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Isaiah 60 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

God Is Coming

60 “Jerusalem, get up and shine![a]
    Your Light is coming!
    The Glory of the Lord will shine on you.
Darkness now covers the earth,
    and the people are in darkness.
But the Lord will shine on you,
    and his Glory will appear over you.
Then the nations will come to your light.
    Kings will come to your bright sunrise.
Look around you!
    See all the people gathering around.
Those are your sons coming from far away,
    and your daughters are there beside them.

“At that time you will see your people,
    and your faces will shine with happiness.
First, you will be afraid,
    but then you will be excited.
All the riches from across the seas will be set before you.
    The riches of the nations will come to you.
Herds of camels from Midian and Ephah
    will cross your land.
Long lines of camels will come from Sheba.
    They will bring gold and incense.
    People will sing praises to the Lord.
People will collect all the sheep from Kedar and give them to you.
    They will bring you rams from Nebaioth.
You will offer those animals on my altar,
    and I will accept them.
I will make my wonderful Temple
    even more beautiful.
Look at the people.
    They are rushing toward you like clouds quickly crossing the sky.
    They are like doves flying to their nests.
The faraway lands are waiting for me.
    The great cargo ships are ready to sail.
They are ready to bring your children from faraway lands.
    They will bring silver and gold with them
to honor the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel.
    He has done wonderful things for you.
10 Children from other lands 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.
    So I will comfort you.
11 Your gates will always be open.
    They will not be closed, day or night.
    Nations and kings will bring their wealth to you.
12 Any nation or kingdom that does not serve you
    will be destroyed.
13 All the great things of Lebanon will be given to you.
    People will bring pine trees, fir trees, and cypress trees to you.
These trees will be used for lumber
    to make my Holy Place[b] more beautiful.
This place is like a stool in front of my throne,
    and I will honor it.[c]
14 In the past, people hurt you,
    but they will bow down before you.
In the past, people hated you,
    but they will bow down at your feet.
They will call you ‘The City of the Lord’s,’
    ‘Zion of the Holy One of Israel.’

15 “People hated you.
    You were left all alone with no one passing through.
But I will make you great from now on.
    You will be happy forever and ever.
16 Nations will give you what you need,
    like a child drinking milk from its mother.
But you will ‘drink’ riches from kings.
    Then you will know that it is I, the Lord, who saves you.
    You will know that I, the Great God of Jacob, protect you.

17 “You now have copper,
    but I will bring you gold.
You now have iron,
    but I will bring you silver.
I will change your wood into copper
    and your rocks into iron.
I will change your punishment into peace.
    And those who punished you will be replaced with those who are kind to you.
18 There will never again be news of violence in your country.
    People will never again attack your country and steal from you.
You will name your walls, ‘Salvation’
    and 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 at night.
The Lord will be your light forever.
    Your God will be your glory.
20 Your sun will never go down again.
    Your moon will never again be dark.
That’s because the Lord will be your light forever,
    and the dark days of mourning will end.

21 “All your people will be good.
    They will get the land forever.
They are the young plant in my garden[d]
    that will grow to be a wonderful tree.
    I made them with my own hands.[e]
22 The smallest family will become a large family group.
    The smallest tribe will become a powerful nation.
When the time is right,
    I, the Lord, will come quickly.
    I will make these things happen.”

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 60:1 Jerusalem … shine Or “Jerusalem, my light, get up!”
  2. Isaiah 60:13 my Holy Place This probably means the Temple in Jerusalem.
  3. Isaiah 60:13 I will honor it Or “I will give it glory.”
  4. Isaiah 60:21 young plant … garden See Isa. 4:1 and 5:7.
  5. Isaiah 60:21 They are … hands Or “They are the plant I planted, which I made with my own hands, to show how wonderful I am.”
Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

Copyright © 2006 by Bible League International

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.”

Footnotes:

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

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