Isaiah 49:14-24 (New International Version)

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14 But Zion1 said, "The LORD has forsaken2 me, the Lord has forgotten me." 15 "Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child3 she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!4 16 See, I have engraved5 you on the palms of my hands; your walls6 are ever before me. 17 Your sons hasten back, and those who laid you waste7 depart from you. 18 Lift up your eyes and look around; all your sons gather8 and come to you. As surely as I live,9" declares the LORD, "you will wear10 them all as ornaments; you will put them on, like a bride. 19 "Though you were ruined and made desolate11 and your land laid waste,12 now you will be too small for your people,13 and those who devoured14 you will be far away. 20 The children born during your bereavement will yet say in your hearing, 'This place is too small for us; give us more space to live in.'15 21 Then you will say in your heart, 'Who bore me these?16 I was bereaved17 and barren; I was exiled and rejected.18 Who brought these19 up? I was left20 all alone,21 but these--where have they come from?' " 22 This is what the Sovereign LORD22 says: "See, I will beckon to the Gentiles, I will lift up my banner23 to the peoples; they will bring24 your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their shoulders.25 23 Kings26 will be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers.27 They will bow down28 before you with their faces to the ground; they will lick the dust29 at your feet. Then you will know that I am the LORD;30 those who hope31 in me will not be disappointed.32" 24 Can plunder be taken from warriors,33 or captives rescued from the fiercea ?
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