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13 (A)Sing, O heavens!
Be joyful, O earth!
And break out in singing, O mountains!
For the Lord has comforted His people,
And will have mercy on His afflicted.

God Will Remember Zion

14 (B)But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
And my Lord has forgotten me.”

15 “Can(C) a woman forget her nursing child,
[a]And not have compassion on the son of her womb?
Surely they may forget,
(D)Yet I will not forget you.
16 See, (E)I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
Your walls are continually before Me.
17 Your [b]sons shall make haste;
Your destroyers and those who laid you waste
Shall go away from you.
18 (F)Lift up your eyes, look around and see;
All these gather together and come to you.
As I live,” says the Lord,
“You shall surely clothe yourselves with them all (G)as an ornament,
And bind them on you as a bride does.

19 “For your waste and desolate places,
And the land of your destruction,
(H)Will even now be too small for the inhabitants;
And those who swallowed you up will be far away.
20 (I)The children you will have,
(J)After you have lost the others,
Will say again in your ears,
‘The place is too small for me;
Give me a place where I may dwell.’
21 Then you will say in your heart,
‘Who has begotten these for me,
Since I have lost my children and am desolate,
A captive, and wandering to and fro?
And who has brought these up?
There I was, left alone;
But these, where were they?’ ”

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 49:15 Lit. From having compassion
  2. Isaiah 49:17 DSS, LXX, Tg., Vg. builders