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Isaiah 54 International Standard Version (ISV)

The Coming Glory of Israel

54 “Sing, you barren woman,
    even the[a] one who never bore a child!
Burst into song and shout for joy,
    even[b] you who were never in labor!
For the children of the desolate woman will be more
    than the children of her that is married,”
        says the Lord.

“Enlarge the location[c] of your tent,
    let the curtains of your dwellings be stretched wide,
        and[d] don’t hold back.
Lengthen your cords;
        strengthen your stakes.
For you will spread out to the right hand and to the left,
    and your descendants[e] will possess[f] the nations
        and will populate the deserted towns.

“Don’t be afraid,
    because you won’t be ashamed;
don’t fear shame,
    for you won’t be humiliated—
because you will forget the disgrace of your youth,
    and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.
For your Maker is your husband;
    the Lord of the Heavenly Armies is his name,
and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer;
    he is called the God of the whole earth.
For the Lord has called you back
    like a wife deserted and grieved in spirit,
like the wife of a man’s youth when she is cast off,”
    says the Lord your God.[g]

“For a brief moment I abandoned you;
    but I’ll gather you with great compassion.
I hid my face from you for a moment in a surge of anger,
    but I will have compassion on you with my[h] everlasting gracious love,”
        says the Lord your Redeemer.

God’s Reconciliation with Israel

“For this is like the waters of Noah to me,
    when I swore that the waters of Noah
        would never again spread over the earth;
so have I sworn that I won’t be angry with you again[i]
    and that I[j] won’t rebuke you.
10 For the mountains may collapse
    and the hills may reel,
but my gracious love will not depart from you,
    neither will my covenant of peace totter,”
        says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

11 “O afflicted one,[k] passed back and forth,[l] and not comforted,
    Look! I am about to set your stones in antimony,
        and lay your foundations with sapphires.
12 And I’ll make your battlements of rubies,
    and your gates of jewels,
        and all your walls of precious stones.
13 Then all your children will be taught by the Lord,
    and great will be your children’s prosperity.

14 “In righteousness you’ll be established;
    you will be far from tyranny,
        for you won’t be afraid,
    and from terror,
        for it won’t come near you.
15 Watch! If anyone does attack you,
    it will not be from me;
whoever may attack[m] you will fall[n] because of you.
16 Look! It is I who have created the blacksmith
    who fans coals in the fire,
        and produces a weapon for his purpose.
It[o] is I who have created the ravager to wreak havoc;
17 no weapon that is forged against you will be effective.[p]
This is the heritage of the Lord’s servants,
    and their righteousness from me,”
        says the Lord.

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 54:1 Or and; so 1QIsaa 4QIsad; 1QIsab MT LXX lack even
  2. Isaiah 54:1 Or and; so 1QIsaa; 4QIsad MT LXX lack even
  3. Isaiah 54:2 Or place
  4. Isaiah 54:2 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX lack and
  5. Isaiah 54:3 Lit. seed
  6. Isaiah 54:3 1QIsaa is pl.; MT is sing.
  7. Isaiah 54:6 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read says your God
  8. Isaiah 54:8 So 1QIsaa 4QIsac; MT LXX lack my
  9. Isaiah 54:9 So 1QIsaa LXX; MT lacks again
  10. Isaiah 54:9 1QIsaa LXX MT lack that I
  11. Isaiah 54:11 I.e. the city of Jerusalem
  12. Isaiah 54:11 So 1QIsaa; 4QIsad MT read storm-tossed; LXX reads unsteady
  13. Isaiah 54:15 So 1QIsaa; MT reads whoever attacks
  14. Isaiah 54:15 So 1QIsaa 4QIsac; MT reads he will fall; LXX reads they will flee
  15. Isaiah 54:16 So 1QIsaa; MT reads And it; cf. LXX
  16. Isaiah 54:17 So 1QIsaa; 4QIsac MT LXX read effective, and you will refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment
International Standard Version (ISV)

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Isaiah 54 New International Version (NIV)

The Future Glory of Zion

54 “Sing, barren woman,
    you who never bore a child;
burst into song, shout for joy,
    you who were never in labor;
because more are the children of the desolate woman
    than of her who has a husband,
says the Lord.
“Enlarge the place of your tent,
    stretch your tent curtains wide,
    do not hold back;
lengthen your cords,
    strengthen your stakes.
For you will spread out to the right and to the left;
    your descendants will dispossess nations
    and settle in their desolate cities.

“Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame.
    Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated.
You will forget the shame of your youth
    and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.
For your Maker is your husband
    the Lord Almighty is his name—
the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer;
    he is called the God of all the earth.
The Lord will call you back
    as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit—
a wife who married young,
    only to be rejected,” says your God.
“For a brief moment I abandoned you,
    but with deep compassion I will bring you back.
In a surge of anger
    I hid my face from you for a moment,
but with everlasting kindness
    I will have compassion on you,”
    says the Lord your Redeemer.

“To me this is like the days of Noah,
    when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth.
So now I have sworn not to be angry with you,
    never to rebuke you again.
10 Though the mountains be shaken
    and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken
    nor my covenant of peace be removed,”
    says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

11 “Afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted,
    I will rebuild you with stones of turquoise,[a]
    your foundations with lapis lazuli.
12 I will make your battlements of rubies,
    your gates of sparkling jewels,
    and all your walls of precious stones.
13 All your children will be taught by the Lord,
    and great will be their peace.
14 In righteousness you will be established:
Tyranny will be far from you;
    you will have nothing to fear.
Terror will be far removed;
    it will not come near you.
15 If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing;
    whoever attacks you will surrender to you.

16 “See, it is I who created the blacksmith
    who fans the coals into flame
    and forges a weapon fit for its work.
And it is I who have created the destroyer to wreak havoc;
17     no weapon forged against you will prevail,
    and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
    and this is their vindication from me,”
declares the Lord.

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 54:11 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
New International Version (NIV)

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