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TitleIsaiah 51
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsParry, Donald W.
Book TitleThe Book of Isaiah: A New Translation (Preliminary Edition)
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
CitySpringville, UT
KeywordsBible; Isaiah (Book); Isaiah (Prophet); Old Testament

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The Lord Comforts Zion in the Last Days (51:1–16)

The Lord

51 1Listen to Me, you who pursue righteousness,
you who seek the LORD.

Look to the rock from which you were hewn
and to the quarry from which you were cut.

2Look to Abraham your father
and to Sarah who gave birth to you;

for he was only one when I called him,
then I blessed him, and I multiplied him.


3For the LORD comforts Zion:
He comforts all her desolate places;

and He will make her wilderness like Eden
and her desert like the garden of the LORD;

exultation and rejoicing will be found in her,
thanksgiving, and the sound of singing.

The Lord

4Hearken to Me, My people;
and My nation, give ear to Me;

for the law will go forth from Me,
and I will make My judgment as a light for peoples.

5My righteousness is near;
My salvation is gone forth,
and My arm will judge peoples;

the isles will hope for Me,
and on My arm, they will wait.

6Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
and look upon the earth beneath;

for the heavens will vanish like smoke,
and the earth will wear out like a garment,
and they that dwell therein will die in like manner;

but My salvation will be forever,
and My righteousness will never be shattered.

7Listen to Me, you that know righteousness,
a people in whose heart [I have written][1] My law;

fear not the insults of men,
neither be dismayed at their revilings,

8for the moth will eat them like a garment,
and the worm will eat them like wool;

but My righteousness will be forever,
and My salvation from generation to generation.


9Awake, awake! Clothe yourself with strength;
O arm of the LORD, awake, as in the days of old.

Are you [He][2] that cut Rahab to pieces?
Piercing the sea monster?

10Are you not [He][3] that has dried the sea,
the waters of the great deep,
that has made a way in the depths of the sea for the redeemed to pass over?

11And the ransomed of the LORD will return
and come with singing to Zion;

and everlasting joy [and holiness][4] will be upon their heads,
[and][5] gladness and joy will overtake them;
sorrow and sighing will flee away.

The Lord

12I [am He,
yea][6], I am He,

who comforts you.
[Behold], who are you,

that you are afraid of a man that will die,
and of a son of a human, who is made like grass?

13And you forgot the LORD,
your Maker,

who stretches out the heavens
and lays the foundations of the earth;

and you have feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor,
when he sets himself to destroy? And where is the fury of the oppressor?

14The one who is captive will quickly be freed
and will not die in the pit,
nor will his bread fail.

15And I am the LORD your God, who stirs up the sea
and its waves roar. The LORD of Hosts is His name.

16And I have put My words in your mouth,
and I have covered you with the shadow of My hand,

to plant the heavens,
and to lay the foundations of the earth,

and to say to Zion:
“[Behold][7], you are My people.”


God’s Wrath on Jerusalem (51:17–23)


17Wake yourself, wake yourself;[8]
arise, O Jerusalem!

You who have drunk from the hand of the LORD, the cup of His fury;
you have drunk the dregs of the cup of trembling, drained out.

18[And][9] there is no one guiding her among all the children she has borne;
and there is no one taking her by the hand, among all of the children she has brought up.

19These two [sons] have come to you.
Who will be sorry for you?

[Your] desolation and destruction,
and famine and sword!

[And] who will comfort you?

20Your sons have fainted [save these two],
they lie at the head of all the streets;

as an antelope in a net, they are full of the fury of the LORD,
the rebuke of your God.

21Therefore hear now this, you afflicted
and drunken, and not with wine.

22Thus says Your Lord, the LORD and Your God, He who pleads the cause of His people.

The Lord

“Behold, I have taken out of your hand the cup of trembling,
the dregs of the cup of My fury; you will not drink it again.

23But I will put it into the hand of them that torment you, who have said to your soul,


‘Bow, that we may pass over’;

The Lord

and you have made your back like the ground
and like the street to them that passed over.


[1] From JST and 2 Nephi 8:7.

[2] From 2 Nephi 8:9.

[3] From 2 Nephi 8:10

[4] From JST and 2 Nephi 8:11.

[5] From 2 Nephi 8:11.

[6] Bracketed items in verse 12 are from JST and 2 Nephi 8:12.

[7] From JST and 2 Nephi 8:16.

[8] JST and 2 Nephi 8:17–25 present textual variants.

[9] Bracketed words in verses 18–20 are from JST and 2 Nephi 8:18–20.


Scripture Reference

Isaiah 51:1