Isaiah 60 – “Prophetic Blessings”

Hebrew-English Text
I. Summary
The prophet predicts that God will rebuild the land, return the exiles, subjugate the nations, and bring the people great wealth.

II. Photo
The prophet speaks of times to come: “No longer shall you need the sun for light by day, nor the shining of the moon for radiance [by night]; For the Lord shall be your light everlasting, your God shall be your glory!” (v. 19)

III. Important Verses
1-3a: Arise, shine, for your light has dawned; The Presence of the LORD has shone upon you! Behold! Darkness shall cover the earth, And thick clouds the peoples; But upon you the LORD will shine, And His Presence be seen over you. And nations shall walk by your light, Kings, by your shining radiance.
10: Aliens shall rebuild your walls, Their kings shall wait upon you — For in anger I struck you down, But in favor I take you back.
11: Your gates shall always stay open — Day and night they shall never be shut — To let in the wealth of the nations, With their kings in procession.
12: For the nation or the kingdom That does not serve you shall perish; Such nations shall be destroyed.
18: The cry “Violence!” Shall no more be heard in your land, Nor “Wrack and ruin!” Within your borders. And you shall name your walls “Victory” And your gates “Renown.”
19-20: No longer shall you need the sun For light by day, Nor the shining of the moon For radiance [by night]; For the LORD shall be your light everlasting, Your God shall be your glory. Your sun shall set no more, Your moon no more withdraw; For the LORD shall be a light to you forever, And your days of mourning shall be ended.

IV. Outline
1-4a. Promise that the people will lead the world with its light
4b. Promise that the exiles will return
5-7. Promise of wealth to come
8-9. Promise of wealth to come and the return of the exiles
10. Promise that the other nations will rebuild Jerusalem
11. Promise that Jerusalem will prosper
12. Doom for the nations that do not serve Israel
13. Promise of wealth to come
14. Promise that Israel will rule over other nations
15-16. God will bless Israel and make himself known
17. Promise of wealth to come
18. Promise of military might to come
19-20.Promise of divine radiance and joy
21-22. Promise of possessing the land and prospering in it

V. Comment
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VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Collins, John J. “Introduction to the Hebrew Bible,” (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004).
Sweeney, Marvin A. “Isaiah 1-39 with an Introduction to Prophetic Literature” The Forms of Old Testament Literature vol. 16 (Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans, 1996).
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