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13 I will comfort you there in Jerusalem
    as a mother comforts her child.”

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He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.

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As apostles of Christ we certainly had a right to make some demands of you, but instead we were like children[a] among you. Or we were like a mother feeding and caring for her own children.

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Footnotes

  1. 2:7 Some manuscripts read we were gentle.

The Lord will comfort Israel[a] again
    and have pity on her ruins.
Her desert will blossom like Eden,
    her barren wilderness like the garden of the Lord.
Joy and gladness will be found there.
    Songs of thanksgiving will fill the air.

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Footnotes

  1. 51:3 Hebrew Zion; also in 51:16.

Comfort for God’s People

40 “Comfort, comfort my people,”
    says your God.

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May my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth
    if I fail to remember you,
    if I don’t make Jerusalem my greatest joy.

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10 “Rejoice with Jerusalem!
    Be glad with her, all you who love her
    and all you who mourn for her.

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18 Be glad; rejoice forever in my creation!
    And look! I will create Jerusalem as a place of happiness.
    Her people will be a source of joy.
19 I will rejoice over Jerusalem
    and delight in my people.
And the sound of weeping and crying
    will be heard in it no more.

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