This is what the LORD says: "In the time of my favor1 I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you;2 I will keep3 you and will make you to be a covenant for the people,4 to restore the land5 and to reassign its desolate inheritances,69
to say to the captives,7 'Come out,' and to those in darkness,8 'Be free!' "They will feed beside the roads and find pasture on every barren hill.910
They will neither hunger nor thirst,10 nor will the desert heat or the sun beat upon them.11 He who has compassion12 on them will guide13 them and lead them beside springs14 of water.
I will turn all my mountains into roads, and my highways15 will be raised up.1612
See, they will come from afar17-- some from the north, some from the west,18 some from the region of Aswan.a "
Shout for joy,19 O heavens; rejoice, O earth;20 burst into song, O mountains!21 For the LORD comforts22 his people and will have compassion23 on his afflicted ones.2414
But Zion25 said, "The LORD has forsaken26 me, the Lord has forgotten me."
"Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child27 she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!2816
See, I have engraved29 you on the palms of my hands; your walls30 are ever before me.
Your sons hasten back, and those who laid you waste31 depart from you.
Lift up your eyes and look around; all your sons gather32 and come to you. As surely as I live,33" declares the LORD, "you will wear34 them all as ornaments; you will put them on, like a bride.