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Isaiah 54:11-14

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54:11 “O afflicted one, driven away, 1  and unconsoled!

Look, I am about to set your stones in antimony

and I lay your foundation with lapis-lazuli.

54:12 I will make your pinnacles out of gems, 2 

your gates out of beryl, 3 

and your outer wall 4  out of beautiful 5  stones.

54:13 All your children will be followers of the Lord,

and your children will enjoy great prosperity. 6 

54:14 You will be reestablished when I vindicate you. 7 

You will not experience oppression; 8 

indeed, you will not be afraid.

You will not be terrified, 9 

for nothing frightening 10  will come near you.

1 tn Or, more literally, “windblown, storm tossed.”

2 tn Perhaps, “rubies” (so ASV, NAB, NIV, NRSV, NLT).

3 tn On the meaning of אֶקְדָּח (’eqdakh), which occurs only here, see HALOT 82 s.v.

4 tn Heb “border” (so ASV); NASB “your entire wall.”

5 tn Heb “delightful”; KJV “pleasant.”

6 tn Heb “and great [will be] the peace of your sons.”

7 tn Heb “in righteousness [or “vindication”] you will be established.” The precise meaning of צְדָקָה (tsÿdaqah) here is uncertain. It could mean “righteousness, justice,” indicating that the city will be a center for justice. But the context focuses on deliverance, suggesting that the term means “deliverance, vindication” here.

8 tn Heb “Be far from oppression!” The imperative is used here in a rhetorical manner to express certainty and assurance. See GKC 324 §110.c.

9 tn Heb “from terror.” The rhetorical command, “be far” is understood by ellipsis here. Note the preceding context.

10 tn Heb “it,” i.e., the “terror” just mentioned.



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