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1 Arise, shine, your light has dawned;the glory of Jehovah has risen upon you! 2 Although darkness covers the earth,and a thick mist the peoples,upon you Jehovah will shine;over you his glory shall be visible. 3 Nations will come to your light,their kings to the brightness of your dawn. 4 Lift up your eyes and look about you!They have all assembled to come to you:your sons shall arrive from afar;your daughters shall return to your side.
5 Then, when you see it, your face will light up,your heart swell with awe:the multitude of the Sea shall resort to you;a host of nations shall enter you. 6 A myriad of camels shall cover your land,athe dromedaries of Midian and Ephah;all from Sheba will come,bearing gold and frankincenseand heralding the praises of Jehovah. 7 All Kedar’s flocks will gather to you,the rams of Nebaioth will serve you;they shall be accepted as offerings on my altar,and thus I will make glorious my house of glory.
8 Who are these, aloft like clouds,flying as doves to their portals? 9 From the isles they are gathering to me,the ships of Tarshish in the lead,to bring back your children from afar,and with them their silver and gold,to Jehovah Omnipotent,b your God,to the Holy One of Israel,who has made you illustrious.
10 Foreigners will rebuild your walls,and their kings will minister to you.Though I struck you in anger,I will gladly show you mercy. 11 Your gates shall always remain open;they shall not be shut day or night,that a host of nations may be brought to youand their kings escorted in. 12 And the nation or kingdomthat will not serve you shall perish;such nations shall be utterly ruined.
13 The splendor of Lebanon shall become yours—cypresses, pines, and firs togetherto beautify the site of my sanctuary,to make glorious the place of my feet. 14 The sons of those who tormented youwill come bowing before you;all who reviled you will prostrate themselves at your feet.They will call you the City of Jehovah,Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
15 Although you had been forsaken and abhorred,with none passing through your land,yet I will make you an everlasting pride,the joy of generation after generation. 16 You will suck the milk of the nations,suckling at the breasts of kings.Then shall you know that I, Jehovah,am your Savior,that your Redeemer is the Valiant One of Jacob.
17 In place of copper I will bring gold,in place of iron, silver;in place of wood I will bring copper,in place of stones, iron.I will make peace your rulersand righteousness your oppressors: 18 tyranny shall no more be heard of in your land,nor dispossession or disaster within your borders;you will regard salvation as your wallsand homage as your gates.
19 No longer shall the sun be your light by day,nor the brightness of the moonyour illuminationc at night:Jehovah will be your everlasting lightand your God your radiant glory. 20 Your sun shall set no more,nor your moon wane:to you Jehovah shall be an endless lightwhen your days of mourning are fulfilled.
21 Your entire people shall be righteous;they shall inherit the earth foreverthey are the branch I have planted,the work of my hands, in which I am glorified. 22 The least of them shall become a clan,the youngest a mighty nation.I Jehovah will hasten it in its time.


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