53 Who has believed our message(A) and to whom has the arm(B) of the Lord been revealed?(C) 2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,(D) and like a root(E) out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance(F) that we should desire him. 3 He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering,(G) and familiar with pain.(H) Like one from whom people hide(I) their faces he was despised,(J) and we held him in low esteem.
4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering,(K) yet we considered him punished by God,(L) stricken by him, and afflicted.(M) 5 But he was pierced(N) for our transgressions,(O) he was crushed(P) for our iniquities; the punishment(Q) that brought us peace(R) was on him, and by his wounds(S) we are healed.(T) 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,(U) each of us has turned to our own way;(V) and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity(W) of us all.
7 He was oppressed(X) and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth;(Y) he was led like a lamb(Z) to the slaughter,(AA) and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 8 By oppression[a] and judgment(AB) he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living;(AC) for the transgression(AD) of my people he was punished.[b] 9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,(AE) and with the rich(AF) in his death, though he had done no violence,(AG) nor was any deceit in his mouth.(AH)
10 Yet it was the Lord’s will(AI) to crush(AJ) him and cause him to suffer,(AK) and though the Lord makes[c] his life an offering for sin,(AL) he will see his offspring(AM) and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper(AN) in his hand. 11 After he has suffered,(AO) he will see the light(AP) of life[d] and be satisfied[e]; by his knowledge[f] my righteous servant(AQ) will justify(AR) many, and he will bear their iniquities.(AS) 12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,[g](AT) and he will divide the spoils(AU) with the strong,[h] because he poured out his life unto death,(AV) and was numbered with the transgressors.(AW) For he bore(AX) the sin of many,(AY) and made intercession(AZ) for the transgressors.
The Future Glory of Zion
54 “Sing, barren woman,(BA) you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy,(BB) you who were never in labor;(BC) because more are the children(BD) of the desolate(BE) woman than of her who has a husband,(BF)” says the Lord. 2 “Enlarge the place of your tent,(BG) stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.(BH) 3 For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants(BI) will dispossess nations(BJ) and settle in their desolate(BK) cities.
4 “Do not be afraid;(BL) you will not be put to shame.(BM) Do not fear disgrace;(BN) you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth(BO) and remember no more the reproach(BP) of your widowhood.(BQ) 5 For your Maker(BR) is your husband(BS)— the Lord Almighty is his name— the Holy One(BT) of Israel is your Redeemer;(BU) he is called the God of all the earth.(BV) 6 The Lord will call you back(BW) as if you were a wife deserted(BX) and distressed in spirit— a wife who married young,(BY) only to be rejected,” says your God. 7 “For a brief moment(BZ) I abandoned(CA) you, but with deep compassion(CB) I will bring you back.(CC) 8 In a surge of anger(CD) I hid(CE) my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness(CF) I will have compassion(CG) on you,” says the Lord your Redeemer.(CH)
9 “To me this is like the days of Noah, when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth.(CI) So now I have sworn(CJ) not to be angry(CK) with you, never to rebuke(CL) you again. 10 Though the mountains be shaken(CM) and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love(CN) for you will not be shaken(CO) nor my covenant(CP) of peace(CQ) be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion(CR) on you.
11 “Afflicted(CS) city, lashed by storms(CT) and not comforted,(CU) I will rebuild you with stones of turquoise,[i](CV) your foundations(CW) with lapis lazuli.(CX) 12 I will make your battlements of rubies, your gates(CY) of sparkling jewels, and all your walls of precious stones. 13 All your children will be taught by the Lord,(CZ) and great will be their peace.(DA) 14 In righteousness(DB) you will be established:(DC) Tyranny(DD) will be far from you; you will have nothing to fear.(DE) Terror(DF) will be far removed; it will not come near you. 15 If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing; whoever attacks you will surrender(DG) to you.
16 “See, it is I who created the blacksmith(DH) who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon(DI) fit for its work. And it is I who have created the destroyer(DJ) to wreak havoc; 17 no weapon forged against you will prevail,(DK) and you will refute(DL) every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants(DM) of the Lord, and this is their vindication(DN) from me,” declares the Lord.
Invitation to the Thirsty
55 “Come, all you who are thirsty,(DO) come to the waters;(DP) and you who have no money, come, buy(DQ) and eat! Come, buy wine and milk(DR) without money and without cost.(DS) 2 Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?(DT) Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,(DU) and you will delight in the richest(DV) of fare. 3 Give ear and come to me; listen,(DW) that you may live.(DX) I will make an everlasting covenant(DY) with you, my faithful love(DZ) promised to David.(EA) 4 See, I have made him a witness(EB) to the peoples, a ruler and commander(EC) of the peoples. 5 Surely you will summon nations(ED) you know not, and nations you do not know will come running to you,(EE) because of the Lord your God, the Holy One(EF) of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor.”(EG)
6 Seek(EH) the Lord while he may be found;(EI) call(EJ) on him while he is near. 7 Let the wicked forsake(EK) their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts.(EL) Let them turn(EM) to the Lord, and he will have mercy(EN) on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.(EO)
8 “For my thoughts(EP) are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”(EQ) declares the Lord. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,(ER) so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.(ES) 10 As the rain(ET) and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish,(EU) so that it yields seed(EV) for the sower and bread for the eater,(EW) 11 so is my word(EX) that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty,(EY) but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose(EZ) for which I sent it. 12 You will go out in joy(FA) and be led forth in peace;(FB) the mountains and hills will burst into song(FC) before you, and all the trees(FD) of the field will clap their hands.(FE) 13 Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper, and instead of briers(FF) the myrtle(FG) will grow. This will be for the Lord’s renown,(FH) for an everlasting sign, that will endure forever.”
To the church of the Thessalonians(C) in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
2 Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.(D)
Thanksgiving and Prayer
3 We ought always to thank God for you,(E) brothers and sisters,[b] and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.(F)4 Therefore, among God’s churches we boast(G) about your perseverance and faith(H) in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.(I)
5 All this is evidence(J) that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy(K) of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering.6 God is just:(L) He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you(M)7 and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven(N) in blazing fire(O) with his powerful angels.(P)8 He will punish(Q) those who do not know God(R) and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.(S)9 They will be punished with everlasting destruction(T) and shut out from the presence of the Lord(U) and from the glory of his might(V)10 on the day(W) he comes to be glorified(X) in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.(Y)
11 With this in mind, we constantly pray for you,(Z) that our God may make you worthy(AA) of his calling,(AB) and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness(AC) and your every deed prompted by faith.(AD)12 We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you,(AE) and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.[c]
Morrinsville Baptist is a church of 250-300 people from all ages and all walks of life who live or work in and around Morrinsville, New Zealand. Our faith in Jesus Christ is our common bond, and we are committed to living by the values and principles taught by Jesus, as we actively promote his Kingdom through our shared life as a church as well as through our personal daily lives.