Isaiah 49-55

The Nile River in Egypt.

The Nile River in Egypt. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 49[1-6] Listen to Me, nations; listen, you peoples from far away! Yahweh has called Me from the womb of My mother and has made mention of My name and has made My mouth like a sharp sword. Yahweh has kept Me safe and has made Me like a polished weapon, keeping Me close, who said to Me, You are My servant; Israel, in whom I’ll be made well known. But I said, I’ve worked for nothing, I’ve used all My strength for nothing; yet surely the justice due Me is with Yahweh, and I’ll be repaid by My God. Now says Yahweh who formed Me from the womb to be a servant of God, to bring Jacob back to God, and that Israel would come back (for I am honorable in the eyes of Yahweh, and My God is My strength); Yes, God says, Is it too little that you should be My servant to raise up the families of Jacob, and to restore the saved ones of Israel? I’ll also make you a light to the nations, that you may be My saving grace to the end of the earth.

[7-11] Yahweh says this, the One who bought Israel back, and the Holy One, who human beings hate, to the One whom the nations hate, to a servant of rulers, Rulers will see and get up; yes, rulers, and they’ll worship; because of Yahweh who is faithful, even the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you. Yahweh says this also, I’ve answered you in an acceptable time, and I’ve helped you in a day of saving grace; and I’ll save you, and give you for a promise to the people, to raise up the land, to make them get the heritage that they had left, saying to those who are imprisoned, Go free; and to those who are in darkness, Come out! They’ll be fed in the roads, and their pasture will be on all bare hills. They won’t be hungry or thirsty; nor will the heat of the sun burn them. The One who has compassion on them will lead them, and guide them by the flowing creeks of water. I’ll make all My mountains have roads, and My highways will be made.

[12-17] Look, they’ll come from far away; they’ll come from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim (Syene, Aswan). Sing, heavens; and be happy, earth; and break out into singing, mountains, because Yahweh has comforted the people of God, and will have compassion on those who are troubled. But Zion (Jerusalem) said, Yahweh has left Me, and God has forgotten Me. Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the child in whom she gave birth? Yes, even these may forget, but I won’t forget you. Look, I’ve carved you on the palms of My hands; and I will watch over you forever. Your children will come back soon; and those who abused and destroyed you will leave.

[18-21] Open your eyes and look around you! They’ll all gather themselves together, and come to you. As I live, says Yahweh, you’ll clothe yourself with them all as with jewels, and dress yourself with them, like a bride. As for your ruined and deserted places, and your land that has been destroyed will now be too small for the people, and those who took your land will be moved far away. The children, who mourned your death, will yet say in your ears, This place is too small for Me; make room for Me that I may live. Then you’ll say in your heart, Who has conceived these for Me, seeing I’ve lost all My children, and am alone, sent away to wander back and forth? and who has brought these up? Look, I was left alone; where were these?

[22-26] This says Yahweh God, Look, I’ll lift up My hand to the nations, and set up My flag as a symbol to the peoples; and they’ll bring your sons and your daughters in their arms and on their shoulders. Rulers will take care of all your children. They’ll bow down to you with their faces to the earth, and taste the dust of your feet; and you’ll know that I am Yahweh God; and those who wait for Me won’t be disappointed. Will the prey be taken from the strong, or those taken prisoner legally be freed? But Yahweh says this, Even the prisoners of the strong will be taken away, and the prey of the terrible will be set free; for I’ll fight with those who fight with you, and I’ll save your children. I’ll feed those who abuse you with their own children; and they’ll be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine and all people will know that I, Yahweh, am your Savior, the One who bought you back, the Strong One of Jacob.

