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The Lord Alone Wins His Victory

63 Who is this coming from Bozrah in Edom
    with his clothes stained bright red?
    Who is this dressed in splendor,
    going forward with great strength?

“It is I, Yahweh. I am coming to announce my victory.
    I am powerful enough to save you.”

Why are your clothes red
    and your garments like those who trample grapes in a winepress?

“I have trampled alone in the winepress.
    No one was with me.
    In my anger I trampled on people.
    In my wrath I stomped on them.
    Their blood splattered my clothes
    so all my clothing has been stained.
I planned the day of vengeance.
    The year for my reclaiming you has come.
I looked, but there was no help.
    I was astounded that there was no outside support.
    So with my own power I won a victory.
    My anger supported me.
        In my anger I trampled on people.
        In my wrath I made them drunk
            and poured their blood on the ground.”

The Lord’s People Pray for His Help

I will acknowledge Yahweh’s acts of mercy,
    and sing the praises of Yahweh,
        because of everything that Yahweh has done for us.
            He has done many good things for the nation of Israel
                because of his compassion and his unlimited mercy.
He said, “They are my people,
    children who will not lie to me.”
        So he became their Savior.
In all their troubles he was troubled,
    and he was the Messenger who saved them.
    In his love and compassion he reclaimed them.
    He always held them and carried them in the past.
10 But they rebelled and offended his Ruach Qodesh.
    So he turned against them as their enemy; he fought against them.

11 Then his people remembered Moses and the distant past.
    Where is the one who brought them out of the sea
        with the shepherds of his flock?
    Where is the one who put his Ruach Qodesh in them?
12 Where is the one who sent his powerful arm
    to support the right hand of Moses?
    Where is the one who divided the water in front of them
        to make an everlasting name for himself?
13 Where is the one who led them through the deep water?
    Like horses in the wilderness,
    they didn’t stumble.
14 Like animals going down into a valley,
    they were given rest by Ruach Yahweh.
        In this way you guided your people
            to make an honored name for yourself.

15 Look down and see from heaven, from your holy and beautiful dwelling.
    Where is your determination and might?
    Where is the longing of your heart and your compassion?
        Don’t hold back.
16 You are our Ab.
    Even though Abraham doesn’t know us
        and Israel doesn’t pay attention to us,
            O Yahweh, you are our Ab.
                Your name is our Go’el From Everlasting.
17 O Yahweh, why do you let us wander from your ways
    and become so stubborn that we are unable to fear you?
        Return for the sake of your servants.
            They are the tribes that belong to you.

18 Your holy people possessed the land for a little while.
    Our enemies have trampled on your holy place.
19 We have become like those whom you never ruled,
    like those who are not called by your name.

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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