Future Glory for Israel
1“Rejoice, childless one, who did not give birth;
burst into song and shout,
you who have not been in labor!54:1 Gl 4:27
For the children of the desolate one will be more
says the Lord.
2“Enlarge the site of your tent,
and let your tent curtains be stretched out;54:2 Is 49:19–20
do not hold back;
lengthen your ropes,
and drive your pegs deep.
and your descendants will dispossess nations
and inhabit the desolate cities.
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
his name is the Lord of Armies —
he is called the God of the whole earth.
6For the Lord has called you,
a wife of one’s youth54:6 Mal 2:14 when she is rejected,”
says your God.
but I will take you back with abundant compassion.
8In a surge of anger
but I will have compassion on you
says the Lord your Redeemer.
9“For this is like the days54:9 DSS, Cairo Geniza; MT, LXX read waters of Noah to me:
when I swore that the water of Noah
would never flood the earth again,54:9 Gn 9:11
so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you
or rebuke you.54:9 Ezk 39:29
10Though the mountains move
and the hills shake,
my love will not be removed from you
says your compassionate Lord.
11“Poor Jerusalem, storm-tossed, and not comforted,
I will set your stones in black mortar,54:11 Lit in antimony
and lay your foundations in lapis lazuli.54:11 Rv 21:19
12I will make your fortifications54:12 Lit suns; perhaps shields; Ps 84:11 out of rubies,
your gates out of sparkling stones,
and all your walls out of precious stones.
their prosperity will be great,
14and 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.
15If anyone attacks you,
it is not from me;
whoever attacks you
will fall before you.
16Look, 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.
17No weapon formed against you will succeed,
and you will refute any accusation54:17 Lit refute every tongue
raised against you in court.
This is the Lord’s declaration.
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