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Isaiah 60:1-22

60  Stand out, shine! for your glow has come and Jehovah’s glory has risen over you; 2  here darkness will cover earth, and thick air folk after folk, but over you Jehovah will rise, and his glory will be seen over you; 3  and nations shall walk by your light, and kings by your rising beams. 4  Raise your eyes in all directions and see: they have all gathered, they are come! your sons are coming from far away and your daughters carried on their nurses’ sides. 5*  Then, seeing it, you will brighten and your heart will thrill and expand, because the affluence of the West will swing to you, the wealth of nations will come to you; 6  the dust-cloud of camels will cover you, the dromedaries of Midian and Ghephah will all come from Sheba carrying gold and frankincense and reporting Jehovah’s praises. 7  All the sheep and goats of Kedar will be gathered to you; the rams of Nebajoth will do service to you; they will become acceptable burnt-offerings on my altar, and I will heighten the magnificence of my magnificent house. 8  Who are these flying like a cloud and like pigeons coming to their windows? 9  for I have foreign coasts waiting, and the Spain-ships first, to bring my sons from far away, their silver and gold with them, for the name of your God Jehovah and for Israel’s Holy One because he has raised you to magnificence. 10  And aliens’ sons will build your walls, and their kings will do service to you; for in my wrath I struck you blows, but in my goodwill I have done you kindnesses. 11*  And your gates will stand always open, never be shut by day nor by night, for bringing in to you the wealth of nations with their kings brought along; 12  for the nation or kingdom that will not be subject to you shall perish; the nation shall be literally laid waste. 13*  The glory of the Lebanon will be given to you; to you will come cypress, elm, and great savin together to give magnificence to the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious. 14*  And the sons of your oppressors will go to you in abasement, and all your despisers will do reverence at your feet, and call you Jehovah’s city, Israel’s Holy One’s Sion. 15*  Instead of your being deserted and hated, with nobody passing through, I will make you the pride of an eon, a joy to generation after generation. 16  And you shall suck the milk of nations, kings’ breasts you shall suck; and you shall know that I Jehovah am your savior, and your friend in need is the Mighty One of Jacob. 17*  Instead of bronze I will bring in gold, and instead of iron I will bring in silver, and instead of wood bronze, and instead of stones iron; and I will install as your government Peace and as your officers Right. 18  No more shall be heard of outrage in your country, rapine and ruin in your domain; and you shall call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise. 19  You shall no more have the sun for light by day, and in radiance the moon shall not shine for you, but Jehovah shall be an eternal light for you, and your God your splendor. 20  No more shall your sun go down nor your moon wane, for Jehovah shall be an eternal light for you and your time of mourning is done. 21**  And your people shall all be upright; they shall possess the land forever, the slips of his planting, the work of his hands to make a magnificent display. 22  The smallest shall become a thousand and the tiniest a strong nation. I Jehovah will speed it up at the due time.

Footnotes

60:5 Conj.* the wealth of nations they will bring to you
60:11 Conj. with their kings leading the caravans
60:13 Var. The glory of the Lebanon will come to you, cypress, elm, and great savin together, to
60:14 Var. all your despisers at your feet
60:15 Var. with nobody to help
60:17 Or will make your administration peace and your officers honesty
60:21 Var. of my planting Conj. of Jehovah’s planting
60:21 Var. of my hands