50[1-5] Yahweh says this, “Do you think I’ve divorced you and sent you away forever? Where are the divorce papers, with which I’ve put you away? or do you think I’ve sold you to My creditors? Look, you were sold for your wrongdoings, and you were put away for your sins. Why wasn’t any one there when I came? Why didn’t any one answer when I called? Am I not strong enough, to buy you back? Don’t I have the power to save you? Look, I dry up the sea with a word, I make the rivers dry up like a desert. The fish die and stink, because there is no water. I cover the heavens with darkness, and I make mourning clothes its covering.” Yahweh God has given Me the right words to say, so that I may know how to help those who are weak and tired. God wakens Me each morning, and makes My ear to hear as those who are taught. Yahweh God has opened My ear, and I was not rebellious, nor did I turn away.

[6-11] I gave My back to those who hit Me, and My cheeks to those who abused Me. I didn’t hide My face when they spoke shamefully and spit on Me. So I won’t be ashamed because Yahweh God is My help; So I’ve made up My mind, and I know that I won’t be disappointed. God is near, who will prove Me right, so who will bring charges against Me? Whoever is My enemy, must accuse Me to My face. Let them come to Me. Look, Yahweh God will help Me; so who will prove Me wrong? Look, they’ll all grow old like a piece of clothes that a moth has eaten up. Who among you respects Yahweh, and who obeys the voice of God’s worker? Those who walk in darkness, and have no light, let them trust in the Name of Yahweh, and fully rely on God. Look, all you who start fires of trouble, who clothe yourselves with flaming accusations; You’ll walk in the flame of your own fire, and be burned by the fires that you’ve started. You’ll get this from My hand and you’ll die in sorrow.

51[1- 4] Listen to Me, you who do what is good, you who look for Yahweh God. Look at who you came from, and where you came from. Look at Abraham and to Sarah, who are your ancestors; I called Abraham when there was no one but him, and I blessed him, and made him have many descendants. Yahweh has comforted Zion (Jerusalem); and all its deserted places, and has made its countryside like the Garden of Eden, and its desert like the Garden of God; You’ll be happy and enjoy yourselves there, and be thankful, and sing with melody in your voice. Pay attention to Me, My people; and listen to Me, My nation; I will give you a law, and I’ll set up My justice to show the peoples how to live.

[5-8] I am coming soon, and My goodness will save you, and My power will judge the peoples; the nations will wait for Me, and put their trust in Me. Look up to the heavens, and look on the earth below; for the heavens will disappear like smoke, and the earth will grow old like a piece of clothes; and those who live in it will die in the same way; but My saving grace will be forever, and My goodness won’t come to an end. Listen to Me, you who know what goodness is, the people who keep My law in their hearts; don’t be afraid of what human beings will say to you, nor be upset at their insults. They’ll disappear as quickly as moth eaten wool clothes; but My goodness will last forever, and My saving grace is for all generations.

[9-11] Awake, awake, use Your strength, Yahweh; awake, as in the old days of the generations of long ago. Isn’t it You who cut Rahab in pieces, who killed that sea monster long ago (symbolic of Egypt, and God’s control over the chaos of Creation)? Isn’t it You who dried up the Red Sea, the deep waters of the sea; who made a road across the bottom of the sea for those you saved to walk on? Those who are saved by Yahweh will come back, and come with singing to Zion (Jerusalem); and they’ll be happy forever! They’ll be glad and celebrate; and sorrow and sighing will end forever.

[12-16] I am Yahweh who comforts you. Why are you afraid of ordinary human beings, who will die, and wither like grass? Why have you forgotten Yahweh, your Maker, who stretched out the heavens, and set the earth in its place? Why are you so afraid all day long because of the anger of those who abuse you, who try to destroy you? Where are they now? Everyone who cries out in pain will be freed soon; they’ll be freed from the power of death and hell, and they won’t go hungry anymore. For I am Yahweh your God, who makes the oceans roar and stirs up its waves. My name is Yahweh, the God of All Creation. I tell you what to say, and I’ll keep you safe in the palm of My hand, that I may stretch out the heavens, and put the earth in its place, and tell Zion (Jerusalem), You are My people.

