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Isaiah 51:7-8

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

you people who are aware of my law! 1 

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 2  will be permanent;

the deliverance I give will last.”

Isaiah 51:12-13

Context

51:12 “I, I am the one who consoles you. 3 

Why are you afraid of mortal men,

of mere human beings who are as short-lived as grass? 4 

51:13 Why do you forget 5  the Lord, who made you,

who stretched out the sky 6 

and founded the earth?

Why do you constantly tremble all day long 7 

at the anger of the oppressor,

when he makes plans to destroy?

Where is the anger of the oppressor? 8 

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

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

3 tc The plural suffix should probably be emended to the second masculine singular (which is used in v. 13). The final mem (ם) is probably dittographic; note the mem at the beginning of the next word.

4 tn Heb “Who are you that you are afraid of man who dies, and of the son of man who [as] grass is given up?” The feminine singular forms should probably be emended to the masculine singular (see v. 13). They have probably been influenced by the construction אַתְּ־הִיא (’at-hi’) in vv. 9-10.

5 tn Heb “and that you forget.”

6 tn Or “the heavens” (also in v. 16). The Hebrew term שָׁמַיִם (shamayim) may be translated “heavens” or “sky” depending on the context.

7 tn Heb “and that you tremble constantly all the day.”

8 tn The question anticipates the answer, “Ready to disappear!” See v. 14.



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