The Fertility of Zion
1 "Shout R2225 for joy, O barren one, you who have borne no child;
Break forth into joyful shouting and cry aloud, you who have not travailed;
For the sons of the desolate R2226 one will be more R2227 numerous
Than the sons of the married woman," says the LORD.
2 "Enlarge R2228 the place of your tent;
Stretch F752 out the curtains of your dwellings, spare not;
Lengthen your cords R2229
And strengthen your pegs. R2229
3 "For you will spread R2230 abroad to the right and to the left.
And your descendants F753 will possess R2231 nations
And will resettle R2232 the desolate cities.
4 "Fear not, for you will not R2233 be put to shame;
And do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced;
But you will forget the shame R2234 of your youth,
And the reproach R2235 of your widowhood you will remember no more.
5 "For your husband R2236 is your Maker,
Whose name is the LORD of hosts;
And your Redeemer R2237 is the Holy One of Israel,
Who is called the God R2238 of all the earth.
6 "For the LORD has called you,
Like a wife forsaken R2239 and grieved in spirit,
Even like a wife of one's youth when she is rejected,"
Says your God.
7 "For F754 a brief R2240 moment I forsook you,
But with great compassion I will gather R2241 you.
8 "In an outburst R2242 F755 of anger
I hid My face from you for a moment,
But with everlasting lovingkindness R2243 I will have R2244 compassion on you,"
Says the LORD your Redeemer. R2245
9 "For this F756 is like the days of Noah to Me,
When I swore that the waters of Noah
Would not R2246 flood F757 the earth again;
So I have sworn that I will not R2247 be angry with you
Nor will I rebuke you.
10 "For the mountains R2248 may be removed and the hills may shake,
But My lovingkindness will not be removed from you,
And My covenant R2249 of peace will not be shaken,"
Says the R2250 LORD who has compassion on you.
11 "O afflicted R2251 one, storm-tossed, and not R2252 comforted,
Behold, I will set your stones in antimony,
And your foundations I will lay R2253 in sapphires. R2254 F758
12 "Moreover, I will make your battlements of rubies, F759
And your gates of crystal, F760
And your entire wall F761 of precious stones.
13 "All R2255 your sons will be taught F762 of the LORD;
And the well-being of your sons will be great. R2256
14 "In righteousness R2257 you will be established;
You will be far from oppression, R2258 for you will not R2259 fear;
And from terror, R2260 for it will not come near you.
15 "If anyone fiercely assails you it will not be from Me.
Whoever R2261 assails you will fall because of you.
16 "Behold, I Myself have created the smith who blows the fire of coals
And brings out a weapon for its work;
And I have created the destroyer to ruin.
17 "No R2262 weapon that is formed against you will prosper;
And every R2263 tongue that accuses F763 you in judgment you will condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD,
And their vindication R2264 is from Me," declares the LORD.
F752: Lit Let them stretch out
F753: Lit seed
F754: Lit In
F755: Lit overflowing
F756: Some mss read the waters of Noah this is to Me
F757: Lit cross over
F758: Or lapis lazuli
F759: I.e. bright red
F760: Or carbuncles
F761: Lit border, boundary
F762: Or disciples
F763: Lit rises against
R2225: Galatians 4:27
R2226: Isaiah 62:4
R2227: 1 Samuel 2:5; Isaiah 49:20
R2228: Isaiah 33:20; 49:19,20
R2229: Exodus 35:18; 39:40
R2229: Exodus 35:18; 39:40
R2230: Genesis 28:14; Isaiah 43:5,6; 60:3
R2231: Isaiah 14:1,2
R2232: Isaiah 49:19
R2233: Isaiah 45:17
R2234: Jeremiah 31:19
R2235: Isaiah 4:1; 25:8; 51:7
R2236: Jeremiah 3:14; Hosea 2:19
R2237: Isaiah 43:14; 48:17
R2238: Isaiah 6:3; 11:9; 65:16
R2239: Isaiah 49:14-21; 50:1,2; 62:4
R2240: Isaiah 26:20
R2241: Isaiah 11:12; 43:5; 49:18
R2242: Isaiah 60:10
R2243: Isaiah 54:10; 63:7
R2244: Isaiah 49:10,13
R2245: Isaiah 54:5
R2246: Genesis 9:11
R2247: Isaiah 12:1; Ezekiel 39:29
R2248: Psalms 102:26; Isaiah 51:6
R2249: 2 Samuel 23:5; Psalms 89:34; Isaiah 55:3; 59:21; 61:8
R2250: Isaiah 54:8
R2251: Isaiah 51:21
R2252: Isaiah 51:18,19
R2253: Isaiah 14:32; 28:16; 44:28
R2254: Job 1:28:16; Revelation 21:19
R2255: John 6:45
R2256: Isaiah 48:18; 66:12
R2257: Isaiah 1:26,27; 9:7; 62:1
R2258: Isaiah 9:4; 14:4
R2259: Isaiah 54:4
R2260: Isaiah 33:18
R2261: Isaiah 41:11-16
R2262: Isaiah 17:12-14; 29:8
R2263: Isaiah 50:8,9
R2264: Isaiah 45:24; 46:13