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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Isaiah 63:1-19

63  Who is this one coming from E′dom,+ the one with garments of glowing colors from Boz′rah,+ this one who is honorable in his clothing, marching in the abundance of his power? “I, the One speaking in righteousness,+ the One abounding [in power] to save.”+  Why is it that your clothing is red, and your garments are like those of one treading in the winepress?+  “The wine trough I have trodden by myself,+ while there was no man* with me from the peoples. And I kept treading them in my anger,+ and I kept trampling them down in my rage.+ And their spurting blood kept spattering upon my garments,+ and all my clothing I have polluted.  For the day of vengeance is in my heart,+ and the very year of my repurchased ones has come.  And I kept looking, but there was no helper; and I began to show myself astonished, but there was no one offering support.+ So my arm furnished me salvation,+ and my rage+ was what supported me.  And I kept stamping down peoples in my anger, and I proceeded to make them drunk* with my rage+ and to bring down to the earth their spurting blood.”+  The loving-kindnesses* of Jehovah I shall mention,+ the praises of Jehovah, according to all that Jehovah has rendered to us,+ even the abundant goodness to the house of Israel+ that he has rendered to them according to his mercies+ and according to the abundance of his loving-kindnesses.  And he went on to say: “Surely they are my people,+ sons that will not prove false.”+ So it was to them that he came to be a Savior.+  During all their distress it was distressing to him.*+ And his own personal messenger* saved them.+ In his love and in his compassion he himself repurchased them,+ and he proceeded to lift them up and carry them all the days of long ago.+ 10  But they themselves rebelled+ and made his holy spirit feel hurt.+ He now was changed into an enemy+ of theirs; he himself warred against them.+ 11  And one* began to remember the days of long ago, Moses his servant:* “Where is the One that brought them up out of the sea+ with the shepherds* of his flock?+ Where is the One that put within him His own holy spirit?+ 12  The One making His beautiful arm+ go at the right hand of Moses; the One splitting the waters from before them+ in order to make an indefinitely lasting name for his own self;+ 13  the One making them walk through the surging waters* so that, like a horse in the wilderness, they did not stumble?+ 14  Just as when a beast itself goes down into the valley plain, the very spirit of Jehovah proceeded to make them rest.”+ Thus you led your people in order to make a beautiful name for your own self.+ 15  Look from heaven+ and see out of your lofty abode of holiness and beauty.+ Where are your zeal+ and your full might, the commotion of your inward parts,+ and your mercies?+ Toward me they have restrained themselves.*+ 16  For you are our Father;+ although Abraham himself may not have known us and Israel himself may not recognize us, you, O Jehovah, are our Father. Our Repurchaser* of long ago is your name.+ 17  Why do you, O Jehovah, keep making us wander from your ways? Why do you make our heart hard against the fear of you?+ Come back for the sake of your servants, the tribes of your hereditary possession.+ 18  For a little while your holy people+ had possession. Our own adversaries have stamped down your sanctuary.+ 19  We have for a long time become as those over whom you did not rule, as those upon whom your name had not been called.+


“Man.” Heb., ʼish.
“I proceeded to break them to pieces,” some Heb. mss and early printed ed.
Or, “The acts of loyal love.”
According to Mmargin and 17 Heb. mss; M, “During all their distress he was no adversary.”
Lit., “And the messenger of his face.”
Or, “he.”
“His servant,” Sy and some Heb. mss; 1QIsaMVg, “[and] his people.”
“Shepherds,” 1QIsaMVg; TLXXSy and 11 Heb. mss, “shepherd.”
Or, “through the watery deeps.” Heb., bat·teho·mohth′.
Or, “mercies, [that] have restrained themselves even toward me?”
“Our Repurchaser (Redeemer).” By extension of thought, “Our Avenger (Vindicator).” Heb., go·ʼale′nu; Lat., re·dem′ptor no′ster. See Job 19:25 and Ps 19:14 ftns.