54:6 “Indeed, the Lord will call you back
like a wife who has been abandoned and suffers from depression, 1
like a young wife when she has been rejected,” says your God.
but with great compassion I will gather you.
but with lasting devotion I will have compassion on you,”
says your protector, 5 the Lord.
1 tn Heb “like a woman abandoned and grieved in spirit.”
2 tn Or “forsook” (NASB).
3 tn According to BDB 1009 s.v. שֶׁטֶף the noun שֶׁצֶף here is an alternate form of שֶׁטֶף (shetef, “flood”). Some relate the word to an alleged Akkadian cognate meaning “strength.”
4 tn Heb “I hid my face from you.”