[17-22] Awake, awake, stand up, Jerusalem, those who have tasted Yahweh’s great anger; You’ve drunk the cup of punishment, and drained it dry. There’s no one to guide you among all the children you’ve had; there’s no one who takes you by the hand among all the children you’ve brought up. Two terrible things have happened to you, but no one will cry for you. You were deserted and destroyed with the famine and war; so how will I comfort you? Your children faint, and fall in the streets, as an animal in a net; They’re being punished by Yahweh’s great anger, and God has corrected them. So hear this now, you troubled, and drunken, but not with wine. Yahweh God says this, who defends you, “Look, I’ve taken out of your hand the cup that made you drunk, the cup of My great anger; you won’t ever drink it again and I’ll put it into the hand of those who abuse you, who have said to you, We’ll walk all over you; and You’ve been trampled on by them.

52[1-5] Awake, awake, put on your strength, Zion (Jerusalem); put on your beautiful clothes, Jerusalem, the holy city. From now on, no one who is unfit sinner will come into you. Shake yourself from the dust; get up and sit on your throne, Jerusalem. Free yourself from the chains that hold you, city of Zion (Jerusalem), which was taken. Yahweh says this, You were sold for nothing; and you’ll be bought you back without money. Yahweh God says this, My people went down at first into Egypt to live there and now the Assyrians have abused them for no reason. So now, what do I do here, says Yahweh, seeing that My people is taken away for nothing? Those who rule over them mock them, says Yahweh, and My name is continually disrespected all day long.

[6-10] So My people will know My name. They’ll know then that I am the One who speaks; Look, it’s Me. How beautiful are the feet of those coming down the mountains who bring good news, who speak peace, who publishes the New Word of God’s saving grace, who says to Zion (Jerusalem), Your God reigns! Listen to the voice of your guards! They lift up their voices, and sing together; because they’ll see for themselves when Yahweh come backs to Zion (Jerusalem). Break out in happy singing together, you ruins of Jerusalem; for Yahweh has comforted the people of God, and has bought you back, Jerusalem. Yahweh, you have shown Your power in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth have seen the saving grace of our God.

[11-15] Leave, leave, go out from there, and touch nothing that is unfit; come out of it (Babylon) and cleanse yourselves, you who keep the things used to worship Yahweh. For you won’t go out running, nor will you go by flight, because Yahweh is going ahead of you; and the God of Israel is watching behind you. You who I am sending will act wisely, and be lifted up in praise and highly honored. Many will be shocked at You (who will be beaten so badly, You won’t even look human), and You’ll sprinkle many nations; rulers will shut their mouths when they see You, and what they hadn’t been told they’ll see for themselves; and what they hadn’t heard they’ll understand.

53[1-5] Who has believed our message? and to whom has the power of Yahweh been made known? For You grew up before God as a young plant that roots out of dry ground. You had no great physical form or beauty; and when we see You, there is no beauty that we would want You. You were hated, and rejected by human beings; Someone who suffered greatly, and knew sorrow personally; and like someone who others refuse to look at, You were hated; and we didn’t respect You. Without a doubt, You’ve taken our sickness on Yourself, and You took our place in Your suffering; yet we thought of You as being punished, struck by God, and troubled. But You were pierced for our sins, and killed for our wrongdoings; Your undeserved punishment brought our peace; and by Your wounds we are healed.

[6-12] All we, like sheep, have gone astray; everyone of us have done as we wanted to; and Yahweh has put on You all our sin. You were abused, yet when You were troubled You didn’t even open Your mouth; as a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is quiet, You didn’t even open Your mouth. By abuse and false judgment You were taken away; and as for Your generation, who among them thought that You would be cut off out of the land of the living for the disobedience of my people who rightfully deserved the punishment? You were punished with sinners, and You were buried in the grave of a rich man; although You had done nothing wrong, nor had spoken any lie. Yet it was Yahweh’s will to hurt You and make You suffer, because You give Your soul as an offering for sin, and You’ll see Your children and prolong Your days, and You’ll do what Yahweh wants. God will see the suffering of Your soul, and be satisfied, and You’ll come back to life again. You’ll justify many people by their knowledge of You; and that You suffered for their sins. So God will make You stand with great people, and You’ll be rewarded with the powerful ones; because You’ve given Your soul to death, and You were counted as a sinner, though You died for the sins of others, and asked forgiveness for their sins.

