The LORD will surely comfort7 Zion8 and will look with compassion on all her ruins;9 he will make her deserts like Eden,10 her wastelands11 like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness12 will be found in her, thanksgiving13 and the sound of singing.
Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke,24 the earth will wear out like a garment25 and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation26 will last forever,27 my righteousness will never fail.28
Awake, awake,35 arm36 of the LORD, clothe yourself with strength!37 Awake, as in days gone by, as in generations of old.38 Was it not you who cut Rahab39 to pieces, who pierced that monster40 through?
Those the LORD has rescued45 will return. They will enter Zion with singing;46 everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy47 will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.48
that you forget53 the LORD your Maker,54 who stretched out the heavens55 and laid the foundations of the earth, that you live in constant terror56 every day because of the wrath of the oppressor, who is bent on destruction? For where is the wrath of the oppressor?57
I have put my words in your mouth63 and covered you with the shadow of my hand64-- I who set the heavens in place, who laid the foundations of the earth,65 and who say to Zion, 'You are my people.66' "
This is what your Sovereign LORD says, your God, who defends86 his people: "See, I have taken out of your hand the cup87 that made you stagger; from that cup, the goblet of my wrath, you will never drink again.