Isaiah 60

1“Jerusalem, my light, get up! Your Light ˻(God)˼ is coming! The Glory of the Lord will shine on you. 2Darkness now covers the earth and the people are in darkness. But the Lord will shine on you, and his Glory will appear on you. 3The nations will come to your Light ˻(God)˼. Kings will come to your bright Light. 4Look around you! See, people are gathering around and coming to you. They are your sons coming from far away. And your daughters are coming with them. 5˻This will happen in the future.˼ And at that time, you will see your people, and your faces will shine ˻with happiness˼. ˻First,˼ you will be afraid, but then, you will be excited! All the riches from across the seas will be set before you. The riches of the nations will come to you. 6Herds of camels from Midian and Ephah will cross your land. Long lines of camels will come from Sheba. They will bring gold and incense. People will sing praises to the Lord. 7People will collect all the sheep from Kedar and give them to you. They will bring you rams from Nebaioth. You will offer those animals on my altar. And I will accept them. I will make my wonderful temple even more beautiful. 8Look at the people! They are hurrying to you like clouds quickly crossing the sky. They are like doves flying to their nests. 9The faraway lands are waiting for me. The great cargo ships are ready to sail. Those ships are ready to bring your children from faraway lands. They will bring silver and gold with them to honor the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel. The Lord does wonderful things for you. 10Children from other lands will build your walls again. Their kings will serve you. “When I was angry, I hurt you. But now, I want to be kind to you. So I will comfort you. 11Your gates will always be open. They will not be closed night or day. Nations and kings will bring their wealth to you. 12Any nation or kingdom that does not serve you will be destroyed. 13All the great things of Lebanon will be given to you. People will bring pine trees, fir trees, and cypress trees to you. These trees will be used for lumber to make my holy place more beautiful. This place is like a stool in front of my throne, And I will give it much honor. 14In the past, people hurt you. Those people will bow down before you. In the past, people hated you. Those people will bow down at your feet. Those people will call you 'The Lord’s City.’ 'The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.’” 15“You will never again be left alone. You will never again be hated. You will never again be empty. I will make you great forever. You will be happy forever and ever. 16Nations ˻will give you everything you need˼. It will be like a child drinking milk from its mother. But you will 'drink’ riches from kings. Then you will know that it is I, the Lord, who saves you. You will know that the Great God of Jacob protects you. 17“You now have copper, I will bring you gold. You now have iron, I will bring you silver. I will change your wood into copper. I will change your rocks into iron. I will change your punishment into peace. People now hurt you, but people will do good things for you. 18“There will never again be news of violence in your country. People will never again attack your country and steal from you. You will name your walls, 'Salvation.’ You will name your gates, 'Praise.’ 19“The sun will no longer be your light during the day. The light from the moon will no longer be your light ˻at night˼. Because the Lord will be your light forever. Your God will be your glory. 20Your 'sun’ will never go down again. Your 'moon’ will never be dark again. Because the Lord will be your light forever. And your time of sadness will end. 21“All of your people will be good. Those people will get the earth forever. I made those people. They are the wonderful plant that I made with my own hands. 22The smallest family will become a large family group. The smallest family will become a powerful nation. When the time is right, I, the Lord, will come quickly. I will make these things happen.”

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