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Isaiah 59:19-21


59:19 In the west, people respect 1  the Lord’s reputation; 2 

in the east they recognize his splendor. 3 

For he comes like a rushing 4  stream

driven on by wind sent from the Lord. 5 

59:20 “A protector 6  comes to Zion,

to those in Jacob who repent of their rebellious deeds,” 7  says the Lord.

59:21 “As for me, this is my promise to 8  them,” says the Lord. “My spirit, who is upon you, and my words, which I have placed in your mouth, will not depart from your mouth or from the mouths of your children and descendants from this time forward,” 9  says the Lord.

1 tc Heb “fear.” A few medieval Hebrew mss read “see.”

2 tn Heb “and they fear from the west the name of the Lord.”

3 tn Heb “and from the rising of the sun his splendor.”

4 tn Heb “narrow”; NAB, NIV, NRSV “pent-up.”

5 tn Heb “the wind of the Lord drives it on.” The term רוּחַ (ruakh) could be translated “breath” here (see 30:28).

6 tn Or “redeemer.” See the note at 41:14.

7 tn Heb “and to those who turn from rebellion in Jacob.”

8 tn Or “my covenant with” (so many English versions); NCV “my agreement with.”

sn The Lord promises the repentant (note “to them”) that they and their offspring will possess his spirit and function as his spokesmen. In this regard they follow in the footsteps of the Lord’s special servant. See 42:1; 49:2; 51:16.

9 tn Heb “from now and on into the future.”

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