23 He makes nations great, and destroys them;(A)
    he enlarges nations,(B) and disperses them.(C)

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23 He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them again.

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Nations will take them
    and bring(A) them to their own place.
And Israel will take possession of the nations(B)
    and make them male and female servants in the Lord’s land.
They will make captives(C) of their captors
    and rule over their oppressors.(D)

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And the people shall take them, and bring them to their place: and the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of the Lord for servants and handmaids: and they shall take them captives, whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors.

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“Lift up your eyes and look about you:
    All assemble(A) and come to you;
your sons come from afar,(B)
    and your daughters(C) are carried on the hip.(D)
Then you will look and be radiant,(E)
    your heart will throb and swell with joy;(F)
the wealth(G) on the seas will be brought to you,
    to you the riches of the nations will come.
Herds of camels(H) will cover your land,
    young camels of Midian(I) and Ephah.(J)
And all from Sheba(K) will come,
    bearing gold and incense(L)
    and proclaiming the praise(M) of the Lord.
All Kedar’s(N) flocks will be gathered to you,
    the rams of Nebaioth will serve you;
they will be accepted as offerings(O) on my altar,(P)
    and I will adorn my glorious temple.(Q)

“Who are these(R) that fly along like clouds,(S)
    like doves to their nests?
Surely the islands(T) look to me;
    in the lead are the ships of Tarshish,[a](U)
bringing(V) your children from afar,
    with their silver and gold,(W)
to the honor(X) of the Lord your God,
    the Holy One(Y) of Israel,
    for he has endowed you with splendor.(Z)

10 “Foreigners(AA) will rebuild your walls,
    and their kings(AB) will serve you.
Though in anger I struck you,
    in favor(AC) I will show you compassion.(AD)
11 Your gates(AE) will always stand open,
    they will never be shut, day or night,
so that people may bring you the wealth of the nations(AF)
    their kings(AG) led in triumphal procession.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 60:9 Or the trading ships
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Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.

Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.

The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of the Lord.

All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory.

Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?

Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the Lord thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.

10 And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee.

11 Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.

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