Isaiah 49
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Isaiah 49

49
The Servant of the Lord
1Listen to me, #See ch. 11:11 O coastlands,
and give attention, you peoples #ch. 33:13 from afar.
# See ch. 44:2 The Lord called me from the womb,
from the body of my mother he named my name.
2 # ch. 11:4; Hos. 6:5; [Heb. 4:12; Rev. 1:16] He made my mouth like a sharp sword;
# ch. 51:16 in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me a polished arrow;
in his quiver he hid me away.
3And he said to me, “You are my servant,
Israel, #ch. 44:23in whom I will be glorified.”#49:3 Or I will display my beauty
4 # [ch. 65:23]; See ch. 50:6-8; 53:10-12 But I said, “I have labored in vain;
I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;
yet surely my right is with the Lord,
and my recompense with my God.”
5 # [ch. 50:4] And now the Lord says,
he #[See ver. 1 above] who formed me from the womb to be his servant,
to bring Jacob back to him;
and that Israel might be gathered to him—
for #[ch. 52:13]I am honored in the eyes of the Lord,
and my God has become my strength—
6he says:
“It is too light a thing that you should be my servant
to raise up the tribes of Jacob
and to bring back the preserved of Israel;
# Cited Acts 13:47 I will make you #ch. 42:6 as a light for the nations,
that #[Ps. 98:3]my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”
7Thus says the Lord,
# ch. 48:17 the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One,
# ver. 1; ch. 53:3; [ch. 50:6, 7] to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nation,
the servant of rulers:
# ver. 23 “Kings shall see and arise;
princes, and they shall prostrate themselves;
because of the Lord, who is faithful,
the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”
The Restoration of Israel
8Thus says the Lord:
# Cited 2 Cor. 6:2 “In a #Ps. 69:13 time of favor I have answered you;
in a day of salvation I have helped you;
I will keep you #ch. 42:6 and give you
as a covenant to the people,
to establish the land,
# ch. 61:4 to apportion the desolate heritages,
9 # ch. 42:7 saying to the prisoners, ‘Come out,’
to those who are in darkness, ‘Appear.’
# [ch. 41:18] They shall feed along the ways;
on all bare heights shall be their pasture;
10 # Cited Rev. 7:16 they shall not hunger or thirst,
neither scorching wind nor sun shall strike them,
for he who has pity on them #Rev. 7:17; See ch. 40:11will lead them,
and by springs of water will guide them.
11 # [ch. 40:4] And I will make all my mountains a road,
and my highways shall be raised up.
12 # ch. 43:5, 6 Behold, these shall come from afar,
and behold, #[Ps. 107:3]these from the north and from the west,#49:12 Hebrew from the sea
and these from the land of Syene.”#49:12 Dead Sea Scroll; Masoretic Text Sinim
13 # See ch. 44:23 Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth;
break forth, O mountains, into singing!
For the Lord #ch. 40:1has comforted his people
and will have compassion on his afflicted.
14But Zion said, #[ch. 40:27; 54:6; 62:4]“The Lord has forsaken me;
my Lord has forgotten me.”
15 # [ch. 43:1; Ps. 27:10] “Can a woman forget her nursing child,
that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb?
Even these may forget,
yet I will not forget you.
16Behold, #Song 8:6; Rev. 13:16I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are continually before me.
17Your builders make haste;#49:17 Dead Sea Scroll; Masoretic Text Your children make haste
# See Zech. 1:18-21 your destroyers and those who laid you waste go out from you.
18 # ch. 60:4 Lift up your eyes around and see;
they all gather, they come to you.
# Num. 14:21; See Ezek. 5:11 As I live, declares the Lord,
# [Jer. 43:12] you shall put them all on as an ornament;
you shall bind them on as a bride does.
19“Surely your waste and your desolate places
and your devastated land—
# [Zech. 10:10] surely now you will be too narrow for your inhabitants,
and those who swallowed you up will be far away.
20 # ch. 54:1 The children of your bereavement
will yet say in your ears:
# [See ver. 19 above] ‘The place is too narrow for me;
make room for me to dwell in.’
21Then you will say in your heart:
‘Who has borne me these?
# [See ver. 20 above] I was bereaved and barren,
exiled and put away,
but who has brought up these?
Behold, I was left alone;
from where have these come?’”
22Thus says the Lord God:
“Behold, I will lift up my hand to the nations,
# ch. 11:12 and raise my signal to the peoples;
# ch. 14:2 and they shall bring your sons in their arms,#49:22 Hebrew in their bosom
and your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders.
23 # ch. 60:3, 16 Kings shall be your foster fathers,
and their queens your nursing mothers.
# ch. 60:14 With their faces to the ground they shall bow down to you,
and #Ps. 72:9; [Mic. 7:17] lick the dust of your feet.
Then you will know that I am the Lord;
# [ch. 40:31] those who wait for me #Ps. 25:3; Joel 2:27shall not be put to shame.”
24Can the prey be taken from the mighty,
or the captives of a tyrant#49:24 Dead Sea Scroll, Syriac, Vulgate (see also verse 25); Masoretic Text of a righteous man be rescued?
25For thus says the Lord:
# [Matt. 12:29; Luke 11:21, 22] “Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken,
and the prey of the tyrant be rescued,
for I will contend with those who contend with you,
and I will save your children.
26 # [ch. 9:20; Zech. 11:9] I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh,
and they shall be drunk #[Rev. 14:20; 16:6] with their own blood as with wine.
Then all flesh shall know
that #ch. 43:3; See Ex. 20:2I am the Lord your Savior,
and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”

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