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Isaiah 63

63
LXIII
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
The Lord's Victory over the Nations
1 # Is 34.5-17; Jr 49.7-22; Ez 25.12-14; 35.1-15; Am 1.11,12; Ob 1-14; Ml 1.2-5. Who is this coming
from Bozrah#63.1 Bozrah: The main city of Edom. in Edom
with clothes stained red?
Who is this hero marching
in his glorious uniform?
“It's me, the Lord!
I have won the battle,
and I can save you!”
2What are those red spots?
Your clothes look stained
from trampling on grapes.#63.2 trampling on grapes: This is one way that grapes were crushed to make them into juice.
3 # Rev 14.20; 19.15; Rev 19.13. “I alone trampled the grapes!
None of the nations helped.
I trampled nations in my anger
and stained my clothes
with their blood.
4I did this because I wanted
to take revenge—
the time had come
to rescue my people.
5 # Is 59.16. No one was there to help me
or to give support;
my mighty arm won the battle,
strengthened by my anger.
6In my fury I trampled on nations
and made them drunk;
their blood poured out
everywhere on earth.”
The Lord's Goodness to His People
7I will tell about the kind deeds
the Lord has done.
They deserve praise!
The Lord has shown mercy
to the people of Israel;
he has been kind and good.
8The Lord rescued his people,
and said, “They are mine.
They won't betray me.”
9It troubled the Lord
to see them in trouble,
and his angel saved them.#63.9 It … them: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
The Lord was truly merciful,
so he rescued his people.
He took them in his arms
and carried them all those years.
10Then the Lord's people
turned against him and made
his Holy Spirit sad.
So he became their enemy
and attacked them.
11But his people remembered
what had happened
during the time of Moses.#63.11 But … Moses: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
Didn't the Lord#63.11 the Lord: Or “Moses.” bring them
and their leaders
safely through the sea?
Didn't he#63.11 he: Or “Moses.” give them
his Holy Spirit?
12 # Ex 14.21. The glorious power of the Lord
marched beside Moses.
The Lord will be praised forever
for dividing the sea.
13He led his people across
like horses running wild
without stumbling.
14His Spirit gave them rest,
just as cattle find rest
when led into a valley.#63.14 His … valley: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
The name of the Lord was praised
for doing these things.
A Prayer for Mercy and Help
15Please, Lord, look down
from your holy and glorious
home in the heavens
and see what's going on.
Have you lost interest?
Where is your power?
Show that you care about us#63.15 us: Hebrew “me.”
and have mercy!
16 # 3 Macc 2.21,22. Our ancestors Abraham and Jacob
have both rejected us.
But you are still our Father;
you have been our protector
since ancient times.
17Why did you make us turn away
from you, our Lord?
Why did you make us want
to disobey you?
Please change your mind!
We are your servants,
your very own people.
18For a little while,
your temple belonged to us;#63.18 For … us: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
and now our enemies
have torn it down.
19We act as though you
had never ruled us
or called us your people.