1Sing, barren, you who didn’t bear; break forth into singing, and cry
aloud, you who did not travail with child: for more are the children of the
desolate than the children of the married wife, says Yahweh.
place of your tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of your
habitations; don’t spare: lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes.
3For you shall spread aboard on the right hand and on the left; and your
seed shall possess the nations, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.
4Don’t be afraid; for you shall not be ashamed: neither be confounded;
for you shall not be disappointed: for you shall forget the shame of your
youth; and the reproach of your widowhood shall you remember no more.
5For your Maker is your husband; Yahweh of Armies is his name: and the
Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; the God of the whole earth shall he be
6For Yahweh has called you as a wife forsaken and grieved in
spirit, even a wife of youth, when she is cast off, says your God.
small moment have I forsaken you; but with great mercies will I gather you.
8In overflowing wrath I hid my face from you for a moment; but with
everlasting loving kindness will I have mercy on you, says Yahweh your
9For this is as the waters of Noah to me; for as I have
sworn that the waters of Noah shall no more go over the earth, so have I
sworn that I will not be angry with you, nor rebuke you.
mountains may depart, and the hills be removed; but my loving kindness shall
not depart from you, neither shall my covenant of peace be removed, says
Yahweh who has mercy on you.
11you afflicted, tossed with tempest, and
not comforted, behold, I will set your stones in beautiful colors, and lay
your foundations with sapphires.
12I will make your pinnacles of rubies,
and your gates of emeralds, and all your border of precious stones.
your children shall be taught of Yahweh; and great shall be the peace of your
14In righteousness shall you be established: you shall be far
from oppression, for you shall not be afraid; and from terror, for it shall
not come near you.
15Behold, they may gather together, but not by me:
whoever shall gather together against you shall fall because of you.
16Behold, I have created the smith who blows the fire of coals, and
brings forth a weapon for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.
17No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue
that shall rise against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the
heritage of the servants of Yahweh, and their righteousness which is of me,