Isaiah 54

The Bride of Christ

 

"Shout for joy, you barren women who bore no children!

Break into cries of joy and gladness, you who were never in labor!

For the sons of the forsaken one are more in number

than the sons of the wedded wife, says the Lord."

Widen the space of your tent,

stretch out your hangings freely,

lengthen your ropes, make your pegs firm;

for you will burst out to right and to left.

Your race will take possession of the nations,

and people the abandoned cities."

 

"Do not be afraid, you will not be put to shame,

do not be dismayed, you will not be disgraced;

for you will forget the shame of your youth

and no longer remember the curse of your widowhood.

For now your creator will be your husband,

his name, Yahweh Sabaoth;

your redeemer will be the Holy One of Israel,

he is called the God of the whole earth.

 

Yes, like a forsaken wife, distressed in spirit,

the Lord calls you back.

Does a man cast of the wife of his youth? says your God.

I did forsake you for a brief moment,

but with great love will I take you back.

In excess of anger, for a moment I hid my face from you.

But with everlasting love I have taken pity on you,

says the Lord, your redeemer.

 

I am now as I was in the days of Noah

when I swore that Noah's waters

should never flood the world again.

So now I swear concerning my anger with you

and the threats I made against you;

for the mountains may depart,

the hills be shaken,

but my love for you will never leave you

and my covenant of peace with you will never be shaken,

says the Lord who takes pity on you.

 

Unhappy creature, storm-tossed, disconsolate,

see, I will set your stones on carbuncles

and your foundations on sapphires.

I will make rubies your battlements,

your gates crystal, and yor entire wall precious stones.

Your sons will all be taught by the Lord.

The prosperity of your sons will be great.

You will be founded on integrity;

remote from oppression,

you will have nothing to fear;

remote from terror,

it will not approach you.

should anyone attack you,

that will not be my doing,

and whoever attacks you, for your sake will fall.

 

I it was created the smith who blows on the coal fire

and from it takes the weapons to work on.

But I also created the destroyer who renders them useless.

Not a weapon forged against you will succeed.

Every tongue that accuses you in judgment will be refuted.

Such will be the lot of the servants of the Lord,

the triumphs I award them

­it is the Lord who speaks.

 

(Is.54:1-17)

 

 


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