54[1-3] Sing, you, who haven’t had children; break out into singing, and cry out, you who haven’t suffered in childbirth! You, who were deserted, will have more children than the married wife, says Yahweh. Enlarge your home, and stretch out its area; and don’t spare, but make plenty of room, and make it strong. You’ll spread out on the right and on the left; and your children will have the nations, and fill the deserted cities with people.

[4-8] Don’t be afraid; you won’t be ashamed, nor be confused; You won’t be disappointed and you’ll forget the shame of your youth; and you won’t remember the troubles of when you were left any more. Your Maker is your husband, whose name is Yahweh, the God of All Creation; and the Holy One of Israel has bought you back, who is called the God of all the earth. Yahweh has called you like a wife who was left and very upset in her spirit, like a young wife, who has been thrown away, says your God. I left you for a little while; but with great compassion I will take you back. I turned from you in great anger for a little while; but with everlasting love I’ll have compassion on you, says Yahweh, who bought you back.

[9-12] This promise is as the waters of Noah to Me; just like I promised that the waters of Noah wouldn’t cover the earth anymore, so I’ve promised that I won’t be angry with you, nor correct you anymore. The mountains may disappear, and the hills be gone; but I won’t stop loving you, nor will I break My promise of peace to you, says Yahweh, who has compassion on you. You, who are troubled and storm-tossed, and not comforted; Look, I’ll set your gemstones in beautiful colors, and lay your base with blue sapphires. I’ll set rubies on your highest point, and set emeralds in your gates, and all your border will be set with precious stones.

[13-17] All your children will be taught by Yahweh; and your children’s peace will be great. You’ll be approved and settled in goodness and you’ll be far from abuse. You won’t be afraid; and nothing terrible will come near you. If anyone stirs up trouble, it’s not from Me. Whoever stirs up trouble for you will fall because of you. Look, I’ve created those who make the weapons and I’ve created the destroyer to destroy. No weapon that is used against you will be successful; and you’ll condemn every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of Yahweh, and their proof of goodness which is from Me, says Yahweh.

55[1-5] Look, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters, and those who have no money; come, buy, and eat; yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what isn’t food? and work for what doesn’t satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what’s good, and let your soul enjoy itself in goodness. Listen to Me, and come to Me; hear, and your soul will live and I’ll make an everlasting promise with you, as faithful as the promises I made to David. Look, I’ve given him as a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander to the peoples. Look, you’ll call a nation that you don’t know; and a nation that didn’t know you will run to you, because of Yahweh your God, and for the Holy One of Israel, who has made you great.

[6-13] Turn to Yahweh who can yet be found; call out to God who is near. Give up your crooked ways and your evil thoughts, you sinners; Come back to Yahweh your God, who will have compassion; and to your God, who will forgive all your sins. My thoughts and ways aren’t like your thoughts and ways, says Yahweh. As the heavens are higher than the earth, My thoughts and ways are higher than your thoughts and ways. Rain and snow fall from the sky, and doesn’t go back there, until it waters the earth, and makes it bloom and bud, and gives you seed to plant, and food to eat; So it is with My word, which goes out of My mouth and doesn’t come back to Me without doing what I want it to, and it will prosper in whatever I sent it to do. You’ll go out with happiness, and be led with peace; the mountains and hills will break out in singing to you; and all the trees of the fields will clap their hands. Instead of the thorn will come up the fir tree; and instead of the brier will come up the myrtle tree; and it will be to make Yahweh’s name well known, for an everlasting sign that won’t ever come to an end.


About mamaheartfilled

I am a mother of eight wonderfully challenging children and nine grandkids, of whom I am very proud. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. I have endeavored to paraphrase the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, for the last ten years or so and am working on a final edit, now. It is my hope that it will be of some use in the great commission of Christ. My ministry is primarily geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community around the world. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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