Isaiah 63

The Lord's Day of Vengeance

1 Who is this who comes from l Edom,
in crimsoned garments from l Bozrah,
he who is splendid in his apparel,
m marching in the greatness of his strength?
"It is I, speaking in righteousness,
mighty to save."

2 Why is your n apparel red,
and your garments like his o who treads in the winepress?

3 p "I have trodden the winepress alone,
q and from the peoples no one was with me;
I trod them in my anger
and trampled them in my wrath;
their lifeblood 1 spattered on my garments,
and stained all my apparel.
4 r For the day of vengeance was in my heart,
and my year of redemption 2 had come.
5 I looked, but s there was no one to help;
I was appalled, but there was no one to uphold;
so my own arm brought me salvation,
and my wrath upheld me.
6 I trampled down the peoples in my anger;
t I made them drunk in my wrath,
and I poured out their lifeblood on the earth."

The Lord's Mercy Remembered

7 I will recount the steadfast love of the Lord,
the praises of the Lord,
according to all that the Lord has granted us,
u and the great goodness to the house of Israel
that he has granted them according to his compassion,
according to the abundance of his steadfast love.
8 For he said, "Surely they are my people,
children who will not deal falsely."
And he became their Savior.
9 v In all their affliction he was afflicted, 3
and the angel of his presence saved them;
w in his love and in his pity he redeemed them;
x he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.

10 y But they rebelled
z and grieved his Holy Spirit;
therefore he turned to be their enemy,
and himself fought against them.
11 Then he remembered a the days of old,
of Moses and his people. 4
b Where is he who brought them up out of the sea
with the shepherds of his flock?
Where is he who put in the midst of them
his Holy Spirit,
12 who caused his glorious arm
to go at the right hand of Moses,
c who divided the waters before them
d to make for himself an everlasting name,
13 who led them through the depths?
Like a horse in the desert,
they did not stumble.
14 Like livestock that go down into the valley,
e the Spirit of the Lord gave them rest.
So you led your people,
d to make for yourself a glorious name.

Prayer for Mercy

15 f Look down from heaven and see,
g from your holy and beautiful 5 habitation.
Where are h your zeal and your might?
The stirring of your inner parts and your compassion
are held back from me.
16 For i you are our Father,
though Abraham does not know us,
and Israel does not acknowledge us;
you, O Lord, are our Father,
j our Redeemer from of old is your name.
17 O Lord, why do you make us wander from your ways
and k harden our heart, so that we fear you not?
l Return for the sake of your servants,
the tribes of your heritage.
18 m Your holy people held possession for a little while; 6
n our adversaries have trampled down your sanctuary.
19 o We have become like those over whom you have never ruled,
like those who are not called by your name.

