New King James Version
Promise of the Lord’s Help
14 “I have held My peace a long time,
I have been still and restrained Myself.
Now I will cry like a woman in [a]labor,
I will pant and gasp at once.
15 I will lay waste the mountains and hills,
And dry up all their vegetation;
I will make the rivers coastlands,
And I will dry up the pools.
16 I will bring the blind by a way they did not know;
I will lead them in paths they have not known.
I will make darkness light before them,
And crooked places straight.
These things I will do for them,
And not forsake them.
- Isaiah 42:14 childbirth
New International Version
14 “For a long time I have kept silent,(A)
I have been quiet and held myself back.(B)
But now, like a woman in childbirth,
I cry out, I gasp and pant.(C)
15 I will lay waste(D) the mountains(E) and hills
and dry up all their vegetation;
I will turn rivers into islands
and dry up(F) the pools.
16 I will lead(G) the blind(H) by ways they have not known,
along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
I will turn the darkness into light(I) before them
and make the rough places smooth.(J)
These are the things I will do;
I will not forsake(K) them.