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Isaiah 49 (Lexham English Bible)

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Yahweh’s Servant Brings Salvation

1 Listen to me, coastlands, and listen attentively, peoples from far away! Yahweh called me from [the] womb; from the {body}a of my mother he made my name known. 2 And he {made}b my mouth like a sharp sword; he hid me in the shadow of his hand, and he {made}c me like an sharpened arrow; he hid me in his quiver. 3 And he said to me, "You [are] my servant, Israel, in whom I will show my glory." 4 Butd I myself said, "I have labored ine vain; I have used up my strength for nothing and vanity! Nevertheless, my justice [is] with Yahweh, and my reward [is] with my God." 5 And now Yahweh says, who formed me from [the] womb as a servant for him, to bring Jacob back to him, and that Israel might notf be gathered, forg I am honored in the eyes of Yahweh, and my God has become my strength. 6 And he says, "It is trivial {for you to be}h a servant for me, to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel. I will give you as a light [to the] nations, to be my salvation to the end of the earth." 7 Thus says Yahweh, the redeemer of Israel, his holy one, to the one who despises life, to the one who abhors [the] nation, to [the] slave of rulers: "Kings shall see and stand up; princes, and they shall bow down, for the sake of Yahweh, who [is] faithful, the holy one of Israel, and he has chosen you."

Yahweh Restores the Afflicted

8 Thus says Yahweh: "I have answered you in a time of favor, and helped you on a day of salvation, and watched over you, and given you as a covenant of [the] people, to raise up [the] land, to give [the] desolate hereditary property as an inheritance, 9 saying to the {prisoners},i "Come out!" to those who [are] in darkness, "Show yourselves!" they shall feed {along}j [the] ways, and their pasturage [shall be] on all [the] barren heights. 10 They shall not be hungry or thirsty, and heat and sun shall not strike them, for he who takes pity on them will lead them, and he will guide them to springs of water. 11 And I will {make}k all my mountains like a road, and my highways shall lead up.l 12 Look! These shall come from afar, And look! These from [the] north and from [the] west and these from the land of Sinim." 13 Sing for joy, heavens, and rejoice, earth! Mountains must break forth [in] rejoicing! For Yahweh has comforted his people, and he will take pity on his afflicted ones.

Yahweh Remembers Zion

14 Butm Zion said, "Yahweh has forsaken me, and the Lord has forgotten me!" 15 Can a woman forget her suckling, [refrain] from having compassion on the child of her womb? Indeed, these may forget, butn I, I will not forget you! 16 Look, I have inscribed you on the palms of [my] hands; your walls [are] continually before me. 17 Your children hasten; your destroyers and those who laid you waste departo from you. 18 Lift your eyes up all around and see; all of them gather; they come to you. {As surely as I live},p {declares}q Yahweh, surely you shall put on all of them like [an] ornament, and you shall bind them on like [a] bride. 19 Surely your sites of ruins and desolate [places] and land of ruins,r surely now you will be {too cramped for your} inhabitants, and those who engulfed you will be far away. 20 Yet the children {born when you were bereaved}s will say in your {hearing},t "The place is [too] cramped for me; {make room} for me so that I can dwell." 21 Thenu you will say in your heart, "Who has borne me these?" And, "I [was] bereaved and barren, exiled and thrust away; so who raised these? Look at me! I was left alone; {where have these come from}?" 22 Thus says the Lord Yahweh: "Look! I will lift my hand up to [the] nations, and I will raise my signal to [the] peoples, and they shall bring your sons in [their] bosom, and your daughters shall be carried on [their] shoulders. 23 And kings shall be your {guardians},v and their queens your nurses. They shall bow down, {faces}w [to the] ground, to you, and they will lick up the dust of your feet. Thenx you will know that I [am] Yahweh; those who await me shall not be ashamed. 24 Can war-booty be taken from [the] mighty? or can a captive of a righteousy [person] be rescued? 25 But thus says Yahweh: "Indeed a captive of [the] mighty shall be taken, and [the] war-booty [of] [the] tyrant shall be rescued, for I myself will dispute [with] your opponent, and I myself will save your children. 26 And I will feed your oppressors their [own] flesh, and they shall be drunk [with] their blood as [with] wine. Thenz all flesh shall know that I [am] Yahweh, your savior and redeemer, the strong [one] of Jacob."
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