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Isaiah 51:5-6


51:5 I am ready to vindicate, 1 

I am ready to deliver, 2 

I will establish justice among the nations. 3 

The coastlands 4  wait patiently for me;

they wait in anticipation for the revelation of my power. 5 

51:6 Look up at the sky!

Look at the earth below!

For the sky will dissipate 6  like smoke,

and the earth will wear out like clothes;

its residents will die like gnats.

But the deliverance I give 7  is permanent;

the vindication I provide 8  will not disappear. 9 

1 tn Heb “my righteousness [or “vindication”] is near.”

2 tn Heb “my deliverance goes forth.”

3 tn Heb “and my arms will judge [on behalf of] nations.”

4 tn Or “islands” (NIV); TEV “Distant lands.”

5 tn Heb “for my arm” (so NIV, NRSV).

6 tn Heb “will be torn in pieces.” The perfect indicates the certitude of the event, from the Lord’s rhetorical perspective.

7 tn Heb “my deliverance.” The same Hebrew word can also be translated “salvation” (so KJV, NAB, NASB, NIV, NRSV, NLT); cf. CEV “victory.”

8 tn Heb “my righteousness [or “vindication”].”

9 tn Heb “will not be shattered [or “dismayed”].”

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