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Isaiah 49:17-26 (New American Standard)

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17 "Your abuilders hurry; Your 1destroyers and devastators Will depart from you. 18 "2Lift up your eyes and look around; 3All of them gather together, 4they come to you. 5As I live," declares the LORD, "You will surely 6put on all of them as bjewels and bind them on as a bride. 19 "For 7your waste and desolate places and your destroyed land - Surely now you will be 8too cramped for the inhabitants, And those who 9swallowed you will be far away. 20 "The 10children of cwhom 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 11say in your heart, 'Who has begotten these for me, Since I have been bereaved of my children And am 12barren, an 13exile and a wanderer? And who has reared these? Behold, I was 14left alone; d15From where did these come?' " 22 Thus says the Lord eGOD, "Behold, I will lift up My hand to the nations And set up My 16standard to the peoples; And they will 17bring your sons in their bosom, And your daughters will be carried on their shoulders. 23 "18Kings will be your guardians, And their princesses your nurses. They will 19bow down to you with their faces to the earth And 20lick the dust of your feet; And you will 21know that I am the LORD; Those who hopefully 22wait for Me will 23not be put to shame. 24 "24Can the prey be taken from the mighty man, Or the captives of fa tyrant be rescued?" 25 Surely, thus says the LORD, "Even the 25captives 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 26save your sons. 26 "I will feed your 27oppressors with their 28own flesh, And they will become drunk with their own blood as with sweet wine; And 29all flesh will know that I, the LORD, am your 30Savior And your 31Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob."
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