1 "Sing, barren, you who didn't bear; break forth into singing,
and cry aloud, you who did not travail with child: for more are
the children of the desolate than the children of the married
wife," says Yahweh. 2 "Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch forth the
curtains of your habitations; don't spare: lengthen your cords,
and strengthen your stakes. 3 For you shall spread out on
the right hand and on the left; and your seed shall possess the
nations, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.
4 "Don't be afraid; for you shall not be ashamed: neither be
confounded; for you shall not be disappointed: for you shall
forget the shame of your youth; and the reproach of your
widowhood you shall remember no more. 5 For your Maker is
your husband; Yahweh of Armies is his name: and the Holy One of
Israel is your Redeemer; the God of the whole earth shall he be
called. 6 For Yahweh has called you as a wife forsaken and
grieved in spirit, even a wife of youth, when she is cast off,"
says your God.
7 "For a small moment have I forsaken you; but with great mercies
will I gather you. 8 In overflowing wrath I hid my face from
you for a moment; but with everlasting loving kindness will I
have mercy on you," says Yahweh your Redeemer.
9 "For this is like the waters of Noah to me; for as I have sworn
that the waters of Noah shall no more go over the earth, so have
I sworn that I will not be angry with you, nor rebuke you.
10 For the mountains may depart, and the hills be removed;
but my loving kindness shall not depart from you, neither shall
my covenant of peace be removed," says Yahweh who has mercy on
11 "You afflicted, tossed with storms, and not comforted, behold,
I will set your stones in beautiful colors, and lay your
foundations with sapphires. 12 I will make your pinnacles of
rubies, and your gates of sparkling jewels, and all your walls of
precious stones. 13 All your children shall be taught of
Yahweh; and great shall be the peace of your children. 14 In
righteousness you shall be established: you shall be far from
oppression, for you shall not be afraid; and from terror, for it
shall not come near you. 15 Behold, they may gather
together, but not by me: whoever shall gather together against
you shall fall because of you.
16 "Behold, I have created the smith who blows the fire of coals,
and brings forth a weapon for his work; and I have created the
waster to destroy. 17 No weapon that is formed against you will prevail;
and you will condemn every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of Yahweh,
and their righteousness which is of me," says Yahweh.