The Fertile Wife of Yahweh
1“Sing for joy, barren woman; who has not borne!
Burst forth into rejoicing and rejoice, she who has not been in labor!
For the children of the desolate woman are more than the children of the married woman,” says Yahweh.
2“Enlarge the site of your tent,
and let them stretch out the tent curtains of your dwelling place.
You must not spare; make your tent cords long
and strengthen your pegs,
3for you will spread out to the right and to the left.
And your descendants#Hebrew “descendant” will be heir to the nations,
and they will inhabit desolate towns.
4You must not fear, for you will not be ashamed,
and you must not be confounded, for you will not feel abashed,
for you will forget the shame of your youth,
and you will no longer remember the disgrace of your widowhood.
5For your husband#The Hebrew is plural is your maker,#The Hebrew is plural his name is Yahweh of hosts;
and your redeemer is the holy one of Israel, he is called the God of all of the earth.
6For Yahweh has called you like a wife forsaken and hurt of spirit,
like#Or “and” the wife of childhood when she is rejected, says your God.
7I abandoned you for a short#Literally “in a small” moment,
but#Or “and” I will gather you with great compassion.
8I hid my face from you for a moment, in the flowing of anger,
but#Or “and” I will have compassion on you with everlasting faithfulness” says your redeemer, Yahweh.
9“For this is like the waters of Noah to me,
when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again pass#Literally “from the passing over of the waters of Noah again” over the earth,
so I swore that I would not be#Literally “from being “ angry at you and rebuke you.
10For the mountains may depart,
and the hills may sway,
but#Or “and” my faithfulness shall not depart from you,
and my covenant of peace shall not sway,”
says Yahweh, who has compassion on you,
11“O afflicted one, driven away, who is not consoled.
Look! I am about to set your stones in hard mortar,
and I will lay your foundation with sapphires.
12And I will make#Literally “place” your battlements of ruby,
and your gates of stones of beryl,
and all your wall of precious stones.
13And all your children shall be pupils of Yahweh,
and the peace of your children shall be great.
14In righteousness you shall be established.
Be far from oppression, for you shall not fear,
and from terror, for it shall not come near you.
15If indeed one attacks, it is not from me;
whoever attacks you shall fall because of you.
16Look! I myself have created the craftsman who blows#Or “blowing” the fire of coals,
and who produces#Or “producing” a weapon for his work;
also#Or “and” I myself have created the destroyer to destroy.
17Every weapon formed against you shall not succeed,
and you shall declare guilty every tongue that rises against you for judgment.
This is the inheritance of the servants of Yahweh,
and their legal right#Literally “justice” from me,”
declares#Literally “declaration of” Yahweh.
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