Isaiah 60:1-5, 6b – My Paraphrase

Arise, shine; for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For behold, even though darkness covers the earth,
and deep darkness the people;
the Lord will arise upon you,
and his glory will be seen upon you.
Nations shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawning.

Lift up your eyes and look around;
they all gather together, they come to you;
your sons shall come from far away,
and your daughters shall be carried in their nurses’ arms.
Then you shall see and shine like the sun.
Your heart will be filled with awe and enlarged,
because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you,
the wealth of the nations shall come to you.
They shall bring gold and frankincense,
and shall proclaim the praises of the Lord.

Isaiah 2:1-5 – My Paraphrase

The word that Isaiah, the son of Amoz, saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

It shall come to pass at the end of days that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and exalted above the hills;  and every nation  shall stream to it.  Many peoples shall come and say: “Come, let us ascend the mountain of the LORD, to the dwelling place of the God of Jacob, so that he may teach us his ways and we may walk in his paths.”  For instruction shall go forth out of Zion and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

And he shall judge between the nations, and shall convict many peoples;  and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks;  nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they study war any more.

Come, O house of Jacob;  walk in the light of the LORD.

My Paraphrase of Isaiah 6:1-12

In the year King Uzziah died, I had a vision of the Lord sitting on a throne, exalted and high; and the hem of his garment filled the temple.

Above all this the Seraphs were in attendance: each one had six wings: with two they covered their faces, with two they covered their bodies, and with two they flew. And they called out to one another, saying, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; all of the earth is filled with his glory.”

The door posts shook at voices of those who called, and the temple filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! I am undone, because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips, and yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!

Then one of the Seraphs flew to me, with a burning coal in his hand which he had taken from the altar with tongs. He touched it against my mouth and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips, your iniquity has been removed and your sin forgiven.

Then I heard the voice of the Lord say, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “ I am here, send me.”

And the Lord declared, “Go and tell this people: ‘Listen diligently, but do not understand; look and see, but do not perceive.’ Dull the hearts and minds of this people, stop up their ears, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ears and discern with their hearts, and return and be made whole.”

Then I asked, “How long, O Lord?” And he replied, “Until the cities are desolate and without inhabitants, and the houses are empty of people, and the earth lays in utter waste. Until the Lord has driven every person away, and the land itself lies forsaken.