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.

Psalm 24:1-6 – My Paraphrase

Psalm 24:1-6

The earth is the LORD’s and it’s fullness;
the world and those who dwell in it.
For he founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the rivers.

Who can ascend the mountain of the LORD?
or who will stand in his holy place?
He whose hands are clean and whose heart is pure,
who does not lift up his soul falsehood,
nor sworn deceitfully.
He will receive a blessing from the LORD,
and justice from God his savior.
Such is the generation that seeks him,
that seeks the face of the God of Jacob.

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.