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Then my favor will bathe you in sunlight
    until you are like the dawn bursting through a dark night.[a]
    And then suddenly your healing[b] will manifest.[c]
    You will see your righteousness march out before you,
    and the glory of Yahweh will protect you from all harm![d]
Then Yahweh will answer you when you pray.
    When you cry out for help, he will say,
    ‘I am here.’
“If you banish every form of oppression, the scornful accusations,[e]
    and vicious slander,
10 and if you offer yourselves in compassion[f] for the hungry
    and relieve those in misery,[g]
    then your dawning light will rise in the darkness
    and your gloom will turn into noonday splendor![h]

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 58:8 Showing justice will bring the light of a new day. This sunrise pictures God’s restored favor and blessing coming upon the people.
  2. Isaiah 58:8 Or “health” or “restoration.” This would include the body, soul, and spirit.
  3. Isaiah 58:8 Or “sprout speedily, grow.”
  4. Isaiah 58:8 Or “will be your rear guard”; that is, God’s glory covers us from our past and protects us today and forever, with glory going before us and following after as well.
  5. Isaiah 58:9 Or “extending the finger.”
  6. Isaiah 58:10 Jesus offered himself to us, so we should offer ourselves in compassion for others. See Matt. 10:8; Acts 20:33-35; Gal. 1:4; Eph. 5:2, 25; 1 Tim. 2:6; Titus 2:14.
  7. Isaiah 58:10 The five qualifications of last-days ministry are found in vv. 9–10: (1) Commit to banish every form of oppression in our lives, churches, and society. (2) Remove scornful accusation (criticism) of others and their ministries. (3) Forbid to spread malicious slander. (4) Have compassion for the poor and disenfranchised. (5) Comfort those enduring suffering and tragedy. Then God promises (vv. 10–12) that multiple blessings will come: (1) Our spiritual light (influence) will increase in our communities. (2) Discouragement and gloom will disappear from our lives. (3) God will give us specific guidance and counsel to know what to do and where to go. (4) He will fill us with renewing grace, even when we are surrounded by difficult situations. (5) Our spiritual lives will flourish like a lush garden with fruit and beauty. (6) We will not cease to be an ever-flowing source of blessing to others. (7) We will be given God’s grace to rebuild lives and institutions in our cities, churches, and nations. (8) We will take up the legacy of our spiritual fathers and build on their foundations. (9) We will have a testimony of healing cities. (10) We will restore well-being to our communities.
  8. Isaiah 58:10 Or “double light.”

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