International Standard Version
The Coming Glory of Israel
1“Sing, you barren woman,
even thea one who never bore a child!
Burst into song and shout for joy,
evenb you who were never in labor!
For the children of the desolate woman will be more
than the children of her that is married,”
says the LORD.
let the curtains of your dwellings be stretched wide,
andd don’t hold back.
Lengthen your cords;
strengthen your stakes.
3For you will spread out to the right hand and to the left,
and will populate the deserted towns.
4 “Don’t be afraid,
because you won’t be ashamed;
don’t fear shame,
for you won’t be humiliated—
because you will forget the disgrace of your youth,
and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.
5For your Maker is your husband;
the LORD of the Heavenly Armies is his name,
and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer;
he is called the God of the whole earth.
6For the LORD has called you back
like a wife deserted and grieved in spirit,
like the wife of a man’s youth when she is cast off,”
says the LORD your God.g
7“For a brief moment I abandoned you;
but I’ll gather you with great compassion.
8I hid my face from you for a moment in a surge of anger,
but I will have compassion on you with myh everlasting gracious love,”
says the LORD your Redeemer.
God’s Reconciliation with Israel
9“For this is like the waters of Noah to me,
when I swore that the waters of Noah
would never again spread over the earth;
so have I sworn that I won’t be angry with you againi
and that Ij won’t rebuke you.
10For the mountains may collapse
and the hills may reel,
but my gracious love will not depart from you,
neither will my covenant of peace totter,”
says the LORD, who has compassion on you.
Look! I am about to set your stones in antimony,
and lay your foundations with sapphires.
12And I’ll make your battlements of rubies,
and your gates of jewels,
and all your walls of precious stones.
13Then all your children will be taught by the LORD,
and great will be your children’s prosperity.
14“In righteousness you’ll be established;
you will be far from tyranny,
for you won’t be afraid,
and from terror,
for it won’t come near you.
15Watch! If anyone does attack you,
it will not be from me;
16Look! It is I who have created the blacksmith
who fans coals in the fire,
and produces a weapon for his purpose.
Ito is I who have created the ravager to wreak havoc;
This is the heritage of the LORD’s servants,
and their righteousness from me,”
says the LORD.
a 54:1 Or and; so 1QIsaa 4QIsad; 1QIsab MT LXX lack even
b 54:1 Or and; so 1QIsaa; 4QIsad MT LXX lack even
c 54:2 Or place
d 54:2 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX lack and
e 54:3 Lit. seed
f 54:3 1QIsaa is pl.; MT is sing.
g 54:6 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read says your God
h 54:8 So 1QIsaa 4QIsac; MT LXX lack my
i 54:9 So 1QIsaa LXX; MT lacks again
j 54:9 1QIsaa LXX MT lack that I
k 54:11 i.e. the city of Jerusalem
l 54:11 So 1QIsaa; 4QIsad MT read storm-tossed; LXX reads unsteady
m 54:15 So 1QIsaa; MT reads whoever attacks
n 54:15 So 1QIsaa 4QIsac; MT reads he will fall; LXX reads they will flee
o 54:16 So 1QIsaa; MT reads And it; cf. LXX
p 54:17 So 1QIsaa; 4QIsac MT LXX read effective, and you will refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment