At that time a root from Jesse will stand like a signal flag for the nations. Nations will look to him for guidance, and his residence will be majestic.
Fairness will produce peace and result in lasting security.
The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs; the nations will obey him.
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, in the time of King Herod, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem
Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
When they heard this, they ceased their objections and praised God, saying, "So then, God has granted the repentance that leads to life even to the Gentiles."
As for you, the one who lives in the shelter of the sovereign One, and resides in the protective shadow of the mighty king --
He will shelter you with his wings; you will find safety under his wings. His faithfulness is like a shield or a protective wall.
Let the godly rejoice because of their vindication! Let them shout for joy upon their beds!
Proud men will be brought low, arrogant men will be humiliated; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.
When the Lord gives you relief from your suffering and anxiety, and from the hard labor which you were made to perform,
In the past he said to them, "This is where security can be found. Provide security for the one who is exhausted! This is where rest can be found." But they refused to listen.
This is what the sovereign Lord says: "Look I will raise my hand to the nations; I will raise my signal flag to the peoples. They will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their shoulders.
In the west, people respect the Lord's reputation; in the east they recognize his splendor. For he comes like a rushing stream driven on by wind sent from the Lord.
Then you will look and smile, you will be excited and your heart will swell with pride. For the riches of distant lands will belong to you and the wealth of nations will come to you.
Be happy for Jerusalem and rejoice with her, all you who love her! Share in her great joy, all you who have mourned over her!
I will perform a mighty act among them and then send some of those who remain to the nations -- to Tarshish, Pul, Lud (known for its archers), Tubal, Javan, and to the distant coastlands that have not heard about me or seen my splendor. They will tell the nations of my splendor.
The Lord said to his people: "You are standing at the crossroads. So consider your path. Ask where the old, reliable paths are. Ask where the path is that leads to blessing and follow it. If you do, you will find rest for your souls." But they said, "We will not follow it!"
The future splendor of this temple will be greater than that of former times,' the Lord who rules over all declares, 'and in this place I will give peace.'"
I tell you, many will come from the east and west to share the banquet with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven,
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Now some Greeks were among those who had gone up to worship at the feast.
I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you
"Therefore be advised that this salvation from God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen!"
and thus the Gentiles glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, "Because of this I will confess you among the Gentiles, and I will sing praises to your name."
and to you who are being afflicted to give rest together with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels.
Therefore we must be wary that, while the promise of entering his rest remains open, none of you may seem to have come short of it.
Consequently a Sabbath rest remains for the people of God.
Such trials show the proven character of your faith, which is much more valuable than gold -- gold that is tested by fire, even though it is passing away -- and will bring praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
And, after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory in Christ will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.