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Isaiah 49:8-15Common English Bible (CEB)

The Lord said:
At the right time, I answered you;
    on a day of salvation, I helped you.
    I have guarded you,
    and given you as a covenant to the people, to restore the land,
    and to reassign deserted properties,
    saying to the prisoners, “Come out,”
    and to those in darkness, “Show yourselves.”
Along the roads animals[a] will graze;
    their pasture will be on every treeless hilltop.
10 They won’t hunger or thirst;
    the burning heat and sun won’t strike them,
    because one who has compassion for them will lead them
    and will guide them by springs of water.
11 I will turn all my mountains into roads;
    my highways will be built up.
12 Look! These will come from far away.
    Look! These from the north and west,
    and these from the southland.[b]

13 Sing, heavens! Rejoice, earth!
    Break out, mountains, with a song.
The Lord has comforted his people,
    and taken pity on those who suffer.

Compassion for Zion

14 But Zion says, “The Lord has abandoned me;
    my Lord has forgotten me.”
15 Can a woman forget her nursing child,
    fail to pity the child of her womb?
        Even these may forget,
        but I won’t forget you.

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 49:9 Heb lacks animals.
  2. Isaiah 49:12 Heb Sinim
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