Isaiah 63

The Lord’s Victory over the Nations

1  Who is this coming
    from Bozrah in Edom
        with clothes stained red?
    Who is this hero marching
        in his glorious uniform?

    “It’s me, the Lord!
     I have won the battle,
        and I can save you!”

2  What are those red spots?
    Your clothes look stained
        from stomping on grapes.

3 “I alone stomped the grapes!
        None of the nations helped.
    I stomped nations in my anger
    and stained my clothes
        with their blood.
4 I did this because I wanted
        to take revenge—
    the time had come
        to rescue my people.
5 No one was there to help me
        or to give support;
    my mighty arm won the battle,
        strengthened by my anger.
6 In my fury I stomped on nations
        and made them drunk;
    their blood poured out
        everywhere on earth.”

The Lord’s Goodness to His People

7  I will tell about the kind deeds
    the Lord has done.
        They deserve praise!
    The Lord has shown mercy
    to the people of Israel;
        he has been kind and good.

8 The Lord rescued his people,
    and said,
    “They are mine.
        They won’t betray me.”
9  It troubled the Lord
    to see them in trouble,
        and his angel saved them.
    The Lord was truly merciful,
        so he rescued his people.
    He took them in his arms
    and carried them all those years.

10 Then the Lord’s people
     turned against him and made
        his Holy Spirit sad.
     So he became their enemy
        and attacked them.
11 But his people remembered
     what had happened
        during the time of Moses.
     Didn’t the Lord bring them
     and their leaders
        safely through the sea?
     Didn’t he give them
        his Holy Spirit?
12 The glorious power of the Lord
        marched beside Moses.
     The Lord will be praised forever
        for dividing the sea.
13 He led his people across
     like horses running wild
        without stumbling.
14 His Spirit gave them rest,
     just as cattle find rest
        when led into a valley.
     The name of the Lord was praised
        for doing these things.

A Prayer for Mercy and Help

15 Please, Lord, look down
          from your holy and glorious
     home in the heavens
          and see what’s going on.
     Have you lost interest?
          Where is your power?
     Show that you care about us
          and have mercy!
16 Our ancestors Abraham and Jacob
          have both rejected us.
     But you are still our Father;
     you have been our protector
          since ancient times.

17 Why did you make us turn away
          from you, our Lord?
     Why did you make us want
          to disobey you?
     Please change your mind!
     We are your servants,
          your very own people.
18 For a little while,
          your temple belonged to us;
     and now our enemies
          have torn it down.
19 We act as though you
     had never ruled us
          or called us your people.

The Contemporary English Version, c1995 by the American Bible Society.
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