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Isaiah 51:6-8

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51:6 Look up at the sky!

Look at the earth below!

For the sky will dissipate 1  like smoke,

and the earth will wear out like clothes;

its residents will die like gnats.

But the deliverance I give 2  is permanent;

the vindication I provide 3  will not disappear. 4 

51:7 Listen to me, you who know what is right,

you people who are aware of my law! 5 

Don’t be afraid of the insults of men;

don’t be discouraged because of their abuse!

51:8 For a moth will eat away at them like clothes;

a clothes moth will devour them like wool.

But the vindication I provide 6  will be permanent;

the deliverance I give will last.”

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

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

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

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

5 tn Heb “people (who have) my law in their heart.”

6 tn Heb “my vindication”; many English versions “my righteousness”; NRSV, TEV “my deliverance”; CEV “my victory.”



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