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Yahweh’s Day of Vengeance

63 Who is this, coming from Edom,
    from Bozrah in bright red garments?
Who is this honored in his garment,
    lying down in his great strength?
It is I, speaking in justice,
    mighty[a] to save!”
Why are your garments[b] red,
    and your garments like he who treads in the winepress?
“I have trodden the winepress alone,
    and there was no man from the peoples with me.
And I trod them in my anger,
    and I trampled them in my wrath,
and spattered their juice on my garments,
    and stained all my clothing,
for the day of vengeance was in my heart,
    and the year of my blood-vengeance has come!
And I looked, but[c] there was no helper,
    and I was appalled, but[d] there was no one who sustains,
so[e] my arm came to assist me,
    and my wrath was what[f] sustained me.
And I trampled peoples in my anger,
    and I made them drunk in my wrath,
        and I brought their juice down to the earth.”

Remembering Yahweh’s Mercy

I will mention the loyal love of Yahweh, the praises of Yahweh, according to all that Yahweh has done for us,
    and the greatness of goodness to the house of Israel that he has done to them according to his mercy and the abundance of his loyal love.

And he said, “Surely my people are children; they will not break faith.” And he became a Savior to them.

In all their distress, there was no distress,[g]
    and the messenger of his presence[h] saved them,
    in his love and compassion he himself redeemed them,
and he lifted them up,
    and he supported them all the days of old.
10 But[i] they were the ones who[j] rebelled,
    and they grieved his Holy Spirit,[k]
so[l] he became an enemy to them;[m]
    he himself fought against them.
11 Then[n] his people remembered the days of old, of Moses.
    Where is the one who led up them from the sea with the shepherds of his flock?
Where is the one who puts his Holy Spirit[o] inside him,
12     who made[p] his magnificent arm move at[q] the right hand of Moses,
who divided[r] the waters before them,[s]
    to make an everlasting name for himself,
13 who led[t] them through the depths?
    They did not stumble like a horse in the desert;
14 like cattle in the valley that goes down, the Spirit of Yahweh gave him rest,[u]
    so you lead your people to make a magnificent name for yourself.

Prayer for Mercy

15 Look from heaven,
    and see from the lofty residence of your holiness and glory.
Where are your zeal and strength?
    Your compassion[v] and mercy to me hold themselves back.
16 For you are our father, although Abraham does not know us,
    and Israel does not acknowledge us.
You, Yahweh are our father,
    Our Redeemer from of old is your name.
17 Why do you make us wander, Yahweh?
    You harden our heart from your ways so that we do not fear[w] you.
Turn back for the sake of your servants,
    the tribes of your inheritance.
18 Your holy people[x] took possession for a little while;
    our adversaries have trampled down your sanctuary.
19 We have been since antiquity; you did not rule them;
    they were not called by your name.[y]

Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 63:1 Literally “great”
  2. Isaiah 63:2 Hebrew “garment”
  3. Isaiah 63:5 Or “and”
  4. Isaiah 63:5 Or “and”
  5. Isaiah 63:5 Or “and”
  6. Isaiah 63:5 Literally “it”
  7. Isaiah 63:9 The reading tradition (Qere) has “he had distress”
  8. Isaiah 63:9 Literally “face”
  9. Isaiah 63:10 Or “And”
  10. Isaiah 63:10 Literally “they”
  11. Isaiah 63:10 Literally “the spirit of his holiness”
  12. Isaiah 63:10 Or “and”
  13. Isaiah 63:10 Literally “was changed to them to one who is hostile”
  14. Isaiah 63:11 Or “And”
  15. Isaiah 63:11 Literally “the spirit of his holiness”
  16. Isaiah 63:12 Literally “bringing”
  17. Isaiah 63:12 Literally “to”
  18. Isaiah 63:12 Literally “dividing”
  19. Isaiah 63:12 Literally “from their face”
  20. Isaiah 63:13 Literally “leading”
  21. Isaiah 63:14 Literally “caused to rest”
  22. Isaiah 63:15 Literally “The agitation of your intestines”
  23. Isaiah 63:17 Literally “from the fear of”
  24. Isaiah 63:18 Literally “The people of your holiness”
  25. Isaiah 63:19 Literally “your name was not called over them”

God’s Day of Vengeance and Redemption

63 Who is this coming from Edom,(A)
    from Bozrah,(B) with his garments stained crimson?(C)
Who is this, robed in splendor,
    striding forward in the greatness of his strength?(D)

“It is I, proclaiming victory,
    mighty to save.”(E)

Why are your garments red,
    like those of one treading the winepress?(F)

“I have trodden the winepress(G) alone;
    from the nations no one was with me.
I trampled(H) them in my anger
    and trod them down in my wrath;(I)
their blood spattered my garments,(J)
    and I stained all my clothing.
It was for me the day of vengeance;(K)
    the year for me to redeem had come.
I looked, but there was no one(L) to help,
    I was appalled that no one gave support;
so my own arm(M) achieved salvation for me,
    and my own wrath sustained me.(N)
I trampled(O) the nations in my anger;
    in my wrath I made them drunk(P)
    and poured their blood(Q) on the ground.”

Praise and Prayer

I will tell of the kindnesses(R) of the Lord,
    the deeds for which he is to be praised,
    according to all the Lord has done for us—
yes, the many good things(S)
    he has done for Israel,
    according to his compassion(T) and many kindnesses.
He said, “Surely they are my people,(U)
    children who will be true to me”;
    and so he became their Savior.(V)
In all their distress he too was distressed,
    and the angel(W) of his presence(X) saved them.[a]
In his love and mercy he redeemed(Y) them;
    he lifted them up and carried(Z) them
    all the days of old.(AA)
10 Yet they rebelled(AB)
    and grieved his Holy Spirit.(AC)
So he turned and became their enemy(AD)
    and he himself fought(AE) against them.

11 Then his people recalled[b] the days of old,
    the days of Moses and his people—
where is he who brought them through the sea,(AF)
    with the shepherd of his flock?(AG)
Where is he who set
    his Holy Spirit(AH) among them,
12 who sent his glorious arm(AI) of power
    to be at Moses’ right hand,
who divided the waters(AJ) before them,
    to gain for himself everlasting renown,(AK)
13 who led(AL) them through the depths?(AM)
Like a horse in open country,
    they did not stumble;(AN)
14 like cattle that go down to the plain,
    they were given rest(AO) by the Spirit of the Lord.
This is how you guided your people
    to make for yourself a glorious name.

15 Look down from heaven(AP) and see,
    from your lofty throne,(AQ) holy and glorious.
Where are your zeal(AR) and your might?
    Your tenderness and compassion(AS) are withheld(AT) from us.
16 But you are our Father,(AU)
    though Abraham does not know us
    or Israel acknowledge(AV) us;
you, Lord, are our Father,
    our Redeemer(AW) from of old is your name.
17 Why, Lord, do you make us wander(AX) from your ways
    and harden our hearts(AY) so we do not revere(AZ) you?
Return(BA) for the sake of your servants,
    the tribes that are your inheritance.(BB)
18 For a little while(BC) your people possessed your holy place,
    but now our enemies have trampled(BD) down your sanctuary.(BE)
19 We are yours from of old;
    but you have not ruled over them,
    they have not been called[c] by your name.(BF)

Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 63:9 Or Savior in their distress. / It was no envoy or angel / but his own presence that saved them
  2. Isaiah 63:11 Or But may he recall
  3. Isaiah 63:19 Or We are like those you have never ruled, / like those never called

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