Thursday, December 21, 2017

Isaiah 51

This chapter underlines the role of Israel in the fulfillment of the purposes of God. True to the Christian, Jesus is this vine, but the vine is not without branches who suffer with it. And, more to the point who drink that heated cup. Notice the role of submission to evil noted in the last verse.

Nonetheless, it seems difficult for anyone to assume joy and mirth. (Though I admit to enjoying Jerusalem while we were there and pondering the memory of its conflicts afterwards.)
Isaiah 51 Fn Min Max Syll
שִׁמְע֥וּ אֵלַ֛י רֹ֥דְפֵי צֶ֖דֶק מְבַקְשֵׁ֣י יְהוָ֑ה
הַבִּ֙יטוּ֙ אֶל־צ֣וּר חֻצַּבְתֶּ֔ם וְאֶל־מַקֶּ֥בֶת בּ֖וֹר נֻקַּרְתֶּֽם
1 Hear me pursuers of righteousness, seekers of Yahweh,
Take note to the rock from which you are hewn and to the drilled pit from which you were quarried.
3d 4B 13
17
הַבִּ֙יטוּ֙ אֶל־אַבְרָהָ֣ם אֲבִיכֶ֔ם וְאֶל־שָׂרָ֖ה תְּחוֹלֶלְכֶ֑ם
כִּי־אֶחָ֣ד קְרָאתִ֔יו וַאֲבָרְכֵ֖הוּ וְאַרְבֵּֽהוּ
2 Take note of Abraham your father and of Sarah who endured your birth,
for as one I called him and I blessed him and I increased him.
3e 4B 18
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כִּֽי־נִחַ֨ם יְהוָ֜ה צִיּ֗וֹן נִחַם֙ כָּל־חָרְבֹתֶ֔יהָ וַיָּ֤שֶׂם מִדְבָּרָהּ֙ כְּעֵ֔דֶן וְעַרְבָתָ֖הּ כְּגַן־יְהוָ֑ה
שָׂשׂ֤וֹן וְשִׂמְחָה֙ יִמָּ֣צֵא בָ֔הּ תּוֹדָ֖ה וְק֥וֹל זִמְרָֽה
3 For Yahweh has comforted Zion. He has comforted all her deserts, and he sets her wilderness as Eden, and her steppes as the garden of Yahweh.
Joy and mirth will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of a psalm.
3e 4C 30
15
הַקְשִׁ֤יבוּ אֵלַי֙ עַמִּ֔י וּלְאוּמִּ֖י אֵלַ֣י הַאֲזִ֑ינוּ
כִּ֤י תוֹרָה֙ מֵאִתִּ֣י תֵצֵ֔א וּמִשְׁפָּטִ֔י לְא֥וֹר עַמִּ֖ים אַרְגִּֽיעַ
4 Attend to me, my people, and my tribes, to me listen,
for instruction from me will go forth, and my judgment for the light of peoples, I will bring in a moment.
3e 4C 16
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קָר֤וֹב צִדְקִי֙ יָצָ֣א יִשְׁעִ֔י וּזְרֹעַ֖י עַמִּ֣ים יִשְׁפֹּ֑טוּ
אֵלַי֙ אִיִּ֣ים יְקַוּ֔וּ וְאֶל־זְרֹעִ֖י יְיַחֵלֽוּן
5 Near is my righteousness. My salvation comes forth, and my arm will judge peoples.
On me coasts will wait, and on my arm they will hope.
3e 4C 16
16
שְׂאוּ֩ לַשָּׁמַ֨יִם עֵֽינֵיכֶ֜ם וְֽהַבִּ֧יטוּ אֶל־הָאָ֣רֶץ מִתַּ֗חַת כִּֽי־שָׁמַ֜יִם כֶּעָשָׁ֤ן נִמְלָ֙חוּ֙ וְהָאָ֙רֶץ֙ כַּבֶּ֣גֶד תִּבְלֶ֔ה וְיֹשְׁבֶ֖יהָ כְּמוֹ־כֵ֣ן יְמוּת֑וּן
וִישֽׁוּעָתִי֙ לְעוֹלָ֣ם תִּֽהְיֶ֔ה וְצִדְקָתִ֖י לֹ֥א תֵחָֽת
6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens and take note of the earth beneath, for the heavens as smoke will be dissipated, and the earth like a garment will wear out, and her inhabitants like a gnat will die,
but my salvation will be forever and my righteousness will not be dismayed.
3c 4C 46
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שִׁמְע֤וּ אֵלַי֙ יֹ֣דְעֵי צֶ֔דֶק עַ֖ם תּוֹרָתִ֣י בְלִבָּ֑ם
אַל־תִּֽירְאוּ֙ חֶרְפַּ֣ת אֱנ֔וֹשׁ וּמִגִּדֻּפֹתָ֖ם אַל־תֵּחָֽתּוּ
7 Hear me, you who know righteousness, the people with my instruction in their heart.
Do not fear the reproach of a mortal, and from their revilings, do not be dismayed.
