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Isaiah 49:17


49:17 Your children hurry back,

while those who destroyed and devastated you depart.

Isaiah 49:25-26


49:25 Indeed,” says the Lord,

“captives will be taken from a warrior;

spoils will be rescued from a conqueror.

I will oppose your adversary

and I will rescue your children.

49:26 I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh;

they will get drunk on their own blood, as if it were wine. 1 

Then all humankind 2  will recognize that

I am the Lord, your deliverer,

your protector, 3  the powerful ruler of Jacob.” 4 

1 sn Verse 26a depicts siege warfare and bloody defeat. The besieged enemy will be so starved they will their own flesh. The bloodstained bodies lying on the blood-soaked battle site will look as if they collapsed in drunkenness.

2 tn Heb “flesh” (so KJV, NASB).

3 tn Heb “your redeemer.” See the note at 41:14.

4 tn Heb “the powerful [one] of Jacob.” See 1:24.

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