1 Listen, O isles,
unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called
me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made
mention of my name.
2 And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow
of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in
his quiver hath he hid me;
3 And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I
will be glorified.
4 Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength
for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the
LORD, and my work with my God.
5 And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be
his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not
gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and
my God shall be my strength.
6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my
servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the
preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the
Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the
7 Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy
One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth,
to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also
shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the
Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee.
8 Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee,
and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve
thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish
the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;
9 That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that
are in darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways,
and their pastures shall be in all high places.
10 They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat
nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead
them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them.
11 And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall
12 Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the
north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.
13 Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth
into singing, O mountains: for the LORD hath comforted his people,
and will have mercy upon his afflicted.
14 But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath
15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not
have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget,
yet will I not forget thee.
16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy
walls are continually before me.
17 Thy children shall make haste; thy destroyers and they that
made thee waste shall go forth of thee.
18 Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather
themselves together, and come to thee. As I live, saith the
LORD, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, as with an
ornament, and bind them on thee, as a bride doeth.
19 For thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of thy
destruction, shall even now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants,
and they that swallowed thee up shall be far away.
20 The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost
the other, shall say again in thine ears, The place is too strait
for me: give place to me that I may dwell.
21 Then shalt thou say in thine heart, Who hath begotten me
these, seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate, a captive,
and removing to and fro? and who hath brought up these? Behold,
I was left alone; these, where had they been?
22 Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I will lift up mine hand
to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they
shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall
be carried upon their shoulders.
23 And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens
thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their
face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and
thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed
that wait for me.
24 Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive
25 But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty
shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered:
for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I
will save thy children.
26 And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh;
and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet
wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour
and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.
1 Thus saith the
LORD, Where is the bill of your mother's divorcement, whom I
have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have
sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves,
and for your transgressions is your mother put away.
2 Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was
there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot
redeem? or have I no power to deliver? behold, at my rebuke
I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish
stinketh, because there is no water, and dieth for thirst.
3 I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth
4 The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that
I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary:
he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear
as the learned.
5 The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious,
neither turned away back.
6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that
plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
7 For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded:
therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I
shall not be ashamed.
8 He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let
us stand together: who is mine adversary? let him come near
9 Behold, the Lord GOD will help me; who is he that shall condemn
me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall
eat them up.
10 Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the
voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no
light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon
11 Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves
about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the
sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand;
ye shall lie down in sorrow.
1 Hearken to me,
ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look
unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit
whence ye are digged.
2 Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you:
for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.
3 For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste
places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert
like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found
therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.
4 Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation:
for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment
to rest for a light of the people.
5 My righteousness is near; my salvation is gone forth, and
mine arms shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon
me, and on mine arm shall they trust.
6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth
beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the
earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein
shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever,
and my righteousness shall not be abolished.
7 Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in
whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither
be ye afraid of their revilings.
8 For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm
shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be for
ever, and my salvation from generation to generation.
9 Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as
in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not
it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon?
10 Art thou not it which hath dried the sea, the waters of the
great deep; that hath made the depths of the sea a way for the
ransomed to pass over?
11 Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come
with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their
head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning
shall flee away.
12 I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that
thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the
son of man which shall be made as grass;
13 And forgettest the LORD thy maker, that hath stretched forth
the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and hast
feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor,
as if he were ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the
14 The captive exile hasteneth that he may be loosed, and that
he should not die in the pit, nor that his bread should fail.
15 But I am the LORD thy God, that divided the sea, whose waves
roared: The LORD of hosts is his name.
16 And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered
thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens,
and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou
art my people.
17 Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at
the hand of the LORD the cup of his fury; thou hast drunken
the dregs of the cup of trembling, and wrung them out.
18 There is none to guide her among all the sons whom she hath
brought forth; neither is there any that taketh her by the hand
of all the sons that she hath brought up.
19 These two things are come unto thee; who shall be sorry for
thee? desolation, and destruction, and the famine, and the sword:
by whom shall I comfort thee?
20 Thy sons have fainted, they lie at the head of all the streets,
as a wild bull in a net: they are full of the fury of the LORD,
the rebuke of thy God.
21 Therefore hear now this, thou afflicted, and drunken, but
not with wine:
22 Thus saith thy Lord the LORD, and thy God that pleadeth the
cause of his people, Behold, I have taken out of thine hand
the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury;
thou shalt no more drink it again:
23 But I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee;
which have said to thy soul, Bow down, that we may go over:
and thou hast laid thy body as the ground, and as the street,
to them that went over.