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In a burst[a] of anger I rejected you[b] momentarily,
but with lasting devotion I will have compassion on you,”
says your Protector,[c] the Lord.
“As far as I am concerned, this is like in Noah’s time,[d]
when I vowed that the waters of Noah’s flood[e] would never again cover the earth.
In the same way I have vowed that I will not be angry at you or shout at you.
10 Even if the mountains are removed
and the hills displaced,
my devotion will not be removed from you,
nor will my covenant of friendship[f] be displaced,”
says the Lord, the one who has compassion on you.

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  1. Isaiah 54:8 tn According to BDB 1009 s.v. שֶׁטֶף the noun שֶׁצֶף here is an alternate form of שֶׁטֶף (shetef, “flood”). Some relate the word to an alleged Akkadian cognate meaning “strength.”
  2. Isaiah 54:8 tn Heb “I hid my face from you.”
  3. Isaiah 54:8 tn Or “redeemer.” See the note at 41:14.
  4. Isaiah 54:9 tc The Hebrew text reads literally, “For [or “indeed”] the waters of Noah [is] this to me.” כִּי־מֵי (ki-me, “for the waters of”) should be emended to כִּימֵי (kime, “like the days of”), which is supported by the Qumran scroll 1QIsaa and all the ancient versions except LXX.
  5. Isaiah 54:9 tn Heb “the waters of Noah” (so NAB, NIV, NRSV).
  6. Isaiah 54:10 tn Heb “peace” (so many English versions); NLT “of blessing.”