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Isaiah 60 International Children’s Bible (ICB)

Jerusalem Will Be Great

60 “Jerusalem, get up and shine. Your light has come.
    The glory of the Lord shines on you.
Darkness now covers the earth.
    Deep darkness covers her people.
But the Lord shines on you,
    and people see his glory around you.
Nations will come to your light.
    Kings will come to the brightness of your sunrise.

“Look around you.
    People are gathering and coming to you.
They are your sons coming from far away.
    And your daughters are coming with them.
When you see them, you will shine with happiness.
    You will be excited and full of joy.
The wealth of the nations across the seas will be given to you.
    The riches of the nations will come to you.
Herds of camels will cover your land.
    Young camels will come from Midian and Ephah.
People will come from Sheba
    bringing gold and incense.
    And they will sing praises to the Lord.
All the sheep from Kedar will be given to you.
    The male sheep from Nebaioth will be brought to you.
They will be pleasing sacrifices on my altar.
    And I will make my beautiful Temple more beautiful.

“The people are returning to you like clouds.
    They are like doves flying to their nests.
People in faraway lands are waiting for me.
    The great trading ships will come first.
They are bringing your children from faraway lands.
    And with them they bring silver and gold.
This will happen to honor the Lord your God.
    He is the Holy One of Israel.
    And he does wonderful things for you.

10 “Jerusalem, foreigners will rebuild your walls.
    Their kings will serve you.
When I was angry, I hurt you.
    But now I want to be kind to you and comfort you.
11 Your gates will always be open.
    They will not be closed day or night
so the nations can bring their wealth to you.
    And their kings will be led to you.
12 If a nation or kingdom doesn’t serve you,
    it will be destroyed.
    It will be completely ruined.

13 “The great trees of Lebanon will be given to you.
    Its pine, fir and cypress trees will come to you.
You will use these trees to make my Temple beautiful.
    And I will give much honor to this place where I rest my feet.
14 The people who have hurt you will bow down to you.
    Those who hated you will bow down at your feet.
They will call you The City of the Lord.
    They will call you Jerusalem, city of the Holy One of Israel.

15 “You have been hated and left empty.
    No one has even passed through.
But I will make you great from now on.
    You will be a place of happiness forever and ever.
16 Nations will give you what you need.
    It will be like a child drinking milk from its mother.
Then you will know that it is I, the Lord, who saves you.
    You will know that the Powerful One of Jacob protects you.
17 I will bring you gold in place of bronze.
    I will bring you silver in place of iron.
I will bring you bronze in place of wood.
    I will bring you iron in place of rocks.
I will change your punishment into peace.
    And you will be ruled by what is right.
18 There will be no more violence in your country.
    It will not be ruined or destroyed.
You will name your walls Salvation.
    And you will name your gates Praise.
19 The sun will no longer be your light during the day.
    The light from the moon will no longer be your light.
This is because the Lord will be your light forever.
    Your God will be your glory.
20 Your sun will never set again.
    Your moon will never be dark again.
This is because the Lord will be your light forever.
    And your time of sadness will end.
21 All of your people will do what is right.
    They will receive the earth forever.
They are the plant I have planted.
    I made them with my own hands to show my greatness.
22 The smallest family will grow to a thousand.
    The least important of you will become a powerful nation.
I am the Lord,
    and when it is time, I will make these things happen quickly.”

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Isaiah 60 New International Version (NIV)

The Glory of Zion

60 “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.
Herds of camels will cover your land,
    young camels of Midian and Ephah.
And all from Sheba will come,
    bearing gold and incense
    and proclaiming the praise of the Lord.
All Kedar’s flocks will be gathered to you,
    the rams of Nebaioth will serve you;
they will be accepted as offerings on my altar,
    and I will adorn my glorious temple.

“Who are these that fly along like clouds,
    like doves to their nests?
Surely the islands look to me;
    in the lead are the ships of Tarshish,[a]
bringing your children from afar,
    with their silver and gold,
to the honor of the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel,
    for he has endowed you with splendor.

10 “Foreigners will rebuild your walls,
    and their kings will serve you.
Though in anger I struck you,
    in favor I will show you compassion.
11 Your gates will always stand open,
    they will never be shut, day or night,
so that people may bring you the wealth of the nations
    their kings led in triumphal procession.
12 For the nation or kingdom that will not serve you will perish;
    it will be utterly ruined.

13 “The glory of Lebanon will come to you,
    the juniper, the fir and the cypress together,
to adorn my sanctuary;
    and I will glorify the place for my feet.
14 The children of your oppressors will come bowing before you;
    all who despise you will bow down at your feet
and will call you the City of the Lord,
    Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

15 “Although you have been forsaken and hated,
    with no one traveling through,
I will make you the everlasting pride
    and the joy of all generations.
16 You will drink the milk of nations
    and be nursed at royal breasts.
Then you will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior,
    your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
17 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.
18 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.
19 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.
20 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.
21 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.
22 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.”


  1. Isaiah 60:9 Or the trading ships
New International Version (NIV)

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