1 "Sing, barren woman, ¶ you who never bore a child; ¶ burst into song, shout for joy, ¶ you who were never in labor; ¶ because more are the children of the desolate woman ¶ than of her who has a husband," ¶ says the LORD.
2 "Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, ¶ do not hold back; ¶ lengthen your cords, ¶ strengthen your stakes.
3 For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations ¶ and settle in their desolate cities.
4 "Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. ¶ Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. ¶ You will forget the shame of your youth ¶ and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.
5 For your Maker is your husband — the LORD Almighty is his name — ¶ the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; ¶ he is called the God of all the earth.
6 The LORD will call you back as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit — ¶ a wife who married young, ¶ only to be rejected," says your God.
7 "For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back.
8 In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, ¶ but with everlasting kindness ¶ I will have compassion on you," ¶ says the LORD your Redeemer.
9 "To me this is like the days of Noah, ¶ when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth. ¶ So now I have sworn not to be angry with you, ¶ never to rebuke you again.
10 Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, ¶ yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken ¶ nor my covenant of peace be removed," ¶ says the LORD, who has compassion on you.
11 "Afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted, ¶ I will rebuild you with stones of turquoise, [^1] your foundations with lapis lazuli.
12 I will make your battlements of rubies, your gates of sparkling jewels, ¶ and all your walls of precious stones.
13 All your children will be taught by the LORD, and great will be their peace.
14 In righteousness you will be established: Tyranny will be far from you; ¶ you will have nothing to fear. ¶ Terror will be far removed; ¶ it will not come near you.
15 If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing; whoever attacks you will surrender to you.
16 "See, it is I who created the blacksmith ¶ who fans the coals into flame ¶ and forges a weapon fit for its work. ¶ And it is I who have created the destroyer to wreak havoc;
17 no weapon forged against you will prevail, ¶ and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. ¶ This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, ¶ and this is their vindication from me," ¶ declares the LORD.