Future Glory for Israel
1“Rejoice, childless one, who did not give birth;
burst into song and shout,
you who have not been in labor!#Gl 4:27
For the children of the desolate one will be more
than the children of the married woman,”#1Sm 2:5; Is 62:4
says the Lord.
2“Enlarge the site of your tent,
and let your tent curtains be stretched out;#Is 49:19-20
do not hold back;
lengthen your ropes,
and drive your pegs deep.
3For you will spread out to the right and to the left,#Gn 28:14; Is 43:5-6; 60:3
and your descendants will dispossess nations
and inhabit the desolate cities.
4“Do not be afraid, for you will not be put to shame;#Is 45:17
don’t be humiliated, for you will not be disgraced.
For you will forget the shame of your youth,
and you will no longer remember
the disgrace of your widowhood.#Is 4:1; 25:8; 51:7
5Indeed, your husband is your Maker#Jr 3:14; Hs 2:19 —
his name is the Lord of Armies —
and the Holy One of Israel#Is 1:4 is your Redeemer;#Is 41:14; 43:14
he is called the God of the whole earth.
6For the Lord has called you,
like a wife deserted and wounded in spirit,#Is 49:14-21; 50:1-2; 62:4
a wife of one’s youth#Mal 2:14 when she is rejected,”
says your God.
7“I deserted you for a brief moment,#Is 26:20
but I will take you back with abundant compassion.
8In a surge of anger
I hid my face#Dt 31:17-18; Is 8:17 from you for a moment,
but I will have compassion on you
with everlasting love,”#Ps 100:5; Jr 31:3; 33:11
says the Lord your Redeemer.
9“For this is like the days#54:9 DSS, Cairo Geniza; MT, LXX read waters of Noah to me:
when I swore that the water of Noah
would never flood the earth again,#Gn 9:11
so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you
or rebuke you.#Ezk 39:29
10Though the mountains move
and the hills shake,
my love will not be removed from you
and my covenant of peace#Nm 25:12; Ezk 34:25; Mal 2:5 will not be shaken,”
says your compassionate Lord.
11“Poor Jerusalem, storm-tossed, and not comforted,
I will set your stones in black mortar,#54:11 Lit in antimony
and lay your foundations in lapis lazuli.#Rv 21:19
12I will make your fortifications#54:12 Lit suns; perhaps shields; Ps 84:11 out of rubies,
your gates out of sparkling stones,
and all your walls out of precious stones.
13Then all your children will be taught by the Lord,#Jn 6:45
their prosperity will be great,
14and you will be established
on a foundation of righteousness.
You will be far from oppression,
you will certainly not be afraid;
you will be far from terror,
it will certainly not come near you.
15If anyone attacks you,
it is not from me;
whoever attacks you
will fall before you.
16Look, I have created the craftsman
who blows on the charcoal fire
and produces a weapon suitable for its task;
and I have created the destroyer to cause havoc.
17No weapon formed against you will succeed,
and you will refute any accusation#54:17 Lit refute every tongue
raised against you in court.
This is the heritage of the Lord’s servants,#Is 41:8-9; Lk 1:54
and their vindication is from me.”#Is 45:24; 46:13
This is the Lord’s declaration.