Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke,1 the earth will wear out like a garment2 and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation3 will last forever,4 my righteousness will never fail.57
"Hear me, you who know what is right,6 you people who have my law in your hearts:7 Do not fear the reproach of men or be terrified by their insults.88
For the moth will eat them up like a garment;9 the worm10 will devour them like wool. But my righteousness will last forever,11 my salvation through all generations."
Awake, awake!12 Clothe yourself with strength,13 O arm14 of the LORD; awake, as in days gone by, as in generations of old.15 Was it not you who cut Rahab16 to pieces, who pierced that monster17 through?
Was it not you who dried up the sea,18 the waters of the great deep,19 who made a road in the depths of the sea20 so that the redeemed21 might cross over?
The ransomed22 of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with singing;23 everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy24 will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.2512
"I, even I, am he who comforts26 you. Who are you that you fear27 mortal men,28 the sons of men, who are but grass,2913
that you forget30 the LORD your Maker,31 who stretched out the heavens32 and laid the foundations of the earth, that you live in constant terror33 every day because of the wrath of the oppressor, who is bent on destruction? For where is the wrath of the oppressor?3414
The cowering prisoners will soon be set free;35 they will not die in their dungeon, nor will they lack bread.3615
For I am the LORD your God, who churns up the sea37 so that its waves roar38-- the LORD Almighty39 is his name.
I have put my words in your mouth40 and covered you with the shadow of my hand41-- I who set the heavens in place, who laid the foundations of the earth,42 and who say to Zion, 'You are my people.43' "