54 “Sing, barren woman,u
you who never bore a child;
burst into song, shout for joy,v
you who were never in labor;w
than of her who has a husband,z”
says the Lord.
2 “Enlarge the place of your tent,a
stretch your tent curtains wide,
do not hold back;
lengthen your cords,
strengthen your stakes.b
and settle in their desolatee cities.
Do not fear disgrace;h you will not be humiliated.
You will forget the shame of your youthi
the Lord Almighty is his name—
he is called the God of all the earth.p
6 The Lord will call you backq
as if you were a wife desertedr and distressed in spirit—
a wife who married young,s
only to be rejected,” says your God.
8 In a surge of angerx
I hidy my face from you for a moment,
but with everlasting kindnessz
I will have compassiona on you,”
says the Lord your Redeemer.b
when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth.c
never to rebukef you again.
10 Though the mountains be shakeng
and the hills be removed,
says the Lord, who has compassionl on you.
your gatess of sparkling jewels,
and all your walls of precious stones.
13 All your children will be taught by the Lord,t
and great will be their peace.u
Tyrannyx will be far from you;
you will have nothing to fear.y
Terrorz will be far removed;
it will not come near you.
whoever attacks you will surrendera to you.
16 “See, it is I who created the blacksmithb
who fans the coals into flame
and forges a weaponc fit for its work.
And it is I who have created the destroyerd to wreak havoc;
17 no weapon forged against you will prevail,e
and you will refutef every tongue that accuses you.
This is the heritage of the servantsg of the Lord,
and this is their vindicationh from me,”
declares the Lord.
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