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Isaiah 60 Expanded Bible (EXB)

Jerusalem Will Be Great

60 “Jerusalem, ·get up [arise] and shine, because your light has come,
    and the glory of the Lord shines on you.
[L Look; T Behold] Darkness ·now covers [or will cover] the earth;
    deep darkness covers ·her people [the nations].
But the Lord shines on you,
    and people see his glory [C his manifest presence] ·around [upon] you.
Nations will come to your light;
    kings will come to ·the brightness of your sunrise [or your radiance].

[L Lift up your eyes and] Look around you.
    People are gathering and coming to you.
Your sons are coming from far away,
    and your daughters are ·coming with them [or carried on the hip; or nursed at their side; or escorted by guardians].
When you see them, you will ·shine with happiness [L shine; be radiant];
    you will be excited and ·full of joy [L your heart will swell/enlarge],
because the wealth of the nations across the seas will be given to you;
    the riches of the nations will come to you.
·Herds [or Caravans; L An abundance of] of camels will cover your land,
    young camels from Midian and Ephah.
·People [L All] will come from Sheba [C unknown location, perhaps present-day Yemen, Eritrea, or Ethiopia; see 1 Kin. 10:1–13]
    bringing gold and ·incense [or frankincense],
    and they will sing praises to the Lord.
All the sheep from Kedar will be ·given [gathered] to you;
    the ·sheep [rams] from Nebaioth [Gen. 25:13] will ·be brought to [serve; minister to; C perhaps for sacrifices] you.
They will be ·pleasing [acceptable] sacrifices on my altar,
    and I will ·make my beautiful Temple more beautiful [glorify/adorn my glorious Temple].

“·The people are returning to you [L Who are these who fly…?] like clouds,
    like doves flying to their ·nests [shelters; L windows].
·People in faraway lands [L For the coastlands/or islands] ·are waiting [or look] for me.
    The ·great trading ships [L ships of Tarshish; 2:16] will come first,
bringing your children from ·faraway lands [afar],
    and with them silver and gold.
·This will honor [L …for the name of] the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel [1:4],
·who does wonderful things for you [L because he has glorified/beautified you].

10 “Jerusalem, foreigners will rebuild your walls,
    and their kings will serve you.
·When I was angry [L In my wrath], I ·hurt [struck] you,
    but now ·I want to be kind to you and comfort you [L in grace/favor I will have compassion/mercy on 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 [or leading the way; C either as captives or leading the procession of gifts].
12 The nation or kingdom that doesn’t serve you will ·be destroyed [perish];
    it will be completely ruined.

13 “The ·great trees [L glory] of Lebanon will ·be given [come] to you [35:2]:
    its ·pine [juniper], fir, and cypress trees together.
You will use them to make ·my Temple [L the place of my sanctuary] beautiful,
    and I will ·give much honor to [glorify] ·this place where I rest [L the place of] my feet [Ezek. 43:7].
14 The ·people who have hurt you [L children/sons of your oppressors] will bow down to you;
    those who ·hated [despised] you will bow down at your feet.
They will call you The City of the Lord,
    ·Jerusalem, city [L Zion; 59:20] of the Holy One of Israel [1:4].

15 “You have been ·hated [despised] and ·left empty [abandoned; forsaken]
    with no one passing through.
But I will make you great from now on;
    you will be a place of ·happiness [pride; majesty] ·forever and ever [for generations to come].
16 You will ·be given what you need from [L drink the milk of] the nations,
    like a child ·drinking milk from its mother [nursing at royal breasts].
Then you will know that it is I, the Lord, ·who saves you [your savior].
    You will know that the Powerful One of Jacob ·protects [redeems] you.
17 I will bring you gold in place of bronze,
    silver in place of iron,
bronze in place of wood,
    iron in place of rocks.
I will ·change your punishment into peace [or make peace your governor/leader],
    and ·you will be ruled by what is right [righteousness will be your ruler].
18 There will be no more violence [L heard] in your country,
    no more ·ruin [devastation; havoc] or destruction within your borders.
You will name your walls Salvation
    and your gates Praise.
19 The sun will no longer be your light during the day
    nor will the brightness from the moon be your light,
because the Lord will be your ·light forever [everlasting light],
    and your God will be your glory [Zech. 14:6–7; Rev. 21:23; 22:5].
20 Your sun will never set again,
    and your moon will ·never be dark [not wane/disappear],
because the Lord will be your ·light forever [everlasting light],
    and your ·time of sadness [days of mourning] will end.
21 All of your people will ·do what is right [be righteous].
    They will ·receive [possess; inherit] the earth forever.
They are the ·plant [branch; shoot] I have planted,
    the work of my own hands
    to show my ·greatness [glory; C manifest presence].
22 The ·smallest family will grow to [L least of you will become] a thousand.
    The ·least important [smallest] of you will become a powerful nation.
I am the Lord,
    and ·when it is [L in its] time, I will ·make these things happen quickly [hasten it].”

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