8 Thus says the Lord:
In a time of favor I have answered you,
on a day of salvation I have helped you;
I have kept you and given you
as a covenant to the people,a
to establish the land,
to apportion the desolate heritages;
to those who are in darkness, “Show yourselves.”
They shall feed along the ways,
on all the bare heightsb shall be their pasture;
neither scorching wind nor sun shall strike them down,
for he who has pity on them will lead them,
and by springs of water will guide them.
and my highways shall be raised up.
and lo, these from the north and from the west,
and these from the land of Syene.c
break forth, O mountains, into singing!
For the Lord has comforted his people,
and will have compassion on his suffering ones.
my Lord has forgotten me.”
or show no compassion for the child of her womb?
Even these may forget,
yet I will not forget you.
your walls are continually before me.
17 Your builders outdo your destroyers,d
and those who laid you waste go away from you.
they all gather, they come to you.
As I live, says the Lord,
you shall put all of them on like an ornament,
and like a bride you shall bind them on.
and your devastated land—
surely now you will be too crowded for your inhabitants,
and those who swallowed you up will be far away.
will yet say in your hearing:
“The place is too crowded for me;
make room for me to settle.”
“Who has borne me these?
I was bereaved and barren,
exiled and put away—
so who has reared these?
I was left all alone—
where then have these come from?”
I will soon lift up my hand to the nations,
and raise my signal to the peoples;
and they shall bring your sons in their bosom,
and your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders.
and their queens your nursing mothers.
With their faces to the ground they shall bow down to you,
and lick the dust of your feet.
Then you will know that I am the Lord;
those who wait for me shall not be put to shame.
or the captives of a tyrante be rescued?
Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken,
and the prey of the tyrant be rescued;
for I will contend with those who contend with you,
and I will save your children.
and they shall be drunk with their own blood as with wine.
Then all flesh shall know
that I am the Lord your Savior,
and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
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