1 Listen to me, you islands.
Pay attention, you people far away.
Before I was born, the Lord chose me.
While I was in my mother’s womb, he recorded my name.
and hid me in the palm of his hand.
He made me like a sharpened arrow
and hid me in his quiver.
“You are my servant Israel.
I will display my glory through you.”
“I have worked hard for nothing.
I have used my strength, but I didn’t accomplish anything.
Yet, certainly my case is in the Lord’s hands,
and my reward is with my God.”
in order to bring Jacob back to him
and gather Israel to him.
(The Lord honors me,
and my God has become my strength.)
“You are not just my servant
who restores the tribes of Jacob
and brings back those in Israel whom I have preserved.
I have also made you a light for the nations
so that you would save people all over the world.”
This is what the Lord says to the despised one, to the one scorned by the nation, to the slave of rulers:
The Lord is faithful.
The Holy One of Israel has chosen you.
In the time of favor I will answer you.
In the day of salvation I will help you.
I will protect you.
I will appoint you as my promisea to the people.
You will restore the land.
You will make them inherit the desolate inheritance.
and to those who are in darkness, “Show yourselves.”
They will graze along every path,
and they will find pastures on every bare hill.
nor will the sun or the burning, hot wind strike them.
The one who has compassion on them will lead them
and guide them to springs.
and my highways will be restored.
They will come from the north and from the west,
and they will come from the land of Sinim.
Rejoice, you earth!
Break into shouts of joy, you mountains!
The Lord has comforted his people
and will have compassion on his humble people.
14 But Zion said, “The Lord has abandoned me.
My Lord has forgotten me.”
Will she have no compassion on the child from her womb?
Although mothers may forget,
I will not forget you.
Your walls are always in my presence.
Those who destroyed you and laid waste to you will leave you.
All of your children are gathering together and returning to you.
“I solemnly swear as I live,” declares the Lord,
“you will wear all of them like jewels
and display them on yourself as a bride would.”
Those who devoured you will be long gone.
“This place is too crowded for me.
Make room for me to live here.”
I was childless and unable to have children.
I was exiled and rejected.
I was left alone.
Where have they come from?”
I will raise my flag for the people.
They will bring your sons in their arms
and carry your daughters on their shoulders.
and their queens will nurse you.
They will bow in front of you
with their faces touching the ground.
They will lick the dust at your feet.
Then you will know that I am the Lord.
Those who wait with hope for me will not be put to shame.
or prisoners be freed from conquerors?
Prisoners will be freed from mighty men.
Loot will be taken away from tyrants.
I will fight your enemies,
and I will save your children.
and they will become drunk on their own blood
as though it were new wine.
Then all humanity will know that I am the Lord, who saves you,
the Mighty One of Jacob, who reclaims you.
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