3e 4C 15
17
כִּ֤י כַבֶּ֙גֶד֙ יֹאכְלֵ֣ם עָ֔שׁ וְכַצֶּ֖מֶר יֹאכְלֵ֣ם סָ֑ס
וְצִדְקָתִי֙ לְעוֹלָ֣ם תִּֽהְיֶ֔ה וִישׁוּעָתִ֖י לְד֥וֹר דּוֹרִֽים
8 C For like a garment, a moth will eat them up, and like wool, a louse will eat them,
but my righteousness will be forever, and my salvation to the generation of generations.
3e 4C 14
17
עוּרִ֨י עוּרִ֤י לִבְשִׁי־עֹז֙ זְר֣וֹעַ יְהוָ֔ה ע֚וּרִי כִּ֣ימֵי קֶ֔דֶם דֹּר֖וֹת עוֹלָמִ֑ים
הֲל֥וֹא אַתְּ־הִ֛יא הַמַּחְצֶ֥בֶת רַ֖הַב מְחוֹלֶ֥לֶת תַּנִּֽין
9 Be roused, be roused, be clothed with strength, O arm of Yahweh. Be roused as in the days of antiquity, the generations of eras past.
Is it not the same as the hewing of Rahab or whistling for a dragon?
3d 4C 23
16
הֲל֤וֹא אַתְּ־הִיא֙ הַמַּחֲרֶ֣בֶת יָ֔ם מֵ֖י תְּה֣וֹם רַבָּ֑ה
הַשָּׂ֙מָה֙ מַֽעֲמַקֵּי־יָ֔ם דֶּ֖רֶךְ לַעֲבֹ֥ר גְּאוּלִֽים
10 Is it not as making a desert of the sea, the water of an exceeding abyss,
the setting of the deeps of the sea as a way the redeemed will pass through.
3e 4C 15
16
וּפְדוּיֵ֨י יְהוָ֜ה יְשׁוּב֗וּן וּבָ֤אוּ צִיּוֹן֙ בְּרִנָּ֔ה וְשִׂמְחַ֥ת עוֹלָ֖ם עַל־רֹאשָׁ֑ם
שָׂשׂ֤וֹן וְשִׂמְחָה֙ יַשִּׂיג֔וּן נָ֖סוּ יָג֥וֹן וַאֲנָחָֽה
11 And the ransomed of Yahweh will return and enter Zion with a shout of joy and everlasting gladness over their heads.
Joy and mirth they will overtake. Sadness and sighing will withdraw.
3e 4C 24
16
אָנֹכִ֧י אָנֹכִ֛י ה֖וּא מְנַחֶמְכֶ֑ם
מִֽי־אַ֤תְּ וַתִּֽירְאִי֙ מֵאֱנ֣וֹשׁ יָמ֔וּת וּמִבֶּן־אָדָ֖ם חָצִ֥יר יִנָּתֵֽן
12 I, I am he that comforts you.
Who are you that you should fear from a mortal that will die, or from humanity made as grass?
3c 4C 11
20
וַתִּשְׁכַּ֞ח יְהוָ֣ה עֹשֶׂ֗ךָ נוֹטֶ֣ה שָׁמַיִם֮ וְיֹסֵ֣ד אָרֶץ֒ וַתְּפַחֵ֨ד תָּמִ֜יד כָּל־הַיּ֗וֹם מִפְּנֵי֙ חֲמַ֣ת הַמֵּצִ֔יק כַּאֲשֶׁ֥ר כּוֹנֵ֖ן לְהַשְׁחִ֑ית
וְאַיֵּ֖ה חֲמַ֥ת הַמֵּצִֽיק
13 And do you forget Yahweh your maker, bending the heavens, and founding earth, dreading continually all the day long in the presence of the heat of distress, as if it were prepared to destroy,
and where is the heat of the distress?
3e 4B 40
8
מִהַ֥ר צֹעֶ֖ה לְהִפָּתֵ֑חַ
וְלֹא־יָמ֣וּת לַשַּׁ֔חַת וְלֹ֥א יֶחְסַ֖ר לַחְמֽוֹ
14 Swiftly the stooped is loosed,
and he will not die to destruction, and his bread will not be lacking.
3e 4B 9
12
וְאָֽנֹכִי֙ יְהוָ֣ה אֱלֹהֶ֔יךָ רֹגַ֣ע הַיָּ֔ם וַיֶּהֱמ֖וּ גַּלָּ֑יו
יְהוָ֥ה צְבָא֖וֹת שְׁמֽוֹ
15 But I am Yahweh your God. Uneasy is the sea and its waves murmur.
Yahweh of hosts is his name.
