Future Glory for Israel1 “Rejoice, childless one, who did not give birth;
burst into song and shout,
you who have not been in labor! a
For the children of the forsaken one will be more
than the children of the married woman,” b
says the Lord.
2 “Enlarge the site of your tent,
and let your tent curtains be stretched out; c
do not hold back;
lengthen your ropes,
and drive your pegs deep.
3 For you will spread out to the right and to the left d
and your descendants will dispossess nations
and inhabit the desolate cities.
4 “Do not be afraid, for you will not be put to shame; e
don’t be humiliated, for you will not be disgraced.
For you will forget the shame of your youth,
and you will no longer remember
the disgrace of your widowhood. f
5 Indeed, your husband is your Maker g –
His name is ▼
▼Yahweh/Yah: Or The Lord; the personal name of God in Hebrew; "Yah" is the shortened form of the name.Yahweh of ▼
▼Hosts/hosts: Military forces consisting of God's angels, sometimes including the sun, moon, and stars, and occasionally, IsraelHosts –
and the Holy One of Israel j is your Redeemer; k
He is called the God of all the earth.
6 For the Lord has called you,
like a wife deserted and wounded in spirit l
a wife of one’s youth m when she is rejected,”
says your God.
7 “I deserted you for a brief moment n
but I will take you back with great compassion.
8 In a surge of anger
I hid My face o from you for a moment,
but I will have compassion on you
with everlasting love,” p
says the Lord your Redeemer.
9 “For this is like the days ▼
▼DSS, Cairo Geniza; MT, LXX read watersof Noah to Me:
when I swore that the waters of Noah
would never flood the earth again r
so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you
or rebuke you. s
10 Though the mountains move
and the hills shake,
My love will not be removed from you
and My covenant of peace t will not be shaken,”
says your compassionate Lord.
11 “Poor Jerusalem, storm-tossed, and not comforted,
I will set your stones in black mortar ▼
▼Lit in antimony
and lay your foundations in sapphires. ▼
▼Or lapis lazuli, w
12 I will make your fortifications ▼ out of rubies,
your gates out of sparkling stones,
and all your walls out of precious stones.
13 Then all your children will be taught by the Lord y
their prosperity will be great,
14 and you will be established
on a foundation of righteousness.
You will be far from oppression,
you will certainly not be afraid;
you will be far from terror,
it will certainly not come near you.
15 If anyone attacks you,
it is not from Me;
whoever attacks you
will fall before you.
16 Look, I have created the craftsman
who blows on the charcoal fire
and produces a weapon suitable for its task;
and I have created the destroyer to cause havoc.
17 No weapon formed against you will succeed,
and you will refute any accusation ▼
▼Lit refute every tongue
raised against you in court.
This is the heritage of the Lord’s servants aa
and their righteousness is from Me.” ab
This is the Lord’s declaration.
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