From Isaiah 51:1-11(GNT, Good News Translation): 

(Background frame illustration by Jenn Webster)

         The LORD says, “Listen to Me, you that want to be saved, you that come to me for help. Think of the rock from which you came, the quarry from which you were cut. Think of your ancestor, Abraham, and of Sarah, from whom you are decended. When I called Abraham, he was childless, but I blessed him and gave him children; I made his decendants numerous.

         “I will show compassion to Jerusalem, to all who live in her ruins. Through her land is a desert, I will make it a garden, like the garden I planted in Eden. Joy and gladness will be there, and songs of praise and thanks to me. Listen to me, my people, listen to what I say: I give my teaching to the nations; my laws will bring them light. I will come quickly and save them; the time of my victory is near. I myself will rule over the nations. Distant lands wait for me to come; they wait with hope for me to save them.”

         “Look up at the heavens; look at the earth! The heavens will dissappear like smoke; the earth will wear out like old clothing, and all its people will die like flies. But the deliverance I bring will last forever; my victory will be final.”

         “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 for all time.”

         Wake up, LORD, and help us! Use Your power and save us; use it as You did in ancient times. It was You that cut the sea monster Rahab to pieces. It was You also who dried up the sea and made a path through the water, so that those You were saving could cross. Those whom You have rescued will reach Jerusalem with gladness, singing and shouting for joy. They will be happy forever, forever free from sorrow and grief. 


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