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Isaiah 54 The Passion Translation (TPT)

God’s Tender Love for Zion

54 “Rejoice[a] with singing, you barren one!

    You who have never given birth,
    burst into a song of joy and shout,
    you who have never been in labor![b]
    For the deserted wife will have more children
    than the married one,” says Yahweh.[c]
“Increase is coming, so enlarge your tent
    and add extensions to your dwelling.[d]
    Hold nothing back! Make the tent ropes longer and the pegs stronger.[e]
You will increase and spread out in every direction.[f]
    Your sons and daughters[g] will conquer nations
    and revitalize desolate cities.
Do not fear, for your shame is no more.
    Do not be embarrassed,
    for you will not be disgraced.
    You will forget the inadequacy you felt in your youth
    and will no longer remember the shame of your widowhood.
For your Maker is your husband;
    his name is Yahweh, Commander of Angel Armies!
    Your Kinsman-Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel!
    He has the title Mighty God of All the Earth![h]
For I, Yahweh, have invited you to come back
    like a depressed, deserted wife.
    Like a young wife who has experienced rejection,
    I am drawing you back to me,” says Yahweh.
“For just a brief moment I deserted you,
    but with tender feelings of love
    I will gather you back to me.
In a surge of anger, for just the briefest moment,
    I hid my face from you,
    but with everlasting kindness,
    I will show you my cherishing love,”
    says Yahweh, your Kinsman-Redeemer.
“To me, this is like the time when I vowed
    that the waters of Noah’s flood
    would never again cover the earth.
    Now I vow to you that I will neither be angry with you
    nor rebuke you.
10 Even if the mountains were to crumble
    and the hills disappear,
    my heart of steadfast, faithful love
    will never leave you,
    and my covenant of peace[i] with you will never be shaken,”
    says Yahweh,
    whose love and compassion[j] will never give up on you.

God Will Restore

11 “You unhappy one, storm-tossed and troubled,[k]
    I am ready to rebuild you with precious stones[l]
    and embed your foundation with sapphires.[m]
12 I will make your towers of rubies,
    your gates of sparkling jewels,[n]
    and all your walls[o] of precious, delightful stones.
13 All your children will be taught by Yahweh,[p]
    and great will be their peace and prosperity.
14 You will be established in righteousness.
    Oppression—be far from them![q]
    Fear—be far from them![r]
    Yes, terror will not come near you, nor will you be afraid.
15 If anyone dares to stir up strife against you,
    it is not from me!
    Those who challenge you will go down in defeat.
16 See, I am the one who created the craftsman
    who fans the coals into a fire
    and forges a weapon fit for its purpose,
    and I am the one who created the destroyer to destroy.
17 But I promise you,
    no weapon meant to hurt you will succeed,
    and you will refute[s] every accusing word spoken against you.
    This promise is the inheritance of Yahweh’s servants,[t]
    and their vindication[u] is from me,” says Yahweh.

Footnotes:

  1. Isaiah 54:1 This verse begins with only two words in Hebrew: barren and rejoice. These are two ends of the emotional spectrum. Nothing brings sorrow like being barren. Yet God promises that even in our greatest sorrow there can be a song of joy.
  2. Isaiah 54:1 This verse can be viewed as the remedy for spiritual barrenness—the song of triumph and the shout of joy! Spiritual barrenness is broken by the power of worship. Where God’s people are held back in worship, spiritual barrenness soon follows. Our worship has the power to bring new birth (evangelism) into our congregations. Worship is a mighty force to influence the lost and bring new birth. See Gal. 4:27.
  3. Isaiah 54:1 See Gal. 4:27.
  4. Isaiah 54:2 Or “Stretch out the curtains of your dwelling.”
  5. Isaiah 54:2 Or “Lengthen your cords; make firm your tent pegs.”
  6. Isaiah 54:3 Or “to the right and to the left.”
  7. Isaiah 54:3 Or “your seed,” the same Hebrew word found in 53:10 and Gen. 3:15.
  8. Isaiah 54:5 This amazing verse gives us seven names of God.
  9. Isaiah 54:10 This is the covenant of shalom that God has made with us, his people. God’s covenant promise is that his shalom (“peace, prosperity, success, wholeness, and well-being”) will be our portion all our days on earth. See Eph. 2:14.
  10. Isaiah 54:10 The Hebrew word for “compassion” (racham) means “to love deeply, like a mother’s love.” Racham is a homonym for “womb,” with an implication that God’s love is like the love of a mother carrying a child in her womb.
  11. Isaiah 54:11 See Eph. 4:14.
  12. Isaiah 54:11 Or “I am about to set your stones in antimony.”
  13. Isaiah 54:11 The sapphire stone was the second stone of the high priest’s breastplate and had engraved upon it the name Simeon (“he who hears”).
  14. Isaiah 54:12 Or “beryl.”
  15. Isaiah 54:12 Or “border.”
  16. Isaiah 54:13 See John 6:45.
  17. Isaiah 54:14 See Acts 10:38.
  18. Isaiah 54:14 See 2 Tim. 1:7.
  19. Isaiah 54:17 Or “condemn.”
  20. Isaiah 54:17 In ch. 53 we learn about the Servant of the Lord (Jesus Christ): his humiliation, his death, and the glory that followed. Here we find the Servant has become many servants (plural), a corporate body of believers. The Son has become sons. From this point on, Isaiah’s focus finds its fulfillment with the corporate church and the glorious bride of Jesus Christ.
  21. Isaiah 54:17 Or “righteousness.”
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