Isaiah 54

1Woman, be happy! You have not had any children. But you should be very happy! The Lord says, “The woman that is alone will have more children than the woman with a husband.” 2Make your tent bigger. Open your doors wide. Don’t stop adding to your home. Make your tent large and strong. 3Why? Because you will grow very much. Your children will get people from many nations, Your children will again live in the cities that were destroyed. 4Don’t be afraid! You will not be disappointed. People will not say bad things against you. You will not be embarrassed. When you were young, you felt shame. But you will forget that shame now. You will not remember the shame that you felt when you lost your husband. 5Why? Because your husband is the One ˻(God)˼ who made you. His name is the Lord All-Powerful. He is the Protector of Israel. He is the Holy One of Israel. And he will be called the God of all the earth! 6You were like a woman whose husband had left her. You were very sad in your spirit, but the Lord called you to be his. You were like a woman that married young, and her husband left her. But God called you to be his. 7God says, “I left you, but only for a short time. I will gather you to me again. And I will show you great kindness. 8I became very angry and hid from you for a short time. But I will comfort you with kindness forever.” The Lord your Savior said this. 9God says, “Remember, in Noah’s time I punished the world with the flood. But I made a promise to Noah that I would never again destroy the world with a flood. ˻In the same way,˼ I promise you that I will never again get angry at you and say bad things to you.” 10The Lord says, “The mountains may disappear, and the hills may become dust. But my kindness will never leave you. I will make peace with you, and it will never end.” The Lord shows mercy to you. And he is the One that said these things. 11“You poor city! Enemies came against you like storms. And no one comforted you. But I will build you again. I will use a beautiful mortar to lay the stones of your walls. I will use sapphire stones when I lay the foundation. 12The stones on top of the wall will be made from rubies. I will use shiny jewels for the gates. I will use precious stones to build the walls around you. 13Your children will follow God, and he will teach them. Your children will have real peace. 14You will be built on goodness. So you will be safe from cruelty and fear. You will have nothing to fear. Nothing will come to hurt you. 15None of my armies will fight against you. And if any army tries to attack you, you will defeat that army. 16“Look, I made the blacksmith. He blows on fire to make it hotter. Then he takes the hot iron and makes the kind of tool he wants to make. In the same way, I made the 'Destroyer’ that destroys things. 17“People will make weapons to fight against you, but those weapons will not defeat you. Some people will say things against you. But every person that speaks against you will be shown to be wrong.” The Lord says, “What do the Lord’s servants get? They get the good things that come from me!”

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