For the moth will eat them up like a garment;1 the worm2 will devour them like wool. But my righteousness will last forever,3 my salvation through all generations."
Awake, awake!4 Clothe yourself with strength,5 O arm6 of the LORD; awake, as in days gone by, as in generations of old.7 Was it not you who cut Rahab8 to pieces, who pierced that monster9 through?
Was it not you who dried up the sea,10 the waters of the great deep,11 who made a road in the depths of the sea12 so that the redeemed13 might cross over?
The ransomed14 of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with singing;15 everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy16 will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.1712
"I, even I, am he who comforts18 you. Who are you that you fear19 mortal men,20 the sons of men, who are but grass,2113
that you forget22 the LORD your Maker,23 who stretched out the heavens24 and laid the foundations of the earth, that you live in constant terror25 every day because of the wrath of the oppressor, who is bent on destruction? For where is the wrath of the oppressor?2614
The cowering prisoners will soon be set free;27 they will not die in their dungeon, nor will they lack bread.2815
For I am the LORD your God, who churns up the sea29 so that its waves roar30-- the LORD Almighty31 is his name.
I have put my words in your mouth32 and covered you with the shadow of my hand33-- I who set the heavens in place, who laid the foundations of the earth,34 and who say to Zion, 'You are my people.35' "
Awake, awake!36 Rise up, O Jerusalem, you who have drunk from the hand of the LORD the cup37 of his wrath,38 you who have drained to its dregs39 the goblet that makes men stagger.4018
Of all the sons41 she bore there was none to guide her;42 of all the sons she reared there was none to take her by the hand.43