This is what the Lord says:
“At a (A)favorable time I answered You,
And on a day of salvation I helped You;
And I will (B)watch over You and (C)make You a covenant of the people,
To [a](D)restore the land, to give as inheritances the deserted hereditary lands;
Saying to those who are (E)bound, ‘[b]Go free,’
To those who are in darkness, ‘Show yourselves.’
They will feed along the roads,
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 He 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 behold, these will come from the (O)north and from the west,
And these from the land of Aswan.”
13 (P)Shout for joy, you heavens! And rejoice, you earth!
Break forth into joyful shouting, 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 abandoned 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
  2. Isaiah 49:9 Lit Go out

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