1 “Listen to me, all who hope for deliverance—
all who seek the Lord!
Consider the rock from which you were cut,
the quarry from which you were mined.
and Sarah, who gave birth to your nation.
Abraham was only one man when I called him.
But when I blessed him, he became a great nation.”
3 The Lord will comfort Israel* again
and have pity on her ruins.
Her desert will blossom like Eden,
her barren wilderness like the garden of the Lord.
Joy and gladness will be found there.
Songs of thanksgiving will fill the air.
Hear me, Israel,
for my law will be proclaimed,
and my justice will become a light to the nations.
My salvation is on the way.
My strong arm will bring justice to the nations.
All distant lands will look to me
and wait in hope for my powerful arm.
and gaze down on the earth below.
For the skies will disappear like smoke,
and the earth will wear out like a piece of clothing.
The people of the earth will die like flies,
but my salvation lasts forever.
My righteous rule will never end!
you who cherish my law in your hearts.
Do not be afraid of people’s scorn,
nor fear their insults.
The worm will eat at them as it eats wool.
But my righteousness will last forever.
My salvation will continue from generation to generation.”
Flex your mighty right arm!
Rouse yourself as in the days of old
when you slew Egypt, the dragon of the Nile.*
the one who dried up the sea,
making a path of escape through the depths
so that your people could cross over?
They will enter Jerusalem* singing,
crowned with everlasting joy.
Sorrow and mourning will disappear,
and they will be filled with joy and gladness.
So why are you afraid of mere humans,
who wither like the grass and disappear?
the one who stretched out the sky like a canopy
and laid the foundations of the earth.
Will you remain in constant dread of human oppressors?
Will you continue to fear the anger of your enemies?
Where is their fury and anger now?
It is gone!
Imprisonment, starvation, and death will not be your fate!
who stirs up the sea, causing its waves to roar.
My name is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
and hidden you safely in my hand.
I stretched out* the sky like a canopy
and laid the foundations of the earth.
I am the one who says to Israel,
‘You are my people!’ ”
You have drunk the cup of the Lord’s fury.
You have drunk the cup of terror,
tipping out its last drops.
to take your hand and guide you.
desolation and destruction, famine and war.
And who is left to sympathize with you?
Who is left to comfort you?*
helpless as antelopes caught in a net.
The Lord has poured out his fury;
God has rebuked them.
who sit in a drunken stupor,
though not from drinking wine.
your God and Defender, says:
“See, I have taken the terrible cup from your hands.
You will drink no more of my fury.
those who said, ‘We will trample you into the dust
and walk on your backs.’ ”
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