“Fear not, for you will (A)not be put to shame;
And do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced;
But you will forget the (B)shame of your youth,
And no longer remember the (C)disgrace of your widowhood.
For your (D)husband is your Maker,
Whose name is the Lord of armies;
And your (E)Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel,
Who is called the (F)God of all the earth.
For the Lord has called you,
Like a wife (G)forsaken and grieved in spirit,
Even like a wife of one’s youth when she is rejected,”
Says your God.

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“Fear not; you will no longer live in shame.
    Don’t be afraid; there is no more disgrace for you.
You will no longer remember the shame of your youth
    and the sorrows of widowhood.
For your Creator will be your husband;
    the Lord of Heaven’s Armies is his name!
He is your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel,
    the God of all the earth.
For the Lord has called you back from your grief—
    as though you were a young wife abandoned by her husband,”
    says your God.

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Don’t be afraid or ashamed
and don’t be discouraged.
    You won’t be disappointed.
Forget how sinful you were
    when you were young;
stop feeling ashamed
    for being left a widow.
The Lord All-Powerful,
the Holy God of Israel,
    rules all the earth.
He is your Creator and husband,
    and he will rescue you.

You were like a young wife,
    brokenhearted and crying
because her husband
    had divorced her.
But the Lord your God says,
    “I am taking you back!

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Don’t be afraid!
    You will not be disappointed.
People will not say bad things against you.
    You will not be embarrassed.
When you were young, you felt shame.
    But you will forget that shame now.
You will not remember the shame you felt
    when you lost your husband.[a]
Your real husband is the one who made you.
    His name is the Lord All-Powerful.
The Holy One of Israel is your Protector,[b]
    and he is the God of all the earth!

“Like a woman whose husband has left her,
    you were very sad.
    You were like a young wife left all alone.
But the Lord has called you back to him.”
    This is what your God says.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 54:4 husband In Hebrew this word is like the name Baal. This means that the Lord is Jerusalem’s true God, not the false god Baal.
  2. Isaiah 54:5 Protector Or “Redeemer,” someone who cared for and protected the family of a dead relative. Often this person bought back (redeemed) the poor relatives from slavery, making them free again.

Fear not; you will no longer live in shame. The shame of your youth and the sorrows of widowhood will be remembered no more, for your Creator will be your “husband.” The Lord Almighty is his name; he is your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, the God of all the earth. For the Lord has called you back from your grief—a young wife abandoned by her husband.

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