“Sing, O barren one, you who did not bear! Break forth into
singing, and cry aloud, you who have not been in labour! For the
children of the deserted one are more than the children of the
married woman,” said
“Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the
curtains of your dwellings, spare not. Lengthen your cords, and
strengthen your stakes.
“For you shall break forth to the right and to the left, and
your seed inherit the nations, and make the deserted cities
“Do not fear, for you shall not be put to shame, nor hurt,
you shall not be humiliated. For the shame of your youth you shall
forget, and not remember the reproach of your widowhood any more.
“For your Maker is your husband,
of hosts is His Name, and the Set-apart One of Yisra’ĕl is your
Redeemer. He is called the Elohim of all the earth.
has called you like a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, like a
wife of youth when you were refused,” declares your Elohim.
“For a little while I have forsaken you, but with great
compassion I shall gather you.
“In an overflow of wrath I hid My face from you for a moment,
but with everlasting kindness I shall have compassion on you,” said
“For this is the waters of Noaḥ
to Me, in that I have sworn that the waters of Noaḥ
would never again cover the earth, so have I sworn not to be wroth
with you, nor to rebuke you.
“For though the mountains be removed and the hills be shaken,
My kindness is not removed from you, nor is My covenant of peace
who has compassion on you.
“O you afflicted one, tossed with storm, and not comforted,
see, I am setting your stones in antimony, and shall lay your
foundations with sapphires,
and shall make your battlements of rubies, your gates of
crystal, and all your walls of precious stones,
and all your children taught by
and the peace of your children great.
“In righteousness you shall be established – far from
oppression, for you shall not fear, and far from ruin, for it
does not come near you.
“See, they shall indeed assemble, but not because of Me.
Whoever shall assemble against you falls for your sake!
“See, I Myself have created the blacksmith who blows the
coals in the fire, who brings forth an instrument for his work. And
I have created the waster to destroy.
“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue
which rises against you in judgment you shall prove wrong. This is
the inheritance of the servants of
and their righteousness from Me,” declares