"Rejoice, barren one, who did not give birth; burst into song and shout, you who have not been in labor! For the children of the forsaken one will be more than the children of the married woman,"a says the Lord.
"Enlarge the site of your tent, and let your tent curtains be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your ropes, and drive your pegs deep.
For you will spread out to the right and to the left, and your descendants will dispossess nations and inhabit the desolate cities.
"Do not be afraid, for you will not be put to shame; don't be humiliated, for you will not be disgraced. For you will forget the shame of your youth, and you will no longer remember the disgrace of your widowhood.
For your husband is your Maker- His name is Yahweh of Hosts- and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; He is called the God of all the earth.
For the Lord has called you, like a wife deserted and wounded in spirit, a wife of one's youth when she is rejected," says your God.
"I deserted you for a brief moment, but I will take you back with great compassion.
In a surge of anger I hid My face from you for a moment, but I will have compassion on you with everlasting love," says the Lord your Redeemer.
"For this is like the daysb of Noah to Me: when I swore that the waters of Noah would never flood the earth again, so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you or rebuke you.
Though the mountains move and the hills shake, My love will not be removed from you and My covenant of peace will not be shaken," says your compassionate Lord.
"Poor [Jerusalem], storm-tossed, and not comforted, I will set your stones in black mortar,c and lay your foundations in sapphires.d12
I will make your battlementse of rubies, your gates of sparkling stones, and all your walls of precious stones.
Then all your children will be taught by the Lord,f their prosperity will be great,
and you will be established on [a foundation of] righteousness. You will be far from oppression, you will certainly not be afraid; you will be far from terror, it will certainly not come near you.
If anyone attacks you, it is not from Me; whoever attacks you will fall before you.
Look, I have created the craftsman who blows on the charcoal fire and produces a weapon suitable for its task; and I have created the destroyer to work havoc.
No weapon formed against you will succeed, and you will refute any accusationg raised against you in court. This is the heritage of the Lord's servants, and their righteousness is from Me." [This is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the Lord's declaration.