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Isaiah 51:10-11

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51:10 Did you not dry up the sea,

the waters of the great deep?

Did you not make 1  a path through the depths of the sea,

so those delivered from bondage 2  could cross over?

51:11 Those whom the Lord has ransomed will return;

they will enter Zion with a happy shout.

Unending joy will crown them, 3 

happiness and joy will overwhelm 4  them;

grief and suffering will disappear. 5 

1 tn The Hebrew text reads literally, “Are you not the one who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep, who made…?”

2 tn Heb “the redeemed” (so ASV, NASB, NIV, NRSV); KJV “the ransomed.”

3 tn Heb “[will be] on their head[s].” “Joy” may be likened here to a crown (cf. 2 Sam 1:10). The statement may also be an ironic twist on the idiom “earth/dust on the head” (cf. 2 Sam 1:2; 13:19; 15:32; Job 2:12), referring to a mourning practice.

4 tn Heb “overtake” (so NIV); NASB “they will obtain.”

5 tn Heb “grief and groaning will flee.”



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