66:19 I will perform a mighty act among them 1 and then send some of those who remain to the nations – to Tarshish, Pul, 2 Lud 3 (known for its archers 4 ), Tubal, Javan, 5 and to the distant coastlands 6 that have not heard about me or seen my splendor. They will tell the nations of my splendor. 66:20 They will bring back all your countrymen 7 from all the nations as an offering to the Lord. They will bring them 8 on horses, in chariots, in wagons, on mules, and on camels 9 to my holy hill Jerusalem,” says the Lord, “just as the Israelites bring offerings to the Lord’s temple in ritually pure containers. 66:21 And I will choose some of them as priests and Levites,” says the Lord.
1 tn Heb “and I will set a sign among them.” The precise meaning of this statement is unclear. Elsewhere “to set a sign” means “perform a mighty act” (Ps 78:43; Jer 32:20), “make [someone] an object lesson” (Ezek 14:8), and “erect a [literal] standard” (Ps 74:4).
2 tn Some prefer to read “Put” (i.e., Libya).
3 sn That is, Lydia (in Asia Minor).
4 tn Heb “drawers of the bow” (KJV and ASV both similar).
5 sn Javan is generally identified today as Greece (so NIV, NCV, NLT).
6 tn Or “islands” (NIV).
7 tn Heb “brothers” (so NIV); NCV “fellow Israelites.”
8 tn The words “they will bring them” are supplied in the translation for stylistic reasons.
9 tn The precise meaning of this word is uncertain. Some suggest it refers to “chariots.” See HALOT 498 s.v. *כִּרְכָּרָה.