Isaiah 54

The Eternal Covenant of Peace

1 a  Sing, O barren one, who did not bear;
break forth into singing and cry aloud,
you who have not been in labor!
For the children of b  the desolate one c  will be more
than the children of her who is married,” says the  Lord.
2 d  Enlarge the place of your tent,
and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out;
do not hold back; lengthen your cords
and strengthen your stakes.
3 e  For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left,
and your offspring will possess the nations
and will people the desolate cities.
4 Fear not, f  for you will not be ashamed;
be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced;
for you will forget the shame of your youth,
and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.
5 g  For your Maker is your husband,
the  Lord of hosts is his name;
h  and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer,
i  the God of the whole earth he is called.
6 j  For the  Lord has called you
like a wife deserted and grieved in spirit,
like a wife of youth when she is cast off,
says your God.
7 k  For a brief moment I deserted you,
but with great compassion I will gather you.
8 l  In overflowing anger for a moment
I hid my face from you,
m  but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,”
says the  Lord, your Redeemer.
9 This is like n  the days of Noah
Some manuscripts For this is as the waters of Noah
to me:
as I swore that the waters of Noah
should no more go over the earth,
so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you,
and will not rebuke you.
10For the mountains may depart
and the hills be removed,
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
and p  my covenant of peace shall not be removed,”
says the  Lord, who has compassion on you.
11 q  “O afflicted one, storm-tossed and not comforted,
behold, r  I will set your stones in antimony,
s  and lay your foundations with sapphires.
Or lapis lazuli

12I will make your pinnacles of agate
Or jasper, or ruby

your gates of carbuncles
Or crystal

and all your wall of precious stones.
13 w  All your children x  shall be taught by the  Lord,
y  and great shall be the peace of your children.
14In righteousness you shall be established;
you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear;
and from terror, for it shall not come near you.
15 z  If anyone stirs up strife,
it is not from me;
whoever stirs up strife with you
shall fall because of you.
16Behold, I have created the smith
who blows the fire of coals
and produces a weapon for its purpose.
I have also created the ravager to destroy;
17no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed,
and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment.
This is the heritage of the servants of the  Lord
aa  and their vindication
Or righteousness
from me, declares the  Lord.”
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