New International Version
15 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
and have no compassion on the child(C) she has borne?
Though she may forget,
I will not forget you!(D)
16 See, I have engraved(E) you on the palms of my hands;
your walls(F) are ever before me.
17 Your children hasten back,
and those who laid you waste(G) depart from you.
18 Lift up your eyes and look around;
all your children gather(H) and come to you.
As surely as I live,(I)” declares the Lord,
“you will wear(J) them all as ornaments;
you will put them on, like a bride.
19 “Though you were ruined and made desolate(K)
and your land laid waste,(L)
now you will be too small for your people,(M)
and those who devoured(N) you will be far away.
20 The children born during your bereavement
will yet say in your hearing,
‘This place is too small for us;
give us more space to live in.’(O)
21 Then you will say in your heart,
‘Who bore me these?(P)
I was bereaved(Q) and barren;
I was exiled and rejected.(R)
Who brought these(S) up?
I was left(T) all alone,(U)
but these—where have they come from?’”