3e 4B 20
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וָאָשִׂ֤ים דְּבָרַי֙ בְּפִ֔יךָ וּבְצֵ֥ל יָדִ֖י כִּסִּיתִ֑יךָ
לִנְטֹ֤עַ שָׁמַ֙יִם֙ וְלִיסֹ֣ד אָ֔רֶץ וְלֵאמֹ֥ר לְצִיּ֖וֹן עַמִּי־אָֽתָּה
16 And I have put my words in your mouth, and in the shadow of my hand I have covered you,
to plant the heavens and to lay the foundation of earth and to say to Zion, My people you are.
3e 4C 17
19
הִתְעוֹרְרִ֣י הִֽתְעוֹרְרִ֗י ק֚וּמִי יְר֣וּשָׁלִַ֔ם אֲשֶׁ֥ר שָׁתִ֛ית מִיַּ֥ד יְהוָ֖ה אֶת־כּ֣וֹס חֲמָת֑וֹ
אֶת־קֻבַּ֜עַת כּ֧וֹס הַתַּרְעֵלָ֛ה שָׁתִ֖ית מָצִֽית
17 Be roused, be roused, arise O Jerusalem, who have imbibed from the hand of Yahweh the cup of his heat,
the lees of the cup of staggering, you have imbibed, pressed out.
3c 4C 25
13
אֵין־מְנַהֵ֣ל לָ֔הּ מִכָּל־בָּנִ֖ים יָלָ֑דָה
וְאֵ֤ין מַחֲזִיק֙ בְּיָדָ֔הּ מִכָּל־בָּנִ֖ים גִּדֵּֽלָה
18 There is none to refresh her from all the children she has begotten,
and there is none to encourage in her hand, from all the children she has reared.
3e 4C 12
15
שְׁתַּ֤יִם הֵ֙נָּה֙ קֹֽרְאֹתַ֔יִךְ מִ֖י יָנ֣וּד לָ֑ךְ
הַשֹּׁ֧ד וְהַשֶּׁ֛בֶר וְהָרָעָ֥ב וְהַחֶ֖רֶב מִ֥י אֲנַחֲמֵֽךְ
19 Twice, behold, I call to you. Who will condole you?
The devastation and the brokenness and the famine and the sword, by whom will I comfort you?
3c 4C 12
19
בָּנַ֜יִךְ עֻלְּפ֥וּ שָׁכְב֛וּ בְּרֹ֥אשׁ כָּל־חוּצ֖וֹת כְּת֣וֹא מִכְמָ֑ר
הַֽמְלֵאִ֥ים חֲמַת־יְהוָ֖ה גַּעֲרַ֥ת אֱלֹהָֽיִךְ
20 Your children languish. They lie down at the head of all the streets, as an antelope in fever,
filled with the heat of Yahweh, the rebuke of your God.
3d 4B 16
14
לָכֵ֛ן שִׁמְעִי־נָ֥א זֹ֖את עֲנִיָּ֑ה
וּשְׁכֻרַ֖ת וְלֹ֥א מִיָּֽיִן
21 Therefore hear, please, this, O afflicted,
and intoxicated, and not from wine.
3d 4A 8
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כֹּֽה־אָמַ֞ר אֲדֹנַ֣יִךְ יְהוָ֗ה וֵאלֹהַ֙יִךְ֙ יָרִ֣יב עַמּ֔וֹ הִנֵּ֥ה לָקַ֛חְתִּי מִיָּדֵ֖ךְ אֶת־כּ֣וֹס הַתַּרְעֵלָ֑ה
אֶת־קֻבַּ֙עַת֙ כּ֣וֹס חֲמָתִ֔י לֹא־תוֹסִ֥יפִי לִשְׁתּוֹתָ֖הּ עֽוֹד
22 Thus says your Lord Yahweh, and your God that contends with his people, Behold, I have taken from your hand the cup of staggering,
the lees of the cup of my heat. Not again will you imbibe of it any more.
3d 4B 31
15
וְשַׂמְתִּ֙יהָ֙ בְּיַד־מוֹגַ֔יִךְ אֲשֶׁר־אָמְר֥וּ לְנַפְשֵׁ֖ךְ שְׁחִ֣י וְנַעֲבֹ֑רָה
וַתָּשִׂ֤ימִי כָאָ֙רֶץ֙ גֵּוֵ֔ךְ וְכַח֖וּץ לַעֹבְרִֽים
23 But I will set it into the hand of those who sadden you, who said to your being, Worship so we may pass through.
And you set as the earth your back, and as a street to those who passed through.
3e 4C 23
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