A Time for Rebuilding Ruins


“Jehovah of Hosts [spoke this] in my hearing: Surely many buildings shall lie desolate, large and fine [houses] unoccupied.” (Isaiah 5:9)

“Poor wretch, tempest-tossed and disconsolate! I will lay antimony for your building stones and sapphires for your foundations; I will make your skylights of jacinth, your gates of carbuncle, and your entire boundary of precious stones.” (Isaiah 54:11–12)

“When men build houses, they will dwell in them; when they plant vineyards, they will eat their fruit. They shall not build so that others may dwell, or plant so that others may eat. The lifetime of my people shall be as the lifetime of a tree; my chosen ones shall outlast the work of their hands.” (Isaiah 65:21–22)

“Thus says Jehovah: The heavens are my throne and the earth is my footstool. What house would you build me? What would serve me as a place of rest? These are all things my hand has made, and thus all came into being, says Jehovah. And yet I have regard for those who are of a humble and contrite spirit and who are vigilant for my word.” (Isaiah 66:1–2)

“Who fulfills the word of his servant, accomplishes the aims of his messengers, who says of Jerusalem, It shall be reinhabited, and of the cities of Judah, They shall be rebuilt, their ruins I will restore, who says to the deep, Become dry; I am drying up your currents, who says of Cyrus, He is my shepherd; he will do whatever I will. He will say of Jerusalem that it must be rebuilt, its temple foundations relaid.” (Isaiah 44:26–28)

“It is I who rightfully raise him up, who facilitate his every step; he will rebuild my city and set free my exiles without price or bribe, says Jehovah of Hosts.” (Isaiah 45:13)

“If you will give of your own to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then shall your light dawn amid darkness and your twilight become as the noonday. Jehovah will direct you continually; he will satisfy your needs in the dearth and bring vigor to your limbs. And you will become like a well-watered garden, like a spring of unfailing waters. They who came out of you will rebuild the ancient ruins; you will restore the foundations of generations ago. You shall be called a rebuilder of fallen walls, a restorer of streets for resettlement.” (Isaiah 58:10–12)

“Foreigners will rebuild your walls, and their kings will minister to you. Though I struck you in anger, I will gladly show you mercy. Your gates shall always remain open; they shall not be shut day or night, that a host of nations may be brought to you and their kings escorted in. And the nation or kingdom that will not serve you shall perish; such nations shall be utterly ruined. The splendor of Lebanon shall become yours—cypresses, pines, and firs together—to beautify the site of my sanctuary, to make glorious the place of my feet.” (Isaiah 60:10–13)

“They will rebuild the ancient ruins, raise up the old waste places; they will renew the desolate cities demolished generations ago. Aliens will tend and pasture your flocks; foreigners will be your farmhands and vinedressers.” (Isaiah 61:4–5)

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