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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; Jer 49.7–22; Ezek 25.12–14; 35.1–15; Amos 1.11–12; Obad 1.1–14; Mal 1.2–5 “Who is this coming from the city of Bozrah in Edom? Who is this so splendidly dressed in red, marching along#63.1 Some ancient translations marching along; Hebrew bowed down. in power and strength?”
“It is the LORD, powerful to save, coming to announce his victory.”
2“Why is his clothing so red, like that of someone who tramples grapes to make wine?”
3 # Rev 14.20; 19.13, 15 The LORD answers, “I have trampled the nations like grapes, and no one came to help me. I trampled them in my anger, and their blood has stained all my clothing. 4I decided that the time to save my people had come; it was time to punish their enemies. 5#Is 59.16I was amazed when I looked and saw that there was no one to help me. But my anger made me strong, and I won the victory myself. 6In my anger I trampled whole nations and shattered them. I poured out their lifeblood on the ground.”
The LORD's Goodness to Israel
7I will tell of the LORD's unfailing love;
I praise him for all he has done for us.
He has richly blessed the people of Israel
because of his mercy and constant love.
8The LORD said, “They are my people; they will not deceive me.” And so he saved them 9from all their suffering. It was not an angel, but the LORD himself who saved them. In his love and compassion he rescued them. He had always taken care of them in the past, 10but they rebelled against him and made his Holy Spirit sad. So the LORD became their enemy and fought against them.
11But then they#63.11 Probable text they; Hebrew he. remembered the past, the days of Moses, the servant of the LORD, and they asked, “Where now is the LORD, who saved the leaders of his people from the sea? Where is the LORD, who gave his Spirit to Moses? 12-13#Ex 14.21Where is the LORD, who by his power did great things through Moses, dividing the waters of the sea and leading his people through the deep water, to win everlasting fame for himself?”
Led by the LORD, they were as sure-footed as wild horses, and never stumbled. 14As cattle are led into a fertile valley, so the LORD gave his people rest. He led his people and brought honour to his name.
A Prayer for Mercy and Help
15 LORD, look upon us from heaven, where you live in your holiness and glory. Where is your great concern for us? Where is your power? Where are your love and compassion? Do not ignore us. 16You are our father. Our ancestors Abraham and Jacob do not acknowledge us, but you, LORD, are our father, the one who has always rescued us. 17Why do you let us stray from your ways? Why do you make us so stubborn that we turn away from you? Come back, for the sake of those who serve you, for the sake of the people who have always been yours.
18We, your holy people, were driven out by our enemies for a little while: they trampled down your sanctuary.#63.18 Verse 18 in Hebrew is unclear. 19You treat us as though you had never been our ruler, as though we had never been your people.