54 Sing and shout, even though you have never had children! The Lord has promised that you will have more children than someone married for a long time. 2 Make your tents larger! Spread out the tent pegs; fasten them firmly. 3 You and your descendants will take over the land of other nations. You will settle in towns that are now in ruins.
4 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. 5 The Lord All-Powerful, the Holy God of Israel, rules all the earth. He is your Creator and husband, and he will rescue you.
6 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! 7 I rejected you for a while, but with love and tenderness I will embrace you again. 8 For a while, I turned away in furious anger. Now I will have mercy and love you forever! I, your protector and Lord, make this promise.”
The Lord Promises Lasting Peace
9 I once promised Noah that I would never again destroy the earth by a flood. Now I have promised that I will never again get angry and punish you. 10 Every mountain and hill may disappear. But I will always be kind and merciful to you; I won’t break my agreement to give your nation peace.
The New Jerusalem
11 Jerusalem, you are sad and discouraged, tossed around in a storm. But I, the Lord, will rebuild your city with precious stones;[a] for your foundation I will use blue sapphires. 12 Your fortresses[b] will be built of rubies, your gates of jewels, and your walls of gems. 13 I will teach your children and make them successful.
14 You will be built on fairness with no fears of injustice; every one of your worries will be taken far from you. 15 I will never send anyone to attack your city, and you will make prisoners of those who do attack. 16 Don’t forget that I created metalworkers who make weapons over burning coals. I also created armies that can bring destruction. 17 Weapons made to attack you won’t be successful; words spoken against you won’t hurt at all.
My servants, Jerusalem is yours! I, the Lord, promise to bless you with victory.
54.11with precious stones: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
54.12fortresses: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
You'll get this book and many others when you join Bible Gateway Plus. Learn more
You must be logged in to view your newly purchased content. Please log in below or if you don't have an account, creating one is easy and only takes a few moments. After you log in your content will be available in your library.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your free trial.
Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. The next step is to enter your payment information. Your credit card won’t be charged until the trial period is over. You can cancel anytime during the trial period.
Click the button below to continue.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your subscription.
You’ve already claimed your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus. To subscribe at our regular subscription rate of $3.99/month, click the button below.
For the best Bible Gateway experience, consider an upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus. For less than the cost of a latte each month, you'll get reduced banner ads and a huge digital Bible study library. Try it free for 30 days!