1HEARKEN TO Me, you who follow after rightness and justice, you who
seek and inquire of [and require] the Lord [claiming Him by necessity and by
right]: look to the rock from which you were hewn and to the hole in the quarry
from which you were dug;
11[The Lord God says] And the redeemed of the Lord shall return and
come with singing to Zion; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads. They shall
obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.(1)
12I, even I, am He Who comforts you. Who are you, that you should be
afraid of man, who shall die, and of a son of man, who shall be made [as
destructible] as grass,
13That you should forget the Lord your Maker, Who stretched forth the
heavens and laid the foundations of the earth, and fear continually every day
because of the fury of the oppressor, when he makes ready to destroy or even
though he did so? And where is the fury of the oppressor?
14The captive exile and he who is bent down by chains shall speedily
be released; and he shall not die and go down to the pit of destruction, nor
shall his food fail.
15For I am the Lord your God, Who stirs up the sea so that its waves
roar and Who by rebuke restrains it--the Lord of hosts is His name.
16And I have put My words in your mouth and have covered you with the
shadow of My hand, that I may fix the [new] heavens as a tabernacle and lay the
foundations of a [new] earth and say to Zion, You are My people.(2)
17Arouse yourself, awake! Stand up, O Jerusalem, you who have drunk
at the hand of the Lord the cup of His wrath, you who have drunk the cup of
staggering and intoxication to the dregs.
2Why, when I came, was there no man? When I called, why was there no
one to answer? Is My hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? Or have I no
power to deliver? Behold, at My rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a
desert; their fish stink because there is no water, and they die of thirst.
3I clothe the heavens with [the] blackness [of murky storm clouds],
and I make sackcloth [of mourning] their covering.
4[The  Servant of
God says] The Lord God has given Me the tongue of a disciple and of one who is
taught, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He
wakens Me morning by morning, He wakens My ear to hear as a disciple [as one who
7For the Lord God helps Me; therefore have I not been ashamed or
confounded. Therefore have I set My face like a flint, and I know that I shall
not be put to shame.(1)
8He is near Who declares Me in the right. Who will contend with Me?
Let us stand forth together! Who is My adversary? Let him come near to Me.(2)
16Come near to me and listen to this: I have not spoken in secret
from the beginning; from the time that it happened, I was there. And now the
Lord God has sent His Spirit in and with me.
17Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the
Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you in the way that you
18Oh, that you had hearkened to My commandments! Then your peace and
prosperity would have been like a flowing river, and your righteousness [the
holiness and purity of the nation] like the [abundant] waves of the sea.
19Your offspring would have been like the sand, and your descendants
like the offspring of the sea; their name would not be cut off or destroyed from
10For you [Babylon] have trusted in your wickedness; you have said,
No one sees me. Your wisdom and your knowledge led you astray, and you said in
your heart and mind, I am, and there is no one besides me.
11Therefore shall evil come upon you; you shall not know the dawning
of it or how to charm it away. And a disaster and evil shall fall upon you that
you shall not be able to atone for [with all your offerings to your gods]; and
desolation shall come upon you suddenly, about which you shall know nothing or
how to avert it.
12Persist, then, with your enchantments and the multitude of your
sorceries [Babylon], in which you have labored from your youth; and see if
perhaps you will be able to profit, if you will prevail and strike terror!
13You are wearied with your many counsels and plans. Let now the
astrologers, the stargazers, and the monthly prognosticators stand up and make
known to you and save you from the things that shall come upon you [Babylon].
14Behold, they are like stubble; the fire consumes them. They cannot
even deliver themselves from the power of the flame [much less deliver the
nation]. There is no coal for warming or fire before which to sit!
15Such to you shall they [the astrologers and their kind] be, those
with whom you have labored and such their fate, those who have done business
with you from your youth; they will wander, every one to his own quarter and in
his own direction. No one will save you.
8[Earnestly] remember this, be ashamed and own yourselves guilty;
bring it again to mind and lay it to heart, O you rebels!
9[Earnestly] remember the former things, [which I did] of old; for I
am God, and there is no one else; I am God, and there is none like Me,
10Declaring the end and the result from the beginning, and from
ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand,
and I will do all My pleasure and purpose,
11Calling a ravenous bird from the east--the man [Cyrus] who executes
My counsel from a far country. Yes, I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass;
I have purposed it, and I will do it.
12Listen to Me, you stiff-hearted and you who have lost heart, you
who are far from righteousness (from uprightness and right standing with God,
and from His righteous deliverance).
13I bring near My righteousness [in the deliverance of Israel], it
will not be far off; and My salvation shall not tarry. And I will put salvation
in Zion, for Israel My glory [yes, give salvation in Zion and My glory to
2I will go before you and level the mountains [to make the crooked
places straight]; I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut asunder the
bars of iron.
3And I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of
secret places, that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, Who
calls you by your name.
4For the sake of Jacob My servant, and of Israel My chosen, I have
called you by your name. I have surnamed you, though you have not known Me.
5I am the Lord, and there is no one else; there is no God besides Me.
