Isaiah 49

The Servant of the LORD

1 Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the LORD called me; from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name.
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 display my splendor.”
4 But I said, “I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing at all. Yet what is due me is in the LORD’s hand, and my reward is with my God.”
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[a] honored in the eyes of the LORDand my God has been my strength—
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 my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”
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 stand up, princes will see and bow down, because of the LORD, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”

Restoration of Israel

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 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 neither hunger nor thirst, nor will the desert heat or the sun beat down on them. He who has compassion on them will guide them and lead them beside springs of water.
11 I will turn all my mountains into roads, and my highways will be raised up.
12 See, they will come from afar— some from the north, some from the west, some from the region of Aswan.[b]
13 Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.
14 But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me.”
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 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.
17 Your children hasten back, and those who laid you waste depart from you.
18 Lift up your eyes and look around; all your children 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 “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 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 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 This is what the Sovereign LORD says: “See, I will beckon to the nations, I will lift up my banner to the peoples; they will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their hips.
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 plunder be taken from warriors, or captives be rescued from the fierce[c] ?
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 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.”

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Cross References 100

  • 1. S Isaiah 33:13
  • 2. S Isaiah 11:11
  • 3. Isaiah 44:24; Isaiah 46:3; Matthew 1:20
  • 4. Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 9:6; Isaiah 44:2; Jeremiah 1:5; Galatians 1:15
  • 5. S Exodus 33:12; S Isaiah 43:1
  • 6. S Job 40:18
  • 7. S Psalms 64:3; Isaiah 11:4; Ephesians 6:17; S Revelation 1:16
  • 8. S Exodus 33:22; S Psalms 91:1
  • 9. S Deuteronomy 32:23; Zechariah 9:13
  • 10. S Isaiah 20:3; Zechariah 3:8
  • 11. S Leviticus 10:3; S Isaiah 44:23
  • 12. S Leviticus 26:20; Isaiah 55:2; Isaiah 65:23
  • 13. Isaiah 45:25; Isaiah 50:8; Isaiah 53:10; Isaiah 54:17
  • 14. S Isaiah 35:4
  • 15. S Job 27:2
  • 16. S Psalms 139:13; Galatians 1:15
  • 17. S Deuteronomy 30:4; S Isaiah 11:12
  • 18. S Isaiah 43:4
  • 19. S Psalms 18:1
  • 20. S ver 3
  • 21. Isaiah 1:9
  • 22. S Isaiah 9:2; John 1:9
  • 23. S Isaiah 26:18; Isaiah 55:5; Zechariah 8:22; S Luke 2:32
  • 24. S Deuteronomy 30:4; S Psalms 48:10; S Matthew 28:19; John 11:52; Acts 13:47*
