54 Sing, O barren one who did not bear;
burst into song and shout,
you who have not been in labor!
For the children of the desolate woman will be more
than the children of her that is married, says the Lord.
and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out;
do not hold back; lengthen your cords
and strengthen your stakes.
and your descendants will possess the nations
and will settle the desolate towns.
do not be discouraged, for you will not suffer disgrace;
for you will forget the shame of your youth,
and the disgrace of your widowhood you will remember no more.
the Lord of hosts is his name;
the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer,
the God of the whole earth he is called.
like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit,
like the wife of a man’s youth when she is cast off,
says your God.
but with great compassion I will gather you.
I hid my face from you,
but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,
says the Lord, your Redeemer.
Just as I swore that the waters of Noah
would never again go over the earth,
so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you
and will not rebuke you.
and the hills be removed,
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,
says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
I am about to set your stones in antimony,
and lay your foundations with sapphires.a
your gates of jewels,
and all your wall of precious stones.
and great shall be the prosperity of your children.
you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear;
and from terror, for it shall not come near you.
it is not from me;
whoever stirs up strife with you
shall fall because of you.
who blows the fire of coals,
and produces a weapon fit for its purpose;
I have also created the ravager to destroy.
and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord
and their vindication from me, says the Lord.
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