1 Here is the message about Judah and Jerusalem that was revealed to Isaiah son of Amoz. 2 In future days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will endure as the most important of mountains and will be the most prominent of hills. All the nations will stream to it; 3 many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the Lord’s mountain, to the temple of the God of Jacob, so he can teach us his requirements, and we can follow his standards.” For Zion will be the center for moral instruction; the Lord’s message will issue from Jerusalem. 4 He will judge disputes between nations; he will settle cases for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nations will not take up the sword against other nations, and they will no longer train for war.
9 O Jerusalem, the holy city, he afflicted you for the deeds of your hands, but will again have mercy on the children of the righteous. 10 Acknowledge the Lord, for he is good, and bless the King of the ages, so that his tent may be rebuilt in you in joy. May he cheer all those within you who are captives, and love all those within you who are distressed, to all generations forever. 11 A bright light will shine to all the ends of the earth; many nations will come to you from far away, the inhabitants of the remotest parts of the earth to your holy name, bearing gifts in their hands for the King of heaven. Generation after generation will give joyful praise in you; the name of the chosen city will endure forever. 12 Cursed are all who speak a harsh word against you; cursed are all who conquer you and pull down your walls, all who overthrow your towers and set your homes on fire. But blessed forever will be all who revere you. 13 Go, then, and rejoice over the children of the righteous, for they will be gathered together and will praise the Lord of the ages.
Notes and References
"... When Solomon's Temple was destroyed in 586 B.C.E., so presumably was the Tabernacle. The restoration of the Temple, like the restoration of Tobit's sight, is central to the narrator's concern and not a pious afterthought ... love [agapesai] ... those ... distressed. The word for God's love for his people is the same one as used for Tobiah's love of Sarah (agapao in 6:18); whereas Asmodeus' love for Sarah was characterized by phileo. But too much can be read into the differences between agapao and phileo, for in the Hebrew Bible the verb 'hb serves for all kinds, levels, and depths of 'love.' A bright light. Compare Isaiah 9:1. Even as the restoration of Tobit's sight marked a new beginning for him, so Jerusalem as a 'bright light' symbolizes the dawning of a new day for Israel. Many nations will come to you. 'Many" (as in Isaiah 2:3) rather than "all" as in Isaiah 2:2. Compare also Isaiah 60:5; Micah 4:2; Zechariah 8:22; Psalm 86:9; 96:7-8. Although Tobit may have confined most of his time and charity to his fellow Israelites, here Tobit's (or better, the author's) compassion and broad-mindedness are clearly evident ..."
Moore, Carey A. Tobit: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary (pp. 280-281) Doubleday, 1996