Isaiah 60
The future glory of Jerusalem
A new day for Jerusalem
1Jerusalem, stand up! Shine!
Your new day is dawning.
The glory of the LORD
shines brightly on you.
2The earth and its people
are covered with darkness,
but the glory of the LORD
is shining upon you.
3Nations and kings
will come to the light
of your dawning day.
Crowds are coming to Jerusalem
The LORD said:
4Open your eyes! Look around!
Crowds are coming.
Your sons are on their way
from distant lands;
your daughters are being carried
like little children.
5When you see this,
your faces will glow;
your hearts will pound
and swell with pride.#60.5 swell with pride: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
Treasures from across the sea
and the wealth of nations
will be brought to you.
6Your country will be covered
with caravans of young camels
from Midian and Ephah.#60.6 Midian…Ephah: Midian was the ancestor of a nomadic tribe of the Arabian desert, east of the Gulf of Aqaba. Ephah was a clan within the tribe of Midian.
The people of Sheba#60.6 Sheba: Perhaps a place in what is now south-west Arabia. The Queen of Sheba brought gifts to Solomon (1 Kings 10.1-13).
will bring gold and spices
in praise of me, the LORD.
7Every sheep of Kedar
will come to you;
rams from Nebaioth#60.7 Kedar…Nebaioth: Regions in northern Arabia.
will be yours as well.
I will accept them as offerings
and bring honour to my temple.
8What is that sailing by
like clouds
or like doves flying home?
9On those distant islands
your people are waiting
for me, the LORD.#60.9 On…LORD: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
Seagoing ships#60.9 Seagoing ships: See the note at 2.16. lead the way
to bring them home
with their silver and gold.
I, the holy LORD God of Israel,
do this to honour your people,
so they will honour me.
Jerusalem will be rebuilt
The LORD said:
10Jerusalem, your city walls
will be rebuilt by foreigners;
their rulers will become
your slaves.
I punished you in my anger;
now I will be kind
and treat you with mercy.
11Your gates will be open#Rev 21.25,26.
day and night
to let the rulers of nations
lead their people to you
with all their treasures.
12Any nation or kingdom
that refuses to serve you
will be wiped out.
13Wood from Lebanon's best trees
will be brought to you—
the pines, the firs,
and the cypress trees.
It will be used in my temple
to make beautiful the place
where I rest my feet.
14The descendants of enemies#Rev 3.9.
who hated and ill-treated you
will kneel at your feet.
They will say, “You are Zion,
the city of the LORD,
the holy God of Israel.”
15You were hated and deserted,
rejected by everyone.
But I will make you beautiful,
a city to be proud of
for all time to come.
16You will drain the wealth
of kings and foreign nations.
You will know that I,
the mighty LORD God of Israel,
have saved and rescued you.
17I will bring bronze and iron
in place of wood and stone;
in place of bronze and iron,
I will bring gold and silver.
I will appoint peace and justice
as your rulers and leaders.
18Violence, destruction, and ruin
will never again be heard of
within your borders.
“Victory” will be the name
you give to your walls;
“Praise” will be the name
you give to your gates.
19You won't need the light#Rev 21.23; 22.5.
of the sun or the moon.
I, the LORD your God,
will be your eternal light
and bring you honour.
20Your sun will never set
or your moon go down.
I, the LORD, will be
your everlasting light,
and your days of sorrow
will come to an end.
21Your people will live right
and always own the land;
they are the trees I planted
to bring praise to me.
22Even the smallest family
will be a powerful nation.
I am the LORD,
and when the time comes,
I will quickly do all this.