14 vBut Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
And my Lord has forgotten me.”
15 “Can wa woman forget her nursing child,
1And not have compassion on the son of her womb?
Surely they may forget,
xYet I will not forget you.
16 See, yI have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
Your walls are continually before Me.
17 Your 2sons shall make haste;
Your destroyers and those who laid you waste
Shall go away from you.
18 zLift up your eyes, look around and see;
All these gather together and come to you.
As I live,” says the Lord,
“You shall surely clothe yourselves with them all aas an ornament,
And bind them on you as a bride does.
19 “For your waste and desolate places,
And the land of your destruction,
bWill even now be too small for the inhabitants;
And those who swallowed you up will be far away.
20 cThe children you will have,
dAfter you have lost the others,
Will say again in your ears,
‘The place is too small for me;
Give me a place where I may dwell.’
21 Then you will say in your heart,
‘Who has begotten these for me,
Since I have lost my children and am desolate,
A captive, and wandering to and fro?
And who has brought these up?
There I was, left alone;
But these, where were they?’ ”
22 eThus says the Lord God:
“Behold, I will lift My hand in an oath to the nations,
And set up My 3standard for the peoples;
They shall bring your sons in their 4arms,
And your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders;
23 fKings shall be your foster fathers,
And their queens your nursing mothers;
They shall bow down to you with their faces to the earth,
And glick up the dust of your feet.
Then you will know that I am the Lord,
hFor they shall not be ashamed who wait for Me.”
24 iShall the prey be taken from the mighty,
Or the captives 5of the righteous be delivered?
“Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away,
And the prey of the terrible be delivered;
For I will contend with him who contends with you,
And I will save your children.
26 I will jfeed those who oppress you with their own flesh,
And they shall be drunk with their own kblood as with sweet wine.
All flesh lshall know
That I, the Lord, am your Savior,
And your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”
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