18 (A)Raise your eyes and look around;
(B)All of them gather together, (C)they come to you.
(D)As I live,” declares the Lord,
“You will certainly (E)put them all on as [a]jewelry and bind them on as a bride.
19 For (F)your ruins and deserted places and your destroyed land—
Now you will certainly be (G)too cramped for the inhabitants,
And those who (H)swallowed you will be far away.
20 The (I)children [b]you lost will yet say in your ears,
‘The place is too cramped for me;
Make room for me that I may live here.’
21 Then you will (J)say in your heart,
‘Who has fathered these for me,
Since I have been bereaved of my children
And (K)cannot conceive, and I am an (L)exile, and a wanderer?
And who has raised these?
Behold, I was (M)left alone;
[c](N)Where are these from?’”

22 This is what the Lord [d]God says:

“Behold, I will lift up My hand to the nations
And set up My (O)flag to the peoples;
And they will (P)bring your sons [e]in their arms,
And your daughters will be carried on their shoulders.
23 (Q)Kings will be your guardians,
And their princesses your nurses.
They will (R)bow down to you with their faces to the ground
And (S)lick the dust from your feet;
And you will (T)know that I am the Lord;
Those who hopefully (U)wait for Me will (V)not be put to shame.

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  1. Isaiah 49:18 Lit an ornament
  2. Isaiah 49:20 Lit of your bereavement
  3. Isaiah 49:21 Lit These, where are they?
  4. Isaiah 49:22 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord
  5. Isaiah 49:22 Lit on the chest

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