60:2 For, look, darkness covers the earth
and deep darkness covers 1 the nations,
but the Lord shines on you;
his splendor 2 appears over you.
60:3 Nations come to your light,
kings to your bright light.
They all gather and come to you –
your sons come from far away
and your daughters are escorted by guardians.
you will be excited and your heart will swell with pride. 5
For the riches of distant lands 6 will belong to you
and the wealth of nations will come to you.
young camels from Midian and Ephah.
All the merchants of Sheba 8 will come,
bringing gold and incense
and singing praises to the Lord. 9
60:7 All the sheep of Kedar will be gathered to you;
the rams of Nebaioth will be available to you as sacrifices. 10
They will go up on my altar acceptably, 11
and I will bestow honor on my majestic temple.
who fly like doves to their shelters? 13
the large ships 15 are in the lead,
bringing your sons from far away,
along with their silver and gold,
to honor the Lord your God, 16
the Holy One of Israel, 17 for he has bestowed honor on you.
60:10 Foreigners will rebuild your walls;
their kings will serve you.
Even though I struck you down in my anger,
I will restore my favor and have compassion on you. 18
60:11 Your gates will remain open at all times;
they will not be shut during the day or at night,
so that the wealth of nations may be delivered,
with their kings leading the way. 19
such nations will be totally destroyed. 21
60:13 The splendor of Lebanon will come to you,
its evergreens, firs, and cypresses together,
to beautify my palace; 22
I will bestow honor on my throne room. 23
60:14 The children of your oppressors will come bowing to you;
all who treated you with disrespect will bow down at your feet.
They will call you, ‘The City of the Lord,
Zion of the Holy One of Israel.’ 24
1 tn The verb “covers” is understood by ellipsis (note the preceding line).
2 tn Or “glory” (so most English versions); TEV “the brightness of his presence.”
3 tn Heb “Lift up around your eyes and see!”
4 tn Or “shine,” or “be radiant” (NAB, NASB, NIV, NRSV).
5 tn Heb “and it will tremble and be wide, your heart.”
6 tn Heb “the wealth of the sea,” i.e., wealth that is transported from distant lands via the sea.
7 tn Heb “an abundance of camels will cover you.”
8 tn Heb “all of them, from Sheba.”
9 tn Heb “and they will announce the praises of the Lord.”
10 tn Heb “will serve you,” i.e., be available as sacrifices (see the next line). Another option is to understood these “rams” as symbolic of leaders who will be subject to the people of Zion. See v. 10.
11 tc Heb “they will go up on acceptance [on] my altar.” Some have suggested that the preposition עַל (’al) is dittographic (note the preceding יַעֲלוּ [ya’alu]). Consequently, the form should be emended to לְרָצוֹן (lÿratson, “acceptably”; see BDB 953 s.v. רָצוֹן). However, the Qumran scroll 1QIsaa has both לרצון followed by the preposition על, which would argue against deleted the preposition. As the above translation seeks to demonstrate, the preposition עַל (’al) indicates a norm (“in accordance with acceptance” or “acceptably”; IBHS 218 §11.2.13e, n. 111) and the “altar” functions as an objective accusative with a verb of motion (cf. Gen 49:4; Lev 2:2; Num 13:17; J. N. Oswalt, Isaiah [NICOT], 2:534, n. 14).
12 tn Heb “fly” (so KJV, NASB, NRSV); NAB, NIV “fly along.”
13 tn Heb “to their windows,” i.e., to the openings in their coops. See HALOT 83 s.v. אֲרֻבָּה.
14 tn Or “islands” (NIV); CEV “distant islands”; TEV “distant lands.”
16 tn Heb “to the name of the Lord your God.”
18 tn Heb “in my favor I will have compassion on you.”
19 tn Or “led in procession.” The participle is passive.
20 tn Or “For” (KJV, NAB, NASB, NIV, NRSV, NLT); TEV “But.”
21 tn The infinitive absolute appears before the finite verb for emphasis.
22 tn Or “holy place, sanctuary.”