Bible: Isaiah 54:7-12

54:7For a short time I abandoned 1  you,

but with great compassion I will gather you.

54:8 In a burst 2  of anger I rejected you 3  momentarily,

but with lasting devotion I will have compassion on you,”

says your protector, 4  the Lord.

54:9As 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,”

says the Lord, the one who has compassion on you.

54:11O 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 

and your outer wall 11  out of beautiful 12  stones.

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