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God Gathers the Nations. 18 [a]I am coming to gather all nations and tongues; they shall come and see my glory.(A) 19 I will place a sign among them; from them I will send survivors to the nations: to Tarshish, Put and Lud, Mosoch, Tubal and Javan, to the distant coastlands which have never heard of my fame, or seen my glory; and they shall proclaim my glory among the nations. 20 They shall bring all your kin from all the nations as an offering to the Lord, on horses and in chariots, in carts, upon mules and dromedaries, to Jerusalem, my holy mountain, says the Lord, just as the Israelites bring their grain offering in a clean vessel to the house of the Lord.

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  1. 66:18–21 God summons the neighboring nations to Zion and from among them will send some to far distant lands to proclaim the divine glory. All your kin: Jews in exile. The “gathering of the people and the nations” is an eschatological motif common in the prophetic tradition; cf. 56:8.

18 “And I, because of what they have planned and done,(A) am about to come[a] and gather the people of all nations(B) and languages, and they will come and see my glory.(C)

19 “I will set a sign(D) among them, and I will send some of those who survive(E) to the nations—to Tarshish,(F) to the Libyans[b] and Lydians(G) (famous as archers), to Tubal(H) and Greece,(I) and to the distant islands(J) that have not heard of my fame or seen my glory.(K) They will proclaim my glory among the nations. 20 And they will bring(L) all your people, from all the nations, to my holy mountain(M) in Jerusalem as an offering to the Lord—on horses, in chariots and wagons, and on mules and camels,”(N) says the Lord. “They will bring them, as the Israelites bring their grain offerings, to the temple of the Lord in ceremonially clean vessels.(O)

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  1. Isaiah 66:18 The meaning of the Hebrew for this clause is uncertain.
  2. Isaiah 66:19 Some Septuagint manuscripts Put (Libyans); Hebrew Pul

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