Bible: Isa. 54:7-17
54:7 “For a short time I abandoned 1 you,
but with great compassion I will gather you.
but with lasting devotion I will have compassion on you,”
says your protector, 4 the
54:9 “As far as I am concerned, this is like in Noah’s time, 5
when I vowed that the waters of Noah’s flood 6 would never again cover the earth.
In the same way I have vowed that I will not be angry at you or shout at you.
54:10 Even if the mountains are removed
and the hills displaced,
my devotion will not be removed from you,
nor will my covenant of friendship 7 be displaced,”
54:11 “O afflicted one, driven away, 8 and unconsoled!
Look, I am about to set your stones in antimony
and I lay your foundation with lapis-lazuli.
54:12 I will make your pinnacles out of gems, 9
your gates out of beryl, 10
54:13 All your children will be followers of the
and your children will enjoy great prosperity. 13
54:14 You will be reestablished when I vindicate you. 14
You will not experience oppression; 15
indeed, you will not be afraid.
You will not be terrified, 16
for nothing frightening 17 will come near you.
54:15 If anyone dares to 18 challenge you, it will not be my doing!
Whoever tries to challenge you will be defeated. 19
54:16 Look, I create the craftsman,
who fans the coals into a fire
and forges a weapon. 20
I create the destroyer so he might devastate.
54:17 No weapon forged to be used against you will succeed;
you will refute everyone who tries to accuse you. 21
This is what the
I will vindicate them,” 22