A Promise of the LORD's Protection 54 1Sing and shout, even though you have never had children! The LORD has promised that you will have more children than someone married for a long time. 2Make your tents larger! Spread out the tent pegs; fasten them firmly. 3You and your descendants will take over the land of other nations. You will settle in towns that are now in ruins.   4Don't be afraid or ashamed and don't be discouraged. You won't be disappointed. Forget how sinful you were when you were young; stop feeling ashamed for being left a widow. 5The LORD All-Powerful, the Holy God of Israel, rules all the earth. He is your Creator and husband, and he will rescue you.   6You were like a young wife, brokenhearted and crying because her husband had divorced her. But the LORD your God says, “I am taking you back! 7I rejected you for a while, but with love and tenderness I will embrace you again. 8For a while, I turned away in furious anger. Now I will have mercy and love you forever! I, your protector and LORD, make this promise.” The LORD Promises Lasting Peace 9 I once promised Noah that I would never again destroy the earth by a flood. Now I have promised that I will never again get angry and punish you. 10 Every mountain and hill may disappear. But I will always be kind and merciful to you; I won't break my agreement to give your nation peace. The New Jerusalem 11 Jerusalem, you are sad and discouraged, tossed around in a storm. But I, the LORD, will rebuild your city with precious stones;[J] for your foundation I will use blue sapphires. 12Your fortresses[K] will be built of rubies, your gates of jewels, and your walls of gems. 13 I will teach your children and make them successful.   14You will be built on fairness with no fears of injustice; every one of your worries will be taken far from you. 15I will never send anyone to attack your city, and you will make prisoners of those who do attack. 16Don't forget that I created metalworkers who make weapons over burning coals. I also created armies that can bring destruction. 17Weapons made to attack you won't be successful; words spoken against you won't hurt at all.   My servants, Jerusalem is yours! I, the LORD, promise to bless you with victory.
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