1 Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD:
look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye
Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called
him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.
For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and
he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the
LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice
4 Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law
shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of
My righteousness is near; my salvation is gone forth, and mine arms shall
judge the people; the isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they
Listen to me, you who seek God.
Look at the rock from which you were carved,
and to the hole from whence you were dug.
Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for
the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a
garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my
salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished.
7 Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is
my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.
For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them
like wool: but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation from
generation to generation.
The stars will vanish, the earth will grow old,
and everything that lives on it will die.
Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient
days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and
wounded the dragon?
Wake up, God!
Didn't you kill Rahab and wound the dragon? 
Art thou not it which hath dried the sea, the waters of the great deep;
that hath made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over?
Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing
unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain
gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.
I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be
afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as
And forgettest the LORD thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens,
and laid the foundations of the earth; and hast feared continually every day
because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? and
where is the fury of the oppressor?
The captive exile hasteneth that he may be loosed, and that he should not
die in the pit, nor that his bread should fail.
Didn't you dry up the sea?
My name is the Lord of hosts
But I am the LORD thy God, that divided the sea, whose waves roared: The
LORD of hosts is his name.
I am the God who divided the sea.
My name is the Lord of hosts. 
And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the
shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations
of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.
Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the
LORD the cup of his fury; thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of
trembling, and wrung them out.
There is none to guide her among all the sons whom she hath brought forth;
neither is there any that taketh her by the hand of all the sons that she
hath brought up.
These two things are come unto thee; who shall be sorry for thee?
desolation, and destruction, and the famine, and the sword: by whom shall I
Thy sons have fainted, they lie at the head of all the streets, as a wild
bull in a net: they are full of the fury of the LORD, the rebuke of thy God.
Therefore hear now this, thou afflicted, and drunken, but not with wine:
Thus saith thy Lord the LORD, and thy God that pleadeth the cause of his
people, Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, even
the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it
23 But I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee; which have said
to thy soul, Bow down, that we may go over: and thou hast laid thy body as
the ground, and as the street, to them that went over.
I put words in your mouth.
- Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and
wounded the dragon? ... Art thou not it which hath dried the sea, the waters of the great deep? (v.9)
Wasn't it God that cut Rahab (the sea
monster) to pieces, wounded the dragon, and dried up the sea?
Yeah, it was him all right. Who else could do that?
LORD of hosts is his name. (v.15)
What is God's name?
- Listen to God.
- Hearken unto me. 51:1a, 4, 7
- Follow righteousness.
- Follow after righteousness. 51:1b
- Look at the rock from which you were hewn.
- Look unto the rock whence ye are hewn. 51:1c
- Look at the hole from which you are dug.
- Look unto ... the hole of the pit whence ye are digged. 51:1d
- Look at Abraham and Sarah, your father and mother.
- Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him. 51:2
- Don't worry about evildoers.
- Fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings. 51:7
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