"1Listen to me, you who 2pursuerighteousness, Who seek the LORD : Look to the 3rock from which you were hewn And to the aquarry from which you were dug.
2"Look to 4Abraham your father And to Sarah who gavebirth to you in pain ; When he 5was but one I called him, Then I blessed him and multiplied him."
3Indeed, 6the LORD will comfortZion ; He will comfortall her 7wasteplaces. And her 8wilderness He will make like 9Eden, And her desert like the 10garden of the LORD ; 11Joy and gladness will be found in her, Thanksgiving and sound of a melody.
"12Payattention to Me, O My people, And giveear to Me, O My bnation ; For a 13law will goforth from Me, And I will cset My 14justice for a 15light of the peoples.
"My 16righteousness is near, My salvation has goneforth, And My 17arms will judge the peoples ; The 18coastlands will wait for Me, And for My 19arm they will waitexpectantly.
"20Lift up your eyes to the sky, Then look to the earthbeneath ; For the 21sky will vanish like smoke, And the 22earth will wear out like a garment And its inhabitants will diedin likemanner ; But My 23salvation will be forever, And My righteousness will not ewane.
"24Listen to Me, you who knowrighteousness, A people in whose 25heart is My law ; Do not fear the 26reproach of man, Nor be dismayed at their revilings.
"For the 27moth will eat them like a garment, And the 28grub will eat them like wool. But My 29righteousness will be forever, And My salvation to allgenerations."
930Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD ; Awake as in the 31days of old, the generations of longago. 32Was it not You who cutRahab in pieces, Who pierced the 33dragon ?
Was it not You who 34dried up the sea, The waters of the greatdeep ; Who made the depths of the sea a pathway For the 35redeemed to crossover ?
So the 36ransomed of the LORD will return And come with joyfulshouting to Zion, And 37everlastingjoy will be on their heads. They will obtaingladness and joy, And 38sorrow and sighing will flee away.
"I, even I, am He who 39comforts you. Who are you that you are afraid of 40man who dies And of the son of man who is made41like grass,
That you have 42forgotten the LORD your Maker, Who 43stretched out the heavens And laid the foundations of the earth, That you 44fearcontinuallyallday long because of the fury of the oppressor, As he makesready to destroy ? But where is the fury of the 45oppressor ?
"The f46exile will soon be setfree, and will not die in the dungeon, 47nor will his bread be lacking.
"For I am the LORD your God, who 48stirs up the sea and its wavesroar (the LORD of hosts is His name ).
"I have 49put My words in your mouth and have 50covered you with the shadow of My hand, to g51establish the heavens, to found the earth, and to say to Zion, 'You are My people.' "
1752Rouseyourself ! Rouseyourself ! Arise, O Jerusalem, You who have 53drunk from the LORD'Shand the cup of His anger ; The hchalice of reeling you have idrained to the dregs.
18There is 54none to guide her amongall the sons she has borne, Nor is thereone to take her by the handamongall the sons she has reared.
19Thesetwothings have befallen you; Who will mourn for you? The 55devastation and destruction, famine and sword ; How shall I comfort you?
Your sons have fainted, They 56lie helpless at the head of everystreet, Like an 57antelope in a net, Full of the wrath of the LORD, The 58rebuke of your God.
21Therefore, pleasehearthis, you 59afflicted, Who are 60drunk, but not with wine :
22Thussays your Lord, the LORD, even your God Who 61contends for His people, "Behold, I have taken out of your hand the 62cup of reeling, The jchalice of My anger ; You will neverdrink it again.
"I will 63put it into the hand of your tormentors, Who have said to kyou, '64Liedown that we may walkover you.' You have even made your back like the ground And like the street for those who walkover it."