Isaiah 51

Chapter 51

In the last days, the Lord will comfort Zion and gather Israel—The redeemed will come to Zion amid great joy—Compare 2 Nephi 8.

1 aHearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the Lord: look unto the brock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.

2 Look unto aAbraham your bfather, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him calone, and dblessed him, and increased him.

3 For the Lord shall acomfort bZion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like cEden, and her desert like the dgarden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.

4 Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a alaw shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.

5 My righteousness is near; my asalvation is gone forth, and mine arms shall bjudge the people; the cisles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they trust.

6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall avanish away like smoke, and the earth shall bwax cold like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished.

7 Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose aheart is my law; bfear ye not the creproach of dmen, neither be ye afraid of their erevilings.

8 For the amoth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation from generation to generation.

9 Awake, awake, put on astrength, O arm of the Lord; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the bdragon?

10 Art thou not it which hath adried the sea, the waters of the great deep; that hath made the depths of the sea a bway for the cransomed to pass over?

11 Therefore the aredeemed of the Lord shall breturn, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting cjoy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and dmourning shall flee away.

12 I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be aafraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass;

13 And aforgettest the Lord thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the bearth; and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the oppressor?

14 The captive exile hasteneth that he may be loosed, and that he should not die in the apit, nor that his bread should fail.

15 But I am the Lord thy God, that divided the asea, whose waves roared: The Lord of hosts is his name.

16 And I have put my awords in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.

17 Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the Lord the acup of his bfury; thou hast drunken the dregs of the ccup of trembling, and wrung them out.

18 There is none to guide her among all the sons whom she hath brought forth; neither is there any that taketh her by the hand of all the sons that she hath brought up.

19 These atwo things are come unto thee; who shall be sorry for thee? desolation, and destruction, and the famine, and the sword: by whom shall I comfort thee?

20 Thy sons have fainted, they lie at the head of all the streets, as a awild bull in a net: they are full of the fury of the Lord, the rebuke of thy God.

21 Therefore hear now this, thou afflicted, and drunken, but not with wine:

22 Thus saith thy Lord the Lord, and thy God that apleadeth the cause of his people, Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again:

23 But I will put it into the ahand of them that bafflict thee; which have said to thy soul, cBow down, that we may go over: and thou hast laid thy body as the ground, and as the street, to them that went over.