I will gird and arm you, though you have not known Me,
6That men may know from the east and the rising of the sun and from
the west and the setting of the sun that there is no God besides Me. I am the
Lord, and no one else [is He].
7I form the light and create darkness, I make peace [national
well-being] and I create [physical] 
evil (calamity); I am the Lord, Who does all these things.
8Let fall in showers, you heavens, from above, and let the skies rain
down righteousness [the pure, spiritual, heaven-born possibilities that have
their foundation in the holy being of God]; let the earth open, and let them
[skies and earth] sprout forth salvation, and let righteousness germinate and
spring up [as plants do] together; I the Lord have created it.
9Woe to him who strives with his Maker!--a worthless piece of broken
pottery among other pieces equally worthless [and yet presuming to strive with
his Maker]! Shall the clay say to him who fashions it, What do you think you are
making? or, Your work has no handles?(1)
18For thus says the Lord--Who created the heavens, God Himself, Who
formed the earth and made it, Who established it and did not create it to be a
worthless waste; He formed it to be inhabited--I am the Lord, and there is no
22Look to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God,
and there is no other.
23I have sworn by Myself, the word is gone out of My mouth in
righteousness and shall not return, that unto Me every knee shall bow, every
tongue shall swear [allegiance].(2)
24Only in the Lord shall one say, I have righteousness (salvation and
victory) and strength [to achieve]. To Him shall all come who were incensed
against Him, and they shall be ashamed.(3)
2When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through
the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you
will not be burned or scorched, nor will the flame kindle upon you.
3For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I
give Egypt [to the Babylonians] for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba [a province
of Ethiopia] in exchange [for your release].
4Because you are precious in My sight and honored, and because I love
you, I will give men in return for you and peoples in exchange for your life.
5Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the
east [where they are dispersed] and gather you from the west.(1)
4He will not fail or become weak or be crushed and discouraged till
He has established justice in the earth; and the islands and coastal regions
shall wait hopefully for Him and expect His direction and law.(1)
5Thus says God the Lord--He Who created the heavens and stretched
them forth, He Who spread abroad the earth and that which comes out of it, He
Who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it:
6I the Lord have called You [the Messiah] for a righteous purpose and
in righteousness; I will take You by the hand and will keep You; I will give You
for a covenant to the people [Israel], for a light to the nations [Gentiles],
7To open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from the
dungeon, and those who sit in darkness from the prison.(2)
8I am the Lord; that is My name! And My glory I will not give to
another, nor My praise to graven images.
9You whom I [the Lord] have taken from the ends of the earth and have
called from the corners of it, and said to you, You are My servant--I have
chosen you and not cast you off [even though you are exiled].
10Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look
around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and
harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and
retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.(1)
18I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst
of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land
springs of water.
19I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia, the myrtle,
and the wild olive; I will set the cypress in the desert, the plane [tree] and
the pine [tree] together,
1COMFORT, COMFORT My people, says your God.
2Speak tenderly to the heart of Jerusalem, and cry to her that her
time of service and her warfare are ended, that [her punishment is accepted and]
her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received [punishment] from the Lord's
hand double for all her sins.
3A voice of one who cries: Prepare in the wilderness the way of the
Lord [clear away the obstacles]; make straight and smooth in the desert a
highway for our God!(1)
4Every valley shall be lifted and filled up, and every mountain and
hill shall be made low; and the crooked and uneven shall be made straight and
level, and the rough places a plain.
5And the glory (majesty and splendor) of the Lord shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.(2)
6A voice says, Cry [prophesy]! And I said, What shall I cry? [The
voice answered, Proclaim:] All flesh is as frail as grass, and all that makes it
attractive [its kindness, its goodwill, its mercy from God, its glory and
comeliness, however good] is transitory, like the flower of the field.
7The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord
blows upon it; surely [all] the people are like grass.
8The  grass
withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.(3)
9O you who bring good tidings to Zion, get up to the high mountain. O
you who bring good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with strength, lift
it up, be not afraid; say to the cities of Judah, Behold your God!(4)
10Behold, the Lord God will come with might, and His arm will rule
for Him. Behold, His reward is with Him, and His recompense before Him.(5)
11He will feed His flock like a shepherd: He will gather the lambs in
His arm, He will carry them in His bosom and will gently lead those that have
12Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, marked off
the heavens with a [nine-inch] span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a
measure, and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance?
13Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or as His counselor has
14With whom did He take counsel, that instruction might be given Him?
Who taught Him the path of justice and taught Him knowledge and showed Him the
way of understanding?
15Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket and are counted
as small dust on the scales; behold, He takes up the isles like a very little
22It is God Who sits above the circle (the horizon) of the earth, and
its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; it is He Who stretches out the heavens
like [gauze] curtains and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in,
29He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might
He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound].(7)
16O Lord, by these things men live; and in all these is the life of
my spirit. O give me back my health and make me live!
17Behold, it was for my peace that I had intense bitterness; but You
have loved back my life from the pit of corruption and nothingness, for You have
cast all my sins behind Your back.
