Isaiah 63
God's wonderful new creation
The LORD's victory over the nations
1Who is this coming#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.
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“I alone trampled the grapes!#Rev 14.20; 19.15; Rev 19.13.
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.
5No one was there to help me#Is 59.16.
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?
12The glorious power of the LORD#Ex 14.21.
marched beside Moses.
The LORD will be praised for ever
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!
16Our 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.