The Lord will call you back(A)
    as if you were a wife deserted(B) and distressed in spirit—
a wife who married young,(C)
    only to be rejected,” says your God.
“For a brief moment(D) I abandoned(E) you,
    but with deep compassion(F) I will bring you back.(G)

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Woe to the sinful nation,
    a people whose guilt is great,(A)
a brood of evildoers,(B)
    children given to corruption!(C)
They have forsaken(D) the Lord;
    they have spurned the Holy One(E) of Israel
    and turned their backs(F) on him.

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Israel’s Sin and the Servant’s Obedience

50 This is what the Lord says:

“Where is your mother’s certificate of divorce(A)
    with which I sent her away?
Or to which of my creditors
    did I sell(B) you?
Because of your sins(C) you were sold;(D)
    because of your transgressions your mother was sent away.
When I came, why was there no one?
    When I called, why was there no one to answer?(E)
Was my arm too short(F) to deliver you?
    Do I lack the strength(G) to rescue you?
By a mere rebuke(H) I dry up the sea,(I)
    I turn rivers into a desert;(J)
their fish rot for lack of water
    and die of thirst.

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15 “Although you have been forsaken(A) and hated,
    with no one traveling(B) through,
I will make you the everlasting pride(C)
    and the joy(D) of all generations.

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No longer will they call you Deserted,(A)
    or name your land Desolate.(B)
But you will be called Hephzibah,[a](C)
    and your land Beulah[b];
for the Lord will take delight(D) in you,
    and your land will be married.(E)

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 62:4 Hephzibah means my delight is in her.
  2. Isaiah 62:4 Beulah means married.
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12 They will be called(A) the Holy People,(B)
    the Redeemed(C) of the Lord;
and you will be called Sought After,
    the City No Longer Deserted.(D)

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“This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: You saw the great disaster(A) I brought on Jerusalem and on all the towns of Judah.(B) Today they lie deserted and in ruins(C)

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10 “Yet the Israelites will be like the sand on the seashore, which cannot be measured or counted.(A) In the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ they will be called ‘children of the living God.’(B)

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