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Isaiah 49 (New American Standard)

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Salvation Reaches to the End of the Earth

1 Listen to Me, O 1islands, And pay attention, you peoples from afar. 2The LORD called Me from the womb; From the abody of My mother He named Me. 2 He has made My 3mouth like a sharp sword, In the 4shadow of His hand He has concealed Me; And He has also made Me a bselect 5arrow, He has hidden Me in His quiver. 3 He said to Me, "6You are My Servant, Israel, 7In Whom I will cshow My glory." 4 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." 5 And now says 10the LORD, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant, To bring Jacob back 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 ), 6 He says, "It is too dsmall 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 15light eof the nations So that My salvation may freach to the 16end of the earth." 7 Thus says the LORD, the 17Redeemer of Israel and its Holy One, To the 18despised One, To the One abhorred by the nation, To the Servant of rulers, "19Kings will see and arise, Princes will also 20bow down, Because of the LORD who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel who has chosen You." 8 Thus says the LORD, "In a 21favorable time 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 desolate heritages; 9 Saying to those who are 25bound, 'Go forth,' To those who are in darkness, 'Show yourselves.' Along the roads they will feed, And their pasture will be on all 26bare heights. 10 "They will 27not hunger or thirst, Nor will the scorching 28heat or sun strike them down; For 29He who has compassion on them will 30lead them And will guide them to 31springs of water. 11 "I will make all 32My mountains a road, And My 33highways will be raised up. 12 "Behold, these will come 34from afar; And lo, these will come from the 35north and from the west, And these from the land of Sinim." 13 36Shout for joy, O heavens! And rejoice, O earth! Break forth into joyful shouting, O mountains! For the 37LORD has comforted His people And will 38have compassion on His afflicted.

Promise to Zion

14 But Zion said, "The LORD has forsaken me, And the Lord has forgotten me." 15 "Can a woman forget her nursing child And have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but 39I will not forget you. 16 "Behold, I have 40inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your 41walls are continually before Me. 17 "Your hbuilders hurry; Your 42destroyers and devastators Will depart from you. 18 "43Lift up your eyes and look around; 44All of them gather together, 45they come to you. 46As I live," declares the LORD, "You will surely 47put on all of them as ijewels and bind them on as a bride. 19 "For 48your waste and desolate places and your destroyed land - Surely now you will be 49too cramped for the inhabitants, And those who 50swallowed you will be far away. 20 "The 51children of jwhom you were bereaved will yet say in your ears, 'The place is too cramped for me; Make room for me that I may live here.' 21 "Then you will 52say in your heart, 'Who has begotten these for me, Since I have been bereaved of my children And am 53barren, an 54exile and a wanderer? And who has reared these? Behold, I was 55left alone; k56From where did these come?' " 22 Thus says the Lord lGOD, "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. 23 "59Kings will be your guardians, And their princesses your nurses. They will 60bow down 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 who hopefully 63wait for Me will 64not be put to shame. 24 "65Can the prey be taken from the mighty man, Or the captives of ma tyrant be rescued?" 25 Surely, thus says the LORD, "Even the 66captives of the mighty man will be taken away, And the prey of the tyrant will be rescued; For I will contend with the one who contends with you, And I will 67save your sons. 26 "I will feed your 68oppressors with their 69own flesh, And they will become drunk with their own blood as with sweet wine; And 70all flesh will know that I, the LORD, am your 71Savior And your 72Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob."
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