Isaiah 54:1-17

The Lord takes care of his people

1 ‘Sing with joy,

you woman who could not give birth to any children.

You have never known the pain of a child's birth,

but now shout loudly with joy.

Be happy, because the woman who is alone

will have many children.

She will have more children than the woman who has a husband.’

54:1God is speaking to Zion as if the city is a woman. God is telling his people that they will have a reason to be happy, because he will bless them.

That is what the Lord says.

2 Make your tent bigger!

You need more room to live in.

Yes, do it!

Make the tent's ropes longer!

Make the pegs that hold it stronger!

3 The borders of your land will be wider in all directions.

Your descendants will take land from other nations.

They will live in the cities that had become empty.

4 Do not be afraid.

You will not be ashamed again.

Do not be frightened of shame.

Nobody will make you ashamed.

You will forget the shame

which you had when you were young.

You will forget that you were ashamed to be alone,

like a widow.

5 Now your Maker is your husband.

His name is the Lord Almighty.

Israel's Holy God is your Redeemer.

He is called, ‘The God who rules the whole earth’.

6 ‘The Lord will now call you to come back to him.

You have been like a wife who was very upset,

because her husband has left her.

You have been like a wife who married when she was young,

and her husband sent her away.’

That is what your God says.

7 ‘For a short time I went away from you.

But now I will bring you back to myself,

because I feel very sorry for you.

8 For a moment I became very angry with you,

and I turned away from you.

But now I will be kind to you,

because my love for you continues for ever.’

That is what the Lord, your Redeemer, says.

9 ‘This is like what I did in Noah's time.

54:9God sent a flood in Noah's time. See Genesis 6-9.

At that time, I promised that a flood of water would never again destroy the earth.

Now, at this time, I have promised that I will not be angry with you again.

I will not speak against you again.

10 The mountains may shake to pieces,

and the hills may disappear.

But I will never take my love away from you.

My covenant that brings peace between us will never finish.’

That is what the Lord who is very kind to you says.

11 ‘My city, enemies attacked you,

like a strong storm.

Nobody was there to help you.

Look! Now I will use beautiful jewels to build you again.

I will build your foundation with blue sapphires.

12 I will build your strong towers with rubies.

I will build your gates with valuable jewels,

and I will build your walls with beautiful stones.

54:12God continues to speak to his special city, Zion (Jerusalem). One day there will be a new city called Jerusalem. That will be a very beautiful place, where God himself lives with his people. See Revelation 21:10-27.

13 I, the Lord, will teach your children,

and peace will fill their lives.

14 You will have a strong foundation of righteousness.

Your cruel enemies will be far away.

You will have nothing to be afraid of.

No trouble will come near to frighten you.

15 If anybody comes to attack you,

I will not have sent them.

You will win against anyone who tries to attack you.

16 Look! I myself created the worker

who knows how to use iron to make things.

He makes his fire very hot,

and he makes weapons from the iron.

He makes weapons that are strong to fight with.

I also created the armies

who use their weapons to destroy people.

17 But nobody can make a weapon that will beat you,

when your enemies attack you.

If people accuse you of bad things,

you will show that they are wrong.

That is what the Lord will do

as a gift for his servants.

Yes, I will show that they are right.’

That is what the Lord says.