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1 Sing, O barren woman who did not give birth;break into jubilant song, you who were not in labor.The children of the deserted wifeshall outnumber those of the espoused, says Jehovah.
2 Expand the site of your tent;extend the canopies of your dwellings.Do not hold back; lengthen your cordsand strengthen your stakes. 3 For you shall spread abroadto the right and to the left;your offspring shall dispossess the nationsand resettle the desolate cities.
4 Be not fearful, for you shall not be confounded;be not ashamed, for you shall not be disgraced.You shall forget the shame of your youthand remember no morethe reproach of your widowhood. 5 For he who espouses you is your Maker,whose name is Jehovah of Hosts;he who redeems you is the Holy One of Israel,who is called the God of all the earth.
6 Jehovah calls you backas a spouse forsaken and forlorn,a wife married in youth only to be rejected,says your God. 7 I forsook you indeed momentarily,but with loving compassion I will gather you up. 8 In fleeting exasperation I hid my face from you,but with everlasting charityI will have compassion on you,says Jehovah, who redeems you.
9 This is to me as in the daysa of Noah,when I swore that the waters of Noahwould no more flood the earth.So I swear to have no more anger toward you,never again to rebuke you. 10 For the mountains shall be removedand the hills collapse with shaking,but my charity toward you shall never be removed,nor my covenant of peace be shaken,says Jehovah, who has compassion on you.
11 Poor wretch, tempest-tossed and disconsolate!I will lay antimony for your building stonesand sapphires for your foundations; 12 I will make your skylights of jacinth,your gates of carbuncle,and your entire boundary of precious stones. 13 All your children shall be taught by Jehovah,and great shall be the peace of your posterity. 14 You shall be firmly established through righteousness;you will be far from oppressionand have no cause to fear,far from ruin, for it shall not approach you.
15 Those who gather into mobs are not of me;whoever masses against you shall fall because of you. 16 It is I who create the smith who fans the flaming coals,forging weapons to suit his purpose;it is I who create the ravager to destroy. 17 Whatever weapon is devised against you,it shall not succeed;every tongue that rises to accuse you,you shall refute.This is the heritage of the servants of Jehovah,and such is their vindicationb by me, says Jehovah.


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