Beginning with the book of Isaiah - which means 'salvation'...
God's Word for and to Gentiles
The engrafted word is able to save your soul. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only,
deceiving your own selves. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth
therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed
in his deed. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless
and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
There shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;
And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not
judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: But
with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the
earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of
his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins,
and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall
lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together:
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole
of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. They shall
not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge
of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the
people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.
Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my
spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor
lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break,
and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall
not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait
for his law.
Thus saith God the Lord, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread
forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon
it, and spirit to them that walk therein: I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and
will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a
light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison,
and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise
to graven images. Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare:
before they spring forth I tell you of them.
Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to
the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof. Let the wilderness
and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit: let the
inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains. Let them give
glory unto the Lord, and declare his praise in the islands.
And now, saith the Lord that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again
to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and
my God shall be my strength. And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my
servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also
give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the
Thus saith the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to
him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes
also shall worship, because of the Lord that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and
he shall choose thee.
Thus saith the Lord, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation
have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people,
to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages; That thou mayest say
to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves.
They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places. They shall
not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy
on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them. And I will
make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted. Behold, these shall come
from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.
Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for
the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.
Then shalt thou say in thine heart, Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my
children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? and who hath brought up
these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where had they been?
Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my
standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters
shall be carried upon their shoulders. And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their
queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth,
and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord: for they shall
not be ashamed that wait for me.
Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered? But thus saith
the Lord, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the
terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee,
and I will save thy children. And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own
flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all
flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.
For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit
the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited. Fear not; for thou shalt not
be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou
shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood
any more. For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer
the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called. For the Lord hath
called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast
refused, saith thy God.
For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a
little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will
I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer. For this is as the waters of Noah
unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth;
so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee. For the mountains
shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither
shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.
O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones
with fair colors, and lay thy foundations with sapphires. And I will make thy windows of
agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones. And all thy
children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.
In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou
shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee. Behold, they shall
surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall
fall for thy sake.
Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth
forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy. No weapon
that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee
in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and
their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.
Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye,
buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do
ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not?
hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight
itself in fatness.
Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an
everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. Behold, I have given him
for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people. Behold, thou shalt call
a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because
of the Lord thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.
Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked
forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord,
and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and
my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven,
and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud,
that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that
goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish
that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills
shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap
their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier
shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting
sign that shall not be cut off.
Thus saith the Lord, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come,
and my righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of
man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his
hand from doing any evil.
Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the Lord, speak, saying,
The Lord hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold,
I am a dry tree. For thus saith the Lord unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and
choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; Even unto them will I
give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of
daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.
Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the Lord, to serve him, and to
love the name of the Lord, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from
polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; Even them will I bring to my holy mountain,
and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer
for all people. The Lord God which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will
I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.
For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but
the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles
shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come
to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.
Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged;
because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles
shall come unto thee.
The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they
from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the
praises of the Lord.
All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall
minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify
the house of my glory.
Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows? Surely the isles
shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their
silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the Lord thy God, and to the Holy
One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee. And the sons of strangers shall build
up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee,
but in my favour have I had mercy on thee. Therefore thy gates shall be open continually;
they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles,
and that their kings may be brought. For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee
shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.
The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box
together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet
glorious. The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and
all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they
shall call thee, The city of the Lord, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make
thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations. Thou shalt also suck the milk of
the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the Lord am
thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.
For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and
for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness.
Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders;
but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.
The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give
light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy
glory. Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the
Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.
Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch
of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified. A little one shall become
a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the Lord will hasten it in his time.
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good
tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty
to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the
acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that
mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the
oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they
might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.
And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and
they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations. And strangers
shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and
But ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord: men shall call you the Ministers of our
God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.
For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their
portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be
unto them. For I the Lord love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will
direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. And their
seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see
them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the Lord hath blessed.
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed
me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as
a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her
jewels. For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things
that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
to spring forth before all the nations.
For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest,
until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a
lamp that burneth. And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory:
and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name.
Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the
hand of thy God. Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more
be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzi-bah, and thy land Beulah: for the
Lord delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.
For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom
rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee. I have set watchmen upon
thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make
mention of the Lord, keep not silence, And give him no rest, till he establish, and
till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
The Lord hath sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, Surely I will
no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall
not drink thy wine, for the which thou hast laboured: But they that have gathered it shall
eat it, and praise the Lord; and they that have brought it together shall drink it in the
courts of my holiness.
Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the
highways; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people. Behold, the Lord hath
proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation
cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. And they shall call them,
The holy people, The redeemed of the Lord: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city
Hear the word of the Lord, ye that tremble at his word; your brethren that hated you,
that cast you out for my name's sake, said, Let the Lord be glorified: but he shall
appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed. A voice of noise from the city, a
voice from the temple, a voice of the Lord that rendereth recompence to his enemies.
Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of
a man child. Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the
earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as
soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. Shall I bring to the birth,
and not cause to bring forth? saith the Lord: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut
the womb? saith thy God.
Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for
joy with her, all ye that mourn for her: That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the
breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance
of her glory.
For thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the
glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne
upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees. As one whom his mother comforteth,
so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem. And when ye see this,
your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand of
the Lord shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies.
For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all
nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory. And I will set a sign
among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish,
Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan, to the isles afar off, that
have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory
among the Gentiles.
And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the Lord out of all
nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon
swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the Lord, as the children of
Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the Lord.
And I will also take of them for priests and for Levites, saith the Lord. For as
the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me,
saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass,
that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh
come to worship before me, saith the Lord.
For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be
great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name,
and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the Lord of
That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, The land
of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee
of the Gentiles; The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which
sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.
From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven
is at hand.
Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased:
I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. He shall
not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets. A bruised
reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth
judgment unto victory. And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.
And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man
was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon
him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death,
before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child
Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, Then took he him up in his arms,
and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according
to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the
face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a
people for his name. And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,
After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen
down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: That the residue
of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called,
saith the Lord, who doeth all these things. Known unto God are all his works from the
beginning of the world. Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from
among the Gentiles are turned to God.
Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and
that they will hear it. Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles?
Yes, of the Gentiles also. Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us
to the glory of God.
Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to
confirm the promises made unto the fathers: And that the Gentiles might glorify God for
his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles,
and sing unto thy name. And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people. And
again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people.
And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign
over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust. Now the God of hope fill you with
all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the
It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have
been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto
them in carnal things. Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not
only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.
Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles,
whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. That the
blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might
receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called
Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel,
and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of
partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments
contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And
that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity
thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye
are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the
household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus
Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed
together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together
for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning
of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent
that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the
church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed
in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the
faith of him.
For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the
whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the
riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in
love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and
depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye
might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think,
according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ
Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
© by Joyce C. Lock