Thus says the Lord,
“In a (A)favorable time I have answered You,
And in a day of salvation I have helped You;
And I will (B)keep You and (C)give You for a covenant of the people,
To [a](D)restore the land, to make them inherit the desolate heritages;
Saying to those who are (E)bound, ‘Go forth,’
To those who are in darkness, ‘Show yourselves.’
Along the roads they will feed,
And their pasture will be on all (F)bare heights.
10 “They will (G)not hunger or thirst,
Nor will the scorching (H)heat or sun strike them down;
For (I)He who has compassion on them will (J)lead them
And will guide them to (K)springs of water.
11 “I will make all (L)My mountains a road,
And My (M)highways will be raised up.
12 “Behold, these will come (N)from afar;
And lo, these will come from the (O)north and from the west,
And these from the land of Sinim.”
13 (P)Shout for joy, O heavens! And rejoice, O earth!
Break forth into joyful shouting, O mountains!
For the (Q)Lord has comforted His people
And will (R)have compassion on His afflicted.

Promise to Zion

14 But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
And the Lord has forgotten me.”
15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child
And have no compassion on the son of her womb?
Even these may forget, but (S)I will not forget you.
16 “Behold, I have (T)inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
Your (U)walls are continually before Me.

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  1. Isaiah 49:8 Lit establish

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