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The Prophets Before the Exile

(Category 8 of 16)

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The Good News of Salvation


1 “The aSpirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD bhas anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor;

CHAPTER 61 References

1 aIs. 11:2;
Matt. 3:17;
Luke 4:18, 19;
John 1:32;
3:34 bPs. 45:7;
Matt. 11:5;
Luke 7:22 cPs.
147:3 dIs. 42:7;
[Acts 10:43] 1Lit. bind up
2 aLev. 25:9
bIs. 34:8; Mal.
4:1, 3;
[2 Thess. 1:7] cIs. 57:18; Jer.
31:13; Matt.
3 aPs. 30:11
bIs. 60:21;
[Jer. 17:7, 8] c[John 15:8] 1Lit. appoint
4 aIs. 49:8;
58:12; Ezek.
36:33; Amos
5 a[Eph. 2:12] 6 aEx. 19:6 bIs.
60:5, 11
7 aIs. 40:2;
Zech. 9:12
8 aPs. 11:7 bIs.
1:11, 13 cGen.
17:7; Ps.
105:10; Is.
55:3; Jer.
32:40 1Or in
9 aIs. 65:23
10 aHab. 3:18
bPs. 132:9, 16

ISAIAH 61:10

He has sent Me cto 1heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim dliberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2 aTo proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, And bthe day of vengeance of our God; cTo comfort all who mourn,
3 To 1console those who mourn in Zion, aTo give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, bThe planting of the LORD, cthat He may be glorified.”

4 And they shall arebuild the old ruins, They shall raise up the former desolations, And they shall repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations.
5 aStrangers shall stand and feed your flocks, And the sons of the foreigner Shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
6 aBut you shall be named the priests of the LORD, They shall call you the servants of our God. bYou shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, And in their glory you shall boast.
7 aInstead of your shame you shall have double honor, And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; Everlasting joy shall be theirs.

8 “For aI, the LORD, love justice; bI hate robbery 1for burnt offering; I will direct their work in truth, cAnd will make with them an everlasting covenant.
9 Their descendants shall be known among the Gentiles, And their offspring among the people. All who see them shall acknowledge them, aThat they are the posterity whom the LORD has blessed.”

10 aI will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For bHe has clothed me

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ISAIAH 61:11

with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, cAs a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the earth brings forth its bud, As the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, So the Lord GOD will cause arighteousness and bpraise to spring forth before all the nations.

Assurance of Zion’s Salvation


1 For Zion’s sake I will not 1hold My peace, And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, Until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, And her salvation as a lamp that burns.
2 aThe Gentiles shall see your righteousness, And all bkings your glory. cYou shall be called by a new name, Which the mouth of the LORD will name.
3 You shall also be aa crown of glory In the hand of the LORD, And a royal diadem In the hand of your God.
4 aYou shall no longer be termed bForsaken,1 Nor shall your land any more be termed cDesolate;2 But you shall be called 3Hephzibah, and your land 4Beulah; For the LORD delights in you, And your land shall be married.
5 For as a young man marries a virgin, So shall your sons marry you; And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, aSo shall your God rejoice over you.

6 aI have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; They shall 1never hold their peace day or night. You who 2make mention of the LORD, do not keep silent,
7 And give Him no rest till He establishes And till He makes Jerusalem aa praise in the earth.

