Isaiah 54

The Fertility of Zion

1 a  Shout for joy, O barren one, you who have borne no child;
Break forth into joyful shouting and cry aloud, you who have not travailed;
For the sons of the b  desolate one will be c  more numerous
Than the sons of the married woman,” says the  Lord.
2 d  Enlarge the place of your tent;
Lit Let them stretch out
Stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, spare not;
Lengthen your f  cords
And strengthen your g  pegs.
3“For you will h  spread abroad to the right and to the left.
And your
Lit seed
descendants will j  possess nations
And will k  resettle the desolate cities.

4Fear not, for you will l  not be put to shame;
And do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced;
But you will forget the m  shame of your youth,
And the n  reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.
5“For your o  husband is your Maker,
Whose name is the  Lord of hosts;
And your p  Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel,
Who is called the q  God of all the earth.
6“For the  Lord has called you,
Like a wife r  forsaken and grieved in spirit,
Even like a wife of one’s youth when she is rejected,”
Says your God.
Lit In
“For a t  brief moment I forsook you,
But with great compassion I will u  gather you.
8“In an
Lit overflowing
w  outburst of anger
I hid My face from you for a moment,
But with everlasting x  lovingkindness I will y  have compassion on you,”
Says the  Lord your z  Redeemer.

Some mss read the waters of Noah this is to Me
this is like the days of Noah to Me,
When I swore that the waters of Noah
Would ab  not
Lit cross over
flood the earth again;
So I have sworn that I will ad  not be angry with you
Nor will I rebuke you.
10“For the ae  mountains may be removed and the hills may shake,
But My lovingkindness will not be removed from you,
And My af  covenant of peace will not be shaken,”
Says ag  the  Lord who has compassion on you.

11“O ah  afflicted one, storm-tossed, and ai  not comforted,
Behold, I will set your stones in antimony,
And your foundations I will aj  lay in
Or lapis lazuli
al  sapphires.
12Moreover, I will make your battlements of
I.e. bright red
And your gates of
Or carbuncles
And your entire
Lit border, boundary
wall of precious stones.
13 ap  All your sons will be
Or disciples
taught of the  Lord;
And the well-being of your sons will be ar  great.
14“In as  righteousness you will be established;
You will be far from at  oppression, for you will au  not fear;
And from av  terror, for it will not come near you.
15If anyone fiercely assails you it will not be from Me.
aw  Whoever assails you will fall because of you.
16Behold, I Myself have created the smith who blows the fire of coals
And brings out a weapon for its work;
And I have created the destroyer to ruin.
17 ax  No weapon that is formed against you will prosper;
And ay  every tongue that
Lit rises against
accuses you in judgment you will condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the  Lord,
And their ba  vindication is from Me,” declares the  Lord.

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