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49 Coasts and islands,A listen to me;
distant peoples, pay attention.
The Lord calleda me before I was born.
He named me while I was in my mother’s womb.b
2 He made my words like a sharp sword;c
he hid me in the shadow of his hand.d
He made me like a sharpened arrow;
he hid me in his quiver.
3 He said to me, “You are my servant,e
Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”
I have spent my strength for nothing and futility;
yet my vindication is with the Lord,
and my reward is with my God.
who formed me from the womb to be his servant,
to bring Jacob back to him
so that Israel might be gathered to him;
for I am honored in the sight of the Lord,
and my God is my strength—
“It is not enough for you to be my servant
raising up the tribes of Jacob
and restoring the protected ones of Israel.
I will also make you a light for the nations,f
to be my salvation to the ends of the earth.”g
the Redeemerh of Israel, his Holy One, says
to one who is despised,
to a servant of rulers:
“Kings will see, princes will stand up,
and theyC will all bow down
because of the Lord, who is faithful,
I will answer you in a time of favor,
and I will help you in the day of salvation.l
I will keep you, and I will appoint you
to be a covenant for the people,m
to restore the land,
to make them possess the desolate inheritances,
9 saying to the prisoners, “Come out,”n
and to those who are in darkness, “Show yourselves.”
They will feed along the pathways,
and their pastures will be on all the barren heights.o
the scorching heat or sun will not strike them;
for their compassionate one will guide them,
and lead them to springs.p
and my highways will be raised up.q
13 Shout for joy, you heavens!s
Mountains break into joyful shouts!
For the Lord has comforted his people,t
and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.u
14 Zion says, “The Lord has abandoned me;
the Lord has forgotten me!”
or lack compassion for the child of her womb?
Even if these forget,
yet I will not forget you.
16 Look, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands;v
your walls are continually before me.
17 Your buildersG hurry;
those who destroy and devastate you will leave you.
They all gather together; they come to you.a
As I live”—
this is the Lord’s declaration—
“you will wear all your childrenA as jewelry,
and put them on as a bride does.
and your land marked by ruins
will now be indeed too small for the inhabitants,b
and those who swallowed you up will be far away.
that you have been deprived of will say,
‘This place is too small for me;
make room for me so that I may settle.’c
‘Who fathered these for me?
I was deprived of my children and unable to conceive,
exiled and wandering—
but who brought them up?
See, I was left by myself—
but these, where did they come from?’ ”B
Look, I will lift up my hand to the nations,
and raise my banner to the peoples.d
They will bring your sons in their arms,
and your daughters will be carried on their shoulders.e
They will bow down to you
with their faces to the ground
and lick the dust at your feet.g
Then you will know that I am the Lord;h
those who put their hope in me
will not be put to shame.i
or the captives of a tyrantD be delivered?
“Even the captives of a mighty man will be taken,
and the prey of a tyrant will be delivered;
I will contend with the one who contends with you,
and I will save your children.
26 I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh,j
and they will be drunk with their own blood
as with sweet wine.
Then all humanity will know
that I, the Lord, am your Savior,k
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