Zion’s Future Splendor
1 “Arise! Shine! For your light arrives!
The splendor1 of the Lord shines on you!
2 For, look, darkness covers the earth
and deep darkness covers2 the nations,
but the Lord shines on you;
his splendor3 appears over you.
3 Nations come to your light,
kings to your bright light.
They all gather and come to you –
your sons come from far away
and your daughters are escorted by guardians.
5 Then you will look and smile,5 you will be excited and your heart will swell with pride.6 For the riches of distant lands7 will belong to you
and the wealth of nations will come to you.
6 Camel caravans will cover your roads,8
young camels from Midian and Ephah.
All the merchants of Sheba9 will come,
bringing gold and incense
and singing praises to the Lord.10
7 All the sheep of Kedar will be gathered to you;
the rams of Nebaioth will be available to you as sacrifices.11 They will go up on my altar acceptably,12
and I will bestow honor on my majestic temple.
8 Who are these who float along13 like a cloud, who fly like doves to their shelters?14 9 Indeed, the coastlands15 look eagerly for me, the large ships16 are in the lead,
bringing your sons from far away,
along with their silver and gold,
to honor the Lord your God,17 the Holy One of Israel,18 for he has bestowed honor on you.
10 Foreigners will rebuild your walls;
their kings will serve you.
Even though I struck you down in my anger,
I will restore my favor and have compassion on you.19
11 Your gates will remain open at all times;
they will not be shut during the day or at night,
so that the wealth of nations may be delivered,
with their kings leading the way.20 12 Indeed,21 nations or kingdoms that do not serve you will perish; such nations will be totally destroyed.22
13 The splendor of Lebanon will come to you,
its evergreens, firs, and cypresses together,
I will bestow honor on my throne room.24
14 The children of your oppressors will come bowing to you;
all who treated you with disrespect will bow down at your feet.
They will call you, ‘The City of the Lord,
Zion of the Holy One of Israel.’25
15 You were once abandoned
and despised, with no one passing through,
but I will make you26 a permanent source of pride
and joy to coming generations.
16 You will drink the milk of nations;
you will nurse at the breasts of kings.27
Then you will recognize that I, the Lord, am your deliverer,
your protector,28 the powerful ruler of Jacob.29
17 Instead of bronze, I will bring you gold,
instead of iron, I will bring you silver,
instead of wood, I will bring you30 bronze, instead of stones, I will bring you31 iron. I will make prosperity32 your overseer, and vindication your sovereign ruler.33 18 Sounds of violence34 will no longer be heard in your land, or the sounds of35 destruction and devastation within your borders.
You will name your walls, ‘Deliverance,’
and your gates, ‘Praise.’
19 The sun will no longer supply light for you by day,
nor will the moon’s brightness shine on you;
the Lord will be your permanent source of light –
the splendor of your God will shine upon you.36
20 Your sun will no longer set;
your moon will not disappear;37
the Lord will be your permanent source of light;
your time38 of sorrow will be over. 21 All of your people will be godly;39
they will possess the land permanently.
I will plant them like a shoot;
they will be the product of my labor,
through whom I reveal my splendor.40 22 The least of you will multiply into41 a thousand;
the smallest of you will become a large nation.
When the right time comes, I the Lord will quickly do this!”42