Isaiah 49

Salvation Reaches to the End of the Earth

1Listen to Me, O a  islands,
And pay attention, you peoples from afar.
b  The  Lord called Me from the womb;
From the
Lit inward parts
body of My mother He named Me.
2He has made My d  mouth like a sharp sword,
In the e  shadow of His hand He has concealed Me;
And He has also made Me a
Or sharpened
select g  arrow,
He has hidden Me in His quiver.
3He said to Me, h  You are My Servant, Israel,
i  In Whom I will
Or glorify Myself
show My glory.”
4But I said, “I have k  toiled in vain,
I have spent My strength for nothing and vanity;
Yet surely the justice due to Me is with the  Lord,
And My l  reward with My God.”

5And now says m  the  Lord, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant,
To bring Jacob back to Him, so that n  Israel might be gathered to Him
(For I am o  honored in the sight of the  Lord,
And My God is My p  strength),
6He says, “It is too
Lit light
small a thing that You should be My Servant
To raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the r  preserved ones of Israel;
I will also make You a s  light
Or to
of the nations
So that My salvation may
Lit be
reach to the v  end of the earth.”
7Thus says the  Lord, the w  Redeemer of Israel and its Holy One,
To the x  despised One,
To the One abhorred by the nation,
To the Servant of rulers,
y  Kings will see and arise,
Princes will also z  bow down,
Because of the  Lord who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel who has chosen You.”

8Thus says the  Lord,
“In a aa  favorable time I have answered You,
And in a day of salvation I have helped You;
And I will ab  keep You and ac  give You for a covenant of the people,
Lit establish
ae  restore the land, to make them inherit the desolate heritages;
9Saying to those who are af  bound, ‘Go forth,’
To those who are in darkness, ‘Show yourselves.’
Along the roads they will feed,
And their pasture will be on all ag  bare heights.
10“They will ah  not hunger or thirst,
Nor will the scorching ai  heat or sun strike them down;
For aj  He who has compassion on them will ak  lead them
And will guide them to al  springs of water.
11I will make all am  My mountains a road,
And My an  highways will be raised up.
12Behold, these will come ao  from afar;
And lo, these will come from the ap  north and from the west,
And these from the land of Sinim.”
13 aq  Shout for joy, O heavens! And rejoice, O earth!
Break forth into joyful shouting, O mountains!
For the ar   Lord has comforted His people
And will as  have compassion on His afflicted.

Promise to Zion

14But Zion said, “The  Lord has forsaken me,
And the Lord has forgotten me.”
15Can a woman forget her nursing child
And have no compassion on the son of her womb?
Even these may forget, but at  I will not forget you.
16Behold, I have au  inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
Your av  walls are continually before Me.
So ancient versions and DSS; M.T. reads sons
builders hurry;
Your ax  destroyers and devastators
Will depart from you.
18 ay  Lift up your eyes and look around;
az  All of them gather together, ba  they come to you.
bb  As I live,” declares the  Lord,
You will surely bc  put on all of them as
Lit an ornament
jewels and bind them on as a bride.
19“For be  your waste and desolate places and your destroyed land
Surely now you will be bf  too cramped for the inhabitants,
And those who bg  swallowed you will be far away.
20“The bh  children of
Lit your bereavement
whom you were bereaved will yet say in your ears,
The place is too cramped for me;
Make room for me that I may live here.’
21“Then you will bj  say in your heart,
Who has begotten these for me,
Since I have been bereaved of my children
And am bk  barren, an bl  exile and a wanderer?
And who has reared these?
Behold, I was bm  left alone;
Lit These, where are they?
bo  From where did these come?’”

22Thus says the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord
 God, Behold, I will lift up My hand to the nations
And set up My bq  standard to the peoples;
And they will br  bring your sons in their bosom,
And your daughters will be carried on their shoulders.
23 bs  Kings will be your guardians,
And their princesses your nurses.
They will bt  bow down to you with their faces to the earth
And bu  lick the dust of your feet;
And you will bv  know that I am the  Lord;
Those who hopefully bw  wait for Me will bx  not be put to shame.

24 by  Can the prey be taken from the mighty man,
Or the captives of
So ancient versions and DSS; M.T. reads the righteous, cf v 25
a tyrant be rescued?”

25Surely, thus says the  Lord, Even the ca  captives of the mighty man will be taken away,
And the prey of the tyrant will be rescued;
For I will contend with the one who contends with you,
And I will cb  save your sons.
26I will feed your cc  oppressors with their cd  own flesh,
And they will become drunk with their own blood as with sweet wine;
And ce  all flesh will know that I, the  Lord, am your cf  Savior
And your cg  Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”

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