Isaiah 49 NAS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Listen to Me, O islands, And pay attention, you peoples from afar. The LORD called Me from the womb ; From the body of My mother He named Me. 1 Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the LORD called me; from my birth he has made mention of my name.
2 He has made My mouth like a sharp sword, In the shadow of His hand He has concealed Me; And He has also made Me a select arrow, He has hidden Me in His quiver. 2 He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver.
3 He said to Me, "You are My Servant, Israel, In Whom I will show My glory." 3 He said to me, "You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendor."
4 But I said, "I have toiled in vain, I have spent My strength for nothing and vanity ; Yet surely the justice due to Me is with the LORD, And My reward with My God." 4 But I said, "I have labored to no purpose; I have spent my strength in vain and for nothing. Yet what is due me is in the LORD's hand, and my reward is with my God."
5 And now says the LORD, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant, To bring Jacob back to Him, so that Israel might be gathered to Him (For I am honored in the sight of the LORD, And My God is My strength ), 5 And now the LORD says-- he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD and my God has been my strength--
6 He says, "It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant To raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the preserved ones of Israel ; I will also make You a light of the nations So that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth." 6 he says: "It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth."
7 Thus says the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel and its Holy One, To the despised One, To the One abhorred by the nation, To the Servant of rulers, "Kings will see and arise, Princes will also bow down, Because of the LORD who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel who has chosen You." 7 This is what the LORD says-- the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel-- to him who was despised and abhorred by the nation, to the servant of rulers: "Kings will see you and rise up, princes will see and bow down, because of the LORD, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you."
8 Thus says the LORD, "In a favorable time I have answered You, And in a day of salvation I have helped You; And I will keep You and give You for a covenant of the people, To restore the land, to make them inherit the desolate heritages ; 8 This is what the LORD says: "In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you; I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people, to restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances,
9 Saying to those who are bound, 'Go forth,' To those who are in darkness, 'Show yourselves.' Along the roads they will feed, And their pasture will be on all bare heights. 9 to say to the captives, 'Come out,' and to those in darkness, 'Be free!' "They will feed beside the roads and find pasture on every barren hill.
10 "They will not hunger or thirst, Nor will the scorching heat or sun strike them down ; For He who has compassion on them will lead them And will guide them to springs of water. 10 They will neither hunger nor thirst, nor will the desert heat or the sun beat upon them. He who has compassion on them will guide them and lead them beside springs of water.
11 "I will make all My mountains a road, And My highways will be raised up. 11 I will turn all my mountains into roads, and my highways will be raised up.
12 "Behold, these will come from afar ; And lo, these will come from the north and from the west, And these from the land of Sinim." 12 See, they will come from afar-- some from the north, some from the west, some from the region of Aswan. "
13 Shout for joy, O heavens ! And rejoice, O earth ! Break forth into joyful shouting, O mountains ! For the LORD has comforted His people And will have compassion on His afflicted. 13 Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; burst into song, O mountains! For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.
14 But Zion said, "The LORD has forsaken me, And the Lord has forgotten me." 14 But Zion said, "The LORD has forsaken me, 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 I will not forget you. 15 "Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!
16 "Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me. 16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.
17 "Your builders hurry ; Your destroyers and devastators Will depart from you. 17 Your sons hasten back, and those who laid you waste depart from you.
18 "Lift up your eyes and look around ; All of them gather together, they come to you. As I live," declares the LORD, "You will surely put on all of them as jewels and bind them on as a bride. 18 Lift up your eyes and look around; all your sons gather and come to you. As surely as I live," declares the LORD, "you will wear them all as ornaments; you will put them on, like a bride.
19 "For your waste and desolate places and your destroyed land - Surely now you will be too cramped for the inhabitants, And those who swallowed you will be far away. 19 "Though you were ruined and made desolate and your land laid waste, now you will be too small for your people, and those who devoured you will be far away.
20 "The children of whom 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.' 20 The children born during your bereavement will yet say in your hearing, 'This place is too small for us; give us more space to live in.'
21 "Then you will say in your heart, 'Who has begotten these for me, Since I have been bereaved of my children And am barren, an exile and a wanderer ? And who has reared these ? Behold, I was left alone ; From where did these come?' " 21 Then you will say in your heart, 'Who bore me these? I was bereaved and barren; I was exiled and rejected. Who brought these up? I was left all alone, but these--where have they come from?' "
22 Thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, I will lift up My hand to the nations And set up My standard to the peoples ; And they will bring your sons in their bosom, And your daughters will be carried on their shoulders. 22 This is what the Sovereign LORD says: "See, I will beckon to the Gentiles, I will lift up my banner to the peoples; they will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their shoulders.
23 "Kings will be your guardians, And their princesses your nurses. They will bow down to you with their faces to the earth And lick the dust of your feet ; And you will know that I am the LORD ; Those who hopefully wait for Me will not be put to shame. 23 Kings will be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers. They will bow down before you with their faces to the ground; they will lick the dust at your feet. Then you will know that I am the LORD; those who hope in me will not be disappointed."
24 "Can the prey be taken from the mighty man, Or the captives of a tyrant be rescued ?" 24 Can plunder be taken from warriors, or captives rescued from the fierce ?
25 Surely, thus says the LORD, "Even the captives 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 save your sons. 25 But this is what the LORD says: "Yes, captives will be taken from warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce; I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save.
26 "I will feed your oppressors with their own flesh, And they will become drunk with their own blood as with sweet wine ; And all flesh will know that I, the LORD, am your Savior And your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob." 26 I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh; they will be drunk on their own blood, as with wine. Then all mankind will know that I, the LORD, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob."