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Isaiah 12:1-6 – The Lord Has Become My Salvation

Summary

God's people respond to God's promised deliverance with praise and thanks.

Analysis

This collection of songs of praise closes the first part of the book, not unlike the doxologies that close the first four books of the Psalter (Psalms 41:13; 72:18-19; 89:52: 106:48).

"For the LORD GOD is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation" repeats Moses' song of victory after the exodus (Exodus 15:2), just one of many places where Isaiah calls upon the exodus tradition to speak of God's new work of deliverance in his day.

Isaiah 12:1-6

Thanksgiving and Praise

12You will say on that day:
I will give thanks to you, O Lord,
   for though you were angry with me,
your anger turned away,
   and you comforted me.


2 Surely God is my salvation;
   I will trust, and will not be afraid,
for the Lord God * is my strength and my might;
   he has become my salvation.

3 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. 4And you will say on that day:
Give thanks to the Lord,
   call on his name;
make known his deeds among the nations;
   proclaim that his name is exalted.


5 Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously;
   let this be known* in all the earth.
6 Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal* Zion,
   for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

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