|1||Listen to me. O coastlands, |
and hearken, you peoples from afar.
The Yahweh called me from the womb,
from the body of my mother he named my name.
|Israel - a light to the nations.|
|2||He made my mouth like a sharp sword, |
in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me a polished arrow,
in his quiver he hid me away.
|3||And he said to me, "You are my servant, |
Israel, in whom I will be glorified."
|4||But I said, "I have laboured in vain, |
I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;
yet surely my right is with Yahweh,
and my recompense with my God."
|5||And now Yahweh says, |
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 I am honoured in the eyes of Yahweh,
and my God has become my strength -
|6||he says: "It is too light a thing that you should be my servant |
to raise up the tribes of Jacob
and to restore the preserved of Israel;
I will give you as a light to the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth."
|7||Thus says Yahweh, |
the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One,
to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nations,
the servant of rulers:
"Kings shall see and arise;
princes, and they shall prostrate themselves;
because of Yahweh, who is faithful,
the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you."
|8||Thus says Yahweh: |
"In a time of favour I have answered you,
in a day of salvation I have helped you;
I have kept you and given you
as a covenant to the people,
to establish the land,
to apportion the desolate heritages;
|The restoration of Jerusalem.|
|9||saying to the prisoners, 'Come forth,' |
to those who are in darkness, 'Appear.'
They shall feed along the ways,
on all bare heights shall be their pasture;
|10||they shall not hunger or thirst, |
neither scorching wind nor sun shall smite them,
for he who has pity on them will lead them,
and by springs of water will guide them.
|11||And I will make all my mountains a way, |
and my highways shall be raised up.
|12||Lo, these shall come from afar, |
and lo, these from the north and from the west,
and these from the land of Syene."
|13||Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; |
break forth, O mountains, into singing!
For Yahweh has comforted his people,
and will have compassion on his afflicted.
|14||But Zion said, "Yahweh has forsaken me, |
my Yahweh has forgotten me."
|15||"Can a woman forget her sucking child, |
that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb?
Even these may forget,
yet I will not forget you.
|16||Behold, I have graven you on the palms of my hands; |
your walls are continually before me.
|17||Your builders outstrip your destroyers, |
and those who laid you waste go forth from you.
|18||Lift up your eyes round about and see; |
they all gather, they come to you.
As I live, says Yahweh, 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 -
surely now you will be too narrow for your inhabitants,
and those who swallowed you up will be far away.
|20||The children born in the time of your bereavement |
will yet say in your ears:
'The place is too narrow for me;
make room for me to dwell in.'
|21||Then you will say in your heart: |
'Who has borne me these?
I was bereaved and barren,
exiled and put away,
but who has brought up these?
Behold, I was left alone;
whence then have these come?"
|22||Thus says the Lord Yahweh: |
"Behold, I will lift up my hand to the nations,
and raise my signal to the peoples;
and they shall bring your sons in their bosom,
and your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders.
|23||Kings shall be your foster fathers, |
and their queens your nursing mothers.
With their faces to the ground they shall bow down to you,
and lick the dust of your feet.
Then you will know that I am Yahweh;
those who wait for me shall not be put to shame."
|24||Can the prey be taken from the mighty, |
or the captives of a tyrant be rescued?
|25||Surely, thus says Yahweh: |
"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||I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh, |
and they shall be drunk with their own blood as with wine.
Then all flesh shall know that I am Yahweh your Saviour,
and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob."
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