Isaiah 49 - Prayer Tents



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Isaiah 49
New International Version (1984)

The Servant of the Lord

49Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the LORD called me; from my birth he has made mention of my name.H8085H339H7181H3816H7350H3068H7121H990H4578H517H2142H8034 2He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver.H7760H6310H2299H2719H6738H3027H2244H7760H1305H2671H827H5641 3He said to me, "You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will display my splendor."H559H5650H3478H6286 4But I said, "I have labored to no purpose; I have spent my strength in vain and for nothing. Yet what is due me is in the LORD'S hand, and my reward is with my God."H559H3021H7385H3615H3581H8414H1892H403H4941H3068H6468H430 5And now the LORD says--he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD and my God has been my strength--H559H3068H3335H990H5650H7725H3290H7725H3478H622H3513H5869H3068H430H5797 6he says: "It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth."H559H7043H5650H6965H7626H3290H7725H5341H5336H3478H5414H216H1471H3444H7097H776 7This is what the LORD says--the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel--to him who was despised and abhorred by the nation, to the servant of rulers: "Kings will see you and rise up, princes will see and bow down, because of the LORD, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you."H559H3068H1350H3478H6918H5315H960H1471H8581H5650H4910H4428H7200H6965H8269H7812H3068H539H6918H3478H977

Restoration of Israel

8This is what the LORD says: "In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you; I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people, to restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances,H559H3068H7522H6256H6030H3117H3444H5826H5341H5414H1285H5971H6965H776H5157H8074H5159 9to say to the captives, 'Come out,' and to those in darkness, 'Be free!' "They will feed beside the roads and find pasture on every barren hill.H559H631H3318H2822H1540H7462H1870H4830H8205 10They will neither hunger nor thirst, nor will the desert heat or the sun beat upon them. He who has compassion on them will guide them and lead them beside springs of water.H7456H6770H8273H8121H5221H7355H5090H4002H4325H5095 11I will turn all my mountains into roads, and my highways will be raised up.H7760H2022H1870H4546H7311 12See, they will come from afar--some from the north, some from the west, some from the region of Aswan."H935H7350H6828H3220H776H5515 13Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; burst into song, O mountains! For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.H7442H8064H1523H776H6476H7440H2022H3068H5162H5971H7355H6041 14But Zion said, "The LORD has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me."H6726H559H3068H5800H136H7911 15"Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!H802H7911H5764H7355H1121H990H7911H7911 16See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.H2710H3709H2346H8548 17Your sons hasten back, and those who laid you waste depart from you.H1121H4116H2040H2717H3318 18Lift up your eyes and look around; all your sons gather and come to you. As surely as I live," declares the LORD, "you will wear them all as ornaments; you will put them on, like a bride.H5375H5869H5439H7200H6908H935H2416H5002H3068H3847H5716H7194H3618 19"Though you were ruined and made desolate and your land laid waste, now you will be too small for your people, and those who devoured you will be far away.H2723H8074H776H2035H3334H3427H1104H7368 20The children born during your bereavement will yet say in your hearing, 'This place is too small for us; give us more space to live in.'H1121H7923H559H241H4725H6862H5066H4725H3427 21Then you will say in your heart, 'Who bore me these? I was bereaved and barren; I was exiled and rejected. Who brought these up? I was left all alone, but these--where have they come from?'"H559H3824H3205H7921H1565H1540H5493H1431H7604H375 22This is what the Sovereign LORD says: "See, I will beckon to the Gentiles, I will lift up my banner to the peoples; they will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their shoulders.H559H136H3069H5375H3027H1471H7311H5251H5971H935H1121H2684H1323H5375H3802 23Kings will be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers. They will bow down before you with their faces to the ground; they will lick the dust at your feet. Then you will know that I am the LORD; those who hope in me will not be disappointed."H4428H539H8282H3243H7812H639H776H3897H6083H7272H3045H3068H954H6960 24Can plunder be taken from warriors, or captives rescued from the fierce?H4455H3947H1368H6662H7628H4422 25But this is what the LORD says: "Yes, captives will be taken from warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce; I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save.H559H3068H7628H1368H3947H4455H6184H4422H7378H3401H3467H1121 26I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh; they will be drunk on their own blood, as with wine. Then all mankind will know that I, the LORD, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob."H398H3238H1320H7937H1818H6071H1320H3045H3068H3467H1350H46H3290




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