Isaiah 49:18-26 (New International Version)

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18 Lift up your eyes and look around; all your sons gather1 and come to you. As surely as I live,2" declares the LORD, "you will wear3 them all as ornaments; you will put them on, like a bride. 19 "Though you were ruined and made desolate4 and your land laid waste,5 now you will be too small for your people,6 and those who devoured7 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.'8 21 Then you will say in your heart, 'Who bore me these?9 I was bereaved10 and barren; I was exiled and rejected.11 Who brought these12 up? I was left13 all alone,14 but these--where have they come from?' " 22 This is what the Sovereign LORD15 says: "See, I will beckon to the Gentiles, I will lift up my banner16 to the peoples; they will bring17 your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their shoulders.18 23 Kings19 will be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers.20 They will bow down21 before you with their faces to the ground; they will lick the dust22 at your feet. Then you will know that I am the LORD;23 those who hope24 in me will not be disappointed.25" 24 Can plunder be taken from warriors,26 or captives rescued from the fiercea ? 25 But this is what the LORD says: "Yes, captives27 will be taken from warriors,28 and plunder retrieved from the fierce;29 I will contend with those who contend with you,3031 and your children I will save.32 26 I will make your oppressors33 eat34 their own flesh; they will be drunk on their own blood,35 as with wine. Then all mankind will know36 that I, the LORD, am your Savior,37 your Redeemer,38 the Mighty One of Jacob.39"
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