The Lord's Servant
Listen carefully, you people who live far away.
The Lord called me to
before I was born.
Before my mother gave birth,
he used my name to speak to me.
was like a sharp
He kept me safe in his hand.
He made me like a sharp
that he keeps safe and ready to use.
Because of you, I will cause people to know that I am great.’
I have worked hard with no results.’
But the Lord will do what is right for me.
He will give me what I
It will not only be to make Jacob's
It will not only be to bring back Israel's people that I have kept safe.
It will also be your job
to bring light to the other
You will show people all over the world
that I have the power to save them.’
‘Kings will see you and they will rise up to
They will see that the Lord is
He is Israel's Holy God,
who has chosen you to
‘I will answer your
at the time that I have chosen to help you.
Yes, I will come to save you on that day.
I will keep you safe,
so that I can make a
You will make the land safe again.
People will return to live there,
in places that had become empty.
You will say to people who are in dark prisons,
Then they will be free to find food for themselves.
They will eat along the road and on the tops of the hills.
The strong heat of the sun will not hurt them.
The one who loves them will be their guide.
He will lead them to drink from
I will build good roads for my people to travel on.
from places that are far away.
Yes, some of them will come from the north and from the west.
And some will come from the land of Sinim.’
Be happy, everything on the earth!
Sing loudly, you mountains!
Be happy, because the Lord
He will be kind to his people who have trouble and pain.
‘The Lord has left us alone.
‘Can a mother forget the baby
who drinks milk at her breast?
Can she refuse to be kind to the child
that she has given birth to?
Perhaps those mothers might forget their children.
But I would not ever forget you, Zion.
I always see the walls of your city in my mind.
to build you again.
The enemies who destroyed you will go away.
See all your people as they return together.’
The Lord says, ‘I tell you clearly, as the God who lives,
you will be happy with your people.
They will make you beautiful again,
Its towns have become
But soon your land will be too small for all your people to live in.
The enemies who destroyed you will be far away from you.
will return to you.
You will hear them say,
“This place is too small for us.
Find more room for us to live in.”
Who is their father?
I was alone, with no husband.
They killed my children
or they took them away to a foreign land.
I could no longer give birth.
So where did all these children come from?” ’
‘Look! I will lift up my hand,
to call the
I will raise up a
as a sign to those people.
Then they will bring back your sons and your daughters.
They will carry them in their arms and on their shoulders.
The kings' daughters will feed them.
The rulers will bend down low in front of you,
so that their faces touch the ground.
They will taste the dirt by your feet.
Then you will know that I am the Lord.
I will not disappoint people who wait for me to help them.
Can anyone rescue
‘Yes! One day the brave soldier's prisoners will be free.
One day the cruel ruler will lose the valuable things that he has taken for himself.
I myself will fight against your enemies.
There will be so much blood that it will seem like
They will seem like people who have become drunk.
Then people everywhere will recognize that I am the Lord.
They will know that I am your
and I am the
‘Did I send your mother away,
like a man sends away his wife?
Where is the paper to say
why I have sent her away?
Did I sell you to pay people that I was in debt to?
Where is the paper that shows
the reason for my debt?
Listen! I sold you because of your
I sent your mother away
because you have not obeyed me.
when I came to help you.
When I called out to you,
nobody answered me.
Do you think that my arm is too weak to
Am I not strong enough to save you?
Look! I can speak to the sea so that it becomes dry!
I can cause rivers to become
Then the fish die because they have no water.
as if I have covered it with