18For Sheol (the place of the dead) cannot confess and reach out the
hand to You, death cannot praise and rejoice in You; they who go down to the pit
cannot hope for Your faithfulness [to Your promises; their probation is at an
end, their destiny is sealed].
19The living, the living--they shall thank and praise You, as I do
this day; the father shall make known to the children Your faithfulness and Your
20The Lord is ready to save (deliver) me; therefore we will sing my
songs with [my] stringed instruments all the days of our lives in the house of
3Therefore with joy will you draw water from the wells of salvation.
89Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven [stands firm as the
19Therefore, brethren, since we have full freedom and confidence to
enter into the [Holy of] Holies [by the power and virtue] in the blood of Jesus,
20By this fresh (new) and living way which He initiated and dedicated
and opened for us through the separating curtain (veil of the Holy of Holies),
that is, through His flesh,
21And since we have [such] a great and wonderful and noble Priest
[Who rules] over the house of God,
22Let us all come forward and draw near with true (honest and
sincere) hearts in unqualified assurance and absolute conviction engendered by
faith (by  that leaning of the
entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power,
wisdom, and goodness), having our hearts sprinkled and purified from a guilty
(evil) conscience and our bodies cleansed with pure water.
23So let us seize and hold fast and retain without wavering the
 hope we cherish and confess and
our acknowledgement of it, for He Who promised is reliable (sure) and faithful
to His word.
24And let us consider and give 
attentive, continuous care to watching over one another, studying how we may
stir up (stimulate and incite) to love and helpful deeds and noble activities,
25Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together [as believers], as
is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging)
one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching.
26For if we go on deliberately and willingly sinning after once
acquiring the knowledge of the Truth, there is no longer any sacrifice left to
atone for [our] sins [no further offering to which to look forward].
27[There is nothing left for us then] but a kind of awful and fearful
prospect and expectation of divine judgment and the fury of burning wrath and
indignation which will consume those who put themselves in opposition [to God].(1)
28Any person who has violated and [thus] rejected and set at naught
the Law of Moses is put to death without pity or mercy on the evidence of two or
29How much worse (sterner and heavier) punishment do you suppose he
will be judged to deserve who has spurned and [thus] trampled underfoot the Son
of God, and who has considered the covenant blood by which he was consecrated
common and unhallowed, thus profaning it and insulting and outraging the [Holy]
Spirit [Who imparts] grace (the unmerited favor and blessing of God)?(3)
30For we know Him Who said, Vengeance is Mine [retribution and the
meting out of full justice rest with Me]; I will repay [I will exact the
compensation], says the Lord. And again, The Lord will judge and determine and
solve and settle the cause and the cases of His people.(4)
31It is a fearful (formidable and terrible) thing to incur the divine
penalties and be cast into the hands of the living God!
32But be ever mindful of the days gone by in which, after you were
first spiritually enlightened, you endured a great and painful struggle,
33Sometimes being yourselves a gazingstock, publicly exposed to
insults and abuse and distress, and sometimes claiming fellowship and making
common cause with others who were so treated.
34For you did sympathize and suffer along with those who were
imprisoned, and you bore cheerfully the plundering of your belongings and the
confiscation of your property, in the knowledge and consciousness that you
yourselves had a better and lasting possession.
35Do not, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it
carries a great and glorious compensation of reward.
36For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you
may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and 
carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised.
37For still a little while (a very little while), and the Coming One
will come and He will not delay.
38But the just shall live by faith [My righteous servant shall live
 by his conviction respecting
man's relationship to God and divine things, and holy fervor born of faith and
conjoined with it]; and if he draws back and shrinks in fear, My soul has no
delight or pleasure in him.(5)
14What is the use (profit), my brethren, for anyone to profess to
have faith if he has no [good] works [to show for it]? Can [such] faith save
15If a brother or sister is poorly clad and lacks food for each day,
16And one of you says to him, Good-bye! Keep [yourself] warm and well
fed, without giving him the necessities for the body, what good does that do?
8Come close to God and He will come close to you. [Recognize that you
are] sinners, get your soiled hands clean; [realize that you have been disloyal]
wavering individuals with divided interests, and purify your hearts [of your
9[As you draw near to God] be deeply penitent and grieve, even weep
[over your disloyalty]. Let your laughter be turned to grief and your mirth to
dejection and heartfelt shame [for your sins].
10Humble yourselves [feeling very insignificant] in the presence of
the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up and make your lives
39For I declare to you, you will not see Me again until you say,
Blessed (magnified in worship, adored, and exalted) is He Who comes in the name
of the Lord!(1)
9And the crowds that went ahead of Him and those that followed Him
kept shouting, Hosanna ( O be
propitious, graciously inclined) to the Son of David, [
the Messiah]! Blessed (praised, glorified) is He Who comes in the name of the
Lord! Hosanna (O be favorably disposed) in the highest [heaven]!(1)
9And those who went before and those who followed cried out [
with a cry of happiness], Hosanna! [Be graciously inclined and propitious to
Him!] Praised and blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord!(1)
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