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Isaiah 51:17-23

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51:17 Wake up! Wake up!

Get up, O Jerusalem!

You drank from the cup the Lord passed to you,

which was full of his anger! 1 

You drained dry

the goblet full of intoxicating wine. 2 

51:18 There was no one to lead her

among all the children she bore;

there was no one to take her by the hand

among all the children she raised.

51:19 These double disasters confronted you.

But who feels sorry for you?

Destruction and devastation,

famine and sword.

But who consoles you? 3 

51:20 Your children faint;

they lie at the head of every street

like an antelope in a snare.

They are left in a stupor by the Lord’s anger,

by the battle cry of your God. 4 

51:21 So listen to this, oppressed one,

who is drunk, but not from wine!

51:22 This is what your sovereign master, 5  the Lord your God, says:

“Look, I have removed from your hand

the cup of intoxicating wine, 6 

the goblet full of my anger. 7 

You will no longer have to drink it.

51:23 I will put it into the hand of your tormentors 8 

who said to you, ‘Lie down, so we can walk over you.’

You made your back like the ground,

and like the street for those who walked over you.”

1 tn Heb “[you] who have drunk from the hand of the Lord the cup of his anger.”

2 tn Heb “the goblet, the cup [that causes] staggering, you drank, you drained.”

3 tc The Hebrew text has אֲנַחֲמֵךְ (’anakhamekh), a first person form, but the Qumran scroll 1QIsaa reads correctly יִנַחֲמֵךְ (yinakhamekh), a third person form.

4 tn Heb “those who are full of the anger of the Lord, the shout [or “rebuke”] of your God.”

5 tn The Hebrew term translated “sovereign master” here is אֲדֹנָי (’adonay).

6 tn Heb “the cup of [= that causes] staggering” (so ASV, NAB, NRSV); NASB “the cup of reeling.”

7 tn Heb “the goblet of the cup of my anger.”

8 tn That is, to make them drink it.



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