CHAPTER 54 The New Zion 54   1Raise a glad cry, you barren one[P] who never bore a child, break forth in jubilant song, you who have never been in labor, For more numerous are the children of the deserted wife than the children of her who has a husband, says the LORD. 2Enlarge the space for your tent, spread out your tent cloths unsparingly; lengthen your ropes and make firm your pegs. 3For you shall spread abroad to the right and left; your descendants shall dispossess the nations and shall people the deserted cities.[Q]   4[R] Do not fear, you shall not be put to shame; do not be discouraged, you shall not be disgraced. For the shame of your youth you shall forget, the reproach of your widowhood no longer remember. 5For your husband is your Maker; the LORD of hosts is his name, Your redeemer,[S] the Holy One of Israel, called God of all the earth.   6The LORD calls you back, like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit, A wife married in youth and then cast off, says your God. 7For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with great tenderness I will take you back. 8In an outburst of wrath, for a moment I hid my face from you; But with enduring love I take pity on you, says the LORD, your redeemer.   9This is for me like the days of Noah: As I swore then that the waters of Noah should never again flood the earth, So I have sworn now not to be angry with you, or to rebuke you. 10Though the mountains fall away and the hills be shaken, My love shall never fall away from you nor my covenant of peace[T] be shaken, says the LORD, who has mercy on you.   11O afflicted one,[U] storm–battered and unconsoled, I lay your pavements in carnelians, your foundations in sapphires; 12I will make your battlements of rubies, your gates of jewels, and all your walls of precious stones. 13All your children shall be taught by the LORD; great shall be the peace of your children. 14In justice shall you be established, far from oppression, you shall not fear, from destruction, it cannot come near. 15If there be an attack, it is not my doing; whoever attacks shall fall before you.   16See, I have created the smith who blows on the burning coals and forges weapons as his work; It is I also who have created the destroyer to work havoc. 17Every weapon fashioned against you shall fail; every tongue that brings you to trial you shall prove false.   This is the lot of the servants of the LORD, their vindication from me—oracle of the LORD.  
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