Sing a new song to the Lord; sing his praise, all the world! Praise him, you that sail the sea; praise him, all creatures of the sea! Sing, distant lands and all who live there!
Let the desert and its towns praise God; let the people of Kedar praise him! Let those who live in the city of Sela shout for joy from the tops of the mountains!
Let those who live in distant lands give praise and glory to the Lord!
The Lord goes out to fight like a warrior; he is ready and eager for battle. He gives a war cry, a battle shout; he shows his power against his enemies.
God says, "For a long time I kept silent; I did not answer my people. But now the time to act has come; I cry out like a woman in labor.
I will destroy the hills and mountains and dry up the grass and trees. I will turn the river valleys into deserts a and dry up the pools of water.
"I will lead my blind people by roads they have never traveled. I will turn their darkness into light and make rough country smooth before them. These are my promises, and I will keep them without fail.
All who trust in idols, who call images their gods, will be humiliated and disgraced."
The Lord says, "Listen, you deaf people! Look closely, you that are blind!
Is anyone more blind than my servant, more deaf than the messenger I send?
Israel, you have seen so much, but what has it meant to you? You have ears to hear with, but what have you really heard?"
The Lord is a God who is eager to save, so he exalted his laws and teachings, and he wanted his people to honor them.
But now his people have been plundered; they are locked up in dungeons and hidden away in prisons. They were robbed and plundered, with no one to come to their rescue.
Will any of you listen to this? From now on will you listen with care?
Who gave Israel up to the looters? It was the Lord himself, against whom we sinned! We would not live as he wanted us to live or obey the teachings he gave us.
So he made us feel the force of his anger and suffer the violence of war. Like fire his anger burned throughout Israel, but we never knew what was happening; we learned nothing at all from it.