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49 “Listen, aO coastlands, to Me,
And take heed, you peoples from afar!
bThe Lord has called Me from the womb;
From the 1matrix of My mother He has made mention of My name.
2 And He has made cMy mouth like a sharp sword;
dIn the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me,
And made Me ea polished shaft;
In His quiver He has hidden Me.”
f‘You are My servant, O Israel,
gIn whom I will be glorified.’
4 hThen I said, ‘I have labored in vain,
I have spent my strength for nothing and in vain;
Yet surely my 2just reward is with the Lord,
And my 3work with my God.’ ”
Who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant,
To bring Jacob back to Him,
(For I shall be glorious in the eyes of the Lord,
And My God shall be My strength),
‘It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant
To raise up the tribes of Jacob,
And to restore the preserved ones of Israel;
I will also give You as a jlight to the Gentiles,
That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.’ ”
The Redeemer of Israel, 5their Holy One,
To Him whom the nation abhors,
To the Servant of rulers:
l“Kings shall see and arise,
Princes also shall worship,
Because of the Lord who is faithful,
The Holy One of Israel;
And He has chosen You.”
And in the day of salvation I have helped You;
As a covenant to the people,
To restore the earth,
To cause them to inherit the desolate 9heritages;
9 That You may say oto the prisoners, ‘Go forth,’
To those who are in darkness, ‘Show yourselves.’
“They shall feed along the roads,
And their pastures shall be on all desolate heights.
10 They shall neither phunger nor thirst,
qNeither heat nor sun shall strike them;
For He who has mercy on them rwill lead them,
Even by the springs of water He will guide them.
11 sI will make each of My mountains a road,
And My highways shall be elevated.
12 Surely tthese shall come from afar;
Look! Those from the north and the west,
And these from the land of Sinim.”
13 uSing, O heavens!
Be joyful, O earth!
And break out in singing, O mountains!
For the Lord has comforted His people,
And will have mercy on His afflicted.
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