1Listen to Me, O 1islands, And payattention, you peoples from afar. 2The LORDcalled Me from the womb ; From the abody of My mother He named Me.
He has made My 3mouth like a sharpsword, In the 4shadow of His hand He has concealed Me; And He has also made Me a bselect5arrow, He has hidden Me in His quiver.
He said to Me, "6You are My Servant, Israel, 7In Whom I will cshow My glory."
But I said, "I have 8toiled in vain, I have spent My strength for nothing and vanity ; Yet surely the justice due to Me is with the LORD, And My 9reward with My God."
And nowsays10the LORD, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant, To bringJacobback to Him, so that 11Israel might be gathered to Him (For I am 12honored in the sight of the LORD, And My God is My 13strength ),
He says, "It is toodsmall a thing that You should be My Servant To raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the 14preserved ones of Israel ; I will also make You a 15lighteof the nations So that My salvation may freach to the 16end of the earth."
7Thussays the LORD, the 17Redeemer of Israel and its HolyOne, To the 18despised One, To the One abhorred by the nation, To the Servant of rulers, "19Kings will see and arise, Princes will also 20bowdown, Because of the LORDwho is faithful, the HolyOne of Israel who has chosen You."
8Thussays the LORD, "In a 21favorabletime I have answered You, And in a day of salvation I have helped You; And I will 22keep You and 23give You for a covenant of the people, To g24restore the land, to make them inherit the desolateheritages ;
9Saying to those who are 25bound, 'Goforth,' To those who are in darkness, 'Show yourselves.' Along the roads they will feed, And their pasture will be on all26bareheights.
"They will 27not hunger or thirst, Nor will the scorching28heat or sunstrike them down ; For 29He who hascompassion on them will 30lead them And will guide them to 31springs of water.
"I will makeall32My mountains a road, And My 33highways will be raised up.
12"Behold, these will come34from afar ; And lo, these will come from the 35north and from the west, And these from the land of Sinim."
1336Shout for joy, O heavens ! And rejoice, O earth ! Breakforth into joyfulshouting, O mountains ! For the 37LORD has comforted His people And will 38havecompassion on His afflicted.
But Zionsaid, "The LORD has forsaken me, And the Lord has forgotten me."
"Can a womanforget her nursingchild And havenocompassion on the son of her womb ? Eventhese may forget, but 39I will not forget you.
16"Behold, I have 40inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your 41walls are continuallybefore Me.
"Your hbuildershurry ; Your 42destroyers and devastators Will depart from you.
"43Lift up your eyes and lookaround ; 44All of them gather together, 45they come to you. 46As I live," declares the LORD, "You will surely47put on all of them as ijewels and bind them on as a bride.
"For 48your waste and desolate places and your destroyedland - Surelynow you will be 49toocramped for the inhabitants, And those who 50swallowed you will be far away.
"The 51children of jwhom you were bereaved will yetsay in your ears, 'The place is too cramped for me; Makeroom for me that I may live here.'
"Then you will 52say in your heart, 'Who has begottenthese for me, Since I have beenbereaved of my children And am 53barren, an 54exile and a wanderer ? And who has rearedthese ? Behold, I was 55leftalone ; k56From where did these come?' "
22Thussays the LordlGOD, "Behold, I will lift up My hand to the nations And set up My 57standard to the peoples ; And they will 58bring your sons in their bosom, And your daughters will be carried on their shoulders.
"59Kings will be your guardians, And their princesses your nurses. They will 60bowdown to you with their faces to the earth And 61lick the dust of your feet ; And you will 62know that I am the LORD ; Those whohopefully63wait for Me will 64not be put to shame.
"65Can the prey be taken from the mightyman, Or the captives of ma tyrant be rescued ?"
25Surely, thussays the LORD, "Even the 66captives of the mightyman will be taken away, And the prey of the tyrant will be rescued ; For I will contend with the onewhocontends with you, And I will 67save your sons.
"I will feed your 68oppressors with their 69own flesh, And they will becomedrunk with their own blood as with sweetwine ; And 70allflesh will know that I, the LORD, am your 71Savior And your 72Redeemer, the MightyOne of Jacob."