners, says the LORD.
58 The LORD says, Shout as loud as you can! Tell
will be known as the people who rebuilt the walls, who restored the ruined
The Reward for Keeping the Sabbath
The LORD says, If you treat the Sabbath as sacred and do not pursue
your own interests on that day; if you value my holy day and honor
The LORD says, No one destroys good grapes; instead, they make wine
with them. Neither will I destroy all my peopleI will save those who
serve me. 9 I will bless the Israelites who belong to the tribe of Judah, and
their descendants will possess my land
eat straw, as cattle do, and snakes will no longer be dangerous. On Zion,
my sacred hill,[q] there will be nothing harmful or evil.
The Lord Judges the Nations
66 The LORD says, Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool.
What kind of house, then,
The LORD said, They are my people; they will not deceive me. And so
he saved them 9 from all their sufering. It was not an angel, but
the LORD himself who saved them. In his love and compassion he rescued
them. He had always taken care of them in the pa
They will call you The City of the LORD,
Zion, the City of Israel's Holy God.
You will no longer be forsaken and hated,
A city deserted and desolate.
I will make you great and beautiful,
A place of joy forever and ever.
Nations and kings will care f
61 The Sovereign LORD has filled me with his Spirit.
He has chosen me and sent me
To bring good news to the poor,
To heal the broken-hearted,
To announce release to captives
And freedom to those in prison.
He has sent me to proclaim
That the time has co
Everyone who sees them will know
That they are a people whom I have blessed.
Jerusalem rejoices because of what the LORD has done.
She is like a bride dressed for her wedding.
God has clothed her with salvation and victory.
As surely as seeds sprout
The wealth of the nations will be brought to you;
From across the sea their riches will come.
Great caravans of camels will come, from Midian and Ephah.
They will come from Sheba, bringing gold and incense.
People will tell the good news of what the LOR
Will eat the bread and praise the LORD.
You that tended and gathered the grapes
Will drink the wine in the courts of my Temple.
People of Jerusalem, go out of the city
And build a road for your returning people!
Prepare a highway; clear it of stones!
refused to follow you. We have oppressed others and turned away from
you. Our thoughts are false; our words are lies.
Justice is driven away,
and right cannot come near. Truth stumbles in the public square, and
honesty finds no place there.
Come here to be judged, you sinners! You are no better than sorcerers,
adulterers, and prostitutes.4 Who are you making fun of? Who are you
liars jeering at? 5 You worship the fertility gods by having sex under those
sacred trees of yours. You ofer your
I was left all alone
where did these children come from?
The Sovereign LORD says to his people:
I will signal to the nations,
and they will bring your children home.
Kings will be like fathers to you;
queens will be like mothers.
They will bow low b
I have a greater task for you, my servant.
Not only will you restore to greatness
the people of Israel who have survived,
but I will also make you a light to the nations
so that all the world may be saved.
Israel's holy God and savior says
to the one wh
and I do this because of who I am. I
will not hold your sins against you.
Let us go to court; bring your accusation!
Present your case to prove you are in the right!
Your earliest ancestor[br] sinned;
your leaders sinned against me,
and your rule
They were robbed and plundered,
with no one to come to their rescue.
Will any of you listen to this?
From now on will you listen with care?
Who gave Israel up to the looters?
It was the LORD himself, against whom we sinned!
We would not live as he w
They are my own people,
and I created them to bring me glory.
Israel Is the LORD's Witness
Summon my people to court.
They have eyes, but they are blind;
they have ears, but they are deaf!
Summon the nations to come to the trial.
he will establish justice on the earth.
Distant lands eagerly wait for his teaching.
God created the heavens and stretched them out;
he fashioned the earth and all that lives there;
he gave life and breath to all its people.
And now the LORD God says to