8 The LORD has sworn by His right hand And by the arm of His strength:

10 cIs. 49:18;
Rev. 21:2
11 aPs. 72:3;
85:11 bIs.
60:18; 62:7

CHAPTER 62 References

1 1keep silent
2 aIs. 60:3 bPs.
102:15, 16;
138:4, 5;
148:11, 13 cIs.
62:4, 12; 65:15
3 aIs. 28:5;
Zech. 9:16;
1 Thess. 2:19
4 aHos. 1:10;
1 Pet. 2:10 bIs.
49:14; 54:6, 7
cIs. 54:1 1Heb.
Azubah 2Heb.
3Lit. My Delight
Is in Her
4Lit. Married
5 aIs. 65:19
6 aIs. 52:8; Jer.
6:17; Ezek.
3:17; 33:7 1not
be silent
7 aIs. 60:18;
61:11; Jer.
33:9; Zeph.
3:19, 20
8 aLev. 26:16;
Deut. 28:31,
33; Judg.
6:3–6; Is. 1:7;
Jer. 5:17
9 aDeut. 12:12;
14:23, 26
10 aIs. 40:3;
57:14 bIs.
11 aZech. 9:9;
Matt. 21:5;
John 12:15
bIs. 40:10;
[Rev. 22:12] 1recompense

CHAPTER 63 References

1 1Or adorned
2 a[Rev. 19:13,
15] 3 aLam. 1:15;
Rev. 14:19, 20;
4 aIs. 34:8;
35:4; 61:2; Jer.

“Surely I will no longer agive your grain As food for your enemies; And the sons of the foreigner shall not drink your new wine, For which you have labored.
9 But those who have gathered it shall eat it, And praise the LORD; Those who have brought it together shall drink it ain My holy courts.”

10 Go through, Go through the gates! aPrepare the way for the people; Build up, Build up the highway! Take out the stones, bLift up a banner for the peoples!

11 Indeed the LORD has proclaimed To the end of the world: a“Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Surely your salvation is coming; Behold, His breward is with Him, And His 1work before Him.’ ”
12 And they shall call them The Holy People, The Redeemed of the LORD; And you shall be called Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.

The LORD in Judgment and Salvation


1 Who is this who comes from Edom, With dyed garments from Bozrah, This One who is 1glorious in His apparel, Traveling in the greatness of His strength?— “I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.”

2 Why ais Your apparel red, And Your garments like one who treads in the winepress?

3 “I have atrodden the winepress alone, And from the peoples no one was with Me. For I have trodden them in My anger, And trampled them in My fury; Their blood is sprinkled upon My garments, And I have stained all My robes.
4 For the aday of vengeance is in My heart, And the year of My redeemed has come.

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5 aI looked, but bthere was no one to help, And I wondered That there was no one to uphold; Therefore My own carm brought salvation for Me; And My own fury, it sustained Me.
6 I have trodden down the peoples in My anger, Made them drunk in My fury, And brought down their strength to the earth.”

God’s Mercy Remembered

7 I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD And the praises of the LORD, According to all that the LORD has bestowed on us, And the great goodness toward the house of Israel, Which He has bestowed on them according to His mercies, According to the multitude of His lovingkindnesses.
8 For He said, “Surely they are My people, Children who will not lie.” So He became their Savior.
9 aIn all their affliction He was 1afflicted, bAnd the Angel of His Presence saved them; cIn His love and in His pity He redeemed them; And dHe bore them and carried them All the days of old.
10 But they arebelled and bgrieved His Holy Spirit; cSo He turned Himself against them as an enemy, And He fought against them.

11 Then he aremembered the days of old, Moses and his people, saying: “Where is He who bbrought them up out of the sea With the 1shepherd of His flock? cWhere is He who put His Holy Spirit within them,
12 Who led them by the right hand of Moses, aWith His glorious arm, bDividing the water before them To make for Himself an everlasting name,
13 aWho led them through the deep, As a horse in the wilderness, That they might not stumble?”

14 As a beast goes down into the valley, And the Spirit of the LORD causes him to rest, So You lead Your people,

5 aIs. 41:28;
59:16 b[John
16:32] cPs.
98:1; Is. 59:16
9 aJudg. 10:16
bEx. 14:19
cDeut. 7:7
dEx. 19:4 1Kt.,
LXX, Syr. not
10 aEx. 15:24
bNum. 14:11;
Ps. 78:40; Acts
7:51; 1 Cor.
10:1–11 cEx.
23:21; Ps.
11 aPs. 106:44,
45 bEx. 14:30
cNum. 11:17,
25, 29; Hag.
2:5 1MT,Vg.
12 aEx. 15:6
bEx. 14:21, 22;
Josh. 3:16; Is.
11:15; 51:10
13 aPs. 106:9
14 a2 Sam.
15 aDeut.
26:15; Ps.
80:14 bPs.
33:14 cJer.
31:20; Hos.
16 aDeut. 32:6
bJob 14:21
17 aIs. 6:9, 10;
John 12:40
18 aDeut. 7:6
bPs. 74:3–7; Is.

