Isaiah - Chapter 54 | Good News Translation

  • 1. Jerusalem, you have been like a childless woman, but now you can sing and shout for joy. Now you will have more children than a woman whose husband never left her.
  • 2. Make the tent you live in larger; lengthen its ropes and strengthen the pegs!
  • 3. You will extend your boundaries on all sides; your people will get back the land that the other nations now occupy. Cities now deserted will be filled with people.
  • 4. Do not be afraid---you will not be disgraced again; you will not be humiliated. You will forget your unfaithfulness as a young wife, and your desperate loneliness as a widow.
  • 5. Your Creator will be like a husband to you--- the LORD Almighty is his name. The holy God of Israel will save you--- he is the ruler of all the world.
  • 6. Israel, you are like a young wife, deserted by her husband and deeply distressed. But the LORD calls you back to him and says:
  • 7. "For one brief moment I left you; with deep love I will take you back.
  • 8. I turned away angry for only a moment, but I will show you my love forever." So says the LORD who saves you.
  • 9. "In the time of Noah I promised never again to flood the earth. Now I promise not to be angry with you again; I will not reprimand or punish you.
  • 10. The mountains and hills may crumble, but my love for you will never end; I will keep forever my promise of peace." So says the LORD who loves you.
  • 11. The LORD says, "O Jerusalem, you suffering, helpless city, with no one to comfort you, I will rebuild your foundations with precious stones.
  • 12. I will build your towers with rubies, your gates with stones that glow like fire, and the wall around you with jewels.
  • 13. "I myself will teach your people and give them prosperity and peace.
  • 14. Justice and right will make you strong. You will be safe from oppression and terror.
  • 15. Whoever attacks you, does it without my consent; whoever fights against you will fall.
  • 16. "I create the blacksmith, who builds a fire and forges weapons. I also create the soldier, who uses the weapons to kill.
  • 17. But no weapon will be able to hurt you; you will have an answer for all who accuse you. I will defend my servants and give them victory." The LORD has spoken.