Hear the word of the Lord,
    you who tremble at his word:(A)
“Your own people who hate(B) you,
    and exclude you because of my name, have said,
‘Let the Lord be glorified,
    that we may see your joy!’
    Yet they will be put to shame.(C)
Hear that uproar from the city,
    hear that noise from the temple!
It is the sound(D) of the Lord
    repaying(E) his enemies all they deserve.

“Before she goes into labor,(F)
    she gives birth;
before the pains come upon her,
    she delivers a son.(G)
Who has ever heard of such things?
    Who has ever seen(H) things like this?
Can a country be born in a day(I)
    or a nation be brought forth in a moment?
Yet no sooner is Zion in labor
    than she gives birth to her children.(J)
Do I bring to the moment of birth(K)
    and not give delivery?” says the Lord.
“Do I close up the womb
    when I bring to delivery?” says your God.
10 “Rejoice(L) with Jerusalem and be glad for her,
    all you who love(M) her;
rejoice greatly with her,
    all you who mourn(N) over her.
11 For you will nurse(O) and be satisfied
    at her comforting breasts;(P)
you will drink deeply
    and delight in her overflowing abundance.”(Q)

12 For this is what the Lord says:

“I will extend peace(R) to her like a river,(S)
    and the wealth(T) of nations like a flooding stream;
you will nurse and be carried(U) on her arm
    and dandled on her knees.
13 As a mother comforts her child,(V)
    so will I comfort(W) you;
    and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.”

14 When you see this, your heart will rejoice(X)
    and you will flourish(Y) like grass;
the hand(Z) of the Lord will be made known to his servants,(AA)
    but his fury(AB) will be shown to his foes.

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