CHAPTER 64 References

1 aEx. 19:18;
Ps. 18:9;
144:5; Mic.
1:3, 4; [Hab.
3:13] 1tear
3 aEx. 34:10
4 aPs. 31:19
5 aMal. 3:6
6 a[Phil. 3:9] 1Lit. a filthy


aTo make Yourself a glorious name.

A Prayer of Penitence

15 aLook down from heaven, And see bfrom Your habitation, holy and glorious. Where are Your zeal and Your strength, The yearning cof Your heart and Your mercies toward me? Are they restrained?
16 aDoubtless You are our Father, Though Abraham bwas ignorant of us, And Israel does not acknowledge us. You, O LORD, are our Father; Our Redeemer from Everlasting is Your name.
17 O LORD, why have You amade us stray from Your ways, And hardened our heart from Your fear? Return for Your servants’ sake, The tribes of Your inheritance.
18 aYour holy people have possessed it but a little while; bOur adversaries have trodden down Your sanctuary.
19 We have become like those of old, over whom You never ruled, Those who were never called by Your name.


1 Oh, that You would 1rend the heavens! That You would come down! That the mountains might shake at Your apresence—
2 As fire burns brushwood, As fire causes water to boil— To make Your name known to Your adversaries, That the nations may tremble at Your presence!
3 When aYou did awesome things for which we did not look, You came down, The mountains shook at Your presence.
4 For since the beginning of the world aMen have not heard nor perceived by the ear, Nor has the eye seen any God besides You, Who acts for the one who waits for Him.
5 You meet him who rejoices and does righteousness, Who remembers You in Your ways. You are indeed angry, for we have sinned— aIn these ways we continue; And we need to be saved.

6 But we are all like an unclean thing, And all aour righteousnesses are like 1filthy rags;

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We all bfade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away.
7 And there is no one who calls on Your name, Who stirs himself up to take hold of You; For You have hidden Your face from us, And have 1consumed us because of our iniquities.

8 But now, O LORD, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our apotter; And all we are the work of Your hand.
9 Do not be furious, O LORD, Nor remember iniquity forever; Indeed, please look—we all are Your people!
10 Your holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.
11 Our holy and beautiful 1temple, Where our fathers praised You, Is burned up with fire; And all aour pleasant things 2are laid waste.
12 aWill You restrain Yourself because of these things, O LORD? bWill You 1hold Your peace, and afflict us very severely?

6 bPs. 90:5, 6;
7 1Lit. caused
us to melt
8 aIs. 29:16;
45:9; Jer. 18:6;
[Rom. 9:20,
21] 11 aEzek.
24:21 1Lit.
house 2have
become a ruin
12 aIs. 42:14
bPs. 83:1
1keep silent

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Plea for Relief from Bitter Foes

A Song of Ascents.

1 IN amy distress I cried to the LORD, And He heard me.
2 Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips And from a deceitful tongue.

3 What shall be given to you, Or what shall be done to you, You false tongue?

PSALM 120 References

1 aJon. 2:2
4 1mighty one
5 aGen. 10:2;
1 Chr. 1:5;
Ezek. 27:13;
38:2, 3; 39:1
bGen. 25:13;
Is. 21:16; 60:7;
Jer. 2:10;
49:28; Ezek.

4 Sharp arrows of the 1warrior, With coals of the broom tree!

5 Woe is me, that I dwell in aMeshech, bThat I dwell among the tents of Kedar!
6 My soul has dwelt too long With one who hates peace.
7 I am for peace; But when I speak, they are for war.




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