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Isaiah 51:1-2

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There is Hope for the Future

51:1 “Listen to me, you who pursue godliness, 1 

who seek the Lord!

Look at the rock from which you were chiseled,

at the quarry 2  from which you were dug! 3 

51:2 Look at Abraham, your father,

and Sarah, who gave you birth. 4 

When I summoned him, he was a lone individual, 5 

but I blessed him 6  and gave him numerous descendants. 7 

1 tn Or “righteousness” (KJV, NASB, NIV, NRSV); NAB “justice”; NLT “hope for deliverance.”

2 tn Heb “the excavation of the hole.”

3 sn The “rock” and “quarry” refer here to Abraham and Sarah, the progenitors of the nation.

4 sn Although Abraham and Sarah are distant ancestors of the people the prophet is addressing, they are spoken of as the immediate parents.

5 tn Heb “one”; NLT “was alone”; TEV “was childless.”

6 tn “Bless” may here carry the sense of “endue with potency, reproductive power.” See Gen 1:28.

7 tn Heb “and I made him numerous.”



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