1 "Listen to me, you who follow after righteousness, you who seek
Yahweh: look to the rock whence you were cut, and to the hold of
the pit whence you were dug. 2 Look to Abraham your father,
and to Sarah who bore you; for when he was but one I called him,
and I blessed him, and made him many. 3 For Yahweh has
comforted Zion; he has comforted all her waste places, and has
made her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of
Yahweh; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving,
and the voice of melody.
4 "Attend to me, my people; and give ear to me, my nation: for a
law shall go forth from me, and I will establish my justice for a
light of the peoples. 5 My righteousness is near, my
salvation is gone forth, and my arms shall judge the peoples; the
islands shall wait for me, and on my arm shall they trust. 6
Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look on the earth beneath;
for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall
wax old like a garment; and those who dwell therein shall die in
like manner: but my salvation shall be forever, and my
righteousness shall not be abolished.
7 "Listen to me, you who know righteousness, the people in whose
heart is my law; don't fear the reproach of men, neither be
dismayed at their insults. 8 For the moth shall eat them up
like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool; but my
righteousness shall be forever, and my salvation to all
9 Awake, awake, put on strength, arm of Yahweh; awake, as in the
days of old, the generations of ancient times. Isn't it you who
cut Rahab in pieces, who pierced the monster? 10 Isn't it
you who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep; who made
the depths of the sea a way for the redeemed to pass over?
11 The ransomed of Yahweh shall return, and come with
singing to Zion; and everlasting joy shall be on their heads:
they shall obtain gladness and joy; [and] sorrow and sighing
shall flee away.
12 "I, even I, am he who comforts you: who are you, that you are
afraid of man who shall die, and of the son of man who shall be
made as grass; 13 and have forgotten Yahweh your Maker, who
stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the
earth; and fear continually all the day because of the fury of
the oppressor, when he makes ready to destroy? and where is the
fury of the oppressor? 14 The captive exile shall speedily
be freed; and he shall not die [and go down] into the pit,
neither shall his bread fail. 15 For I am Yahweh your God,
who stirs up the sea, so that its waves roar: Yahweh of Armies is
his name. 16 I have put my words in your mouth, and have
covered you in the shadow of my hand, that I may plant the
heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and tell Zion,
'You are my people.'"
17 Awake, awake, stand up, Jerusalem, that have drunk at the hand
of Yahweh the cup of his wrath; you have drunken the bowl of the
cup of staggering, and drained it. 18 There is none to guide
her among all the sons whom she has brought forth; neither is
there any who takes her by the hand among all the sons who she
has brought up. 19 These two things have happened to you.
Who will bemoan you? Desolation and destruction, and the famine
and the sword; how shall I comfort you? 20 Your sons have
fainted, they lie at the head of all the streets, as an antelope
in a net; they are full of the wrath of Yahweh, the rebuke of
your God. 21 Therefore hear now this, you afflicted, and
drunken, but now with wine: 22 Thus says your Lord Yahweh,
and your God who pleads the cause of his people, "Behold, I have
taken out of your hand the cup of staggering, even the bowl of
the cup of my wrath; you shall no more drink it again: 23
and I will put it into the hand of those who afflict you, who
have said to your soul, 'Bow down, that we may walk over you;'
and you have laid your back as the ground, and as the street, to
those who walk over."