Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Isaiah 60: the Glory of Zion

Arise, shine, for your light has come,
     and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth
     and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.
     Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
     Lift up your eyes and look about you:
All assemble and come to you;
     your sons come from afar,
and your daughters are carried on the hip.

Then you will look and be radiant,
     your heart will throb and swell with joy;
the wealth on the seas will be brought to you,
     to you the riches of the nations will come. . . .

Then you will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior,
     your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
Instead of bronze I will bring you gold,
     and silver in place of iron.
Instead of wood I will bring you bronze,
     and iron in place of stones.
I will make peace your governor
     and well-being your ruler.
No longer will violence be heard in your land,
     nor ruin or destruction within your borders,
but you will call your walls Salvation
     and your gates Praise.

The sun will no more be your light by day,
     nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you,
for the Lord will be your everlasting light,
     and your God will be your glory.
Your sun will never set again,
     and your moon will wane no more;
the Lord will be your everlasting light,
     and your days of sorrow will end.
Then all your people will be righteous
     and they will possess the land forever.
They are the shoot I have planted,
     the work of my hands,
for the display of my splendor.
     The least of you will become a thousand,
the smallest a mighty nation.
     I am the Lord;
in its time I will do this swiftly.

New International Version

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