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54:1 “Shout for joy, O barren one who has not given birth!
Give a joyful shout and cry out, you who have not been in labor!
For the children of the desolate one are more numerous
than the children of the married woman,” says the Lord.
stretch your tent curtains farther out!1
Spare no effort,
lengthen your ropes,
and pound your stakes deep.2
your children will conquer3 nations
and will resettle desolate cities.
Don’t be intimidated,4 for you will not be humiliated!
You will forget about the shame you experienced in your youth;
you will no longer remember the disgrace of your abandonment.5
the Lord who commands armies is his name.
He is called “God of the entire earth.”
like a wife who has been abandoned and suffers from depression,8
like a young wife when she has been rejected,” says your God.
54:7 “For a short time I abandoned9 you,
but with great compassion I will gather you.
but with lasting devotion I will have compassion on you,”
says your protector,12 the Lord.
54:9 “As far as I am concerned, this is like in Noah’s time,13
when I vowed that the waters of Noah’s flood14 would never again cover the earth.
In the same way I have vowed that I will not be angry at you or shout at you.
and the hills displaced,
my devotion will not be removed from you,
nor will my covenant of friendship15 be displaced,”
says the Lord, the one who has compassion on you.
54:11 “O afflicted one, driven away,16 and unconsoled!
Look, I am about to set your stones in antimony
and I lay your foundation with lapis-lazuli.
54:12 I will make your pinnacles out of gems,17
your gates out of beryl,18
and your children will enjoy great prosperity.21
54:14 You will be reestablished when I vindicate you.22
You will not experience oppression;23
indeed, you will not be afraid.
You will not be terrified,24
for nothing frightening25 will come near you.
54:15 If anyone dares to26 challenge you, it will not be my doing!
Whoever tries to challenge you will be defeated.27
who fans the coals into a fire
and forges a weapon.28
I create the destroyer so he might devastate.
you will refute everyone who tries to accuse you.29
This is what the Lord will do for his servants—
I will vindicate them,”30
says the Lord.
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