Awake, awake!1 Clothe yourself with strength,2 O arm3 of the LORD; awake, as in days gone by, as in generations of old.4 Was it not you who cut Rahab5 to pieces, who pierced that monster6 through?
Was it not you who dried up the sea,7 the waters of the great deep,8 who made a road in the depths of the sea9 so that the redeemed10 might cross over?
The ransomed11 of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with singing;12 everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy13 will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.1412
"I, even I, am he who comforts15 you. Who are you that you fear16 mortal men,17 the sons of men, who are but grass,1813
that you forget19 the LORD your Maker,20 who stretched out the heavens21 and laid the foundations of the earth, that you live in constant terror22 every day because of the wrath of the oppressor, who is bent on destruction? For where is the wrath of the oppressor?2314
The cowering prisoners will soon be set free;24 they will not die in their dungeon, nor will they lack bread.2515
For I am the LORD your God, who churns up the sea26 so that its waves roar27-- the LORD Almighty28 is his name.
I have put my words in your mouth29 and covered you with the shadow of my hand30-- I who set the heavens in place, who laid the foundations of the earth,31 and who say to Zion, 'You are my people.32' "