and who seekh the Lord:
Look to the rocki from which you were cut
and to the quarry from which you were hewn;
2 look to Abraham,j your father,
and to Sarah, who gave you birth.
When I called him he was only one man,
and I blessed him and made him many.k
and will look with compassion on all her ruins;n
he will make her deserts like Eden,o
her wastelandsp like the garden of the Lord.
Joy and gladnessq will be found in her,
thanksgivingr and the sound of singing.
4 “Listen to me, my people;s
hear me,t my nation:
Instructionu will go out from me;
and my armz will bring justice to the nations.
The islandsa will look to me
and wait in hopeb for my arm.
look at the earth beneath;
the heavens will vanish like smoke,c
the earth will wear out like a garmentd
and its inhabitants die like flies.
my righteousness will never fail.g
7 “Hear me, you who know what is right,h
you people who have taken my instruction to heart:i
Do not fear the reproach of mere mortals
or be terrified by their insults.j
8 For the moth will eat them up like a garment;k
the worml will devour them like wool.
But my righteousness will last forever,m
my salvation through all generations.”
clothe yourself with strength!p
Awake, as in days gone by,
as in generations of old.q
Was it not you who cut Rahabr to pieces,
who pierced that monsters through?
10 Was it not you who dried up the sea,t
the waters of the great deep,u
who made a road in the depths of the seav
so that the redeemedw might cross over?
11 Those the Lord has rescuedx will return.
They will enter Zion with singing;y
everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joyz will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee away.a
12 “I, even I, am he who comfortsb you.
human beings who are but grass,e
who stretches out the heavensh
and who lays the foundations of the earth,
that you live in constant terrori every day
because of the wrath of the oppressor,
who is bent on destruction?
For where is the wrath of the oppressor?j
14 The cowering prisoners will soon be set free;k
they will not die in their dungeon,
nor will they lack bread.l
the Lord Almightyo is his name.
16 I have put my words in your mouthp
and covered you with the shadow of my handq—
I who set the heavens in place,
who laid the foundations of the earth,r
and who say to Zion, ‘You are my people.s’ ”
17 Awake, awake!t
Rise up, Jerusalem,
you who have drunk from the hand of the Lord
you who have drained to its dregsw
the goblet that makes people stagger.x
18 Among all the childreny she bore
there was none to guide her;z
among all the children she reared
there was none to take her by the hand.a
19 These double calamitiesb have come upon you—
who can comfort you?c—
who cana console you?
they lie at every street corner,g
like antelope caught in a net.h
They are filled with the wrathi of the Lord,
with the rebukej of your God.
21 Therefore hear this, you afflictedk one,
made drunk,l but not with wine.
your God, who defendsm his people:
“See, I have taken out of your hand
the cupn that made you stagger;
from that cup, the goblet of my wrath,
you will never drink again.
23 I will put it into the hands of your tormentors,o
who said to you,
And you made your back like the ground,
like a street to be walked on.”r
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