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Yeshayah/Isaiah 49:14 - 51:3

Chapter 49

14 And Zion said, "Hashem has forsaken me; my Lord has forgotten me."  15 Can a woman forget her nursling, withdraw from feeling compassion for the child of her womb? Even were these to forget, yet I will not forget you.  16 Behold! I have engraved you on [My] palms; your [ruined] walls are before Me continuously.  17 Your children shall hasten [to repent], but your spoilers and your destroyers must depart from you.  18 Raise your eyes about you and see, all of them assemble, they come to you; [I swear] as I live — the word of Hashem — that you shall clothe yourself with them all as with jewelry, and adorn yourself with them as a bride.  19 For your ruins and your desolations and your spoiled land shall now become cramped with inhabitants, and those who would swallow you up shall be at a far distance.  20 The children of your bereavement shall yet say in your ears, "The place is tight for me; make room for me that I may sit."  21 Then you will say in your heart, "Who has begotten me these? For I have been bereaved of children and alone, exiled and wandering. And who has reared these? Behold! I was left by myself; these, where have they been?"

22 For thus said my Lord, Hashem/Elohim - Behold! I will raise My hand toward the nations, and to the peoples will I hoist my banner, and they shall bring your sons in their arms, and your daughters shall be carried on [their] shoulder.  23 Kings will be your nurturers and their princesses your nurses; with faces to the ground they will prostrate themselves to you; the dust of your feet will they lick; and you shall know that I am Hashem, that those who hope to Me shall not be ashamed.

24 [You ask,] "Can prey be taken back from a strong one; can the righteous captive escape?"  25 But thus said Hashem - Even the captive of the strong can be taken back, and the prey of the mighty can escape; I, Myself, will take up your cause, and I, Myself, will save your children.  26 And I will feed your oppressors their own flesh, and as with sweet wine shall they become drunk; then all flesh shall know that I am Hashem, your Savior and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Israel.

Chapter 50

1 Thus said Hashem - Where is your mother's divorce document with which I sent her away? Or which of My creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold! it is for your iniquities that you have been sold, and for your rebellious transgressions that your mother has been sent away.  2 Why is it that [although] I have come, there is no man? [Why is it] that [although] I have called, there is no answer? Is My hand too very short for redemption? Is there no strength in Me to rescue? Behold! by My rebuke I dry up the sea, I set rivers as a desert, their fish-life putrefies for lack of water, and it dies of thirst.  3 I clothe the heavens in black, and make sackcloth their garment.

4 My Lord, Hashem/Elohim, has given me a tongue for students, to know, to set a time for one thirsty for the word [of Hashem]; He arouses [me] — every morning — He arouses [My] ear for me to hear like the students.  5 My Lord, Hashem/Elohim, has opened [my] ear for me, and as for me, I did not rebel, I did not turn away backwards.  6 My body I gave to the smiters, and my cheeks to the pluckers; my face I did not hide from humiliations and spit.  7 For my Lord, Hashem/Elohim, helps me, therefore I was not humiliated; therefore I set my face like flint and I knew that I would not be ashamed.  8 My champion is near; whosoever would contend with me, let us stand together; let whosoever is my plaintiff approach me.  9 Behold! my Lord, Hashem/Elohim, shall help me; who will condemn me? Behold! they shall all become worn out like a garment; a moth shall devour them.

10 Who among you fears Hashem, listening to the voice of His servant? Though he may have walked in darkness with no light for himself, let him trust in the Name of Hashem, and lean upon his God.  11 Behold! all of you [others] are igniters of fire, girdled with fireworks; go away in the flame of your fire, and in the fireworks you have kindled; from My hand has this come upon you, that you should lie down in sorrow.

Chapter 51

1 Listen to me, O pursuers of righteousness, seekers of Hashem; look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the hollow of the pit from which you were dug.  2 Look to Abraham your forefather and to Sarah who bore you, for when he was yet one alone did I summon him and bless him and make him many.  3 For Hashem shall comfort Zion, He shall comfort all her ruins, He shall make her wilderness like Eden and her wasteland like a garden of Hashem; joy and gladness shall be found there, thanksgiving and the sound of music.


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