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The Lord’s Compassion for the Women without Children

54 Sing with joy, you childless women who never gave birth to children.
    Break into shouts of joy, you women who never had birth pains.
    “There will be more children of women who have been deserted
        than there are children of married women,” says Yahweh.
Expand the space of your tent.
    Stretch out the curtains of your tent, and don’t hold back.
        Lengthen your tent ropes, and drive in the tent pegs.
You will spread out to the right and left.
    Your descendants will take over other nations,
        and they will resettle deserted cities.
Don’t be afraid, because you won’t be put to shame.
    Don’t be discouraged, because you won’t be disgraced.
    You’ll forget the shame you’ve had since you were young.
    You won’t remember the disgrace of your husband’s death anymore.
        Your husband is your maker.
            His name is Yahweh Tsebaoth.
        Your Go’el is Qedosh Yisrael.
            He is called the Elohim of the whole earth.

Yahweh has called you as if you were
    a wife who was abandoned and in grief,
    a wife who married young and was rejected,” says your Elohim.

“I abandoned you for one brief moment,
    but I will bring you back with unlimited compassion.
I hid my face from you for a moment in a burst of anger,
    but I will have compassion on you with everlasting kindness,”
        says Yahweh your Go’el.
“To me this is like Noah’s floodwaters, when I swore an oath
    that Noah’s floodwaters would never cover the earth again.
    So now I swear an oath not to be angry with you or punish you.
10 The mountains may move, and the hills may shake,
    but my kindness will never depart from you.
        My promise[a] of peace will never change,”
            says Yahweh, who has compassion on you.

11 “You suffering, comfortless, storm-ravaged city!
    I will rebuild your city with precious stones.
    I will reset your foundations with sapphires.
12 I will rebuild your towers with rubies,
    your gates with sparkling stones,
        and all your walls with precious stones.”

13 All your children will be taught by Yahweh,
    and your children will have unlimited peace.
14 You will be established in righteousness.
    You will be far from oppression,
    so you will not be afraid.
    You will be far from destruction,
    so it won’t come near you.

15 “If anyone attacks you, it will not be my doing.
    Whoever attacks you will be defeated by you.
16 I’ve created blacksmiths to fan the coals into flames
    and to produce useful weapons.
    I’ve also created destroyers to bring destruction.
17 No weapon that has been made to be used against you will succeed.
    You will have an answer for anyone who accuses you.
        This is the inheritance of Yahweh’s servants.
            Their victory comes from me,” declares Yahweh.

Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 54:10 Or “covenant.”

The Future Glory of Zion

54 “Sing, barren woman,(A)
    you who never bore a child;
burst into song, shout for joy,(B)
    you who were never in labor;(C)
because more are the children(D) of the desolate(E) woman
    than of her who has a husband,(F)
says the Lord.
“Enlarge the place of your tent,(G)
    stretch your tent curtains wide,
    do not hold back;
lengthen your cords,
    strengthen your stakes.(H)
For you will spread out to the right and to the left;
    your descendants(I) will dispossess nations(J)
    and settle in their desolate(K) cities.

“Do not be afraid;(L) you will not be put to shame.(M)
    Do not fear disgrace;(N) you will not be humiliated.
You will forget the shame of your youth(O)
    and remember no more the reproach(P) of your widowhood.(Q)
For your Maker(R) is your husband(S)
    the Lord Almighty is his name—
the Holy One(T) of Israel is your Redeemer;(U)
    he is called the God of all the earth.(V)
The Lord will call you back(W)
    as if you were a wife deserted(X) and distressed in spirit—
a wife who married young,(Y)
    only to be rejected,” says your God.
“For a brief moment(Z) I abandoned(AA) you,
    but with deep compassion(AB) I will bring you back.(AC)
In a surge of anger(AD)
    I hid(AE) my face from you for a moment,
but with everlasting kindness(AF)
    I will have compassion(AG) on you,”
    says the Lord your Redeemer.(AH)

“To me this is like the days of Noah,
    when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth.(AI)
So now I have sworn(AJ) not to be angry(AK) with you,
    never to rebuke(AL) you again.
10 Though the mountains be shaken(AM)
    and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love(AN) for you will not be shaken(AO)
    nor my covenant(AP) of peace(AQ) be removed,”
    says the Lord, who has compassion(AR) on you.

11 “Afflicted(AS) city, lashed by storms(AT) and not comforted,(AU)
    I will rebuild you with stones of turquoise,[a](AV)
    your foundations(AW) with lapis lazuli.(AX)
12 I will make your battlements of rubies,
    your gates(AY) of sparkling jewels,
    and all your walls of precious stones.
13 All your children will be taught by the Lord,(AZ)
    and great will be their peace.(BA)
14 In righteousness(BB) you will be established:(BC)
Tyranny(BD) will be far from you;
    you will have nothing to fear.(BE)
Terror(BF) will be far removed;
    it will not come near you.
15 If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing;
    whoever attacks you will surrender(BG) to you.

16 “See, it is I who created the blacksmith(BH)
    who fans the coals into flame
    and forges a weapon(BI) fit for its work.
And it is I who have created the destroyer(BJ) to wreak havoc;
17     no weapon forged against you will prevail,(BK)
    and you will refute(BL) every tongue that accuses you.
This is the heritage of the servants(BM) of the Lord,
    and this is their vindication(BN) from me,”
declares the Lord.

Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 54:11 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.

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