Isaiah 51:3-13 (New International Version)

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3 The LORD will surely comfort1 Zion2 and will look with compassion on all her ruins;3 he will make her deserts like Eden,4 her wastelands5 like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness6 will be found in her, thanksgiving7 and the sound of singing. 4 "Listen to me, my people;8 hear me,9 my nation: The law10 will go out from me; my justice11 will become a light to the nations.12 5 My righteousness draws near speedily, my salvation13 is on the way,14 and my arm15 will bring justice to the nations. The islands16 will look to me and wait in hope17 for my arm. 6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke,18 the earth will wear out like a garment19 and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation20 will last forever,21 my righteousness will never fail.22 7 "Hear me, you who know what is right,23 you people who have my law in your hearts:24 Do not fear the reproach of men or be terrified by their insults.25 8 For the moth will eat them up like a garment;26 the worm27 will devour them like wool. But my righteousness will last forever,28 my salvation through all generations." 9 Awake, awake!29 Clothe yourself with strength,30 O arm31 of the LORD; awake, as in days gone by, as in generations of old.32 Was it not you who cut Rahab33 to pieces, who pierced that monster34 through? 10 Was it not you who dried up the sea,35 the waters of the great deep,36 who made a road in the depths of the sea37 so that the redeemed38 might cross over? 11 The ransomed39 of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with singing;40 everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy41 will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.42 12 "I, even I, am he who comforts43 you. Who are you that you fear44 mortal men,45 the sons of men, who are but grass,46 13 that you forget47 the LORD your Maker,48 who stretched out the heavens49 and laid the foundations of the earth, that you live in constant terror50 every day because of the wrath of the oppressor, who is bent on destruction? For where is the wrath of the oppressor?51
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