Haftarah for Ki Tavo (Isaiah 60:1-22)

Arise, shine, [O Jerusalem,]

for your light has come, the glory of the Eternal is shining upon you!

Though darkness may cover the earth,

thick darkness [the] peoples –

upon you the Eternal will shine,

over you G_d’s Presence will appear.

Nations shall walk toward your light,

and kings toward your sunrise.

Raise your eyes and see!

They are gathering, all of them,

they are coming to you.

Your sons shall come from afar,

your daughters borne securely.

You shall see it and beam with joy,

your heart will thrill with pride,

the sea’s abundance shall shower you,

the wealth of nations shall come your way.

A horde of camels shall cover your land,

the young camels of Midian and Ephah,

all coming from Sheba

bearing gold and frankincense;

proclaiming the praises of G_d!

The flocks of Kedar shall be gathered to you,

the rams of Nevayot shall serve your need –

a sacrifice welcome on My altar,

adding glory to My glorious house.

Who are these that fly like a cloud,

like doves to their cotes?

The coastlands’ vessels wait for Me,

the ships of Tarshish in the lead,

to bring your children from afar,

along with their silver and gold,

to please the Eternal your G_d,

the Holy One of Israel,

who has given you glory.

Foreigners shall build your walls,

and their kings shall serve you.

For in anger I struck you down,

but in favor I show you love [again].

Your gates shall be open always,

day or night they shall not be shut,

to bring in the wealth of nations,

their kings led as in procession.

Nations and kingdoms that refuse to serve you shall vanish,

their people utterly destroyed.

The pride of Lebanon shall come to you –

juniper, box-tree, and cypress together,

to beautify the place of My sanctuary,

to glorify the place where I rest.

They shall come bowing down at the soles of your feet,

all those who despised you.

They shall call you the City of G_d,

Zion, [abode] of Israel’s Holy One.

As once you were abandoned and hated,

with no one passing through,

so now I make you a pride forever,

the joy of all generations.

You shall suck the milk of nations,

suck the breast of kingdoms,

and you shall know that I, the Eternal, am your Savior,

your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.

Instead of copper I will bring gold,

instead of iron, silver,

instead of wood, copper

and iron instead of stones.

I will make Peace your government,

and Righteousness your rulers.

No more shall [the noise of] violence be heard in your land,

desolation and destruction within your borders.

You shall name your walls Deliverance,

and your gates Praise.

No more shall the sun be your light by day,

nor shall the moon’s glow brighten [your night];

the Eternal will be your everlasting light,

and your G_d [will be] your glory.

No more shall your sun go down,

or your moon disappear;

for the Eternal will be your everlasting light,

and your days of mourning shall be ended.

Your people shall be righteous, all of them,

and possess the land forever:

they are the shoot that I have planted,

the work of My hands,

to display My glory.

The least of them shall become a thousand,

and the smallest a mighty nation;

I, the Eternal, will hasten it

when the time has come.


42 Announcements…

So one of the projects I give to folks that I disciple is to memorize scripture. This can be done in one of three ways:

  1. The book of Deuteronomy
  2. The book of Matthew or
  3. Know what each chapter is about in the Torah or Gospels/Acts

I have decided to begin memorizing for myself the Gospels/Acts chapter by chapter. So here is my ‘sentence’ for each of the first 4 chapters. [Note: I made them in such a way that I can remember the most about the chapter as possible.] See if you can follow my thinking:


  1. Forty-two announcements of Immanuel according to Joseph.
  2. Too wise men send the family on vacay to Egypt while Herod fills the Nile…then off to Nazareth.
  3. The stylish voice of John the B meets Jesus and his proud Father.
  4. Jesus and The Satan play dress up as David and Goliath before Jesus gets to work with four of his bros; everyone lives happily ever after.

You picking up what I’m laying down? I believe this to be an invaluable process for knowing the Text. I’ll post more of my ‘sentences’ here as I go. Want to join in? Post your sentences.

Love to hear from you.