(Cp Gen 12:1–3)
51 Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness,
you that seek the Lord.
Look to the rock from which you were hewn,
and to the quarry from which you were dug.
and to Sarah who bore you;
for he was but one when I called him,
but I blessed him and made him many.
he will comfort all her waste places,
and will make her wilderness like Eden,
her desert like the garden of the Lord;
joy and gladness will be found in her,
thanksgiving and the voice of song.
and give heed to me, my nation;
for a teaching will go out from me,
and my justice for a light to the peoples.
my salvation has gone out
and my arms will rule the peoples;
the coastlands wait for me,
and for my arm they hope.
and look at the earth beneath;
for the heavens will vanish like smoke,
the earth will wear out like a garment,
and those who live on it will die like gnats;a
but my salvation will be forever,
and my deliverance will never be ended.
you people who have my teaching in your hearts;
do not fear the reproach of others,
and do not be dismayed when they revile you.
and the worm will eat them like wool;
but my deliverance will be forever,
and my salvation to all generations.
O arm of the Lord!
Awake, as in days of old,
the generations of long ago!
Was it not you who cut Rahab in pieces,
who pierced the dragon?
the waters of the great deep;
who made the depths of the sea a way
for the redeemed to cross over?
and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain joy and gladness,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
why then are you afraid of a mere mortal who must die,
a human being who fades like grass?
who stretched out the heavens
and laid the foundations of the earth.
You fear continually all day long
because of the fury of the oppressor,
who is bent on destruction.
But where is the fury of the oppressor?
they shall not die and go down to the Pit,
nor shall they lack bread.
who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar—
the Lord of hosts is his name.
and hidden you in the shadow of my hand,
stretching outb the heavens
and laying the foundations of the earth,
and saying to Zion, “You are my people.”
Stand up, O Jerusalem,
you who have drunk at the hand of the Lord
the cup of his wrath,
who have drunk to the dregs
the bowl of staggering.
among all the children she has borne;
there is no one to take her by the hand
among all the children she has brought up.
—who will grieve with you?—
devastation and destruction, famine and sword—
who will comfort you?c
they lie at the head of every street
like an antelope in a net;
they are full of the wrath of the Lord,
the rebuke of your God.
21 Therefore hear this, you who are wounded,d
who are drunk, but not with wine:
your God who pleads the cause of his people:
See, I have taken from your hand the cup of staggering;
you shall drink no more
from the bowl of my wrath.
who have said to you,
“Bow down, that we may walk on you”;
and you have made your back like the ground
and like the street for them to walk on.
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