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The Lord's Comfort for Zion
51 (A)“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness,
you who seek the Lord:
look to the rock from which you were hewn,
and to the quarry from which you were dug.
2 Look to Abraham your father
and to Sarah who bore you;
for (B)he was but one when I called him,
that I might bless him and multiply him.
3 For the Lord (C)comforts Zion;
he comforts all her waste places
and makes her wilderness like (D)Eden,
her desert like (E)the garden of the Lord;
(F)joy and gladness will be found in her,
thanksgiving and the voice of song.
4 (G)“Give attention to me, my people,
and give ear to me, my nation;
(H)for a law[a] will go out from me,
and I will set my justice for a light to the peoples.
5 (I)My righteousness draws near,
my salvation has gone out,
and my arms will judge the peoples;
(J)the coastlands hope for me,
and for my arm they wait.
6 (K)Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
and look at the earth beneath;
(L)for the heavens vanish like smoke,
the earth will wear out like a garment,
and they who dwell in it will die in like manner;[b]
(M)but my salvation will be forever,
and my righteousness will never be dismayed.