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Isaiah 63

63
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1Who is this that cometh from Edom?
With dyed garments from Bozrah?
This that is glorious in his apparel,
Marching onward in the multitude of his strength?
I, who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.
2Wherefore is thine apparel red?
And thy garments as of one that treadeth the vine-vat?
3I have trodden the wine-press alone,
And of the people there was not a man with me:
And I trod them in mine anger,
And trampled them in my fury;
So that their blood is sprinkled upon my garments,
And I have stained all mine apparel.
4For the day of vengeance was in mine heart,
And the year of my redeemed was come.
5And I looked, and there was none to help;
And I wondered that there was none to uphold;
Therefore mine own arm wrought salvation for me;
And my fury, it upheld me.
6And I trod down the people in mine anger,
And made them drunk in my fury;
And made their blood to sink down into the earth.
7I will mention the lovingkindnesses of Jehovah, and the praises of Jehovah,
According to all that Jehovah hath bestowed on us,
And the manifold goodness towards the house of Israel,
Which He hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses.
8For He said: Surely they are my people,
Children that will not prove false;
So He became their Saviour.
9In all their adversity, He was not an adversary;
But the angel of his presence saved them:
In his love, and in his pity, He redeemed them;
And He took them up, and He carried them all the days of old.
10But they rebelled, and vexed his Holy Spirit;
Therefore He was turned to be their enemy,
And He fought against them.
11Then remembered his people the ancient days of Moses:
Where is He who brought them up from the sea with the shepherd of his flock?
Where is lie who put his Holy Spirit within him?
12Who made his glorious arm to march at the right hand of Moses,
Dividing the waters before them,
To make for Himself an everlasting name?
13Who led them through the deep,
As a horse through a desert, that they should not stumble?
14As the cattle descend into the valley,
The Spirit of Jehovah caused them to rest:
So didst thou lead thy people,
To make for thyself a glorious name.
15Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness, and of thy glory;
Where is thy zeal and thy might,
The yearning of thy bowels, and of thy mercies toward me? Are they restrained?
16Doubtless thou art our Father;
For Abraham knoweth us not,
And Israel doth not acknowledge us.
Thou, O Jehovah, art our Father:
Our Redeemer is thy name from everlasting.
17Wherefore, O Jehovah, hast thou made us to err from thy ways?
Hast hardened our hearts from thy fear?
Return, for thy servants’ sake,
The tribes of thine inheritance.
18Thy holy people have possessed the land but a little time;
Our adversaries have trodden down thy sanctuary.
19We have long been as those over whom thou hast not ruled;
Who have not been called by thy name.

Isaiah 63

63
Judgment against the Lord’s Enemies
1Who is this who comes from Edom,
from the city of Bozrah,
with his clothing stained red?
Who is this in royal robes,
marching in his great strength?
“It is I, the Lord, announcing your salvation!
It is I, the Lord, who has the power to save!”
2Why are your clothes so red,
as if you have been treading out grapes?
3“I have been treading the winepress alone;
no one was there to help me.
In my anger I have trampled my enemies
as if they were grapes.
In my fury I have trampled my foes.
Their blood has stained my clothes.
4For the time has come for me to avenge my people,
to ransom them from their oppressors.
5I was amazed to see that no one intervened
to help the oppressed.
So I myself stepped in to save them with my strong arm,
and my wrath sustained me.
6I crushed the nations in my anger
and made them stagger and fall to the ground,
spilling their blood upon the earth.”
Praise for Deliverance
7I will tell of the Lord’s unfailing love.
I will praise the Lord for all he has done.
I will rejoice in his great goodness to Israel,
which he has granted according to his mercy and love.
8He said, “They are my very own people.
Surely they will not betray me again.”
And he became their Savior.
9In all their suffering he also suffered,
and he personally#63:9 Hebrew and the angel of his presence. rescued them.
In his love and mercy he redeemed them.
He lifted them up and carried them
through all the years.
10But they rebelled against him
and grieved his Holy Spirit.
So he became their enemy
and fought against them.
11Then they remembered those days of old
when Moses led his people out of Egypt.
They cried out, “Where is the one who brought Israel through the sea,
with Moses as their shepherd?
Where is the one who sent his Holy Spirit
to be among his people?
12Where is the one whose power was displayed
when Moses lifted up his hand—
the one who divided the sea before them,
making himself famous forever?
13Where is the one who led them through the bottom of the sea?
They were like fine stallions
racing through the desert, never stumbling.
14As with cattle going down into a peaceful valley,
the Spirit of the Lord gave them rest.
You led your people, Lord,
and gained a magnificent reputation.”
Prayer for Mercy and Pardon
15Lord, look down from heaven;
look from your holy, glorious home, and see us.
Where is the passion and the might
you used to show on our behalf?
Where are your mercy and compassion now?
16Surely you are still our Father!
Even if Abraham and Jacob#63:16 Hebrew Israel. See note on 14:1. would disown us,
Lord, you would still be our Father.
You are our Redeemer from ages past.
17Lord, why have you allowed us to turn from your path?
Why have you given us stubborn hearts so we no longer fear you?
Return and help us, for we are your servants,
the tribes that are your special possession.
18How briefly your holy people possessed your holy place,
and now our enemies have destroyed it.
19Sometimes it seems as though we never belonged to you,
as though we had never been known as your people.