The Bible in Its Traditions

Isaiah 51:12–16

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12  I, even I, am He that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou art afraid of man that shall die, and of the son of man that shall be made as grass;

12  It is I, I myself, who will console you. Who are you that you would be afraid of a mortal man, and of a son of man, who will wither like the grass?

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13  And hast forgotten YHWH thy Maker, that stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and fearest continually all the day because of the fury of the oppressor, as he maketh ready to destroy? And where is the fury of the oppressor?

13  And thou hast forgotten God who made thee, who made the sky and founded the earth; and thou wert continually afraid because of the wrath of him that afflicted thee: for whereas he counselled to take thee away, yet now where is the wrath of him that afflicted thee?

13  And have you forgotten the Lord, your Maker, who extended the heavens, and who founded the earth? And have you been in constant dread, all day long, at the face of his fury, of the one who afflicted you and who had prepared to destroy you? Where is the fury of the oppressor now?

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14  He that is bent down shall speedily be loosed; and he shall not go down dying into the pit, neither shall his bread fail.

14  For in thy deliverance he shall not halt, nor tarry;

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15  For I am YHWH thy God, who stirreth up the sea, that the waves thereof roar; the YHWH of hosts is His name.

15  for I am thy God, that troubles the sea, and causes the waves thereof to roar: the Lord of hosts is my name.

15  But I am the Lord, your God, who stirs up the sea, and who makes the waves swell. The Lord of hosts is my name.

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

16  I will put my words into thy mouth, and I will shelter thee under the shadow of mine hand, with which I fixed the sky, and founded the earth: and the Lord shall say to Sion, Thou art my people.

16  I have placed my words in your mouth, and I have protected you in the shadow of my hand, so that you might plant the heavens, and found the earth, and so that you might say to Zion, “You are my people.”