An exhortation, after the pattern of Abraham, to trust in Christ,
Isaiah 51:1 Hearken unto Me, ye pursuing righteousness, Seeking Jehovah, Look attentively unto the rockye have been hewn, And unto the hole of the pitye have been digged. Isaiah 51:2 Look attentively unto Abraham your father, And unto Sarahshe bringeth you forth, ForoneI have called him, And I bless him, and multiply him.
by reason of his comfortable promises,
Isaiah 51:3 For Jehovah hath comforted Zion, He hath comforted all her wastes, And He setteth her wilderness as Eden, And her desert as a garden of Jehovah, Joy, yea, gladness is found in her, Confession, and the voice of song.
of his righteous salvation,
Isaiah 51:4 Attend unto Me, O My people, And, O My nation, unto Me give ear. For a law from Me goeth out, And My judgment to the light, Peoples I do cause to rest. Isaiah 51:5 Near [is] My righteousness, Gone out hath My salvation and Mine arms, Peoples they judge, on Me isles do wait, Yea, on Mine arm they do wait with hope. Isaiah 51:6 Lift ye up to the heavens your eyes, And look attentively unto the earth beneath, For the heavens as smoke have vanished, And the earth as a garment weareth out, And its inhabitants as gnats do die, And My salvation is to the age, And My righteousness is not broken.
and man's mortality.
Isaiah 51:7 Hearken unto Me, ye who know righteousness, A people, in whose heart [is] My law, Fear ye not the reproach of men, And for their reviling be not affrighted, Isaiah 51:8 For as a garment eat them doth a moth, And as wool eat them doth a worm, And My righteousness is to the age, And My salvation to all generations.
Christ by his sanctified arm defendeth his from the fear of man.
Isaiah 51:9 Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of Jehovah, Awake, as [in] days of old, generations of the ages, Art not Thou it that is hewing down Rahab, Piercing a dragon! Isaiah 51:10 Art not Thou it that is drying up a sea, Waters of a great deep? That hath made deep places of a sea A way for the passing of the redeemed? Isaiah 51:11 And the ransomed of Jehovah turn back, And they have come to Zion with singing, And joy age-during [is] on their head, Gladness and joy they attain, Fled away have sorrow and sighing, Isaiah 51:12 II [am] Heyour comforter, Who [art] thouand thou art afraid of man? he dieth! And of the son of mangrass he is made! Isaiah 51:13 And thou dost forget Jehovah thy maker, Who is stretching out the heavens, and founding earth, And thou dost fear continually all the day, Because of the fury of the oppressor, As he hath prepared to destroy. And where [is] the fury of the oppressor? Isaiah 51:14 Hastened hath a wanderer to be loosed, And he doth not die at the pit, And his bread is not lacking. Isaiah 51:15 And I [am] Jehovah thy God, Quieting the sea, when its billows roar, Jehovah of Hosts [is] His name. Isaiah 51:16 And I put My words in thy mouth, And with the shadow of My hand have covered thee, To plant the heavens, and to found earth, And to say to Zion, 'My people [art] thou.'
He bewaileth the afflictions of Jerusalem,
Isaiah 51:17 Stir thyself, stir thyself, rise, Jerusalem, Who hast drunk from the hand of Jehovah The cup of His fury, The goblet, the cup of trembling, thou hast drunk, Thou hast wrung out. Isaiah 51:18 There is not a leader to her Out of all the sons she hath borne, And there is none laying hold on her hand Out of all the sons she hath nourished. Isaiah 51:19 These two are meeting thee, who is moved for thee? Spoiling and destructionFamine and sword, whoI comfort thee? Isaiah 51:20 Thy sons have been wrapped up, they have lain down, At the head of all out places, as a wild ox [in] a net, They are full of the fury of Jehovah, The rebuke of Thy God.
and promiseth deliverance.
Isaiah 51:21 Therefore, hear, I pray thee, this, O afflicted and drunken one, and not with wine, Isaiah 51:22 Thus said thy Lord Jehovah, and thy God, He pleadeth [for] his people: 'Lo, I have taken out of thy hand the cup of trembling, The goblet, the cup of My fury, Thou dost not add to drink it any more. Isaiah 51:23 And I have put it into the hand of those afflicting thee, Who have said to thy soul, Bow down, and we pass over, And thou makest as the earth thy body, And as the street to those passing by!'