"Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child1 she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!216
See, I have engraved3 you on the palms of my hands; your walls4 are ever before me.
Your sons hasten back, and those who laid you waste5 depart from you.
Lift up your eyes and look around; all your sons gather6 and come to you. As surely as I live,7" declares the LORD, "you will wear8 them all as ornaments; you will put them on, like a bride.
"Though you were ruined and made desolate9 and your land laid waste,10 now you will be too small for your people,11 and those who devoured12 you will be far away.
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.'1321
Then you will say in your heart, 'Who bore me these?14 I was bereaved15 and barren; I was exiled and rejected.16 Who brought these17 up? I was left18 all alone,19 but these--where have they come from?' "
This is what the Sovereign LORD20 says: "See, I will beckon to the Gentiles, I will lift up my banner21 to the peoples; they will bring22 your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their shoulders.2323
Kings24 will be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers.25 They will bow down26 before you with their faces to the ground; they will lick the dust27 at your feet. Then you will know that I am the LORD;28 those who hope29 in me will not be disappointed.30"
Can plunder be taken from warriors,31 or captives rescued from the fiercea ?
But this is what the LORD says: "Yes, captives32 will be taken from warriors,33 and plunder retrieved from the fierce;34 I will contend with those who contend with you,3536 and your children I will save.37