  1. Cross References
    Isaiah 34:6
    The Lord has a sword; it is sated with blood; it is gorged with fat, with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams. For the Lord has a sacrifice in Bozrah, a great slaughter in the land of Edom.
  2. Cross References
    Isaiah 34:6
    The Lord has a sword; it is sated with blood; it is gorged with fat, with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams. For the Lord has a sacrifice in Bozrah, a great slaughter in the land of Edom.
  3. Cross References
    Psalms 68:7
    O God, when you went out before your people, when you marched through the wilderness, Selah
  4. Cross References
    Revelation 19:13
    He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God.
  5. Cross References
    Lamentations 1:15
    The Lord rejected all my mighty men in my midst; he summoned an assembly against me to crush my young men; the Lord has trodden as in a winepress the virgin daughter of Judah.
    Revelation 14:20
    And the winepress was trodden outside the city, and blood flowed from the winepress, as high as a horse's bridle, for 1,600 stadia.
    Revelation 19:15
    From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty.
  6. Cross References
    Joel 3:13
    Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Go in, tread, for the winepress is full. The vats overflow, for their evil is great.
  7. Cross References
    Isaiah 59:16
    He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no one to intercede; then his own arm brought him salvation, and his righteousness upheld him.
  8. Cross References
    Isaiah 34:8
    For the Lord has a day of vengeance, a year of recompense for the cause of Zion.
  9. Cross References
    Isaiah 59:16
    He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no one to intercede; then his own arm brought him salvation, and his righteousness upheld him.
  10. Cross References
    Isaiah 49:26
    I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh, and they shall be drunk with their own blood as with wine. Then all flesh shall know that I am the Lord your Savior, and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
  11. Cross References
    Psalms 145:7
    They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
  12. Cross References
    Judges 10:16
    So they put away the foreign gods from among them and served the Lord, and he became impatient over the misery of Israel.
  13. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 7:7 - 8
    It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples.
    Ezekiel 16:5 - 6
    No eye pitied you, to do any of these things to you out of compassion for you, but you were cast out on the open field, for you were abhorred, on the day that you were born.
  14. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 32:10 - 12
    He found him in a desert land, and in the howling waste of the wilderness; he encircled him, he cared for him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.
  15. Cross References
    Exodus 15:24
    And the people grumbled against Moses, saying, ...
    Numbers 14:11
    And the Lord said to Moses, "How long will this...
    Psalms 78:17
    Yet they sinned still more against him, rebelli...
    Psalms 78:56
    Yet they tested and rebelled against the Most H...
    Psalms 95:9
    When your fathers put me to the test and put me...
    Ezekiel 20:8
    But they rebelled against me and were not willi...
  16. Cross References
    Psalms 78:40
    How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness and grieved him in the desert!
    Acts 7:51
    You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you.
    Ephesians 4:30
    And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
  17. Cross References
    Psalms 77:11 - 20
    I will remember the deeds of the Lord ; yes, I will remember your wonders of old.
  18. Cross References
    Exodus 14:19 - 22
    Then the angel of God who was going before the host of Israel moved and went behind them, and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them.
  19. Cross References
    Exodus 14:21
    Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.
    Joshua 3:16
    The waters coming down from above stood and rose up in a heap very far away, at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan, and those flowing down toward the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, were completely cut off. And the people passed over opposite Jericho.
  20. Cross References
    2 Samuel 7:23
    And who is like your people Israel, the one nation on earth whom God went to redeem to be his people, making himself a name and doing for them great and awesome things by driving out before your people, whom you redeemed for yourself from Egypt, a nation and its gods?
    Nehemiah 9:10
    And performed signs and wonders against Pharaoh and all his servants and all the people of his land, for you knew that they acted arrogantly against our fathers. And you made a name for yourself, as it is to this day.
  21. Cross References
    Numbers 10:33
    So they set out from the mount of the Lord three days' journey. And the ark of the covenant of the Lord went before them three days' journey, to seek out a resting place for them.
  22. Cross References
    Isaiah 63:12
    Who caused his glorious arm to go at the right hand of Moses, who divided the waters before them to make for himself an everlasting name.
  23. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 26:15
    Look down from your holy habitation, from heaven, and bless your people Israel and the ground that you have given us, as you swore to our fathers, a land flowing with milk and honey.
  24. Cross References
    Psalms 33:14
    From where he sits enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth.
  25. Cross References
    Isaiah 59:17
    He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on his head; he put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and wrapped himself in zeal as a cloak.
    Zechariah 1:14
    So the angel who talked with me said to me, 'Cry out, Thus says the Lord of hosts: I am exceedingly jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion.
  26. Cross References
    Isaiah 64:8
    But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.
    Deuteronomy 32:6
    Do you thus repay the Lord, you foolish and senseless people? Is not he your father, who created you, who made you and established you?
  27. Cross References
    Isaiah 43:14
    Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "For your sake I send to Babylon and bring them all down as fugitives, even the Chaldeans, in the ships in which they rejoice.
  28. Cross References
    Isaiah 6:10
    Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.
    John 12:40
    "He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they see with their eyes, and understand with their heart, and turn, and I would heal them."
  29. Cross References
    Psalms 90:13
    Return, O Lord! How long? Have pity on your servants!
  30. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 4:25 - 26
    When you father children and children's children, and have grown old in the land, if you act corruptly by making a carved image in the form of anything, and by doing what is evil in the sight of the Lord your God, so as to provoke him to anger.
  31. Cross References
    Isaiah 64:11
    Our holy and beautiful house, where our fathers praised you, has been burned by fire, and all our pleasant places have become ruins.
  32. Cross References
    Jeremiah 14:8
    O you hope of Israel, its savior in time of trouble, why should you be like a stranger in the land, like a traveler who turns aside to tarry for a night?
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