On the day you were born1 your cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water to make you clean, nor were you rubbed with salt or wrapped in cloths.
No one looked on you with pity or had compassion enough to do any of these things for you. Rather, you were thrown out into the open field, for on the day you were born you were despised.
" 'Then I passed by and saw you kicking about in your blood, and as you lay there in your blood I said to you, "Live!"a27
I made you grow3 like a plant of the field. You grew up and developed and became the most beautiful of jewels.b Your breasts were formed and your hair grew, you who were naked and bare.48
" 'Later I passed by, and when I looked at you and saw that you were old enough for love, I spread the corner of my garment5 over you and covered your nakedness. I gave you my solemn oath and entered into a covenant6 with you, declares the Sovereign LORD, and you became mine.7