Israel Exhorted1 a “Listen to me, you who b pursue righteousness,
Who seek the Lord:
Look to the c rock from which you were hewn
And to the ▼
▼ Lit excavation of a pitquarry from which you were dug.
2 “Look to e Abraham your father
And to Sarah who gave birth to you in pain;
When he f was but one I called him,
Then I blessed him and multiplied him.”
3 Indeed g the Lord will comfort Zion;
He will comfort all her h waste places.
And her i wilderness He will make like j Eden,
And her desert like the k garden of the Lord;
l Joy and gladness will be found in her,
Thanksgiving and sound of a melody.
4 m “Pay attention to Me, O My people,
And give ear to Me, O My ▼
▼ Or peoplenation;
For a o law will go forth from Me,
And I will ▼
▼ Lit cause to restset My q justice for a r light of the peoples.
5 “My s righteousness is near, My salvation has gone forth,
And My t arms will judge the peoples;
The u coastlands will wait for Me,
And for My v arm they will wait expectantly.
6 w “Lift up your eyes to the sky,
Then look to the earth beneath;
For the x sky will vanish like smoke,
And the y earth will wear out like a garment
And its inhabitants will die ▼
▼ Or like gnatsin like manner;
But My aa salvation will be forever,
And My righteousness will not ▼
▼ Lit be brokenwane.
7 ac “Listen to Me, you who know righteousness,
A people in whose ad heart is My law;
Do not fear the ae reproach of man,
Nor be dismayed at their revilings.
8 “For the af moth will eat them like a garment,
And the ag grub will eat them like wool.
But My ah righteousness will be forever,
And My salvation to all generations.”
9 ai Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord;
Awake as in the aj days of old, the generations of long ago.
ak Was it not You who cut Rahab in pieces,
Who pierced the al dragon?
10 Was it not You who am dried up the sea,
The waters of the great deep;
Who made the depths of the sea a pathway
For the an redeemed to cross over?
11 So the ao ransomed of the Lord will return
And come with joyful shouting to Zion,
And ap everlasting joy will be on their heads.
They will obtain gladness and joy,
And aq sorrow and sighing will flee away.
12 “I, even I, am He who ar comforts you.
Who are you that you are afraid of as man who dies
And of the son of man who is made at like grass,
13 That you have au forgotten the Lord your Maker,
Who av stretched out the heavens
And laid the foundations of the earth,
That you aw fear continually all day long because of the fury of the oppressor,
As he makes ready to destroy?
But where is the fury of the ax oppressor?
14 “The ▼
▼ Lit one in chains, az exile will soon be set free, and will not die in the dungeon, ba nor will his bread be lacking. 15 “For I am the Lord your God, who bb stirs up the sea and its waves roar (the Lord of hosts is His name). 16 “I have bc put My words in your mouth and have bd covered you with the shadow of My hand, to ▼
▼ Lit plant, bf establish the heavens, to found the earth, and to say to Zion, ‘You are My people.’” 17 bg Rouse yourself! Rouse yourself! Arise, O Jerusalem,
You who have bh drunk from the Lord’s hand the cup of His anger;
▼ Lit bowl of the cup of reelingchalice of reeling you have ▼
▼ Lit drunkdrained to the dregs.
18 There is bk none to guide her among all the sons she has borne,
Nor is there one to take her by the hand among all the sons she has reared.
19 These two things have befallen you;
Who will mourn for you?
The bl devastation and destruction, famine and sword;
How shall I comfort you?
20 Your sons have fainted,
They bm lie helpless at the head of every street,
Like an bn antelope in a net,
Full of the wrath of the Lord,
The bo rebuke of your God.
21 Therefore, please hear this, you bp afflicted,
Who are bq drunk, but not with wine:
22 Thus says your Lord, the Lord, even your God
Who br contends for His people,
“Behold, I have taken out of your hand the bs cup of reeling,
▼ Lit bowl of the cup ofchalice of My anger;
You will never drink it again.
23 “I will bu put it into the hand of your tormentors,
Who have said to ▼
▼ Lit your soulyou, ‘ bw Lie down that we may walk over you.’
You have even made your back like the ground
And like the street for those who walk over it.”
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