  • 25. S Isaiah 48:17
  • 26. S Psalms 22:6; Psalms 69:7-9
  • 27. S Ezra 1:2; Isaiah 52:15
  • 28. S Genesis 27:29; S Psalms 22:29; S Psalms 86:9
  • 29. S Deuteronomy 7:9; S 1 Corinthians 1:9
  • 30. S Isaiah 14:1
  • 31. Psalms 69:13; Isaiah 60:10; Isaiah 61:2
  • 32. S Isaiah 41:10; 2 Corinthians 6:2*
  • 33. S Isaiah 5:2; Isaiah 26:3
  • 34. S Isaiah 42:6
  • 35. Leviticus 25:10; S Psalms 37:9; Isaiah 44:26; Isaiah 58:12; Isaiah 61:4; Ezekiel 36:10,33; Amos 9:11,14
  • 36. S Numbers 34:13; S Isaiah 60:21
  • 37. Isaiah 42:7; Isaiah 61:1; S Luke 4:19
  • 38. S Psalms 107:10
  • 39. Isaiah 41:18
  • 40. S Isaiah 33:16
  • 41. Psalms 121:6; Revelation 7:16
  • 42. S Isaiah 14:1
  • 43. S Psalms 48:14; S Isaiah 42:16; S Isaiah 48:17
  • 44. S Isaiah 33:21; S Isaiah 35:7
  • 45. S Isaiah 11:16
  • 46. Isaiah 40:4; Jeremiah 31:9
  • 47. S Isaiah 2:3; S Isaiah 11:11; Isaiah 43:5-6
  • 48. Isaiah 59:19; S Matthew 8:11
  • 49. S Isaiah 48:20
  • 50. S Psalms 96:11
  • 51. S Psalms 65:12-13; Psalms 98:4; Isaiah 44:23
  • 52. S Psalms 71:21; S Isaiah 40:1; S 2 Corinthians 1:4
  • 53. S Isaiah 14:1
  • 54. S Psalms 9:12
  • 55. Isaiah 40:9
  • 56. S Psalms 9:10; S Psalms 71:11; S Isaiah 27:8
  • 57. S 1 Kings 3:26; Isaiah 66:13
  • 58. S Isaiah 44:21
  • 59. S Genesis 38:18; S Exodus 28:9; Song of Songs 8:6
  • 60. Psalms 48:12-13; Isaiah 62:6
  • 61. S Isaiah 5:6; Isaiah 10:6; Isaiah 37:18
  • 62. S Isaiah 11:12; Isaiah 14:1; Isaiah 43:5; Isaiah 51:3; Isaiah 54:7; Isaiah 60:4
  • 63. S Numbers 14:21; Isaiah 45:23; Isaiah 54:9; Isaiah 62:8; Romans 14:11*
  • 64. Isaiah 52:1; Isaiah 61:10; Jeremiah 2:32
  • 65. S Leviticus 26:33; Isaiah 54:1,3; Isaiah 60:18; Isaiah 62:4
  • 66. S Isaiah 5:6
  • 67. Ezekiel 36:10-11; Zechariah 10:10
  • 68. S Isaiah 1:20
  • 69. Isaiah 54:1-3; Zechariah 2:4; Zechariah 10:10
  • 70. Isaiah 29:23; Isaiah 66:7-8
  • 71. S Isaiah 47:8; Isaiah 54:1
  • 72. Isaiah 5:13; Isaiah 54:6
  • 73. Isaiah 60:8
  • 74. S Isaiah 1:8
  • 75. S Psalms 142:4; Isaiah 51:18; Jeremiah 10:20
  • 76. S Genesis 15:2
  • 77. S Isaiah 11:10
  • 78. S Isaiah 11:12; S Isaiah 14:2
  • 79. Luke 15:5; Isaiah 60:4
  • 80. Isa 60:3,10-11
  • 81. S Numbers 11:12; S Isaiah 60:16
  • 82. S Genesis 27:29; Revelation 3:9
  • 83. S Genesis 3:14; Psalms 72:9
  • 84. S Exodus 6:2; S Ps 22:23; S Isaiah 42:8; Micah 7:17
  • 85. S Psalms 37:9; S Psalms 130:5
  • 86. S Psalms 22:5; S Isaiah 29:22; S Isaiah 41:11
  • 87. Matthew 12:29; Mark 3:27; Luke 11:21
  • 88. S Isaiah 14:2
  • 89. Jeremiah 50:33-34; Mark 3:27
  • 90. S Isaiah 13:11; S Isaiah 25:4
  • 91. Isaiah 25:5; S Isaiah 43:26; Isaiah 51:22; Jeremiah 50:34
  • 92. S 1 Samuel 24:15
  • 93. Isaiah 25:9; Isaiah 33:22; Isaiah 35:4
  • 94. S Isaiah 9:4; S Isaiah 13:11
  • 95. S Isaiah 9:20
  • 96. Numbers 23:24; Jeremiah 25:27; Nahum 1:10; Nahum 3:11; Revelation 16:6
  • 97. Exodus 6:7; S Isaiah 11:9; Ezekiel 39:7
  • 98. S Isaiah 25:9
  • 99. S Job 19:25; S Isaiah 48:17
  • 100. S Genesis 49:24; S Psalms 132:2

Footnotes 3

  • [a]. Or "him," / "but Israel would not be gathered;" / "yet I will be"
  • [b]. Dead Sea Scrolls; Masoretic Text "Sinim"
  • [c]. Dead Sea Scrolls, Vulgate and Syriac (see also Septuagint and verse 25); Masoretic Text "righteous"

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